Writer Wednesdays…

Another Writer Wednesday…(if you’d like to do one, check out this post for info).  Today we’re talking to Billie Jean.

Q: What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: My plots are always fast paced, and my characters are always very intense — deep — with flaws. I think everyone has flaws. Flaws make us unique. I try hard to make sure my characters are unique, fully developed, and the romance between the two seems perfect — when the dust settles. 🙂 For my character development I spend a lot of time on working out ‘who’ exactly my characters really are. I feel like a shrink at times, or a nosy friend, but I hope it works. While I write, I HAVE to listen to music. Especially fight scenes/action scenes. Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cents, Pink, Pussycat Dolls….When I edit though, no music allowed. I talk to myself too much to hear over the tunes. lol

Q: What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Keep writing. Find people that encourage you and nurture your style — your voice. Join groups, find friends, read, write, read, write, and talk to other authors/readers. It’s important to feel comfortable within a group, and with all the new groups online, you need to feel your way slowly. Lurk. Read emails. Get a feel for the people in the group. If you feel safe enough to share you questions, ask away. I’ve never been ignored when I asked for help. Authors are busy, but be patient, you might be surprised. 🙂 And never take advise if you feel deep in your bones it’s just not the right advise. You know your story best, remember that.

Q: What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: You have to know your grammar in order to write. People who are too critical to the point they stutter your growth and stories.

Q: What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: Oh my. That is wicked hard to answer Shiloh! I’m not sure I can reduce the books I love to ONE!!! Mmm, okay, I’ll give it a shot. I think everyone, writer or not, who also loves paranormal romance should read Robert Jordon. lol. How’s that? 😉 I know, I know, not a book, but wow…..so, anyway, if not his series, then at least The Lord of the Rings. heeeheee…..I can’t even begin to say which ROMANCE book to read because, omg, I have too many favorites.

7 Replies to “Writer Wednesdays…”

  1. Lovely interview, Shiloh and Billi! Billi, love flawed characters–otherwise they are too perfect to relate to! And haven’t tried Robert Jordan yet–his books are HUGE! And not finished! I can’t do it!

  2. Thanks everyone for such great comments. And thank you Shiloh for having me on your blog!!! This was fun. I hope to see more of you all!


    Billi Jean

  3. Hi Billi,

    How awesome to see Silver’s Chance doing so well already! I agree about Robert Jordan too, his Wheel of Time series is addictive

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