I’m a writer and stage director living in New York City. I’m originally from Boston, but moved to New York to pursue acting. I did that for a few years and then switched to directing, ultimately going back to school for my MFA. Now I write books and direct plays – not bad ways to spend my time.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had a strong urge to create. That had pushed me into theater, as an actor, director and playwright, but in recent years theater wasn’t scratching that itch quite as well as it used to. Inspired by a friend’s success with self-publishing, I turned an idea I had for a stage play into a book, and I was hooked.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ll start with a very basic idea, maybe just one thought or hook for a story. I’ll brainstorm around that idea, just throwing thoughts down without censoring myself, until I have a very rough, very simple plot. At this point it might just be the beginning and the end. Then I start outlining. I write a few pages describing the main action of the book, figuring out how I get from that beginning to that end. When that’s complete, I’ll break it down further, until I have a small plot description for every individual chapter in the book. Only when that’s complete do I start to actually write. I stay very flexible, and things can change drastically at any step in the process, but each stage gives me a framework for what comes next.
I use the program Scrivener all the way through, from first idea to final draft. It’s perfect for me, and for this method of outlining. I’ll keep every book of a series in the same file, plus all of my research, outlines, inspirations and notes. It’s amazing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
A little bit of both. I can’t say I’m one of those authors whose characters dictate the story – they do what I say! But I do listen for their voice, so that they’re saying and doing things they way they would say and do them, not how some other character would.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write! My only regret is not starting earlier. If you think you’ve got a book in you, get it out!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a good friend who has been very successful with self-publishing. I am completely unashamed when I say I just copied everything she did. It’s working out so far!
She turned me on to the kboards forum – it’s a great resource for the nuts and bolts of the self-publishing process, as well as for writing tips and encouragement.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks have changed it forever – not just in how readers read, but in how writers publish. Self-publishing will continue to grow, and traditional publishers will need to find a new model in order to survive.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Contemporary, LGBT
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print