Welcome to the two hundred and eighty-ninth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with multi-genre author Bridget Straub. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Bridget. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Bridget: I am originally from Northern California but moved to Los Angeles right after high school. Writing is second nature to me. I have been telling stories since I was little.
Morgen: How wonderful. I’d say about half the authors I’ve interviewed have written forever, the other half wishes they had. 🙂 What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Bridget: Contemporary/chick lit, although I have also written a musical and been known to write children’s books for my kids.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date?
Bridget: I have just published my first novel “Searching for My Wand”, which tells the story of Glenda, a young woman named after Glinda the Good Witch. As such, she has spent a good portion of her life trying to live up to the reputation of a fictional character.
Morgen: That sounds like fun. Have you had any rejections?
Bridget: I really haven’t, but then I decided to self-publish after a two-year period in which I was ridiculously prolific. The responses to the novels I wrote were so positive that I was anxious to get them seen sooner rather than later. Traditional publishing is so much slower.
Morgen: Oh isn’t it just. That’s part of the reason why we’re all eBooking. You’re, I think, only about the third author I’ve interviewed who’s not had any rejections. 🙂 So I don’t suppose then that you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Bridget: No, and I’m not sure how vital they are. I guess I’m going to find out.
Morgen: So you’ve self-published, is that as an eBook? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Bridget: This is a funny subject to me, because I love paper books and at the moment my book is only available as an eBook. I would love to have it in print, but I’ve yet to find a cost effective way of making that a reality.
Morgen: So would I but it’s not just the cost but the time spent going out finding people (unless you’re selling online alongside the electronic version) to buy it. How much of the marketing do you do for your book?
Bridget: I am doing it all, and I have to say it is at times overwhelming. I have a blog I started a year ago, and of course there is Twitter and Facebook, but I have spent a lot of time (and will continue to) doing guest posts and interviews in an effort to get the word out.
Morgen: It seems to take ages, doesn’t it (but hopefully you’re enjoying it :)). I hadn’t realised until I started these interviews last June how many there were of us doing the same thing. Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?