AuThursday – Stephanie Berget

Please welcome Stephanie Berget to the Clog Blog.  Stephanie, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, everyone. I live on a farm in a small town in eastern Oregon. My husband and I have rodeoed most of our lives and have trained rodeo horses for over forty years. I was born a city girl but have loved horses since I watched My Friend Flicka as a young girl. It was a natural transition to writing about hot cowboys and romance.

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m working on the sequel to my second book, Radio Rose. Love and Other Useless Things is about a twin trying to find her own identity and a saddle bronc rider who’s just lost his lifelong dream.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I write best in the morning. That said, social media is my procrastination of choice. On a good day, I get up and drink my fill of caffeine then get to work. I don’t have a set number of words, but I try to set a time limit and write until an alarm goes off.

Do you ever get Writer’s Block?

Writer’s block has reared its ugly head for the first time lately, but I fear it’s being fed by procrastination. I need a keeper for sure.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I participated my first boxed set, Cowboys, Bulls & Buckles, this last summer. My story, Sweet Cowboy Kisses, is one of six stories about professional bull riders. I’ve had a fabulous time working with the other great writers in the set and plan to do another collaboration after the first of the year.

Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?

When I was invited by a friend to be involved in this anthology, I jumped at the chance. I was impressed with the other participating authors, and it’s been great having other writers share the task of promotion.

Cowboys, Bulls & Buckles has done really well. We topped Amazon’s Hot New Release list for almost two weeks and weren’t out of the top ten the whole time the set was on the list. Cowboys, Bulls & Buckles has also consistently been in the top ten of Contemporary Western Romance on Amazon. We are all thrilled with the response.

You seem to have ventured into Indie publishing, what would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of Indie publishing vs. traditionally published or the other way around?

My first book, Sugarwater Ranch was published by Evernight Publishing. It was a great experience, but for my subsequent books, I decided I wanted to try going the Indie route. It’s more work and stress doing it all by myself, but I like the control and being able to put one of my books on sale when I want.

What is your favorite book and why?

What a tough question. There are so many. If I had to choose one, it would be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. No wait, Faking It by Jennifer Crusie…or Dream A Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Okay, I’ll stop. ☺

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

My website is www.stephanieberget.com

You can find all my books at my Amazon author page http://amzn.to/2ch3UyZ, most are also on Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/2c60HrO and Kobo http://bit.ly/2cjPCkF

I’d love to have you chat with me on Facebook at Stephanie Berget’s Facebook Page or stop by my Twitter page @stephanieberget.

AuThursday – Jannifer Hoffman

Please join me in welcoming Jannifer Hoffman to The Clog Blog.  Welcome Jannifer, we are so happy to have you back!  On to our questions…

Q: How long have you been writing?

I started Ceremony of Deception in 1974 (Yikes) after reading The Flame and the Flower and Sweet Savage Love.  The 1972 Robert Redford movie Jeremiah Johnson inspired it. I did spend 15 years in there were I gave up writing. I started again in 1998 when I did Secrets of the Heart.

 

Q: To date which of your books was the hardest to write and why? 

Definitely Ceremony of Deception.  Writing historicals takes a lot of research. But more important after the first two or three drafts I realized I didn’t know anything about writing. I joined a writers group and started taking every writing class I could find. Did I mention Ceremony probably had 25 drafts!
Q:  Which country would you most like to visit and why?

I’ve been on 26 cruises. So I’d have a hard time naming a country I haven’t been to. (Did I mention I love to cruise?) On second thought, I guess maybe Egypt. I haven’t seen the Pyramids. By the way, nearly all my trips were paid for by sewing.

 
Q:  Which author would you most like to meet and why?

Going to writers conferences I’ve met a lot of authors. I loved meeting Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer who did a workshop together. I would like to meet Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I even like yellow books after reading “Nobody’s baby but Mine” I guess that’s what inspired Random Fire.

 

I think Bob Mayer is a genius when it comes to explainining the biz and how to plot. 

 Q:  What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?

I can sit down and write in the middle of a wild party. I’m a pantser. I envy people who can do outlines. It just doesn’t work for me.  I do have some goals I head toward but they don’t go too far in advance. I read a quote the other day that I love. “Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights but you can make the whole trip that way.” That describes me perfectly. I don’t remember who said it.

 

 Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?

Patience and perseverance and don’t quite your day job. And don’t expect to become rich unless you can come up with a gimmick like Harry Potter. It could take a long time to get to where Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, etc, etc. are.  . I can’t believe myself I’ve written nine books. When people ask me how they should start writng I say, “One word at a time.”

 
Q:  What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?

Frankly, I don’t understand the popularity of the genre. They must be geared for people who are younger than I am. They do sell is all I know. I have one planned for that reason, but I won’t be publishing it under my own name.

 

I understand perfectly…it’s the reason I have a pseudonym.  And I’m always happy the genre is popular.   🙂   

Q:  What is on tap for 2012?

I have one book due in February for a September release and another due in July for a December release.

 

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I have a website:  www.janniferhoffman.com

Join me on Saturday when we read a Sexy Excerpt from Jannifer’s Book, Blood Crystal.

Until then…be Naughty,

Tina