Q & A with author Shelia Bell
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a preteen. I wrote poetry, speeches, loved writing essays and now that has evolved into me being a published author
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do most of my research during writing. I research whatever I need to research to enhance the story and make my book as realistic and believable as possible.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, writing is already my lifelong career–and editing.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I think the current publishing market is oversaturated with authors or those who say they’re authors but put out less than tasteful, high quality work. As an editor, I know the importance of a well edited story. It saddens me that so many people believe in slapping words on paper, putting a cover on it, and publishing it. On the other hand, the publishing market has given an open forum to any and everyone who has a story to share. No more pleading, begging, praying and hoping for that big publishing contract.
Advice you would give new authors?
I cannot emphasize enough to new authors: Please take your time to produce a quality story that has been professionally EDITED.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on more books that I call “Shorts by Shelia.” These are smaller books fewer than 125 pages that are meant to give readers a short, entertaining read while they’re sitting in a doctor’s appointment, standing in a long line, or just taking a lunch break.
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