Roxanne Crouse loves cats, roller coasters, reading, and photography. She owns her own photography company and specializes in weddings. As a young girl she wanted to be a writer and wrote her first novel, A Dream Trip to England, at the age of fourteen. That novel will never see the light of day ever again.
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Roxanne Crouse has two short stories published on Amazon, Fortune and The Monster. She is currently working on a vampire fantasy/ science fiction mixed genre trilogy and a fey based series called The Otherworld Series. The first book from the series titled Believe will be released later in 2013. She’s also working on several short stories for upcoming anthologies. She currently lives in West Virginia with her family and cat and works as a wedding photographer.
What inspires you to write?
I loved reading and I wanted to share that love with everyone else. I started reading Garfield first and then moved on to Apple Paperbacks as I got older. In my teens I changed to horror and have been in love with the dark side of life ever since. I enjoyed the stories I read so much I wanted to share my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I come up with an idea first. It may be one scene in my head that interests me. It might be something from the news, or something intersting I heard somewhere random. I take that idea and I add my magical darkness to it.
I rarely write anything realistic. I live reality so it doesn’t interst me as a place to escape to. I will only start work on an idea if I can see the ending. I’m not going to waste hours of time on a story I can’t end.
Once I can see the story from start to finish I outline it. I always write an outline. You would never drive from Washington D.C. to L.A. without a map, neither should you write a novel without a clear path to the end. I use word to outline, nothing fancy. I write a one sentence blurb first so I know I have clear understanding of my story then I start writing short paragraphs of what each chapter will be about. After that, I look at what I can change to make the story more unpredictable.
I sometimes look up images of what I think my characters and locations will look like. The pictures help me keep my descriptions consistant. Then it’s time to start the real writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. I don’t interact with mycharacters at all. I keep a professional distance. I do picture them in my head as I write, kind of like watching a movie. It’s hard sometimes to keep up with them because I’m so slow at typing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read a lot and pay attention to what you are reading. Watch how the author draws you in and keeps your attention. Pay attention to what made you want to read the book in the first place. If you are not reading regularly you will never improve.
Also read outside of your regular genre or interests. It’s amazing how pengion holed your writing can be if you only read one type of style. By reading other styles you can bring something new to the genre you love.
You need to read poorly written books, too. How can you recognize you’re poor writing if you have never experianced it first hand. So seek out bad books on purpose and try to figure out how you would fix it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to control every aspect of my book, the cover, how it was marketed, how it was formatted, so self publishing was my only option. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t take a publishing deal. I would as long as they let me have last say.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love that the author has control now and I think even well known authors will start to self publish because they have work they’ve wanted to put out but publishers wouldn’t let them.
I do think at some point some kind of control will be developed to make sure self-published authors are putting out quality work. Right now that control is reviews, but as fake reviews become more truoblesome I think Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. will develop some type of inspection before they let work get released or buyers will get tired of wading through poorly written books and only by traditional again.
What genres do you write?
Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print