Mariana, let's get right into your interview:
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I be doing lots of research?
(Mariana) I write historical fiction and historical romance, so yes, research is really important. That said, on the romance side of things, I write entirely in the Regency era, so the more I write, the more I know. This doesn’t negate research entirely, but it does mean that
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I’ve immersed myself in the American Civil War, as well as turn-of-the-century Brooklyn and Tammany Hall.
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I consider writing a job, a vocation, a hobby, or a passion?
(Mariana) All three. I have been a professional writer, editor, and designer most of my life, most frequently as a freelancer in corporate and technical. There are a number of things I write as a hobby, including poetry, and I consider forays into new genres a hobby until I decide to commit. If words weren’t a passion, though, I would never have made writing my career.
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, What would I sincerely feel about editing, and editors?
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, What would I tell a beginning writer to never do/always do?
(Mariana) Always: solicit feedback, especially from trained writers and editors; have work professionally edited AND proofread (two different things); cultivate a thicker skin and a stronger backbone, no matter how indestructible you become about your writing.
Never: believe your writing is perfect; assume anyone wants to read your book (including your mother or spouse); publish a book you have just finished; take any one person’s opinion as fact, even your editor’s, even your own.
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I take manuscript rejections well. And how do I feel about reviews, both good and not-so-good?
(Mariana) Rejections are difficult, and a bad review is a rejection of sorts, just as much as a declination from an agent or publisher. But writing is hard, too, and we do that without flinching (much). Good reviews feel much better, because being told I am fabulous never gets old, but arrogance is not nearly as attractive as humility. Thicker skin, stronger backbone. Thicker skin, stronger backbone. Thicker skin, stronger backbone. I cannot repeat this enough.
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have any critters that keep me company while writing? (Photo would be good here)
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I be a Pantser or Plotter?
(Mariana) Pantser, almost entirely. I almost always outline, and it has always become irrelevant by the end of the first chapter, never to be seen again.
(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, If I had a second chance to start my writing career from the beginning, what would I change?
(Mariana) I would not spend twenty years afraid to write fiction. I would start writing novels at age 20, no matter how bad they would have been. (And they would have been very, very bad.)
Learn more about author Mariana Gabrielle and her books at these links:
Royal Regard: http://amzn.to/1ySFAJi
La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess (pre-order): http://amzn.to/19cKUjY