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Today romantic suspense author Carol Preflatish shares about her writing journey! And such a special time to do so: Carol’s debut novel, Love, Lies and Deceit, debuted just in time for the holiday season! She’s here bearing gifts, too: one lucky commenter will win an e-copy of Love, Lies and Deceit, to be drawn by Carol at midnight, December 26, 2009, EST! (Winner gets to choose the format.) Remember, comments MUST be accompanied by a name and e-mail address so that the winner can be contacted! (Did y’all get all that? Pretty sure there are spaces to leave this info when you decide to comment–as blog author/owner, my comments just go up 🙂 !)
Here we go:
Tell me about your writing roots: what got you started and what gave you the confidence to persevere?
I fell in love with writing in high school. It started with working on the school newspaper and then taking every writing class they offered. My interest in fiction started in 1999 and my New Year’s Resolution for 2000 was to write a complete novel. I did it and haven’t stopped since.
How has your writing impacted other aspects of your life?
Congratulations and best wishes on the recent release of your debut novel, Carol! Tell us about that along with current, past and future projects.
Love, Lies & Deceit was released on December 17 as an e-book from Red Rose Publishing. It’s a romantic suspense about a rookie CIA officer who falls in love with her Training Officer. When he’s arrested for treason, she has to decide if she trusts him enough to risk her life and career to help him prove his innocence. Look for the excerpt on my web page, http://CarolPre.webs.com
Is there a ‘dream novel’ you’d like to write?
I’m currently working on another romantic suspense novel about a small town sheriff. He falls in love with a big city writer who comes to town to investigate a 30-year old mystery about a missing family.
So how do you juggle work (other than writing, assuming you work ‘outside the home’), time to write and all that goes along with it, especially as a newly published author (i.e., promo, etc)?
My day job is as a Human Services Consultant. I usually spend my lunch hour in the break room writing. I’m always amazed at how much I can accomplish in that hour. I also try to write for a few hours at night, but probably get most of my writing done on weekends.
Please share the three ways you find most effective to promote your work!
I think promotion is the hardest part of writing and the one thing that new authors don’t think about until they need it. When I started writing, I thought the publisher took care of that. Not true, while the publisher may do a small percentage, it is mainly the author’s responsibility.
My marketing plan includes having a web site, taking part in contests that my publisher has, distributing bookmarks and postcards, and posting on various Internet forums. I have a few blog interviews scheduled, such as this one, and I’m scheduled for a Blog Talk Radio interview on February 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm ET at http://blogtalkradiio.com/redroseauthors
I want to thank Joanna for hosting me here today. I have enjoyed this and want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
You are most welcome, Carol. I’m really enjoying getting to know fellow authors! I especially like reading and learning about promo tips. As you said, probably the most challenging aspect of being published and a job unto itself. (Doesn’t writing and revising sometimes look easy in comparison?) Thanks again for stopping by—best of luck with Love, Lies and Deceit!