Hi Reagan! Thank you for having me on your blog today.
1. Can you share with us your road to publication?
I decided back in 2008 that I wanted to write to publish. I had a completed manuscript and began querying agents and editors I thought would make a good match with my novel. I attended a writer’s conference and pitched to agents. That was probably the scariest thing I’d ever done. I had several nibbles, but no bites.
I continued to write and query and pitch until I had four completed unpublished novels. The last novel, Dream Smashers, was being reviewed by several agents. One agent in particular gave me some wonderful suggestions and requested I send him the manuscript if I decided to take his advice. Well, I took some of his advice, but ventured into the publishing world without an agent. That’s when I joined DarkSide Publishing and published Dream Smashers in March, 2011.
I later published a middle grade novel, Land of Corn Chips, in May. My next novel, Loramendi’s Story, is due out in August.
2. Was this your first written story?
No. I’ve written more stories than I can remember. Dream Smashers is the fourth full-length novel I have written.
3. Do you have a favorite place you like to write?
Not necessarily. I like to write next to a window. My desk in my writing room is directly in front of a second story window. When my brain is blanking, I watch outside for a bit. That usually recharges my thoughts for some reason.
4. Do you use inspirational tools when you write? (i.e. music, quotes, etc)
When I’m writing the first draft, I usually listen to music with ear buds to drown out all other “interference” noise.
5. What tips or tools would you share with aspiring writers?
If you aspire to write, then write! In between writing, read. It’s important to read. I’m not sure why, but some writers never read. I don’t understand that. At all. It’s amazing the things writers learn simply by reading.