I am pretty new at writing, I am published through KDP, Smashmouth and Draft2Digital. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of poetry and was published in a few magazines and a poetry collection book. I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. I am an avid reader always have been, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure and romance are my favorites. I have read some drama and comedy and historic also. I work full time as a buyer for a chemical company, maintain my significant others art website and manage his books. He is amazing, but he does same I am bit biased lol.
I have always loved literature, and grammar has always been a thorn in my side, now there are so many programs to help me with the grammar, that I finally can fulfill my dream and write. I love writing and love seeing that my books are downloaded. Really wish people would be more willing to leave reviews, but we will get there. I do not think people realize how important they are. They help writers grow and develop their style.
What motivates you to write?
I would have to say life motivates me. Some people exercise, shop, eat or drink to deal with stress of life I write and journey to other realms as a stress outlet. I write for the same reasons I read, to get away from the regular stresses of life. It makes me a happier person.
I was excited, I remember when I ran my first free download promotion through Amazon, I was checking every five minutes. I could not believe people were downloading a book I wrote. My family and friends are great in supporting me. I have a great support group and a little bit of confidence now. Still working on that one thought.
How do you take writing novels, as a career or hobby or between both?
I have a full- time job, I work about fifty hours a week. I would have to say writing is a hobby, I do not get to devote as much time as I would like in marketing and all of that. When I get writers block I tend to market more so I do not feel like I am abandoning it. I do try to write in every free moment, it is a juggle, but I have passion for it and it makes me happy.
For your books you must be doing a lot of research topics and themes. How did you go about it?
I read a lot, magazines, website blogs and books. I have historical facts emailed to me daily and I save them all, so I can skim through them and find one and start googling it find books and articles about it. Right now, I am working on a Time Traveler novel and they are in Russia during the fall of the Czar (1917) I have been digging into it as much as I can find and asking other writers for advice.
This new book is taking a lot more research, I have to be historically correct. The Elemental series, most of that is straight out of my head. Almost everything is made up especially in the first book. I may have researched some land marks to make it geographically correct, but it takes place about three thousand years in the future.
What is the best aspect about your writing that you love most?
The same thing I love about reading. You disappear in a whole different journey. You find compassion in new characters and adventure into things I will never be able to do in my lifetime. It lets all your dreams come true no matter how fantastical they are. Mine are pretty fantastical and crazy. I enjoy letting my imagination run with the idea. I love the adventure I get when I write, I can do or be anything I can think of and some things in the real world prevent me from doing that. I am ridiculously afraid of heights, never in my books, poems or short stories. I can fly in those.
Is getting published traditionally really tough? Share your views.
I believe that if you are new to writing and not established or know the right people it is almost impossible to be traditionally published. I have seen a few companies that offer to publish your books traditionally, but the cost is way out of my league. There is always that fear that you’re not going to sell, J.K. Rowling was told her books would never sell. You never know what will happen, who just might stumble across it. To give someone thousands of dollars and hope they promote you correctly. I would rather just sell my books really cheap or for free. I just want people to be entertained. I write because I love too, if I become successful yay me, but it is not what I am looking for, so I am not going to pay someone and hope they do it the way I would. I investigated it thinking it would free up more time for writing, I do not think it is worth it, most of what they offer I have already done.
Tell us about your recently published book or the upcoming book?
I started out with 4 novella’s and combined them into 1 novel now. I have them available either way for people’s preference. It is the Elemental Series: Saving Earth, Eternal Flame, Raging Waters, Cleansing Winds.There are many new writers out there who are aspiring to get their work published. What would you say to them?
By the title you can tell it is about the four elements, personified. They are four sisters that need to be brought together and go to battle against the Dark Witches to save the Earth. It is post-apocalyptic, the Earth is near dead, The Elementals are not at full strength and must have help. This introduces my “realm” concept and the Earth is the gateway to other realms. In this set you travel through the Earth to Eloria, home of the Elves and Dwarves, Wondra home of the Faye and the Dragon Realm.
The new book I am working on now carries this same concept of realms and some of the same characters but a different time line. A traveler must go back in time to stop an evil Sorcerer from changing history. She travels to Eloria and to Vampiro- home of the Vampires and Mermaids. She must correct her time line of what happened from 1916 to 1918. I am only about half way in writing this book, so it will probably be released sometime next year. But I am having fun writing it. Its different in the sense that I must follow rules of time travel and make sure the history is recognizable. The Elemental series was all in my head, there is no fact or anything to reference, all of it is made up in my head.
Do it, write what you love. It makes you feel good and you never know, you may make some else feel good. There is someone out there just as fascinated about the topic as you are and they will never find you if you don’t write it and share your mind. I think books, stories are the adventure most of us need and the more that are shared they more journeys there are to go on. I think it brings people together and what an ice breaker in awkward situations. Talk about a book you read, or are writing…
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