Hailing from Minnesota, Trin Carl enjoys the outdoors and all the seasons, especially the fall as it reminds her of her days teaching and attending school at Metropolitan State University.
Well, we’re enjoying a beautiful fall now – or autumn, as we call it this side of the pond – and I’ve managed to catch up with Trin to ask her a couple of questions. So let’s go.
Think back to your childhood, Trin. (How long ago was that?) Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That’s a good question. I don’t remember a specific story but many of my works can be found on my Youtube channel, if you’re interested in hearing them. I often try to write humorous stories that will entertain the masses. I attend a meetup group every Saturday and that’s where I’ve written most of my short stories. There’s something about reading your work in front of peers and like-minded writers that makes you feel inspired.
You’ve experimented with several channels for your work. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
I see most publishing being made available to writers online. I know a handful of writers from Minnesota who have had their books published on Amazon and in print form. I am a member of the Minneapolis Writers Guild and meet writers once a week to discuss my writing. One of my colleagues, Tim Mahoney, has published nine novels on Amazon including Dead Messenger, a thriller novel based on a Minnesota 1930’s Barker gang.
How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?
I write in the early mornings for about an hour or two. And never from home. I feel home is a place you hang your hat but it’s also filled with distractions. I like to write away from home so that I feel like I’m truly at work and where my ideas flourish.
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work?
Most of my marketing is done on my blog theglobaldig.blogspot.com. I’ve hosted at least fifteen interviews from both Goodreads and Scribophile websites. Marketing is very important. I take my inspiration for marketing from the novelist Amanda Hocking, another Minnesotan writer, who has sold millions of books. The Guardian gives a great account into how she made millions from $1 books.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
Many writers have changed my life. Elizabeth Gilbert made me think twice about the value of every day and Abraham Verghese about the capabilities of a human. Sanjay Gupta helped me understand the moral implications of giving a doctor a scalpel.
Thanks for the chat, Trin, and I wish you well with your further efforts.