About Alexia Zarate:
I have found that nothing quite helps me through life the way that reading does. There is something uniquely pacifying and beautiful about sitting down with a well written book. I’ve been writing for 5 years now (though really it probably started since I was 11) and only recently published a book on Amazon. I’m looking to build my fan base and hopefully one day become a successful author. I’m interested in a lot of things, like the way black holes devour up light and how different people react to love. I’ve always been curious like that. Please feel free to contact me whenever you’d like.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is my way of sorting myself out internally. My emotions, thoughts, and desires all become more clear when I’ve put them into words. The act of writing itself is relaxing unlike anything else I’ve done. Someday I hope to create something as beautiful as the works of Leo Tolstoy or Oscar Wilde.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin by having some sort of idea of what happens in the story but I don’t necessarily know every detail. As I go from chapter to chapter, the story develops on its own and asks of me what it needs. I like to edit my chapters before moving on to the next one so unlike most writers, I don’t simply disgorge, so to speak, and write on end until the piece is finished. It takes me a long time to write these chapters but it also leaves me with a lot less editing to do as a result.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are usually based off of real life people so I observe these people very closely and try to memorize their habits and way of speaking. I always ask myself “Would they really say this/ do this in real life?” before making my character do it. I don’t speak to them or treat them as if they were in the room with me but I do grow attached to them over time.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t think you have to begin your novel knowing everything. Writing a book is very much an adventure in which you will discover new sights, problems, and solutions organically. Set out with an idea and then take it as far as you can. Eventually you’ll make less decisions about what your characters do or where your plot goes. The story will do that all on it’s own.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Though my dream has always been to publish traditionally, I decided that it wasn’t a bad idea to self publish a few books now and start building a fan base and generating interest in my work before setting off into the traditional route. It’s a good way to get my work out there and get feedback from readers so that I know how to improve my writing before submitting to publishers. Plus having experience in formatting, book designing, and marketing can never hurt. If you don’t think you can advertise yourself very well or do most of the editing, designing work on your own, then I definitely suggest submitting to publishers versus self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There is a massive increase in the number of self published books and I think this format will become more accepted over time. It’ll be used more as a kind of interview with publishers. Seeing results of author’s sales will encourage them to either publish the author or not. Personally, I prefer physical copies of books over digital ones just because it feels so nice to have the weight of the book in my hands. Here’s hoping physical books don’t get replaces with all digital copies.
What genres do you write?: fiction, science fiction, romance, young adult
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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