A Gorman was born and raised in a small community in Central Indiana, USA. She left the slow moving life of the country for the fast-paced city life. After spending twelve years in the city and becoming a mother to two wild and crazy kids, she chose to move back to the peace and quiet of the country after marrying the man of her dreams and gaining three more children.
When she’s not corralling their five kids and two dogs or out in their garden, you can find her at her desk editing or writing her next novel with a cup of coffee and classical music cranked up on her iPad. While she loves reading, A. is addicted to all things British, coffee, and gummy bears—in no particular order.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I had a voice in my head that would not be quiet. She wanted to talk and tell her story… She is the lead female character in the Their Sins Series.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
I completely lack structure. Well, not really. I feel like it today since both kids are home, one is on spring break and the other is trying to do homeschool work. If I were acceptable, I would be drinking. Ha! Normally, I write during the day while my son doing is homeschool work. Or plot out what I’m going to write. I try to make a habit to sit down and write something every day.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Yes. I have to step completely away from the book scene. I have to purge my mind and relax. I’m a very high-strung person… My normal writer’s block is too many people talking. I know most authors have the opposite problem.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?Both really. I’ve completed writing three books, and each process for every book was different. The first, Rules of Her Sins, I just sat down and wrote it. No plotting, no planning, I just let the words flow. The next one, Blackmailed, was planned because it was actually part of Rules of Her Sins, but I thought it needed to be its own book. The most recent book, Love, With All My Heart, which I just finished last month and is a standalone at this point, I plotted and planned the heck out of that book. I didn’t feel there was an advantage to doing that compared to the other books.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?Both. Well, was…will be! J The Their Sins series is with a publisher, and my next book, Love, With All My Heart, will be self-published in a few months.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?
Depends on if I’m going with a publisher or self-publishing. I typically write, send off to betas, and use their suggestions to fix the book. This is where it varies. If using a publisher, I sent it to them where their team gets to work. If I’m self-publishing, I send to my editor, get with my formatter to make sure she has time, and talk to my cover artist. I normally do things backwards. Ha ha! Never, ever give up. I’ve heard some pretty yucky things about my writing and some pretty awesome things too. Keep writing for you and those awesome things. Those yucky comments, well, those are that person’s opinion…and you know what they say about opinions. 😉
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
Meeting so many amazing people.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Since Rules of Her Sins is getting ready to be released on 3.29.16, I’ll share that! It’s Romantic suspense, New Adult/College age and older audience.
Jesse Never did I imagine that when I turned twenty-two, I’d be divorced and working for my father in a position I have no desire to be in. I haven’t graduated from college yet, but I was so close. I guess life happens sometimes, but I wish I could go back to simpler times, wish I could be eighteen again.My life was planned out for me. I lived on my father’s dime and went to college on a full-ride softball scholarship. All I had to worry about was whose house I was partying at that weekend. High school life was good, but college life was amazing. All I did was attend classes, play softball, and party. The summer of my junior year at Indiana University, everything changed. I met “the one,” Chet Boston. And he was truly the one for me—the completely wrong one.Chet. I should have known, with a name like that, he would be a piece of shit. He was amazing the first year: amazing sex, gifts, dinners, and surprises. He’s a few years older than me and he had a degree in marketing. When I met him, he was working for the top marketing firm in Indianapolis. He’s easy on the eyes, six foot three, and one hundred eighty-five pounds of defined, tanned yumminess with dark chocolate eyes and short brownish-blond hair. Mmm. The things he could do with his…body.I decided to leave school after a night of carelessness led to me getting pregnant. We married quickly—a small wedding chapel in the middle of nowhere—and I moved to Indianapolis with him. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage six weeks after we were married. I thought we would make it through our loss. We were a strong couple. I honestly believed life would be perfect. Ha. The joke was on me.We decided to wait for a while before trying to conceive again. I went to work full-time, and Chet dove back into work, amongst other things that I didn’t know about at the time…
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)Remember singing “Make new friends but the keep the old” in primary school? That is my mantra when building a fan base. I want reach out to new readers, but my established readers are such a huge help with it comes to getting the word out. Word of mouth is huge in this industry. You do not want to shove your work down people’s throats. Be nice about it, enlist your friends to help you, and the fans will come.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?Depends on the characters. My first two books were written in two months. Love, With All My Heart, was written in three months. I’m getting ready to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so I hope I can write a novel in a month.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. I’m fortunate to have a lot of say. If I don’t like something, I’m upfront about it and so far it’s worked to my advantage. I’m truly lucky because all of my covers, self-published and trad pubbed, have been outstanding.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?Spend time with my family. I homeschool one of my children, so when I’m not writing, family takes up a lot of that time. I also enjoy reading when I can, gardening, playing video games (I love blowing stuff up!), and enjoying a well-made drink…coffee, tea, alcohol…you name it.