Polly Iyer is the author of six suspense novels: Hooked, InSight, Murder Déjà Vu, Threads, and two books–soon to be a third–in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games and Goddess of the Moon. Her books contain adult language and situations with characters who sometimes tread ethical lines. She grew up on the Massachusetts coast and studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Today she lives in the beautiful Piedmont region of South Carolina, spending her time making life difficult for her characters. Learn more about her at http://PollyIyer.com and feel free to email her at PollyIyer at gmail dot com. She loves to hear from her readers.
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m strictly a seat of the pants writer. I’ve found I’d never come up with the scenarios I do if I’d planned ahead because each scene constructs what’s to come. Sometimes I have no idea where I get those characters or scenarios, but I’m glad they materialize.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become my characters. They create the dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Sit down and write. Take it one chapter at a time. If outlining works for you, then outline, but I guarantee you’ll veer from the outline.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had an agent for two years who couldn’t sell my books. As I was older when I started to write–writing is my fourth career–I didn’t want to wait to see my books in print from the elusive publisher. Also, I had three or four books already written.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope I see the day when self-publishers are given the same respect as traditional publishers. Where conferences allow self-published authors to participate on panels and fees for joining associations are the same for every writer. Writers should be judged on their work, not on how they’re published. I’d like to see genre descriptions blended and cross-genre work accepted.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Psychological Suspense, Mystery, Thriller.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print