Josie Cara lives in NYC with her family and two King Charles Cavalier dogs, Zak and Zoe. Her love of books has always been a big part of her life but she never had the time, between working and caring for her children, to concentrate on writing. Now she has the time to take all the stories she’s been writing in her head and put them down on paper; something her family and friends have been encouraging her to do for some time. A whole new world has opened up to her and she is enjoying every minute of it.
What inspires you to write?
As I grew up, I realized that women face many unfair challenges in life. For example, both my grandmothers had difficult marriages with many overwhelming problems to handle; yet they both made it through because they didn’t give up. I like to write about these problems and how women face them to overcome adversity.
Tell us about your writing process.
I know many authors who write an outline and others who have a message board filled with characters and ideas and how they all relate. I can’t do it this way. I start with an idea, sit down, and start writing. I let my ideas flow and then go back, add, subtract, or make whatever changes I need to. I add to the story as I go along and never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t; I never hesitate to change or revise.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them but I do listen to them as they often have very good ideas to share with me. I’ve gone back and changed parts of the story because I liked the idea the character shared with me, usually in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take an idea and just go with it. Sit down and just write whatever comes into your mind. Then go back the next day and make changes or add other ideas. If I can’t make up my mind where I want the story to go, I sometimes go back and reread a few chapters and then hope the ideas will come out. But never give up. Keep trying. Take a day off and try again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve gone to several book club meetings where there was a special guest author. One of the things they complained about is not having total control over their work, what they write, the covers, even the title of the book when they use a publishing house. Since the publisher does everything but write the story, they take most of the money. This is why I decided to self-publish and I chose Amazon’s Create Space, not only because they’re prices are decent, but because I have total control over everything. The people who worked with me were respectful, friendly and very helpful. They read the book first so they can give appropriate suggestions. They did it all, my way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I truly believe that more and more authors will self-publish if the publishing houses don’t give the writers more input in what is done with their work.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
womans fiction, romance, romantic mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print