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:
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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