Teaching at Writer Zen Garden

wzgI’m teaching my FEARS workshop this weekend at Writer Zen Garden if anyone is interested. Classes are free to members. Membership is free.

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AuThursday – Christine Donovan

head shotPlease welcome International Bestselling Romance Author Christine Donovan.  Christine please tell us your latest news.  

In March my third regency, LORD SEBASTIAN AND THE SCOTTISH LASS, and the third in a Seabrook Family Saga Series came out.  The fourth book, SPENCER FIND HIS LADY LOVE, will be out in June. I also have three books in a contemporary series out. BlackJack200x300BLACKJACK, BRIDGET and MITCH part of A Standish Bay Romance Series. The fourth one, MORGAN, will be out by the year’s end.

Q: I see you write in two different genres, Historical and Contemporary.  Are there any particular challenges with that?

Sometimes. It’s much easier to get in the mind-set to write a contemporary, as we live it daily.  When I’m preparing to write an historical I read and watch films pertaining to the Regency Era to immerse myself in that life. I love writing in two genres though, because I never get bored.

Q: You have two series, Seabrook Family Saga and Standish Bay Romance.  What are your thoughts on writing series and what draws you to them?

As a reader I tend to love a good series. When I begin writing a book, I don’t have anything mapped out for the series or how many books it may become. As the first story unfolds I get attached to all the secondary characters and their stories evolve in my head and I make notes for when I do write the next in the series. Of course, the more books in a series I write, the more planning I need to do to keep everything straight.

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

I don’t write on a daily basis. My part-time job, my children and everyday stuff hinder that. But the several days a week I do get to write I can managed 5 or 6 thousand words at a time.

Q: Where do your ideas come from?

Daydreams and my vivid imagination. Sometimes it’s from something that happened in my life that I twist into a story. Several years ago, I went on an Alaskan Cruise, so one of my books is partially set on a cruise ship. It was a blast reliving my trip and spinning it with fictional characters. The only resemblance to my actual cruise, is the ship itself and the ports of call. The characters and what takes place are all fictional.  But it made one heck of a backdrop for a story. Next month I’m going on a Mediterranean cruise. I can’t wait to see what book that turns into.

Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

The only time I plot is when I do NaNoWriMo. I find writing 50,000 words in a month is hard without an outline. A very small outline of perhaps 2 pages. Otherwise I sit at my laptop and just begin typing.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s Block, and any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I think I went a year without writing anything new once and it was torturous. The stories left my head and I panicked thinking they would never come back. To get over my block, I went back to books I’d written earlier and never did anything with. I edited them that way I was still writing to some degree.  That was also when I decided to tackle a Regency. I thought if I wrote something in a different genre it would spark my creative juices. Thankfully it did.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I have not been published in any other form than indie-publishing so I can’t say anything about the advantages, although being a procrastinator having deadlines would work well for me. As far as indie-publishing goes, I love being able to write what I want and working with my cover designer. I do book my editor in advance so I have a self-imposed deadline to work with.  I don’t love the business side of things, or the internet presence. I have to force myself to get out into cyberspace. But putting yourself out there comes with being published either way.

Q: Do you have any advice for new writer’s just starting?

When you finish the best book you can write and it’s been edited over and over and over, hire a great editor, a cover designer. Have it formatted by a professional, until you are comfortable doing it yourself, and have the courage and confidence in your ability as a writer to put it out there. And remember, you cannot please everyone all the time. Some people will love your book and others will not. It happens to everyone.

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

www.christinedonovan.org

Amazon Author Page – ttps://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/christine.donovanauthor

Please join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Christine’s book, LORD SEBASTIAN AND THE SCOTTISH LASS. ~Tina