I have been running this blog for the last two years and I have had many wonderful authors come and chat with me. Today I am truly humbled to welcome Sandra Brown, author of over 60, you read it right 60 New York Times Bestsellers! I have been a fan of Ms Brown for as long as I could remember, so naturally I jumped at the chance to be a part of her blog tour.
Here’s my interview:
What made you switch from writing thrillers to writing a heartwarming story like Rainwater?
The characters of Ella and Rainwater wouldn’t leave me alone! They kept coming around every few months, insisting that I tell their story. In between contract books, I began writing, and before I knew it, I had a first draft. I put it away, wrote another thriller, took it up again. I worked on it that way for about a year and half before I sent it to my agent, who had no idea I’d been writing it. She liked it and sent it to my editor. I’m pleased it was received so well. Their story deserved to be told.
When you started writing did you ever think you would make a full time living off of it?
That’s a yes and no question. From day one, yes, I wrote with the intention of being published. I knew that if I approached it as a hobby, something to dabble in, I’d never make it. So I treated the writing like a job, “going to work” every day, although it was only a commute to the spare bedroom where I’d set up a typewriter on a card table! Did I think I’d ever write over 75 books, be a bestseller, be published worldwide? No. But I’m so grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to do what I love doing and making a living at it.
The publishing industry has changed a lot since you started your career. What are your thoughts on the changes and how have they affected you?
I think we in the industry are still on the learning curve of the changes and how they affect us! Publishing is evolving. What I love about the introduction of electronic books is that it has enabled me to grow my audience. Readers on every spot of the globe have access to my books. The disadvantage to it is that readers on every spot of the globe also have access to me! Constantly feeding social media requires a lot of time. It’s a juggling act to allocate time to it, without sacrificing time that should be spent writing. Writing a good book is the best thing I can do for my reader.
What was your biggest challenge when you first started writing?
Not so much the writing itself (because I had dozens of stories basically outlined in my head and couldn’t wait to put them on paper) but combining my new “habit” with daily life. Fortunately, I had a good husband, who knew how badly I wanted to write, and was willing to help with kids and all the craziness that family life entails. We ate carryout a LOT!
What is your biggest challenge now?
What it’s always been: Writing a story that people want to read. I still approach each day with a healthy dose of FEAR. Is this character compelling? Will this plot excite and engage the reader? This self-doubt is actually beneficial. Complacency would be deadly. Continue reading