2. What are your favorite books? I read all sorts of fiction! From British classic authors like Dickens and Thackaray to authors like Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, Margaret Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls, and contemporary thrillers….I am an eclectic reader in that i enjoy almost all genres. i even enjoy reading cook books! The only genre I don’t read are erotica and some really dark noir. It’s a personal preference.
3. What is your path to publication? Write,-edit,-write,edit, some more, hire professionals-to edit, to do a cover design, publish, first the e-book, then the paperback version (and there’s a lot to learn there) and then book marketing–which is the most time consuming. JA Konrath a traditionally published author but now a self-pubbed ones said in a blog that most times he spends more hours marketing than writing. And I guess I’d have to do the same. Which is a pity because I really enjoy writing the most. But as a self-publisher that’s what is expected.
And why did i choose self-publishing?
I find that with e-books and Amazon and accessibility for the writer to publish, it feels silly to spend time and energy wooing an agent, then having to split 15 % of the royalties with that agent, and then, once the agent finds the publisher, the publisher will take another 12 to 24 months to get the book out, and they take about 70-80 percent of the royalties–and that’s not too bad, I guess, but the worse is that the traditional publishers nowadays expect the author to promote herself and spend time and money to expand her reach. So why pay for the services of a publisher, right? Yes, it would take a longer time to make a name for myself, and loads of money to market the book and author name, but if an author is in this for the long run –las I am-why not self-publish? It’ll take longer, but in 3-5 years I’d reach my audience, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.
4. How much time do you spend writing each day/week? I grab any time I can. If I am not doing stuff for my kids, or my pets, or my husband (rare!) I am either writing or reading. So, it’s hard to quantify. It could be as often as two-three hours a day to as little as two hours a week! I am a homeschool mother, so my time is limited since I have kids with me 24/7.
5. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
I could be an island, that is my natural tendency, but I force myself to be part of a community, so I would consider myself a peninsula. Hah!
6. What is your favorite thing about writing? Putting my ideas onto paper and sharing this with others. Least favorite? Editing!
7. Are writers born, taught, or both? As I read more about the craft of writing, I feel that it’s 99 percent perspiration and one percent inspiration. So, yes, there is that imagination which is intrinsic in a person, but the craft itself can be learned (at least that’s what I have read).
8. What would you tell younger and less experienced you if you could? Write a million words, then, read, read, read, and write a great story that’s been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer’s Digest has plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reign, which was my first novel–only about 17 times. And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! If a person is called to write she will know this in her bones, even if it’s something she has been pushing aside due to life’s commitments. Don’t give up. You’ll eventually get published if you keep trying.