About M.C. Roman:
M.C. Roman grew up in Mexico City and currently lives in Brooklyn with her funny sexy hubby. When she’s not reading or writing, her hobbies include daydreaming, watching shows on Netflix, and cooking home cooked meals from Blue Apron.
Her debut novel, Teaching Mia, has garnered millions of reads online and was featured on Indie Reader Insiders’ Next Picks. Since then, she has also written Stealing Emma, Chasing Sofia, Loving Olivia, and translated her books into Spanish.
What inspires you to write?
I daydream a lot so I would say this is where most of my inspiration comes from. It typically starts out with a real life event or situation and then transforms into a fantasized version of it. I start thinking about all the “what if’s” and different possibilities that could arise in a parallel universe. But inspiration can really come from anything or anywhere – from books and movies, music and art, beauty, tragedy, and everything in between.
Tell us about your writing process.
I consider myself more of a seat of the pants writer. During the last two books I’ve written, I found myself first writing out a pivotal scene which was the main inspiration of the book, and from there started thinking about the characters more in depth and how they arrived to that particular moment. I then wrote a rough outline (aka mad scientist’s notes) at the beginning of the document with my main ideas and some key dialogue snippets so I wouldn’t forget them later on. But even with the outline, my characters always seem to have different ideas of where the story should go and end up taking me elsewhere.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters and think about them all the time. I like to sleep on ideas and dialogue coming from them, and then I’ll write notes about it later on. It’s interesting how the characters really come to life and you come to view them as almost real people or a long lost friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. They just start living with you in your head and I often think about what they would do or say in real life situations.
What advice would you give other writers?
No matter what happens, never give up!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I finished writing Teaching Mia, I did a lot of research on publishing. More and more, I found that most new authors were turning to self-publishing as a more reliable and realistic option. There is so much to learn about this industry and in my experience so far it’s been a lot of work and trial and error, but I love that I have the opportunity to take control of my writing and start getting my work out there all on my own. I find that there is something hugely gratifying in that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing is always evolving, but I think the opportunities for indie authors are growing tremendously as there are more and more tools available for self-publishing. It’s a very exciting time!
What do you use?: Ghostwriter, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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