After publishing her first non fiction title, Once I Was Lost, with a traditional publisher in 2006, author Lynda D. Brown decided to create her own independent publishing company and Spoken Word Press was born. In May 2010, Lynda published her first novel, Invisible Enemies, a supernatural thriller with a biblical message. While writing book one, her characters began to take on a life of their own, and Lynda decided to create a series based on the characters in the original book.
In August 2011, Seed of Satan: Leah’s Story, book two in the series was published,
In late October of 2010, Lynda created The Author Chat Show, an online podcast for self published authors to showcase their work. Currently the website has over one hundred and sixty members.
What inspires you to write?
My love of reading. I’ve been an avid reading since childhood and writing books was always a dream of mine.
Tell us about your writing process
My stories are created in my daydreams! Before I even start an outline for my books, I have a vision of the storyline from beginning to end. Its like a movie in my head, then I’m ready to recreate it on paper in an outline and then I flesh out my characters and scenes while writing my first draft. I usually end up with anywhere from 7-10 ‘first drafts’ before submitting it for editing.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
My Invisible Enemies Series was originally written for adults, however, the main characters in book one are teens when the story begins. To me, its not too much of a difference writing YA or adults, however, Damien’s New Bike is my first children’s picture book and my main challenge with this book was finding an illustrator who understood my vision. The first illustrator I hired didn’t work out, but the second one was great.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, and it’s amazing when I see my characters come alive while creating the book. It also blows my mind when I have storyline in mind, but once the character comes ‘alive’, my storyline for them sometimes changes! This happened in book one, when the main character reconnects with an old high school friend and they fall in love… I never saw that happen until I created the male character, Greg Taylor. He actually ended up being one of my favorites!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In 2006, I released my first book and it was published by a traditional publisher. I learned a lot about the process, however, as a first time author I realized that you are responsible for marketing and promoting your book. In 2010, I decided to self publish Invisible Enemies and also created my own indie publishing company Spoken Word Press. I currently have five (5) books available online and in major bookstores and they are available in paperback, eBooks and audiobooks.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe we’re going to see more and more writers self publish books. With Amazon’s Create Space for print books, and KDP for eBooks and ACX for audiobooks, we can offer every format that a traditional author offers. We have successfully removed the ‘gatekeepers’ and you will see all types of genres being created. Graphic novels are sure to be the next big thing for self publishing. I just interviewed an author on my Author Chat podcast on blogtalkradio.com and he just created a video game from his self published graphic novel!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
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