Friday, July 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Summer Confection Author Interviews

Alright lets get to know these three authors a bit more!!! Check out these great Author Interviews!!!  I want to thank these three great authors for letting me part of their tour and for being on my blog!!!

Lisa Bilbrey

Do you listen to music while you write, or do you prefer quiet?

I must have music on in order to write. The silence is deafening and I start to feel like the walls are closing in on me. Seriously, it sounds crazy, but it’s true. I have several playlists on my iPod that I use depending on the type of book I am working on at the moment.

Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).

Running away leads Meredith into the arms of the last person she expects. Jonathon refuses to let her go now. Will she let him in?

Is there anything that you believe you still need to accomplish in your career for you - and you alone - to feel truly successful?

Sell a million copies and roll around in the money?? No, seriously, I feel blessed to be where I am.  Writing is a part of me — whether I sell my works or not. I’m blessed to be able to follow my dreams.

How much research went into your book?

Not a lot. The summer camp that Meredith runs away to was modeled after one of my favorite childhood memories. It felt amazing to be able to write about someplace close to my heart.

Is there anything you’re working on now?

I always have something in the works. I’ve been w0rking on my book for the next Candy Collection book that comes out in late September, and I’ve been working on the outline for the sequel to my upcoming release, Angel’s Heart: The Keeper.

Did you use an outline or make some sort of “book plan” before you started writing?

I use a very loose outline, which is really more of just a single sentence stating what the chapter will be about. It helps me focus without holding me back too much.

B.F. Betty
How long did it take you to write your book?

It took me a total of ten days to write The Apartment. Once the story started, I became obsessive over the plot line. It consumed me, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?

Oh, well, seeing as The Apartment is my first book, I’d have to go with Sebastian. He seems so . . . cold and calculated, and he is to a point, but inside he’s just lost and lonely. Writing him gave me the opportunity to dig deeper into myself and be creative.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?

Never give up. No matter how hard things get, don’t ever stop reaching for the stars.
Do you follow a writing schedule, or just write whenever you get the chance?
No, I don’t really have a schedule at all. I pretty much just get up in the morning and start       writing. Some days it goes a lot smoother than others, but I try every day to get my thoughts on paper . . . err, a screen. 

What thought or sentiment would you like to have copied and put into one million fortune cookies?

Live each day to the fullest because tomorrow you could be on empty. Not really sure what that means, but it’d be funny to get.

Estelle Mars
Is there anything you’re working on now?

Right now I am working on a series of three connected novellas. They’re all part of a BDSM series.  Even though they are connected to each other, they will be able to stand alone. The World of Dominance novellas will cover all aspects of the BDSM lifestyle. From The Pet to The Dominant, we’ll get to see what each one’s life is like.

Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?

Maybe. I just may know a few people who live in the BDSM lifestyle, but no, no one directly. Just characters who demanded their story be told.

What was last book you bought?

All three of the Hunger Games.

If you could be any kind of creature (other than human), which would you pick and why?

A fairy, because they’re cool and exotic and free spirits.

What thought or sentiment would you like to have copied and put into one million fortune cookies?

Live and let live. Too many people think their way of life is the right one. It may be for them, but no one should dictate how someone lives.  

Did you use an outline or make some sort of “book plan” before you started writing?

No, not really. I like to let the story flow without me forcing my will on it. I usually know the beginning and the end. The rest is a surprise.

How much research went into your book?

Not too much really. I’ve been to Mexico so I borrowed parts of that. I already knew about the lifestyle so a little went into that. But like every author, even though I knew it, I still double checked all my facts.

Does writing come naturally to you, or did you have to work harder in order to get that story in your head down on paper?

It was actually natural. I’ve always had a head full of stories. The hard part is finding time to get them all out. There is always someone screaming in my head to come out.

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