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Before you were published, what were you doing to scratch the writing itch?
Writing and reading and writing and reading and… Oh, and I also studied about three dozen books on writing and took what felt like a million online classes.
How did you end up getting your first book published?
For my first published m/f romance novel, I managed to catch the attention of an editor during a writing competition. My first (and only) published m/m romance was via a call for submission that a publisher posted on their website.
Was the process anything like you imagined? What fit the dream? What was different/surprised you?
I honestly had no idea what to expect. What fit the dream? Every editor I’ve had along the way, including the ones I hired for THE BACKUP BOYFRIEND, was a pleasure to work with. Each one of them made my stories better. I really enjoy the collaborative part of the process. What was different/surprised you? I think what surprises me the most is how much work goes into publishing a novel after The End has been written.
How long did it take you to write your first published book?
My first m/f romance took three months to write and then went through four painful rounds of revisions over a very painful four months. Did I mention it was a painful process? LOL. My m/m romance released via a publisher was a novella, so the first draft took me about a month.
What’s your advice to unpublished authors trying to get their work read?
Never give up, never surrender. You must finish your manuscript to get published, be it via the traditional or self-publishing route. And make sure to explore all your options along the way. My most successful book by far has been the one I recently self-published, but if you’ve been paying attention *grin*, you’ll notice I didn’t just throw my first novel up for the whole world to see. As a matter of fact, my very first story is still sitting under my bed where it will never, ever see the light of day LOL.
Is writing not as fun/as fun/more fun once you have your first book published?
Yes, yes, and yes! Dealing with deadlines can put a major hurtin’ on your muse : ) Fortunately, nothing will ever put a damper on the sheer delight of creating two characters and watching them clash and connect on the page. And, of course, actually getting paid for your work will ALWAYS be more fun than the alternative.
What’s next up for you?
I’m working on book two of The Boyfriend Chronicles, THE BOYFRIEND MANDATE.
Title: The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles #1)
Published Date: November 28, 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon