Q. When did you start writing?
I actually wrote my first piece of fiction in the 6th grade. It wasn't until I was in my thirties that I felt confident enough to write for pay. I started out with magazine articles and moved on from there.
Q: What is your work process?
I try to write at least five days a week. My goal is to write a chapter each day that is a minimum of 1000 words. When I start the writing session, I go over and edit what I wrote the day before and then add a new chapter to it.
Q. How long does it take you to write a novel?
On the average, it takes 2 months. I've been known to write a few in a week! but that was a fluke when the material was just pouring out of me and I was younger. Now, I pace myself but, since I try to keep my novels at a length that should only take you one night - 2 maximum- to read, I can usually finish within 60 days.
Q: Isn’t there a right way to write a book?
You will encounter people who believe so, but, in my opinion, your way is the way.
Q: What’s the best advice you can give a struggling writer?
Don't quit! Try to stay disciplined and keep plugging along. There is an audience for your work out there. You just need to connect with it and sometimes that takes time.
Q. Do you regret becoming an Indie Publisher?
Absolutely not. I started out as a traditionally published author for almost a decade and saw very little success. The publishing houses weren't big and they did very little to promote me. I had to do most of it myself. When I took control of my publishing, I not only experienced greater revenue, but the quality of my editors, book covers, distribution, and fun improved!
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