About Julie Ann Hacker:
Julie Ann Hacker is the authorpreneur of Screaming Ego Books and author of The Dead Dance Faster – Unsacred Awakening, the first book in The Dead Dance Faster series, and My Name Is Sacrifice–a short story series soon to be published as a novel. She honed her writing skills alongside a few good people, notably her college creative writing and literature professors. She whetted her curiosity for life and its subtleties alongside her sociology and psychology professors, not to mention through her own personal life homilies, the greatest teacher of all. Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Julie has lived her life near the Laurel Mountains where her imagination spurned and twisted stories of intrigue, mystery and suspense. Taking an “early retirement” from non-profit and religious ministry work, Julie now fills her days writing fiction and non-fiction. When not spending her ‘free time’ with family and friends, she also enjoys reading, knitting, biking, running, yoga and Starbucks. And, she loves to travel when she gets the chance.
What inspires you to write?
Life has inspired me to write. Whether I’m writing fiction or non-fiction, I do it to figure myself out, and I do it to connect to the world. There are so many different and inspiring people on this earth; I enjoy making connections with them through social media, in person, and through my books.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process begins with a lot of thought, then scribbling on sticky notes and scraps of paper. I gather all the disparate pieces and write them into an email sending it to myself. After opening the email, I use it to create a simple outline, and, if inspired, I may even use one or more of the pieces as a writing prompt. From there, I’m generally a seat-of-the-pants writer. I love being free in my writing, but not so free as to not know what direction I’m heading.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters all the time. I find myself singing to them, especially when writing a hard scene as if I can make them feel better. I care about them–even the antagonists! They really come to life. At times, I’ll listen to music I believe a particular character would like. This inspires me to get to know them even more.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient. Love yourself during the whole process, from beginning to end. There are many pieces to self-publishing; it can take a while for all of them to fall into place. Most of all, remember why you write. Many focus on the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of writing. For me, the ‘why’ is my main focus. Chances are if you don’t know why you’re doing it, neither will your readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I like freedom and control of my own work. I’m a genuine authorpreneur, through-and-through.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Readers are very fortunate these days. I have met and read many wonderful authors, self-published and traditionally published. Now, we can search with a click to find exactly what we want to read and the authors we want to support. People are no longer spoon fed what, when, or how they should read for pleasure, leisure, or research. Indie authors and sites like bookgoodies.com have made this possible.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Spiritual/Metaphysical Horror, Memoir, Fiction and Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Print, Both eBook and Print
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