Today we have Julia Sykes joining us to talk about her NaNoWriMo experience and how it’s affected her writing career.
1) How many years have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is my first year, and I am really excited to pop my NaNoWriMo cherry!
2) Can you tell us a little bit about this year’s project?
I needed a kick in the pants to finish my latest novel in my Impossible series, Knight. It’s really dark, and I’ve had to take a step back from it a few times. I’m very competitive, especially with myself, so having this goal is really helpful to me. I’m trying to hit the 50,000 words in 10 days to finish the manuscript and then get another 50,000 in on my next book, Rogue (An Impossible Novel), by the end of the month. A girl can dream.
3) Has Nano lead you to getting something published, either self-published or traditional/small press?
Hopefully this year it will help me self-publish both Knight and Rogue before the end of December!
4) How did you get started with Nano?
I heard several of my author friends talking about it, but I wasn’t sure if I could participate since I’m actually in the middle of writing Knight rather than starting a new project from scratch. On October 31, I decided that it sounded like too great of an experience to miss out on!
5) Have you ‘won’ NaNo every year you’ve participated?
Hopefully I’ll establish a precedent this year.
6) If you haven’t won every year, can you tell us why you think it failed? If you won every year, will you tell us your strategy?
7) What’s your advice for aspiring authors who participate in NaNo?
On several internet forums, I’ve noticed many aspiring authors talking about fear of failure or stress over “winning”. My advice is to go for it and enjoy the experience! Even if you don’t “win”, you will have accomplished something pretty amazing. Just have fun with it!
8) What advice do you have for those who struggle towards the 50k mark?
Personally, I am terrible at setting a regimented schedule for myself. Some days, I write 400 words. Other days, I write 12,000. I’m really enjoying the structure that NaNo gives me to meet a minimum daily word count. So, my advice would be: Set a daily goal, but have some wiggle room within that goal. If you know you’re not going to be able to keep up steam all seven days of the week, then make provisions to write more within five or six days. That way, if you get in your word count all seven days, you’re ahead of the game!
Now that we’ve got the NaNo questions out of the way, let’s get to know you a little more.
9) Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a South Carolinian struggling to adapt to the foreign climes of North Carolina after recently relocating here. Thanks to self-publishing opportunities, I was able to start writing full-time in July, and I am absolutely loving it! My main goal in my writing is to take readers on a sexy, emotional roller coaster ride by blending Romantic Suspense with BDSM Erotica.
Also, I am obsessed with Starbucks iced caramel lattes and any article of clothing with birds on it.
10) What is your upcoming work?
I plan on having Knight (An Impossible Novel) fully edited and ready to go by the end of November. It’s about a woman who has been abducted and broken. She is found by FBI agent Smith James (who we met previously in the first Impossible novel, Savior), and he is determined to help her heal. But she becomes dangerously dependent on him, and his brand of rescue might just leave her more broken than ever. How can she ever become whole again if she can’t learn to let him go and take control of her own life? Does she have a hope of finding freedom when Smith refuses to release her heart?
11) Where do you see yourself as an author in the next 5 years?
I feel like I have grown so much as an author in my first year of self-publishing. I hope to continue challenging myself to produce complex stories with compelling characters. I love being an indie author, and I plan to stay on this path. My current genre is my primary passion, but I’m toying with an idea for a New Adult Romance. It’s totally different from anything I’ve written before, and I like the idea of challenging myself. Maybe I’ll tackle it for NaNoWriMo 2014!
12) Please, tell us where we can learn more about you!
I love connecting with readers! You can contact me at the following places:
Official Facebook Author Page
Or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
HUGE thanks to A.L. Kessler for letting me ramble about myself on her blog! I’m sure this has been scintillating reading, but get back to your daily word count! I’m off to tackle mine now…