"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"
Learn the craft. Learn how to respect it before you attempt to do anything subversive. Learn what moves your audience. Learn how to expose yourself and your work to the honest opinion of others, especially people who don’t like what you’ve written. Learn, learn, learn. “Your job,” write the authors of Art and Fear, “is to learn to work on your work.” And keep a lot of chocolate on hand. It enhances the retention of studying.
--Erin Healy, co-author with Ted Dekker of the novel Kiss. Founder and Editor at WordWright Editorial Services. Visit her online at her website.