Who or what influenced your writing once you began? Certainly my husband’s absolute enthusiasm for my stories is the reason I am a full-time writer now. Both my daughter and my husband are the reason I had the courage to publish my stories.
In the book business two authors have had a profound effect on my professional career.
Nora Roberts blog taught me that writing is a business. You are a writer. You write first market second.
Melissa Foster is the award-winning and bestselling author of Fostering Success with her courses helped me take my novels and within a month both of my novels were on Amazon’s bestsellers lists. She and the other authors of Fostering Success are a very upbeat and positive voice of experience and expertise in this very rapidly changing environment where few know the rules. I owe Melissa a great deal of gratitude for her personal time and her phenomenal courses!
Being a novelist is a fantastic career! Having worked as a consultant and having owned numerous companies, I realized that this was the perfect business. Here is the beauty of it: You write at least a few novels a year. If you write well, your products will never go out of style and no competitor can ever steal your voice.
Every new reader that likes one of your products has a high likelihood of purchasing one or more of your other products. It’s a great business but as in any business, it requires a hell of a lot of work. You write every day. You complete quality products. You have a team that you trust to assist you. And then you learn to sell them.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? There is absolutely nothing more challenging than writing your heart on a page and then opening it up to public view for possible ridicule! I’ve never been afraid of much of anything but I was terrified of that rejection of the one thing that I felt defined me. Call me a back cook and I laugh. Attack my writing and that is a painful wound.
Because 95% of my reviews are 4-5 stars, it has made it easier to read the negative reviews and determine if there is something of value. Do I need to tweak in the book or marketing? Now my only real issue on a negative reviews is when someone finds it necessary to write a diatribe of false information or spills spoilers—you have to wonder what is their ulterior motive.
Having mentioned marketing, I would have to say that marketing right now is the most complex part of being an author. Thankfully I discovered Melissa Foster and Fostering Success. Within a month of Melissa’s courses and following her training I discovered both of my books on Amazon’s bestsellers list!
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? It showed me that I could have the life that I had always dreamed of living. That I needed to be LIVING the life I wanted in order to have it
Do you intend to make writing a career? Absolutely! I am doing that now and I intend to continue!
What is your greatest strength as a writer? When I read the reviews and emails, the two most common comments are that I am able to paint a scene well and that they love the characters. I don’t think I can take much credit for the characters. They seem to take on a life of their own and seriously crack me up!
Because my main characters typically come to me in a flash of what some may call inspiration, I instantly know who they are. I also know their basic story right then and there. That “flash of inspiration” or whatever one might call it, is a gift to me and I feel a tremendous responsibility to tell that characters story well.
But it seems to me that my greatest strength as a writer (and really probably my only innate skill where writing is concerned) is the ability to feel the flow of emotions in the story so that I know when we need to laugh, when we need to cry and emotions in between.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I have never, ever had writer’s block. I have had times when I wasn’t certain how I would resolve something especially when I found myself totally out of my league with the Fantasy/Mythology genre.
But a bit of research and a heck of a lot of writing solves a lot of the issues! I can write and think, “Oh that is SO bad!” But then you go back and you find a nice phrase or a concept that allows you to improve. As Nora Robert’s says, “You can’t edit a blank page.”
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Genre – Paranormal
Rating – PG