What inspires you to write?
I love telling stories, and I hope to write a story someday that will awaken deep emotions in my readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline my books in great detail in Excel before starting to write. Not that I stick to the outline, of course. I like my characters to do short autobiographical notes too, before I start.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let them speak to me on the page, but I never answer back!
What advice would you give other writers?
1. Plot and character are basically the same thing.
2. Conflict of some kind is vital in every scene.
3. Be clear about who your point of view character is at all times.
4. Keep the storyline simple.
5. Subtext is the greatest secret and the strongest force in fiction.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After years of submitting my books to agents and hundreds of accumulated rejections, I decided to do it myself. Life’s too short. I published my first book (of short stories) in 2011 at the age of 66.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will be some sort of shakeout soon. Hundreds of ‘hobby’ authors will leave the stage and self-publishing will become respectable, finally.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical thrillers, crime thrillers, SF short stories
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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