About Nhys Glover:
After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with more than a quarter million of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated.
At home in beautiful Durham County England, Nhys these days spends her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read. The ones that are a little bit steamy, a little bit different and wholly romantic.
What inspires you to write?
I've always had this need to write, a restlessness that could only be appeased by putting words on a page. The Indie Rev, with its access to readers, turned that need into an obsession. There is never a shortage of stories to inspire me, only the time to do them justice.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Too many to name across lots of genres, but mostly romance writers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with an idea that spawns a lot of questions that a proceed to answer until I have a general sense of where the story might go. It's about as much info as a blurb. Then I sit down and start writing flat out until my body won't let me go any further (sometimes up to 10 hours). The following day I do edits on what I wrote the day before, to get me into the zone again. The second half of the day is another mad dash to find out what happens next. Because that's what keeps me writing, the need to find out, just as it does when I read. If I start to find I don't like the central characters I quit the story, just as I would when reading, but I can't know that until I'm well into the story. If I don't care enough about a character to want to find out what happens to them next, then why would anyone else? If my need to know takes me to the HEA I then go back to do a more thorough edit before calling it finished and sending it off to my betareaders and editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I either become my characters or I watch them on my internal TV screen like a voyeur. They have total control of the story-line. I can only think of one instance where I intervened. My hero said something totally unacceptable to my heroine. I stopped writing, heartbroken, and refused to keep writing. I talked it out with my editor and she helped me do an intervention of sorts with him so that he calmed down enough to speak his truth less brutally. I could then let the story continue. Sometimes my characters are more real to me than real people.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn your craft, then throw away the instruction manual and let it happen. Find what works for you but be willing to accept feedback.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My stories never fitted mainstream so it was a no-brainer to go Indie. I have one book with a mainstream publisher and it is not doing well. I won't make that mistake again.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Digital is the way forward. I think mainstream publishing is a thing of the past.
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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