What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
First of all, I’d like to thank you for having me on your wonderful blog, Glynis.
I usually write paranormal and contemporary novels for young adults, though I just published a contemporary book for older audiences. I choose to write for teens because there’s something magical about writing for that age group. When I was a teen, I was absolutely captivated by the books I read. I think teenagers still have the active imagination of a younger child, and if authors can write books that engage their imagination, teens can develop a lifelong love of reading.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Unfortunately, yes. I often have two active manuscripts with several others on the back burner. When I get stuck on one manuscript, I’ll work on something else for a while. It’s a very bad writing habit I wish I’d never developed.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I have a few critique partners who have helped me immensely. I wouldn’t consider publishing until they’ve given me their valuable insights.
Can you remember your first reading book?
The first books I can recall reading were the Nancy Drew books and the Little House on the Prairie series.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
When writing, I usually have a cup of coffee by my side. My preferred treat is chocolate, but I don’t always eat while I’m writing.
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
I don’t have an office, so I usually write in the living room. I have to keep it neat otherwise it’ll drive me crazy. I can’t work in a cluttered area.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
My first book was published by an independent publisher. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been less than satisfied with the results, so I’ve self-published subsequent books. For me, the disadvantages of working with a publisher outweighed any advantages. Some of the publisher’s actions and choices put my book at a huge disadvantage. The book was published with errors and the final product was not as polished as I expected it to be. Since the publisher did no marketing (which is a practice that is becoming more and more common among smaller presses), I felt as if I’d given up rights and royalties without receiving anything in return for all those hours of writing. Self-publishing gives authors absolute creative freedom and control over the finished product. It’s a lot of work, but worth the effort.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Anne Rice, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Be patient. Preparing a manuscript (particularly formatting) can be time-consuming, so give yourself lots of time. Find a quiet place free from distractions before you start working. Another piece of advice I have is to ask for help. Other authors have been through the same process and are usually eager to help other writers. There are lot of free resources out there. Many authors have blogs that walk you step by step through the process of manuscript preparation. You can also reach out to other authors in Facebook groups.
Tricia Drammeh is a wife, a mother of four children, a coffee junkie, and a book lover who lives in New Hampshire with her family. She’s an author of contemporary fiction and multicultural paranormal novels for young adults and adults who are still young at heart. Tricia has penned seven complete novels including Better than Perfect, The Fifth Circle, The Seance, and The Claiming Words Series.
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