Interview with BookGoodies
Interview with Author – RM Alexander
BY BOOK GOODIES http://bookgoodies.com/interview-with-author-rm-alexander/
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration comes from many different places – dreams, songs, a random idea while cooking dinner. Some of them don’t work out and sit in a file on my computer for years, others I start the same day the inspiration strikes.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process has changed and has been fine-tuned over the years. I’ve written by the seat of my pants, and it turned out okay, but mostly, I prefer to outline. My outlines are fairly vague – the main points of a story arc written in one or two sentences per chapter. I do character sketches for each main character, but what I really love to do is storyboard via Pinterest. It allows me to have a visual que for what I am planning. It’s helpful to me, and I hope fun for my readers too!
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, I talk to them. Mostly, they don’t listen and decide very early on where a story is headed. If I try to lead them, the writing becomes near impossible to finish. There’s been many times, in nearly every book I’ve written, that I’ve been surprised where the story ended up. That outline I mentioned? It’s changed many times over for each book.
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s so many lessons you learn launching out on a writing career. You learn you have to have a thick skin, because not everyone is going to like your work and some will even bash it. You learn to look for support, learn from and reach back and help, others in the writing community. You learn to never stop learning your craft. And you learn to never give up. Some days, you won’t feel like doing the writing anymore – writer’s doubts are brutal – and days you know you are the luckiest person in the world to be able to call this your career – because you are. I’m still learning, and I suspect I will for as long as I choose to be a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out wanting to go the traditional route and queried agents for months. But traditional publishing is a difficult and competitive route to take. There are thousands of authors wanting an agent, and agents can only take on so many new authors at any given time.
Through a writing friend, I learned more about self publishing and decided to go that route. I’ve since published five books with many more on the way, and as difficult as self publishing can be (no one else to help market your book, no marketing dollars, etc.) it’s also very rewarding.
I would suggest to any new author to explore their options and go with what works best for them – everyone’s journey is an individual one. If you choose self-publishing, meet as many authors as you can via social media. Get to know them and learn from them – networking is an invaluable key to your career. Plus, you’ll meet so many new friends!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s hard to say. Traditional publishing will always have it’s place, though my guess is that it’s share of the market will continue to diminish to some degree. Self-publishing is here to stay, and authors will continue to have to use their creativity to find new ways to reaching their audience.
What genres do you write?:
Clean Romantic suspense, contemporary romantic suspense, paranomal thriller
What formats are your books in?:
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook