In today's guest author interview we meet Devorah Fox, you can read what she has to say below:
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I'm Devorah Fox, president of Mike Byrnes and Assoc., Inc. Since 1987 we have published "BUMPER TO BUMPER®, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations" and other textbooks and training materials for commercial motor vehicle drivers. (We were self-publishers before self-publishing was cool!) Recently we started developing the "Easy CDL" commercial driver license test prep apps for the iPhone and iPad. I also write the "Dee-Scoveries" column for the "Island Moon" newspaper and I write novels.
What first inspired you to start writing?
It feels like I've been writing my entire life. I think I tried writing a novel in the 3rd grade. But it was Faye Kellerman's "Ritual Bath" that inspired the adult me to start noveling. I so enjoyed her book that I thought "I'd like to do that!"
Are you a planner? Or do you prefer to dive straight in to writing?
The more I write, the less I plan. It seems that I dive straight in but in truth I think I've been writing in my head long before my fingers spring into action. I wake up in the morning already framing sentences in my mind.
If you could work with any author, who would it be?
I admire Randy Wayne White and Greg Iles not only for their characters but also for how they create a sense of place.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The surprises. I like when something happens that I didn't plan, didn't expect, didn't see coming, but it is so RIGHT. I also like stepping away from a project, then coming back to it to find that it's somehow new and delightful. I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that it's better than I remembered it being when I was writing it. Sometimes I impress even me, and I'm a tough critic!
And the least?
It's exhausting. I do feel wrung out at the end of a long writing day.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Just do it, just write. Don't worry about whether it's "good enough" or even if it's good at all. It's better than you think. And don't hesitate to put it out there. You'll be surprised at the positive reception it gets--I was. The most unexpected parts of my work resonate with the most unexpected people!
What are you working on at the momnt?
I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month 2012, working on a sequel to "The Lost King" which started as my NaNoWriMo 2012 project. "The Lost King" is now between covers both printed and digital:
on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lost-King-Devorah-Fox/dp/0977824527
smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/230605, and iBooks,
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
The working title is "The Changeling Prince." Like "The Lost King," it's a literary fantasy about the struggles of a man who has lost everything and has to rediscover/reinvent himself. As a reader of "The Lost King" wrote, "the tale of a lost soul trying to find himself and recover his place in the world will ring true to so many whom have been 'pink slipped'." Readers interested in learning more can check my blog at http://devorahfox.com. I'm also at www.facebook.com/devorah.fox, @devorah_fox on Twitter, GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2751371.Devorah_Fox and www.linkedin.com/in/devorahfox.
Thanks to Devorah for sharing her thoughts with us, on Friday we welcome Keith Nixon to the hot seat.