Regina M. Joseph
As a youth, I exhausted the science fiction section of the Zanesville, Ohio public library, falling in love with André Norton. I enjoy the great parks in Northwest Ohio and find time to stay in shape through martial arts. And last but certainly not least I maintain an active corporate law practice.
1. When did you first start writing?
I’ve always written, even as a child. As a lawyer, I’m constantly writing. I ventured into writing my first novel in 2009, with The Alterran Legacy Series. Being an avid reader, I decided that I couldn’t take my library with me. To leave a legacy to unborn grandchildren, I’d need to write down the stories in my head.
2. What genre(s) do you write? Do you plan on venturing outside said genre(s)?
The Alterran Legacy Series is cross among fantasy, science fiction, mythology, and ancient history, doused with philosophy and political intrigue.
Yes, I absolutely do want to write so-called literary fiction.
3. Why do you write? What goals do you have for your writing?
I write because it’s fun and because I think I have something to say about the human condition.
4. Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route? Would you ever publish traditionally?
Initially, I studied the art of query letters and submissions. I found the process to be juvenile and a complete waste of time. Professional copy editors warned me that the publishers would change things or approve cover designs without the author’s approval.
As a practicing attorney, I was too busy to play the silly game. I discovered CreateSpace and it was all so easy that I just went with it. I would publish traditionally if it were as easy as self-publishing.
5. What does being an indie author mean to you?
It means that I have more control over my art, which is imperative.
6. What was your publishing process like?
I spent the most time on my novel going through a very lengthy process of polishing it and undergoing a number of professional edits. Once it was ready, the publishing process went very smoothly. Except for one thing: I cannot find a satisfactory way of getting a good cover design.
7. What was it like publishing your first book?
It as satisfying but also a little scary, because I didn’t know how readers would react to my story and the ideas and philosophy. The reaction was better than I’d hoped for.
8. Does your occupation play a part in your writing?
Of course. As a lawyer, I value the rule of law in preserving civilization, and that is certainly an underlying theme of The Alterran Legacy Series.
9. What would you say to a writer that is struggling to publish?
Struggling in what way? There are many professional editors available to help and I believe there are several good publishing sources. I am happy with CreateSpace. It’s so easy, I don’t know why anyone would be struggling.
10. Anything you want to say to your readers or any closing statements?
I’m sorry that it is taking me so long to finish the concluding Book 4 of The Alterran Legacy Series. Part of the reason is that I have so much to say that it’s difficult to reduce it to one concluding novel, but I feel that I must. Also, I’m amazed that much of the technology about which I was writing in 2009 is already on the horizon – and so I’m researching more exotic tech. And, last, I’m trying for this to be a really special conclusion. So, please bear with me!