And now for something completely different. I told you that my friend Sherry recently had her first book published. Well, she was nice enough to let me interview her for the ol’ blog. Here we go.
Q: Where do you get your story ideas?
A: My story ideas can come from anywhere. I’m a particularly visual person, so much of the book is from places I’ve been or, for example, the female characters from Foresight were inspired by a faerie postcard I saw in the store. Of course I bought a whole stack of them. Whenever I find something like that, I have this box of things that inspire me that I keep them in.
Q: Do you have a set writing schedule, or do you just write when you feel inspired?
A: I try to write something every day, no matter what. Even if it’s just a letter to a friend. I don’t have a set schedule per se, my life is just too hectic, but I set aside a few hours each morning to take care of the “business stuff” like answering e-mails, calling the publisher, etc. Then the rest of the day I write whenever I can.
Q: What part of the writing process do you find most challenging?
A: My biggest problem is not being distracted by the internet. LOL! Seriously, I’ll get online to do a scrap of research and four hours lager I’m like, where did my day go??
Q: How did you go about finding a publisher/getting your book(s) published?
A: I found a website that was amazing. It’s querytracker.com. It has a forum of people who will help critique, help you form a query letter, and a HUGE database of agents and publishers. I finished the book, wrote the query and synopsis, and started e-mailing. Although, to be totally honest, I found my publisher through an industry friend who pointed me in their direction.
Q: In addition to the next two books in the Gods of Fate series, you have another series coming out next year. Can you give us a little teaser about those books?
A: Ah yes. I just sold a new teen mystery series. It’s the Military Brats series and book one is AFTERBURN. It follows Reece Barnet, a teen girl whose father is in the USMC. It’s sort of a throwback to the classic Nancy Drew novels, but with a bit of an edge.
My hope is to do a four part series, one for each branch of the armed forces. It was sort of funny, when I started looking for a publisher for it no one would take it because it was too different from anything that was out. There are no vampires or fantasy of any kind, but it’s not a romance either. People went, what is THIS? After a particularly strange rejection I threatened to change the title to Military Brats: There’s No Sex In This Book. LOL. But when I showed it to Accomplice Press, they loved it. Finding someone who gets you and gets your book is like striking gold.
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring authors out there?
A: Just keep writing. I sat on a panel this last weekend of people who had sold their first book this year and every one of them has at least 3 or 4 other novels they have finished or are working on. Rejection happens. Every HUGE author out there could show you a stack of rejections. The trick is to keep pushing forward, let the bad roll off and absorb the good, and never quit. I often attribute my first sale to the fact that I am just too stubborn to quit. Oh, and one other small thing. Publishing a book takes FOREVER. Seriously. Like years. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve been at it for 6 months with no luck. It took me 4 months to write Foresight and 3 years to sell it. It’s a slow business, not a reflection on you or your talent.
There you have it folks. Now you all know how to write an publish a novel! Okay, maybe not. BUT, now that you’ve read this far, let’s do a giveaway! Crazy right? Sherry is giving away a reversible book tote with a beaded book mark, Foresight button, and various goodies from some of her favorite authors.
And *I* am giving away a signed copy of Sherry’s book!