It’s time to take a quick break from promotional posts for Investigation, Mediation, Vindication! Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be interviewed for an indie author spotlight by Jess Carpenter, author of the forthcoming romcom, Les is More.
What’s my writing process like? Why do I write in the SFF genre? What’s my favorite reaction to See These Bones? The interview covers all of that and more. I’ve included a small excerpt below:
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
First, I take care of my social media obligations (marketing, social networking, and any blog entries I might have queued up), and then I focus on my current work-in-progress. I start by reviewing the previous day’s work, often editing it as I read, and then I try to average at least 1k new words a day. (The emphasis there is on ‘try’… consistency very much remains a work in progress!) On Thursdays, I take a break from fiction to write poetry instead, and whenever possible, I reserve November/December for writing short stories/novelettes, which allow me to experiment with different writing styles without the mental baggage of a full novel.
What’s the best thing a reader has ever said to you?
I had one review whose heading was “this book will be the death of me”. It was a very positive review, but that headline cracks me up everytime I think of it!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned through self-publishing?
Self-publishing is work, and writing’s only one piece of that work. Wrangling beta readers, commissioning covers, handling all aspects of the release (from editing to formatting to ARCs), the never-ending task of marketing… it’s not enough just to write a book. You need to allocate time, energy, and brainpower to do all the stuff to make sure your book reaches as many people as possible!