About Rhonda Parrish:
Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine since 2007 (which is like 30 years in internet time) and is the editor of several anthologies including (most recently) Fae and B is for Broken.
In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) and Mythic Delirium.
What inspires you to write?
I constantly tell myself stories. About strangers I see on the street, about places that I walk by with my dog and about people, places and events which only exist inside my imagination. The biggest inspiration for me to write is the desire to share those stories with other people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually write my first drafts long hand and I very, very, very rarely outline.
Every time I write it’s different. I struggle a lot with first drafts so my strategy is mostly, “Do whatever it takes to get the words on the page”.
Sometimes that means typing up a first draft instead of writing it longhand, and in especially desperate circumstances it means typing it while using Write or Die set on kamikazee mode (so it begins deleting what I’ve written if I stop typing for too long).
Sometimes it means drawing up a point-form outline of the absolute most basic sort.
Sometimes it means working in absolute silence, and sometimes with music playing.
Whatever it takes to get the words on the page.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not in any conscious say, no, but I imagine my subconscious is having a riveting conversation with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up and do whatever it takes to get the words on the page.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published traditionally and self-published as well. For me the decision of which to do is something I make for each project as I complete it and based on all sorts of rational factors but also on intuition. That’s not actually a system I’d necessarily recommend other people use LOL
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think people will continue to write books, people will continue to read books. Some of those will be traditionally published and some will be self-published and (call me an optimist but) someday there won’t be anymore of this us vs. them stuff and we’ll all, reader and writer both, benefit from having more options than ever before.
What genres do you write?: Mostly I write ‘speculative fiction’ but really, like many people, I also sneak into other genres from time to time because why limit yourself?
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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