Sally Watson and Writing Advice
Do you have recommendations/tips for new authors?
Unfortunately, Sally has had trouble getting back into the publishing world where she was before, so she says, “Good luck, fellers, and if you find out, let me know.”.
As for self-publishing, iUniverse will publish most things, but Booklocker shows more discretion and has said they turn down about 90% of submitted manuscripts. “I don’t know about others–except beware. Some actually don’t include copyright! And when I expressed outrage, said plaintively that I could have one if I insisted, at $200 extra, and what was all the fuss about?”
Where do you get your ideas from?
“Something I read, saw, heard, had stored away in my mind? A character presents herself and demands a setting? Or, as in Return of the Exiles, I needed adult characters, augmented Dave, decided to give him a cousin–half-English?–from the Lennox Family Tree? And a Lennox uncle in the British Colonial Service–and a dozen more appeared to fill the roles as needed. Once a character starts, he self-creates.”
How did you become an author?
“I wanted neither marriage nor the office work I was temporarily stuck with. Moved to San Francisco, and then L.A., where (on Hollywood and Vine, true to cliche) I ran into an old high school friend who had just had a children’s story published in a real magazine! Mental barriers collapsed all around me with almost audible crashes. I rushed home and started Highland Rebel that night.” For the rest of Sally’s story, see her autobiographical essay and read Tailwavers
How long does it take to write a book?
“Well, my first book took an unbelievable 2 weeks for first draft (it was all stored in my head, you realize) and another two for the second. I have now been working 15 months on the current one. The rest all somewhere between.”
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
“Writing. Having it come to life and create itself, with very little for me to do but write it down.”
What is your least favorite thing about being an author?
“Trying to get published without resorting to self-publishing.”
Who is your favourite author? book?
“Impossible question. I’ve been reading constantly for–let’s see–84 years?”
If you hadn’t been a writer, what do you think you would have done instead?
“Artist? Landscape artist? Cartoonist? Actress? Phonics teacher (which I am, actually) Would have made a good orchestra conductor. Tin ear but perfect rhythm. I’ve seen one on TV who dances and dramatizes brilliantly. Forget his name.”
What is your motivation for writing books?
“Doing it. Otherwise I certainly wouldn’t, as things are now!”
How do you deal with writer’s block?
“If I get a writers block, I know I’m trying to take it where it doesn’t want to go, so I glare at the keyboard and snarl “Well, whadda you want to do, then?” and then try to figure out where I went astray and what the characters would like me to do instead.”
What is your favorite place in the world?
“I’ve several favorite places ranging from the Scottish Highlands to places in England to southern France to the Olympic Peninsula.”
What is your favorite color?
“Full-saturation Peacock blue, the sea ones between blue and green, shrimp and coral.”
Where can I contact Sally?
A Sally Watson Yahoo Group is sometimes visited by Sally herself to connect with fans and give information on her current projects. Fans are welcome to join: Sally Watson Yahoo Group.
For more information on Sally see the Bio page and the links found there.