We write because we can
Often I hear people ask the question on social media to writers, when did you know that you were a writer? It seems counterintuitive to ask the question, when what is the alternative for someone who has already scribbled with a pen, or typed words out on a computer? We are all writers, and we write because of it. The harder question would be when did you become an author. This implies specific goals and motivations. The desire to publish and share your works with others, in whatever form that might take. So I am a little of both I think. Yes, I am a writer. I often type away pointlessly at a keyboard, noting words and their format on a page. But equally, I am an author with the goal of sharing my ideas and thoughts with others via the printed (or electronic) page. So I wanted to catch up with some more authors this month and find out when and how they become writers. Or authors. Or both.
This month's authors:
Caroline is an author with a dark side, and she specializes in bringing out that in her work. I was keen to discuss with her how she manages.
What drew you to horror and fantasy and what do you enjoy about writing it?
Well, this is a hard one. I think my first horror book was Carrie, by Stephen King, but I didn’t really like it. I read a lot of Sci-Fi and fantasy, and somewhere along the way, horror sci-fi edged its way in. I do love a very good horror movie, and started to read more Stephen King, and a few other horror writers and the attraction to horror grew. I Don’t know if I can answer what I enjoy about writing it, I just do. Like all writers, it’s pretty much a passion, something I have to do. I do write other genres, but horror seems to be my comfort zone.
How do you connect with other remote authors?
Initially, it was on Yahoo, they had mailing lists/email threads. A bit hard to describe it to anyone, but we would communicate by a long, rambling email that we would add to as it flowed back and forth with other writers around the globe. Now it’s mainly social media, predominantly Facebook and Instagram.
When you were looking at publishing, what process did you follow and what would you change if you were to do it again?
I was very lucky, I was submitting short stories to a fiction website and had quite a large fan base. One of them sent a story, only about 3,000 words in, to a few publishers. Three of them contacted me and asked me to turn it into a book and they would publish it. I went with a US-based publisher, thinking that I would get more exposure with an international publisher. Would I change that if I did it again? I don’t think so, it’s very flattering to be offered a contract and it certainly inspired me to write the book.
Who would you like to meet if you could and why?
Joss Whedon or Peter Jackson. I’d pitch my stories and see if they would offer me a movie contract.
Caroline loves to catch up with her readers via her website : https://www.carolineangel.com/ where you can find links to her books, and
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ucat42/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ucat42/, and
Twitter : https://twitter.com/ucat42
She also has author pages on Goodreads and Amazon.
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Vikki is an Australian Romantic Suspense author, who survives life in the remote regions of central Victoria by surrounding herself with animals and books. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her life and writing.
How did you get into writing, what inspiration started your writing life?
I have pages somewhere, some handwritten, some hammered out on an old typewriter, of stories I wrote as a ten-year-old. They tell of frightened girls and the horses that saved them. They were escapism, a way of having a normal life when mine was so messed up.
In high school, I loved English class but ran out of time on assignments because a one-page essay couldn’t fit the five pages I needed to tell the whole story. To settle that need, a friend and I would write short stories for each other, escaping into the worlds we created.
After high school, the adventures of life took over, and though the stories in my head never stopped, finding the trust, love, and acceptance I'd craved, eased the need to escape into other lives.
At twenty-three, married to my own hero, and our third child just born, I decided to write the stories I still couldn’t find. Ones where the heroines were emotionally broken, but fought their demons and won. Ones where those heroines were loved even though their emotional cracks hadn't fully healed. After I wrote that first book (and found out how hard writing actually was), I wrote eight more while learning the craft through courses that not only taught me to be a stronger writer but gave me life long friends.
What appeals to you about romantic suspense?
Though I devour romance in all its subgenres, as well as anything else I can get my hands on, romantic suspense has always pulled me in. Maybe because the heroines' fight for what they believe in, chase down their happy ever after, and find their own strength and confidence along the way. Younger me aspired to be them. Older me wants to inspire others and show them it’s possible.
When do you prefer to write, and why does that work for you?
As the wife of a shift worker, and mother to three adult children, my ideal writing day rarely gets realized. When it does, I write for two hours in the morning, then catch up on chores while I let the story brew. I like to spend time with my horse in the afternoon, then get more writing done in the evening. On days that the wheels fall off everything, I grab the time to write whenever I can.
What has been the hardest part of getting published, and what would you change if you could?
The hardest part of getting published was finding the right publisher. I’ve lost count of the rejections for Breaking Storm, but with each one, I took whatever feedback they gave, and rewrote. In the midst of the moving house, and after having a bad experience with another publisher, I tentatively sent a query to Vulpine Press. Soon after, I signed a four-book contract with them, and am both excited and proud of the book they and my editor, Libby Iriks, has helped me to produce.
Vikki has a great website where she keeps fans updated with her life. Check it out here:
W: https://www.facebook.com/vikkiholsteinwriter/ I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out, 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