Welcome to my corner of the blogging world.
· How has Amazon Montlake been to work with?
I'm totally blown away! I thought their contract was great and could see a lot of advantages for me. But what is so astounding is the constant effort to work directly with the authors on all aspects of publishing and promoting the book. And Montlake is right. Even though it requires more effort on everyone's part, everything about publishing is better because of the team approach.
· What do you think about self publishing?
I'm an indie author as well as an author with four publishing houses. But it was self-publishing that really made my mark on the publishing world, and what led Montlake to find me and offer me a contract. Self-publishing changes so rapidly, it’s hard to grasp what's happening. It's become an opportunity many authors would never have been given in mainstream publishing, and many of them have turned it into an astounding success. BUT it's very hard work. Many authors thought they'd just jump in and publish their own works, and have been disappointed. But I tend to think anybody who puts out a very sleek, well-prepared book with a great story will do reasonably well. And that sure beats a story in a box under the bed.
· What do you love about being a writer?
Creating a really good story is always my goal and my first love. But I also love the validation of readers who tell me my stories have touched their hearts, and sometimes even changed their lives. And these days, I really love that I'm the one who gets to decide what story I will write.
· What do you hate about being a writer?
Creating a really good story is also a real pain in the neck! The longer I write, the more difficult the creation becomes. All the things I didn't know before now keep me from being just a good writer. Now I have to be even better.
· If there was one thing about the industry you could change, what would it be?
I think what I've always wanted is beginning to happen. I'm waiting to see the general publishing industry begin to treat authors fairly without starving the readers for good stories. Many large publishers are now looking at the innovators like Montlake and the Indie authors, and coming up with their own changes.
· Nearly all romance novels have shhh, sex, in them. How do you answer the never ending question, Why do you write THAT kind of book? Or even better… How do you do your RESEARCH?
Oh, you mean stories with HAPPY ENDINGS? That have RELATIONSHIPS? Let's see, a 400 page book with maybe 10 pages of S-E-X in it gets labeled as being ALL about sex? Look, I was a social worker working with very troubled families and children for a number of years, and I'm well aware that happiness is in short supply in this world. I did my best to help people then, but since I started writing romances, I think I've been far more successful at spreading laughter and helping the world find some happiness.
And let me add, I have consistently rejected all offers to help me with my research. Those who offer are almost never qualified.
What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
Twitter is important to a lot of people in this fast-paced world to communicate, but I do it briefly. I generally feel unsatisfied with tweeting. I like more in-depth communication, and I get more of that with Face Book. I have a lot of contact with my family, friends and fans through Face Book now, so it's become the go-to place for me.
And the most important question ever... Do you roll your toilet paper over the roll or under the roll?
It's always been over the top for my family, but that's changing rapidly. As anyone who has a bratty cat can attest, under is the only way to keep the cat from unrolling the entire roll all over the house.
Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it.
I've got three coming out in the next two months. Two of them, FIRE DANCE and LOKI'S DAUGHTERS are released TODAY!
LOKI'S DAUGHTERS is a Viking Age story-except that the Vikings insist they aren't Vikings.
For as long as Arienh can remember, her Celtic people have feared the deadly Viking raids. She knows their brutality first hand, having lost the men from her own family and village to their swords. When she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior one stormy night, she has every right to want him dead. Instead, she allows him shelter in her cottage. Although she fears him, his confidence and teasing manner give her pause. He acts as if she belongs to him. As if he knows her.
Ronan didn’t expect Arienh to recognize him. Why should she? They were both just children when his uncle forced him into a raid against her village. But Ronan risked his life to protect the young Arienh from his marauding kinsmen. Now that the time has come for Ronan and the other warriors to choose wives, he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart so long ago.
But for men accustomed simply to taking what they want, wooing the courageous, headstrong Celtic women is easier said than done. And for Arienh, who always sacrificed her own happiness for the sake of her people, trusting—and loving—a Northman may be impossible. By turns poignant and humorous, Loki’s Daughters is a stirring tale of unlikely lovers, forged in dangerously opposite worlds yet bound together by sacrifice, strength, and undeniable passion.
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I'm going to be talking about my books, yes, but on this anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, I want to talks about the external stories in two of them: the conflict between cultures. The same thing that led us to 9/11 and more than ten years of open war.
I'm planning to be at Wordstock in Portland, Oregon http://www.wordstockfestival.com/
Convention Center, Portland,OR
And also Emerald City Writers Conference in the Seattle area, Oct. 26-28, 2012
Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA