*How many manuscripts had you written before you landed your agent?
KATANA was the second novel I’d written and the one that landed my agent. My first novel was a hot mess that is shoved in a drawer never to see the light of day. (This is a very lucky thing for all lovers of fiction.)
*What would you say is the hardest part of being a writer trying to get published?
Battling with my self doubt. I have the harshest internal editor that loves to whisper in my ear and tell me everything I write is crap. I struggle with this self doubt daily and really have to work at tuning it out so I can get my writing done.
*What would you say is the easiest part of being a writer trying to get published?
Oh gosh, I don’t think the word “easy” exists in the publishing business. LOL. I’m a huge fan of martial arts and one of my favorite movies is Bruce Lee’s Game of Death. In the movie Bruce works his way up a building where on every floor he must face an opponent tougher than the one he defeated. Publishing is kind of like that.
*What did your road to publication look like?
See the above answer. LOL. But seriously, it took me two books, two years, and two hundred rejections before I landed my agent. It would take another year before I sold my first book and another two years after signing the contract before I would see one of my books on a book store shelf.
*If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?