About Marie Porter:
Marie Porter is an Aspergian polymath, which is just a fancy way of saying that she knows a lot of stuff – and does even more stuff – with a brain that runs on a different operating system than most.
Because of that OS, her career has spanned across many facets: She’s a trained mixologist, competitive cake artist, professional costumer, and – last but not least – author. As of 2016, her written works include 6 cookbooks, 6 specialty sewing manuals, and a tornado memoir.
Her work has graced magazines and blogs around the world, she has costumed for Olympians and professional wrestlers, has baked for brides, celebrities, and even Klingons. Marie is now proud to share her wealth of multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience with cooks and seamstresses around the world.
What inspires you to write?
For content, I’m inspired by food and projects!
As a cookbook author, I’m always inspired by the food I make, and the smells in the grocery store and farmers markets.
As a sewing manual author, I’m inspired by … well, spandex. I love the stuff! Bright colours, fun prints, crazy designs for costumes. I’m also inspired by the athletes who wear my creations, and the music used for their programs.
As far as the actual writing process goes, I’m inspired by eurodance and energy drinks 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I am all about old school notes.
Every time I start a new book, I buy a pretty new notebook, and outline my chapters. For each chapter, I brainstorm what it should contain (recipes or techniques), and hash out ideas on paper.
From there, I go to actual development. In the kitchen, I work on creating recipes. For sewing manuals, I plan out the best ways to teach each technique, cut the pieces out, and prepare for photography.
From there, my husband shoots the book, and I format everything(in WordPerfect, as I was never able to make the transition to Word!), before it goes on to editing and publishing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did a lot of research before I settled on how I wanted to publish. From everything I came across, I decided that traditional publishing was not for me, for myriad reasons: Control, lifespan, and profitability, mostly.
I did cave in and accept a contract with a reputable publisher at one point, though… and that just served to confirm my decisions about self publishing. I will likely never see a dime in profit from my work on that book, while they continue to profit from it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think that printed books will ever go away, but I think the traditional publishing method will need to make some serious changes, to keep up with the current technologies and opportunities that authors now have.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: cookbooks, sewing manuals, memoirs
What formats are your books in?: Print
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