C.S. Mae is only in front of a computer when she’s writing. She’s hopelessly backward, socially awkward, and mostly hides with a book in front of the fire, fighting for space in her favorite chair with her two cats. Romance novels are her first love, Kdramas are a close second.
What inspires you to write?
Well, in the case of the series I’m currently publishing… it was my love of Korean Dramas that inspired me! I tried my first series on Netflix about a year ago (Secret Garden, in case you were wondering) and have been hooked ever since. 🙂
When I combined Kdramas with my love for a specific type of romance (one that has sassy women, a heap of humor, realistic sexy times and honest emotions) the stories just seemed to flow on their own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a hybrid. No really, I’m like this crazy mix of no planning all emotion, but then I also need a general outline to make sure my story arc stays on track. If I don’t do at least a LITTLE bit of planning, I get 2/3rds of the way through and give up in despair. Believe me, it’s better for everyone if I have a little bit of planning in mind.
I write other books under a different name. They are a complex fantasy series and they require MUCH MUCH planning, because I made up a whole new world and with that comes lots of rules that I have to follow and details I have to somehow remember.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t interact directly with my characters. Instead, it’s like I’m watching a movie about them and writing it down for a friend who doesn’t have access to the movie. I’m telling her every line, every action, every steamy scene like a slobbering fangirl. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
I think there is a lot of good advice out there to follow. If I were to be the one to give the advice, I’d say three things:
1) Write every day. Even if it’s only a couple of hundred words. If you can find an hour, then you will be in good shape.
2) Don’t abandon your current work to start on something new and interesting. If you do that, you’ll never finish ANYTHING.
3) Always plan out what you’re going to write the next day, so you don’t waste time staring at a blank screen.
Those are the three most helpful bits of advice I was given, so I pass them on to you!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Being a reader has been the biggest influence in getting me to self-publish. I lead a very busy life and I don’t have time to send out queries, etc. But self-publishing I can handle, simply because I hire a group of people to do the things I don’t have time for (design a cover, edit, etc.) and then post the stories up on Amazon. I really just want people to read my work and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see the book industry as being a big hot mess of whatever you feel like. You want to take the reigns and self-publish? You can do it! You want to take the traditional route? You can do that too! Or maybe you feel like having a nice helping of both… pull up a plate and shovel it in! The world is your oyster, writers.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
romance, fantasy, western, contemporary
What formats are your books in?
Link To Author Page On Amazon
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