1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I guess it chose me. I was enamored of astronomy and every thing space growing up, determined to be a test pilot or the first woman on the moon, but I found my niche soon after reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Wolf and The Dove.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Lots but…Nora Roberts, because she was so good at it, she’s a Maryland girl, and there was always something a bit mystical about her stories. Janet Evanovich, who I’ve been reading since her first Loveswept. Diana Gabaldon of the Outlander series. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – her humorous storytelling and football heroes.( I love football.) And a new author, Grace Burrowes, also a Maryland writer, whose Regency romances are spectacular, her writing talent only surpassed by her generosity and kindness to her readers and other writers. And, if I may, several pathfinders in the e-publishing community – Theresa Ragan, Norah Wilson, Debra Holland, and Tonya Kappes to name a few. What tremendous courage it took for writers to set off into the unknown last year to test new options for us all.
For an activity that is famous for being solitary, it takes a village to be a success – and the writer community is a fabulous village.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
Fire In My Blood by Marcella Rose is a sensual romantic adventure, available in ebook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and others. Cass McKay is an Aussie gem hunter who is determined to win back the woman he loves. But Elektra has a secret that will put them both in danger when they travel to Brazil to find the Blood opal.
Two books under Livia Quinn will be out in the Spring of 2012. The tagline for Destined For The Storm is “He’s looking for normal but has he found Mayberry or Middle Earth? She wishes she was normal, but she’s Destined for the storm. It’s got a storm witch, genies, fae, and hunks. (Hunk being a creature of romance, not fantasy.) Only the Heart Remembers is a suspense about an undercover agent with amnesia, a clairvoyant weather scientist who’s trying to overcome her fear of storms and the danger that is storming toward them.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
Yes. Last October I had requests for five different versions of the same manuscript. But I haven’t been trying nearly as long as a lot of other authors, only about six years.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I was pursuing traditional publishing when a six month family emergency gave me an opportunity to reassess my goals and options. Time was a big factor. Also control. I realized it could be years before any version of any of my manuscripts would see a bookstore, online or otherwise, very possibly never. I decided to take on the challenge of publishing my own work along with the responsibility for its quality, marketing, promo and all phases of publishing. To say this path is not easy, is a drastic understatement, but it was right for me, for now. I’m writing my stories the way they want to be told, not according to anyone’s pattern, whim or requirement. It’s been at once challenging and exhilarating. Those authors who have fought for years to have their books published traditionally and succeeded have my utmost respect but times are changing and we have no choice but to change with it.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
LOL, I’d prefer to write only, of course, but if social media is important to the traditional published author, it’s an absolute must for the self-published. I think the days of writing only – except for a handful of lucky authors – are over. It’s too bad because I believe with so much pressure and limited time, our craft suffers.
Info about the author:
Livia Quinn grew up near NASA Spaceflight Center outside of D.C., but she traded the busy city life for the wilds of the Louisiana bayou. After too many eighty hour weeks as a car salesman, store owner, plant manager, computer trainer and professional singer, she began pursuing her dream of publication. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance as Livia Quinn and Sensual Romance as Marcella Rose.
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