How did I accidentally become an award-winning author?
Well, it all started when I was a kid. My mom and dad were always telling me to find something to do with my time. I remember begging them for a dog but they told me no because of our busy schedule. Instead, I became obsessed with drawing. For a very long time, drawing was all I did. It was my escape from reality… until one day while trying to learn how to draw, I ended up re-inventing the wheel and discovered… [write paragraph fill]
Now, don’t be alarmed. I’m not talking about the wheel of fortune with two axes. I’m talking about how I learned how to write and which words I used to describe my story. For instance, [write this sentence] is what lead me to my award-winning (I hope) book.
At the time, my best friend and I were trying to pitch a story idea for a movie. The idea was that we would show two young kids, who were like me and my best friend, struggling to survive. As soon as I saw the word struggle, I asked myself what it meant. From there I continued to ask myself what other descriptive words I could use instead of struggle and boom the wheel turned and gave me [write description from paragraph fill].
how did i end up achieving so much success as an author?
This is probably the same question asked by many self-published book authors. I had tried writing short fiction for years but it just wasn’t working… until I discovered the magic of editing and beta readers. The saying goes that quality trumps quantity, and that definitely holds true for writing. I rewrote my entire first novel “Consequences” at least five times until it was as good as it could ever be. After that, I sent it to a group of beta readers and reviewers; one being an editor.
Self-publishing had become a viable option by this time, so I decided to give it a go. I signed a contract with myself that I would only write three books per year, something which was strict but good for my productivity.
The first book I self-published was “Consequences.” That went very smoothly and since then, the others have followed in rapid succession (with more on the way). I even made it to #1 on Amazon in the “Paranormal Romance” category, which was a huge achievement for me and a great way to show the world that I was serious about my writing.
what are some tips for you as a mom on how to write successfully? (emma chamberlain interview)
I’m a big believer that it’s better to take a risk than to not take a risk. It’s like the saying “If you can’t beat them, join them.” I always thought that there was something wrong with authors who write books that are on the popular side. I wanted to do things my own way. For example, in my first novel (Consequences), Idone things that would show what I wanted to show in the story without having people call me pretentious. You know, people think I’m pretentious but I don’t really care.
I always think that if you’re going to do something, you’ve just got to have fun with it. And if you have fun with it, people will be kind of into it. So I always try to keep that in mind. Yeah, that’s kind of risky. It’s like trying to drive a car without a seat belt on. It kind of puts you in an awkward situation. But, I mean, if you don’t try that, then you would never know what it’s like to have the thrill of driving and feeling safe and cozy at the same time. So, I think it’s always a good idea to try new things.
how worked on your book for 3 years at the same time actually writing blog posts by yourself daily and juggling it all? can you tell us about that process please? what is the hardest part for you when writing blog posts or anything else at home that happens in between school and work
It has probably been about 2-3 years now actually. The hardest part for me is trying to not take my frustration out on my family. I think it’s better for them if I don’t write about certain subjects and just vent them onto paper or a document instead. The hardest part is trying to maintain the schedule that I’m working on. I would say it’s definitely the hardest part. Making sure that I write consistently everyday and not just when I feel like it. If I do this, then everything should fall into place by chance.
To be honest, writing blogs is the easiest thing for me because it is usually so easy to finish everything without much effort from my end. However, it is the hardest thing to do in between university and pursuing my career. I don’t know if this is because I’m a perfectionist and just want to make sure that I do everything correctly or whether it’s because of the time constraint. It is the toughest for me because it involves so many other things. Nowadays, I am able to squeeze in a couple of hours to write about what I want and sometimes even “work” on my new book during study times but when it comes to making sure that everything fits together and that nothing conflicts with anything else, it is one of my worst nightmares.