1. What made you decide to self-publish?
With the Nether Trilogy I really wanted to learn the industry and be able to have my own say over the books. Also, so many publishers are moving towards digital publishing that it just made perfect sense to me. We are in a digital age and if I can share my stories with the world for a cheap price, and they enjoy them - I have succeeded.
2. Tell us about the road to self publishing!
3. If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently? Would you publish traditionally?
As far as traditionally publishing, I don't know. I am not completely turned off by it. I mean it is every writer's dream to see their book published and on bookstore shelves. So, to say I would never attempt it would be a lie. I think it would depend on the story. With the Nether Trilogy, I knew right away I wanted to self-publish it. I wanted to learn the industry and get my name out there. If a story came a long and I was approached for representation I might consider it.
5. Okay, now, what about book two? Is it a stand alone, or should readers buy book 1 first?
6. Last, what is your favorite part of Nether Soul? You favorite character? Your favorite scene?
Please write a little bit about you absolute best writing advice as it pertains to two things: 1. Writing a series and 2. Developing great characters.
Developing great characters. This might sound funny, but spending as much time with them as possible. In the beginning I do character sheets. It helps me sort of introduce them to me and it is a great reference to be able to look back on throughout the course of one book or several. My character sheets for series usually grow with the character in each new book. And by the end of any book I am so close to my characters, I'd almost swear they were real people. I just simply spend time with them. I listen when they talk (yes, I have voices in my head every day all day) and sometimes I even have conversations with them. Anyone who isn't my husband, family member, close friend, or other writer would think I needed to be locked up in the loony house. Take the time to get to know your characters. You are, after all, going to be spending a lot of time with them. The better you get to know them, the easier they tend to develop throughout the story.
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