An Interview with Author Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Keyworth photoPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel, Fool Me Twice (Madison Street Publishing, 2016), is a Georgian romance that has just been released.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?

This is a tough one! There are quite a few characters from Fool Me Twice that I would love to spend time with, but I guess if I’d have to choose, I’d want to spend the day with Lady Rebecca Fairing. She’s the best friend of my main character Caro Worth and the life of the party. I like her because although she’s a privileged lady of society, she also has a lot of heart and a good sense of humour!

I wouldn’t mind popping into Mr Negri’s confectionary shop in Berkley Square with her, just as she and Caro do in the book, and share the latest On Dits while enjoying a pistachio ice…

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Here I don’t want to give too much away! But I think it would be safe to say I would never get along well with Mr. Rivers. He’s one of the cronies of a rather nasty noble, and I never like a person who will follow along with nasty people without their own principles. Continue reading

10 Questions with Mitch Goth

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.

Mitch is also the author of War Town, a new adult thriller. Read more about War Town here.

I got to ask Mitch 10 questions, here are his answers.

If you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I’m not sure, somewhere warm and close to the ocean. Living in the Midwest my whole life, those are two things I get very little of. So I’d love to live somewhere on or close by the ocean or some other large body of water. Plus, relaxing by the water puts me in the perfect writing mood.

What is your writing process?

I start with a lot of outlining, working through detailed character and plot descriptions before actually writing. By the end, my outlines end up being novellas themselves, often between 20k and 40k words. After that, the actual manuscript writing becomes mostly just filling in and expanding on the outline. I know exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it before the words hit the page, and I know exactly where the book (or in some cases, the whole book series) is going.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It’s been a long journey, that’s for sure, and I have barely started. I started writing as a hobby since I knew how to write, scribbling stories since grade school. I wrote my first novel-length manuscript when I was fourteen, and wrote two unpublished works before releasing my first novel, Parabellum in March of 2013. Since then, I have released over a dozen other novels and novellas. More recently, I have refocused my writing skills to longer, more fleshed out single works rather than fast-paced, short novellas and novels. My most recent release, War Town, is a product of that mental restructuring, as will be numerous upcoming projects currently in the outlining phase. Continue reading

Get to know author Tani Hanes as she answers 10 questions

Get to know author Tani Hanes as she answers 10 questions.

Welcome, Tani!

If you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I can’t answer this!! We very recently moved to New York City, which has been a lifelong dream, and it’s been as wonderful as I hoped it would be. I’ve also daydreamed about living in Italy, in any large city, or in the Lake Como region. And Athens. I like cities, the sounds of traffic, the feeling of life going on around you all the time

What is your writing process?

First I had the idea, the desire to write about this girl I fell in love with. Then I tried it out on my teenaged students and daughter, who all loved it. Then I made a pact with myself that I’d do it, every day. This is easier if you stop at a spot where you already know what you want to write next. Never, ever stop when you’re blocked! I was a substitute teacher, so I had class time most days to write, and students to bounce ideas off, and names for my characters. I mean, especially in high school, which was my favorite, the regular teacher isn’t going to leave quantum physics in the lesson plans lol, so I had time.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It’s been fun, with a little frustration thrown in. Trying to get an agent is awful. I didn’t know if my work was even being seen, never mind assessed. So I decided to publish online, which was right for me. I can engage with my readers directly. But there’s a lot of work involved because there’s no infrastructure, no team getting things done: it’s all on me.

How do you stay motivated?

The feedback from my beta readers really kept me going. I really wanted to tell Birdie’s story, so it wasn’t hard to work every day. And getting tearful texts from my betas asking why I let (insert drama) happen made me feel motivated too!

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

Not being able to get an agent was very disheartening. I’ll admit I didn’t try for very long, though! I wanted to write this, I loved my characters, so not being able to share it would have been difficult if I’d kept going the traditional publishing route. Reaching out to readers directly really saved me. Continue reading

Interview with Natalie Bennett

In this edition of 10Q’s we welcome author Natalie Bennett.

Natalie Bennett authorIf you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I would have to say Hawaii, I think it’s gorgeous there and has a more community type atmosphere. I’m from Ohio and just recently moved to Florida, so the change wouldn’t bother me.

