About R. M. Webb:
After her career as a ballerina was cut short by a debilitating ankle injury, R. M. Webb moved back to her hometown in Ohio and started teaching dance and raising a family. With her own dancing no longer taking up all of her time and dedication, the desire to write, one she’d had all throughout her childhood, resurfaced. In between chasing after children and planning classes, she managed to get words on the page here and there and in the cracks of her days. After meeting the love of her life, a man who fully supported her desire to write, R. M. Webb was able to finish the book that had been begging her to write it for most of her life.
What inspires you to write?
Oh my gosh! Everything! I watch a movie … boom! Story idea! I listen to music … boom! Another idea! I talk to a friend … boom! Yet another. And on and on it goes. I see stories everywhere I look.
Tell us about your writing process.
My first book I pretty much wrote by the seat of my pants. I found as I got deeper into the story that I wished I’d known where I was going so I could have drawn a better map. As I began work on my second book, I outlined halfway through. My intent is to hit that halfway point and then evaluate where I am, outline the rest of the book, and go from there. I want to allow myself the chance to have some of those middle of writing ‘aha!’ moments, but I also would like a clear idea of what exactly needs to happen in the story as I’m writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn’t say I talk to them, but I’m always surprised that they have a mind of their own. They’re like unruly children. I tell them what I want to do, then off they go, doing their own thing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write. Write. And then read. And then write some more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Honestly? Reading Hugh Howey’s books led me to his blog which helped me understand self publishing. Or at least get a better picture of what it is. I enjoy having control over my projects and so self publishing is right up my alley. There’s a lot of learning involved. I don’t have the faintest idea how to properly market myself, or reach my target audience, but there are resources available to help me learn. As I love learning new skills, I’m good to go. I can’t speak for what traditional publishing would have brought me. Perhaps it has it’s own perks. I would advise anyone trying to decide how to publish to research the heck out of the subject. There’s a wealth of information out there!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly? I think physical books will go the way of cd’s. They’re still out there, but why? As much as I love physical books, the ease and economics of ebooks just make more sense.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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