It’s been a busy week–I’ve been conversing back and forth with the digital artist working on the cover for my next book. I’ve also been busy doing edits, and hope to be ready for beta readers in a couple weeks.
Meanwhile, today’s interview is with Hope Welsh, a writer of paranormal romance (and suspense, by the looks of it). You can find more about her here at Goodreads:
- How did you first start writing? What drew you to it? Honestly, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I was writing stories when I was in elementary school. I’d read a book and want to create my own. My first ‘public’ writing was a play the school put on when I was in third grade. (And I didn’t even get to go see it; my sister had the audacity to get married that night!)
2. Paranormal romance seems to be the hottest thing right now. What drew you to this genre, and why?
Paranormal romance has always been my favorite. I remember reading a vampire book more than twenty years ago by Linda Lael Miller and I was hooked. Back then, angel books were also quite popular, and I loved them. The biggest one, though, that got me interested in writing general paranormal was Gift of Gold by Jayne Ann Krentz. That book, and its sequel, Gift of Fire, are two of my favorite books twenty-five years later!
3. What makes your vampires different that what’s out there already?
My vampires are a bit different. Vampires can only be created when one is a ‘Chosen’—a specific gene that makes it possible to be a vampire. All vampires can sense the Chosen, which puts them at risk for Vampire Hunters. Normal mortals cannot be turned. Vampires can also procreate—and the children are mortal and age normally until adulthood. The hero in Once Bitten went to school with the heroine—as he was able to be out in the daytime until he reached age twenty-one.
4. Tell me about your latest book.
My latest book is Holding the Link (Prophecy Series Book Two) I released it early in June. This is the second book about Lana and Cole, and their battle with the evil shifter, Connall.
Their relationship happened very fast in Linked, which is causing some issues for them now as well.
5. I see that you have several books out. What is your writing method like? How do you schedule in your writing time?
I’m lucky enough not to work outside the home. I write when the mood strikes. I know that’s awful, but I don’t have a set writing schedule, though I do try to write each and every day.
Some authors plot meticulously, I’m not one who does. Generally, I know the main plot when I begin the story—but the rest comes together as I’m writing.
Once Bitten actually came with my only knowing the first scene. I didn’t know another thing about it—I just saw the heroine in the outfit she wore the first night of the story and it went from there.
I’m also a fast writer. One of the pitfalls of not plotting, though, is that unless I’m on a roll—at which time I can write up to 25k in a day—I generally only manage 2-3k a day. More of my time is spent on trying to figure out what happens next.
6. What are you working on next?
My latest project is a four-book bundle along with Elizabeth A. Reeves, Lanie Jordan and Charity Parkerson. Coming on its heels will be a series I’m writing with two other authors, Lanie Jordan and Elizabeth A. Reeves, and the series name is Karma’s Witches. My book is Life’s a Witch. Three sisters separated at age three when their mother dies. None of them realizes she is a witch.
This is the first time I’ve ever written a series along with other authors. The series is coming out in August. I’m very excited about it.
7. Who is your favorite writer, and why?
It’s a toss-up between Linda Howard and Jayne Ann Krentz. Those were two of the first romance authors that I read, and their book were just so wonderful, I knew that I wanted to follow and write romance novels that readers would love.
Both of them can create entire worlds that just draw you in from the first line and keep you turning pages.
I always hate this question, to be honest, because there are just so many authors that I consider my ‘favorites’.
8. What advice do you have for new writers?
First, to be a good writer, you must be a reader. I always suggest that a writer read in the genre that they want to write.
It’s also very important, in my opinion, to write every day. I believe this is especially true for new writers.
Everything you write will be just a bit better than the last—so the more you write, the better you will be, I think.
I’ve found also that when I write myself, if I have to struggle with a story too much, that it’s best for me to move on to another project. (But never, ever, just toss a project.)
I’d also suggest that you write what you love! I’m not a fan of ‘writing what is hot’. Write what you just must write. Write what you’re passionate about. Write the story that is in your heart, always.
I also suggest joining critique groups—either in person or Online. It’s important to have input on your writing.