Author Interview on Because Reading Site!

I had the pleasure of visiting the Because Reading site in an author interview yesterday.  It seems to be copy-protected, but if you click the link above or go below, you can check it out!


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a romance author. I am from a small town in the Midwest, and I have been writing stories since I was a child. I have published nineteen books.
Can you tell us about the characters in Upon Your Honor?
Sure. Chloe Waverly is a young woman who is in a very precarious position so she decides to stow aboard a clipper ship bound for New Orleans. Gabriel Hill is the gentleman who discovers her. Once the introductions are out of the way, he decides to escort her on her journey. Unbeknownst to him, an old enemy is on Chloe’s trail.
What made you want to write a book?
I’ve always loved writing. As aforementioned, I always wrote stories. I had all of these works in progress and one day, I decided I was going to finish them. Sometimes they end up being short stories, sometimes novellas or novels. What made me want to write this book? Well, Upon Your Honor is the second book in the Heiresses in Love series. I finished writing Upon Your Return, the first book, in 2010. I really didn’t know I wanted it to be a series until 2012. The first scene of the first chapter of Upon Your Honor came to me suddenly, however, and I couldn’t stop writing on it. I knew there was a big story to tell there so I decided to do two more books. I am working on the last book in the trilogy now.
How do you come up with the characters’ names?
Most of the time I know the names right away. Sometimes I come up with a name and change it later. I want it to fit the character perfectly. In the case of Upon Your Honor, I love the name Chloe so I jumped at the chance to use it. Gabriel was previously mentioned, though briefly, in the first book so his was easy. As for any secondary characters, I used a baby name book or I checked for what was a common name to use for the time period.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
It really depends on the book. For some, I can go really fast. Others are slower. I think it depends on how much research I have to do, and how much time I have to write. Upon Your Return was one of the first novels I wrote so it took me years to write. And I was a bit of a perfectionist. LOL. Upon Your Honor took me a year to finish.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Never give up. The road can be long and harrowing, and the only person that will regret giving up is you. You have to keep pushing forward despite the obstacles.
Do you have a specific time during the day that you find better to write?
Evening is a pretty good time, but I will also write during the day if I am heavily focused on a project.
8. Have you ever written a character and realized you just didn’t like he/her and had to change it?
Not exactly. I have grown out of stories or characters. I matured to the point that I just didn’t feel them anymore. For those, I relegate them to an old files folder. I will revisit them now and again to see if it’s worth rewriting.
What books are you reading now?
I am re-reading J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I will revisit them sometimes. What am I reading after that? I would like to buy the next Chloe Neill book and the latest book in Kris Tualla’s Discreet Gentleman series.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to read. But, I also like shopping. Keep me away from credit cards. You’ll be sorry! LOL. I also follow a few TV shows like Castle, Bones, Elementary, Grimm and Once Upon A Time.
Is writing your full time job? If not what do you do?
I would like to write full time, but on the side I take appointments for an entertainment business.
When you read what format do you prefer to read in (Paper/Hard Cover or E-reader)?
Paperback or Hardcover. Mainly paperback because it’s a bit easier to hold. If you look through my book shelf, you’ll find a lot of wearing on the bindings. They are well read, I assure you. As for e-books, I do read those when I can. I recently got a Kindle so I might be more likely to read them from now on.
Can you share a little of your current work with my readers?
I am working on a paranormal romance right now about a woman who lands in the world of vampires, and learns a little more about herself in the process. It is titled Second Nature.
If you can recommend one book for someone to read what would it be? (not including yours)
Oh, I have to recommend Nora Roberts. She is a great author. I love her books! I would recommend any of her trilogies.
Check out the first book in the series
(clicking picture will take you to goodreads)
17375235

