About Nirina Stone:
Nirina Stone is an avid reader, occasional country-hopper, and indie author.
She inhales suspense novels, thrillers, mystery, horror, speculative fiction and the odd comedy.
Her writing may or may not touch on all of the above.
She lives in sunny Sydney Australia with her hubby, two awesome pre-school kids, and one crazy Tortie kitten.
What inspires you to write?
Everything under the sun. The list would be shorter if you asked what doesn’t inspire me. I always carry a notebook with me to jot things down if I’m nowhere near the computer.
Tell us about your writing process.
Seat of the pants.
I’ve tried outlining once for a story, and that just killed my creative process. The book has been shelved until further notice.
If I allow the words and the stories to just flow in whatever direction they choose, things work out much better.
Now, the editing process after that free-flow is still something I’m working on improving, to make it more streamlined and efficient.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Does anyone answer ‘no’ to this question?
I listen to them – all the time. What’s annoying is when new characters from three books away try to join in on the conversation.
Shush, guys. Get in line, I’m writing 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m still new at this myself, so my advice is short and sweet. Keep writing. Write for you, write for your family, write for your friends… then, if you feel confident with the story, share with the rest of the world (after going through the 30-50 some steps to make sure it’s ready first, of course).
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish right from the start, after doing some research into either option.
It was more important for me to have full control of the creative process and decision-making process around editors and book covers, marketing, etc.
New authors should study what makes more sense for them and go in that direction.
There are good arguments for either option, and I don’t think either one is wrong.
Why not go hybrid, if it’s an option for you?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s a saturated market now (both indie and traditional) and will only get worse. Which means there will be tons of books for readers, and that’s always a good thing!
On the other hand, there are dozens of writers that are hanging their hats, leaving some space for the rest of us to try our hand at the gig.
The ones that will stand out (long-term) are the writers who consistently offer great stories and have great attitudes to boot.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Psychological suspense (debut), speculative fiction, mystery, literary fiction…
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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