Carol Shields once said, “Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” When does a writer’s story begin forming? How long does it take to write? What were the finishing touches? We’ve asked Terri Blackstock the author of Distortion, to tell us the story behind the story. Read our interview with Terri to learn more, and make sure to enter to win a Kindle! Click here to learn more
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
My husband and I were returning a U-Haul truck one night after moving, and the rental store was in a scary area. As my husband walked through the dark parking lot to return the key, I worried someone would mug him. My suspense writer’s mind wouldn’t let go of that, and by the time we were home, I had “experienced” his murder and plotted out who killed him and why. (I realize it’s a sickness.)
How long did your book take you to write?
About a year.
How long was the editing/publishing process?
Another year before it released.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Focus more on the writing of the book than on the marketing, and don’t rush to self-publish before a book is ready. In the past, writing was a profession that required lots of patience, and before a novel was published, it had been vetted by professionals like agents, editors and publishers. Today people are impatient and they have other options, so they’re uploading books that will not help their careers in the long run. Learning your craft takes time, and it isn’t something that happens with one book.
What’s your next book or project?
The third book in the Moonlighters Series, yet untitled, will be available in March of 2015. That will be the last book in this three-book series.