About Scott Cramer:
I wanted to be an author when I was six years old, but I did not start writing until after college. I have written feature articles for national magazines, optioned a screenplay, and worked in high-tech communications. The Toucan Trilogy –Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M– are my first novels.
What inspires you to write?
I love to listen to stories and I love to tell stories. My best stories I can tell through writing.
The act of writing is a solitary endeavor, but the process of publishing involves a large cast, and, of course, there are readers. I really enjoy the interaction with readers, as well as with the many people who are part of the ‘publishing team.’
My cover designer is from Bulgaria; I have editors in Ohio, Tennessee, New York, and Vancouver, Canada; I have beta readers in Idaho, Portugal, Sweden, and the US…. It’s like a family!
Tell us about your writing process.
I try to write everyday.
I used to write spontaneously. That is, I would not have an outline. This method can generate a lot of good ideas.
I learned a great deal about story telling from writing screenplays. Screenplays require structure. Typically a movie has three or four acts.
When I am working on a novel now, I have a 3-act structure in the back of my mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters do come to life, and after that happens, you listen to them more than tell them what to do.
What advice would you give other writers?
2) Keep at it!
3) Keep at it!
4) Keep at it!
5) Try to find a routine and stick to it!
Keep “chipping away” at your ideas and stories, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There is a revolution taking place in the publishing world, and self-published authors are now able to compete with traditionally published books.
I think self-publishing is a great way to go! But it is very important to maintain the highest quality standards.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I had always loved paperbacks and hardcover books. Then I bought a Kindle. Five minutes after owning the Kindle, I decided that eBooks were the future. I love the reading experience on my Kindle.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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