About Verity A. Buchanan:
A storyteller by nature, Verity A. Buchanan writes to share her words with the world and give God the glory. The world of Legea took over her life about 8 years ago and she's been there ever since. She wrestles through late nights and uncooperative characters to portray stories of courage, family, and very ordinary people living ordinary lives — because it's in the ordinary that we find the extraordinary.
Since writing late nights doesn't pay the bills, Verity works on a dairy farm in the gorgeous countryside of rural northern Michigan. In spare time, she haunts the pages of The Silmarillion and gives her piano hours of love.
What inspires you to write?
I'm a hugely visual person. Most of my inspiration, if not from books, comes from the world around me. Skies, beautiful landscapes, ugly landscapes, unique faces, or something as simple as two taillights in front of me at dusk.
Tell us about your writing process.
I draft the concept on the fly, often collaborating with my sister to tell the story aloud. Then, with the storyline down, I write, smoothing out the plot holes and structure as I go. I think of myself as an organic writer. I don't force anything. I know what's going to happen, but the characters know best how and when to make it happen. (Mostly. Sometimes I gotta put my foot down…)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It's not uncommon for me to scold a character who's being stubborn, despite the fact he's doing exactly what I want him to. I can also be found growling at the ones who won't cooperate with the story, facepalming over the lovable idiots, and laughing at one particular character's recurring wit. (He doesn't like being laughed at, though…) My characters live for me. I couldn't picture life without them.
What advice would you give other writers?
To write the story, because there will always be someone out there who loves it the way you do. And don't seek criticism too early, or you risk destroying the story before you've found out what it's about.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've published through Ambassador International, a small press with 40 years in the publishing industry. Smaller presses are a great middle option for authors who don't have the base needed for self-publishing, but can't get their voice heard in the tsunami of agent submissions. Often, small presses don't even require an agent as a go-between, and while it's important to determine its legitimacy (watch out for vanity presses!), many are places of great camaraderie and dedicated to making their authors succeed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there are many new opportunities arising for every author to get his/her voice out there. Social media, blogging, and small presses are evening the playing field. It's still a healthy competition game, but you can find your audience and establish a niche with greater ease than ever before.
What genres do you write?: High fantasy, YA
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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