Are your readers finding you online? Chances are, if you have social media accounts as an author (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads are a few), the answer is yes. How is your reader engagement on these crucial marketing platforms? Are you getting readers talking about your books? Are they retweeting your new releases? Are they asking when your next book is coming out? If you’re struggling with reader engagement on social media, there’s something worth looking at, an item that can drastically effect the way that readers view your work and you as an author—it’s your book cover.
2017-05-24 [ 02:31:11]
How does the author of The Sunday Times Bestseller My Husband's Wife Jane Corry spend her writing days? Get to know more about her in the interview below, where she share her writing experiences and her advice.
Jane Corry a writer, an author published by Penguin, a former magazine journalist and teaches creative writing in Devon and if that is not enough she speaks at literary festival all over the world. Get ready to be inspired by a fantastic author.
- What does a typical writing day for you look like?
I get up between 6.30 and 7 am and run my dog along the beach. We live in the UK so it is pretty cold for most of the year! I get a lot of ideas when I’m running or walking. Often I pick up my granddaughter on the way and we have a pram jog with the dog! I go back and have breakfast with my husband and then I walk up two flights of stairs to the office at the top of our house. I’m generally there by 9.30 to 10am. I’ll write a chapter in about two hours. Usually, this amount to around 2,000 words. I trained as a journalist so I write fast. Then I have a break for lunch and spend part of the afternoon editing that chapter. After that, I catch up on emails and social media. Two days a week, I look after my granddaughter and then I write in the evening instead.
2017-05-15 [ 03:18:03]
Today we are hosting Margaret James. She is an author, journalist and teacher of creative writing.
Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your website today.
I’m a writer of fiction, a journalist and a teacher of creative writing. My latest novel Girl in Red Velvet is set in Oxford and the action begins in 1966 when Lily Denham is seventeen and beginning her studies at the university.
On her first day she meets best friends Harry Gale and Max Farley and is enchanted by their mischievous charm.
But will falling for two men rip her own heart apart?
As a teacher of creative writing, my students often ask me how they should go about offering a novel to a literary agent or to a commercial publisher. They know about writing a covering letter, but they’re not always aware that there are four other important selling tools too.
2017-05-11 [ 04:07:21]
Today we are very excited to host Author Elaine Everest on our blog. She is the bestseller author of The Woolworths Girls and has now released (4. May 2017) her new book The Butlins Girls, a book that already has got many great reviews. She is a former journalist, and author of non fiction books for dog owners, Elaine has written over sixty short stories for the international women's magazine market.
When not writing Elaine can be found teaching her talented students at The Write Place Creative Writing School in Dartford, Kent where she holds classes at the Mick Jagger Centre.
Congratulations on your new book The Butlins Girls. What inspired you to write it? And how long did it take you to write it?
Thank you for your kind welcome and for hosting me today.
The Butlins Girls is the second book in my first contract with Pan Macmillan. The first book, The Woolworths Girls is set in Erith, Kent, during the Second World War. I like to keep my stories in the area I know well so when planning book two I thought about my maternal great grandfather’s travelling fair and how my mother had spoken of how the showmen who run these fairs knew Sir Billy Butlins. At that time it was a close community in the UK. Sir Billy, as he become known, moved on to opening holiday camps in the 1930s although he was always connected to the world of funfairs. Noticing that he was quick to re-open his camps when the war came to an end I decided to weave this into my story of Molly Missons and her need to escape from her hometown. The book took me six months to write.
2017-05-07 [ 06:43:20]
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LifeOfWriters.com is proud to announce our interview with author Erinna Mettler. She is the author of STARLINGS. STARLINGS is a daisy-chain novel set in the city of Brighton. Each chapter tells the tale of one of its varied inhabitants. Read her great answers below and get to know about her writing life.
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2017-04-19 [ 04:04:50]
T.A. (Trevor) Williams offers few tips for aspiring authors.
I would preface these remarks by saying that the only reason I feel able to offer a few suggestions is because I’m very old, not because J.K. Rowling has anything to worry about in terms of competition from me. I have written 11 books, most of them romantic comedies published as e-books by HQ (a Harper Collins imprint), some by Canelo, and number 12 is written, but still at the arguing with my editor stage. I’ve had a few books in the top 100 on Amazon, I’ve reached number one in fiction on iBooks, but I still haven’t made enough to buy that Ferrari yet. So, do bear in mind my first point below and remember the words of Gene Hackman in “Get Shorty”. ‘The only kind of writing that makes money is ransom notes.’
