About Roxanne Smith:
A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing in Asheville, NC, she’s an avid reader of every genre, a cat lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, Doctor Who, and her dashing husband, who provides ample material for her writing.
What inspires you to write?
I love reading character-driven stories, and I love coming up with interesting characters. Any given plot point will change the game depending on what kind of person the character is and how they react…anxious or laidback, happy or morose. They dictate a story more than plot, and I think that’s pretty fascinating.
Tell us about your writing process.
To get the motor going, I write out a few chapter outlines, about a paragraph each. I don’t bother worrying about the whole book, because I never keep with the outline. If my gut moves a scene away from what I had in mind, I go with the flow. It always works out in the end, and has even led to a few surprises for me. I’m a pantser, but I do keep detailed, handwritten logs for everything from the cast of characters and their attributes to how many words I write daily.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters so much as I talk at them. I take care to ensure their actions coincide with their personalities. So, there’s a lot of, “Nah, you wouldn’t do that, you’d do THIS.” And yes, it feels as ridiculous as it sounds.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t ever, ever give up. The time I decided I wanted to write to the time I signed a publishing contract was a span of ten years. It took me nearly two just to edit my first completed manuscript to industry standard, and that was after I had signed with an agent. The number of rejections I received…we’ll just say staggering. So, don’t give up. Period.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t know self-publishing was really a thing when I started out. It was never a question. I wanted to be traditionally published. It was like a personal challenge, to be good enough for an agent, good enough for a publisher. I’m extremely tenacious, so once I had a goal, that was it. Self-publishing isn’t for me, but I wouldn’t knock it, either.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With self-publishing and the digital market, the future is gray matter. There’s just no telling. All I know is I want to be a part of it. I love real books with paper pages, so of course it’s my dream to have a print contract. I can only hope that’s still a thing in the future!
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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