Tanya Preminger has moved to New York city at the age of 27 to start a writing career. She spent wonderful years in the big apple, waiting tables, writing stories, submitting to literary magazines, studying martial arts and meeting wonderful people, eventually becoming a … web designer.
Life had led her to a 9-5 marketing management career, and only after her son was born, she rediscovered her first passion – writing. This time around she wrote juvenile fiction and chose to self-publish. Her children’s book series “Sean Wants To Be Messi”, about a boy who dreams of becoming a famous soccer player, has sold tens of thousands of copies in the US, UK, and Germany.
What inspires you to write?
A passion to instill positive values and the challenge of writing a good story.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea about a new story, it's research research research, by way of reading or experiencing\visiting places related to the story. During this time, I jot in my notebook bits and bites of conversations, interactions between the characters, ideas for events etc.
Then I write the frame of the story, then I start filling it with scenes. My bible is "Story", by Robert Mckee.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love reading and I have more favorite authors than I can count. Growing up I read all the books in the library of the small town I lived in. From stupid Romance, to sophisticated Romance, to fantasy, science fiction and historical drama. I looooved "Nine Princes in Amber" by Roger Zelazny. I love reading about other cultures, other places, and times.
So, a short list: Hemingway, Bukowski, Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Ken Follett, Khaled Hosseini, Mark Twain, Isabel Allende, George R. R. Martin and many more.
Lately I read lot's of mystery, detective, thrillers, and near future science fiction like Douglas E. Richards books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My initial idea was to make a lot of money selling e-books on Amazon. I read the instructions on Google and it did not sound too complicated. Once I started, I discovered that children's books are not selling in e-book format, so I moved to paperbacks. I still Google a lot and keep trying new marketing techniques.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there's a place for traditional publishing and for independent publishing. Both have their pros and cons. I think both channels will continue to live.
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