About Mary Lynn Roddy:
Mary Lynn Roddy was born in the Village of Nahma and raised in Gladstone, MI. She later resided in Milwaukee, San Francisco, and Evanston, IL. She’s always liked her privacy. In her high school years, she wrote poems, sealed them in self-addressed envelopes, and hid them in a shoe box, underneath her bed. Later it was short-stories, but she was always writing for the fun of it.
Her debut novel, The Real Dad: A Novel of Suspense, is based on true events.
What inspires you to write?
(Photo above is Mary Lynn Roddy)
When I was 8 and our family was moving out of Nahma, I couldn’t stop crying because I’d never see my little friends again. My mother handed me some typing paper, folded in half, and asked me to write down my feelings and we’d make it into a book.
As I did that, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. I’ve pretty much been writing ever since.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I wrote my debut novel, I would get up without an alarm, every day at 5 am and write until I was exhausted, about 2:00. The whole time I would survive on nothing but coffee and grapes.
That strange, aloof, detached period has been called “the artistic coma”
by Dorothea Brande, so many years ago.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In my head, yes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always say to yourself:
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
/ by Coue
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My youngest son, who had given me my Snow-Leopard lap-top, told me
about Amazon and Self-publishing when I was almost finished.
No more picturing my manuscript thrown in that threatening “slushpile.”
I was thrilled..!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks are here to stay. There are people who don’t even know about
the Kindle; perhaps as time goes on, there will be more advertising about it.
Real books will always be around, too. People are sentimental about them,
and the two seem to co-exist okay.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: psychological
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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