Hello everybody!! How is everyone doing today? Well so far on Monday we’ve had our story: Two Authors and a Blogger… Tuesday we had our first set of interview questions, and yesterday we had our getting to know you post about our authors. Today I’m giving you the second set of questions that our lovely authors answered for me! So sit back drink a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and enjoy! 🙂
Angelina’s interview questions:
1) What kind of research do you do now and how long do you spend researching before you begin writing a book?
At the moment, I’m researching locations and their histories along with reading osteology books. I write at the same time I research so I don’t lose ideas.
2) What is the most difficult thing about writing about the opposite sex?
Well, thinking up dialogue. Would a guy say this? Does that sound too girly? Too geeky? Does that make him sound sexy? Does he need to be sexy? Does dialogue make a guy a possible book boyfriend to a reader? Too many questions pop up.
3) How do you select the names of your characters?
If they are main characters by thinking by jokes or choosing names that would match their personality. My main characters tend to be women. For the women, I look up lists on what people find sexy. Brad is not sexy anymore lol If I need to kill off a character, I ask readers for people that they are not happy with and put those names in… but before that I ask my best friend to make sure that the name doesn’t belong to a relative. 😉
4) How long does it take you to write a book? What was the longest, and shortest book you’ve ever written?
2 weeks to 5 years. The shortest book is Follow the Snowflakes and the longest book is Deity’s Soulmate.
5) What’s more important? Characters or plot?
That’s tricky! I don’t mean to be cliché but you can’t have one without the other. Just ask other readers hehe
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1) How long does it take you to write a book? What was the longest, and shortest book you’ve ever written?
It depends on so many different things. When I first started writing, all my children were in school so I had extra time, now I have a new baby and have very little time to do anything except look after her. My shortest book was my very first one, a novella called Today, Tomorrow, Forever. I think it was about 24k and only took a few weeks to write. My longest was Advance which ended up at 67k and took about 6 months. I don’t like to rush or force the storyline, I really need the characters to ‘talk’ to me before I can continue with the story.
2) What kind of research do you do now and how long do you spend researching before you begin writing a book?
I don’t start researching until I start the book as I never know what direction my original idea is going in. Research is so much fun, but the amount of time it takes varies. For example, Can’t fix crazy was originally going to be about Munchausens syndrome and there were a lot of materials to read regarding that but my Advance series was about Time travel which I couldn’t really research and use facts for so I used that research more for scientific phrases. Ask any author and they’ll all tell you the random things we research and the frequency we do so has us worried that if our computers were ever searched, we’d look like serial killers.
3) What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I don’t actually have that many author friends, the one I do need to mention though is KL Humphreys. This woman is amazing, she’s helped me more than anyone else in the indie community (and I’ve had lots of help). She’s read and reviewed for me, been a beta, shared my work, made graphics and actually set up my reader group. She’s always available if I’m stuck with anything and I’d be lost without a friend like her. She’s a great author to boot and you can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/KLHumphreys16
4) What’s more important? Characters or plot?
Hmm, I think they’re equally as important but I enjoy the plot more. When I read, I can usually guess what’s going to happen so I try to confuse my readers, leading them in one direction so they think they’ve guessed what’s about to happen and then I tilt it on its head. Pretty much all my reviews comment on the twists and turns and the ‘reveal’ not being what they expected.
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