My debut novella, Better Than 8 Fantasy is out currently as an ebook. The story is about a single woman who was hurt badly in her last relationship. She has a great group of girlfriends and one suggests a dating website…a site for well-endowed men.
She meets a great guy online and she’s really into him except he never calls. When she finds out why he never called, she has a decision to make.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m originally from the south, Richmond, Virginia. I used to write poetry and from time to time I still do. I always wanted to write a story of my own but I never really had the confidence that it would be a story that people wanted to read. My first real estate course was when I went to a college class with my mother when I was 15 and learned real estate principles.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have a great bunch of friends and they keep me in stitches. I wanted to write a story reflective of really great friends. I’ve also dated online on and off for years. I registered to a dating website called http://7orbetter.com and it is for well endowed men. I met some great guys online that were totally cool and totally normal. It just all made for an incredible story.
How did you choose the title?
Well there was already a site called 7orbetter so I knew I would upsize it. It wasn’t until I decided that it would be series and that there would be a theme to each book that I decided to call it Better Than 8 Fantasy.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Publishing has a whole big experience. It’s relatively simple as far as you need to write a great story, have it edited, and format it. Publishing an ebook is as simple as having it converted into an ebook format and uploading it. Costs can be minimal depending on what you’re comfortable with or how professional you want it to look.
My challenge was doing everything at once. I started writing the story in January. I had a website created, joined associations, reached out to bloggers, ran a contest for a website, hired an editor and self published the book. My editor was a one stop shop so I could ask marketing advice, cover design, blurb, story structure, etc. I was lucky to find her.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I wrote a short story in high school. I was certain the teacher was gonna give it back to me with an F written in the brightest red she could find.
Instead, it was an A+. I actually considered writing a semi autobiographical story but told myself I hadn’t lived enough life yet. So the truth is, I’ve stood in my own way for a number of years now.
Do you have any writing rituals?
If you mean that I write until late in the night til I fall asleep on the couch and drap myself to bed, then yes I have a ritual. Seriously, no. I really don’t.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I was actually working on one another idea I had for a story and I started researching names. I like to pick names that have meanings and they inspire me to shape the character or story line depending.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I learned that I should have started blogging and reviewing a year before I published. I would have established a presence online. So if I had it to do all over again, I would have started blogging a year go.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I read paranormal romance, horror romance, erotic romance, thrillers, suspense, murder mystery….all kinds. My favorite authors are Kallysten, Shiloh Walker, JR Ward, and Laurell K. Hamilton. I really love the women that Shiloh, JR Ward and Laurell portray. They portray strong women who are fighters and I totally respect that. Kallysten portrays strong relationships and women who perservere.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, I am working on the next book. The next book will be Adrian’s book however it will be told from Naomi’s perspective. I think Naomi will find love but I think that it will be a while before Adrian can really appreciate HEA.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I can give you regarding writing is to read….a lot. Take classes on creative writing or online workshops. Some are really cheap and taught by other authors.
You can really learn alot. There is a lot to learn to decide what direction to go regarding publishing. Authors have options these days. Do your research and decide what’s best for you.
One thing to consider however when you consider traditional publishing is that they already have a publishing schedule. You may not see your book come out for year or more.
They also decide what is relevant and a book that they commissioned now may become irrelevant a year from now. It’s just something to consider.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The book is intended for a female audience so really, women are the preferred readers. Erotica is not for everyone and although this is not a paranormal novel, if you enjoy stories from authors like Kallysten, Shiloh Walker, Jacquelyn Frank, JR Ward, or any romance novel that has more descriptive love scenes, this book will fit you as a reader.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?