LM. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
The Pack (summary): Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals most unlikely weapons against them the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. But in order to save her brother’s life, she is willing to risk it all.
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How many years have you participated? I’m going on my 3rd year and I’m getting better each year.
What attracted you to the challenge? Having a community supporting my writing and making me accountable.
Are you a pantser or plotter? I’m a plotter and always have my outline ready prior to Nanowrimo.
What’s inside your NaNoWriMo writing survival kit? My outline, my laptop, tons of Starbucks coffee and a timer.
Do you have a NaNoWroMo playlist? Nope, I just listen to Pandora.com latest hits.
Where do you write? Everywhere that allows me to sit down at my laptop – even in the car when my husband is driving.
What preparations do you make before beginning a novel? Outline, world descriptions and character bios are a must.
How long did it take you to finish your book? About 45 days. Did you take a break after November or work steadily on until it was complete? I worked on it until it was complete.
Tell us about your writing process. What were the most challenging aspects? Allowing myself to go forward without backwards editing. And placing comments in areas that I didn’t know what happened but I want to write on.
Was writer’s block an issue? If so, how did you overcome it? I just put a comment in that area and move on to the next chapter in my outline.
How did you set about finding a publisher? Mailing out query letters, attending pitch sessions, participation as a volunteer in a writers’ conference.
What would you say is the key to your success? The fact that I own it and map out my own way to meeting my goals.
What do you say to those writers who frown upon the challenge? Take one at a time, baby steps first.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from the experience? That I can push myself beyond my normal boundaries.