Thanks to Generous Indie Authors Like M. Louisa Locke
Growing up in a military family gave me an opportunity to observe and listen closely as we moved frequently into new communities. It also gave me an appreciation for the nuances that keep people together–or apart. It’s a great background if you get used to being the perpetual new kid at school and enjoy learning and writing about people.
For years, as a museum curator in British Columbia and in working on my Master of Arts degree, my writing career has been all about fact and academia. What are the most important things I’ve learned from delving into archives and collections? That seemingly ordinary people live extraordinary lives–sometimes better than fiction. And that there is more mystery, romance and suspense within archives and museums than anyone could ever imagine.
Becoming an indie Author and moving into fiction, gives me an opportunity to meld landscapes, history and geography of the Pacific Northwest into contemporary romantic suspense thrillers. Fictional characters are set on a contemporary stage of real places with fact and history woven in. Nature and the great outdoors inspire me. But sometimes the characters in my first series, the Boundary Country Series, face unsettling situations in what the four seasons of this vast country have to offer. Some historic challenges haven’t changed: intrigue and loneliness, weather and work and honest and dishonest ways to make money.
Learning the ropes of indie publishing continues to be exhilarating, sometimes baffling, but always with a westward-ho feel to it because it opens up so many possibilities for authors and readers. Thanks to Indie Authors like M. Louisa Locke, who have generously shared their information and experiences, and to the Romance Writers of America, I’ve begun to see how I can use my time and funds most effectively.
My focus now is on writing quality books with great stories and suspense for readers and working towards excellence in editing and presentation. It’s an opportunity to constantly learn and improve. The Author Marketing Club and other links provided by indie authors, have cut the time I spend in searching for sites such as pixelofink in half. My first Kindle countdown was successful because of this. The result is–I have more time to write.