Please give a warm welcome to Tabitha!
Make a living.
Which writers inspire you?
My style is a bit of a mix between a guy who wrote in the 1920s calls Thorn Smith and Rod Serling (the tv show twilight zone)
So, what have you written?
I have five novels on Amazon and I’m in two anthology’s.
CASTLE DOOM and my novella THE POND are published by JEA press. The pond is also in an anthology of novella’s (you need to get the cover and title from Catt they put it on line at a time when I was really busy at work and I haven’t gotten around to posting it on my web page etc) All work published by JEA is available in paper and electronically.
I have two books published with another press ELSEWHERE and THE POWER AND THE BLOOD also available in paper and electronically.
Where can we buy or see them?
What are you working on at the minute?
At this point I am writing the novelization of a screen play I wrote last spring. It’s a zombie story. It will end up being a YA length book.
What genre are your books?
What draws you to this genre?
I don’t have a lot of interest or respect for reality but then Reality has never had much respect for me.
How much research do you do?
I seldom do deliberate research. I try and maintain an interest in the world around me. If the information sticks in my head sooner or later it gets used. I don’t do fact and detail heavy fiction.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Writing picked me. I simply have a brain that takes in information and spits out plot. If I didn’t write I’d be a female version of “Walter Mitty” day dreaming my life away. I have written since grade school and probably always will.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I have a day job so you could call it part time but really it’s a life choice more than an occupation.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I try and write every day but sometimes life does interfere and there have been times when I just needed to rest a bit. When my batteries recharged I came back to it and started something new.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I tend to have a general idea of where a story needs to go and where it ends. Middles can be challenging but that’s where you do that thing called WORK.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Selling the stuff.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
(CUE THE SOAP BOX)
Stop editing yourself before you even put the words down. Also recognise when the real world is getting in the way of your writing. Sometimes other crap bleeds into the part of your mind that deals with writing and you get stuck. Go deal with it then come back. Also recognise that it will NOT be perfect when you first put it down stop expecting it to be. That one thing stresses people out so much that they freeze. A great exercise is to go take some acting improv classes. Improv teaches you to take away the barriers between your mouth and your brain and just go with it. And incidentally acting classes on the whole will teach you the difference between speakable dialogue, the way people really talk and the crap a lot of writers think is realistic.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
It’s vital. You have to catch the reader’s eye and that is what the cover does.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I’ve made a couple but they’re pretty primitive.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t wait for INSPIRATION to write. Writing is work. Learn the mechanics, work at it and the inspiration will come.
Keep track of Tabitha on any one of these fine places on the web!
Blog: n/a not really that opinionated
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Baumander/e/B00F6GJCZ2
Book Links: ? doesn’t the amazon page cover this
Goodreads: I’m on there but don’t really understand how it’s supposed to work.