About Roxanne Snopek:
USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Snopek writes emotional contemporary romance and women's fiction with themes of healing and triumph over adversity. She gives them a lot of adversity! She also gives them dogs, great food and beautiful scenery, which helps. She's mother of three wild-women heroines, caretaker of numerous animal-muses and lives in British Columbia with her soul-mate hero of 30+ years and a view of the mountains. She knows how lucky she is.
What inspires you to write?
I've written since I was a child: stories, poems, diaries. I wanted to be Harriet the Spy, actually. Now, I'm inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary things because don't we all dream of being more than we are? Of being bigger than life?
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a lot of noodling and doodling, initially. I come up with character names, backstories, a title hopefully (it always helps if I have a title first), the core conflict. I try to map out a few main beats, but I'm really not an outliner. Which can be a problem. So, I use Scrivener, and I've built myself a template to keep me on track so that I actually do have a beginning, middle and end. Once I begin the book, I am strict about keeping to a schedule of writing to meet daily and weekly wordcount goals so that I can meet my deadlines – or at least come close.
How do you develop your characters?
I like to use things like archetypes to build my characters. If I'm writing a wounded hero (which most of mine are) I know he'll have to face the exact thing he's most afraid of at around the 90% mark. A free spirit will have to discover her serious side. A warrior will have to face defeat. A teacher will have to become humble and learn something. Their strengths will become their weaknesses throughout the story, but they will always emerge stronger at the end.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'll begin with the Barbaras, as I call them: Barbara O'Neal, Barbara Rogan, Barbara Kingsolver, and move on to Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Anne Lamott (her amazing non-fiction), Rick Mofina, Nora Roberts, C.J. Carmichael, Margaret Atwood (the Oryx and Crake trilogy, OMG!!), Naomi Alderman (The Power, read it, it's amazing!!) … I could go on. Ask me again tomorrow.
What genres do you write?: Women's fiction, mystery and contemporary romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
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