Greg Profile

Interview Greg Meritt

Greg Profile1. Can you tell a bit more about yourself?

My day job is Coverall of Washington’s Regional Director. We franchise commercial cleaning business in the greater Seattle area. I am happily married with 3 adoptive children, ages, 11, 9 and 8. I also have a 31-year-old disabled son from a previous marriage. I’ve been writing for about 4 years, mainly for fun, and have written over 40 short stories, a novella and a novel.
2. What inspired you to write?

My love for reading inspired me to write. I became hooked on the written word in middle school, after reading Stephen King’s ‘The Stand.’
3. What is your latest book about?

It is about an adoption of a young girl who, as is later discovered, has exceptional abilities. The adoptive parents also encounter a world of power, deceit and corruption they never knew existed. And what is behind it all is shocking and life-changing.
4. Where and how do you write?

I go to the office a couple of hours early every day and write before staff comes in. I write as fast as I can to outrun my self-doubt.
5. Did you plot and how does your plotting process work?

I don’t plot, per se, I just get an idea and it sort of unfolds in my head. I have an inkling of how it might turn out, but the characters take me on a ride of their own and I just transcribe it as I watch it unfold.
6. Do you have an editing strategy and what is it?

I have my beta readers point out errors as I go along, whether that be character issues, plot problems or just spelling/grammar mistakes. When the rough draft is complete, I read through again using Grammarly and then I send it to an editor friend in California for the final read-through.
7. What does your family think of your writing?

They don’t mind because it doesn’t get in the way of my family life. But they are very supportive, although I don’t listen to them a whole lot because, well….their family. Biased.
8. How hard was it to get your book out there?

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Not too hard. I wrote mainly for fun and then a bunch of readers from Write On by Kindle pushed me to get my first novel published, so I learned how to format a manuscript and did it all myself.
9. What do you think is the hardest part of writing a novel?

Sitting down and starting everyday – blocking out all the normal distractions: i.e, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Do NOT go online at all, not even to check your email, when you are in writing mode!
10. What do you think makes a great story?

The unexpected. I love to read a story wondering what is going to happen next. Suspense makes a great story!
11. Looking back, what would you have done differently or why wouldn’t you?

Nothing – the process is perfect. I learned so much, I wouldn’t want to change a thing!
12. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everyday life. Just look around you – watch the people, read the paper, LISTEN etc….
13. How do you handle writer’s block?

I just sit down and start writing whatever comes into my head as fast and as furiously as I can until I’m drained. Or, I will take a long walk and not think about writing at all. Depends on my mood.
14. Your top 3 tips for people who want to start writing.

Like Nike says: Just do it! But I think the biggest thing that helped me was to write for myself thinking that it will never see the light of day. That is freeing, in a way, for the words to come out without any judgement. And the last tip: Set a schedule and stick to it whether your goal is 30 minutes a day or 2 hours a day, stick to your schedule no matter what. It HAS to be a priority.

15. Where would people be able to find you online?
You can find me at Write On by Kindle here:
https://writeon.amazon.com/search?headerQuery=greg+meritt&ref_=ign_h_tn_sr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/greg_meritt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gregmerittauthor/
Website: gregmeritt.com

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