What is your writing process?

I’m a night-owl. I write much better at night than I do during the day. My stories usually aren’t plotted out on paper, occasionally I’ll do a rough outline but mostly, they stay in my head.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

When I first began writing I had no idea what I was going to do with my book. I’m a shy person by nature so publishing something I wrote wasn’t even fathomable at first. But, I have a great family and I decided to go for it. I have met some great writers and discovered new books because of this. Darling Dark is my debut so I haven’t been at this very long, but I only hope to learn more along the way.

How do you stay motivated?

Often I tell myself, the book isn’t going to write itself and set a daily goal for myself. 2k words a day is always my minimum.  I read a lot to; I believe reading and writing go hand and hand and it often motivates me to keep writing.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

I would get halfway done with a story and self-doubt would set in. Like what if people hate this? Now I’ve come to the firm conclusion that not everyone likes every book and mine is no exception. Continue reading

Writing with Sandy Goldsworthy

Author Sandy GoldsworthyWhen did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have enjoyed writing since I was in high school. I dabbled in fiction back then and took a creative writing class—which I loved—but I didn’t take it up seriously until about five years ago.

What motivated you to start writing?

I enjoyed writing ever since high school when my teacher challenged me to be more descriptive. She didn’t want to read that the front door was red; she wanted to see the shade. It was very motivating to me, to slow things down a bit and detail the setting.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Initially, writing was just a hobby I did it in my spare time. But after a friend invited me to join his writing group, I began to take it more seriously and set writing goals. That really helped me stay on track knowing I had to finish a set word count, by a certain date. I also had a lot of support from my family and friends. They encouraged me to keep going any time I felt like giving up.

What was the inspiration for your story?

The concept of Ben Parker’s character came to me a few years ago. I had a very visual dream about a train derailing. Railcars tumbled off a ridge, landing on top of each other in a ravine. There was a young man on the train that was untouched by the accident. Once everything settled, he pulled victims from the crash site and escorted them to heaven. I ended up writing a short story about this, and eventually, Ben’s character came to life.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Great question!  I would highly recommend joining a writing group or a workshop. Getting feedback is critical to any author. I’d also suggest reading your story out loud. Trust me, it sounds completely different than what you think it says when you’re reading silently. Lastly, once you’ve reached the point of sending queries out to publishers or agents, be patient. You will get lots of rejections, so expect it and don’t take it personally. Don’t give up. When you get rejected, send out another query.

Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?

Honestly, I was a closet writer for years. Every time I read a good book, I thought, “I can do this.” So I guess other author’s stories influenced me. Once I told people I was writing, I had a great network of friends and family that encouraged me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

To relax! Initially I plotted, but after a while, I found it difficult to write within the outline I created. It became unnatural and didn’t flow right. When I let loose and relax, the story takes on a life of its own.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When it comes to writing, I’m really a creature of habit. I work best if I’m in the same room, same place, and even the same day or time of day. I’ve tried switching it up a bit, but I’ve found I wasn’t as creative.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

It’s the ultimate love story that lasts more than one lifetime.

What projects do you have up and coming?

I am currently working on book three in the Afterworld Saga.

Sandy Goldsworthy book coverTitle: Afterlife (The Afterworld Saga #2) by Sandy Goldsworthy
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Afterlife is the highly anticipated sequel to Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy. This exciting Young Adult mystery romance is a must-read.

Everything seems perfect for Emma Bennett—she has a new set of friends she adores and a boyfriend she is crazy about. But when Emma sees a picture of her hunky boyfriend kissing another girl, she begins to question if his love for her is real. As she searches for the truth, will Emma be exposed to the dangers of another world?

Ben Parker enjoys the role of high school student and boyfriend to the love of his existence. Juggling his social life with his job in the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation is supposed to be easy for the decorated undercover agent. But when some kid captures a photo of him in a precarious position, he’s faced with lying to his girlfriend or erasing her memory. Instead, Ben makes the worst decision of his career. Now, forced to face the consequences, he loses the only thing that matters to him—Emma.

