Grab your beverage of choice (Mimosas for me, of course!), roll up to or flip open a screen and let some talented writers talk to you about their writing process.
Louise writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When not writing romance, she works as a freelance marketing consultant and web copywriter. So let me get out of the way and cede the stage, stool and microphone to Louise:
1. Have you always written stories?
Yes, I have been writing since high school. In fact my English teacher suggested I start writing seriously after I wrote a composition she enjoyed. I began with short stories and always kept a diary. I progressed to longer length fiction after university.
2. When did you decide to write professionally?
When the economy took a downturn and my freelancing work dried up, I decided to make a go of my romance writing and see if I got anywhere. That was about five years ago. I self-published my first two books and my third got picked up by Entangled Publishing and is due to be released later this year.
3. What made you decide to go the route you chose (eg. traditional, e-pub, indie)?
I had a fairly good run on Amazon with my second contemporary romance, The Italian Inheritance, which I self-published but I always wanted to work with a traditional publisher like Entangled so when they offered for my romantic suspense, I jumped at the chance. I feel each route has its place and savvy authors are experimenting with both. I’m a marketing consultant in my spare time, and I run a blog called www.marketingforromancewriters.com, so self-publishing was an attractive prospect for me. It allowed me to put all my marketing experience to the test.
4. What is your writing process (hrs/day, days/wk)?
I write when my son is at school, so every morning from about 9am to 2.30pm. I’m really fussy about this as it’s the only time I get during the week. Weekends and after 3 is reserved for family activities and sport.
5. How do you write (crappy first draft then revise or revise as you go)? Why?
I plan my entire story before I start, so my first draft is usually straight through. I don’t stop to edit or change anything until I’m at the end of the story. I may pause to make side notes, which I follow up on later in the re-write. After the first draft, I’ll go through it and re-write sections, correct grammar and inconsistencies and so on. I usually do two or possibly three drafts before it’s ready to submit.
6. Do you get writer’s block? If so, how do you handle it?
No. I don’t really believe in writers block, to be honest. I think some days it’s hard to get going and you have to force yourself to open the laptop, but if you’re working on a story and to a plan, you always know where you’re going. Making sure my plot is air-tight and fully resolved before I start writing is key.
7. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
I like the end of the first draft. It’s an overwhelming phase as the enormity of what you’ve accomplished sets in. Then I get excited about the re-writes and perfecting the rough draft. It’s exciting because the hard work is done and the end is in sight.
8. Where were you when you got “The Call?”
I won the NaNo Smackdown competition run by Entangled and my romantic suspense got selected to be published. I was in bed reading when I saw the email come through on my iPhone telling me I’d won. I was over the moon!
9. If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one thing you have since learned about the business of writing, what would you tell them (you)?
To write more often. I stopped and started a lot when I was younger and I think if I’d sat down and written a complete draft like I do now, I would have progressed a lot quicker than I did. But when you’re young so much else is happening in your life (career, men, partying) and your confidence as a writer isn’t as consolidated as it is when you’re a bit older.
10. Wine, liquor or beer? What’s your favorite of the spirit you chose?
Definitely wine. I love a nice dry Sauvignon Blanc.
11. What author(s) are on your automatic buy list?
Clive Cussler, Ken Follet, Michael Connoly, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Jilly Cooper, and my ‘friends’ in my romance writing groups – a strange mix, I know. I love thriller novels as well as romance, which is why breaking into romantic suspense works so well for me.
12. What TV shows are you watching?
The Mentalist, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Elementary, King.
13. Who is your celebrity crush and why?
I have several. I love Simon Baker from The Mentalist, but Jonny Lee Miller is growing on me from Elementary. He makes a sexy Sherlock Holmes. Jude Law has always been a local favourite and of course, Daniel Craig.
Thanks for the interview, Louise! You can find more info at her website: louiseroseinnes.com, connect with her on Facebook at Romantic.Novelist and on Twitter @LouiseRoseInnes. Her latest contemporary romance, The Italian Inheritance, is available NOW!!!
Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VJ1M44/.
How do you write if you have young kids? And what shows are you watching? Tell us what you think and make sure you check back next week to see which fabulous author is hanging out at the T-Spot.