The Life of an Author
I’d like to thank Kate O’Sullivan for having me on her blog today. My debut release from The Wild Rose Press, Fairest of the Faire, was released in June (more on that later). As a published author, I’m now getting all those questions that I usually asked published authors. The shoe is on the other foot! I didn’t realize there would be so many questions!
The biggest questions I get are about my writing process. How did I do it, where do I find my ideas, how long does it take? The real answer to all of these is “hard work.” Of course, that’s not really what people are looking for in my answers, so let me elaborate.
How did I do it?
Writing is hard work. Just like anything else creative, even if you are relatively good at doing that thing, it is still hard work. You have to sit down and write. Whether that is hand-writing on a pad of paper, or typing on a computer, you have to get those story ideas out of your head and onto paper. There is no other way that putting your butt in your seat and your hands on the keyboard and start typing out those words. You can do this any way you like – I know one writer that writes one page a day. That’s her goal. One page. But she does it every single day. Some writers dedicate particular amounts of time to writing every day or every week. Some just do it when they are inspired, or when they have time. Regardless of the how, you still have to do it.
Where do I find my ideas?
Everywhere. I tend to write “around” a particular scene, picture, or event that I have witnessed or participated in. I can watch a man digging a ditch and get enough of an idea to work with. Or thinking about my grandmother working in the kitchen on a tried-and-true family recipe will do it. Maybe it’s something as small as picking cherries on a warm summer day, or watching a child play on a swing set. All of these little ideas can turn into big novels, if I give them enough thought.
How long does it take?
This depends on how much you write! Fairest of the Faire took four years. Of course, I wasn’t writing on it the entire time. I wrote it, then put it away, the dragged it back out to edit, then put it away again. Giving the story that time to breathe, and myself time to be away from it, means I get to see it again with fresh eyes. But ideally, I would like to finish a book in a year. It is possible to do that, even while letting the manuscript “sit,” but it also means I have to dedicate time to writing. I work full time and have a husband and kids, so finding writing time can be difficult. But unless I devote the time to it, it will never get written. The time it takes is directly proportional to the amount of time you are able to put into it.
So how do I do it? Hard work! And anything worth doing is worth working hard at, right?
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.
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About the Author:
Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn't writing, she works with students with disabilities in the college environment.
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Website – http://www.susabelle.com