Current answer is 15. I work on multiple books and constantly flip between them as new ideas pop in my head.
To me, each novel and character is a friend. You just remember important things about your friends and know them to be unique and special. That, and detailed notes for each book and series.
That is incredibly variable, and there is no simple answer. But the estimate is one to two years.
THIS is my real job, and my dream career. Hands down, no contest, this is it! But no, it doesn’t always pay the bills, so I supplement with a day job.
Tough choice to make! I am a fan of Piers Anthony, Richard Adams, and Mercedes Lackey just to name a few, but many authors are on my book shelves.
I was 17 when I wrote my first novel, but it was never published because I didn’t think it was good enough. And I still don’t. I ran across it when packing for my last move. It’s truly terrible! And yet, I had the best time writing it. And it offered an invaluable lesson about writing and following my heart.
To say that writing chose me just seems so cliché. I choose writing because I was young and naïve. I thought that I could do better than what I was seeing and reading; or at least, I thought I could compete. So I tried my hand at it. And after that, I was hooked and there was no hope for me. I have been a writer ever since! And incidentally, I am always the happiest when I am writing.
The simple answer: because I’m not an editor. Not every editor is a writer, and not every writer is an editor. Much like how every finger is not a thumb…or something like that. You get the idea.
Good question! I think I was going through a Madonna / Cher phase or something. I’m not sure. But I love my full name, so am going with it now.
Truth: I’m as surprised as anyone by the outcomes. Sometimes the stories and characters have ideas of their own. The cliché of “the story writes itself” kind of takes on a new meaning.