I started writing in 2006, and have been unable to stop. In 2010 I self-published my third novel, REMIX, a contemporary mystery/romance, which spent eight months in the UK Kindle top 100. This was followed by REPLICA, a thriller/romance, then ICE DIARIES, a post-apocalypse thriller/romance. So far, I have sold over 60,000 ebooks.
I make jewellery and silver under my real name, Lexi Dick. I am a liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, and have made pieces for 10 Downing Street, Her Majesty the Queen and Lady Thatcher. I live in London.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is like reading a good book, only better.
Perhaps I should add, when it’s going well :o)
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I come up with a What If? idea, a few characters, and a resolution to head for, I start to write. The best bits come to me on the hoof, and I do sometimes change the ending of the book.
I polish as I go along (I’m one of those tiresome people capable of proofreading her own work) so once I get to The End it’s nearly the best I can do. Then I put the book through Pro Writing Tool to catch word echoes, and make changes on the advice of beta readers – if I agree with them. Beta readers are brilliant.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, but they do influence me. I hardly swore at all until I wrote Ric Kealey and Jeff Pike.
What advice would you give other writers?
There is only one rule: never bore the reader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I gave myself a year to find an agent for REMIX, which I knew was good. After some agent interest, but no offers, I self-published. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I’d advise new authors to be objective about their book (it is NOT your baby, babies are quite different) and self publish when you are certain it is up to a professional standard. Query once you have done this, if you must, but it’s more rewarding when an agent contacts you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Traditional publishers have lost the plot – a recent low point being Penguin and Simon & Schuster reacting to indie success by getting into vanity publishing. Surely things can only improve for authors and readers from here.
I believe Amazon is a force for good.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
My novels are in various genres: contemporary, mystery, thriller, romance, post-apocalypse, fantasy…
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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