Interview with S.W. Frontz
S.W. Frontz is the author of the Land’s End Series. When The Morning Comes, Don’t Look Back, Closer Than Yesterday, and Sins of the Father are books one, two, three, and four respectively, and all are available in both paperback and kindle on Amazon.
Frontz won the grand prize in the 2017 Top Female Author for Don’t Look Back, which was also a semi finalist in the Golden Quill Awards and a finalist in the fiction category of the Books Excellence Awards. Frontz was also one of fifty winners in both 2017 and 2018 “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” contest. When the Morning Comes was nominated in the 2018 Top Female Author Awards and Closer Than Yesterday was a finalist in the 2018 Golden Books awards.
How do you approach writing a book, outlining or intuitively?
Intuitively. Ideas float around in my head, and I write sections out of order. What really helps is when I have a cover and a title in mind.
What comes first, plot or character?
I usually know before I finish the previous book which character I’m going to write about in the next.
What was your process in creating Robin Drexel?
Robin went through a couple of personality changes before she became the Robin in Sins of the Fathers. I kept changing her until I found the one I liked.
Describe a typical writing day.
I have no typical writing days. Depends on my mood.
Why did you choose Sins of the Fathers for your book title?
The storyline and title changed twice before it became Sins of the Fathers. I was visiting family and I saw this old church in Gloucester, Va, and knew immediately it would be on the cover, which led to a title, which led to the plot that became Sins of the Fathers.
What did you learn from your research?
I learned about different statutes of limitations of crimes in different states, and the penalties for them.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Always the hardest part-making myself sit down and write, then the editing.
What would you say to a struggling writer?
Not to give up. My first novel took 3 years to write. Sins of the Fathers took a year and a half. Books 2 and 3 were easy-six months for each.