JA Kerr was born in the spring of 1967 at Paisley’s Ross Hospital in Scotland and grew up in Glasgow. She was an office administrator and latterly a recruitment consultant before marrying and relocating to The Netherlands with her husband. After two years, she moved to Cheshire where her first child was born and returned to work part-time. Her final relocation took her back to her home town of Glasgow where she welcomed the arrival of her second child. She raised her family whilst harbouring dreams of becoming a writer. In September 2013, she started her first book in a series of four.
1. What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? The ability to self-publish gave me the courage to get writing. I think the idea of securing an agent and the whole publishing process was daunting. I’m not adverse to a bit of DIY and I learned so much in the process of taking my idea out of my head and putting it down on paper. Dyslexia runs in my family and I was never confident with my writing but feedback from those first drafts was encouraging. However, the spelling errors were not. This lack of confidence was banished when I met an editor and he boldly told me “publish and be damned”. I told him about my poor punctuation and he replied, “It’s always about the story. If the story is good then everything else will get done.” He was right and I secured a publisher and together my book was reborn.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I start my day thinking about my tweets and facebook posts and interacting with amazon readers. The world of books is a competitive one, and standing out from the crowd is a challenge for new authors. No matter how good you think your book is, if nobody knows it’s out there…then nobody will buy it. After that I write, my favourite part and if not writing I edit, my least favourite part.
3. Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Yes sometimes the story simply stalls and I have to rest my mind until inspiration strikes. I do that listening to audio books, reading or watching television. I often retain information that I can later use in my book but in a different way. Reading is my greatest pleasure and I reap the rewards in my writing.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I’m a definite plotter. I like to write my endings first. Endings are so important, especially if you’re writing a series like I am. Each ending has to lead on to the next book, so planning is essential
5.Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I’m both! I self-published my first novel and I learned so much in the process. My advice to aspiring authors? Read up on writing technique. Adopt The Chicago Manuel of Style. Edit your chapters as you go. Print them and read for errors. If you know a friend/teacher get them to go over your work. Invest in a good cover because your book will certainly be judged by it. I approached my publisher for their knowledge and marketing skills and I was lucky enough to be accepted. I am still learning. Build your social media presence. Blog and connect. Don’t rush things.
6. What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? My highlight has been great reviews and feedback from my readers. I think as an author you always doubt your work and it’s lovely to get that encouragement and positive energy. I owe everything to my readers…wouldn’t have a job without them.
7. Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. Yes! I just started the first round of edits of my second book The Braille Club Unbound. I am currently writing the third book in the series at the moment. The story continues from The Braille Club but also introduces new characters. Here is a synopsis:
Welcome back to the Braille Club, home of blindfolded sensory delights designed to unleash your passions. New wonders await to heighten every sensation, for those adventurous enough to try…
Benedict Harrison and Siena Waters struggle to rebuild their lives…
Siena and Benedict—owner of the secret, exclusive Braille Club—face the trial of the man who brutally attacked her. Already fragile, crucial DNA results send Siena reeling, leaving her future with Benedict uncertain. Will their shared devotion to the Braille Club be enough to keep them together?
Guy Walker has spent two years trying to forget Anna Dunbar and their volatile affair…
Managing the Braille Club in Benedict’s absence, Guy is shocked when Anna applies for membership. Their dark desires are reawakened, but Anna resists, determined to remain faithful to her husband. When a desperate call from Anna sends Guy rushing to her door, he’s completely unprepared for what he finds.
Ford Munroe will help bring the Braille Club to a whole new level…
Tasked with developing new technologies to enhance the club’s erotic pleasures, Ford enlists engineer Esme MacDonald to assist him. As they test the devices, the attraction between them intensifies, delighting Ford but leaving Esme perplexed about her sexuality. Her revelation rocks Ford—is Esme really interested in him, or only the Braille Club?
Model Niven Fraser joins the Braille Club to exorcise her demons…
Left emotionally scarred by her step-brother Toby, Niven hopes to find healing through the club and her emerging friendship with Siena. But her past is about to catch up with her, bringing new dangers and old vendettas, putting her life and those around her in grave danger.
A blindfold can enrich an experience, but deadly threats are best faced with your eyes wide open. You decide—is it worth the risk to indulge in the Braille Club?
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? My target audience is 18+ and comes under the Contemporary Romance genre.
9.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Did I mention that I like to read…and yes I like to drink some bubbles. Thank God for processco and on special occasions the good stuff!
10.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.) Ahhh this is not my forte. I am still learning. Twitter was not even on my radar. I’m not that comfortable with facebook either. I don’t really like to share my life even with my friends (I’m weird) and I’m fiercely private with regard to my family, however they have no such qualms and post away! So I’m completely out of my comfort zone. I am currenly reading as many marketing books as I can get my hands on.
11. How much of your books are realistic / based on true experiences/ people? I chose this question as I’ve been asked it so many times now; I feel I need to clarify. Nope, alas my work is not based on real life experiences. My work is based on my imagination, stories I’ve read, and well…stuff. Nothing makes me smile more when my readers assume the club is real. It means I’m doing my job properly. Bringing the story to life in my readers mind engages them on a higher level. Making the story memorable as well as enjoyable is always my aim.
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