Norma L. Jarrett is an author of Sunday Brunch, Sunday Brunch Diaries, Sweet Magnolia (Broadway/Randomhouse titles), Brunchspiration, Christmas Beau and Love on a Budget. Her work has gained attention in USA Today, Essence, Southern Living, Upscale, Publisher’s Weekly, The Times Picayune and other media. Among other honors she has received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her literary work as well as other honors. She is married and resides in Houston, Texas. Visit her at www.normajarrett.net
What inspires you to write?
I love to inspire, encourage and entertain readers. I wrote my first book in my last year of law school about my own girlfriend stories. I love to write about love, romance, positive women and the journey of life and friendship. I know my gift is the ability to uplift readers and give them a feel good, yet realistic story. I’m inspired by the human spirit, everyday life and the constant desire for life, love and happiness.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin with the free writing process and then cultivate an outline along the way. I utilize character interviews, research and a semi-writing schedule with goals (too stringent saps my creativity). Of course I always use a great professional editor. So I guess you can say I’m a hybrid (outliner/seat of the pants). I don’t use software, I create my own outlines.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh my goodness, I usually get a download of character conversations each morning or while driving. One morning I had to literally tell them to stop talking! I capture it all in my journals. While writing, I often read the dialog aloud for believability.
What advice would you give other writers?
Stay true to your heart. Write with sincerity and authenticity. Always work on your craft but don’t lose your voice. Study and read other writers and believe in yourself. Stay current with trending marketing tools but make writing a good book and consistency your first priority. Building a writing career takes time so be patient.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially I self published. It was an organic process and I didn’t pursue a book deal. Successful self publishing led to a book deal. Now I’m focusing more on self publishing and ebooks with possibly pitching specific books to a publisher. For me creative control is really important. However the distribution and exposure from a large publishing house helped me to have an audience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is like anything else with technology. You need to understand the changes that comes with ebooks and technology. I and many others still love to hold books in their hands but you have to be ready to transition.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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