Joy Penny is a pen name for a writer who adores books. She also writes YA under a different name. A Love for the Pages (June 2014) is her new adult romance debut.
What inspires you to write?
My passion for reading and a need to bring my stories to life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be a “pantser” and wrote my first completed novel that way entirely. Then I wrote an outline for the sequel books and decided I really liked having that to guide me. Meanwhile, I got stuck with a novel I was “pantsing” right at the end–like first-page rewrite stuck. So ever since, I’ve used outlines, after maybe writing a chapter or two without one to get a feel for the characters. I don’t always stick to the outline, but it’s a nice guide!
I create character sketches during my writing, although I like to come up with names beforehand. I just write an outline in Word.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to them. When I sit down, I have an idea of how I’d like the scene to go, but they tend to show me how they’d like it to go instead.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep trying and don’t be so hard on yourself!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m aiming to be a hybrid author. I think there’s room for both worlds in a writer’s life. I like the immediacy and freedom of self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope it continues strong in some form! I bet e-books will continue to grow in market dominance, but I don’t think we’ll ever give up paper copies.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
NA, YA, romance, fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print