About Pilar Savage:
Pilar Savage is of mixed heritage, but throughly American. She enjoys reading, writing, and travel. Her current novels are available on Amazon in the Kindle format. She occasionally uses Facebook and has an author page on Goodreads, but would rather be writing.
What inspires you to write?
Lots of things! Seriously, I really, really need to write. It’s a way to examine life, and sometimes, to crawl into someone else’s skin for a while.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most of the time, I begin with “what if” and move through a blending of “who” which is the character, and “what happens” which is the plot. For me, the “where” is rather important. My science fiction novel has a very different setting than my suspense novel, of course. But I need to have all of those items in the matrix before I get very far into the process of writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
We have a sort of symbiosis, my characters and I. If it were not for my imagination, they would not exist, but if I didn’t have them, I couldn’t go forward with my writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be strong. Recently, I’ve been befuddles with reviewers who state that my book is “just not for me” or something like that. And, even though the criticism is anonymous and might even be sincere, a book is a bit like the author’s baby. Folks might not say “your baby is ugly” but they don’t mind saying your book is horrible. So, you gotta be thick skinned to be an author.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I know a few writers, mostly mid-list or indie published. Most of them believe that unless an author can sell a lot of books that big-time publishers aren’t interested. So, I decided to do what many mid-list authors are doing with their back list— I am just using Amazon’s Kindle as my exclusive format.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ever been to a yard sale? Books, in hard cover, are maybe a dollar. Paperbacks go for a quarter. So, print books are not particularly valuable. Electronic books may be cheap, but they are at least not going to wind up at a yard sale. While it will not happen over night, I believe that the future will be in e-books for most titles.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: science fiction, suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook