Today we have the indie YA author, Rachel Wells, with us to talk about her writing, about being a writer, and self-publishing. Wells is a stay at home mom who has written and self-published the indie YA novel, Enchanted, and is in the process of writing the sequel, Hexed.
1.) Talk about your experience with the self publishing process. Would you do it this way again, or are you looking to publish your next book through more traditional channels?
I would self-pub again! I have a few books planned for next year that I will definitely self-publish, although I’m not going to lie, it would definitely be cool to see my book as an actual book in a book store with my name on it! I’m realistic though, and have heard that it’s nearly impossible to get traditionally published if you are unknown. In the end, I just want people to read my books, and whether that happens the traditional way or the Indie way, it’s fine with me.
2.) What attracts you to writing about the Paranormal/fantasy?
I love that you can constantly reinvent it and that anything goes. I’ve always loved “creepy” stuff and the possibilities of the unknown or the what-if’s. With paranormal you get all that and there’s just endless doors to open. There’s no one way to write or to tell the story, nothing is set in stone, nothing is black and white. You have the freedom to let your mind wander at will and people embrace it!
3.) Is it hard to separate work (writing) from your home life, since you work from home?
It is kind of hard. I’m a stay at home mom to three kids so it’s hard sometimes to squeeze in time to write. I’m a mom first. Sometimes all I want to do is write but there’s dishes to be washed or laundry to be done. Sometimes I ignore it, but even when I am responsible and take care of the household chores first, the wheels are always spinning in my head about what I can write later.
4.) What do you think is your greatest challenge as a writer?
Finding time to write and formatting the manuscripts for e-readers. Like I said, I have three kids. I don’t have a problem with making stuff up to write, I have a problem finding time to write it all down. I take advantage of naptime or bedtime. Formatting has been just about my biggest issue though. It drives me insane. That would be the nice thing about being traditionally published, not having to worry about formatting anymore!
5.) Describe the most cringe-worthy thing you ever wrote back in the day, the thing you look back on now and laugh at yourself about. Was it a sappy poem? a diary? fan fiction? etc.
I used to write stories when I was a kid and I distinctly remember writing one entitled, “Tippy the Tap Dancing Giraffe”. Who knows what I was thinking! In my defense, I was probably only like 10 years old…
Mandy is a quiet teenager who just wants to blend in with the crowd rather than stand out as anything or anybody. Mandy’s pretty successful at this until her parents decide it’s time to move from Boston to the quiet seaside town of York Beach, Maine, to “be closer to Nana”. Although Mandy has been vacationing in York every summer since she was a child, she has no desire to live there and is worried about fitting in and finding friends during her senior year of high school.
Nana owns a flower shop in town and while working alongside her, Mandy makes a few friends and observes the oddities of the little town and its inhabitants. When she finds some old and cryptic correspondance hidden inside an antique trunk handed down from her Nana, the “oddities” turn into full fledged mysteries. As she unravels the forgotten and hidden history of the town, she simultaneously unravels her own family’s past and current secrets while writing her future. With bits of romance and paranormal along the way, she is able to figure out the puzzle of the correspondance, the magic she never realized was surrounding her, and visions of the past and future. Will she walk away from her personal history and her future or will she realize it’s ok to be somebody, even if that somebody is nothing like everybody else?
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