About L.M. McCleary:
I started writing at an early age and I discovered it was my passion. I discovered books such as 1984 and a few others that really left an impression on me, before I knew it I was writing. I don’t like to follow trends or write certain genres that aren’t my passion just because it’s what is selling at the time, I think the real fans would see through that and I want my books to show the passion I have for the story. As well as integrity. I on occasion might try my hand in a genre I take interest in, but if I haven’t done it before I will always have it reviewed a few times to ensure it best represents my work, or it wont see the light of day. I want to be certain fans get their money’s worth. The genres I often write include: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Post apocalyptic. I am currently working on a series that has elements of all three, called DESERTED.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration for elements of my books through many sources, Books, video games, feelings I get from music, and even scenery.
Tell us about your writing process.
I think I am a combination of both an outliner, and a seat of the pants writer. Some times I will outline until I have the bare bones of the story down, then flesh it out. Other times the story takes on a life of its’ own and it shows ME where the story is going. Both can be really exciting. When I outline I use a combination of old school methods such as notebooks, writing pads, and Microsoft word. I try to do a character sketch to get an idea who the character is in my head and who they are to become.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to listen to the character, in certain situations I ask what the character would be likely to do based on how I made them. Usually the first answer that comes to surface is the right one.
What advice would you give other writers?
First and foremost DON’T GIVE UP! It seems almost unfair to give life to a character and create their entire world and then never let them be seen by anyone. Secondly, network as much as you can. Never just expect a handful of people to be responsible for spreading awareness for your book, you have to promote it everywhere you can. Promoting really is a full time job in many ways.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Both publishers and self publishing have their merits. I personally chose to self publish after reading about the success of self published authors that publishers didn’t take a chance on. These self published writers were rejected for years by agents and publishers alike, suddenly they find themselves on the best sellers list on Amazon thanks to self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self publishing is becoming more common and with technology advancing and evolving, I think sooner or later self publishing will be the more desired approach.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Steam Punk
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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