About Lisa Kumar:
I’m a wife, mother, and romance writer who grew up in small-town Indiana. The Chicago suburbs are now home, where I live with my husband and two sons. When not spinning tales of romance and fantasy, I can be found with my nose buried in a book or my e-reader. My scholastic background is in psychology, which enabled me to get low-paying jobs in the human services sector. Needless to say, I now prefer to write!
What inspires you to write?
I love to escape into words and new worlds. If my stories allow the same escape for readers, I know I’ve done my job.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write by the seat of my pants most times. As a romance writer, I do have a vague turning points in mind, and I know I’ll always have a happy ending. I try not to plot ahead too much because I’ve found my characters go where they want and will destroy all best laid plans. I often don’t know what’s going to happen from one scene to the next until I’m some ways through the current scene. That’s both a blessing and a curse.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do listen to my characters, and sometimes they’re loud. Sometimes they’re not! That’s when writing can be particularly challenging.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write! This is the only way to improve at the craft of writing. And don’t hesitate to critique other writers’ manuscripts and have them critique yours in return. You’ll learn so much that you can apply to your story. In the same vein, no one story will please everybody, so trust your instincts. However, if you’re hearing the same criticism over and over, please listen to it. There’s probably some truth there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
While I have a few books with small publishers, I like the complete control I have with self-publishing. Plus, I’m not at the mercy of someone’s schedule.
New authors should work toward producing their best product. That includes a great cover and a well-edited manuscript. Most importantly, they should keep striving to improve their craft. I notice a huge difference between my first book and my third. Experience is the only sure way to hone your writing skills.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the market for ebooks will continue to grow, but that physical books (paper and hardback) will always have their place. Social media will keep allowing readers to find new-to-them authors, and some lucky authors will make it big through these routes.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: fantasy romance, Regency time-travel romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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