When seemingly insurmountable obstacles separate the lovers, will the two soul mates be able find their way back to each other?

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About Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, blocks from the Author Sandy Goldsworthyrocky shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, she fantasized about becoming an author. She jotted story lines in spiral notebooks and drew images of characters that never came to life. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red and that character you want to get to know.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Sandy is the YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy. Learn more at www.sandygoldsworthy.com.

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Sara Jane Stone Writing Journey

Welcome back Sara Jane Stone. I am really honored to get the chance to interview Sara on her writing process and journey. Such a great interview, thank you Sara!

Author of Full ExposureWhat is your writing process?

SJS: I start each book with a character outline and a short summary of the story. This two-paragraph blurb generally resembles the back of the book copy. Sometimes, if the publisher requests one, I write a synopsis. Then I start writing the first draft. I write whenever I have time until the manuscript is complete. I usually go back to the beginning about halfway through and read what I have to make sure the characters and plot are on track. And after the first draft, I go through many, many rounds of revisions and edits 🙂

Describe your journey as an author so far.


SJS: I discovered romance novels while working as a sales representative for Random House. The more I read, the more I wished to write them myself. After a few failed attempts, I wrote a story that caught an agent’s attention. Then I wrote another that I sold to Harlequin. My debut, Command Performance, released three years ago. Mixing Temptation marks my 13th published book!

How do you stay motivated?


SJS: I love to write. But deadlines also help. I’m generally very motivated when the first draft is due. And I’m always eager to hear what my editor thinks about story.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?


SJS: Learning how to structure a story. I wrote a few terrible manuscripts before I sold my first book. They were creative and I had a strong voice, but the characters lacked goals and motivation. Also, I’d skipped the conflict. My agent and my first editor helped me by recommending books about story structure. Save the Cat, a screenwriting book, is my favorite. My agent recommended a number of blogs. Then I took everything I’d learned and read a lot of romance novels. I reread some over and over until I understood structure and could apply what I’d learned to my own writing.

Why did you write this book?

SJS: Great question! I wrote this one for all of the readers who asked for Caroline’s story. Initially, I pitched Caroline’s story to my editor as a secondary character/plot line. But readers started asking, so I spoke to my editor and we decided that this was the right direction for this series. Even though writing a story about a woman who’d been raped while serving in the Marines didn’t exactly sound like a recipe for happy-ever-after, I found one for Caroline. But wow, the bumps along the way! Mixing Temptation was the most challenging story I’ve written so far. And the most complicated to research. The first person accounts and interviews were heartbreaking to read. In the end, I think the story delivers on the HEA promise romance readers expect. And yet it is also realistic.

Thank you for being a part of the Mixing Temptation blog tour! And happy reading!! Continue reading

10Q’s with Letitia L. Moffitt

Letita photoWelcome Letitia L. Moffitt to Plain Talk Book Marketing and thank you for participating in 10Qs.

What is your writing process?

An idea will come to me and I’ll get excited about it for a few minutes and then instantly reject it. I’m not kidding—I’m the queen of self-doubt. But then I’ll usually come back to that idea again and again and again, and if there’s another “again,” I’ll start writing about it. I’ll go through bursts of writing activity interspersed with periods of mulling it over, liking what I wrote, hating what I wrote, giving up on it, starting back up with it, and on and on. Eventually, somehow, the thing gets written.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

I confess that when those “30 under 30” lists come out, I feel a moment of sour grapes, but that quickly passes and I’m happy with my writing life. Yes, I wanted to be a young phenom, hitting the best-seller list in my 20s, a movie made out of everything I wrote, Oprah, all that. That didn’t happen, but here’s what did happen: I continued to write my entire life. I’m still writing, and I’m trying new things with my writing all time. That’s the part that truly matters, and it’s not a grand rationalization to say that. The journey isn’t about movies or sales; it’s about the writing.

How do you stay motivated? 

