I write on ongoing series of Author interviews for a website Reviews4reviews
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I am please to say that we recently have a new author join our site. Erin Schmidt. She has graciously chosen to participate in this series. If you would like more information about Erin, you can visit her author profile page on Reviews4Reviews.
A little background information to start with : I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, about 100 miles east of Chicago. I work with my husband at our remodeling company by day. On weekends and in the evenings, I write, and my husband helps me edit. We recently adopted a cat named James.
A brief bio please: “Erin Schmidt has been a freelance writer since 2007. Under her pen name, she writes a series of romance novels and has published more than 50 articles and short stories. Under her own name she wrote The Magical Girls’ Guide to Womanhood (2010, Fido Publishing). When she’s not writing, she is an avid reader, an editor, and a book reviewer for Rainbow-Reviews.com.”
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I’ve been published since February 2007.
WHY do you write? I’m a compulsive writer; I don’t think I could stop if I wanted to. My head is always full of story ideas, and I still have fun writing.
Books you have written with brief synopsis of each:The Magical Girls’ Guide to Womanhood: Combines the fantastic with the practical. It’s a guidebook for teens and preteens, whether they have a host of magical powers or not so much, as they navigate the labyrinth of young womanhood.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? Making enough money to justify continuing writing to my husband (lol).
What do you find to be the most rewarding part of writing? Hearing comments from readers who enjoy something I’ve written.
Do you edit as you write? No. I keep editing and writing separate.
How do you develop your characters? Strange as it may seem, I spend a lot of time thinking about them when I first wake up in the morning and before I fall asleep at night. I watch them in my head as if I were watching movies.
Do you find that you get attached to any of the characters you have developed? I get most attached to the ones who resemble me in some fashion, and the male characters who are based on my husband.
Do you ever get writer’s block? I haven’t ever had it yet. I have the opposite problem, too much to write and not enough time.
If you have written more than one book, which one was the most difficult to write? Why? I’ve written seven books now, though the others are published under the name of my “secret identity.” The first one is the hardest because the author isn’t sure whether or not she can really do it. After the first one, she knows she can. At least, that was my experience.
Which one means the most to you?The Magical Girls’ Guide.
What do you do for fun? Kayaking, walking along the river trail, biking, watching basketball, and sipping chai tea at bookstore cafes.
Who are your favorite authors? Why? My all-time favorites are Ernest Hemingway, because of his literary output and work ethic (and because I love visiting his house in Key West), and Emily Dickinson because of her sheer genius. I also love Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Bronte, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Maya Angelou, and Lemony Snicket.
What’s the one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you’ve been writing? I overuse the words “just” and “that,” and I’m addicted to adverbs. I have to go back and edit those things out of my first drafts.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer? Do it! Be persistent and never give up. If you feel like you want to major in English in college or high school, go for it.
Do you have any new books coming out soon? Not soon enough. My next book comes out in May 2011.
Have you had any issues with publishers you would like to share? My publisher is Fido Publishing, which is a new, small e-book publisher at the moment, and it’s been an entirely good experience.
Anything you’d like to add? If you’d like to follow me on Twitter, my Twitter name is SBBookGirlErin.
If you are interested in participating in this series, please leave a comment.
Until next time,