I wanted to be a storyteller. I grew-up creating characters and stories and then acting them out with the neighborhood kids. Soon I became an adult but the characters wouldn’t leave me alone.
Andrea R. Cooper has always enjoyed inventing characters and stories, but it wasn’t until her late twenties that she began writing novels. Her author tag-line reads ‘for those who believe in magic and love’ and her own life story echoes this sentiment. Divorced and disillusioned by love stories she put aside writing and creativity for a time until she met a new real life hero, her now husband, who supported her writing and led to her to believe in love and imagination once more.
It had come out that the publisher was underpaying and sometimes not paying its authors. No one had received any word from the publisher’s owner in several months. The co-owner disappeared. Less than six weeks after my first published story, the publisher’s website had been removed. The story was taken down. I would neither know how many copies I sold nor receive any payments for those copies
Speculative fiction author Cherie Reich shares the harrowing story of her first publishing experience. An event, while crippling, ultimately strengthened her resolve to continue writing and become a published author.
Write about your experiences. Write about your dreams. Write about unforgettable moments. Embed a piece of yourself in your story to make it authentic. Make it real. Channel your emotions into writing to create something that is completely and utterly you.
Canadian teen fiction author Christine Rees on how music has inspired her writing journey, networking and utilizing the book marketing resources you have on hand and the need to be completely authentic in your work.