Dragon Soul Press presents an interview with Rose McClary, an author featured in our Dragons and Heroines and Glitch anthologies.
1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was five and had just put together some short stories with crayons and construction paper.
2. How do you handle writer’s block?
I listen to music or play games until the block passes.
3. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Pantsing—planning and then winging it. If I plan something too far ahead, I tend to get stuck.
4. On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
It depends on my schedule. Sometimes I get very little done. Other times, I can manage about 2-3,000 words a day.
5. How do you handle literary criticism?
I keep in mind that everyone has their own tastes and opinions. What won’t work for one person is to someone else’s tastes, so never give up.
6. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?
This also depends on the story. Some require a lot of planning while others don’t.
7. What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
I enjoy composing the story itself; I don’t usually like lengthy editing and revising.
8. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
No matter how much I plan, storylines and characters can and do change.
9. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere. There’s no one thing I can point to as a definite source.
10. Where can readers learn more about you?
I post most of what I write on my website.
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