Simone Pond was born in Kensington, Maryland – a small, dry town just outside of Washington D.C. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Communications and a minor in English. For twenty years she has worked in advertising agencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The City Center” is her first novel, and is the first in the New Agenda series.
What inspires you to write?
On my 7th birthday I got a Hello Kitty diary and I’ve been ‘journaling’ ever since. Writing saved my life and got me through some tough times (and still does). I spent years scribbling notes and random thoughts, but after reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the world of writing opened up. I was blown away that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenaged boy’s perspective. I knew I had to become a writer.
Tell us about your writing process.
I make an appointment on my calendar every day (except Saturdays) to write. Some days are easier than others. Some days my house gets really clean and the fridge emptied. But usually I just sit down and write out what’s rolling around in my head, then go back and edit for hours. I love the editing process – I’m a control freak! Before I start any big projects I always do an outline – the Hero’s Journey is my favorite one to follow. Then I re-read what I consider one of the best books on writing, “Wired For Story.” I make sure I know what my main character wants and what’s stopping her or him from getting it. Scivener is an excellent software to invest in. It helps keeps the pages organized.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I’m writing their dialogue I speak it out loud the way I hear their voice in my head. Some of them I hear talking to me, but some of them are quiet and I have to really focus on what they’re saying or doing to make sure I stay in character. Sometimes I feel a little nuts. If I get stuck on a certain character, I ask another writer for help. Or just take a break.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give to those who want to write: WRITE.
The second best advice: love everything about writing.
The final advice: prepare to do a TON of research — reading books and articles, going to seminars, and reaching out to other writers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It all depends on what you want. I wanted to get my book out into the world and not wait around for agents to get back to me, or worse – reject my query. I started going to seminars and reading up on self-publishing, and the opportunity to do it on my own became increasingly more realistic. Being a control freak, it really was a no-brainer. It’s a lot of work – I’m running my own business – but it’s worth every second.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing will continue to favor self-publishing and ebooks. I think there’s a huge opportunity for marketing people to build amazing advertising and promotional programs for self-publishers who have shoe-string budgets. Bookgoodies is an excellent example of where marketers should be headed.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print