I’m pleased to present SJ Byrne, author of My Butterfly, to answer writing questions today. Hope you enjoy this interview!
1. When did you start writing?
I started writing in school, but the real stories began in high school. It’s always been the main source of my creativity even though I played music as well. I had dreams of being published before I turned 25, but life got in the way and I didn’t write for over a decade.
2. Are you a pantser or a planner?
Am definitely a pantser…if that mean what I think it does LOL I don’t plan out my books other than a very vague main story line. Like “young woman become paralyzed and how she comes to heal herself emotionally and physically.” My characters cannot stand the thought of me trying to plot out their story – I will sit in silence for months if I even try!
3. Can you give us an idea of your writing process?
It’s actually quite helter-skelter. I’m usually writing, watching a movie, and chatting on facebook all at the same time. My mind goes in so many different directions that I need the distractions to keep those parts of it occupied while I connect to my creativity.
4. Which authors have influenced your work?
Every book I have ever read has influenced me. How could they not? The bad ones give ideas of what NOT to do and the good ones, well the way they influence is limitless.
5. What are you plans/future projects/new releases that we should be aware of?
I’m currently working on 4 WIPS and have one with an editor. It’s been a busy year even if I only have one book out.
6. Any tips for new writers?
Nike said it best – Just do it! No one will force you to. In fact the competition is so stiff many would probably like if you didn’t! But if writing is for you like it is for me – an absolute necessity to remain somewhat sane – then don’t ever stop!
7. Any tips for old writers?
Don’t get so stuck in old patterns. Keep things fresh. One thing I dislike about these authors that have like 40 books out – same storyline just different characters. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new!
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I write therefore I AM!
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