Well, I have to say that the weather over Christmas and New Year was attrocious. Cold and wet but I somehow managed to miss all the snow. It dumped in the north, then we went up there and it had melted (but was snowing in the south). By we came south again, it had all gone (but the next day it snowed in the north). I was hoping for something like the picture below of Pendle Hill, behind the house I grew up in. Grrr!
Anyhow, in my interview today, I am talking to Rachel Barnard, author of Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams.
Do you read much, and if so who are your favourite authors?
I absolutely love to read. I read quite a few Indie books (and do reviews every week on my blog). My favorite authors are David Estes, Stephanie Perkins, Starla Huchton, Nikki McCormack, and Cathy Yardley to name a few.
Who designed your book covers?
Both my sci-fi and fantasy book covers were designed by Dodo's Design. My contemporary book covers were designed by Designed by Starla.
How did you select your formatter, and what was your experience?
Formatting is simple if you're not trying to put anything fancy into your ebooks, but I wanted to put an image as a scene break in At One's Beast and I couldn't get my files right - time and time again. It was quite frustrating, so I reached out to the Google. I found Polgarus Studio and chose them because they claimed to have formatted Hugh Howey's books and at the time I had just read Wool and been very impressed. Polgarus Studio worked fast and they had competitive pricing.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
One comment from an editor stuck with me from a writer's conference I went to years ago. She said that she could always tell when a book had been written without an outline. I would tell aspiring writers to figure out how to make outlines work for them and to use outlines! I'm still figuring out how to make the right outline. It's possible to write a good first draft and you shouldn't settle for the typical messy nearly unusable first draft if you can take your time before you write so that you can write a usable first draft.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest part about writing is starting and finishing. I've started different novels three times in the past several months without getting very far. I've also spent months attempting to finalize the final draft into the finished manuscript.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Good luck with the writing...
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