It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Josiane Fortin, author of Mine Your Brain, 587 Affirmations for Women, The One-Year Plan, and New Witch in Town.
About Josiane Fortin:
Josiane Fortin loves to provide value and entertainment to readers. That’s why she write in so many different genres: children, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy…
She is Canadian and has lived in Mexico and the United States.
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Author Interview with Josiane Fortin:
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- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I have been to many countries, but I have written an actual novel about my backpacking trip to Italy.
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not writing to market. If you want to sell many books, you need to offer a product people want to buy.
- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I’d like to be more strategic with my writing. However, I started by publishing passion projects, which can confuse fans. This is something I will work on in the coming years, to unify my brand.
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be consistent, keep publishing, keep learning, success will come.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have two drafts right now that are one hold. I want to focus on my new series which I am plotting right now.
- What does literary success look like to you?
I’d like to make a living out of my self-published works.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
If they are human characters, I google what were the most popular names in their year of birth and country of origin and pick among the first 25 names. I try not to have characters starting with the same letter of the alphabet or that are just too similar. If I am looking for magical or alien names, I look for free online name generators and look through the suggestions.
- What time of the day do you usually write?
I write at night when my kids are in bed.
- What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
I have a concise style of writing, so my books tend to be short. I must learn how to flesh out in more details or add more conflicts to make the story longer but still keep it interesting.
- Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
Writing is not my full-time career at this point, but I am working towards that goal. I am learning every single day to better my craft and promote my books.
- Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
Yes, I reply to every single comment and I love getting interactions on my TikTok!
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written 6 novels and 3 non-fiction books. I am proud of every single one of them!
- Do you have any new series planned?
I am working on a 7-book urban fantasy series about witches. It will feature a very powerful young witch learning her way through a new world where villains are trying to modify human DNA.
- What are you reading now?
I typically read two books at the same time, one fiction and one non-fiction. Depending on my level of energy, I always try to get some learning done first, then escape to fictional universes. Right now, I am reading The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Cherster and a historical romance.
- Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
I really admire Margaret Atwood, who has an impressive writing career. I identify with her because she is Canadian like me and also a feminist. She is smart and keeps working at 82 years old.
- Do you have a library membership?
Yes, I have two actually. I borrow books and ebooks. I love my local library and always get excited when I visit. I like to bring my kids so they get to share my passion for books.
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