Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen?
For me, I have chosen to do general fiction andfantasy, maybe because I feel like these are two I am better at then other genres. I grew up lovinggeneral fiction, including mystery, romance lite, etc., so I think that made me have a love for writing inthat style. Fantasy appealed to me because I have a HUGE and over-active imagination and it allows meto explore a totally make-believe world. I love that.
What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process?
One milestoneexperience was, of course, holding my first book in my hands. Another would be when I realized thatother people actually loved my books and strangers were buying it (not just my family and friends!).That was pretty gratifying. I have my very first royalty check (a copy of it) framed and hanging in myoffice.
What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process?
It’s always hard if/whenyou run across someone who feels like they need to critique your work and tell you why they don’t likeit. I haven’t experienced much of that since I’ve been published, but I know that my writing style is justnot for everyone. I think a writer has to be prepared for that and be okay with it. Another hurtful thingwas probably having some people be kind of negative about my ability to do this (feeling like I may giveup and I wouldn’t see it through, that it was just a phase). Once I knew I was going to do this for the restof my life, it was both off-putting and strangely invigorating to me, to have someone act as though Iwouldn’t or couldn’t do it. It made me want to prove to them that I could and would. That’s mypersonality though… Don’t tell me I can’t do something.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?
Much of what I said inthe above questions, but just having the satisfaction of knowing I’ve accomplished this, and now I usewhat I have learned to help other writers on their journey. I have always believed that the person, whohelps others become successful, will themselves be successful. I love to help others.
What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey?
Probably the same asmost authors (my huge file of rejection letters!). You have to get strong enough to handle rejection oryou’ll never make it through. For me, I eventually started my own publishing company, but I still havean agent who represents me to other companies and movie-makers (etc) so I still deal with puttingmyself out there. Rejection is never fun.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?
It’s trite, but NEVER give up. If you know that you know that you are a writer, firstly, nail down your craft. Learn your language artskills. Your manuscripts will be competing with crisp, clean, tight manuscripts, so if yours isn’t, it’llnever make the cut. (Not that—as an editor myself—I demand perfection) but pretty close to it. It’s acompetitive market. (That’s two pieces, but I could go on and on…)
Who is your favorite author and why?
I have two top favorites in the fiction world: Janet Evanovichand Nora Roberts (I particularly enjoy her JD Robb books). These gals write with humor and have anamazing ability to draw you in and bring out the reader’s emotion. That’s key. Janet’s books just remindme of myself (in that I am a crazy, funny person and her characters are often so hilariously funny).