THE DABBLING AUTHOR
Bree Vanderland has always been an inspiration to me. She has her foot in almost all corners of the indie world. From authors against bulling to pages dedicated to helping fellow author, she is one of a kind. She is the definition of indie. Making her own covers, formatting her own books, and helping out in a publishing house, it's amazing how this woman can even stand at the end of the day. She is there to lend a helping hand to fellow author when they need. If you are ever in need of an editor you can call upon her to.
Hints the name The Dabbling Author.
1. What is your passion in life?
I would say that my passion in life is my youngest sister. She keeps me on my toes and watching her grow up... I love taking care of her and making sure that she comes first. Patience is definitely a virtue that is needed when dealing with her. Other than that, I would say writing and music comes next. I love writing and playing music, ultimately entertaining other people.
2. How did you get into publishing?
I honestly didn't even think about it at first. I wrote down a novella story idea that I had and it was something that I wanted to finish for myself above all. It wasn't until after I finished writing it that I took Cameo Renae's advice on getting cover art and getting it published. After that, i just seemed to extend into everything as the few years went by. I published more books and stories and I love every second of it!
3. Is it hard keeping up with everything you do?
Yes and no. I have and know amazing people that help me along the way like Kate Marie Robbins, Zara Elise Thelms, and Russell Revis. Without them, it would be hard, but with them by my side (figuratively speaking), I can do anything!
4.Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
Anne Rice and Stephen King are my biggest inspirations as far as writing goes. I love all their books and they're amazing. I hope to be a writer like them some day! P.S. I have a signed copy of Prince Lestat that I absolutely love!
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5. Has becoming a writer always been your dream?
Honestly, no. It didn't cross my mind for the longest time. I always thought I would go to college and become a music teacher! It's still a part of my goals though!
6. Do you or have you ever written poetry?
I've attempted, but I'll be honest and say that I haven't quite got the skills for it!
7. What was the reason you got into publishing?
It was to share my stories. I have so many ideas in my head, but not enough time to put them to paper! Oh well. If I manage to inspire one person on my journey then I would say that my mission is complete!
8. What were some of the tools you used to teach yourself formatting?
Kate Marie Robbins. She was a lifesaver in helping me format my first book and after that, I learned things on my own from trial and error working on Microsoft Word! I'm still learning, but I love every second.
9. Have you submitted anything to a traditional publisher?
I have not. It's a part of being nervous and a part of the fact that I love the indie author community. I love being associated with them and I love reading them.
10. What advice would you give to new authors, or those looking to get into publishing, formatting and cover art?
Never give up. You can do anything if you put your heart out there for everyone! the indie world is an amazing place to be and I can't wait to read your books!