JM Schroder lives with her husband and three amazing and energetic children in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She studies Court Reporting at Sumner College in Portland, Oregon. Her love of writing took off in her junior high school years in Mrs. Eckert’s Creative Writing Class. Now she is sharing the stories in her head with everyone because there are way too many to keep to herself. If not writing, seeking out readers, interacting and thanking her amazing supporters, or daydreaming about her next story or being a very exhausted mother to 2 young boys and a teenage daughter, JM loves most to be playing with her family – indoors and out and reading.
What inspires you to write?
There are many things that inspired me to write. But first and foremost was my 7th grade creative writing teacher Mrs. Eckert. She gave me the tools to help myself through difficult times. I have dealt with many traumatic experiences in my writing. They are my own personal therapy.
I think of the problem and of the way I would want to fix it and then I put it down on paper. Human conflict is the best inspiration. I believe there is right and wrong. But so many times there is that area that is gray. No definites and that inspires me. Taking things to the edge.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write it as it comes. If I have nothing to put then down I can’t force it. I am working on it. But I don’t think it will ever work with me. My stories flow from my mind and into my fingers. I am surprised at some of the things I write. I will be writing and and writing. I will then go back and do a quick read through and I am like did I really write that, I don’t remember that. Wow. And where did that come from, that is not how it was suppose to happen.
So whatever it is it has a story and it will get out one way or another.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk. I yell, I scream, I laugh, I cry. We argue on a regular basis.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it. You have it in you and if you only please one person and hopefully that person is you then that is an accomplishment.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wrote it and let a few people read it and they encouraged me to get it published. I didn’t want to go the traditional way, I like having some control over my work. It would be nice to have help with editing and marketing but I love my work and I don’t want a whole team of people telling no take that out change this. I won’t say no to traditional, not ever, but for now this works.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think all authors need to do what they feel is best for them at the time. You can be a success in traditional, indie and self-publishing. Do what your heart tells you. But be strong, because even in self-publishing, indie publishing there is rejection. Just as bad as sending your work out there to agents and getting their rejections. But the ones you get as a self or indie published are a lot more personal.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, All of the above 🙂
What genres do you write?
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print