Mona: Book contract? Ten years. I spent my first ten years as an official writer, writing for periodicals. I wrote a weekly newspaper column for two years as well as hundreds of articles, devotionals, poems, and short stories for 50 different periodicals. It took me twenty years before I received a contract for my first novel for adults.
SKC: I love those versess in Proverbs! And a great reminder for us all when we are writing.
Mona: Write the stories you’re passionate about and let your characters show you where they belong.
SKC: Many authors cringe when it comes to the moment they have to come up with their synopsis. What would be your best advice to them?
- Who is your main character and where is he or she?
- What does she want to achieve or need to overcome?
- What is the story question that arises out of your main character’s goal?
- Who or what will stand in her way?
- How will she overcome the obstacles?
- What will she learn and how will she grow in the process?
SKC: I made bullet points for your answers. Well thought out and can be utilized by many of us. What do you do during the waiting period when editors are looking over your manuscripts?
Mona: I assume you mean editors who are considering my proposal or manuscript for publication. (YES)
If that’s the case, I write the next article, story, book. Or two or three…while I wait. I might update my website. Brainstorm promotions ideas. Organize my desk. Take a break from writing, if I need to.
SKC: After you finish your present project, what plans do you have?
Mona: I had just finished the draft for Too Rich for a Bride, my second historical novel in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Next, I’ll do a read-through and rewrites before I hit send and take a vacation to see family and friends who will celebrate the completion with me. Then while I wait to receive copy edit comments from my editor, I’ll get to know my main characters for Book 3 in the series and start plotting their story.
SKC: You are keeping busy, aren't you! Mona, I understand you have a book you would like to give to one of our readers. I always ask the authors to write in a reflection question for our readers to ponder and then comment about. What would you like to ask this week about either writing or having that love to read?