- Don’t do it for the money and don’t, whatever you do, chuck in a good job until you see the size of the cheques rolling in. You may get lucky, but even lucky authors struggle to earn enough to live on.
2017-04-09 [ 12:22:06]
LifeOfWriters.com is delighted to annouce our interview with author Rosanna Ley. Rosanna has written numerous articles and short stories for magazines, and her novels have been published in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania, Denmark, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Czech Republic. Rosanna has also worked as a creative writing tutor for over 20 years. She has led courses for colleges and universities in England, and runs her own writing retreats and holidays in the UK and in stunning locations in Europe. Get to know more about her writing style below.
What is a typical writing day for you?
It’s different depending on which part of the process I am at. Right now, I am combining finishing off my first draft of my new book with publicity work for my current hardback publication of Little Theatre by the Sea. So, most days I will start off with a half hour stint on Twitter. Then I will answer urgent emails, then usually start working on the novel. I’ll work all morning in my office at home with short breaks (that’s if I can tear myself away) to prevent hunch-back computer syndrome, until around 1.30. After that it’s lunch and hopefully a good walk to clear out the cobwebs, get some fresh air, think about plot problems or whatever… The rest of the afternoon I may do some chores and admin but will usually have another writing session for an hour or two, perhaps on a publicity article if not WIP, often working till around 7 p.m.
2017-03-26 [ 08:12:54]
Read our interview with Maya Tyler. She is a romance author, blogger, wife, and mother. She has a degree in Commerce, but writing is her true passion. Her short story “Just for Tonight” is included in an anthology called With Love from Val and Tyne and her debut paranormal romance novella was Dream Hunter, published in December 2014. Her second paranormal romance novel A Vampire's Tale releases on March 22, 2017. She writes paranormal romance with a twist and all her books have a common theme – happily ever after.
I’m so glad to be here today. Thank you for your kind invitation for an interview.
What is it about paranormal romance that you like to write about?
Paranormal, like fantasy and science fiction, is not necessarily bound by realism. I feel the freedom to add unexpected plot twists and otherworldly elements. I feel the ability to stretch the wings of my imagination. My first published book Dream Hunter was about guardian angels and the dream world.
2017-03-05 [ 08:28:40]
Todays guest post is from childrens author Fiona Ingram. She also writes romance under the pen name Arabella Sheraton. Read her story below and get her top 3 rules for authors.
ROMANCING THE STONE: ONE AUTHOR, TWO HATS
I never set out to become a children’s author, nor did I set out to become a Regency romance author. The two events just happened and luckily not at the same time. I became a children’s author quite by accident, even though I was working as an editor in the magazine publishing industry. I went to Egypt at the behest of my (now late) mother, who insisted on Egypt because she was paying for the holiday, and we took along my two young nephews, then aged 10 and 12. What a trip; we had such an adventure. In fact, it was so much of an adventure that I was inspired to write a short story for my nephews upon our return, with them as the two heroes of course. The short story became a wonderful adventure tale (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) which became a book series (The Chronicles of the Stone) and suddenly I was Fiona Ingram, a multi award winning children’s author. So, never discount the short story; you have no idea where it can take you as a writer!
2017-02-26 [ 10:12:49]
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Read our inspiring interview with author Nancy J. Cohen. She is the author of the humorous Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore. She is a featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.
What does your typical writing day look like?
I wake up early before dawn, get a cup of coffee, and sit at the computer in my home office. If I am in the writing phase of a book, I’ll write until I reach my daily quota of five pages, or I’ll go beyond if the words are flowing. I take time for breakfast and a walk. Then it’s back to work, either to continue writing or to focus on marketing and revising. Marketing can take up my entire day, so it’s important that I don’t turn on the email or go on the Internet until my daily quota is finished.
2017-01-14 [ 13:41:57]
Can you describe your writing process? Where and when do you write?
