Anna Del C. Dye asked me to join in by answering the four questions below, and then ask three more YA or Children’s authors to answer the same questions on their blogs, and then they ask three more authors, etc., etc. How fun! Thanks Anna! –
1. What are you working on right now?
Silly, I’m answering your questions! Oh, wait – I’ll bet you mean what am I working on professionally? Well, I am making the drastic switch from being traditionally published to self-published, otherwise known as indie (short for independent). Its kind of like when I was pregnant with my first child and I researched whether or not I would be a nursing Mom – the more I researched, the more the answer became crystal clear to me – my baby would have a better start in life if I nursed, such it is with writing books. I must go indie, if I intend on being a full-time career writer, because that independence from being under the restraining clutches of a publishing house will help me to be the prolific writer that I am. Traditionally – I was stifled -always playing the waiting game.
Okay, as far as a WIP ~ I am getting ready to self-publish my third angel book, Fair Lady. I’ve had the GREAT fortune to have been offered an “edit-exchange” by one of the best authors around who has some 40 books published herself. My goal is to have it published by mid-October.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
My No Angel series is quite unique in that I write a fictional story based on personal experience. True that – check out Theresa Talks to read some of the many spiritual experiences that have paved the way for my No Angel series.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I write in three different genres actually. My No Angel series is spiritual fiction, for lack of a better way to describe them. My Sons of Elderberry series, which I hope to have book one out by the end of this year, is pure, delightful fantasy, and my Escape two book series is nothing but mystery suspense – no fantasy at all. I guess I write in three genres because my imagination thinks in three genres – probably with many more genre-skips to come!
4. How does your writing process work?
1. Brainstorm (take copious notes)
2. Rough Draft (from notes) -this is the longest process, usually taking one to two months
3. Revise and edit – a fun process involving white boards and post-it notes
4. Beta readers – sending my revised and edited manuscript out to four or five trusted readers who give me invaluable feedback
5. Revise and edit from my beta readers input
6. Off to be professionally edited
While my manuscript is being professionally edited, either myself or one of my artistic children will design the cover – if that doesn’t work out, I will hire a cover designer. After I receive the edit back, then I must revise and edit once more. Only then will I feel comfortable enough to publish it.
Okay so, thanks Anna Del C. Dye – now go visit these three authors next Monday~