Bio: (Appox 100 words.)
Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys and one sweet kitty. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers.
1.What got you into writing?
I’m not sure I remember the exact moment or event. I loved reading as a kid. Nancy Drew mysteries and Little House on the Prairie books were my absolute favorite. I remember wanting to write my own books back then but I didn’t really start actively writing full length novels until about fifteen years ago. Publishing them wasn’t even something I considered until about six years ago.
2.Can you tell us about your latest self published release? Feel free to include the blurb and purchase links.
All She Never Wanted is a story about Evie, a nurse in a busy NYC hospital who had the whole fairy tale within her reach and it disappeared in one violent act. She loses everything and finds herself stuck in an abyss of sadness and loss. Desperate to escape, she takes a job as a private nurse in the Outer Banks resort area of North Carolina. Her patient, a spoiled, entitled man named Landon who never worked an honest day in his life, spends his time bemoaning his situation and refusing to do anything to help himself. Evie and Landon go head to head constantly, their dislike of each other soon evolving in a way neither one of them had ever expected.
One moment changed everything…
Evie Ward had everything she’d ever dreamed of. An action-packed job where no two shifts were ever the same, the best friend a girl could ever want, and a fairy tale wedding just days away. Her life was absolutely perfect. Until one bullet—one horrible choice—left her with a broken heart and shattered dreams. Fleeing the city she loved and a lifetime of memories, Evie took a job in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the hopes that the ocean air and fresh beaches could somehow restore her soul. Falling in love again wasn’t part of the plan.
Landon Reed was on top of the world. The money, the women, the status—he had it all until one bad decision nearly cost him his life. His father gave him three months to get his act together or be cut off from the family fortune and business. No house, no job and no money. His will and his patience are tested further when his father hires a nurse to whip him into shape. She may be little but she’s mean and it looks like Landon has finally met his match.
With her shattered heart and his broken spirit, the road to recovery will be long. Can they help each other heal or will their fractured pasts be too much to overcome?
3.What made you self publish and not go down the traditional route?
I am actually a hybrid author. I have one series traditionally published but I find I like the freedom and control of my own future that comes with self-publishing. Incidentally, my self-published books are far more successful than my traditionally published ones. I think this might be because I have ready access to sales data and this allows me to plan and promote and even make changes as necessary in real time.
4.How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. In the summer time, unencumbered by my teaching job I can write a first draft in a few weeks. During the work months, it takes a bit longer.
5.How did you know when your manuscript was ready to be published? When beta readers told me they couldn’t stop crying until they couldn’t stop laughing… I’ve been told All She Never Wanted has all the feels and people say they can’t put it down.
6.When it comes to formatting, cover design, uploading of books, do you do it yourself, or hire someone? If you hire someone and wish to promote their services, you may do so.
I have a partnership with a fellow author. We have different skills that we share with each other. In the beginning, we were very reliant on each other but now that we’ve been doing this for awhile we are both much more self-sufficient.
7.Which websites / programs / apps can you recommend in respect of getting a manuscript published to an eBook and paperback?
Currently, I upload directly to Amazon, NookPress (Barnes and Noble) and iBooks/iTunes. Createspace is my current choice for paperbacks. Other sites I go through Draft2Digital…for now, anyway.
8.Do you have any tips for a self published author getting their books in stores?
I haven’t focused on that too much yet but it’s in my near future.
9.What are the pro’s and cons of self publishing?
I love everything about it. I have the control over timelines, I can see sales data as it appears and I don’t have to share my royalties with anyone. The one con, in the beginning, was learning how to do everything and do it well. If your work doesn’t appear professional, no one will bother with it- self-published or traditionally published.
10.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?
I have two teen boys that are pretty busy with sports and activities. They tie up a lot of my free time.