About L.V Sage:
Even since I could put pencil/pen to paper, I have been writing. I believe that it is my true calling and special gift to write and share my stories with everyone who likes to read fiction that offers great characters, drama, dialogue and realism. I pride myself on being able to reach all scopes of people and do so with characters that most can relate to.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by everyday people who experience both mundane and extraordinary experiences.
I see stories everywhere and try to convey the drama in the average person's life, which is much more interesting and exciting to me than famous people's lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is not very formulaic, I'm afraid. I usually just sit down in front of an empty screen and see what happens and where the characters and story take me. It's not ideal or recommended, but it's how I work.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are very real people to me, although they are completely fictional. I do occasionally take a trait or characterization from someone that I know, but they are mostly just people who have presented themselves to me for manifestation. I don't have conversations with them; I let them voice their own opinions and dialogue through the writing process. I usually don't try to stifle them or change much of what they say. It's very true for me that often the writer is not responsible for what the characters may say, do or think.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Don't spend too much time agonizing over the "right" word, or even spelling or grammar. Once something is written down, it can be changed later and numerous times if necessary.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially, I tried to go through the traditional path (submitting query letters to publishers who might be interested), but quickly realized that I had other options. I made what turned out to be a wrong decision by choosing to publish my book with what is often referred to as a "vanity press", meaning that the author pays to have their book published and usually everything else along the way. After several years with them, I broke away and went with KDP and Createspace, which has been the better choice for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing is definitely self-publishing in all its offerings and forms. This is a double-edged sword in many ways. Now anyone can publish a book and there is a lot of terrible material out there, which makes weeding through everything to find a good book a chore for readers. Also, with self-publishing, the author is in charge of all of the marketing and promotion, which is extremely time-consuming and often overwhelming.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Literature, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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