Today I am talking with author Lara Frater as she tells us about the world of writing. To learn more about her or her work, check out her Blog or follow her on Twitter.
What have you been working on?
I have a three book zombie series called End of the Line: End of the Line (2012), Stuck in the Middle (2013) and Full Circle (2014). End of the Line is a series that surrounds several characters who survival an apocalyptic flu and the raise of zombies. Each character comes from a different walk of life and each cope with the new world in different ways. I refer to these novels as stories of survival that happens to have zombies.
What genre do you write and why?
I prefer working in the horror, and supernatural genre but I wrote a non-fiction book called Fat Chicks Rule and keep a blog of the same name. I’m also working on a dystopian novel Welcome to Pluto where corporations rule every aspect of people’s lives. And I write poetry and short stories.
What is your process?
I love National Novel writing month but it fits with my process of trying to get the entire story down as fast as possible. Once the first draft is finished, I give myself a break from it then go back for the revision which usually takes longer than writing the actually novel. Then I go through the tedious process of proofreading.
What do you think is the hardest part about being an author?
Marketing. Writing is hard but an utter joy but once you have a finished product, you have to get your book to stand out among the millions of other books out there and you always have promote your book all the time. It's especially bad if you self-published or through a small press when there isn't a lot of money for promotion.
What is the best advice you've come across?
Sell yourself not your books. Be friends with your fans and give them more than a hard sell of your books. I have a twitter account and I share more than just blurbs about the books but tips and frustrations about writing as well as my obsession with all things pumpkin spice