Date Posted: 22/06/2015 | Category:
Author: Maddie Andrews
Book title: The Outcasts
What inspired you to start writing?
Probably watching lots of films, my imagination works overtime, I love reading and films give me so much, I can lose myself in a good film . I am inspired by different authors, like JK Rowling, The Harry Potter films and books are just magical.
How long did your manuscript take to complete?
Probably a couple of months or so, because I started writing then I would stop for a while then carry on again. I am currently writing a sequel to the Outcasts and also another called The first cut about a young girls journey through university, being different and the people she meets along her way some good and some challenging. But from her life and experiences as she grows through the university years.
Did you suffer from writer's block? If so what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling?
Yes I dealt with it by just putting it on standby then reading other stories and watching TV to give you good ideas and when you least expect it an idea will come to mind and you can just write it down, when I get ideas in my head I just have to write them down or make notes.
Do you wish you had to start to write sooner in life?
No not really because I have been writing for ages, when I was little with weird little stories that made no sense, I have written since I could, but The Outcasts is my first published. I write poems, songs and stories, even scripts for plays to act out with my friends.
Any tips or advice for other authors out there wanting to Self Publish?
Just do it, really if you get an idea and write a story and if you want it published don't just worry just do it, and give it to a company see what they say and get it published don't just sit there and hope it magically gets published by its self. To see your words in a book and others to read it is amazing and having the opportunity to share your adventures and characters you have created with others is just special. Anything is possible, follow your dreams.
How did you find the process of self-publishing with Spiderwize?
It was easy, and Laura and Camilla gave advice and helped me along the way, it didn't take long and the outcome was just how I had imagined, just perfect, I had to choose the cover, they offered some other ideas, but I liked my own design with a bit of touching up, they double checked my spelling and grammar checked for any mistakes and it took a few weeks but it was fun and I'm glad other people can hopefully read and enjoy it. To see my words in print like a book in the library, or shop and to see on Amazon WWW and being able to buy it is WOW, a wonderful feeling.