Gem is joining us today from Liquid Silver Books. What can I say? I have a ton of friends over there. 🙂
Let’s learn more about my friend Gem, shall we?
Q: What influenced you to get e-published?
Frankly, e-book publishing was my first choice because I’m impatient by nature and I thought the response time would be faster and if I had to be rejected, I wanted someone to “put me out of my misery” quickly.
Q: How long did it take for your first book to get published?
I started my first book in late April and finished it in four months. Then I sat on it for another month trying to decide which publisher to try first. I submitted October 25, 2008 and was accepted by Liquid Silver Books on November 13, 2008. Nobody was more surprised than me.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?
I think some book buyers believe that all e-books are soft porn.
Q: Are you nervous over readers’ reaction to your first book coming out?
Of course I’m nervous.
Q: How much does reader reaction mean to you as an author?
Everything…I write for an audience, the bigger the fan-base the better. But even one reader makes my heart go pitter-pat and puts a smile on my face.
Q: What do you hope readers get from your books?
A sense of timeless love—people who find each other in spite of the odds and stay together because of a combination of chemistry, lust, and stubborn love.
Q: What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I do best when I have a solid frame developed for my story. An idea that has plagued me until I know where it begins and how it will end…then I begin fleshing it out, building on the frame. This is the part that is easy. Strangely enough, for me, developing the frame is the hardest part, but once that’s finished, the rest falls into place.
Q: Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?
Sometimes when I’m concentrating on a scene, I play sound-effects…crickets, wind, rain, etc. It really helps.
Q: What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?
Beginnings are easy, but a story—whatever the length—isn’t complete until you’ve written the end. Don’t bog down in detail, keep moving. This is why I make myself start with a frame. Otherwise, I can rewrite my first scene twenty times and never move-on.
Q: Any advice for aspiring authors?
Perfection isn’t possible, take what you have and build on it. Produce more work every day.
Q: What is on tap for the rest of 2009? Do you have other WIP’s you want to get published? Can we get a taste of what is to come from you in the future?
WIP: Dying to Live. At the beginning, my main character is in a hospital, diagnosed as brain-dead while visitors talk across her bed. She hears everything, and responds to the chatter with her internal dialogue. She begins to dream—or at least it seems like a dream. But then she wakes, and finds herself healed, living in a world of shape-shifting males.
Q: What can readers expect from your books with respect to sexual content and sensuality?
It depends on the story. Since I believe that sensuality and enduring love go hand-in-hand, I write to my bias.
Q: How much research did you conduct for this book and what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?
Intimate Strangers is set in 1878 Texas. I had a lot of learning to do about cattle ranching, rustlers, and a trail drive from Texas to Wichita. I visited the West Texas high country to make sure my physical setting for the Double-Q ranch was correct. (I think I should set the next one in Ireland and authenticate that as well) <g>.
Q: How do you make time to write?
Writing is a compulsion, so the problem isn’t making time for writing…it’s making time for anything else.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Join me on Saturday Naughty Boys and girls when Gem shares an excerpt with us.
See you then,