Getting to Know the Author: Tricia Drammeh

hand-shake-love9Welcome, Tricia. Let’s learn more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

First of all, I’d like to thank you for having me on your wonderful blog, Glynis.

I usually write paranormal and contemporary novels for young adults, though I just published a contemporary book for older audiences. I choose to write for teens because there’s something magical about writing for that age group. When I was a teen, I was absolutely captivated by the books I read. I think teenagers still have the active imagination of a younger child, and if authors can write books that engage their imagination, teens can develop a lifelong love of reading.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

Unfortunately, yes. I often have two active manuscripts with several others on the back burner. When I get stuck on one manuscript, I’ll work on something else for a while. It’s a very bad writing habit I wish I’d never developed.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I have a few critique partners who have helped me immensely. I wouldn’t consider publishing until they’ve given me their valuable insights.

Can you remember your first reading book?

The first books I can recall reading were the Nancy Drew books and the Little House on the Prairie series.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

When writing, I usually have a cup of coffee by my side. My preferred treat is chocolate, but I don’t always eat while I’m writing.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

I don’t have an office, so I usually write in the living room. I have to keep it neat otherwise it’ll drive me crazy. I can’t work in a cluttered area.

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

My first book was published by an independent publisher. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been less than satisfied with the results, so I’ve self-published subsequent books. For me, the disadvantages of working with a publisher outweighed any advantages. Some of the publisher’s actions and choices put my book at a huge disadvantage. The book was published with errors and the final product was not as polished as I expected it to be. Since the publisher did no marketing (which is a practice that is becoming more and more common among smaller presses), I felt as if I’d given up rights and royalties without receiving anything in return for all those hours of writing. Self-publishing gives authors absolute creative freedom and control over the finished product. It’s a lot of work, but worth the effort.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Anne Rice, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Be patient. Preparing a manuscript (particularly formatting) can be time-consuming, so give yourself lots of time. Find a quiet place free from distractions before you start working. Another piece of advice I have is to ask for help. Other authors have been through the same process and are usually eager to help other writers. There are lot of free resources out kindle coverthere. Many authors have blogs that walk you step by step through the process of manuscript preparation. You can also reach out to other authors in Facebook groups.

 

Tricia Drammeh is a wife, a mother of four children, a coffee junkie, and a book lover who lives in New Hampshire with her family. She’s an author of contemporary fiction and multicultural paranormal novels for young adults and adults who are still young at heart. Tricia has penned seven complete novels including Better than Perfect, The Fifth Circle, The Seance, and The Claiming Words Series.
You can connect with Tricia at the following links:

Website
Amazon
Facebook

 

 

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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8 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Tricia Drammeh

  1. Glynis – Thanks for hosting Tricia.

    Tricia – I salute authors such as yourself who create novels that young people want to read. Anything that draws them to reading is a good thing. And like you, I’m a coffee-drinking writer, so I know just what you mean. I wish you much success.

  2. Glynis, thank you so much for having me on your blog today.

  3. Reblogged this on Writers with Vision and commented:
    Tricia is a brilliant author and a good friend.

  4. Tricia, nice to meet you. The Little House series were among my first reads.

  5. Mira Prabhu says:

    Tricia: appreciate the way you express why you write for kids…see that you have four yourself…which would give you a lot more insight and reason to write for the YA group. I wanted to write for kids too at one time and still might, who knows? Great interview, thanks!

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