I ALWAYS write first thing in the morning. If it doesn’t happen in the morning, then it doesn’t happen at all. Which is why I spend half my life in my pj’s (but don’t tell anyone that!)
As for where I write, usually sitting on top of a radiator.
2017-01-08 [ 07:53:23]
LifeOfWriters.com interviwed author Wendy Lou Jones about her interesting writing life. She is the author of seven books and one on the way, her latest book: A Different Life have got many amazing reviews. Read her blog and more about her books here. Below you can read about her writing and get her amazing top 5 writing tips, you dont want to miss it.
- What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I am fortunate enough not to have to fit my writing around a day job, just around the rest of life. It’s random and it works for me, probably unconventional. I don’t write every day or plan a time to write. Maybe that sounds unprofessional, but having the luxury of time, I write when I want to. So it may be that I don’t write at all for a couple of weeks, or perhaps a month, but then I may write for 15 hours in one day, or about 10 hours a day for a week. I tend to go with how the story is unfolding. If I’m struggling with a section, I may write a scene or two and then stop and write again in a day or so when I’m more confident with how it should go on. If I am feeling the story, I just crack on filling what time I have. Usually, it has to be said, if I’m not writing, it’s because I’m not happy with how it’s going and then thinking and taking a break from it for a while seems to be the best option. I’m making this sound like I rarely write, but ask my family, they will tell you I always am. I just don’t fit it into a particular shape or schedule.
2016-12-28 [ 04:31:38]
Read our interview with editor Philippa Donovan. She gives great answers to how she do and can help an author. She established Smart Quill, an editorial company, in 2011. Since then she has worked with around 300 authors and recommends to a stable of 50 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US. In 2014 she was named Publishing Rising Star and is Editorial Consultant for the Authors' Club at Soho House West Hollywood.
-Tell us a little about your daily work, what is it exactly that you do? And why have you chosen this path?
I absolutely adore working with authors, and I found that various roles in publishing took me further away from them. So I decided to forge a consultancy where I could work with them one on one - personalised and bespoke author services. This consists of structural editing, copy editing, agent recommendation, and book to film/tv adaptation guidance (as I very recently moved to LA!).
2016-12-05 [ 02:53:42]
LifeOfWriters is delighted to have had the change to interview Karen King. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. 'I do - or do I?' is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children's books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
The heroine usually comes first for me. She pops into my head along with her problem – the wedding’s booked and she isn’t sure if she’s doing the right thing (I do?...or do I?)’ or she needs to get some money fast so her parents don’t have to sell the Tudor house that’s been in their family for generations (The Millionaire Plan). I flesh out the character, filling in a profile sheet detailing as much as I can about them, their appearance, personality, family, back story etc, etc, then I work out a basic outline for the plot so I have some idea of how it pans out. Then I start writing and see where the story takes me.
2016-11-28 [ 03:57:17]
LifeOfWriters is very pleased with our interview with the award winning author Rhonda McKnight. She is the author of several award-winning novels and Black Expressions Top 20 bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Friend, What Kind of Fool and Breaking All The Rules. She is the winner of the 2015 Emma Award for Inspirational Romance of the Year. She is also an eidtor and writing coach. Read her inspiring answers and writing tips below.
Can you describe your writing process? And where do you write?
It involves speed. I must write fast because I HATE draft writing. Draft writing is unpredictable and stressful. That is not the fun part to me. I must get it over with. So, I draft write hard and fast and ugly. I write wherever and whenever I can. I do most of my writing in my home office, but as often as I can I try to write away from home. This doesn’t mean at the beach or a cabin in the mountains. I wish. I’m talking Starbucks, a local restaurant, or the public library. I’m easily distracted at home. There’s laundry and cleaning to be done there. There’s also a television and a bed in that place. Leaving as often as possible until I reach the middle of my book really helps. Once I move midway through a project, I’m good to the end. I’m a finisher. And then I get to the fun part - revision.
2016-11-22 [ 03:13:26]
LifeOfWriters feel very pleased and honored to have had the chance to interview Author Gabriel Farago. Read below and get inspired! He is about to release his next thriller – The Hidden Genes of Professor K – on 9 November.
