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Monday, March 11, 2013

Author Interview – Erin Cawood

Who is your favorite author and why? My all-time-favouritist-who-will-never-back-knocked-off-the-number-one-spot-author is … Danielle Steele. I wouldn’t be a writer today if I hadn’t read The Gift by Danielle Steele. I don’t think I’ve ever read a bad novel by Danielle Steele.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Yes, this year you can expect the release of Behind Closed Doors (Valentina SecretsBook 2) and Whispers Behind the Curtain (Valentina Secrets Book 3) there may even be another release towards the end of the year depending on the demands of my university course.

Have you started another book yet? Behind Closed Doors, the second book in the Valentina Secrets Series, is currently with in the first stages of editing and I’ve already begun the third, Whispers Behind the Curtain.

Where do you see yourself in five years? If I have my way I’ll be writing novels and publishing through the publishing imprint of the company I intend to set up when I finish university. I plan on freelancing in web design and programming, specialising in websites for authors.

What are your current writing projects now? Valentina Secrets is my main focus. Behind Closed Doors, the second book in the Valentina Secrets Series, is in the first stages of editing and I’ve already begun the third, Whispers Behind the Curtain. I hope to bring something from one of the other women’s fiction or contemporary romance projects I have in progress soon but my New Year’s resolution in 2012 was to focus on one project at a time, especially when my time is so limited.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I’m currently reading Eden Baylee. After reading E L James and Sylvia Day I really didn’t think erotica was for me. Baylee is less in your face with it all. The novellas I’ve read so far have all had intriguing characters, with interesting backgrounds, who enjoy sex.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? If I when back in time to when I was starting out what would I tell myself… to get a decent smartphone! You can write, voice record, receive email, tweet, update Facebook, take pictures, listen to music, blog, and literally never be out of the loop as you’re trying to build an author platform ever again… depending on signal and battery life, of course. Scrivener. For me, this is like the best outlining tool ever! It’s supposed to be novel writing software and I probably don’t use it correctly because you can’t beat MS Word. But if you do use Scrivener correctly it will export into the correct file format with table of contents.

What contributes to making a writer successful? Practice; you have to continue developing and growing as a writer regardless of successful you are. Perseverance; it takes a lot of self belief to continue pushing forward when you feel like you not getting anywhere. Never give up. Professionalism; remember at the end of the day everything you do and say can be seen by people who will make or break you; your readers and your peers. One of the hardest things to get your head around is you are your books, your brand. You have to present yourself the way you want people to see your books, your brand.

Do you have any advice for writers? I’m an advocate for listening to the character and not the genre. There is nothing more annoying than reading a book, a really great book, that has a really rubbish ending just to conform to genre stereotyping. Don’t afraid to break the rules to make the story better.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I write. I’m at my most relaxed when I’m writing.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?

There will always be people who want to stand in your way and want to tell you that you can’t do it. No one else can prove them wrong. Only you can make your dreams come true.



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Genre – Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance

Rating – PG13

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