Saturday, December 28, 2013
I've been gong through my hard drive attempting to clean it up and have stumbled across a lot of old interview questions. Over the next little while I thought I'd post some of them here.
Please finish this sentence: The best thing about being an author is…
You get to pick your own ending! (which is something I like to think happens, but I suspect my characters have more say than I do)
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a writer?
That not everyone that reads what I write is going to like it. I think that was the hardest thing to swallow.
I had to start thinking of it in terms that simplified it so much that I was able to shake it off and keep going. Some people like Coca-cola, some like Pepsi and some like plain ‘ol water.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced with a publisher?
At the start, I accepted what they said and did it, even when I have to grit my teeth to do it.
It was somewhere around my fourth book I realized that I did not have to give into everything they wanted.
One publisher wanted me to add more sex to my stories. I have nothing against erotica at all, but the story they wanted me to ‘spice up’ would have lost a lot if I’d given in.
It was a hard choice to walk away from them and seek out new publishers that were happy with my stories lines as they were but I’m much a happier now that I have.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t think it hit me until I was going through the editing process on probably my third book. It was one of those odd moments where everything settles and fades into the background and I looked down at the manuscript and realized what I was doing.
What can I say, I’m a little slow sometimes. lol
Has any other writer online had a big effect on you, or your writing?
All of them! I have met so many writers that I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down to one or two. At first I couldn’t believe the moral support they toss at you each step of the way. It’s amazing and wonderful to know that there is a large body of people doing what you do that will cheer you on each step of the way. I can’t say that would be true for a lot of other professions out there.
How much of real life do you put in your writing?
Even though I write paranormal, I try to put enough real moments into my stories that people can relate and if I do research if I’m going to be mentioning a certain place. In the Magic Seasons the women work at a recycling plant, so I did a lot of research there to describe it to the readers.
What inspired you to write this story?
I actually didn’t have plans to write a fifth book in the series but it nagged at me that I’d left Patrick and Rhonda just hanging at the end of Autumn Dance, so I sat down and dug a little deeper into their personalities to see if they had something to share.
How long did it take you to write?
This one took quite a bit longer than the rest of the series. The first four books took me six months in total, I thought my hands were going to swell up from typing so much. Winter Mist was a little harder to unravel and put onto paper so it was probably six to eight months in the works.
What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Proofreading/editing. Not the actual editing part, just the reading the same words over and over part. From the writing process to publication I think I’ve read the story at least twenty times, maybe more.
I will dig out some more for next time.
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