Hello Shaan and thank you for taking this interview with me!
Q. What inspired you to become a writer?
A. At first, I just wanted to see if I could. I love reading romance novels and I felt like I had a few good stories in me so I tried. No epiphany, but I challenged myself. I’m a romance junkie by heart and can see the romance from so many perspectives. To me, romance could be anywhere, on a dance floor, in a restaurant, or even in a junkyard. I feel romance is about chemistry more than circumstances.
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. It took almost three years for the whole project to be completed since I’m also a full-time nurse and mother as well. My family is very active in sports and I run a dementia unit, it takes up a lot of my time. I wrote some poetry in high-school. Nothing I ever showed anyone, really.
Q. How long did it take you to write A Minor Happy Ending?
A. Part-time- 2 years to write and another year to edit, format and complete cover art.
Q. What problems did you encounter while writing it?
A. I had to educate myself on publishing processes as well as writing processes. I’m a nurse so I write in fragment sentences at work, then I have to transition to be able to paint a picture in my story.
Q. Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?
A. No, I’ve learned a lot in this process.
Q. Do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?
A. With this book, I went with the flow. The new ones, I have a small outline for each but I don’t follow exactly.
Q. Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
A. No, I work until I lose the story in my head. When I can no longer think of what happened next. I don’t ever want to think of it as a job. If I keep it for pleasure, I feel ill write better quality.
Q. Do you do a lot of research when writing a book?
A. Not with this one but I’ve been researching for new projects.
Q. How would you describe your writing process?
A. I write when I become inspired!
Q. What time of the day do you find is best to write?
A. At night after all of everyone’s activities are complete.
Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. Personal experience and weird thoughts that pop in my head.
Q. What draws you to this genre? Why do you prefer to write the stories you do?
A. I’ve always been a romantic. I love the feeling of falling in love and the thought of finding your soul mate; of course, hot sex is always nice too. I would sit and watch chick flicks all day with girlfriends. Plus finding true love myself helps. I know the feeling well.
Q. Have you ever tried to write other genres?
A. Not as of yet, but I’m open to anything.
Q. Which author/book would compare yours too?
A. Not sure, hopefully, I’m an original.
Q. Can you relate to any of your own stories?
A. Definitely, there is a piece of me in each one.
Q. How many books have you written?
A. This is my first finished product, but I have three more in the works.
Q. Have you ever written in collaboration with another author?
A. Not yet but always open to the option.
Q. Who designed your front cover?
A. Jessica James- fiverr.com/Magicgrafix
Q. Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
A. My husband.
Q. Have you ever dedicated a book to someone?
A. This one to my friends & family.
Q. How do you market your books?
A. Social media, (FB, Twitter, etc) Blogs, Author pages.
Q. How do you deal with bad reviews.
A. Try to be understanding, not everyone will like my book. I know I won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s OK, It’s what makes us all special.
Q. Do you use an agent?
A. I am not currently represented.
Q. How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
A. Lately, a few hours a day.
Q. How do you get your book reviewed?
A. Sent them out, waiting for responses. Lots of ARCS sent and should be reviewed soon.
Q. Do you ever run free book promotions?
A. I plan to.
Q. Do you do all your own proofreading and editing?
A. I initially did my own editing but then hired out to professionals to finish the process. I’m not an expert. They are.
Q. How and where are you publishing this book?
A. Release date March 26th on Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and iTunes.
Q. What are the main benefits of being an independent author?
A. Getting to do it your own way.
Q. What are you reading at the moment?
A. How to save a life. I’m loving it!
Q. What was the first book you ever read?
A. Can’t remember, but Twilight turned me into a romance junkie!
Q. Who is your favourite author?
A. I love so many. Renee Carlino, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, and Jamie McGuire are just a few. Also, I can’t forget Kylie Scott and Alice Clayton.
Q. What, in your opinion, is the best book to film adaptation?
A. Twilight, but Hunger Games was good too!
Q. Where do you like to read?
A. My bed or couch in the winter. In the summer, I like to read on my back porch.
Q. What books do you read to your children?
A. Fun, rhyming, maybe ones with limericks. Junie B was always a favourite at our house.
Q. When you read do you prefer a book or a Kindle/tablet?
A. I love the smell and feel of a book, but I love my iPad. Since I’ve grown older, I need to make the words larger plus I can get many different Apps to hold so many books.
Q. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A. Just try. You’re the only one standing in your way. It’s a lot of hard work, but anything worth it usually is!
Q. Thank you Shaan, what can we expect from you next?
A. I have a novella- follow up to A Minor Happy Ending called A Happily Ever After coming soon. Plus 1 more in the series. Also, a standalone different from the others. I’m excited about them all.