About William Wilde:
I write suspense and horror fiction. My books are published by Amazon Direct and Synergebooks. I have received two EPIC Award nominations for my work. I also write the blog Murder Beach Mystery Reviews. Writers groups I belong to are EPIC and Willamette Writers.
What inspires you to write?
I’m driven to write when I have a new story idea I’m excited about. The story must also have an underlying theme that I want to develop. Genre fiction can have a serious theme which comes out in the telling of the story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I chart out a loose plot outline with pencil and notebook paper before I ever start writing the actual short story or novel. I keep the outline loose enough to allow for changes and additions as I go, and to allow for spontaneity when I write each scene. I do character sketches first as well. Having this preliminary work done lets me focus on creating each new scene without having to stop to develop the background material. Using an outline, I already know where the plot is going and what I need to emphasize to make the story and theme work.
What advice would you give other writers?
Start with writing short stories to learn fiction technique before trying to write a full length novel. Genre magazines offer good markets to get your first work published, especially in the genres of SF, Fantasy, and Horror.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I began first with an E-book publisher, who distributed my titles onto multiple retail sites. Later, I published some titles myself onto Amazon Kindle. Self-publishing requires more time and work on MS formatting, but it gives the writer more control over the book marketing. I advise new writers to try both kinds of publishing to see which gives them the best sales results.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Print books will coexist with growing E-book popularity. Kindle and other devices will continue to attract new readers. This opens new ways for readers to read books the way they want to and more places for writers to publish their work.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: suspense and horror
What formats are your books in?: eBook