1. What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?It has always been a dream of mine—to become a published author. Back when I was reading nothing but paranormal vampire romances, I’d believed it would have taken to writing about bloody vamps when I was an adult but I somehow ended up writing Erotic Romance. In actually, the genre didn’t matter… I wanted to give people the same feel I had always gotten each time I picked up a new book—the feeling of getting lost in a story. Traveling to a different time or seeing the world in the eyes of another character. This was what motivated me decide to write.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
Structure? What’s that? Lol I find that I write best when I am home alone or when the entire house is asleep. It’s the only way. So, I would grab either coffee or Pepsi and sit in front of my computer in the living room to write. I don’t listen to music, which I know is very common among authors, but the television is on—behind me, watching me write lol
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
I get writers block all the time. Mostly when I start a scene and can seem to connect with it. Usually, I step away from the piece I am working on and either go to a different story or read. Even when I am reading I am thinking about my story. After some time, the fog lifts and an idea comes along that pushes me out of my block.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?
I do not plot anything—ever! I might have a general idea of what I want but I don’t write it down. This isn’t common in the author world either, I believe. Most authors like to have their stories plotted out completely but I am reader first and I need to feel what a reader will feel about my story from their perspective. To do that, I need to be as surprise as they will be. I need to also let the characters dictate where the story will do.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?Currently I am doing both. One of my self-published series was recently picked up by a publisher, which I am super excited about. I do plan on self-publishing most of my work.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?
Ah! Work! Publishing a novel or series or even a short story is a lot of work. It’s more work than most aspiring authors realize. I have seen authors who publish a book and then wonder why it’s not selling. I’ll tell you why? NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT IT! You have to work that book. Pushing it, pimping it, all day, every day. As an author—a self-published one especially—you have to be more than an author. You have to be a marketer, promoter, publicist, an agent, etc. My advice, if you don’t know how to be all of these things, find people who do. It may cost you some money but the peace of mind is great.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
A new author doesn’t really feel like an author even after hitting that publish button. It can take some time before it really sinks in but when a reader goes all fan girl on you because you have responded to their private message or sent them a personal email it hit you like a ton of bricks. That is what happened to me and the biggest highlight in my career thus far.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Just One Night is a mini serial that is a super-hot read. It’s a bdsm romance for mature audiences only. The story features Blake Hanson, a sexy Dom looking for his next one night only sub. Looking for experienced, unattached, submission, he is thrown for a loop when Alyson Lane answers his ad and is as inexperienced as they come.
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.) I would say that they should always be approachable. Sometimes just a simple hello in response to a message you’ve gotten from a fan or potential fan goes a very long way. Always pimp your books, you are your best advertiser. Invest in yourself and others will invest in you too.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? That’s a tough question. Sometimes it comes to be fast and I can finish in a matter of a few weeks. There are other times when the complexity of some character requires more research and therefore it can take six to nine months to complete the book.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. As a graphic designer, I put in a lot of time and effort into my covers. I design them all myself and try to grab the attention of my readers as I am a total cover shopper.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Like I said before, I am a cover designer so that is pretty much what I do most of the day. I also spend my time reading and going to restaurants.