In today’s WIP edition, I’m pleased to welcome author Janice Ross. Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series. She has also penned Loving Nate, a novella with an alternate ending, that I reviewed here.
Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.
Thanks for having me, Maria! You are truly supportive and amazing!
Oh my goodness, Maria! I am always working on several different projects, at any given time. I’m still attempting to plot out and finalize the next books in the Island Hopping series. And although Loving Nate is a stand-alone novella, I’ve been in talks with Nate (smirking) about telling his side of the story. Those are just two of my current WIPs. And as if I’m not having enough fun, I’ve recently begun writing paranormal stories through an alter ego.
Are you happy with the pace of your work? Do you aim at a specific word count each day?
I am actually pleased with my overall pace. I used to be concerned when I felt that I wasn’t progressing along too well, but I’ve learned to manage my stress much better. Perhaps, this is why I have multiple storylines at any given time. I typically aim for at least 3,000 words/piece/day. There are days when I’m able to achieve this and days when I’m not able to. I try to remain focused on what I produce instead of how many words I produce.
Plotter, pantser or both?
I used to be big on plotting out everything. This method never works out entirely because there’s a certain level of spontaneity that’s needed, so I try to keep a healthy mixture.
What’s your worst enemy in getting that first draft finished?
I am my worst enemy in getting through the first draft.
Have you ever experienced lack of inspiration or drive to write? If so, how do you motivate yourself?
I’m always motivated to write, though I don’t always have the time to do so.
Could we take a look at your workspace? Is there a particular place you find inspiring for writing?
I love the fruity energy booster! Now this picture is pinned on my Featured Writers’ Workspace board on Pinterest. Apart from Word and Google, do you use any other writing or research tools and apps?
I try to go to the source – people from different backgrounds, regions and experiences.
How do you intend to celebrate writing “The End” on your draft?
I celebrate “The End” of a draft by taking a day or two off from writing. I might also go to happy hour with my friends, as a method of relaxing.
Which book publishing processes are you going to outsource and which are you confident enough to undertake yourself?
Although I enjoy many aspects of editing, I believe in having my work edited by someone else. I also have certain parts of Marketing outsourced.
Do you have any marketing tips or favorite promotional sites you’d like to share?
I came across this site when I first published, and have since used it as a reference point:
Is women’s fiction the genre you will brand yourself with or do you see yourself branching out in the future?
I most enjoy writing women’s fiction, with a twist. I’ve recently taken on an alter ego and ventured into paranormal. I hope to continue to grow and expand.
Would you like to share with us links where we can find you and your work?
You can connect with Janice on
Talk show: www.blogtalkradio.com/culturalcocktails
Thank you, Janice, and best of luck with The Island Hopping series!