About L. Diane Wolfe:
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation. She is the author of seven books, including two non-fiction titles and a NA/YA series, The Circle of Friends. Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains numerous websites & blogs, (including the Insecure Writer’s Support Group) and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.
What inspires you to write?
I’d started writing when I was about 13. When I picked up a book called The White Dragon, I set a goal of published author. As an adult, I put it on the back burner. But a dream inspired me to begin again, and once I began, I realized I wanted to inspire others to achieve their dreams and goals.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a big believer in outlines. I created a character sheet years ago that covers background, personality type, strengths, weaknesses, goals, etc. (I even use this sheet when I visit schools and walk the students through designing their own character.) Once I know the characters well, I outline the story. Nothing fancy – just a notebook and pen and a few pages of plot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them, but I do slip into character to feel what they are feeling. I’ve also dreamed about my characters before.
What advice would you give other writers?
Study writing and the publishing industry. Don’t go into it naive – you’ll just get burned. Arm yourself with knowledge and then go after your dream.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m traditionally published now, but I did start out with subsidy publishing. To all writers – don’t do it! Don’t waste money or damage your career before it even begins. Find a traditional publisher or self-publish it properly yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I remember reading an article years ago (in Time Magazine I believe) that related books and reading as a pyramid. Free information online occupied the giant bottom and the big traditional publishers occupied the tiny top. With all the changes in bookstores and ebooks, I think that is exactly where we are headed. Small publishers and self-publishers will occupy the profitable middle.
What do you use?: Co-writer
What genres do you write?: New Adult/Young Adult, Non-Fiction-Inspirational, Non-Fiction-Marketing
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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