Check out the interview that I did with the talented author Lynda Belle for the Read-A-Holics Event! This diverse author has a variety awesome books available so make sure to check them out. Thank you for doing the interview with us and we hope that everyone enjoys reading it.
How many books do you currently have out and what are their titles?
My current book titles number 8 total. 7 exclusive with Amazon, and 1 on Amazon and other retailers. They are all listed on my Amazon Author page.
When writing and reading do you prefer standalone books or series and why to either?
I love series much more. I like to get lost with a character for awhile in a world specific to them. I love Sci-Fi/Fantasy. But if a series goes too long, it can get frustrating. Like with Robert Jordan. I think you should wrap up your series and put a big bow on it to wrap it up for people. You can always write a new series.
Is there an author that has inspired or impacted the type of author that you are today?
My absolute favorite author is Anne Rice. Anything she writes is fabulous. She introduced me to the idea vampires could be seductive and sexy. She’s also influenced my erotica from her book, Exit to Eden. She created a fabulous S&M island world that is the best. I think she was way ahead of her time writing erotic romance before Fifty Shades.
If there was one thing that you could change within the author community what would it be and why?
Self-published authors are real authors. There is more exceptance, but really, it’s still looked down upon. If I was still waiting for the traditional route, I wouldn’t have all the writing, books, and shorts I have now. I’d be sitting waiting months to hear rejections. Not to say agents and traditional publishers are not important. I do wish to be hybrid eventually. I have an agent interested in one of longer projects. It’s just that self-publishing is the new way to start out. It will go down in history as the new way to make a living as a writer. Will be happy to be part of this new Bohemia.
Can you tell me something totally random about yourself that readers may be surprised by?
I really did share boyfriends and men back in the day with select friends. It inspires my menage.
Are you self-published or with a traditional publisher and what do you find to be the biggest pro and con to each?
Well, I kind of already mentioned some of this. But I’m currently self-published with leads to become traditional as well. I think both ways are necessary, esp. if you want to make a living as a writer. All the self-publishing has made my writing so much more tight that it is easier to work and talk with editors and agents now. Hopefully, I will have a longer novel length project taken on in the future. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing in the beginning of your writing career what would it be?
DON’T GIVE UP! Keep writing. You’ll get there. NEVER GIVE UP! And it’s ok to keep the day job and work. It will support your writing habit until it takes off. Keep at it. Have faith people will like your work. Develop the thick skin. You’ll need it.
Have you ever done something major that you completely regret doing in your lifetime?
Well, I recently almost died from a blood clot in my heart. So, I’ve made a bucket list of the things I regretted not doing before I almost died. I’m currently doing the things on my list now. Things like going to Las Vegas and seeing Thunder Down Under, going to see Book of Mormon, and trying writing as a career. It’s amazing how almost dying will kick your butt into doing things.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband is my first main support. He is my pillar in life. Next would be some of my close friends that totally kick my butt to keep going. Lisa Frogjourney, Lady Trish and many of my other friends from Ren. Fair are crucial to me not giving up. Plus, doing Renaissance Fairs helps keep my sanity. I also play the Gaelic Harp at many fairs in Northern California.
What is the hardest thing about being an author and what would you tell new authors just starting out?
The rejection and haters are out there. Just don’t give up what ever any one says. Write from your heart. It will guide you.