About Normandie Alleman:
As a former psychologist, I’ve always been fascinated by human behavior. I love writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and watching my kids play basketball and football are a few of my favorite pastimes. I live on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable alpha husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by real life people and situations I’m familiar with. Occasionally my dreams wind up in my books.
Tell us about your writing process.
I just learned that some people call the process I use to write a book “the jigsaw method.” I envision a scene in my mind, and I either write it out or take copious notes so I can flesh it out later. (It’s not unusual for me to work on several projects at a time.) I always have an outline of how the story will play out in my head, and as the story develops the empty spots fill themselves in, but for me the creative process isn’t linear. I write the scenes that I’m most excited about that day. I’ve even been known to start with the end of the story and work backwards!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them, but they appear to me visually and my scenes play out in my head like in a movie.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and study the craft. It’s amazing how much better you can get at writing by just doing it. The other thing is – writing is a game of attrition. Lots of people drop out along the way. Having the fortitude to keep plugging along, keep publishing or submitting your work is essential to meeting your goals.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out with a publisher because at the time I didn’t know about the alternatives, but it has been great because it helped me build a fan base. This Fall, I’m branching out into self-publishing and my intention is to be a hybrid author. I’m kinda a control freak so I’m looking forward to being able to do most of the behind-the-scenes things myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the global market is an exciting new frontier for authors, and I think more and more readers will embrace eBooks. I’m also thrilled to see the increasing popularity of audiobooks. Listening to audiobooks has been my favorite way to “read” books since I was a teenager. I love seeing the increasing number of great titles available in that format.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance, both Contemporary and Historical
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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