Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Janet Lane Walters here. I’ve been a published author since 1968 though there were a few years taken off to return to work as a nurse to help children through college. I’ve been married to the same man for 55 years and there are four children. The youngest is an adopted biracial daughter. There are seven grandchildren, four biracial and three adopted Chinese children. I live in the scenic Hudson River valley. Billed as an eclectic writer besides short stories, poetry, and 3 non-fiction books, I write in a number of genres.
What genre are your books?
Genres – There are romances, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, historicals. I also have a YA fantasy series published under J. L. Walters.
What draws you to this genre?
Since I write in a number of genres I’ve chosen the ones I really enjoy writing and reading. Often there is some kind of medicine in many of my books. This goes back to being a nurse and my fascinating with alternate methods of healing.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write seven days a week and being retired I can write where I want and when I want.
I see you write a few series including MOONCHILD, AT FIRST SIGHT, and OPPOSITES IN LOVE. What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I enjoy reading series and also trilogies. Sometimes there need to be more stories to finish the story. My YA Affinities series is one of those. Readers like series. Sometimes a character in one of the books asks for their own story.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I have not dipped into self-publishing. I am mainly with two small publishers. One US and one Canadian. For me self-publishing would present problems since I really like to do everything myself and having to hire people to format, edit, covers and etc. wouldn’t suit me at all. I do admire those who have taken this route but it’s not for this 80-year-old writer.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do proof my own books but then they go off to my current publisher Books We Love and they are also proofed by an editor there. I belong to a critique group and thus for content I have ten other voices to keep me on track.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Finish the book before tinkering with it. Trying to make each page perfect before reaching the end and you won’t ever finish the book.
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