As promised last week, I will be using this space once a week to promote other authors. On New Title Tuesday, you will find books that have been out for less than three months, in all different genres, with all sorts of authors. (And, as you will see here in Week One, I do mean all genres.) The one commonality is that I’m not going to be featuring anyone with an extensive marketing budget. If you would like to be featured on NTT, use the contact form to let me know.
All of the authors who appear here are going to be asked three questions:
- What was the first thing you thought when you saw your published book the first time?
- When did you first decide to call yourself a writer? What prompted the decision?
- What is your best advice for someone just starting their first manuscript? Halfway through? Just finished?
I’ll also post a blurb or excerpt from their book and tell you how you can get it if you like what you read.
Next week, Heather King (Writing as Vampires Don’t Drink Coffee and Other Stories.with
With no further ado, Kathryn Blake, author of A Simple Misunderstanding.
Elly Benson struggled to be the properly submissive wife her husband desired. She tried to do everything he asked of her, until he convinced her she could never be the perfect woman he expected and demanded by nearly killing her.
As a vet, Jerry Douglas recognized signs of abuse when he saw them. Elly Benson, however, was a married and consenting adult who insisted all her bruises and welts were nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson took his authority and discipline one-step too far.
What was the first thing you thought when you saw your published book the first time? A Simple Misunderstanding is not the first book I’ve had published, so the part that’s exciting for me is the cover reveal. When I was first shown the projected cover for this book, what struck me most was the colors in the sky. I loved them. Since A Simple Misunderstanding is the seventh in an ongoing series of stories written about the same locale, but by different authors adding new lead characters to the series, the lower half of the cover is the same on all the books. That means the author only has input on the top half of the cover. I thought the model they chose for my heroine was very close to my internal vision of her, the guy they chose wasn’t my original image of Jerry, but he’s grown on me. Sort of a Matthew McConaughey
When did you first decide to call yourself a writer? What prompted the decision? I called myself a writer when I first started writing stories, but I didn’t call myself an author until after one of my books was accepted by a publisher. I wrote for some twenty-odd years before I was published, but I don’t think today’s writers would ever need to wait that long. With the advent of print on demand books and self-publication, it’s much easier to get published, but anyone who practices the craft of writing, whether for personal pleasure or publication is a writer in my opinion.
What is your best advice for someone just starting their first manuscript? Halfway through? Just finished? If you’re just starting your first manuscript, I’d suggest you take time to write out a road map that can give you an idea of the direction you want to take your story. You don’t have to stick to it if the characters want to travel a different path, but it’s always good to start your journey with a map. Halfway through, writers often reach the deadly middle slump. The story that started out “full steam ahead” seems to have stalled and they aren’t sure what to do next. If this happens, I suggest going back and re-reading what you’ve written so far and examine your characters’ goals, motivation and conflict. If those three things seem in order, but you’re still stuck, then think of the worst possible thing that could happen to your protagonist, and write it out. Just doing that will often free you up to continue. You may not keep the scene, especially if you end up killing a character you expected to survive, but it may give you the impetus you need to continue Then once the first draft is complete, put it aside for about a week before you attempt to read it through and make notes. Look for the places where you’ve left holes in the plot or written something out of sequence. I always start to edit as I go through this process, but you really shouldn’t. Just read and make notes if you can be more self-disciplined than I am. You may need to add a scene or two and/or discover several you need to delete. Once you have the basic story put together, start the editing process by examining every sentence to make sure it serves the purpose and conveys the meaning, feeling or image you intended. Once you’ve gone through the book (and for me, I usually go through the entire book during the editing process around eleven times) give your story to someone you trust who will offer you honest feedback. Friends and relatives may not be the best choice for this, unless they often read the sort of book you’ve written, and know how to critique or review a manuscript. It’s good to have at least three beta readers or critique partners who can point out the parts that confused them, or where they had a problem with something your characters did. It’s not always easy to accept criticism with an open mind, but try to remember that other readers can’t see the movie you’ve got playing in your head, so they may not understand what you’re trying to impart. If you trust the person, try to view the feedback objectively with an eye to making your story better. Once you’re convinced the story is the best you can make it, submit it for publication.
About Kathryn Blake
A Simple Misunderstanding is Kathryn R. Blake’s fourth novel with Blushing Books, and third spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot. Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart.
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