P. Wish is the author of, Into the Light: A collection of short stories; here is a link to her Twitter page:
Q: What is the overall theme of, Into the Light?
A: The central theme of Into the Light is the relationship between humanity and society. The stories in this anthology fall into three genres- science fiction, comedy and human interest. Through the lens of each of these genres, I examine this theme in a different story and setting.
Q: What inspired you to write it?
A: My range of inspiration is as diverse as the stories themselves. I will be doing a series called ‘Story behind the stories’ on my blog in October discussing the inspiration for each story in detail. In general, I would say that the collection is inspired by mundane events. The inspiration ranges from calling up my grandmother to exercising and doing laundry.
Q: What kind of a day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence you writing?
A: I am currently in education so, I don’t work. My experiences are definitely a huge part of my stories. What I go through everyday is translated directly on the page (with a lot of fantasy and fiction thrown in).
Q: Who are some of your writing influences and what are some examples of how they have influenced your work?
A: My writing style is influenced by historical romance writers like Lisa Kleypas, Judith McNaught and Barbara Cartland. This is perhaps most evident in ‘How to Lose a Fortune in 10 Weeks’, a historical comedy from Into the Light. Besides romance, I read a lot of non-fiction (self help, reference books) these days which is why I construct long sentences. That has had an impact on my overall writing style.
Q: What are the advantages of self-publishing?
A: There are quite a few of them. The first is of course, the speed. You upload the cover and the manuscript on Amazon and you’re done. In twenty four hours, the book goes live. Compare this with traditional publishing which takes around a year.
Self publishing also saves authors a lot of time and money. It is free to publish a book online (some sites charge a small fee).
The self publishing process is also more democratic and transparent compared to the traditional publishing process.
Q: What are some of the disadvantages of self-publishing?
A: The most glaring disadvantage is probably the lack of marketing and media coverage. When it comes to marketing your book, you’re on your own. Writers are not necessarily good marketers. Also, an individual writer doesn’t have the same amount of connections that a large publisher does.
Many writers published by major publishers complain that they don’t market the book enough. I can’t say that problem is exclusive to self publishing.
Another disadvantage is the variation in quality of self published manuscripts. Some are professionally edited while others are not. Therefore, self publishing as a whole is not considered at par with traditional publishing. Many reviewers and bloggers are skeptical to accept self published works for review.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am currently serializing a chick lit novel titled ‘Confessions’ on my blog. Besides that, I am working on a mystery/thriller novel that will release next year.
Q: What trends in literature annoy you?
A: The uncertainty. The publishing industry is in a state of flux. I don’t know which way to lean because it is transforming at such a rapid pace. The other day, I saw an article in NYT that said ebooks sales are plummeting. Then, there was another article saying they are rising, the very next day!
I guess you gotta wait and see.
Q: If you could spend the day with one of the characters from one of your short stories who would you chose?
A: I would choose Detective Adams, a time travelling detective who is the protagonist of the the ninth story in the book. I’ve always wanted to be a detective. He has a dry sense of humour and a mysterious past. I think I would like to spend the day working with him.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you about writing?
A: Write. I know, that sounds really simple but it is profound. Other useful pieces of advice are ‘get an editor’ and ‘re-write’.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)