Are you a pantser or outliner? You have to have an outline. You have to have some guiding beacon, even if it is just the green light on the dock at the other end of the water. If you don't know where you are headed, how will you know you've arrived? Write the end first, sketch an outline. You don't have to stick with it, so long as you revise your outline as you revise your thoughts and ideas. How long does it take you to write a book? Too long and not long enough. My first book was very research intensive.
Now that I'm essentially done with the book, I want to go back and change things. I want to make Greedo shoot first and have the Ewoks blink. But I keep telling myself to put it down. How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult? Titles, like everything, will manifest themselves when they are ready and when you have done enough work to trigger that epiphany.
My first title, a Time of Need, took months before I hit upon it. Dark Eagle, the title of my second book, was decided upon during the writing of the first. It's an organic process.
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Like the force, let it flow within you. Do you have anything specific you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time and making the decision to read the short stories from our anthology. I know you will find a story that you enjoy and I hope that you'll share that experience with others. I also hope that when my alternate history book, A Time of Need, is ready to go off into the world, you'll already be familiar with me and my work and be eager to dive into its pages. Thank you for that support, without it, we are just writing words in the wind.
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An Interview with the Author. Why did you decide to be a writer? I thought it would be a fine accomplishment just to write a novel, like running a marathon, but I never dreamed I would actually ever finish it, writing it at night, here and there. What genres do you write? I don't think I could do hard scifi or fantasy very well. Nothing like some nuclear hellfire and brimstone to liven up the Apocalypse!
In particular, something about the nature of A Canticle for Leibowitz speaks to me. In some ways, its epic scope is reminiscent of Tolkein as he too describes the rise and fall of societies over thousands of years of history. So many fine authors to choose from, but most of all, I would loved to have met J. He knew how to make a world, not just craft a story. When did you first consider yourself an author? As soon as I uploaded the ebook to Amazon. I'd definitely want some practical books, something like The S. Then I'd want the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion. Reading them takes a long time, which is good if one is stuck on a deserted island!
What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again? I could read the Lord of the Rings again and again. I'd better like it, since I'd take it on a deserted island with me! Also, the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. I admire authors who write good high fantasy, since I think it is such a tough genre in which to write. I think that both series have a touch and with Shannara more than a touch! Probably explains why I like them! What made you decide to self-publish?
I really didn't want to be bothered with the whole process of submitting queries. Of course, a publishing house takes care of editing expenses, cover art, etc, but beyond that, I don't think that traditional publishers do much beyond getting a physical book on the shelves of bookstores. How much marketing do they really do for authors that aren't on their "A" list? I also decided that I wanted to have total control of the process, from choosing the editor to the cover designer.
What is your writing process? Wait until everyone else is asleep, pour a glass of wine, and start typing on the computer. Sometimes I'll listen to classical music, sometimes ambient music; other times dark ambient music, for that post-apocalyptic vibe. I'm a pretty much a total "pantser. Sometimes I have a very clear idea for a scene or chapter. Omega Plague: Collapse took about four years, since I only write at night.
Another reason it took so long was that I envision the story as I go, so I make changes on the fly. Hopefully it makes for a dynamic story. But I also think it takes longer to write that way. Do you ever base your characters on people you know? Someone I know from a previous job wrote a review on Amazon wondering if the main character was really my alter-ego. I can say categorically he is not, since, while I wrote the book, I had in mind the actor I thought could play him! But I don't think there is any question authors do put some of themselves into the characters.
I'd also say that some of the characters are have bits, here and there, of people I've known. What are you working on now? Started the sequel. I hope it doesn't take me another four years! What was the hardest part about writing your latest book? Even when I have time, actually finding the discipline to sit down and write is quite painful. There are always a million other things to do, and they all seem easier than writing! Do you have any advice for other authors?
People have come to me and said they have ideas for a story, but don't know how to start. I think the answer is simply: start writing. Don't wait for inspiration. Trust that ideas will come as you are writing. If you wait for inspiration, you might wait forever. Elizabeth's Blog. The Charity Thriller Blog. Goodreads Author Page. She has one public event and several private events each month. Check out her Events tab on her website for more information!
Whenever Teiran's not writing or reading, you will find her working out, enjoying outdoor photography, partaking in a little wine okay, okay Just recently while working on publishing my debut novel. My number one goal is to create an escape for my readers. So hopefully in five years time I will have built a strong readership.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it? The biggest obstacle procrastination. That and editing. I'm not a fan of the editing process, but it is a necessary evil. What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author? I received my greatest compliment from a reader who told me my book, Rooter, was her escape from caring for her terminally ill father.
That reading my story got her through his passing. Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it? Not yet, but I'm sure they're coming. I'm not sure how I will handle it, but I hope to use it as constructive criticism to improve my writing. Hands down, the best writing advice I have ever received was to "just write. I can edit it later.
Aside from writing, I love, love, love to read. When I do manage to tear myself away from writing and reading, I enjoy landscape photography and this year started abstract painting.
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Right now I have 45 book on my to read list. She's an author who lives in the same town as me. I did a ton of research on traditional and self publishing. I did query my dream agents and a couple publishing houses. I decided if I couldn't land one of them, I would do it on my own. I was never all that keen on traditional publishing to begin with. I am a bit of a control freak and like being in the driver's seat. With self-publishing, I'm writing my own destiny.
What fears do you have about writing and being an indie author?
How do you cope with your fears? I don't have any fears, believe it or not. Writing is a part of me. It's my dream to be a published author. I realize there will be people who hate my work, and hopefully there will be people who love it. I have extremely thick skin. Is it possible to be a combination of both? I sometimes write a general outline, but I'm much more character driven and I always know my beginning and ending before I start writing. I like to let my characters take me on their journey as I write.
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I do however create very detailed character profiles before I get started. It's Sophie and Rooter's story told from Rooter's perspective.
I want to thank each and every one of you for spending your valuable time reading my story. I know how finite and precious time is and am honored you spent it on me. After Sophie is attacked by her roommate Rooter swoops in to her defense. He's the worst kind of guy. And she is a good girl who deserves better. When a pair of dangerous thugs break into her house and assault her in the middle of the night, Rooter comes to her rescue yet again.
She is elated when Rooter finally confesses his feelings for her.
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