I’ve always been intimidated by the dreaded ‘Author’s Bio’. what do i do with it? How do I compress myself into words and phrases that will actually make sense and make people want to read something I write? I generally start or end by saying I am a dragon. Its true, if only in my head. I have massive horns and spikes and resplendent purple scales and breathe fire. Anyone who knows me will tell you this is true, if only because I’m giving them the ‘agree-or-else’ look.
More literally, though, I am a young woman who has always been a writer. I wrote things in early primary before I realized what ‘writing’ was. In third grade I took the highest score in a national written composition exam. From fourth grade upwards we were ‘forced’ to write in our journals for an hour every morning at school, and I filled mine with character sketches of monsters who ate socks and had pesky little sisters and knots in their fur. I’ve only gotten worse since then.
Though I have scores of fiction ideas in my head and at various stages of completion, my first book, ‘How to Be a Dragon in Six Easy Steps’ is non-fiction, and written under the pseudonym Terri M. Asa. I honestly cannot begin to explain why I chose a pseudonym, except that I’d always wanted one.
I also design book cover graphics and promotional materials, and have designed the covers for all of my books (even though most of them aren’t written yet. Even dragons procrastinate!)
What inspires you to write?
Nothing, and everything. Inspiration is a tricky thing with me. I can hear a single line of conversation and it can spawn an entire book. The same can be said for a line in a book or something I see on TV, in the news, or of the silent three seconds before my brain reaches ‘sleep’. I don’t know if it is a good thing, but I find inspiration in a number of things, and in nothing at all, depending.
If on the rare occasion I do need inspiration I simply Google ‘fiction prompts’ or ‘story ideas’ or something along those lines and get a wonderful range of result to choose from.
Tell us about your writing process.
What’s a process? Just kidding! I find that it varies for me, though I have been using more outlines lately. I usually have so many story-lines in my head I have to write them down now in order to keep them straight. I’m not as young as I used to be!
I have a few notebooks delegated to story-lines and character sketches, if I create them, I don’t often use character sketches because I often get so caught up in the story my girls and boys tend to come to life quite easily on their own. Occasionally, though I find the need to go back and create a sketch, especially for a character i hadn’t intended to have a larger role but who decided that they needed a larger role.
I have writing software on my cellphone, on my iPod touch, and three different apps in my Google Chrome account; basically on every electronic device that can support it, I’ve got something to write on!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
i don’t! I talk to walls and pencils and other inanimate objects but I don’t talk to my characters; go figure! I do listen to them though. Often times I find myself envisioning scenes within and with out the story, getting a better feel for who my guy or girl is.
Though, if I find myself on a roll and the story is going in a different direction than I’d originally thought I do begin to yell at them, but that’s as far as my ‘talking’ to them goes.
What advice would you give other writers?
WRITE. It seems very simple but the amount of time we writers spend NOT writing is ridiculous. We often get distracted by real world issues or in research and naming our characters, but come up against a block of some sort when it comes to the actual writing. Just write. Write a little every day. Write as much as you can, for as long as you can. Write on the subway, on the bus, at the table at a restaurant while you’re waiting for your food, write in the bathroom when you need a minute. Write. Write about everything. The color of sunlight through a leaf, the way a rug feels under your high heels, the smell of paper and baby powder. Even if everything you’re writing is completely random and has no bearing on anything you are working on, write it down. You never know when it will come in handy. Write, and never stop.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was EASY! I wanted to be published now and not three years down the line. That’s a little harsh. The truth is I’d always enjoyed the notion of doing things myself, and being published was no different. I would suggest new authors look into every available publishing option; you never know what you’ll find.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think, like everything else, it will become modernized. We see some of it now with tablets and self-publishing, but I think it can and will go further. And like all things, new regulations will be put in place to ensure the same level of quality across the board.
Just think, one day paper and glue books are going to be vintage!
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, Romance – Adult, Paranormal, Crime, Drama; Non-fiction: Personal Development, Christian Non-Fiction Essays
What formats are your books in?
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