Thank you for stopping by my blog today to check out this amazing author and her book!
Hope you all have a great day and Happy Reading Name2014
- See more at: http://www.becausereading.com/as-maria-lavendar/#sthash.LWp6Ul2c.VhKuV1S5.dpuf

 
tle bit about yourself?
I am a romance author. I am from a small town in the Midwest, and I have been writing stories since I was a child. I have published nineteen books.
Can you tell us about the characters in Upon Your Honor?
Sure. Chloe Waverly is a young woman who is in a very precarious position so she decides to stow aboard a clipper ship bound for New Orleans. Gabriel Hill is the gentleman who discovers her. Once the introductions are out of the way, he decides to escort her on her journey. Unbeknownst to him, an old enemy is on Chloe’s trail.
What made you want to write a book?
I’ve always loved writing. As aforementioned, I always wrote stories. I had all of these works in progress and one day, I decided I was going to finish them. Sometimes they end up being short stories, sometimes novellas or novels. What made me want to write this book? Well, Upon Your Honor is the second book in the Heiresses in Love series. I finished writing Upon Your Return, the first book, in 2010. I really didn’t know I wanted it to be a series until 2012. The first scene of the first chapter of Upon Your Honor came to me suddenly, however, and I couldn’t stop writing on it. I knew there was a big story to tell there so I decided to do two more books. I am working on the last book in the trilogy now.
How do you come up with the characters’ names?
Most of the time I know the names right away. Sometimes I come up with a name and change it later. I want it to fit the character perfectly. In the case of Upon Your Honor, I love the name Chloe so I jumped at the chance to use it. Gabriel was previously mentioned, though briefly, in the first book so his was easy. As for any secondary characters, I used a baby name book or I checked for what was a common name to use for the time period.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
It really depends on the book. For some, I can go really fast. Others are slower. I think it depends on how much research I have to do, and how much time I have to write. Upon Your Return was one of the first novels I wrote so it took me years to write. And I was a bit of a perfectionist. LOL. Upon Your Honor took me a year to finish.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Never give up. The road can be long and harrowing, and the only person that will regret giving up is you. You have to keep pushing forward despite the obstacles.
Do you have a specific time during the day that you find better to write?
Evening is a pretty good time, but I will also write during the day if I am heavily focused on a project.
8. Have you ever written a character and realized you just didn’t like he/her and had to change it?
Not exactly. I have grown out of stories or characters. I matured to the point that I just didn’t feel them anymore. For those, I relegate them to an old files folder. I will revisit them now and again to see if it’s worth rewriting.
What books are you reading now?
I am re-reading J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I will revisit them sometimes. What am I reading after that? I would like to buy the next Chloe Neill book and the latest book in Kris Tualla’s Discreet Gentleman series.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to read. But, I also like shopping. Keep me away from credit cards. You’ll be sorry! LOL. I also follow a few TV shows like Castle, Bones, Elementary, Grimm and Once Upon A Time.
Is writing your full time job? If not what do you do?
I would like to write full time, but on the side I take appointments for an entertainment business.
When you read what format do you prefer to read in (Paper/Hard Cover or E-reader)?
Paperback or Hardcover. Mainly paperback because it’s a bit easier to hold. If you look through my book shelf, you’ll find a lot of wearing on the bindings. They are well read, I assure you. As for e-books, I do read those when I can. I recently got a Kindle so I might be more likely to read them from now on.
Can you share a little of your current work with my readers?
I am working on a paranormal romance right now about a woman who lands in the world of vampires, and learns a little more about herself in the process. It is titled Second Nature.
If you can recommend one book for someone to read what would it be? (not including yours)
Oh, I have to recommend Nora Roberts. She is a great author. I love her books! I would recommend any of her trilogies.
Check out the first book in the series
(clicking picture will take you to goodreads)
17375235

Thank you for stopping by my blog today to check out this amazing author and her book!
Hope you all have a great day and Happy Reading Name2014
- See more at: http://www.becausereading.com/as-maria-lavendar/#sthash.LWp6Ul2c.VhKuV1S5.dpuf

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