About Marie Beaulieu:
Marie Beaulieu is a jill-of-all-trades who resides in the North Country. If she's not working at one of her three jobs or numerous hobbies, you can find her outdoors or curled up with some books. She is also a huge film and television geek.
What inspires you to write?
I started to make up stories at night to get my overactive brain to quiet so I could go to sleep. At one point, I thought maybe they'd leave me alone if I just wrote them out… Big mistake. The more you write, the more stories take their place.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to know the characters well and have a vague outline in my mind. Some stories are more solid than others. But even with an elaborate outline, the characters will do what they want.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't have actual conversations with my characters, but neither do I have actual control over what they say or do.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Read. Read!
There was a several year span when I was able to listen to audiobooks for 8 hours a day at my job. I consumed about 150 books a year. And during that time my writing undeniably improved a great deal.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first novel as an ebook on Amazon. I plan to try other avenues, including traditional publishing for certain works. From reading about other author's experiences, the journey seems to be unique to each individual writer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
After some big indie successes, I think traditional publishers are realizing they have to be less rigid and more adaptable and open to works they wouldn't normally consider 'marketable'. As both a reader and a writer, I look forward to a more diverse book market.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Action-Adventure, Sci-fi
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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