About S. Marie Carlson:
Hi, I’m S. Marie Carlson. I am the author of the Sovereign Spell Chronicles series and the illustrator of the Talk About Max… series by Toni Olson. I live in Western Wisconsin and have spent my years falling in love with characters from my favorite books and movies. I grew up creating things through art and have now ventured into the wild world of authoring. I love to read, write and make art about werewolves, witches, vampires, and all the things I can come up with in this crazy lil’ mind of mine. When I’m not busy writing I can be found spending time with my husband and son on our homestead and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are interested.
What inspires you to write?
I love creating stories. I love making worlds and the people in them. I don’t know what exactly inspires me I guess it is just my ability to create place where nothing has to be the same as it is in our world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tried outlining once, but then by the time I finished the book was nothing like what I had outlined. I guess I’m a pantser.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh my goodness. It is so funny how even after I have finished a novel I still find myself thinking of how the characters will interact in a situation I would be in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Only write for yourself. If you write for the money, the money will never come.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self publish through my company Indigo Moon Press. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for authors to be able to get out there and share their work with the world. Having success does not rely on using a traditional publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is falling into the hands of the Indie authors and publishers. I’m not saying that the traditional publishing companies are not awesome. I love them. But what I am saying is that there are many good authors who are coming out of the woodwork with their own books and who are choosing to go the self published route. I mean look at Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey, their success with self publishing has opened a door for those of us who wish to pursue a chance as an author. I believe there will still be traditional publishing houses around, but I also feel they will become more of an additional tool indie authors can utilize to grow their readership.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA fantasy, YA, historical fiction, contemporary, sci-fi, steampunk,
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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