Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Paula Hardin, a contemporary romantic suspense author, whose book A Daughter’s Justice was recently released. Paula answered many questions for you. I hope you enjoy her interview.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t actually. This is when vampire romances first started. It happened like this: I asked my friend. “Do you have anything good to read? She said, no. I was having withdrawals so I told her; you know we should write a book. Needless to say, we fought after ten minutes so we decided to write our own books but write together.
What genre are you writing, and do you have more then one?
I write paranormal fantasy, and I have a new book, which is a contemporary suspense with steampunk elements. Total of three and one I’m working on.
Tell me about your journey as an author… where did it start?
I started the story already. In the beginning, I was pitiful. I had no clue what POV was, and my first book is 103,000 words of a mess. I attended conferences, writer’s meetings. I screamed, cried, but I never gave up. Sometimes I felt like it because it’s been a long road. But the old saying goes; The harder you work for something it’s worth it in the end. I have a few fans now. They humble me like you have no idea.
Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”?
Mostly a pantser. It’s a movie going on in my head. Sometimes it flows and sometimes my characters go off on their own, and I’m like nooooo, you’re messing me up.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Christine Feehan, she my mentor, but there are others like Maggie Shayne, Heather Graham, music, TV. A walk through the French Quarters when I’m stuck. Sometimes I’ll be somewhere and a light bulb goes off from something someone said. It’s everywhere.
What’s been the greatest challenge in being a writer and becoming published?
Getting that tough skin after edits, rejections, and learning the craft.
What lessons would you share with new writers?
My saying is… NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER because when it’s finished, there is a sense of accomplishment, and when you get your first sale that isn’t a friend or family member who buys your book the feeling is over the top.
What are you working on at the moment?
Vampire romance, suspense. I’m building my own world but I have part two coming from the contemporary books as well. I want to be known for more then one genre. Being an Indie author, I can write what I want. It’s good to be opened-minded because the field changes quickly.
What’s on your bookshelf? Do you have a favorite author?
Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Heather Graham, Lynsay Sands, etc. I have books, and I have ebooks. I am a hoarder of books. I love old books and the smell of old books.
And of all of your own books, which is your favorite?
This is a hard question. Each is part of my soul, blood sweat, and tears. But I have to say my first because it means I did it. I finished the book when I didn’t think I could. I went through Katrina with that book. I lost part of me and couldn’t write for a year. I have to say it’s not published, but I’m working on fixing the many errors of being a green author.
If you could write in any other genre than your own, what would it be?
I have already and it’s still not full contemporary but it’s more straightforward. Hahaha.
Do you have a family, job? How do you balance time to write?
My children are grown, and now I have grandchildren. I write at different times because before I lost my job from it going bankrupt. I worked forty hours a week. You can’t say, “I work all day and have a family so I don’t have time to write.” YOU do. You have to be determined.
How do you market yourself as an author?
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and my blog. Joining groups on Facebook and word of mouth. Attending conferences. I’m a walking advertisement.
While you’re writing, do you see it as a movie in your head? How does it work for you?
Yes, it’s a MOVIE… fast pacing and I try to keep up. Sometimes I even dream parts of my book and have to hurry and write first thing when I wake up so I don’t’ forget it.
When you wrote your first book, did you think you would be able to write another book? Wondering if you could do it again with different characters?
I panicked. While I was writing and working on my first book, I thought this is taking all of me to write this story. How am I going to come up with new characters to write something totally different? Let me tell you. There is a door in my mind that keeps opening up with new characters strolling in, leaning against an invisible wall, demanding their spotlight. One character did this to me for a week straight while I was in the middle of A Daughter’s Justice. I had to put it down and write it out so I could go back to finish the book I’ve been working on.
Tell us about your newest book?
A Daughter’s Justice is about a district attorney-vigilante. She lives two lives, Merrick the attorney, and AKA Jynx at night determined to have revenge for her father, but it does have a twist at the end.
Out of all of your characters, which one is your favorite?
No favorite. I love each one differently and endlessly.
Do you write sequels or stand-alone?
You can read them as stand-alone but since I’m building a world in the paranormal, reading them in order is the best way to know what’s going on with the first characters.
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