BLOG TOUR – The Atlantis Bloodline
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school… although back then all my main characters were cats (go figure). I’ve got about 12 shelves’ worth of journals throughout my life, and have always felt that words are incredibly powerful. I minored in Creative Writing in college. I guess I always knew I’d end up writing eventually.
Do you see writing as a career?
It switches from hobby to career the moment I begin to make a living wage. So, not there yet. 😉
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I’m very grateful that I’m self-published, because I don’t have a publisher telling me what extra content I need to insert, or what I need to remove. Also, since I’ve been hybrid published before, I can say that I’d have to do all the marketing myself anyway, so why not at least keep the profits? I just wish I’d realized all this back in 2011 when the self-publishing market was just taking off… I’d be in a very different place right now if I had!!
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I brainstorm a world and a general gist of the story, and then I outline the story in broad strokes. Next I outline the nitty gritty, down to what happens in each chapter. Then I write from the outline, in roughly 20 page chunks, editing as I go. I send each set of 20 to my primary editor (my mom, whose maiden name I borrowed as my pen name) and make whatever edits she recommends as I go. Then when I finish the story, I reread the whole thing and edit it to the best of my ability before shipping it off to her and to my other editors!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Most difficult are those days when I have to make myself write, but I’m really distracted by something else (which is basically writer’s block). It’s super hard to focus, and I don’t feel like I’m writing anything worth saying, but I do it anyway. That’s the key to getting through it: you write at the appointed time, whether you feel like it or not.