I am pretty open when it comes to reading books, but I do tend to stay in the genres of drama, thriller, romance, chick lit, mystery. For some reason I never got into the paranormal genre, guess I missed the boat on that one. Until I started writing my own novel, I didn’t pay much attention to who the writer was. I just went by recommendation or by the back of the book. Now I notice it more and I really enjoy reading books from fellow authors and learning from them. Right now I’m just finishing up Burn Out by Traci Hohenstein.
I don’t think I have a choice when it comes to ideas. All my life ideas have come into my head. Whatever I’m doing whether it be reading, watching something, traveling or just talking with someone, my mind is coming up with different things I could do, or how to make something work better. Stories, especially, are always coming to me. If I had the stamina and the time I could be turning out different stories one after the other.
Usually I like to go for a walk with my dog and think through a scene. We have a nice quiet walking trail and I can just play through a scene in my head. I literally watch it like I’m watching a movie and hear each person saying their dialogue. Once I have it down, I head to the computer, as long as the house is quiet, that is. I really need to have quiet, uninterrupted time to write so I don’t lose my flow.
Although the story is one many can relate to, it doesn’t draw on any real-life experience. Many of my friends and family have asked why I chose such a dramatic story. I felt that it may help people look at their own relationships and appreciate what they have, but I think it also inspires and brings hope to the reader.
The best advice I could give a new self-published author is to do your homework before your novel is complete. When I finished my book I was so excited to get it out there and I had no idea the education I needed to do. It was very frustrating because I just wanted everything done quickly, and I wanted all my hard work to be read by others. You really need to educate yourself about marketing, social media, book formatting, selling venues, etc. And most importantly you need to build relationships with folks already doing these things so they can help you along, and they will most likely do that. Indie authors are very supportive!
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