How have you progressed in your journey as a writer? Although this is my first novel, I do feel I have grown as an author. With all the writes and rewrites I have done to complete this book and to make the characters absolutely life like. I have had many compliments from readers stating the characters were like friends; this to me was the best compliment a writer can get. To make your characters believable and to make the reader connect with them is a feat in itself. When the reader explains they hate a character (villain) then that also makes me feel good as a writer. I have completed three other novels and find the Amelia series is somewhat like a baby to me.
Have you had a good experience with self-publishing? Although this is my first novel I have self published, I felt the process was easy. I formatted the e-books myself through smashwords.com which by the way has a great step by step guide. I also chose to format the book myself as a paperback on lulu.com which also was very easy. All the work of self formatting has resulted in the final cost for publishing to be $0.00. I have learned with a little work you can save money and it also made me feel better about my project.
Do you have any other books in the pipeline? As a matter of fact I have the final two manuscripts completed for the Amelia series. Inhibition should be published sometime in January of 2012. Retribution, the final installment of the series is also completed and should be published in the spring of 2013. I also have just completed a novel for young adults titled Faerie Wishes, this is a novel that teaches the importance of being happy with your life. It also teaches that not every wish turns out the way you have planned, sometimes they can kill you. I know that may sound morbid, but in this novel no one actually dies, but one does come close. It also teaches the importance of love and having the strength to do the right thing to save the life of someone who is your world.
Any words of wisdom for future authors? Don’t get discouraged! Not everyone likes every book. What is good to you may not be good to me. We each have our favorite authors and authors we wouldn’t read if they were the last books on earth. Enjoy your writing, believe in yourself and mostly have fun. I believe if you read your book after you have set it aside for a few weeks/months and go back to it, you can look at it through clearer eyes. If you can’t see the setting in your mind, change it. If you can’t picture the person in your head add more detail. This is my description of a whipping, I have worked this through until I could almost feel the pain she was going through: …Each snap of the whip tore through her fragile skin as if it was a razor, causing blood and tissue to spew across the barn as it was pulled back and readied for the next lash. The blood gushed from her small body causing a pool to form around her. She slid in the pool of sticky liquid as she frantically tried to crawl away. Ray growled, “Whore”. He snapped the whip repeatedly until her back was completely raw and she was huddled in a pool of deep red blood. Tears flowed freely from her eyes as she silently cried not willing to give him the satisfaction of hearing her screams. He demanded, “Get up, bitch,” The pain was excruciating as she tried to appease the madman towering above her. She wearily knelt in the pool of the sticky wet liquid. With one hand on the concrete floor and the other still tied to the rope she lost consciousness.
Author Bio: I was born in the beautiful state of Maine where most of the novel takes place. I now live in Connecticut with my son Matthew and my daughter Janeice.