S.E. Doster is a Georgia native who can usually be found somewhere in the country with her dog Draco by her side. She is a contributing writer to the Nerds Against the World website and regular guest of the Nerds Against the World bi-weekly podcast. She received her diploma for the Children’s Writing course at PCDI. Her first full-length novel, The Alliance: Bloodlines, was originally started at the age of eighteen. After many years of debating, she finally decided to revisit her first novel and self-publish on Amazon.
She is a lover of coffee, art, comic books and all things Joss Whedon. She credits Whedon for inspiring her to write her own novels and comics at a young age. When she is not reading or writing stories, you can usually find her immersed in an epic video game or with a paintbrush in hand. Regardless of which hobby she is enjoying, chances are good you’ll hear rock music blaring in the background. She is currently working on the sequel to The Alliance: Bloodlines , and also the creator or co-creator of various comic book projects. She invites you to join her on her website www.sedoster.com to discuss all things geeky.
What inspires you to write?
I get a lot of inspiration just from my dreams. I keep a dream journal next to my bed just in case I wake up with a great idea. I also get a lot of inspiration and motivation from creators such as Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, and Felicia Day.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually build a basic outline first, but that changes a lot throughout the revisions process. I’ll make Word documents for my character bios, general story notes, and my outline. I keep those documents handy in case I need to remember a specific detail. I usually take a break once I finish the first draft, and move on to another project. Once I can come back to my draft with fresh eyes, I re-read and revise the manuscript until I am satisfied. Sometimes I write in a quiet environment, but I also have a playlist that I keep handy for certain moods throughout the book. I find rock music can be great for fight scenes!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can see the characters and scenes pretty visually in my head. The entire novel plays in my head like a movie, and then I just capture it all in writing. I do read a good bit of dialogue out loud to see if it sounds natural.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always keep writing! I thought my writing was terrible, but I kept working at it anyway. The more you write, the better you will get.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I feel all options should be considered, but for me the best option was self-publishing. Self-publishing can give you great control, but the marketing can also prove to be more difficult. Research all options!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The digital age has changed everything. I think that self-publishing will continue to grow, and new authors will have more options for sharing their book with the world.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sci-fi, horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print