About Sue Fagalde Lick:
A recovering journalist, Sue Fagalde Lick is a writer/musician/dog mom living on the Oregon Coast. When not playing music or writing books, poems and essays, she blogs about childlessness and life in Oregon. Her books include Stories Grandma Never Told, Azorean Dreams, Shoes Full of Sand, and Childless by Marriage.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! I feel the need to capture what I observe and what I learn. There are stories and poems everywhere from the wrinkles on my hands to the fire truck driving by on the highway.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a hybrid of seat of the pants and outlining. I just start writing until I come to a crossroads. Then I stop and see what I have. At that point I may start outlining and planning to see where I’m going, but not in great detail. If I plot out every moment of the story, I lose the desire to write it. I don’t usually do character sketches, but I do ask myself questions about the characters. How would they react in this situation, what do they want, what makes them happy, etc.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to get to know them, but I don’t talk to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is the fun part for me. If you don’t enjoy the actual writing, I would suggest doing something else because this is a hard business. You will face rejection, a ton of related work that isn’t writing, and family and friends who just don’t get what you do. If writing doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have published with traditional publishers, and I have self-published. I would advise new authors to try the traditional route of querying agents and publishers first. If you succeed, they will provide money, editing, production and marketing, so you can focus on the writing. However, if you are certain that your book should be published and can’t break through with publishers, it’s fine to self-publish. Just make sure your book is edited and designed as well as the rest of the books on the market.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We seem to be moving more toward self-publishing as the big publishers consolidate and reject all but guaranteed best-sellers. This allows a lot more creative freedom, but it also permits books that are not very good to be produced. That will sort itself out in the marketplace. E-books are definitely part of publishing’s future. These days, I believe all books should be available as both e-books and print books. Although the world is definitely going digital, many readers still prefer books on paper, and I don’t think that will go away.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Memoir, novels, poetry.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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