What inspires you to write?
Anything really, like life itself. A butterfly flying and landing on a leaf could inspire a scene in my book. A girl I see on the street could inspire a character. A random thought could inspire a plot. Certain personal connections can inspire a whole book. Anything I see visually, colors, people, different situations, always activate my writer senses and ideas. But I don't turn all of my ideas into stories. Only the ones that I really feel I can create a book about.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I don't think I have one in particular at the moment, but I am a fan of Eric Jerome Dickey and growing up I was into the Goosebumps series by R. L Stine.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always start off with a detailed outline that includes the plot, character descriptions, timelines, and beginning. Usually as I start writing, the middle, end and title naturally come. I always think to myself, what am I learning from this book? This helps me stick to the theme that I am trying to write. I like to listen to different songs as well while writing and planning in my notebook as this helps set the mood that I might want for my story. I usually transfer my handwritten story to Word in the end when it comes time to edit.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I like to create different scenarios in my head while I'm in bed, showering, or throughout my day in general. Those scenarios tend to focus on how my characters interact, think, etc. I like to put myself in their shoes, feel their emotions, their thoughts, everything. I've never done it out loud, but I will mouth words to myself as I step into their shoes, almost like role play.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always believe in yourself and your work, even when in doubt. And when self-publishing, take marketing as seriously as your writing as it will take up a good chunk of your time but is vital in the process. Having a list of contacts and reaching out to different people will definitely help you out, especially as a new and evolving author.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was originally suggested to me a while ago by a family friend. I only recently started taking it seriously though as I started to see the potential in my work, which I'm passionate to share with others. I'm also not opposed to trying traditional publishing for a book in the future. It's always good to give both a shot and see which one works for you as an author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think lots of people, more than now, will turn to self-publishing, as authors now have access to tools that used to be exclusive to publishing houses, and have the ability to make more money as well as have full control over their work. Given that these tools are used correctly. But everything has become fairly simple to learn especially with technology, and therefore allows the rise to more independent authors.
What genres do you write?: Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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