About Lucy J. Madison:
Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, poet, and screenwriter from Connecticut. She’s the author of Personal Foul, a contemporary lesbian romance. Her debut collection I.V. Poems was just released and is receiving strong reviews. Lucy received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with honors from Wesleyan University, receiving the University’s coveted Rulewater Prize for her thesis project on women’s basketball. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, Golden Crown Literary Society, and the Lesbian Authors Guild. She is at work now on several feature film scripts and two new novels. She resides with her wife of 16 years in Connecticut and in Provincetown, MA along with their beloved pets.
What inspires you to write?
I remember being a very little girl knowing for certainty I wanted to be a writer. I am inspired to create characters and tell stories. It’s what I love to do more than anything else.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am mostly a seat of the pants writer when it comes to fiction. I don’t like have too many pre-conceived notions before I begin. I’ll know generally my setting and backdrop but beyond that, I really take each chapter on its own and write what feels right for me. Once I’m at least 40-50,000 words in, I often look back and see if I can organize things more clearly or create more of a systematic approach to chapters, etc. if I think the story needs it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them. I don’t talk to them but I find myself asking what would she do in this situation? I might not be what I would do, but that’s the beauty of writing characters, I am creating three-dimensional people with all the flaws and gifts the rest of us possess.
What advice would you give other writers?
To keep writing and practicing. I grew up playing sports so the concepts of discipline and practice are meaningful to me. It’s about honing your own skills by doing, not just thinking about doing. Finally, I strongly recommend reading books but not just as a fan, pick them apart. What did the author do with chapters or format or character development? How did they move the plot along? Read constructively.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did alot of research on how to pitch publishers. You must write a business plan for your book and show a publisher why your book is the right book for them to invest their time, energy and money into. They want to see that you will actively sell your work too.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Making personal connections with readers is more and more important. As an author, I have to take the time to be visible doing things like this. No author can rely on the publisher to do all the marketing. The author must invest time and energy too.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: lesbian romance, poetry, lesbian fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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