IndieView with Marie Kammerer Franke, author of Sister’s Lament

  She is amazing, and it is worth it to invest in yourself by hiring an editor. I’m an avid horror fan, so writing grotesque scenes and violence came the easiest.   Which means just to fill pages, no outline, just let my mind wander. About You
Where did you grow up? I truly enjoy what I do, both reading and helping fellow authors.   Those were the most fun to write. How long did it take you to write it?   But I am an avid reader of all genres. Absolutely! I fear for us; I fear for her. The closest thing to outlining that I do is putting a character’s name on a Post-It (so I don’t forget the spelling). This series was a bedtime story I used to tell my boys when they were small children.   I started their bedtime story “Once upon a time,” and my youngest responded with “THE WORLD BLOWDED UP!”
Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? In trying to help solve one mystery Aylin starts a war that spans galaxies.   I’ll also purge on: Breaking Benjamin, Imagine Dragons, In This Moment, Lord, Deftones, and Mumford and Sons. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Social media is a big part of my marketing plan, I also did a talk at a local library to get my book on their shelves, with other library appearances in the works. Just words I love, sentences that came to me while driving or waiting in line at the store that I would love to incorporate into a book at some point. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I have been told that my favorite authors sometimes come out in my writing: Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Moore, Jean Auel, Mark Z. Not really, I do enjoy showing scifi fans that it doesn’t always have to be so technical or serious, and I love converting a non sci-fi fan into the genre. Do you have a target reader? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher?   Usually I encourage people to stray away from using the friends and family plan when it comes to your book, however, my cover artist not only skilled in art, but is an amazing business woman. They are completely fictitious, except for Aylin, she tends to be snarky or as sarcastic as I can be at times. My best friend is an incredible artist. I started their bedtime story “Once upon a time,” and my youngest responded with “THE WORLD BLOWDED UP!”
Marie Kammerer Franke – 13 June 2018
The Back Flap
It really wasn’t that long ago that I was kidnapped from Earth. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Central, NY
What would you like readers to know about you? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Get your copy of   Sister’s Lament from Amazon US or Amazon UK. What are you working on now? About the book
What is the book about?   After listening to their pitch I realized that I like having control over every single aspect of the book process.   It’s because I was too worried about the cost of a professional that my first book will forever have a line that says ‘the closet corner’ instead of ‘the closest corner.’
With everything I’ve done since A Charming Nightmare I send it off to a professional editor.   You will fall more than you fly-and learn that other authors are not your enemy, indie authors are your best resource and greatest source of motivation. When I finish a piece I walk away for 2 months or so and then go back to it, reread, make edits and when the last page is done I’ll immediately reopen it and start again. When you think about it, it was only minutes ago that Catch stole me from our present. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? What came easily? Douglas Adams is definitely a huge influence, I am big Hitchhiker’s fan.   I started a company with my husband called ACNBooks to help authors learn and grow from each other, through contact/feedback, conversations with others in the industry, and getting their pieces heard through our podcast Indie Beginning. Paul, MN. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I did, for about 2 years. My process is simple-I sit in a dark room after everyone has gone to bed, put on headphones, turn up music and blind write or write ‘pantless’. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?   If you look in my office you’ll find miscellaneous sentences written on all sorts of scrap paper scattered.   I am scheduling as many events as I can for signings, but I believe my biggest marketing “pot of gold” is a podcast for indie writers I host with my husband called Indie Beginning. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Invest in yourself. Without Catch to save the day I’m afraid my mouth will be too dry to scold our future children into peace. Do you outline? I got interest from a couple of agencies. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? But I can’t speak, Eara’s war has cost us all the water on Elpis.   I also enjoyed writing it as a conversation, there are parts when Aylin, our heroine, talks to you the reader. Louis, MO., St.Petersburg, FL., Central, NY. Do you listen to music while you write? From a 3 year old. The entire 4 books series took just over a year to write. Four years later and Sister Elara is suddenly a General in war spanning galaxies.   I’m in the middle of writing an entire book out of the things I’m uncomfortable describing.   I wouldn’t say it was a particular event or gradual process, but more of an ah-ha moment.   And when I think it’s the best I can get it, I’ll hand it over to my editor and wait with bated breath for her red lines. Remember the tidbit earlier about what was the hardest for me to write? Danielewski to name a few.   I loved working with a cover artist of my choosing, I love the editor I have found, I truly enjoyed the nuts and bolts of taking my ideas and seeing them all the way through to a printed piece. Where did you get the idea from?   We had worked together for numerous years in various settings, so going to her for this was just the natural step. End of Interview:
For more from Marie, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. Did you hire a professional editor? Sister’s Lament is the 2nd book in the ACN Series. I was born in St. If so can you please describe it? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? In all honesty not hiring a professional editor on my first book was it’s biggest down fall.   When they grew into adults so did Aylin and her story, and that’s when I decided to write it all down. And if we’re breaking down time, it was seconds after stepping into this future that I, Aylin Morgan, started a war. When did you start writing the book? Where do you live now? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I listen to a ton of Muse when I write.   However, my family moved a lot-Chicago, IL., St.   Throughout the entire series I keep reminding myself that Grandma would be reading this, so the sexual content was less prevalent than was originally was intended.   As for editing and publishing-that is still a work in progress   for each book.   It follows Aylin Morgan; a woman from our present as she is taken 40,000 years into the future to help save mankind. I struggle with more intimate scenes.   Invest in an editor, a cover, a marketing course, or a financial course, above all else invest in a good coffee maker and some very good coffee.   It’s the farthest from the ACN Series I could get in writing style.   The human race is more machine than man, and something in that technology is killing them. We all know how important it is for writers to read.