As a lawyer with a passion for history and archaeology, I had to wait many years before I could pursue another passion – writing – in earnest. However, my love of books and storytelling started long before that. I remember as a young boy reading biographies and history books with a torch under the bed covers, and then writing stories about archaeologists and explorers the next day, instead of doing homework. While I regularly got into trouble for this, I believe we can only do well in our endeavours if we are passionate about the things we love; for me, writing has become a passion.
2016-11-02 [ 04:42:02]
Challenge Yourself with NaNoWriMo in November!
Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? If not, LifeOfWriters will do our best to help you so you can do your very best and have a terrific November. What better way to enjoy December and the holidays than looking back on a November where you rocked your fingers on the keyboard? A month where you slammed your hand on the table in frustration, got high on coffee, spilled ink on your newly bought shirt, and wrote a Novel with 50.000 words (or close to 50.000 words)! One that is ready for a second draft and a lot of editing. You will have a manuscript and you can be proud of yourself for pulling it off! LifeOfWriters hopes that all writers who participate in NaNoWriMo will succeed, so we have gathered a few useful tips to help you prepare and be ready for the count down. In only 6 days!
2016-10-26 [ 03:27:56]
LifeOfWriters.com had the pleasure to interview Katie Oliver. She is a bestselling-romance author of Dating Mr. Darcy series. She is published by CarinaUK and she has been writing since she was eight years old.
-Can you describe your writing process?
I start with an idea and try to fashion it into a workable plot. Next, I draft a synopsis and devise the story’s major turning points. Then I’m ready to start writing.
After that, it’s a matter of applying my rear end to the chair, sitting in front of the laptop, and writing – every day, five days a week, until I hit at least 2,000 words. On a deadline, I aim for 5,000 words a day.
2016-10-24 [ 04:22:14]
LifeOfWriters.com is pleased to let you all read our great interview with Catherine McKenzie. She is the author of the international bestsellers: SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE. Catherine’s sixth novel, FRACTURED, was published October 4, 2016.
2016-10-14 [ 02:54:10]
LifeOfWriters.com feel lucky to have had the opportunity to interview Lynne Shelby. She is the authors of French Kissing. She will let us know about her writing process, her typical writing day and her best advice for writers.
2016-09-20 [ 03:51:49]
This time LifeOfWriters had the pleasure of interviewing author Laura Lane McNeal. She resides in New Orleans and is married with two sons. DOLLBABY is her first published novel. She is presently working on a second novel.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you became an author?
- I grew up in New Orleans and went to a very small school for thirteen years -- from kindergarten until I graduated high school. When I was about 12, I was in the library and discovered a special shelf with a an inscribed plaque indicating the books on that shelf had been written by alums of the school. It was one of those aha moments. I thought, well, if they can do it, I can do it too!
2016-08-31 [ 04:40:04]
David P Perlmutter has self published 8 books so far with over 450 FIVE star reviews. He has now signed a publishing contract with Austin Macauley with his bestseller and first book - WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME.
- Your first book Wrong Place Wrong Time is a biography from your time in Spain. It started as a blog and ended as bestselling book in the UK, America and Australia, truly amazing! My question is do you think you would have started writing if you were not at the wrong place at the wrong time?
- Excellent question. I'm as stunned as the next author about how well the book has been received across the world and in fact how I, as a so called author, have been received. The book has been in the top 50 in certain categories for many months in the countries you have mentioned and to know that people have bought, read and reviewed this and my other books is sometimes overwhelming. WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME to date has over 300 x 5* reviews across Amazon, which still stuns me. The answer to your question is maybe not I guess. I just needed to get what happened to me in Spain down on paper for my own therapy to be honest and it has snowballed since then.
2016-07-25 [ 13:57:16]
This week LifeOfWriters.com had the change and pleasure to interview fulltime author Tina Gayle. She followed her passion in writing and is now the successful author to a number of contemporary romances. Read the interview below and get a lot of inspiration and advices.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you became an author?
I’m a full time author, who is married with two grown sons. I like to read, garden, golf, and talk to
people. I started out like most authors as a reader. I spend hours with books and fell in love with
romance. I worked for years in the business world and work to get my degree in MIS. I enjoyed my job
as a programmer and liked to be creative. On one of our moves from Atlanta to Orange County,
California, I decided to give my love of writing a shot. So I devoted my time to writing and spending
time with my boys.
