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Indie or Traditionally published? - Tell us how this works for you…
I’m hybrid! I like having a foot in both worlds. I enjoy working with publishers, but I also love bringing books out indie as well. I like giving readers options!
Plot or Pants? Do you pre-plot your books, use an outline, fly by the seat of your pants or some combination of things? How do you keep track of characters in a series? Do you keep a journal of your characters’ statistics, such as hair and eye color, relatives, hometown, etc.
I plot. I use scrivener to keep track of everything in a given book/series. I plot out the main beats of the story, then the individual scenes and events, which may change a little as I get writing. I’m flexible with the outline, but I do have to have a rough one to start. I keep everything in scrivener--character inspiration, maps, house photos etc.
Tell us about your first… published M/M fiction/romance
My very first MM publication was a little story called Swimming the Distance in an anthology called GOING FOR GOLD. It’s now available as a freebie, but at the time it was my first publication to a press that’s now no longer around. Here’s a link to the freebie: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/52iLw
and then your most recent one..
THE GEEK WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS is a grumpy/sunshine neighbors to lovers, ode to everything I love about the holidays. It’s got two heroes over 40 and I just adored writing this one! https://books2read.com/ChristmasGeek
Do you write full time or part-time?
Both. I do have a day job, but I write pretty much every day and full-time-ish hours.
Which character still pops into your mind to visit from time to time?
So many but Wes and Dustin from WHEELS UP make frequent visits to my mind!
Where do you write? Do you have a routine?
I have an office in my basement. I have two kids doing virtual school. I try to write during the day around their needs and my other work obligations!
What is the funniest scene you’ve written?
The one I can’t share yet! The opening for my March 2022 release was so fun to write. Barring that, there’s a scene on a roof in THE GEEK WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS that I love too!
What’s the hardest part about writing?
Making myself stay consistent. Butt in chair, get progress even when it’s not easy. Just keep writing forward. After that, marketing is probably the biggest challenge.
What do you do if you hit a wall while writing? How do you combat writer’s block?
I love writing by hand to free my muse. I’ll write part of a scene on my remarkable tablet to get started. I also love showers and walks for freeing the muse. And micro sprints! 10 minutes, 15 minutes, little sprints of 25 words. Whatever it takes to get started and start getting somewhere. Music helps too. For me the best way to keep from getting blocked is to try for some words most days, even when it’s hard. 200 words now means later the words may come easier.
How can we connect with you?
Fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/annabethsangels/