IndieView with Sue Rovens, author of Track 9

I know that really isn’t a “demographic”, per se, but it’s hard to pinpoint who is going to enjoy what. Writing doesn’t really come easy. (again, unless you’re famous or have some kind of inside track)
Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I love how he pushes the boundaries. It would be like doing a class assignment. I did at first. That’s also the great thing about being an indie – my story and my schedule. Do you listen to music while you write? Everyone’s fate hangs in a precarious balance as the clock runs out. If you like to take chances and are willing to go on a bit of a wild-ride, I would strongly suggest that your readers take a chance on my work. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Not really. They expect YOU to market yourself – which I can do as an indie. I try to emulate that in my writing – going places that are uncomfortable and not easily talked about. The first draft was basically overhauled. Meanwhile, as their best friends at home in Bloomington, Illinois, are waiting for them to return, Mike (the husband) begins to have his own terrifying revelations. Sue Rovens – 23 February 2018
The Back Flap
After a catastrophic railway accident leaves a trail of carnage and devastation in its wake, the small train station in Rain, Germany is shuttered. Back in Bloomington, Illinois, their best friends, Mike and Sarah Waverly, await their return. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I edit and rewrite a LOT. I might jot down a few ideas and characters, but I’m pretty much a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. Driven to find out the truth, Mike finds himself battling mysterious and inexplicable obstacles that plunge him into his own personal hell. I wanted to write something revolving around a haunted train station where people were trapped. It’s part suspense, part horror, part psychological thriller. But I wait until the entire draft is done. Six months later, Gary and Grace Wolf, returning home after their belated honeymoon, find themselves trapped inside the now defunct terminal. There’s always a bit of people I know in my characters. How long did it take you to write it? I have two novels out (Badfish and Track 9) and two short story collections (In a Corner, Darkly: Volumes 1 and 2. At this moment, I am just doing work on the blog. I was stunned by the size of the train stations (in comparison to the ones I had seen here in Illinois). If I was forced to change things, it really wouldn’t be my work anymore. I used probably less than 5% of the original story when I started re-writing. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? One of the couples, Gary and Grace, are on their way home from a belated honeymoon in Germany. What are you working on now? Don’t write in hopes of selling toward a trend because you can’t predict what people are going to like (or not like). About You
What would you like readers to know about you? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Track 9 revolves around two couples each fighting their own personal battles. Dead… Write what you enjoy. I finished it in 2017. Funny you should ask. But, I have a few ideas for some short stories I may toss around and try to get out there. I think it took about a month to finally figure out what should happen. Anyone who is willing to give my stories a chance. My third novel, with its working title, Buried, has recently erupted during this past November’s NaNo. When something like that happens, I go away from the book for a while. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? No deadlines. I mean, if someone came along and LOVED what I wrote and wanted to represent me, I would certainly look into it. I write about certain topics and have specific characters for reasons. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Where did you get the idea from? I went through Create Space, so I told them what I was looking for and they helped create that image. A few hours before the plane is scheduled to land, Mike becomes tormented by troubling premonitions concerning Gary and Grace. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November 2015. But the more I read about how they expect you to change your stuff really turned me off. About two years. I wouldn’t suggest my stuff for kids, but anyone else is fair game. Years back, I had gone to Germany for 8 days. When they get stranded in a haunted train station, the demons they face start piling up faster than they can handle. I’ll start revising and reworking it later this year. Any ideas, send ‘em my way! If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? We all know how important it is for writers to read. You can find my blog at suerovens.com. Nope. If so can you please describe it? He was a bit of a problem. Get your copy of   Track 9 from Amazon US or Amazon UK. silence… I wasn’t sure what his story arc should be and how it would fit together with the rest of the story. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? End of Interview:
For more from Sue visit her blog. In my Meet & Greet section, I interview OTHER authors of all genres and levels – the most notable being Jack Ketchum. However, my two novels (Badfish and Track 9) have come from drafts off of NaNoWriMo. That, to me, is fascinating. Do you have a target reader? If I was forced to change things, it really wouldn’t be my work anymore. 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) My answer above pretty much nails it. Of course. What they learn about each other pushes them to the brink of disaster. I need dead silence when writing. I’m trying anything and everything I can think of! I did have a tough time with one of the characters – Mike. When I read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot (when I was 16), I knew then and there that I wanted to write like that. About the book
What is the book about? I didn’t plan on writing suspense/horror/thriller until later, but I loved the way he could tell a story. Sure, they want to get paid, but when it’s all said and done, other people end up profiting off of the author’s sales more than the writers themselves. Sometimes, it’s a conglomerate of a few people. What came easily? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? They were so enormous! Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? But I don’t want to HAVE to change my characters and storyline because someone thinks a different trend might sell. I write about certain topics and have specific characters for reasons. I also run a pretty active blog. When did you start writing the book? My answer above pretty much nails it. Track 9 was born out of that premise. I don’t have a specific process. Plus, unless you’re very famous, most publishers/agents aren’t going to spend a lot of time pushing your work. It would be like doing a class assignment. Some ideas or plotlines come easier than others, but writing in and of itself is never an easy process. Volume 2 has been completely revised and comes with a purple/blue cover – some really great stories in there) available. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? What they discover within its walls leads them to make harrowing decisions. Do you outline? Jack Ketchum is another.