About Tammy Ferebee:
Tammy Ferebee, or Tams to her friends, lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the proud mother of two, has always enjoyed reading, and of course, has a deep love for writing.
She enjoys spending time with her family, going on road trips, fishing, dancing, eating unhealthy amounts of chocolate, wearing slippers in and out of the house, and binge-watching her favorite shows.
What inspires you to write?
I find so many things inspiring. Scenery, pictures, quotes, songs, life experiences. The smallest thing can bring about the craziest idea, and from there, my imagination just takes off.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t use outlines. My writing process is hard to break down. I really feel as though my stories write themselves. Sometimes, an amazing character comes to mind, and I find myself surprised by the crazy things he/she does, though I’m the one who makes them do those things. Or, a simple idea will pop into my head, and then I’m shocked that my characters are able to make that idea into a full story.
Once I have a story, I separate from it, return to it after a few months, and then edit like crazy.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely talk to my characters. That may sound odd, but I become very much attached to them the more I get to know them. I talk to them in the car, while cooking, etc. I listen to them as well. What they say is what creates my story’s dialogue. (For the record, I’m not a psychotic. I promise!)
What advice would you give other writers?
Definitely write! You’re not a writer if you don’t write. Aspiring writers should also read, be open to constructive criticism, and embrace their inner-weirdness. Don’t fear being too weird or too different. That weirdness is what’ll likely start the next big trend. Be fearless, be different, and write on!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It all boils down to my words. I need to have creative control, so self-publishing was the best option for me. While I believe every author needs beta-readers, editors, and proofreaders, I need to have the final say. I need to be able stand behind whatever I share with readers. It needs to be something I can fully claim, and I have to like it. If I have to accept every change an editor throws at me, I may lose pieces of the story that mean something to me, or even characters entirely. Being an indie author keeps me in the loop, gives me the upper hand, and allows me to publish stories I’m proud of.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I strongly believe that indies are going to dominate the publishing industry. Readers are becoming more open to buying from indie authors. Many actually turn to indie authors for something different and more affordable. I think ebook sales will continue to rise being that we live in a technology-driven world, and self-publishing will continue to be a top choice for many writers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: My debut is a young adult, contemporary, sci-fi tale.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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