Interview with Caroline Colette

What is your writing process?
My writing process requires a lot of coffee and loud music in the middle of the night. I just sit down and let the story flow in the rough draft process. I don't worry about errors, or plot holes, I just get the story out. Then in the editing process I fix the plot holes, the errors and then print it out, and manually hand edit anything that I have missed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything Austen, Murakami, indi authors, Sparks, and so on. I have over 700 books sitting on my book shelves, and over 900 in my kindle. I was once told in order to write well you must read and read a lot. I don;t have one main genre that I enjoy reading. Just give me a good story that captivates me and I am a happy girl.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read through a kindle app on my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that book blog tours are an amazing marketing tool. There are also hundreds of facebook groups out there for e-book promotion. I use a variety of book blog tours, and social media groups. But at the end of the day word of mouth through these is the best marketing tool there is.
When did you first start writing?
I've been story telling since I was a little girl. In fact I was the kid that was kicked out of class in the second grade for my "over active imagination". But I really started writing them down in high school. About ten years ago I started writing freelance, and recently started my dream of writing books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom behind being an Indie author is what motivated me. I could have gone the traditional route, but I feel that it fences us in as writers. We have to conform more, and modify our stories to fit into the boxes that traditional publishing companies want. Where as publishing independently I can write what I want, and not worry that it's not going to fit into a neat box.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. They are the reason I write, and the reason I am able to write. Without them all my work would pointless.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second book in the UnLove me Series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am reading, jogging with my dog, working on my masters in English, or spending time with family and friends.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is an outlet for me, it allows me to be creative, and inspires me. But the greatest joy is watching my words effect other people.
Published 2014-04-09.
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