Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Getting to know some Indie Authors - Round table with Jill Sanders, and Melissa Brodsky

Today, I'm interviewing some Indie Authors.  I say some, because I inadvertently double-booked myself.  So this is participation in Jill Sanders' blog tour for Returning Pride, as well as Melissa Brodsky's tour for Dark Dawn.  Read all of it, there's some pretty good stuff in here.

Jill Sanders

1.  Describe your writing process.
I don’t really have one. I think about the story & characters, and when I sit down to write it all flows from me. 

2.  What motivates you to sit down and write? 
An incredible urge to get the people out of my head.

3.  Where does your inspiration come from?  
I’d like to think that my inspiration comes from me.. That I’m a smart, witty, funny, sexy goddess. But, I think it’s all just my over-developed imagination. Maybe...

4.  Do you have any writers that you consider mentors?  
All of them. Any and all writers I’ve met. Lately though it’s been the string of Indie Authors I’ve been chatting & working with online that have really shaped & encouraged me.

5.  What do you think your greatest strength is in your writing? 
 This is a hard one.  I know it’s not editing (I hate that part). I would have to say, being able to pull characters & places together. 
6.  What is your biggest challenge? 

7.  Do you ever experience writer's block?  How do you get through it?  
No, if I do have a day I don’t feel motivated to write, I have plenty of other items on my long list to handle. 

8.  Name some authors who have influenced or inspired you? Nora Roberts

9.  Tell a little about your most recent work.  Title, genre, and tag line.  
Returning Pride is just being released, so I’ll talk about Lasting Pride. It’s got more suspense, thrills, and excitement & as always romance.

At almost eighteen years old, Roberta Stanton had grown up a thief, taught by her father, the best in the trade. Breaking into the old brick building was easy, the rewards had been high and she'd got away with it. Or so she'd thought, it had only cost her the lives of seven of her best friends. Ten years later, now Rob found herself on the other side of the law. Tracking down the thieves of millions of dollars worth of art and getting attacked, was the least of her problems. Ric Derby has spent his last ten years inventing himself and the Blue Spot, his art galleries. Now with five different "Spots" opened around the United States, he is finally in control of his life. What he didn't expected to find, was his new assistant dead and several millions of dollars of art stolen. But, what really shocked him, is seeing the detective assigned to the case. Then, they find out the theft is a personal vendetta. Meant to steal everything he's worked hard for and trying to kill him in the process. Even trying to take away something that Ric had just found for the first time in his life, love. 

10.  Tell us about your favorite character from the book.  
Iian is my favorite so far. He is soooo damn sexy.

11. Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for other writers who are looking to publish?  
Edit, Edit, & Edit.

Today marks the first day of my Dark Dawn Blog Tour, so here is Ms. Brodsky interview.  I must admit, I meant to ask her what it's like to co-author a book, but I forgot...

Melissa Brodsky

Describe your writing process.
I have to marinate in my ideas for a bit, just to internally flesh them out and decide if they are worthy of actually continuing with.  Then, I write.  I just write.  Sometimes I plot, other times I don’t.  I let the characters lead me.

What do you think your greatest strength is in your writing?
My greatest writing strength is in my detailing.  I visualize the scene and I try to translate it into the story so the reader can vividly picture what is going on around them.

What is your biggest challenge?
I have a hard time believing in myself.  That has held me back for so long.  I’ve made it my mission to ignore that negative voice in my head.

Do you ever experience writer's block? How do you get through it?
I get writer’s block all the time.  Sometimes,  I drown in it.  Other times, I look for a prompt to spark a story.  That is something that helps me a lot.

Do you have a current work in progress? Can you tell a little bit about it? On top of The Dark Redemption Series, I’m also working on a YA trilogy called Hallows Haven.  It’s about a girl named Gwen who found out that nothing is as it ever seemed.  It’s coming out in July and I’m really excited about it.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from a runaway imagination.  I read way too much paranormal books in my life and I also have a very vivid, crazy imagination that is constantly on the move.  Or maybe I’m just a little insane?

Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for other writers who are looking to publish?
Stop wishing and start doing!

What makes a good story?
Compelling, interesting, believable characters and a strong plot. It doesn’t matter what genre you write, the characters and plot need to be cohesive.

Tell us about yourself, outside of writing.
I am the mom of 5…3 biological kids and 2 full –time step kids.  I have a tendency to bring home stray cats but my husband has recently capped our cat collection out at 5 cats.  Also, two dogs, 7 goldfish, 1 turtle and I’m sure we aren’t done adding to our menagerie yet.  And…I’m addicted to the Internet.  Oh…and Candy Crush.

What motivates you to sit down and write?
Sometimes I have no choice. It’s either write or be driven crazy by the voices in my head begging to be let out.  I try to write a little bit every single day, even when there is no WIP.  Actually, I just lied…there always seems to be a WIP. Ha.

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