About Lara Zielinsky:
Lara Zielinsky has been writing women-loving women stories since the early 2000s. Married, bisexual, and polyamorous she writes to bring bi, swing and poly experiences to readers through fiction, hoping to both entertain and enlighten.
What inspires you to write?
Married, bisexual, and polyamorous I write to explore bi, swing and poly experiences and hope to both entertain and enlighten.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Maya Angelou, Anne McCaffrey, Anais Nin, Amy Tan.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin my writing with usually one scene. I don't yet know if it's the beginning, middle, or near the end, but I start writing to explore what happened before, after, and during the scene. I pause at some point and flesh out the characters' backgrounds and start writing a story summary. After that's roughly set, I go back to writing again and work scene by scene from beginning to end until the first draft is done.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I generally find I'm listening to characters more than talking to them. I find out what they want and need and work through the story to present them with paths to a happy ending.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what you are passionate about, not "to the market." It's always easier to sustain yourself through the lonely days when the characters and situations you're immersed in are ones you love, and not just something you think will make you money.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a hybrid author. I have some books published by a traditional small press publisher. I chose them because of their connections in the community of readers that my books generally are for (contemporary women-loving women romance). I also self-pubbed a few novellas as ways to reach readers who might not be part of that smaller community or who are interested in a different genre that I also write.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books, or more to the point, stories, will always be part of the human experience. Books are one form for sharing that experience that allows the reader and the writer to connect over distance and time. So book publishing will be fine. Whatever form the "book" takes, it is still going to be a connection between readers and a writer.
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, lesbian romance, erotic romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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