One question I always like to ask is this:
I've noticed many authors write books that are entirely different than the lives they live. That being the case, how do you come up with the ideas for your stories.
In my situation, my characters lead me. I know, this is difficult to explain, but my mind is very driven and busy thinking about stories of "what if?" We happen to think outside the box which tends to generate many different stories...we get our inspiration from many things and always keep our personal lives out of our books, all though we may use names of family and friends on occasion, we never thought to bring our own lives into the picture...can't really say I know many authors who would...
What other genre would you like to write in and why?
If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would it be?
oh, one more
If you could go back in time, what author would you most want to meet?
I would ask them if the every wrote about a hero or a heroine they ended up not liking. In other words, they had this idea of what the hero would be like, but he took over and turned out to be not so nice of a person. Would you then rewrite him and make him what you envisioned or would you turn him into a villain. Authors always say their characters write themselves, so what would you do?
I would ask them what career they gave up to become an author and why in the world they did it.
And I would ask them if they believe most writers still work another job in order to pay the bills. If so, what does it take to write full time and make a living at it.
Hi Keta...I had to bite on this one...Actually I didn't give up any career to write. I had been writing while working as a Teacher, Medical Office Administrator and an Editor. It was my love of the written word when it bit me back in college that I had decided to write professionally. I had been in retirement since 2003 and the writing took over full time...due to the economy I was asked to go into the office part time in the family business to help out..but I don't mind. At least when I need time off I am able to take it.
Can writing full time pay the bills? Absolutely...there are tricks, dedication and hard work to this trade that had taken me years to muster, but I accomplished that. I do however believe most writers have an outside job to pay the bills...no, as a matter of fact I know they do.