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How do you find the appropriate setting for the story, or does it find you?
The settings for my stories sort of find me. I start with an idea about the characters, how they'll meet, what their issues will be, and then I write. Somewhere along the way, they tell me who they are and where they're from and it goes from there. Sometimes I'll start off in one place, and the characters lead me to another. My stories write themselves most of the time. lol. I have very little say in what goes on once my characters take over.
What is your support system for your writing? Family, friends, other writers?
I have an amazing support system, both in real time and online. I wrote online for years before I set out to publish, and i met so many amazing people that have become instrumental in what I'm doing now. They have conditioned me, supported me, guided me, and taught me. I really have the best of both worlds.
My friends are very proud and supportive and want me to succeed. They understand that most of the time our plans will fail because I have a deadline or I'm lost in my head and writing. They understand and encourage it, thankfully, and still love me for being such a sucky companion. But I've been able to share pieces and parts of this new part of my life with them, and the enthusiasm they have shown has motivated me further. I recently had my first in person book signing this past weekend, and one of my best friends went with me. Honestly, she dragged me out of the house by my hair and made me go. lol. But that's what she does. She pushes me to be better, to do things out of my element and encourages me to be proud. Just the fact that she was proud and excited to be there with me made the whole event for me. That's where the heart of this is. They believe in me, and it helps me believe in myself.
What is the worst writing advice you ever received and how did you deal with it?
Okay, this is a tricky question because I honestly don't believe anyone has a bad opinion.
That's a lie. I am really anal about getting my way. I listen to criticism--again, the writing and posting my words online gave me a thick skin.
But, you learn to take it all with a grain of salt. The good with the bad. I think the worst advice I got was from someone that told me NOT to self-publish. I mulled that over for almost two years and did my homework, checking out all the options availible to authors. The big publishers, agents, vanity press, small press, and finally, self-published authors. I found that the advice wasn't all bad, but they obviously hadn't done THEIR homework. In this day and age, there's no reason why a self-published author can't go hybrid. I have no limitations. I can do whatever I want. Does that mean I'm going to land every submission I send out? Hell no. But it does mean that I CAN if I choose to. And it also means that just because someone else doesn't believe in my story doesn't mean it's meant to get buried or burned. So I think going with your gut is the best way to get by, but you should never disregard anything. Just use your head and make sure you leave no stone unturned. There are always exceptions.
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Thank you Shannon Kennedy for this weeks questions!
The next author on the hop is :Malone http://www.josiemalone.com
4/1/2014 04:23:15 am
I'll say it again, love visiting you and seeing what you do every week.
4/1/2014 04:38:41 am
I love how matter-of-fact you are, :) I haven't self pubbed yet, but I intend to and I've heard that same old same old, "Don't!!!!!!" far too often myself.
4/1/2014 05:50:01 am
I love your best friend. Hope your roots recovered.
4/1/2014 05:51:54 am
The only way you can differentiate good advice from bad is if you have a base line - and the only way to do that is research and learn.
4/1/2014 06:41:09 am
Online support systems rock. We have great ones xx
4/1/2014 07:15:33 am
Love your honest answers.
4/1/2014 11:52:22 am
Now that you mention it, that advice about self pubbing back a few years ago was bad advice because look at the market for it now!
4/1/2014 12:20:10 pm
Gotta love a best friend who'll drag you out to a book signing by your hair! Love the turtle picture too.
4/1/2014 08:29:04 pm
Great answers, I loved the pics you used with them! :D
4/15/2014 10:50:51 am
OMG, who would develop a crush on Cash! HUZZAH!
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