I am also a long-distance runner, and the motivational aspects of running and writing are similar for me. I don’t have to do this. I want to do this. I enjoy it, even the bad parts, the parts where the run isn’t going well and I’m in massive pain, the parts where I can’t get the story to do what I want it to do. If I remember that this really is about the experience more than the end result, I can keep going even when the experience isn’t ideal. Non-ideal experiences are some of the most interesting, after all.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

I am my own biggest obstacle. I can be hugely self-defeating and can talk myself out of anything! How I overcome this me-obstacle is remembering that every action can be funneled toward a different purpose. The energy I expend telling myself I suck can easily be used toward creating a piece of writing that doesn’t entirely suck. So there’s that.

Why did you write Trace? Continue reading

Meet Falguni Kothari, bestselling author

falguni-photoFalguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.

Welcome to Plain Talk, Falguni. I’ll jump right in. What is your writing process?

My writing process is a lot of ruminating, wondering, mulling, staring at the TV, getting lost in Facebook, reading and talking to myself. I do this for a couple of months, get to know my characters and their quirks really well, before I start putting words to the page.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It’s been fast and furious. I don’t think it’s going to slow down for another two years.

How do you stay motivated?

Very easily. But wait, motivated in what? Motivated to write or motivated in life? I’m motivated with life which spills into all areas of my life.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

Let me be a PIA. There’s been no obstacle while writing. That’s the easiest thing that comes to me. It’s the getting published that’s the obstacle. Especially, getting published in the US. I overcame it by going indie.

Why did you write My Last Love Story?

Because every household lives with disease in this world. Every person deals with loss and grief. Every person loves and hates and makes mistakes. I had to write this book because my cousin would have wanted me to. She succumbed to cancer twenty years ago.

What do you hope readers would take away from My Last Love Story?

That there is nothing more to life than love. Love every day and deeply. Don’t judge and don’t quit. Continue reading

Introducing Beaux Cooper

Beaux Cooper photoBeaux Cooper is a writer, explorer, and wife. Much of her writing is pulled directly from life experiences, revelations, and lessons which seem to come in spurts if given enough time to formulate. As a fresh transplant to the bluffs region of Wyoming from her home state of Oregon, Beaux has grown to appreciate just how small she really is compared to the rest of the earth.

Wyoming skies can do that to a person.

Beaux craves adventure, travel, and fish tacos. She hoards knowledge like a magpie after carnival and watches entirely too much British television. Surprisingly, Beaux’s weekends are filled with all things quintessentially Wyoming: national parks, cattle brandings, rodeos, and the Oregon Trail. But only because she seeks them out.

Beaux shares a household with her husband, two dogs, and two cats – in no particular order.

Welcome to Plain Talk Book Marketing.

What is your writing process?

I’m very much so a person who needs to experience things to write about them. This comes out mostly in my landscapes descriptions. There are some things you simply cannot research – like the way the wind blows in Wyoming or how the stars cluster together down the center of the night’s sky. There is an awe of appreciation that comes from seeing, feeling, hearing wide open spaces that a textbook or website cannot convey. And when inspiration hits me I’ll take anything I can write on to jot it down… the back of bills, napkins, journals, my phone… whatever I can get my hands on.

Describe your journey as an author so far. Continue reading

Introducing Segilola Salami

Who is Segilola Salami?

I am mom to a very beautiful little girl and that’s the only job that matters to me. When I am not making memories with my girl, so in the early hours of the morning, I write. I (or better still ‘we’) host a podcast show called The Segilola Salami Show. I think of it as a nice twist to a sex and the city cafe meetup. The guests on the show are like our virtual friends that we meet up with for coffee to chat about books.

Why do you write children’s novels and how did you get started?

I didn’t plan to start writing. It sort of just fell into my lap. I write children’s books because it all started with me looking for books on African folktales for my little girl.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

Writing itself has been pretty much straightforward. It’s the marketing that has proven a tad difficult. I am on a steep learning curve.

What is your writing process?

Even before I put ‘pen to paper’ the bulk of the story has played out in my head several times, almost scene by scene. So when I do get around to it, it takes me a good few hours to type it all out.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It has been very educative and interesting. I have learnt things that never even crossed my mind. I have met people I never imagined I would meet.

How do you stay motivated?

I plan to make the creative process a career, so when I look at my little girl, I know that giving up is not an option.

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a teenager? Continue reading