Name: Paula Light
Books: Ghosted (latest), various poetry and short story compilations
Genre: general fiction, romance, poetry
Background: I’m a writer in Orange County, California. My interests include fiction, poetry, movies, painting, and cupcakes. I enjoy reading and writing about a variety of topics.
When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer? I have always written, even as a very young child.
Do you write full-time? If not, do you have an outside job or other responsibilities? I have a “real job” and write in my free time.
Where do you get your ideas for characters and plots? Everywhere. Real life, fiction, movies, songs, etc.
Have you ever written yourself into a story? Most of my protagonists have an aspect or two of me built in, but I have not appeared as me.
What kind of research and preparation do you do before you write? Whatever is necessary, such as researching a city online, checking major events of the past, organizing dates/timelines, etc.
What is your editing process? Do you hire an outside editor? I do my own.
How do you decide on your book covers? Do you outsource? I do them myself on Amazon KDP with free photos.
How did you come up with the title of your latest book? I was literally ghosted in a dating experience and it went from there.
What route did you take to get published? Describe your experience. I self-publish on Amazon KDP after spending a few years chasing romance publishers.
Have you ever tried to get an agent? If so, what steps did you take? I briefly attempted this in the early 2000’s. It’s too time-consuming and energy-draining to chase agents and publishers. I just want to write!
What kinds of things do you do to promote your book? Not much. Mostly I just mention my books on my blog.
Have you ever had a book-signing event? Tell us about your experience. No. My books are all in electronic format.
Have you taken writing courses? Way back in college I took poetry and writing workshops.
Do you belong to a writer’s group? If so, is it in-person or online? Tell us about your experience. I am not currently participating in writing groups, though I have in the past.
Are you in a book club? If so, tell us about it. Is it in-person or online? Friends or acquaintances? I belong to several book clubs ~ romance, general fiction, philosophy. I don’t always want to read the assigned books, but when I do it’s enjoyable to meet up and discuss them.
Do you ask friends/family to read your WIP? One of my daughters will read a portion of a WIP if I ask for her opinion. She helped quite a bit with Ghosted.
Name three unread books on your bookshelf. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub. The Last Lie Told by Debra Webb. Marley & Me by John Grogan
What is the last book you read? Philosophy of Nature by Paul Feyerabend
How many pages do you think a book of fiction/nonfiction should be? However many it takes to tell the story in an entertaining way
What is the riskiest or wildest thing you’ve ever done? Online dating
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Getting divorced at age 50
What advice can you give to new writers entering the writing and publishing arena? Make sure your father owns a publishing house.
Website and social media links: http://lightmotifs.wordpress.com
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