Beverley: Are you self–pubbed, traditional or both?
Mary: I am both
Beverley: What made you chose that path? And tell us how it worked for you.
Mary: I got good rejections and had a publisher suggest self-pubbing one of my books she loved but couldn’t buy. I signed on as editor for a publishing company and contracted 2 books with a different publisher. I really need time to promote, but I love to edit!
Beverley: Have you written in any other writing formats? (non-fiction, journalism, flash fiction, poetry). If yes, can you share why you tried them and how it worked for you? And how has it affected how you write today?
Mary: None of the above since college. I intended to write the children’s stories I made up for my daughter and then fictionalize the stories my grandmamma told me when I was young.
Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like to share about differences in self-publishing and traditional publishing for today’s writer?
Mary: I have freedom to write the stories I want to write the way I want to write them as a Indie. I also have the responsibility.
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
Mary: Since 1991 for fun.
Beverley: What genre do you write in and why?
Mary: Romantic suspense, woman’s fiction, paranormal, erotica and a sweet romance I write the stories my characters demand I write and that I need at the time a story begins to build in my head.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work? Mary: I left teaching language arts which left me no time to write. Grading papers, raising a child, helping the EX photograph weddings on weekends, and taking night classes left me no time to write. Once I left teaching I managed start writing, I had to go to the Ex’s photo studio to use the studio computer and work at night when the computer wasn’t in use.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Mary: Often a character will bug me to write his or her story. At some point that person’s story grabs my attention.
Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest?
Mary: Having too many demands on my time. Paying bills by editing and tutoring is more important at times.
Beverley: What do you have for breakfast?
Mary: Usually when I tutor I drink chocolate coconut milk and grab cheese slices oan my way out the door. If I don’t tutor I heat leftovers from meals.
Beverley: What do you wear when you are writing?
Mary: PJs or sweatpants and Tee-shirts or sweatshirts.
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
Mary: I have a rocking chair I gave Mama before she passed away. It has an ottoman that rocks. I brought it home and I use it. I work in a living room/den.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Mary: Mighty Mouse was mine as a kid. I loved the idea! I have always been the shortest person in groups.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Mary: Adrian Paul! (Highlander the Series.) If you have to ask, you haven’t seen the series or him!
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Mary: I am reformatting one of my unpublished novels, editing a novella for a cowboy series, and making slides for a webinar on editing for self-publishing. I have a date set up. (grin) My authors and freelance clients say I work magic with my editing. Each has claimed I taught her more in hours than all of her teachers put together. I decided to try to teach about editing.
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