About Roxy Queen:
Roxy lives in the south with her family, two dogs and a semi-feral cat. Her office window looks over a tree-fort and she’s obsessed with 80’s movies and first love. All of her books come from a moment that she’s thought about or evolved from an idea she’d like to read in a book. Since Roxy can’t always find the books that she likes, she started writing her own.
Those books usually end up being about hot guys and strong women and the fun times in between.
What inspires you to write?
My mind is constantly running…thinking of one plot or the other. I’m one of those people that says, “oh, that would make a GREAT book!” and immediately start outlining it in my head. So really, anything I find interesting can turn into a book.
Tell us about your writing process.
Total pantser, although I usually *think* about a book for a long time before I get started. I take it step by step often not exactly knowning where it will end up. This, of course, can cause problems when I get to the end but I do my best to make everything fit. I’m all about plot and story so making the pieces click together is important to me.
The only routine I have is writing and exercising. Fresh air gives me inspiration. I try to then put it down on paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have a feeling if people walked in while I’m writing they would see me staring into space, “involved” with my characters!
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep reading and keep writing. Always. And just finish. I know it’s difficult to write a full novel but try hard not to get distracted by shiny new projects.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I entered a small online fiction contest and won with my short story entry. Later I took that entry and turned it into a full novel. From there I queried my the novel, a YA paranormal for about 6 months before I started researching self-publishing. I have always owned a business in one form or the other and publishing a book on my own was pretty scary (this was on the early end of things when there was still a stigma to self-publishing) but every day it just seemed like the better fit for my personality and the writing I wanted to do.
My advice for new writers is to do what feels right. I work best on my own schedule, working on the projects I find interesting. I’ve always been this way and the idea of handing over everything to a publisher (back then) was not exactly what I wanted. Since then I have begun working with a publisher for several of my books. I guess I’m what you call “hybrid.” Different things work for different situations. Find what fits.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s very exciting and you just never know what is going to happen. Things have changed very quickly. I published my first book in 2011 and, well, at that time hardly anyone self-published. It was foreign territory. That changed quickly and although I think I have a lot of knowledge about this business you have to really keep on your toes. You also have to make a very specific intent to write and create because the business side can take over easily and that is not good.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To Roxy Queen Page On Amazon
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