About Mary Hill-Wagner:
Dr. Mary Hill-Wagner is an author, professor, and former newspaper journalist. She lives in the Inland Empire in California with her spouse and dogs. She enjoys The Antiques Roadshow (even went once), poetry, movies, and Broadway Musicals (singing them loudly and off key). She thinks being in the company of artists is the best thing in the world! She is grateful to her editor, publisher, and agent for believing in her work.
What inspires you to write?
Stories, conversations, beliefs, and love inspire me to write. The ability to write is like having another pair of eyes from which to see the world.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou and Charles Dickens
Tell us about your writing process.
If you choose a time each day to write, you won't write. If you take notes about your ideas, you WILL write. Take a pad and pen wherever you go, and take note of ideas, conversations, and observations. Sit down each night and see if you can fit that into a story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write because you love it. Write because you MUST. Don't get distracted by those who tell you that you can't or that you shouldn't. But when they say it's a job you *don't* do for the money, listen to them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my debut memoir with a traditional publisher. I wanted to learn how the business functioned. I advise new authors to hang in there, get an agent and publish your first book traditionally.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is bright. There are many formats and venues to get your book into the world. The future seems especially bright for audio books. Authors should insist on narrating their own audio books!
What genres do you write?: memoir, women's fiction, urban
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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