About Zeecé Lugo:
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in many places. Her early love was reading. The worlds of Pern, Middle-earth, St. Mary Mead, and Shrewsbury Abbey had an incredible influence and hold on her imagination.
She wrote her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, in two months, spending long hours at her task. During that time, she ensconced herself in her bedroom with her computer, barely coming out to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. One day, her nearest neighbor came desperately knocking at her bedroom window, afraid that Zeecé might be dead; no one had seen her for days!
What inspires you to write?
My surroundings. Works by other writers. My dreams of the future.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin by the seat of my pants. An idea hits me, and I have to get it down before it fades. Then, I lay in bed at night considering the possibilities over and over. I often get up in the middle of the night and sit at my computer to outline and flesh out the details. I never know what my characters will do until they do it. For example, in Daniel’s Fork, I had no idea that Jonas was going to be gay until the chapter where Eric shows up. It had never entered my mind that I would end up inserting a gay relationship into my novel.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The truth is that one of the characters is usually me, in my mind. The funny thing is that it's not necessarily a female character. In Daniel’s Fork, it's usually Will Evers that I inhabit. This creates a problem in the sense that my love scenes tend to be from the man’s perspective, but women like to read such scenes from a woman’s perspective. Since I live in Will Ever’s mind, I have no choice.
What advice would you give other writers?
Watch the quietly successful writers and do what they do. Concentrate on writing well rather than selling well, and have faith that if the writing is good, the fans will come.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had neither the connections, the time, nor the urge to spend years sending out packets to people who had no vested interest in me. I felt that self publishing gave me the option to succeed or fail through my own efforts.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Sadly, I think that the written word in the next decade will be done entirely electronically. I am a lover of print books, but in the future, they will be collectors’ items. I believe that the paper publishers will disappear eventually, and I don’t think that is a good thing for society, but it's a great thing for the indie authors of today.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Speculative Fiction, Paranormal Romance, and Mystery, so far. In the future, any genre is a possibility.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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