About L.L. Akers:
L.L. Akers is originally from the Midwest where she grew up climbing trees, haystacks, and barn lofts–escaping into other worlds with a good book. She now lives in the South, the silly wife of a serious man, and mom of two very gifted and fetching offspring, a chubby beagle that looks astonishingly like a mini-cow, a deranged terrier as well as a herd of tiny but boastful lizards, and dozens of obnoxiously loud serenading frogs.
After a career in human resources, she now pursues life as a writer. She loves dragonflies, staring at word art, and slinging ink. She also enjoys 4-wheelin’, marksmanship shooting, canning fruits and veggies, and studying potential survival situations. Eyes wide open…
What inspires you to write?
I am a survivor. I wanted to use my voice to give other victims hope, via fiction. All my stories have happily ever afters. I’ve written about domestic abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and DID (Disassociative Identity Disorder). I’m also writing a new series about survivors of a country-wide crisis.
I’m inspired by every-day people overcoming huge challenges and finding their own happily ever afters.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started out as a pantser. I wrote Let Me Go (Book 1) in six weeks. That was my debut novel and it’d been bubbling to get out. It took a bit longer to pants Book 2. Then I became an outliner. That process is much smoother, but it takes awhile to plant the corn and let it grow. I define my characters and then they come to me at night (usually keeping me awake) and play out their stories in my head, until my ‘corn’ is grown and the full story is fleshed out. Then I start getting it down in writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do! As I said above, my characters like to show me their stories. I don’t talk to them, but I DO listen.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day. If you feel burn-out, don’t just stop. Switch to a new story until you’ve pushed through. Stopping for one or a few days can cause a looooong break; one that is very hard to start from again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like to have control over my covers and my stories…as well as my marketing plan. I couldn’t give all that up for a trad published deal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think eventually, the majority will be self-published.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, Post Apoc/SciFi
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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