Saturday, June 30, 2012

Writers Round Table

How do you manage your different writing tasks (research, writing, promo, editing)?
I like to say that I write every day, or spend time every day doing a writing-related task, such as editing. But during the preparation of Calin’s Cowboy, I had to take breaks and ended up working on other projects or sitting in the corner with my knitting, rocking to and fro. LOL! It was a big job!
It is very hard for me to write and promote on the same day, as it turns out, so I have had to modify my schedule a bit. On the days I do a lot of promotion, I cannot write until bedtime. On days I do a lot of writing, I don’t even read email. I used to be a lot better at multitasking.
Editing is the biggest challenge for me. By the time I begin implementing my editor’s and readers’ suggestions, I have already done two or three rewrites and edits myself. It takes a huge effort to sit down and work on it again. But once I start, I am pleased when my book draws me back in and I get all excited about it once more. It’s just sitting down in front of the screen and committing to three or four hours of difficult work that is the hardest part.
Find Regina Duke here:

It may not seem like it, but my stories take years to finish. I usually have about a dozen WIPs queued up, but due to time constraints lately I focus on one at a time rather than switching between. Every story requires some research, whether setting or background, and I can get a bit carried away. I love learning and exploring, everything from mythological characters to a place I’ve never visited. I’ve been known to send away for vistitor’s guides from such places, and then of course I want to visit in person!

Mariposa Cruz:
I have to admit I’m still working on the “managing” part. Like Cate, I focus on one WIP at a time.  I work on my blogs and promo at night during the week, so I can work on my book on the weekends.  Since long uninterrupted blocks of time are a rare in my life, I try to break tasks into smaller portions (write/format the post today, upload for posting tomorrow).  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Author Interview-Ana E. Ross

What inspired you to become a writer?  I would have to say the youth program at my childhood church on the island of Nevis in the West Indies. I began writing plays, poems, and songs at a very early age for the Youth and Sunday school programs.  Later, I wrote love poems and short stories in high school.  However, when it comes to romance, I got my inspiration from Mills & Boones, Regencies, and Historical Romance novels.  I devoured them, sometimes four in a week from the time I was twelve years old.  There was one point when I’d read all the romances in the library, and had to wait for new shipments—a very frustrating period for me.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)  I like the alpha males in Harlequin Presents books.  Some readers think them cruel, but I consider them strong, independent men, who know what they want, and who are not above threatening and blackmailing the heroines into pleasing situations for both of them. But I know if the heroines called their bluff, they’d back down—at least, that’s what mine would do.  Then it would be a different kind of story.  I love feisty heroines who challenge the heroes—make them scratch their heads in wonder.  In the end, she always gets her man and brings him to his knees, one way or the other.
Tell me what inspired this story. My daughter.  She’s almost twenty-two now, but she was the cutest baby and child (every mother’s bias opinion of course).  I wanted to write a story about a little girl who was as loveable and precocious as her, thus Precious was created.  Actually, my daughter had two goldfish named Sippy and Charlie, and the scene in the story about Precious’ fish almost dying really happened to my daughter’s.  Also, like Precious, my daughter had a little admirer in kindergarten who was always trying to kiss her.  Whenever I read that scene, I smile, especially because of Erik’s reaction when Precious told him about the boy.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?  Oh, this is a hard one for me. I’m an eight-grade Writing teacher, so I’m always reading/correcting essays and such.  I’m also in grad school, and am a single parent, so during the school year, I hardly have time to write. I try to get as much in as possible on the weekends, but that time is shared with my daughter who’s home from college on weekends and need some Mom time.  In the summers, though—I write and write and write my heart out.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
I’m offering a free download of The Doctor’s Secret Bride to the first five (5) readers who send me the answers to seven questions found in my Novella Mark of a Good Man, presently available on Amazon.  More information about this contest is found on my website:  
Visit my Author’s Page on Amazon: Ana E Ross to purchase copies of my books.
Title:  The Doctor’s Secret Bride, Book One in the Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls Series.  To be released on May 28, 2012.
Blurb:  Michelle Carter has been down on her luck since the day she was born.  So it comes as no surprise when through a series of unfortunate events, she finds herself jobless, penniless, and practically homeless.  In need of a roof over her head, Michelle accepts a job as a nanny and finds it absolutely impossible to resist the sexual magnetism of her handsome, sexy billionaire boss—but resist she must for as long as she can—especially since she’s keeping secrets from him.
Believing that his late wife betrayed him, falling in love again is the last thing Dr. Erik LaCrosse wants to do.  But fall, he does, and so hard, he secretly marries the alluring nanny from the wrong side of the tracks.  However, when he unearths a horrible secret from Michelle’s past, Erik must choose between his loyalty to a dead woman and the love burning in his heart for one who is very much alive.