This post is all about Shelley-Hi Shelley, thanks for popping in!
She has some great advice about loving what you write and how to change sub-genre and continue to be successful during your career. (Personally, I need all the advice I can get.)
1. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
About halfway through college, I decided that being a romance writer would be a dream come true. I had really just discovered reading, and was enjoying devouring romances, one after the other. One day, I had this idea–and I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book earlier in life–but this idea was so vivid. So I sat down and started. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was loving it. I eventua! lly sold that book!
2. How many books did you complete before selling?
4 – three historicals and one contemporary. I sold them all except the contemporary. It’s somewhat short and sweet and hopelessly out of date now. I wrote it about 12 years ago, and times have definitely changed!
3. You’ve written in different sub-genres-did you deliberately choose to change your focus or did the market dictate your choices?
It was a deliberate choice. I took some time away from writing after some really hard and heavy deadlines. When I came back, all the voices in my head were contemporary, saying very now, almost chick-lit things and experiencing very today thoughts. I had this idea that eventually became my current release, BOUND AND DETERMINED, and off I went…
4. How do your family feel about your writing?
They are used to it. My hubby married me,! knowing I intended to write. I sold my first book when my daughter was an infant, so she’s never known anything else. They’re pretty good now about leaving me to my deadlines when it’s crunch time, and I try very hard to balance my life so they don’t feel ignored.
5.What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t love writing or having written; love what you are writing.
6. Who are your favorite authors and why?
Dara Joy for her out-there innovation.
Christine Warren for her sexy fun.
Lisa Kleypas for her characters and poignancy.
Lora Leigh for her pure power intensity.
7. Any advice for aspiring authors?
Perseverance more than talent will help you succeed. Keep going!