One could call me a simple dreamer–a wandering soul longing for romance, looking for adventure, and wondering what this thing we call life is really all about. Which, of course, is why I write; storytelling is a wonderful way to both make sense of the mundane and enjoy the impossible. We all have our unanswerable fantasies, do we not?
And so I work by day, write by night, and then release my works into the great ether where I hope others find and enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by!
What inspires you to write?
Two words: The impossible. Most of us possess certain dreams, curiosities, or desires that we know could never be in real life, and yet we yearn for them anyway, often secretly. Ever wish you could lift mountains? Could travel through time? Switch to a different life? I enjoy taking the more exotic of these fantasies and then using them to spin fun and whimsical tales.
Tell us about your writing process.
It depends. An idea will often just come to me, by which I will then stew over it for months before finally having enough material to write a story.
Outlining is also important. I devised and edited my first book, Miyu’s Wish, simultaneously as I wrote, following only a basic outline. But the stories I’m writing now are mostly mapped out ahead of time.
As for the outlines themselves, they’re usually scratched out by hand while it’s slow at work (my boring day job)!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! I’m very protective of my creations, and for my first-person stories, it’s probably more accurate to say I become the main character to a degree! But I’m always rooting for my protagonists, hoping to nudge the plot in their favor.
In fact, I’m not sure I could ever kill off one of my heroes, even if the plot required it! Let’s hope I can stay away from those dreary possibilities. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s a lot I could say, especially to the newbie indie-writer first getting his/her start. And I’m not exactly a big-time writer yet, either! But primarily, I encourage authors to find their niche–that corner of the writer’s market in which their works can stand out among the thousands of others constantly flooding the scene every month. Stephanie Meyer, for instance, found great success not only writing about romance, but romance with vampires involving life-or-death action and real-world melodrama, all aimed at teens. In other words, JUST writing romance, or high-fantasy or horror, might not be unique enough to catch the attention of a potential audience.
And for those going the indie route, make sure your book is properly edited before release, don’t be discouraged by the inevitably low initial sales, and be prepared to market your book everywhere you can. The latter costs money, of course, but it’s a great necessity to becoming noticed.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the indie-route, publishing through Amazon’s CreateSpace, as I wanted to retain complete control of my work. Big publishing houses are notorious for demanding that their authors make drastic changes to their stories before publication, oftentimes undermining the original vision in the process. I didn’t want to deal with that, assuming I could have found an interested publisher to begin with–it isn’t easy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Continued fragmentation. As consumer tastes continue to diverge, and as the indie-writer scene continues to grow and evolve, there are going to be more books out there to choose from than ever before. The digital revolution is accelerating this phenomenon even more quickly.
This is both good and bad, of course. From the consumer angle, the variety in unparalleled, and many of these books are being offered at ridiculously low prices. But there’s a lot of muck to also wade through to find the good stuff. From a writer’s perspective, the ease of publishing is far easier than ever before, which is great–but it also means more people are publishing than ever before, thus creating an enormous amount of competition.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
fantasy, YA, drama, mystery, comedy, sci-fi
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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