LaMonique Mac is an Amazon Best Selling Author. She’s also a publisher and a writing coach based in “Roll Tide” country Alabama with her family.
The books she has written and published are known for having a southern flair.
She can be spotted coaching new authors on how to write, edit, and publish on YouTube at Author LaMonique Mac.
What inspires you to write?
Ever since I was a child i've always hidden my true personality inside of my writing. Back in the 80's and 90's when ADHD wasn't taken too seriously (especially in my community), writing was my super power. People would be amazed at the things I wrote because my potential didn't line up with my otherwise poor choices. I loved surprising others with my talent and intellect through my writing. The shocked look on their faces and their reactions were priceless. But even more than that my writing helped me to communicate with others much more effectively than I could using any other method.
Now that I am an adult, I write because I know it is my God given talent. I have a passion inside of me that spurs me on to share what God has placed in my heart.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm definitely an outliner. My methods depend upon if i'm writing nonfiction or fiction and they have been constantly evolving. I've outlined by hand on paper, on Trello and Scrivener.
I used to just kind of freestyle an outline when I was writing them by hand, then I stumbled upon the 3 Story Act Method while Developmental Editing and Ghostwriting a nonfiction book for a client. This client (like myself) decided to turn her true life story into fiction. I became super excited about the outline template we were doing and her story developed into a phenomenal page turner.
Most recently I leveled up my template to include story beats from The Save The Cat Method and completed the outline for my first novel on Scrivener.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When it comes to fiction – I've written a short story and most recently my first novel in a series. In both cases the characters were fictionalized but based off of people whom i've come across in my path of life. Funny enough I did have conversations even arguments with them (they were nowhere around in reality) while writing this book. Writing Poor Little Mixed Girl has turned out to be quite therapeutic for this reason.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love supporting Indie authors. Bethany Atazadeh is one of my favorites. She's also an Authortuber and shares "How To" information on the writing and publishing process. Her first novel Evalene's Number had me so involved I put my whole focus on reading that book and nothing else until the end.
There's too many Indie authors to name, but if I find one that serves up books on Kindle Unlimited i'll definitely support.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always knew I wanted to publish my own books. I can't take the rejection of submitting and resubmitting.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can only speak to self-publishing. And I think the industry has grown up and refined itself. Writers are seeking to put out good work that is respected and even seeking oversight through Indie organizations, Beta Readers, Editors and Cover Designers. It can only go up from here.
What genres do you write?
Self Help, Christian, African American Fiction, Young Adult, and sometimes a mashup of all of them combined.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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