About Gwendolyn Grace:
When Gwendolyn Grace is not daydreaming about fictional characters, she tries to be a fairly decent wife and an attentive mother. During the day she manages the office for a small maritime security company that fights pirates, just not the cool Johnny Depp kind. In her spare time, she is a blogger and book reviewer however writing has been her passion for as long as she can remember.
What inspires you to write?
When I was in sixth grade our teacher would read to us every day after recess and I started looking forward to it. Sometimes she would ask us to write what we thought happened to the characters after the story was over. I loved being creative and coming up with answers. I started writing my first story when I was 13. My parents bought me an electronic typewriter for Christmas and I wore that thing out!
Tell us about your writing process.
The only quiet spot is in my bedroom. I usually sit on my bed propped against a ton of pillows with my ear buds in as I listen to music that helps inspire the story I’m writing. Once I get an idea for a story in my head it’s all I can think about until I get it down on paper (or a word doc). I type out everything I can think of about the story idea, the characters, moments I want to include, and points I want to convey. There is no particular order to it, just a bunch of random thoughts scatter on the page. Then as I start writing I’ll refer back to the document to make sure I’m covering the things I intended. I try to write from beginning to end. Some areas may be a little light in detail but I push forward until I get it all out then I go back and fill in more details and tighten up the story. Sometimes I discover things about the characters or the story the further into it I get so I go back and adjust. There have been times I don’t know exactly where I’m headed with the story, then at about 50 percent a light bulb will come on and things start to click.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters are in my head constantly. They don’t speak to me but I can’t stop thinking about them. Things in my everyday life remind me of their stories or I think about how they would react to a situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m an example of someone who took the scary step of sharing my stories with the world. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. You’ll never know for sure if you can do it unless you try. Instead of worrying about, “What if I fail?” Ask yourself, “Why if I succeed?” Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For two years I was a blogger, book reviewer and beta reader for several successful self-published authors. They provided a great support group and encouraged me to publish my own stories.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the possibilities are endless. The indie publishing industry is constantly change and making it more difficult than ever to gain recognition but we have to move with the changes, accept smaller victories and never give up on our dreams.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print