Bridget Straub is the author of seven novels and counting. She has also written the musical, Room To Grow with Laura Hall. When she isn’t writing (which is rare) she is spending time with her family.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by the people around me as well as music and art. My stories are like songs, insights into a moment in time in a character's life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I never know what is going to happen when I write. I generally have an opening line and from there it just takes off. My characters do and say things I was not expecting on a regular basis. I like it though. It certainly makes it interesting.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely listen to my characters as they are running the show. That said, I'll often have whole conversations in my head that never make it onto the page.
Who are your favorite authors?
Interestingly enough I don't read a lot of fiction, mostly because I am fascinated by real people and their stories. I read a lot of biographies but also watch as many rom coms as I can. I did enjoy The Witching Hour by Ann Rice. I also think Emma Thompson is a brilliant writer and my writing has been compared to Maria Semple so of course I have read her books as well.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I became frustrated with the lack of traditional publishing that was happening ten years ago and decided to jump on the self publishing band wagon. Unfortunately I am terrible at self promotion, so I have decided to take the new series I'm writing in a new YA/NA genre back to traditional publishing as it appears to have shifted again.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am hopeful that books are making a comeback. Agents once again appear to be open to new writers and that can only be good for readers.
What genres do you write?
Woman's Fiction/Chicklit & soon YA/NA
What formats are your books in?
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