About P.S. Bartlett:
Her first novel, “Fireflies,” was published with GMTA Publishing in 2013 and the prequel to “Fireflies,” entitled “Hope From the Ocean,” was published in March of 2014. She loves history and historical fiction. She gets her history fix via movies, television and of course, books although she enjoys reading almost every genre.
Her motto is:
“I’m taking a fantastic voyage. Won’t you join me?”
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me. Reading, watching a movie, watching people and just daydreaming.
Tell us about your writing process.
I consider my process very unorthodox. I start with a story idea, create a rough outline on paper and then begin to choose and name my main characters. From there, I just open a word doc and let myself go. I have on occasion, edited as I go but I’ve stopped doing that and now just write and write until I have to stop. From there, I let the story unfold on it’s own and try my best to stick to my outline…fortunately, I can’t always do that.
I say fortunately because I have found when I let the characters evolve and become real people, they often surprise me with ideas of their own.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All of the time. I hear them when I’m driving which can be a little scary because I have driven to work in the morning and can’t remember how I got there…it’s true. I hear them when I lay down in bed at night. That’s the worst because I want to get up out of bed and write it all down or I lay there awake, committing it all to memory and lose a lot of sleep.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep writing. Write as often as you can about whatever you want to read. I explored this in a blog post not long ago. If you go to my blog, the entry is: “Telling a story my way but writing it for you.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally set out as many writers do, to find an agent and go the old fashioned way. However, I struck out for a couple of months and decided at my age, I can’t wait forever for someone to discover me. I had to find a different route. I began submitting to publishers and again, you can read more about my journey on my blog under the entry: “One Late Bloomer’s Journey to Publishing.”
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, I believe the path it’s on right now will continue. There will always be the big publishers, the small presses and the independents and that’s a wonderful thing. There are many roads to take and with a lot of hard work and great writing, excellent books will continue to get published, traditionally or not.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, paranormal fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print