Over the weekend we had a chat to sci-fi writer D.A. Karr about herself, her books and her writing…
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always had to write in some form, either in the IT field or writing web content, or just my own passion creating something. There are many forms of writing besides books or screenplays. I pursued my own books and screenplays to actually try to sell my own work verses someone else’s.
- How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the material. Most of mine take about six months with editing. I never run dry. Once I have the subject matter, I write until I say stop.
- What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I write at 4AM in the morning until about 6AM. Then I go to my regular job. I write on weekends and into the night when I get going.
A schedule builds routine and there is never a right time. You really train yourself to write at a certain time.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I wear a hat to try to make myself part of the character and to remind myself, now is the time to write.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Current events, the newspaper, the latest fad, or maybe a bad experience.
- When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book about ten years ago. It was a special book that had a lot of emotion for me.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I ride my horse and go shopping. Otherwise I’m working at my full time job, testing software.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I have written three novels, two screenplays, and a handful of short stories. I have also written several screenplays for other studios. My favourite book is my latest novel, “LINK”. It’s pure sci-fi.
- Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
First, know the material. Second, research your market and find if your topic has any marketability. You will be very disappointed when it doesn’t get a rating to sell or there are a thousand books just like it. Third, copyright and double register everything you have. Fourth, get a good editor and they aren’t cheap. Do a custom cover and get professional formatting. Lastly, cross your fingers and hope somebody reads it.
- Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’ve had many good reviews on my latest novel. They usually like it. Some comments are mediocre. You take the good with the bad. I have likes on Facebook and tweets on Twitter. I’ve entered it in book awards and get decent reviews from judges.
- What do you think makes a good story?
Something that has marketability. Something that has content and a story line. Something that is believable.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian. Didn’t make it. Then I joined the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter. Then I became a test engineer. And now I added a writer. Don’t really know what is next.
‘LINK’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1zlBomm.
View the video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpJ-D7bCG7M.
For more information, visit the official website: http://www.racehorsewithmagicshoes.com.
About the Author:
D.A. Karr has been writing books and screenplays for the last ten years. Her experience and employment includes firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service, law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego). She has a Master’s in software engineering.
D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thriller-mystery, historical fiction, and screenplays. She is the author of several books including Link, The Legend of Pendyne, and The Racehorse with Magic Shoes.
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