About R’Lee R. Coffey:
Word smith, unicorn whisperer, and master procrastinator, R’Lee R. Coffey lives in Michigan with her husband and five kids. While she spends most of her time penning stories about mythical creatures, she also enjoys reading, cooking, and leprechaun hunting.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me; books, movies, TV, real life. My dreams play a major role as well. A lot of times, what happens in my books is something that occurred in a dream I had.
Tell us about your writing process.
Do I plan ahead… yes? Of course. Wait… no. Okay, okay—sometimes. It really depends on the book. Some of my works required binders with more notes than actual pages in the novel (When Night Falls) and others required nothing more than two or three sentences paired with a chapter number for me to move along. (Broken Soul)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters don’t talk to me, they yell. Loudly. They object, they drag their feet, and boy-oh-boy do they let me know when I take the book in a direction it was no intended to go. My characters are assholes ninety percent of the time, but it seems to work out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Unicorns aren’t real and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is filled with snakes. Seriously, though, my advice would be that writer’s block is only something you incur when you take your characters down the wrong path. Listen to them—let them lead the story along.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I am a bit of a control-freak. (Elizabeth, I hear you snickering!) On the path of creativity, I like to lead. Would it be easier to publish traditionally, probably. Is it for me, definitely not. I like the title I picked for my book. I like the characters personalities and what they do. Having someone else tell me I have to have a HEA or certain tropes just doesn’t jive with my style.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of books is up in the air. Trade publishers put out some crap—yes, I said it—while some Indie’s are putting out gold. I’ve read maaannnny good books online that didn’t make a trade publisher’s cut, and then read said trade publisher’s newest author and had to scratch my head at the why and how they picked that novel. I can’t predict the future, but I would like to see the Indies (the good ones) surge up the food chain and take out some of those arrogant big pub’s. Also, I’d like vanity publishers to die.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal, romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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