Her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues over the past few months.
“100 Nightmares” is her first horror story collection– a book with 100 stories, each written in 100 words, with over 50 illustrations.
She blogs at http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/
Visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/100Nightmares
What inspires you to write?
I always say this.. my blog friends, readers, and blog followers inspire me two write. Almost a year ago, I didn’t even think that I would be a published author. I used to laugh at the idea though in truth, I’ve always dreamt of writing a book ever since I was a girl.
After I started posting stories on my blog, I received enough support and encouragement from fellow bloggers and followers to actually pursue my dream. 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I started writing fiction on my blog with the use of writing prompts. I’ve found photo and word prompts to be very helpful. The friendly competition and the critique from other writers certainly helps. It’s amazing what brilliant ideas a random word or a photo can inspire.
I’m the kind of author who writes only when she can and only when she feels like it. Like most authors, I struggle for balance between writing and real life. I’ve always disliked schedules and I hate the word “routine”. *shudders* 🙂
Whenever I get random bursts of inspiration and I happen to be free, I grab onto my muse and go straight to writing.
I do conduct research every now and then especially when I decide to explore new territories. I always remind myself that readers spend hard-earned money to purchase our books; they spend time reading our works. We owe it to them to expend time and effort in doing research.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Um no… but I do let my characters listen to and talk to each other… Actually, I try to think of myself as an observer.
As a reader, I hate stories that are unpredictable. As a writer, I guess I sort of feel the same way. It’s better to simply step back, observe, let the characters do whatever they want and let the story tell itself.
What advice would you give other writers?
Strive to be original… always. Find your voice and own it. Trust in your own writing and eventually, you’ll find your own readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish 100 Nightmares because it’s special to me. It’s my first solo project, after all.
Several of my stories have been published in collections featuring the works of various authors but since 100 Nightmares is my first real baby, I wanted the whole experience to be unique.
Self-publishing 100 Nightmares enabled me to be present in all the different phases– to experience all the pleasures and pains of self-publishing. I wanted to be a part of everything from the book’s conception to its distribution.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see so many successful self-published books out there and I think it’s a great thing. I’m saying this not only as an author but as a reader as well. We’re finally able to read stories that would’ve probably never seen the light of day. Which is why it is important, more than ever, for Indie writers to show their respect and support to fellow indie writers and indie publishing by providing readers with books of the highest quality. Self-publishing is wonderful thing. Let’s not ruin it.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Horror, Fantasy, Erotica, Bizarro, Romance
What formats are your books in?