DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, Wicked Hunger, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.
What inspires you to write?
I love learning about different cultures’ mythology and legends. I’ve researched everything from Aztec human sacrifices and Native American origins stories to Greek and Egyptian mythology. I have pages and pages of captivating myths, legends, and odd stories bookmarked to use someday. What I like to do with all this research is blend actual mythology into a fictional mythology to create something completely new.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process has changed over the years. When I first started writing seriously, I took a very simple approach. Get an idea. Start writing. I rarely outlined and planned most of my books late at night while I tried to fall asleep.
Lately that has begun to change. Over the past few years I’ve had less time to write, so I need to be more efficient with my time when I do sit down to write. I detest outlining, still, but I do sketch out a couple of sentences per chapter (often on sticky notes) so I always know where I’m going next when I sit down to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Even though I’ve had to start outlining lately doesn’t mean I don’t listen to my characters. There are still plenty of times that my stories will take a major detour as I write, but that’s what makes the writing process so much fun. Sometimes it takes a while to get to know my characters as well. There have been times where I’ve had to go back and rewrite early chapters to fit who that character really ended up being.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find a group of trusted beta readers. When I finish a first draft, I would love nothing more than to hang up my hat and proclaim it perfect. That never happens. I might think I’ve nailed all the characters, reactions, and plotline, but it’s nearly impossible to judge your own writing with an unbiased eye. Beta readers can catch weird exchanges between characters, irritating character habits, dragging storyline, and plot holes. Every writer needs a few readers who will give them an honest opinion and point them in the right direction to fix the issues.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I first started getting serious about publishing, I queried dozens of agents and publishers, all with the same response. A polite no thank you. I had no publishing credits and no credentials to back me up. I began researching self-publishing and I was surprised by how different it was from what I expected. I got started on publishing my first book, and now I currently have eight self-published books. I didn’t count out traditional publishing, though. I’ve worked with several publishers, good and bad experiences, but I am getting ready to release a new book, Wicked Hunger, with Clean Teen Publishing early in 2014 and I am enjoying the experience! Either option can be a great path. Self-publishing takes a lot of work and authors need to be realistic about what they can and can’t do. Traditional publishing can really depend on how dedicated the publisher is to working with an author. Do your research to find out what option is best for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited that readers seem to be opening up more and more to indie and small press books. Readers just want a good book that will entertain them, no matter how it’s published. I don’t think this is a trend that will disappear any time soon.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
young adult, young adult urban fantasy, young adult science fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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