Today I’m pleased to feature another author interview, this time with Terry Reid, a fantasy and science fiction writer. She was born in England but raised—and is now living—in Scotland. Her latest book, Crashing Down to Earth, is set in Glasgow and tells the tale of Hayley Foster, a student who shares her flat with her guardian angel, Alex. Alex tries to keep his identity a secret but his dark past catches up with him and puts the angel, and Hayley, in danger.
Terry’s Writing Process
Linda Covella: Welcome, Terry! How long have you been a writer?
Terry Reid: Professionally, only for about eight months. But I have been writing for many years.
LC: Do you write in one particular genre, or explore a variety of stories?
TR: I write a mish-mash of fantasy, paranormal and comedy. Some other genres just bore me.
LC: From where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
TR: Quite a few places. Sometimes it just comes to me, other times I could be listening to some really good music, or I could be watching a film.
LC: Does living in Scotland influence your writing?
TR: Yes, I do feel living here influences my work. I use a lot of the cities in my writing, as well as some more rural parts of the country.
LC: What is your writing process? How much/often do you write?
TR: I write pretty much every day, though sometimes I take a break, especially when the creative spark is not there. Like everything else in life, you need to have a rest sometimes.
If the creative spark has gone out, I usually just wait for it to reignite. I find forcing myself to write is a waste of time. I end up with better results when I’m in the mood for writing.
LC: Do you have writing partners who critique your work before submission? Why do or why don’t you think this is important?
TR: I have a few people who critique my work before submission. One of my friends is among them, but he’s brutally honest if something doesn’t work and suggests how to change it so it does.
I think it is important to have a second opinion on your writing. Just because you think something is a good idea doesn’t necessarily mean it is. It’s very easy to become wrapped up in an idea for a story, or a character, or a portrayal, and not realize that it doesn’t work.
Terry’s Road to Publication:
LC: How long have you actively been pursuing publication?
TR: About eight months.
LC: Do you have an agent?
TR: I don’t have an agent, but I’d never rule one out in the future. There might come a time when I’ll need one. I’m not currently looking for one though.
LC: In your view, what are the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing?
TR: All three of the books I’ve published to date are self-published. My next one, Crashing Down to Earth, will also be self-published.
I self-publish because it gives me more creative control of my work. I’ve heard a lot of stories about authors who have had to change their work to make it more appealing to wider audiences, at the request of the publisher for one reason or another.
However, one drawback of this route [self-publishing] is quality control. I’ve read a few self-published books which had great stories but contained poor editing. However, if you can find a good editor and use good beta readers, then there is no reason why you can’t self-publish.
One of the pros of traditional publishers, though, is that they sort out your ISBN numbers. If you’re self-published and don’t live inside the US, you usually have to pay for these yourself, which can be expensive.
LC: What’s up next for Author Terry Reid?
TR: I’m currently writing Crashing Down to Earth (Part Two).
LC: Anything you’d like to add or that we should know about you?
TR: I’d just like to thank you for allowing me the time to visit your blog, and to your readers for taking the time to read my prattles. It has been fun.
LC: It was fun learning more about you, Terry. Good luck and happy writing!