C.J. Galaway discusses the publication of her first novel, Bite Marks

In two or three sentences, offer an overall description of your work.
What would you do if you met a real-life vampire face-to-face? Angela Stewart did one night and it changed her life forever…

How long did it take you to write your novel?
This one took about two years once I gave it my full attention. But from the beginning I’d say about eight on and off. I was working on it here and there while I was attending college. The second one is coming along more quickly, thankfully.

What was your main inspiration?
That’s a hard one to answer. The character of Angela Stewart came to me first. I see my characters as living, breathing people that exist in my imagination until the time comes to create his or her own world. One night she sat beside me and started telling me the story of how she became a vampire. And that’s when the fun began.

What would you most like people to know about you and your work?
My work is unique, and hard to set into a single genre. Which I’ve been told is both good and bad because while it’s unique it also makes it a challenge to market. I enjoy writing stories that tend to draw the reader in and compel you to read on. As for me, I tell the stories that my characters tell me and sharing them with my readers.

Can you tell me about your background as a writer?
I don’t really have much of one. I’ve been writing stories and novel ideas since the seventh grade. To be honest I’d never thought of my work as publishable until I started taking the creative writing classes at Cal that you taught. You’ve given me the tools and the confidence to fulfill my dream of publishing my novel.

What advice would you give to other writers?
Write because it’s what you love to do, not because you want to make money. If you’re passionate about what you write, then do it.

How does it feel to look at your own work in print?
It’s cool and surreal at the same time, if that makes any sense. I haven’t held a physical copy of it yet, but I have it on my Nook. The first time I saw it on my home screen; I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of it amongst the books I’m reading.

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About carolewaterhouse

A creative writing professor at California University of Pennsylvania, Carole Waterhouse is the author of two novels, The Tapestry Baby and Without Wings, and a collection of short stories, The Paradise Ranch. Her fiction has appeared in Arnazella, Artful Dodge, Baybury Review, Ceilidh, Eureka Literary Magazine, Forum, Half Tones to Jubilee, Massachusetts Review, Minnetonka Review, Oracle: The Brewton-Parker College Review, Parting Gifts, Pointed Circle, Potpourri, Seems, Spout, The Armchair Aesthete, The Griffin, The Styles, Tucumari Literary Review, Turnrow, and X-Connect. A previous newspaper reporter, she has published essays in an anthology, Horse Crazy: Women and the Horses They Love, and Equus Spirit Magazine. Her book reviews have appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press, and The New York Times Book Review.
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