What inspires you to write?
I’ve come to find out that being in the presence of creative energy, inspires me to write. Be it a beautiful work of nature, music, lights, dance, film, my own imaginative energy. They all inspire me deep within and soon I am using my own creative outlet, writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Depending on the kind of book I am writing and where the plot begins, I usually lead with what I like to call a “theme song”. It could be an actual song, or a composition/instrumental. The important thing is the song gets me in the mood to write THAT BOOK. That’s it. From there it just flows. I am more of a free form writer. So it’s all in my head and when the pressure builds, the outlet takes over. Once I’m done with say, Chapter one, I can go back and fine tune.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They talk to me. I’m more of a listener than a talker. My character expresses that character to me and so I understand how they would ‘act’ in different scenarios and circumstances within that world I’ve created… and outside of it to be quite honest. So sometimes I’m writing and my character goes, “I wouldn’t do that. Just doesn’t read write for me.” I usually nod, smile and rewrite that part.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’d say loosen your mental muscles. Writing is sort of like playing a sport or a game. You don’t want to be too uptight. You either won’t play well or you’ll hurt yourself. It applies to writing. You just wanna be in your element and as relaxed as possible. I think that’s when you truly write cos you love it. For me, music gets me in my element. What about you?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent out my manuscript to a bunch of publishing houses and I’m still waiting for a response from them today. LOL. The truth is after I waited for months, I decided to take my destiny into my own hands. The Self Publishing medium allows me to do that so I did. I have self published, ever since. It’s a lot of leg work in terms of editing, proof reading, cover design and marketing, but it’s worth it at the end of the day.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I do think that:
A.) Publishing houses will eventually become obsolete
B.) I see a trend with my fellow writers that says book publishing will become A LOT more collaborative in the future. It will become almost like a film project… for print.
C.) That collaboration might extend to the readers. There’s already much more author/reader interactivity than there ever has been in the past. I won’t be surprised if some readers get more involved in their favorite author’s writing process.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action Thriller.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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