C.M Wright is releasing a special Valentines Day Horror Collection (Yes we will have a special release day post!) So I thought we should warm up and get to know Ms. Wright ahead of time! So please give her a warm welcome!
Excellent student/grades. Until the end of my junior year. Then everything went to hell.
Were you good at English?
I was very good at English!
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to tell my stories. Yes, money is a part of it, as it’s needed to be able to take care of my family. But I really just want to share the craziness that is in my mind.
Which writers inspire you?
Ugh! This question…too many! I always feel bad when I feel the list is too long and omit so many. lol But here’s some of them; Stephen King (Of course!), VC Andrews, Eric Asher, Dovey Mayali Cralk (She’s new and her enthusiasm is contagious. I guess you could call me her vampire…I feed off of her!), ML Stephens, N Kuhn, Kristin Secorsky, Jack Hamlyn, William Bebb, Joshua Guess…..and on and on.
So, what have you written?
I’ve written a five-book (and counting) series, Zombie Overload Series. The first is a novelette, Dying To Live. The rest are full-length novels; Fighting To Live, Learning To Live, Determined To Live, and Will To Live.
I’ve started my second zombie series, Zombie 101, and the first chapter can be found in the collection I wrote along with several other authors, Zombie Addiction – Multi-Author Short Story Collection.
Where can we buy or see them?
All of the books can be found and purchased on my website https://www.zombieoverload.com/buy-booksebooks-here.html
or amazon www.amazon.com/author/cmwright
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Canada, the main character in the Zombie Overload series, is a slightly overweight, in her 30’s, housewife and homeschooling mom of two boys. She’s married to Will and is an expert as sarcasm and humor. Her self-confidence isn’t all that great, but her strength comes through when she needs it most.
What are you working on at the minute?
A short story for my collection, again with other authors, that I will be releasing on Valentine’s Day 2014.
What’s it about? (*if relevant) It’s a collection of stories with two things in common in each story…Valentine’s Day and horror!
What genre are your books?
What draws you to this genre?
I guess maybe I’m a little off in the head? Good question! I’ll ask my shrink next time I go.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
My TV Show, The Walking Dead, went on season break and pissed me off. I have severe insomnia, so I would lie awake all night thinking and planning what I would do if the zombie apocalypse were to really happen. I’d wake the hubby up constantly asking if he thought this would work, or that, or to just tell him some great idea I had. He finally got pissed at me, told me to go write the shit down, and then he’d read it in the morning. Turned into a short story that he and my son both loved, so I took a chance and published it on Amazon. Turns out, there are twisted people who like my twisted mind!
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I actually laughed for real at this one. Good lord! I tried setting up my stories beforehand. I really did. My CHARACTERS are in charge. They just tell me what to write.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I thought I knew everything about writing and editing. WOW! Not hardly. So I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also learned to open up and not worry what certain readers, my family, might think. If I can’t tell the story the way it should be, then what’s the point?
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the time and promoting myself
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Getting it done. Seriously.
Once I can get started, it just flows. I feel like I’m in a trance or something. Nothing else registers, and I don’t even remember what I’ve written.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
At first, just a couple weeks to put out a full-length novel. Now, it’s much harder and takes so much longer.
Do you ever get Writer’s Block?
Yes. And that’s a very bad couple words!
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I know what works, at time, for me. Listening to music, going for a drive alone and listening to music. Basically, mine is music.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I love writing series! It’s so hard to end and say goodbye to characters when you feel they have so much more to tell.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
Yes. Besides the authors I mentioned above, I also like to read Karina Halle, JD Robb, Danielle Steel, too many to list. A new author (to me!) that I’m currently reading and have totally fallen in love with is Rene Folsom.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Ebooks now, for the convenience.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
No. Once it’s done, I edit so I can publish the dang thing and move on.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
My friend, Trisha Wilko, is the cover model and her photos actually came long before my books did. I asked her if I could use them and she was excited when she said, “Yes! Yes! OMG, yes!”
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Advantages are that YOU are in control. You make the decisions. The disadvantages is that YOU are responsible for getting your books out there. That can be difficult.
How do you market your books?
Word of mouth, branded items that I sell on my website, Facebook events (mine and others), street team…anything I can do, I do it.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Throw that baby out there any way you can. Take advantage of ALL venues, whether its interviews, Facebook events, other pages, street teams, whatever. They won’t know if you don’t tell them.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Good reviews are the cherry on top for the author. Bad reviews hurt OMG so bad…but, they also teach you. The “good” bad reviews anyway. You can usually tell when it’s just someone out with a vendetta against you or your work, be it another author or someone how to help another author.
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I’m at as far as popularity or how well my name as become. There are still so many I need to corrupt…I mean reach! But without Facebook, Twitter, etc I would be totally unknown and I doubt there would have been a second book published.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Keep your private personal life and drama separate from your business. Just like any job. Communicate with your fans, THEY are/will be what makes you successful, as long as you have the talent in the first place. Some just don’t have the story-telling talent, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t very good as something else.
Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
Not enough attention, or the author has alienated the readers from gross behavior on social media. All it takes to turn people off is one big rant that makes you seem foolish and insults the very people you need in your corner.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. It was made by J E Haldeman and here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3-dsYqT950&feature=youtu.be
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Yes! I give away ebooks all the time. Though I wouldn’t (or as much) if it were a single book. But giving away the first in a series can hook a reader into buying the rest of the series…hopefully! It’s also giving something away to people who may never have heard about it. When people hear the word “FREE” they turn into savages! (I do too!)
What is your favourite movie and why?
Night Of The Living Dead. Because…zombies!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Everything really WILL be ok. All these experiences, both bad and good, will mold you into the person you always hoped to be.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Norman Reedus – Daryl, The Walking Dead, hot, sexy…ya know! Or Troy Polamalu…love him!
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Gone With The Wind – cuz the ending freaking sucked and I would have changed it!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
You have the power and the tools to publish your own work. Terrifying? Yes! But what is even more terrifying, to me, is that a masterpiece is in your possession, and you let fear keep you from sharing it with the world. You will go to your grave still hiding something great, never having been brave enough to let the light shine on it. Never hearing how magnificent your work is. I would rather die knowing I did what I had always wanted to do, than regret that I never even tried…even if everyone thought I sucked.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Much more Indies than traditionally published authors, if there isn’t already.
If you email Ms Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Allison Cosgrove Free eBook” she will send you the first two books in her Zombie Overload series! (It is a double edition and super cool. I’ve already gotten mine!)
You can keep up with our Zombie Girl at any one of these fine places on the internet!
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/cmwright
Dying To Live
Fighting To Live
Learning To Live
Determined To Live
Will To Live
Zombie Addiction – Multi-Author Short Story Collection