We want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful and gracious Hostess Sharon Buchbinder for having us here today…we feel so humble and honored! I would like to introduce ourselves.
We are the best selling, award winning, husband/wife author team of AP Miller. We write in many different genres and have been in the publishing industry for over thirty years. We are represented by literary agent, Jennifer Etherton and our dynamic duo Public Relations and Marketing team Andi and Eric of G.Y. S. Entertainment.
Today we would like to chat with you about writing and what it takes to make it in this industry.
We get asked this question all the time and I will note, always write what you know. I can’t stress this enough. If you write paranormal don’t make an attempt to write science fiction just to jump on the ban wagon if your know nothing about the subject which can be very intensive.
People ask me, “How did you do it?”
Simple…we write what we know and we write in many genres because well…we know about them. You have to study the craft. It will take you years of practice and dedication. Not every writer is born. They are created through discipline, determination and persistence.
Sure you might believe it’s easy to paste together a novel. How hard can it be right? Boy meets girl they fall in love and marry, the end. Think again. You need a story, doesn’t necessarily have to end HEA, it can have a HFN ending but nonetheless you still need a plot. You need to pay attention to detail, characterization, setting, and plot. If you are writing a historical better make sure you are historically accurate. You can’t expect to have cowboys from the old west in the Revolutionary War, or your hero in a contemporary setting wearing an Armani suit, unless he is a time traveler. That would make for a scary book in my opinion. Living conditions were harsh back then. You also need to focus of the clothing and mannerisms of that time period, speech patterns are important. As with any genre you will after all, need to do your homework to make your story believable.
In order to create a story you need knowledge. This means lots of research in the genre you wish to write for. You have to READ and I’m not talking Tom Clancy, or John Grisham.
They are icons in the literary world yes, but what I mean is read within the genre you want your story set in. Write in first or third person, again do your homework. The book stores and libraries are filled with “How to” books. If you’re not sure, go and pick them up, trust me they will do you a world of good.
When I decided to sit down and pen for the YA market I was already familiar with the genre since I am a retired school teacher, (write what you know see?) I wanted something that would scare the pants off the kids that wasn’t associated with blood and gore and the likes of Michael Meyers or Freddy Krueger, but I did come up with an extremely scary concept which I will not reveal here, you understand…
Halloween is my favorite Holiday. I love to be scared and so do the children. In this series they will get to meet the protagonist and the antagonist who he depends on. Murray Thompson was always afraid of things that go bump in the night and by age eleven he believed in the Boogedyman. He relies on his longtime Doctor to help him get through his life, but believes the therapy just isn’t working. Murray is brought through a whirlwind of horrific dilemmas before the end of the book is reached. Is the Boogedyman real or a figment of his imagination?
We hope all of you will remember to pick up your copy at Muse it Up Publishing on October 28th just in time for Halloween. It’s available in ebook and print through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also watch for our children’s book, “The Trouble with Tessa” which will release in December with Dancing with Bear Publishing.
Happy Reading to all of you and Happy Halloween!
PS: Sharon is still celebrating KISS OF THE SILVER WOLF’s first birthday by selecting one lucky commenter on her blog each week up to October 31, 2011 to win an e-copy of my werewolves meets X-files novella. So, don’t delay! Start commenting! Stop by and enter to win more spooktacular prizes at http://theromancestudio.com/party.