Today I’m answering the top four questions I get when people find out that I wrote and published a book. It isn’t always the same for each person or every conversation I have, but more often than not I get asked these four questions:

Q. How long did it take you to write Dragons?

A. Writing Dragons took about 2 years. I started it in the Fall of 2014 when I was 15 and finished putting the finishing touches on it after I got it back from the editor Fall 2016. It was fully published to paperback and kindle before January 2017 making it a full 2 years from writing the first word to it getting published 

 

Q. What made you decide to write a book?

A. So there’s this thing called National Novel Writing Month and since I’m home schooled I thought I would ask my mom if I could do that instead of doing all my English assignments for the year. For some reason she said yes so I did it and wrote Some Girls Like Dragons.

 

Q. Where do your ideas come from?

A. They come from the desire to create something, and the urge to play around with existing themes that I like. I do a lot of thinking about what I love from other books. The great thing about writing your own story is that it’s your own so you’re obviously going to try and make it a story you love. What better place to do that than by reading other books? When you read enough books you begin to find styles, genres, and themes that you like. With Dragons I was able to experiment with some of those while building off of them in my own way.

 

Q. Why did you choose to self publish?

A. I never planned on being big. This book was to share with family and friends and I didn’t need a traditional book publisher to do that. The other thing was I had no idea where to start with a traditional publisher. Self publishing was easy and it let me be in charge of every step, something I would not have been able to do with a traditional publisher.

 

If any of your questions didn’t make the list, leave me a comment or ask it over on Goodreads! This is not a complete list and I am more than willing to answer any other questions you have.

Until the next post,

Erika

Four questions I get when people find out I’m an author
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