R.C. Fettig is a graduate of Long Ridge Writers Breaking into Print and Novel writing courses. This is her first novel and she is quite excited to share it with readers. She’s an army wife that zig-zags across the country with her husband, four children and a crazy Sun Conure named Excalibur.
What inspires you to write?
Life, experiences, dreams. I’m also a people watcher and make up stories for interesting characters I see in everyday life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I try to come up with an outline and a rough idea of where I’m going with the story. But typically the middle is a series of surprises that delight or frustrate me to no end.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are often fairly silent and watchful while I’m writing during the day. Then just as I’m about to doze off they decide to speak up and fill my head with all sorts of ideas. My husband no longer questions when I jump out of bed from a seemingly sound sleep to scribble wildly on a nearby pad of paper.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write and write. Also try to build up a presence online before you publish. That is one thing I wish I’d done differently.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With the rise in self publishing it was no question for me to go that route. I’m not a patient person, to wait around for a yes or no from a publishing house just to start all over again if it’s no, it’s just not me. Also I had a specific idea and artist I wanted for my cover art. So for me the freedom of self publishing was the way to go. That doesn’t mean I won’t attempt a traditional publisher someday.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is a lot of opportunity for authors who might not get their stories published otherwise. I’ve read many self published books that have been really great. Yes, there are some that really need to have an editor rework it, but I’ve also read quite a few that I had to double check that they were indeed self-published.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print