About Joanna White:
Joanna White is a Christian Author and fangirl. Hunter and Shifter are the first two books in her debut series, called the Valiant Series, published by Christian publisher Ambassador International and there are more to come. Coming this December, one of her short stories will be featured in a Winter Fairy Tale Retelling Anthology by Divination Publishing. Her newest release, Dark Magi, just came out on November 19th.
She graduated from Full Sail University with a BFA in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Ever since she was ten years old, she's been writing stories and has a deep passion for writing and creating stories, worlds, characters, and plots that readers can immerse themselves in. In 2019, she reached her personal goal of writing a million words in a year. Most of all, Joanna loves God, her family, staying at home, and being a total nerd.
What inspires you to write?
Who inspires me most to write is God. He decides whether I write or not. My husband is second; his creative ideas help me so much. I also write the books I want to read. So there have been times I wanted to read the book so badly, it forced me to finish writing it so that I could.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have to outline my books in detail. In fact, this month alone, I've outlined 20 novels so that way, next year, I can write them and hopefully write all 20 in a year.
I actually just use a blank document. I write a vague outline first – just hitting the major points and then I branch that out into a chapter by chapter outline from there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Usually, it's a very internal thing. I type and as I type, the characters come alive onto the page. They surprise me and don't always obey what my outline says, so they can run away from me and as I'm typing I have to adapt and adjust to fix whatever they get themselves into. They surprise and amaze me quite a bit.
What advice would you give other writers?
To never give up. If writing is something you're passionate about, then stick with it. You'll face rejection and negative reviews, but never give up. Try to get into a habit of writing every day. You'll accomplish so much if you do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've always wanted to hit it big and I knew nothing about marketing or self-publishing, so I started submitting to traditional publishers. I kept getting rejected, so I kept up with it, not expecting anything and went to college where I learned a bit more. So I decided to try self-publishing. It didn't work out and I only earned about ten dollars a month but then Ambassador International accepted me. With them, I learned so much about both, so now I am able to do both.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, I see the industry and it makes me sad in a way. Not many people read these days and with all our technology, I feel like people often want books cheap and immediate. I can't tell you how many authors I know struggle so much because they pour their hearts and souls into our writing and then only sell a book for $0.99. How is a person supposed to make a living off that?
In the future, I pray and hope it will get better, that authors can get paid more and that it will be easier for readers to find the really good authors that often get hidden behind all the fake ones out there.
What genres do you write?: Christian, Fantasy, Biblical fiction, Clean Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolf, Shapeshifters
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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