June Collins has been a farmer, exotic dancer, rock-band booking agent, night-club owner, whistle-blower, author, commercial crab fisherman in Alaska’s Bering sea, shop/tea-room owner in downtown Seattle and mother to six adopted children from four countries. She has always followed her fate and never feared to step out of her comfort zone.
What inspires you to write?
I needed money and I KNEW I had a story after I made front page headlines all over the world as a whistle blower. However, even as a young child, I always received the top marks for my compositions which I loved writing. To this day, I remember my hurt when a teacher once wrote on my composition,’We want quality, not quantity.’ Maybe that is why I try always to be concise.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an extremely busy person. Therefore, I usually try to write between 4 A M and 8 A M. There are too many interruptions after that.
I cannot stick to an outline so have stopped trying to use them. Sticking to a defined path seems unnatural to me as I am not sufficiently disciplined.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Having lived many varied lives, I write about those. Therefore, my main character is always my ever-changing self. I read in one writers’ tutorial that we should not write about characters who do not remain in the story throughout. I ignore that rule and write about all characters who made an impression on me. Because I always traveled continuously, it would be impossible to write about ‘permanent’ characters. Some rules are good but others can be limiting.
What advice would you give other writers?
I never complete a segment before stopping. The times that I did this have lead to writers block. I always stop half way through a segment. That way I can’t wait to get back to it. The juices are then flowing and I have no problem continuing on. The few times I have encountered writers block, I’ve skipped the parts that were blocking me and moved ahead. Eventually the answer to the stubborn part solves itself and I go back and complete it. I partially edit the previous days work each morning.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In another age, The Khaki Mafia (co-authored with Robin Moore) was published by Crown in hardcover and Avon in paperback. It sold extremely well and we had little to do except keep the appointments with TV, radio and newspapers that our publisher had set up. The good old days!
It is much more difficult now and I am older. I cannot waste time sending out manuscripts and waiting to hear back. I chose to self publish my last two books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe e books are definitely the way of the future. I sell both ebooks and print (POD) books and the ebooks outnumber the print, 100 to 1. Not only are they cheaper but you have them instantly and there are no mailing costs. I travel a lot and I always travel light, which means no heavy books. I never leave home without my Kindle.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Memoir, true story, faction (fiction based on a true story. e.g. The Khaki Mafia.)
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Both eBook and Print