Some mornings I still wake up and find it hard to believe that I am an author. There is a misconception that somehow once you have completed a single piece of work that a switch is flicked and you suddenly go from being a non-author to a massive success overnight. The reality is unfortunately far less exciting. Like many of my writing cohorts around the world, I still have a 'day-job'. Which creates what I like to call my Author crisis. Like putting on makeup to go out, a costume for a play performance, or a uniform for a new job; how do you decide how much of you is changed when you present yourself as an author and how much to you keep genuine? Do readers really want to see a photo of me slouched on my couch, wearing my comfy pants, with a tea (or gin if its been a tough day) in one hand while I type frantically with the other? Probably not. But that is often the reality. So as I ponder my author crisis today, I will let you know that I am still getting used to this outfit. Maybe one day it will fit a little more comfortably. Which is why I love to learn from other authors and writers and this month's lineup is no exception.
This month's authors:
Carl is both a Veteran and a mystery writer. I was intrigued to learn about his writing process:
When did you decide you wanted to become an author?
I guess I have always been a writer. Even in grade school, I was writing stories that were passed around and read by the other students. I have to admit that I didn't write very well back then but, thankfully, my writing has improved.
How did you find your publisher, and what challenges did you face getting published?
I found my publisher with a Google Search for publishers that didn't require submission through an agent. I had already sent several inquiries to agents (that I also found using Google) but was not able to find one that was interested in my work.
How has your work in the military affected your writing?
While some parts of Alphabet Soup were inspired by actual events during the time I spent in the military, the main storyline is fiction. The parts of the story that are "real" events were either never classified or have since been declassified.
Who supports you in your writing and how do they do that?
I guess that my biggest supporter is my wife, Donna. I know that it mush have sounded like a crazy idea when I told her that I was going to find a publisher for my book, but she told me that she knew that I was capable of anything. Carl loves to interact with his readers via Facebook. You can find him on : https://www.facebook.com/pg/Carl-Englands-Author-Page-238686966989288/reviews/?ref=page_internal
I hope you can take a moment to support him, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Arizona based Cindy is a master at multi-tasking being both a mother, worker, and author. Her writing stretches barriers. I asked her about her work:
You have some very graphic content in your writing, how do you manage the content whilst writing?
I think about how things would feel in more unpleasant situations. It's not easy or even comfortable, but to get as close to the real thing for my readers I do it. Occasionally, afterward, I have to take some time to get out of that headspace. How do you find a balance between writing and life in general?
It's constantly a struggle to get a good balance of things. I often find myself having to schedule my writing time around events happening in my life. I don't feel like my writing should interfere with life's moments.
If you had one piece of advice for other authors, what would it be?
Start! I know it's scary, but you'll never finish if you don't start. Who are your support people and how do they help?
My family and friends. I'm sure they're tired of me yapping their ears off about my books! I have an awesome team of Alpha and beta readers. My graphic designer is amazing and my PA keeps me on task!
You can reach Cindy through a variety of social media platforms, but her most active would be her reader group which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2099895583647833/
I hope you can take a moment to support her by contacting her, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler