A.J. Goode is a member of Romance Writers of America and a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She was also a finalist in the Launching a Star writing competition.
A.J. is a lifelong resident of Michigan, where she lives with her three kids and one very needy cat. She is a quilter and an embroidery enthusiast with an addiction to all things chocolate.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by the world around me, and all the moments that make me ask "what if?"
Tell us about your writing process.
I am somewhere between being an outliner and a seat of the pants writer. I start with a vague outline and usually end up veering off on tangents that take my books to places I never plan on going.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I often talk to my characters, usually while doing some mundane chore like washing dishes or mopping the floor.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hugh Howey (Silo Series), Shanna Hatfield (Pendleton Petticoats), Janette Oke (Love Comes Softly), Gwen Bristow (Celia Garth)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with self-publishing because I am an impatient person and I was attracted to the fast pace of independent publishing. I probably would have been better off learning more about it before jumping in, but the whole learning process has been a terrific adventure.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it's going to continue evolving to a point where traditional and independent publishers form a sort of a team. I hope that traditional will become more accepting of indies, and I hope that indies will continue to strive for higher levels of professionalism. Eventually, I think there will come a time when both types develop a mutual respect for each other.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Humor
What formats are your books in?
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