I cannot believe that some of my favourite people are wanting to be a part of this little blog series. When I started it last time not many people were interested but here we are another year on and it seems a lot of people are wanting to be featured.
Today I have the lovely Kristen from She's Novel, one of my favourite writing blogs. Definitely one of the most helpful I have found for getting me to actually write. After scrapping 63,000 words I've now got a novel of 40k thanks to this lady! If you're interested in being featured too drop me an e-mail! If you're not and you just want to get Kristen's answers then keep reading...
1. What started you off blogging?
I actually started blogging about five years ago, back when I was still in high school. I had several fashion and lifestyle blogs, none of which I took very seriously! In the fall of 2014, I fell in love with blogging again when I started Book Jacket, my first writing blog.
Book Jacket was definitely a learning experience. As I wrote, I also discovered business and branding blogs like byRegina.com and Femtrepreneur.co, and I fell in love with the idea of treating blogging like a business rather than a hobby. And so I completely rebranded, focusing my niche and creating new content on She's Novel, which officially launched on January 31st, 2015. It's been an absolute joy ever since!
2. Do you think, being a writing blogger (or novelising blogger), is your niche?
I'd say that writing is my blogging genre, and helping writers achieve their novel dreams is my niche. My main focus with She's Novel is not to simply give out writing advice, but to help other lady boss writers craft novels that will help them endear readers, excite publishers, and launch their writing careers. It's a passion of mine, for sure!
3. How did you tech yourself to build websites?
I actually owe a ton of thanks to Amy Lynn Andrews (of AmyLynnAndrews.com) for teaching me to create Wordpress sites. Her blog posts were absolutely invaluable to me, and I recommend her to anyone who shoots me tech-related emails.
Apart from Amy, Google and I have a pretty fantastic teacher/student relationship. It's taken a lot of office hours, so to speak, to get to where I am today, but I've always had a do-it-yourself mindset. I've loved learning to build websites in my spare time!
4. What exactly is a Creative Writing Consultant? How did you become one?
A creative-writing consultant is simply a mentor who comes alongside fledgling writers to coach them towards success. That coaching consists of all of the work I do as a full-time blogger: writing posts and newsletters, creating ebooks and physical products (like my new daily planner for authors!), hosting the weekly #StorySocial Twitter chat, building relationships with my lovely novel babes, and planning upcoming classes and coaching services.
5. When you finish your own novel will you opt for self publishing or try a more traditional route?
I'm planning to go the traditional route with The Dark Between! I am absolutely enthralled by the process of self-publishing - I love the freedom it provides - but I've always wanted to reach as many people as possible with The Astral Series. That's not to say that I'm hungry for money or fame (well, money wouldn't be so bad ;) ).
Rather, The Dark Between is the type of novel I always wanted to read as a teen, and still today! It's fantasy - my favorite genre - and while it has traditional fantasy tropes like sword-fights and magic, it also has elements of romance, religious upheaval, murder mystery, and political intrigue. The idea of seeing it on bookshelves worldwide absolutely thrills me!
6. How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Daydreaming has always been my go-to activity when I get bored. In May of 2012, I was sitting in a classroom, bored out of my mind, when I dreamed up a vivid scene, the details of which are too spoilery to reveal. Thrilled with my new idea, I spent countless hours, years really, fleshing out the stories of the two characters involved in that original scene.
One book became two, two became three, and three became...well, let's just say that if The Astral Series takes off, I'll have plenty of material to keep me writing. This story has absolutely consumed me for the past three years and I honestly can't imagine my life without it.
7. Best piece of advise for aspiring writers/novelists?
Big dream, work small! Writing a novel is a marathon of the mind. It takes a lot of mental endurance to see the whole process through. That's why it's vital that you set long term goals that can be broken down into small actionable steps to be completed every day.
A few words written on the daily will always be more beneficial to completing your goals than a couple scattered days of binge-writing. So dream big, work small, and watch your novel come to life!
That's all from Kristen today - find out more with the links below!
Got any other questions? Ask them in the comments and there might be anther feature!