That's right, I somehow did it again. I signed up for the same blog hop twice. And while I'd like to blame it on twins brain, on some deep level, I know. Oh yes, I know.
So anywho, I'm gonna talk about different stuff this time. But aren't I supposed to answer the questions? Yes, I am. But, you know, multiple viewpoints and stuff. Let's see how this goes:
I was tagged, this time, by historical romance writer Sherry Ewing. Check out her blog and buy a book!
What am I working on?
Still book mapping. What?!? Yes. Well, actually at this point I'm doing everything I can to avoid book mapping, like participating in blog hops (Ahem), posting that paranormal mystery I wrote last summer on Wattpad, getting new covers made for the Ennara series and its upcoming sequel (check out my amazing new illustrator Niniel here), getting an audiobook produced (check out my talented voice actress Crystal here). Well, at least I can say that when I procrastinate, I stay busy.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
One big difference between my stories and others writing middle-grade fantasy is that most authors doing children's books are still traditionally publishing, whereas I've chosen to start my career self-publishing. It isn't an easy path, but then again, neither is finding a traditional publisher.
Some question your motivation with self-publishing. Like your book isn't good enough to sell to a publisher, so you're selling yourself for your ego. And whether that is the motives of some or not (it isn't really for any of us to say), that isn't the case here. You see, I'm brutally honest with myself about this business, and about my career. I need to keep writing. Publishers need to publish what they believe will sell. And oftentimes, the quality of a book isn't enough to sell it traditionally.
So when I wasn't able to sell the first Ennara, I refused to slow down. I recognized that sometimes it isn't the story, or the characters, but the market, or even the availability of space in a publisher's production line. I self-published the book, and it went on to win an award and gather a strong readership on Wattpad.
I have a lot of stories in me, and less time than that. I am a creator, and I will keep creating until I am done.
Why do I write what I do?
To understand other people, other lives.
How does my writing process work?
I have an idea that I think will interest me for several months. I build a plot and characters around it that I also think will hold my interest for months. Then I write a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page. Then a scene, and a chapter. Eventually it becomes a book. Then I edit that book and try to make it better.
And that's it! Thanks for stopping by.
Angela Shelley, herself.
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