Laura Howard: Six Questions with Teresa Mummert


Six Questions with Teresa Mummert

Happy Saturday! I am at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA this weekend mixing and mingling with some of the brightest authors in both self-publishing and traditional publishing today!

If you're reading this, chances are you're not here with me... BUT I have a fantastic treat for you! Teresa Mummert, author of the wildly successful White Trash Beautiful and recently released Suicide Note (among others) is here for Six Question Saturday!

What authors have influenced you the most?

I think I take something from every book I read. It's important to keep learning and growing as an author.

How many drafts do you typically go through before your book is ready to go?

I write out my rough draft and send it off to my editing team who helps me figure out where I need to add more and if anything needs changed up.

What has your road to publication been like?

Crazy! I write as often as I can. I am always working on future projects. After I was published by Simon & Schuster I realized that I know longer had to do it all alone. That has been amazing. It is great to have someone else to bounce ideas off of.

What would you do differently if you could start all over again?

I wish I could go back and rewrite my first couple of books with what I have learned. I didn't really know what I was doing when I started out. I just knew I wanted to tell a story. I think my work has evolved a lot from those first couple of books.

What marketing tools have been the most effective for you?

Marketing for an indie revolves around social networking. When I am not writing I am working on promotional material or chatting with readers. I always have access to the internet no matter what I am doing.

How do you stay in touch with your readers?

Mostly through Facebook. I love being able to chat with them about characters and what they did or did not like about a book. I try to apply that information to my next book. I try to respond to every comment and post. It still amazes me that there are people reading my books. It blows me away.

I'll be back Monday with some pics and stories from the Boston Author Event! Until then, have a great weekend!

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