A: It’s hard, nearly impossible, for and unknown new writer to break into. I know that much.
Q: What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
A: Just write, ignore the rules and processes and just write. Then polish, polish and polish your story and when you think you’re done, go back and polish it some more.
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: Six months or so – but then it takes me eighteen months or more on the rewrites. I bet I wrote well over 600,000 words to get the 100,000 + words for The Butcher’s Daughter.
Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?
A: Of course, no question. When it happens, just walk away from your work - but keep a notebook handy or voice recorder nearby if that’s your thing. At some point an inspiration will hit you square in the face out of the blue and then you’ll know you are ready to write again.
Q: What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?