Sydney Clary a.k.a. Lacey Dancer Suwannee County Florida Writer has agreed to join us today. Ms. Lacey (Clary) has been a Romance Author was originally a traditionally published international romance author with two lifetime achievement awards to her name. She has published under a couple of other pen names through the years. She was originally from Alabama but she has lived most of her life in Florida and North Florida, more specifically for over 15 years now working on her farm. She doesn’t plant crops or have chickens but she does have planted pines, rescue dogs and two donkeys.
Why would a traditionally published author, published internationally with over thirty books in more than twenty languages and two-lifetime achievement awards just to name few accolades, choose to self-publish?
If your first answer is that she has lost her mind, my answer is NO!
I haven’t lost my mind. I’ve gained by creative freedom. Writing is more than a career for me. It always has been from the moment I ran out of books and decided, for my sanity’s sake, to write a story while I waited for more books to arrive. A fluke involving another writer who had just started a writing club was my first brush with the machinery that is traditional publishing.
I discovered that interesting word genre. Darn it. I had to write a certain way. Because I had a ‘male’ name and only women wrote romances at that time, I had to have a pen name. Because I wrote faster than my home house would publish a single writer, my agent sent my extra stories to other houses. Each wanted a different pen name. Hence, I have multiple pen names.
Lacey Dancer was and is my favorite. It represents a moment in my life when I called a halt to the process of traditional publishing. I was worn out by the rules and requirements. I understood their business model and it does work for publishing in general. It didn’t work for me the writer. I wanted to create real people characters, dealing with real problems. Life is too interesting to be reduced to a fairy tale.
I love a challenge and I really like breaking new ground. Is it easy? Absolutely not. There are more questions than answers for some days.
For me, this new world of publishing is tailor-made. I make my own rules, write my way, stories I like with characters that drive me nuts on a good day, and make me crazy on a busy day. I love what I do. I especially love the freedom of doing what I do my way.
Books by the Author
Non-Fiction Books by Sydney Clary
Care Giving: Real Life Answers – 2014
Check out my Reading Lists on Books2Read for each of the above series and how to purchase them for your very own.
Contact the Author
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BooksByLaceyDancer/
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LaceyTheAuthor
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/laceydancerauthor/
Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/laceydancerauthor/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_WljciDF3CCXtGLic11M9w
Facebook Page for Caregiving: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyAnnClaryauthor13
What advice would you give to a writer working on his/her first book?
Point of View – If you are writing in third person, there is a formula that is very helpful…70/30. The lead character gets 70% of the point of view. The secondary characters get 39%.
Do not mix point of view in the same paragraph – If you change point of view, make a new paragraph.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Currently, I am working on book 49. Every one is a favorite because I try something different with every story. I love challenging myself to reach higher with the plot and the character development. It makes my work a bit difficult to label as I often add elements that don’t traditionally belong in the genre in which I am writing.
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