What inspires you to write?
Frankly, if I didn’t write, I don’t know what I’d do with the hundreds of ideas buzzing around my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m very much a planner. I start with an idea, expand it and expand it until I have an action by action outline, then rewrite that until I think it’s perfect. Finally, when I’m sure it’s as good as it can be, I start to write the first draft.
I have all my world-building done before I start to write as well. I write in Scrivener, but I plan in Excel.
It usually takes me three drafts and five polishes before I’ll publish.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters often ignore my plan and do what they want. That’s kind of the point of an outline, I think. It’s there to lay out approximately what will happen, but the instant the characters have a better idea, you need to change the plan.
What advice would you give other writers?
Download Focus Booster and use it. Write in 25 minute chunks with 5 minute breaks;
Outlining and planning will save you a lot of time;
If you didn’t write today, you can’t call yourself a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I just hated sending off samples and queries and not hearing back for six months, so I decided to bypass the barriers to publishing and do it myself.
After investigation, I think self-publishing is the way to go.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think publishing houses will change their business model. Once paper books are gone for good, they will lose their role. The best way for them to move forward is as book consultants, taking a percentage of the profits in exchange for perfecting and marketing a book.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Science-fiction, fantasy, humour
What formats are your books in?