Feral Things

From time to time, I like to feature fellow writers I've met in this awesome online community. Today, please welcome author Erin Cole for an insightful interview:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DH3BN6M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DH3BN6M&linkCode=as2&tag=inmere0c-20How would you describe your body of work?

If it’s not dark or prose-leaden, then it’s just strange and bizarre.

What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser / plotter / hybrid?

I tend to lean more towards pantser, with plotting happening afterwards to make sure everything gets connected and/or flows properly. Often, I do have some type of ending in mind, as shady as it may be, but the road to get there is usually unknown.

You recently released a collection of short stories. What's your take on traditional vs. self-publishing?

While I think it is important to achieve traditional publishing for both self-esteem and your reputation as a writer, self-publishing also has its place in establishing self-motivation / sufficiency, experience with the publishing and marketing processes, and having the courage to take risks. Risk is everything. No one who did anything great did it without some risk.

You don't limit yourself to short fiction; you've also written novels and recently finished a new novella. How do you make time for your writing?

I'm excited to say that my new novella, Feral Things, is forthcoming with Damnation Books. I was able to finish this, my novels, and short stories by treating my writing as constant projects, not scheduled ones. While I do get a good chunk to write everyday, whenever time presents an opportunity, day or night, even in small windows like car rides or waiting for appointments, I take advantage of it. If I have already achieved my word count goal for the day, but I get another window to write, up to the attic I go. I have a very busy schedule with three young children, but fortunately, my husband and my kids support the time I need to hone my craft. They are truly wonderful.
Thanks, Erin! I'm looking forward to reading Feral Things.

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  1. I very much enjoy not knowing where the road will lead when I writer as well. And I agree we'll likely see more people finding success in the future by combining traditional and independent publishing of their work. Best of luck with Feral Things. :)

    1. …when I writer…maybe I should invest in a flashlight occasionally for those dark writer roads. LOL.

  2. I think it was Asimov or maybe Bradbury who had a similar way of working. He kept numerous typewriters around the house and every spare moment he would dart to the computer and add a few more sentences. I love this idea. every word adds up

  3. Every word does add up. An author told me persistence and tenacity helps, too. Good luck with that collection, Erin! 'The Wall of Never Doubt' sounds intriguing. . . Nice to meet you!

    I'm already signed up for your newsletter, Milo, so I'm informed.

  4. PS - Milo, yes, no lasers in Ancient Egypt. (re-your comment on my Antiquities post.)

  5. Diversified in what she writes - definite plus! It's been so long since I wrote a short story.

  6. I like the description of your writing - strange and bizarre! Good interview!

  7. Hi Erin! Congratulations on the upcoming release of Feral Things! I just bought your short story collection and can't wait to dive in. I spent a good portion of my life afraid of the dark (I'm still not overly fond of it.), so your description of your collection as having a " unifying theme that darkness is a more than just a brooding atmosphere filled with the unknown." intrigued me greatly. But I don't plan to start reading it until tomorrow when it is not DARK outside. :)

  8. We can't grow if we don't take risks.

    I'm ready for my Freebie Friday - I'll be offering several books that day.

  9. I enjoyed Erin's interview, and I think she's right about there being a place in an author's life for both traditional publishing and self-publishing, especially since every author has projects that are different. Wishing Erin and Feral Things much success!

  10. Great interview; thanks, Milo and Erin! It's great to hear about hybrud publishers - there's so much focus right now about doing one or the other, and it's a good, thought-provoking change of pace to hear about a different approach.

  11. Thanks for all your wonderful comments, everyone. I truly appreciate it, and cheers to you, Milo. for having me over!

  12. Erin, I like your approach to writing and publishing -- you sound like an unstoppable (and very human) writing machine! So of course I gotta check out your stuff.

  13. Awesome interview.

    Erin, I agree that either publishing method has its place and merits. Good luck with your writing and publishing endeavors. :-)

    Milo, I signed up and will do a write-up tomorrow.

  14. I loved this interview! First of all: Milo: really great questions. Erin - we have the same writing process, which gives me great hope for my future in writing. This has really inspired me. So many have told me that pantsers aren't really good writers, that they're too lazy to plot, that if you look at all the successful writers out there, 99% of them are plotters. That depressed me to no end. I tried plotting. I thought I'd be good at it. I'm a mathematician! I'll just make a spreadsheet! But I couldn't even get close to doing it. I kept thinking, "But I don't know how the story goes yet. I only know how it starts and how I think it will end, but that's it."
    Thank you for encouraging me today, Erin. Thanks Milo for making that happen.
    Tina @ Life is Good

  15. I've enjoyed the three tales I've read so far from After Dusk. Looking forward to Feral Things.

  16. After Dusk looks like a great collection….

    All the Best, Erin!

    Great Idea for a fest, Milo…. I am holding a COFFEE give away blog hop next week, in honor of my recent trip to Colombia… Nothing like real Colombian coffee. LOL.

  17. Great interview!
    And ooh, I'm jealous - an attic sounds a wonderful place to write in!

  18. Neat interview:) I'm intrigued by how many writers I find prefer to go seat of the pants rather than full outline...perhaps this encourages writers to simply get on with the writing process:) I may have to try it!

  19. I'm such a plotter, not able to finish a story unless there's an outline, but I like your idea.

    Congrats on your next novella.

  20. Congrats Erin, and great blog hop!