About Madelyn Hill:
Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she’d sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a “closet” writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn’t be happier!
A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children’s sporting events, and of course reading!
What inspires you to write?
There are so many things that inspire me! A photo, an image, a location. Sometimes a bit of research takes a story in a different direction. For my novel Wolf’s Castle a visit to Boldt Castle in Alexandria, New York inspired the Gothic tone and setting of the story. I love Pinterest and find inspiration in images, recipes, and people. I create boards for each book and just gather as much “pinspiration” I can for each novel.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use to plot, plot, plot. But I find I am more creative when I write organically and just get the words down and edit later. I love what Nora Roberts said, “I just regurgitate the story and worry about edits later.” One thing I do before I write is research and get a perspective of place and time and relevant history.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I interact through images. I scour the internet for images of what I’d like my hero or heroine to look like. Sometimes it is part of this person and another part of that person.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say never give up. Even when I was not actively seeking publication, I still wrote and read as much as possible. Writers have to read–a lot. I suggest reading all genres in order to broaden your voice and learn.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a great support group of writers and critique partners. I also belonged to a local and national writing group. I think connecting with other authors helps inspire us all and a friend suggested I send my book to Soul Mate Publishing, I thought about it for a while and decided it was a great idea. I love Soul Mate, they are professional and supportive.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love book stores, but I think we’ll go more digital and the book and mortar stores will slowly but surely disappear.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Historical Romance, and Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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