Welcome, Nancy - so glad to have you here today. You seem so busy with promo of not one, but two releases. Crazy!! You have my sympathies and excitement - sympathies because no author has any idea of the time promo takes until they do it and excitement because nothing beats the feedback and interaction with fellow readers and writers. Hope you enjoy your time with me!
On with the questions!
My hero, Lorcan, would ideally be Viggo Mortensen. My heroine would probably look like Emily Blunt.
7] Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
It was a total pantser first draft of The Beltane Choice. Although an avid reader of romantic fiction I always read them for pleasure. I never looked at construction, or writing techniques. I learned through that rejection process that I needed to work much harder at POV techniques- and that was only one area that needed a lot of work. The version being published in Aug 2012 has gone through quite a few revisions. Subsequent work has been more planned-especially my history mysteries which have complicated plots.
8] What surprised you the most when you became published?
The usual complaint of the new author- I had absolutely no idea about the marketing involved. My first contract was signed by the end of March 2011. At that time I had no website, no blog (didn’t even know how to blog). By my August release date I had had to set up Website, blog, Facebook, make a book trailer, and was on one Yahoo author’s loop. I’m still learning, a lot, but have elected slowly into other social networks, like Twitter.
9] Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
Messy. I have a proper office desk near the window in the dining room. It holds my laptop; printer; lamp; rectangular wicker basket cluttered with files for my books, dictionaries, and books I’m currently using for research; file tray for printer paper the top layer doubling as my paper ‘in tray’. My camera, iphone, and kindle battle for any spare space with tubs for pens, pencils, external hard disk etc. The cork pin board behind my desk is my ‘man candy’ area/ also know as my leading ladies area, too. I’ve learned, by default, to purchase images for my characters from my favourite Royalty Free site at the outset of beginning a novel. That way I remember characteristics etc. a lot better. Above the pin board are framed copies of my 3 book covers.