Carol Ann Kauffman
Where you live – Ohio
1) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life. I’ve been published since 2012.
2) What or who was your inspiration to write?
It isn’t an inspiration. It’s an obsession. I can’t not write.
3) Which genre do you like to read? Why?
I like to read everything except gory stuff and s+m. Gory stuff gives me nightmares and I don’t know why our young girls think it is exciting to get beat up!
4) Do you write this genre or others? Why?
I like to write women’s fiction. I like to write about life, love, loss, and lunacy. also like to write sci-fi/fantasy.
5) Who are your favorite authors?
Dan Brown, M.C. Beaton, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, to name a few.
6) How do you create your characters?
I make a very detailed character profile, with every imaginable detail of his or her life, background, family relationships, style, driving record, likes, dislikes, fears. Then when I have a few characters ready, I just wind them and sit back and record what they do!
7) Do you give them names before you develop them?
Generally, yes. Their name “happens” in the detailed character profile.
8) How do you choose your characters names?
The name has to go with the notion in my head of what the character is like. I
don’t care for alliterative names (Silver Surfer, Mickey Mouse. etc.), but the first and last name have to flow with the character.
9) Do you edit as you write or after you get your manuscript written?
I write on good days and edit on bad. Generally, I like to finish a manuscript and let it sit for a month, then go back and read it with fresh eyes. Blurry plot
lines and typos are easier to find, although I tend to read what I thought I wrote.
10) Do you have an agent, publisher, or self-publish? If you’ve used more than one which was most profitable?
I started out trying to find a publishing house. I did the query letters and wait for months at a time, only to be told they weren’t taking any unknown authors at the time. But I kept writing and soon found myself with multiple manuscripts on hand, so I looked into self-publishing and I am very happy with Kindle Direct
Publishing. I have eight books online.
11) What advice have you received to help you and what advice would you give a new writer?
I got no advice or help or encouragement from anybody. But I was not doing it for anyone else, so it didn’t deter me at all.
As for giving advice, first the usual, keep writing, don’t give up, and don’t get discouraged.
Then, find a few beta readers who are not your friends or family to read your work, another writer is ideal. Listen to what they say without getting all defensive and irritable. If you can afford it, hire an editor. Find an editor who understands you, and then work hard to develop a relationship with her/him that will last you through your writing career. You will have to go through a few before you find “The one.”
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Carol Ann Kauffman writes novels that have been classified as science fiction, romance, paranormal, fantasy, supernatural, and adventure stories. Her novels showcase the power of love, and the way it can connect two people, over different lifetimes and circumstances. Anyone who has ever loved will fall in love with Time After Time series.
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