2016-06-21 [ 14:34:32]
LifeOfWriters have had the pleassure to interview author Scott Thompson about his writing life. Scott Thompson is a Georgia author living outside of Atlanta. His writing can be read in regional publications, short stories, and in his novels. His latest novel, Eight Days, follows a man after death into eternity.
- How did you start your writing career?
I wrote a memoir a few years ago. After it was complete, I knew I’d never publish it, but I did learn that I had the discipline to follow through with a complete book. A year or so after I finished the memoir I wrote a short novel, submitted it to a writing contest, and won a publishing contract. I didn’t know much about the book industry, or anything else about publishing when the first book came out, but it was a great experience. Since then I have read every book I could find on the subject of writing, and I have studied great novels.
2016-06-06 [ 12:38:40]
This week we are very delighted to have had the honor and chance to interview author Kristy Woodson Harvey. We hope you will enjoy it. Her first women's fiction novel DEAR CAROLINA was released in May 2015 and her next novel in spring 2016, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE both from Berkley/Penguin Random House.- What made you start writing and then keep writing?I think I have always been a writer. Ever since I was a little girl I carried around notebooks and made up stories. I went to journalism school and have a master’s in English, but never imagined I would be a novelist. I thought I would be a journalist. But I decided to try out writing novels, and, once I got started, I was hooked! Writing books is one of my favorite things to do!
2016-05-22 [ 12:20:22]
This week LifeOfWriters.com have interview the lovely and amazing author Jamie Brenner.
Jamie Brenner is the author of The Wedding Sisters, coming June 7, 2016 from St.
Martin’s Press. She spent over a dozen years in book publishing as a publicist,
scout, and agent before realizing that she couldn't work in the world of books
without at least trying to write one herself. She grew up in the suburbs of
Philadelphia and today lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
2016-05-12 [ 10:56:00]
2016-05-04 [ 12:25:15]
LifeOfWriters.com have had the pleasure of interviewing author Diamante Lavendar. She has published two books. One is YA fantacy The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows and the other is called Breaking the silence. If you want to know more about the anonymous writer have a look at her website DiamanteLavendar
-What is your daily writing routine?
Lately, I've been swamped with my day job and promoting the two books I've published thus far so I haven't been able to write for several months. But I do have a work in progress that I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to soon. For the moment, I've been writing blog posts and doing reviews for other authors as well. And when I get a chance, I'll jot down a poem or short story. I'm hoping to get back to book number three and have it published in the spring of next year.
2015-11-12 [ 00:22:00]
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
Reading is one of the great pleasures of the writer’s life. As a reader, you get to explore the wonderful books other writers have written. You get to read the words, turn the pages, and imagine the images your reading inspires. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, you’re reading because you like reading and probably wish you had more time to read. While you read, it not only inspires you and gives you new ideas, but you will also see how other writers manage the skill of writing. How they write a dialogue and, descriptions, the way their characters behave, how to write in first or third person, and so on. Read as much as you can. Stephen King reads between 70-80 books a year and admits he is a slow reader. In his book On Writing:-A Memoir of the Craft, he says,
2015-10-25 [ 00:32:05]
LifeOfWriters.com have had the pleasure of interviewing Indie Author Susan May and reading her newest thriller Deadly Messengers.
Susan May has written dozens of stories and novellas many of them published in USA, Australia and UK.
First I would like to congratulate you on your new book Deadly Messengers. Read the review here
Thank you and thank you very much for having me on The Writer’s Life site. I really appreciate it.
-How did you come up with the idea and characters in your book?
2015-09-25 [ 13:29:50]
“You don’t make art out of good intentions.”
Okay, it is time for you. Time to start your writing career. You need to do it now! No, not tomorrow. Today. Pick up a pen, find some paper, or go to your computer. Here comes the best part. WRITE. You don’t have time for all the bad excuses (or the good ones, for that matter) like your favorite pen ran out of ink! Yikes! I know it is tough not being able to write with your favorite pen, but your mind and hand are still working just fine and the pen you are stuck with can do the magic as well. Put your words on paper! NOW!
2015-08-20 [ 04:17:46]