Interview With Writer Phyllis Humby
- You are looking to get your first novel published. How challenging has the process been for you? It has been a huge challenge. A published author told me that securing an agent/publisher was like winning the lottery. I believe him. It’s not just about the writing. It might include being in the right place and having the right connections. Timing is a major factor, as well. There are a zillion writers and we all have a story. The process entails researching new agents to find the perfect fit. I sweat blood over the ever-changing queries that go out. I give it my best shot and hope for positive feedback.
- What is the book about? I’m glad you asked that question, Brian. There’s nothing I love more than talking about my writing – what a surprise. I’ve just finished the first draft of a psychological thriller and I’m totally pumped editing this challenging story.However, the book I am currently flogging to agents/publishers, Old Broad Road, is a mainstream novel. I overheard someone say that there is not enough gray matter on the bookracks these days. I don’t think they meant fifty shades either! Is there an age limit to starting over? Is there a point in time when even though our lives are unbearable we are too old to run away?
- What do you love about writing? I love creating complex characters; putting thoughts into their minds and words into their mouths. Individuals with problems, eccentricities, talents, and relationships. They become real people to me and, hopefully, to my readers. My writing style is more of a pantser. Writing from an outline doesn’t seem to go well. My characters are determined to lead me in unexpected directions.
- Where do you see book publishing heading? I would like to believe that print books would always have their place. It grieves me to think that book signings will consist of a handshake and a flash stick. Having said that, I’m never without my e-reader. I’m guilty of purchasing digital books for convenience sake but as a consolation I read more now. Whether it’s waiting for an appointment or for a friend at lunch, I manage to spend the time constructively. It’s odd that I associate guilt with digital books. Perhaps it’s a feeling of disloyalty because of my life-long love of print editions. I still remember the thrill of cracking open the latest book in The Bobbsey Twins series when I was a child, feeling its weight in my hands and stroking the crisply inked words. In my opinion, there should be a print version of every book as well as digital. Do I see book publishing heading in this direction? I’m afraid I don’t.
- How do you use social media to boost your author brand? I use Facebook. Who doesn’t? I also connect on Linkedin. More than anything else, my blog The Write Break has increased my online exposure. For now I’m Twitter-less. I have only so many hours in a day and I want to spend every one of them working on my novel.