About Nancy Segovia:
Nancy Segovia, MLS, MAR has been a professional writer for more than 25+ years. She has achieved publishing success in the fields of adult fiction, children’s literature, newspaper journalism, feature magazine articles and poetry. She has worked as a novel writer, editor and publisher. She has a Master of Arts in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University, and a Masters of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a retired college English professor, and is a lifelong learner, who takes continual college level MOOC courses on anything that piques her interest. She is also an animal lover and advocate, working at, and supporting, horse rescue organizations.
What inspires you to write?
A love of reading inspires me to write. That and an awful habit of daydreaming and chasing plot bunnies down rabbit holes when I should be reading. In fact, I get my best plots at 2 a.m. when the rest of the country is sound asleep.
Tell us about your writing process.
There’s really not much to tell. A title, a photo, a drawing, anything can give me an idea. Frequently, I start with an opening sentence and go from there. I consider my writing to be like taking a road trip, I know where I want to go, but the exact route is open to detours and stops at interesting places along the way. Its all open for my use as long as I get to my final destination.
I do create character sketches just so I don’t change eye color or hair color or names halfway through the novel (something I have been known to do – thank goodness for my wonderful editor).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I never have. But, I think deeply about who they are and what they would say and sound like in any particular conversation
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. If it is your goal, keep going no matter how slowly. I have lost my husband and my father within 5 weeks of each other this year, and I suffer from debilitating disc disease, but I keep writing. Some days it is only 200 words or so, or simply doing some marketing or public relations (like this), but I try to do something every day to keep me moving forward.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was published traditionally by a very dishonest publisher originally. After that tremendous let down, I gave up writing for nine years as I was completely heartbroken by his actions which stole all my dreams of getting published. It took that long for me to recover, but I finally tried Indie publishing and I love it. I love writing, and after that long hiatus, I am so happy to be writing again.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be hardback or paperback books. Especially in the world of academia, there is nothing like a real book in your hands for studying. However, e-books are huge and I think they will be the larger part of the market in the future.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: tween novels, romantic suspense novels, spiritual growth non-fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy, urban fantasy, and high fantasy
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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