About Sage Ardman:
The “Westerley” series were my first novels. I did write two technical books, but they weren’t nearly as much fun.
After a lifetime of reading general fiction, I discovered romance at age 59, and fell in love with it. Now I fill my time reading and writing romance novels.
Also, I never drank whiskey before. But since I wrote characters who drink it, I became curious. Now it’s my favorite drink.
Life in Northern California is full of surprises, including these romance novels. I have been happily married for thirty years, and we have raised two wonderful children. I honestly wouldn’t trade places with anyone else, living or dead, real or imagined.
What inspires you to write?
Sometimes it’s the only thing I can do. I can’t wait to sit down and get my ideas written. There are even times when I write all night without sleeping, then continue writing through the next day, not even feeling that tired by the next night.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start by writing dialog, typing for hours to construct scene after scene. Narration comes later to fill-in the emotions. I keep notes in a separate file which helps me organize the book. Everything is done on a computer–the book is never printed until it is received by the publisher. As a computer programmer, I have written my own software for managing the books, including cliche-detection and overuse of words.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When my mind is quiet, I can imagine my characters talking to each other, responding to the situations. To get a proper response out of them, I imagine that I am each of them (regardless of gender) so they can react as I would.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read and read. Then keep reading while you write. I use other books as “palette cleansers” to keep my mind fresh while writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My family has two writers in it, so we formed our own publishing company which buys its own ISBNs, and hires cover designers and editors. The rest we do ourselves. Going with an established publisher was too much work and the loss of control was unacceptable.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Just as the Internet let everyone be the star of their own television show, now Amazon has destroyed the publishing industry and rebuilt it so that everyone can be an author. This makes it difficult to get recognized, but at least it levels the playing field so that there are no barriers to entry.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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