What is your writing process? Fast/slow drafting? A specific time of day? Planning/pantsing?
I am fast with first drafts but take numerous revision cycles to get the story just right. When I am first drafting, I can write anytime of the day, but with revising, morning and day time works best so that I can really focus. I plan as much as possible inside my notebook. Often times, I plan the most during the second and third draft to really solidify the story. For the first draft, it's mostly exploring, so it's a balance of planning and allowing discoveries to happen naturally.
What is your revising process? How many people read your various drafts? What parts of the manuscript (character, world, plot, etc) do you find easy to revise, and which are hard?
My revising process is first to make sure that the story is everything I want it to be, then I want to get as many critiques as possible on the story and revise it until it's right. I prefer to have at least six-eight people who I trust to be critical to read the manuscript.
The easiest part of the revision process is that I don't have to do too much revision on the dialogue, character development, or the action scenes. However, I revise a ton for world building and find it to be the most challenging part.
What drew you to self-publishing?
I self-pubbed because I have tried the traditional route but my book CLAN was simply too risky in concept for publishers to take on. It's different from what's on the YA market. I am willing to take on the risk myself and wanted to share this story with readers. With my agent's blessing, I self-published CLAN on 11/12/13. I'm very glad I did!
Do you have a nugget of writing wisdom to share? (valuable craft advice/inspiration/whatever)
Write what you wish to read and have fun!
The book is ILLUSTRATED, guys. You should totally check it out if you like fast-paced, gritty sci-fis. Tomorrow, we'll have an interview with Holly Bodger, whose debut YA will come out from Knopf in 2015.