I’ve been so busy the last few weeks, that I completely spaced and forgot to tell anyone about the Author Interview I did over at We Love Readers. (Click Here to access their blog)
I’ve included most of it here, but head to their website to check out other writers, new books and giveaways.
Thanks for reading!
Interview with Author Betsy Anne
What is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?
Mine, Not Hers (Book 1-True Love Series) is romantic erotica. I think most authors tend to write what they would like to read themselves, and I definitely fall into that category. I’m a big fan of E.L. James, Christina Lauren and Sylvia Day.
Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?
It’s the story of a true, deep love between two people that is tested when a suspected betrayal hits their marriage. Plenty of heat and suspense that keeps the reader guessing.
Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
Every time I finished reading a book, I’d think to myself, ‘I really want to write!’ I allowed the story to develop on it’s own as I was writing. Once I began, it took a little over a year.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
Of course! I won’t dare say which parts, but they do sneak in. I think it’s unavoidable. I think some of their characteristics begin to rub off on me, as well.
If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?
I’ve used Pinterest a lot to help with this one. Of course, we always have a clear image when we write (or read) of who we think our characters should be. For the leads, I can see Jason played by model Justice Joslin (look him up, he’s gorgeous), Katie played by Gabriella Wilde and Cynthia played by Megan Fox.
Do you have a favorite book or art that inspires you?
I draw on so many different things to inspire me creatively. I generally take the unbeaten path and gravitate to things just a little outside the norm. I get inspiration from reading auto-biographies. I’m so drawn to individuals back stories, no matter who it is. The nuttier, the better. Fiction has nothing on real life for making you stop and think. I appreciate all forms of creative expression, as well. Music, paintings, sculpture, poetry. It’s all a small piece of the artist’s soul, and for that reason alone, is enough to inspire.
Do you have a message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?
It seems that I do, even a little unintentionally. True love exists, strong, loving men are really out there and we should never settle for anything less than finding the person who brings out the best in us.
When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was about five, and that’s the truth. I was a very early reader, and loved writing my own little stories on my mother’s typewriter. I hated writing required papers in school, if I couldn’t make it up from my imagination, I was miserable. Fast-forward to adult life, I waited until my oldest went off to college so that I could dedicate more time with my laptop. The desire was always there, but life and responsibilities have a way of distracting you from your dreams. I held strong and waited.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write. Every single day. Every famous writer who has ever been asked that question always gives that same response. I’ve heard it and read it dozens of times, but that’s because it’s true. Writing takes commitment and practice, like anything else you aspire to be better at. An hour a day, minimum, to really see the effort pay off. Even if you don’t know what to write about, just put words down on paper (or screen).
How do you find the time to write?
I force myself to make it a priority. I’ve learned that the hard way over the last few years. The first book took a year to complete, because the discipline of making time wasn’t quite there. I’ve gotten much better, and considerably more productive, when I put it on my calendar as priority #1.
What are you working on right now?
I’m making my notes for a new series. Brothers, careers and a ranch are involved. It’ll be hot!
How can readers find you online?
My website is the best place to begin.
I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Amazon Author Central and Google+ under Betsy Anne Books