ICYMI . . . Q&A session with #ukromchat #part 1 …
Many thanks to the organisers of #UKROMCHAT on Twitter for inviting me onto their fab site and to everyone who joined in with the fun. It was a great evening and the hour went by in a flash, so if you missed it, here are my answers again. Do share and comment, that what this post is all about.
1.Please tell us about your latest book Take Me, I’m Yours
India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before a MacFarlane sets foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself? You can read an extract.
2.This is your first book set outside of the UK. What drew you to Wisconsin.
Back in the day I trained a teaching student from Oshkosh University for two terms. We became great friends and I had a standing invitation to go over to stay with her in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I did just that for five weeks one summer and when I flew back from Chicago I promised I would write a romance set in Wisconsin. Last year I learned she has Parkinson’s Disease and that galvanised me into action – this book is for her.
3.OK, we need to know about Sexy Scottish Lairds and Hunky Marine Biologists…
Well, if you insist. I am a dyed-in-the-wool romantic. For some women, it’s Regency Rakes, Cowboys or Navy Seals, but for me it’s a man-in-a-kilt. If he’s a highland laird or the heir to a highland estate so much the better. Not because of wealth or belonging to an aristocratic family but because I love a hero who isn’t afraid to shoulder responsibility, care for his tenants and who has a strong connection with the land. Those attributes, allied with a sharp mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to care for the heroine wins me over. As for marine biologists: who could resist Daniel Crain or Sean Connery emerging from the surf in a wetsuit – budgie smugglers, not so much! Urgh.
4 and 5.Please tell us about your writing journey prior to New Romantics Press being founded
I had bagged an agent (the late Dot Lumley) and HM&B were showing interest in my writing. In 1990 I reached a crossroads, continue with my writing or accept a deputy headship of a large primary school. Because of the demanding nature of teaching, I knew I couldn’t do both and chose the latter. In 2006 I took early retirement from teaching joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted and submitted it for a critique. I was told it was ‘almost ready’ to start sending out to agents but needed more polishing. etc. In the meantime, I co-founded NRP with other members of the RNA/NWS. Then, over lunch in my garden, author Amada Grange advised us to consider self-publishing on amazon. The algorithms were changing and . . . well, you can read more about it here – That was in 2012 and we’ve never looked back. I only wish I’d had the chutzpah to self-publish a year earlier because terms were more favourable on Amazon at that point.
New Romantics Press is keen to find new readers and share our work with them. Over the last six years we have published fifteen books between us and are currently working on new titles. Our motto is: Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves and you can read more about us on in this blog
6.What are the benefits of collaborating with other authors?
Well, for one thing, you are never more than a phone call away from a good mate who will listen to your writing woes, meet you for coffee and offer sound advice. Between us, we have a wealth of knowledge about indie publishing, social media, PR – and what one of us doesn’t know, the others will find out! I couldn’t imagine being without my NRP support system.
Your events sound like fun . . . Most readers and bloggers mention how much fun we have promoting our books. Writing can be a lonely occupation. As authors, we spend most of the time hidden away in our studies/offices tapping at the keyboard. When we do get out, we like to let our hair down. Warning: our events involve laughter and prosecco, so only like-minded writers and readers need apply.
In 2019, Adrienne Vaughan and I will be running a series of workshops for novice and intermediate writers, sharing our knowledge and giving them the confidence to finish their WIP. On a more personal note, before the end of 2018, I have a library talk, a lecture on indie publishing to deliver at De Montfort University, I’m hosting a workshop featuring Kim Nash of Bookouture – and organising a Christmas Party for the Belmont Belles (the Leicester Chapter of the RNA) with guest speaker Carole Matthews. Oh, and I have another novel to write – no pressure, obvs.
Here endeth the first part of my talk. Do join me next time when I will be covering the following aspects of writing:
- the difference between self-publishing and indie publishing
- advice for writers considering self-publishing/indie publishing
- my thoughts about taking a hybrid approach
- plotters vs pantsers
- top tips for finishing a novel
- choosing and researching the location of my novels
- why do I write happily ever after novels
– BREAKING NEWS – on the strength of overnight sales, TMIY is at #1 spot – again –
Posted on October 24, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this well presented and vibrant post. Great to find out more about your writing journey and the choices you have made. You are an inspiration, Lizzie. Thanks.
Thanks Jessie. It seems a long time ago now, but I still get excited at the thought of writing a new novel. Thanks for all your support, too.
Fabulous post, Lizzie. A master class! I still remember taking those first tentative steps after Amanda’s advice. But you – just galloped away!!
If only we’d done it a year earlier, June. Still, Mandy did give us that push – and thank the Lord she did. Otherwise we might still have been submitting to the RNA NWS waiting for permission to launch.
I’m not on twitter so I appreciated being able to read what went on last night! Looking forward to reading part 2.
As usual, I can’t find the words to say how amazed I am by your career in writing. You are such an inspiration.
Thanks Isabella. I know not everyone is on Twitter so that’s one of the reasons I made a blog post out of my notes. Also, it’s six years in November since we formed NRP – A good time for a retrospective.
Loved the post Lizzie. And you know I love your books so don’t spend all your time on social media because I want another book to read 😉
Hi Sarah. All the promo is slowing down now (she says) as I, too, want to get stuck into the new book. Very excited at the thought of meeting new characters and a gorgeous kilted hero – oh, and there might be stars in this one.
As always an entertaining and encouraging account by Our Lizzie of what it is to be an Indie author. Her interesting and inspiring story belies the hard graft that it takes to write a well-crafted novel that’s a delight to read. And that’s only the half of it. The next bit is maybe the hardest of all. Find your readers. Publicise and promote your work. Lizzie is a consummate pro. Watch and learn from a master, or should that be mistress?
Hi Mags, you’ve been every step of this journey with me (us). I’m looking forward to reading your new novel in the fullness of time. (next spring?) What I say to new authors is: get your ducks in a row and promote, promote, promote. If people can’t find you/your book, how can they buy it? Even contracted authors have to embrace social media unless they’ve got a huge publicity budget behind them. Good thing I enjoy it . . . LOL
Great post Lizzie, and I was delighted to join you and the other gals and guys on Twitter for the #UKROMCHAT gig … a hoot and super words of wisdom shared. Onwards and upwards now – you have your PSP, those kilts won’t go a-swishing by themselves!!!
I see it as my bounden duty to set as many kilts a/swishing as possible. Thanks for joining in with the fun on Monday night – well worth the effort.
Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan and commented:
Want to learn about the ‘backroom’ antics of a successful indie writer … read on!
Thanks Adrienne 😘
Reblogged this on June Kearns.
Thanks for the reblog, June x
Fabulous post, Lizzie. Great Q&A that is absolutely spot on as far as being informative, engaging and professional go. I always love reading your posts and am glad the tweetathon went so well. Thanks so much for sharing it all in a blog post that will, I’m sure, be of great interest to writers at every stage. Right there with you on the man in a kilt being totally swoonworthy. I’ve loved all your heroes. More please xxx
HI jan, I haven’t blogged seriously in a little while so these notes for Monday’s tweetathon seemed a great place to start. Nearly ready to start writing about those totally swoon worthy heroes in kilts. I loved bringing Logan to life and I thought that he’d make a great kilted hero, too. Good luck with your own writing. Thanks for popping by and your kind remarks.
Your article is very encouraging. I have self published two books . You promise Me by Mary Barbato is my most recent on Amazon and Kindle.
All the best,
Thanks Mary, I do have more to impart but time always seems to run out. Good luck with your WIP. Lizzie