P. G. has her plate full, she is a software engineer by day with a 2 hour commute, a young son and a husband. By night and in moments of relative calm she is a writer. In fact, P. G. Van is her pen name, which she asks me to use for the interview.
She has something else: a seemingly limitless energy and an enthusiasm for writing that is infectious. After speaking with her I want to do nothing more than get that unfinished manuscript out and not stop writing until it is done. P.G. has written and published 4 books since she started writing barely a year and a half ago. You can find them here: P.G. Van’s books on Amazon
In my interview with her we speak about both writing and self-publishing books and how a software engineer came to write steamy romance novels. The steamy romance novel part is important and interesting. How hard is it to write these scenes? Do you feel comfortable publishing them and the reader thinking that these are your first hand experiences? P.G. also speaks about what inspires her and how she fits writing in what sounds like a rather taxing daily schedule.
She makes publishing using Amazon Kindle Self-Publishing sound easy and fast: within a few hours she went from finished manuscript to published book available online. The service helps with everything from book cover art to setting the appropriate price. What one needs to do one-self, she points out, is marketing: a time-consuming effort and something she will have to put more time and energy into.
For those interested in learning more please check the Resources section below for the webpages and services P.G. recommends.
- Kindle self-publishing page
- Article about Amanda Hocking, who made millions self-publishing and selling her paranormal fiction books online.
- For inspiration here is a TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”) about artists and geniuses.