Another fellow DC Area Storyteller joins my interviewees.
– Margaret L. Carter
– Brand – Explore love among the monsters!
– Genre(s) – Horror, paranormal romance, erotic paranormal romance, fantasy
– Current Publisher(s) – Hard Shell Word Factory, Amber Quill Press, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- Read constantly, inside and outside your genre.
- Find a good critique partner or group, one that understands the genre you write.
- Keep submitting your work; never give up.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- Book reviews
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- Research a publisher carefully before submitting. Don’t jump at the first one that offers a contract regardless of potential pitfalls. My first nonfiction book, a history of vampirism in literature from the early nineteenth century to the 1970s (following two paperback horror anthologies I edited), was published by a small press in a very plain offset-print edition but priced like the average academic press release—exorbitantly. Nobody but libraries and the most dedicated vampire fans would have been able to afford it, and what they got for all that money was a cheap-looking product. Moreover, after the first few years the publisher stopped sending royalty statements, something a publisher should always do on the contracted schedule even if there’s no money to be paid out. And when I got a lawyer friend to write a stern letter, sure enough, several years of royalties (not a large sum, of course, but still, money) suddenly appeared. I’ve never heard from that company since, although the book was still listed as in print for a long time afterward.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- I’m always reading several books at once. I’ve just finished THE YEAR OF DISAPPEARANCES, a vampire novel by Susan Hubbard. Presently, CRY WOLF by Patricia Briggs is at the top of the stack.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- Even though I’m an e-book author, on the whole I prefer print books, since they are more portable. (The only hand-held reader I own is the Gemstar, formerly the Rocket, on which I haven’t loaded any new books for a long time because I can no longer get the computer to recognize the device. I hope to get a Kindle sometime soon.) I do occasionally buy short e-books, however, and novels that are available only as e-books.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- THE VAMPIRE TAPESTRY, by Suzy McKee Charnas
- THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, by C. S. Lewis (and almost anything else he wrote)
- GAUDY NIGHT, by Dorothy Sayers
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- Ultimately, reading DRACULA at the age of twelve. It enthralled me and inspired me to become interested in a wide range of horror, fantasy, and SF. Because I couldn’t find the type of vampire fiction I wanted to read at the library or in paperbacks, I started writing it. I wanted stories from the viewpoint of the “monster” (very rare in the 1960s compared to now), and I wanted relationships between human and nonhuman characters. I anticipated paranormal romance long before the publishing industry invented it.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- Sigh with relief and settle down to relax with a novel and chocolate.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- No, maybe I should try that!
– Website – Carter’s Crypt – http://www.margaretlcarter.com
– MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/margaretlcarter
– Blog – Alien Romance group author blog – http://www.aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/
– Yahoo Group/Newsletter – News from the Crypt – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/margaretlcartersnewsfromthecrypt
Thanks so much, Margaret!
Join me next week when I interview Shiela Stewart.