Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Interview: Joanne Troppello

What have you had published?
Bella Lucia (2012) – romantic suspense
My S.E.D. Label (2012) – psychological drama
Mr. Shipley’s Governess (2014) – inspirational romance

What genre(s) of book do you write?
I’ve written in three different genres. My two favorite genres are romantic suspense and inspirational romance. I am interested in working on a fantasy novel at some point. I like keeping my writing and technique fresh by trying new styles.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Bella Lucia is a romantic suspense novel, but the themes of infertility and adoption play a part in the storyline. This was a personal story for me since my husband and I have dealt with similar issues. I also enjoy reading suspense novels so it was fun adding a suspense plotline as well.

How long did it take you to write “Mr. Shipley’s Governess”?
At the time of writing Mr. Shipley’s Governess and my other novels, I was working full time and did not have many hours to devote to writing. So, it took about 1 year to write each book and run it through a series of edits. I now co-own a marketing company and have more time to devote to writing.

What is the working title of your next book(s)?
My current work in progress is entitled, Innocence Reborn. It’s a mystery / police procedural novel. I started this book many years ago, but put it on the back burner to focus on other projects. I’m looking forward to finishing this novel. It is the first book in a series.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was 17 years old, but went on a long journey before I became published. In one of my high school English classes, my teacher brought a love for reading and writing to his students. I’ve always had a desire to start writing since I was younger, but didn’t try my hand at it until that year. I’ve learned so much about writing along the way and continue to desire to better my writing.

Do you self publish your books or go through an agency?
Bella Lucia is published with Astraea Press and my other two books are self-published. I am keeping my options open and am looking to publish future works with another publisher and also self-publish other books.

What part of writing books do you find the hardest?
The hardest thing is letting go of my book once it’s completed and has gone through the editing process. I hope that it’s the best that I can do and am always thinking maybe I could’ve written it even better. Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist and don’t know when to let go.

What do you do in your spare time?
My husband and I enjoy going to the movies. We both like spending time outdoors and sightseeing. I have 7 nieces and 7 nephews and my husband and I love to spend time with them. Reading is another pastime I enjoy.

Who is your favourite author?
My two favorite contemporary authors are Karen Kingsbury and Anne K. Albert. My favorite literary author is Jane Austen.

What’s your favourite genre to read?
I like to read romance as well as mystery novels.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Following your heart is vital. Be true to yourself and write from your heart. Learn to accept constructive criticism and always work to become a better writer. Network with other authors, as critique partners, and learn to help promote each other. Accept the fact that self-promotion comes with the territory if you’re in this field. Whether you write articles or books, continue to write…even if you’re not seeing immediate success. Perseverance will win out in the long run.

About the author
Joanne Troppello is an author of inspirational and romantic suspense novels. She and her husband are Network Marketing Coaches and owners of Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC. They have several active blogs and readers are encouraged to visit their Author's Corner Blog, a place for authors and readers to connect. They host various blog parties throughout the year and many guest authors stop by to meet with readers.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Interview: James Grey

What have you had published?
Loads and loads of magazine articles under my real name, but as James Grey I have only Hot Wet Touches has been properly (self)-published, although I’ve posted some free short stories (which are very different!) at http://www.lushstories.com/jamesgrey2205 too.
What genre(s) of book do you write?
Erotica, generally explicit stuff featuring group sex, voyeurism, bisexuals and submissive punishment…quite a variety!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote a little story for my girlfriend, when we were long-distance. It basically started out as an e-mail serial. Anyway, she was in it…and enjoyed reading it. I loved writing it too, and since I was already a professional writer I thought I’d give the erotica a little more time and effort, and see where it took me!
How long did it take you to write “Hot Wet Touches”?
Around five hours.
What is the working title of your next book(s)?
Haven’t thought that far but I think it will be an anthology of all the short stories I’m working on.
When and why did you begin writing?
I suppose I started at around eight. I was a keen reader and loved writing anything and everything – I used to sell handwritten newspapers to my classmates.
Do you self publish your books or go through an agency?
I self-publish on Amazon under the Firefly name.

What part of writing books do you find the hardest?
Since we’re talking erotica, I’m tempted to make a naughty answer to that question! But seriously, the only tricky part for me is finding the time. My vivid imagination always gives me plenty to write once I get started.
What do you do in your spare time?
Watch and play sports.
Who is your favourite author?
Alain de Botton. But in erotica I would say Samantha Austen.
What’s your favourite genre to read?
I like autobiographies, because they often teach me things I can apply to my own life.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
There’s no easy road to success even if you are great at what you do: be prepared to work plenty hard at marketing!