Precarious Yates lives in Texas with husband, daughter, sheep, dogs, chickens, rabbit, lizard and by the time you read this some other exotic creature her husband or daughter has brought home. She had studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us.
What inspires you to write?
Simply a blank page can inspire me to write. When I was young, five or six, I fantasized about sitting at a desk in front of a blank page and writing stories all day long. The physical aspect of writing gives me tremendous joy, which I count as a gift from God.
There’s another aspect of inspiration I want to mention. When I was a teen I considered myself to be rather world-savvy. I knew quite a bit about the ways of the world, more than many of my peers, more than my parents would have wanted me to know, but there were some things I was entirely ignorant, or rather misinformed about, particularly in regards to modern slavery. When I finally learned the reality of the situation when I was 22, my writing was forever altered. I had to get the word out, particularly to teens. My heartache over this issue is what inspires me to write, and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the Great Abolitionist, fuels this inspiration. Bringing Him glory and honor by writing is a destiny I would have never dreamed possible, but I love every minute of it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to have a hybrid of processes between being a seat-of-the-pants writer and an outliner, leaning more toward the former than the latter. All of my manuscripts, except for one, were written longhand first. I have a certain kind of pen that I use so my hand won’t cramp up, and certain notebooks as well, but those run fairly inexpensive and I hit all the back-to-school sales every August.
I tend to have 4-5 novels on their way to some degree of completion, but focus on one at a time until it’s done. With the others, I make notes or allow the characters to chatter in the background until I can fully eavesdrop on the action.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to listen far more than talk to my characters. Every once in a while I’ll grab the page and exclaim, “Why did you do that?!” Then I churn out a few hundred more words and realize what had happened and how the character’s supposed mishap will work brilliantly into the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
1. There are readers who love to read well written description, so if you like to write that sort of thing, please include it!
2. Shakespeare made up words, 2000 of them. You too can add to our ever-evolving language.
3. Finish the book you’re working on, and then when you’ve had a chance to throw a party for having finished your first book, start writing your second. Then your third.
4. Learn something new about writing every week. I take at least an hour to study the craft of writing every week, if not more.
5. Write your next book better than your last book. Always push yourself to write more skillfully.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I very much wanted to publish traditionally, and nearly had an agent before I turned toward the process of self-publishing. Now that I’ve released my 7th book, I’m very grateful for deciding upon the indie road to publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The market will get flooded and it’ll become increasingly harder to get noticed, but indies will receive much more notice than they have in the past.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
YA, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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