I'm pleased to welcome another awesome indie author to the blog today to talk about their journey to publication!
Here we go...
C. A. HOCKING is an Amazon Bestselling Australian Independent Author. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but has lived in various parts of the country in rural and city lifestyles. Her works include:
A Place In Time - a paranormal murder mystery (Amazon Top Ten 2013), which was shortlisted for an Australian literary award in 2007;
Damaged Goods - a gripping gothic drama of abuse, revenge and love (Amazon Top Ten 2013);
Home To Roost - a powerful story of betrayal, abandonment and redemption (Amazon Top 100 2013);
Sarah Ann Elliott Book 1:1823-1829 - an Epic Family Saga based on a true story which is the first in the Sarah Ann Elliott Series of Historical Fiction Novels;
Old Farts On A Bus - a humorous look at the eccentricities of senior citizens. Also available in LARGE PRINT paperback.
AUNT EDNA and the Lightning Rock - the first book of The Aunt Edna Stories.
A Place In Time, Damaged Goods and Home To Roost have been translated into Mandarin and are published in China.
Amazon Book Links:
A Place In Time: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0047742DS
Damaged Goods: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046ZRIH8
Home To Roost: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B95QAF4
Old Farts On A Bus: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5DR9HG
Old Farts On A Bus (LARGE PRINT paperback): https://www.amazon.com/dp/0975849034
Sarah Ann Elliott Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9TXSBY
AUNT EDNA and the Lightning Rock: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QMPS8XZ
Who are you and what do you write?
I'm an Australian Independent Author who has been writing since I was a girl. I write whatever I like, whatever story is in my head and am not confined by genres, fashions or fads in writing. The one factor common to all my writing is that I love a good yarn and I like to tell it well.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I began my first book at age 6, my second at 14, pottered for years and completed my first real manuscript in 1985. Regardless of what else has happened in my life - and there has been a mixture of good and bad - writing has always been part of me.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
The journey has been a roller-coaster ride with highs and lows and plateaus in between. I enjoy the highs, weather the lows and prefer the plateaus.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The hardest part was having my first manuscript accepted by a major publisher in London in 1985, doing the rewrites (no computers back then, all rewritten on a typewriter), waiting months to hear back and then learning the publishing house had been sold and my book had not been taken with the new owners. I thought it would be easy getting another publisher, but it was not. I had two agents who promised me the world, then dumped me and forgot to tell me they'd dumped me. The best thing to happen to me and all writers out there was the advent of self-publishing. I launched my first two books in 2006 on Lulu.com and then on Amazon in 2010 and I've never looked back. It was hard back then without the online resources we have now with editors, cover designers etc. We did everything ourselves, but I'm proud to have been one of the pioneers that paved the way for other writers after me. There has never been a better time in the history of the world to be a writer!
Would you go back and change anything?
Sure! If I could. But I can't. It is what it is. LOL
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
Alive for starters. Ain't getting any younger here. But seriously folks...I have two more books in the Sarah Ann Elliott Series to write, four or five more of the AUNT EDNA Stories, two more Old Fart books and anything after that will be a bonus. The future for me at 67 is staying well, fit and cognisant for as long as possible and to keep writing.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
I'd say persevere, practice your craft, learn and keep plugging away at your stories, understand that your writing never stops developing, don't give up, it's a journey and sometimes it's bumpy. Have chocolate and wine on the disappointing days, have chocolate and champagne on the good days, and the rest of the time look after yourself. Eat well, get regular sleep and stay fit as your physical health is intimately connected to your creative health. I've been you. Keep at it and one day you'll be me, happy, confident and content with yourself as a writer.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Mayo every time.
Night or Day? - Day as I adore morning and evening light.
Inside or Outside? - Inside when it's cold, outside when it's warm.
Dogs or Cats? - Anything that is toilet trained.
Twitter or Facebook? - Facebook as my readership is mostly 40+ women and that is where you find them.
Ebook or Paperback? - Haven't read a paperback in years, so ebooks.
Sun or Rain? - Sun, sun and more sun.
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard. I think through my fingers on a keyboard.
Comedy or Drama? - Both, as long as they are good.
Chips or Chocolate? - Both! Why short change yourself.
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