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The hard work of being an author

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an author these days…

KateMarie Collins

Morning, everyone! It’s spring! Which, around here, means it’s raining. Still. Just a little warmer than it was last week.

People often imagine the life of a published author as one filled with red carpet invites, cavernous offices where we sit in a comfy chair. A maid or butler bringing us lunch on a silver tray so we remember to eat. And so much money in the bank that we don’t blink if our children want to go to Europe for a summer. Or Yale for six years.

Um, nope. This is work. Hard work. Our house is modest. My husband’s job pays the bills. Mine helps with groceries and, currently, the rest is being funneled each month to help make it so our daughter doesn’t start college knowing she’ll graduate with a mountain of debt. That’s the COO salary, anyway. The royalties? I get to go to my favorite…

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Radio Spot!

Catch a radio interview this evening when I visit Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross at their cool paranormal radioshow!

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

Hi, everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and tell you about this interview going on today at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! It will be live at 6PM PST/7PM MT/8PM Central/9PM EST, and we’ll be talking about my paranormal books. It should be quite the show!  🙂

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For more information, you can also check out the Facebook event here, where I’m sure Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross will be providing more updates as the day progresses! I met them both on my author journey, and I can’t wait to have a wonderful chat with them. I am so excited! I hope you can join in on the fun! 🙂

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My author interview on Crystal Miles Gauthier’s blog!

I wanted to bring a certain interview to your attention. I had no way to re-blog it from the site so I'm posting it here. Below, Crystal interviews me about my writing process, published books and you'll even get an exclusive look at my work in progress, Upon Your Love. It was a blast being… Continue reading My author interview on Crystal Miles Gauthier’s blog!

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Author Interview on Rachael Stapleton’s blog

Monday, January 12, 2015 Today I'm interviewing bestselling author Marie Lavendar who prefers a gel pen to a keystroke and a journal page to a computer. When asked if she had any quirks she admitted that while she doesn't write in the shower, she does find herself working on scenes in there. I had to… Continue reading Author Interview on Rachael Stapleton’s blog

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #11

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? This is our last post for this interview series! Question #11 is “What is your writing process like?  Is it spontaneous or do you do a lot of planning in advance before you begin writing? ” by Marie Lavender.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

My process is spontaneous, I will forget something if I wait for the scheduled time to write.

2) Viv Drewa

I do a lot of research for my novels, even interviewed some people (an archaeologist and a medical examiner). Then plan the story and characters. Sometimes I get spontaneous from there on and add or remove characters or change the direction of the story.

3) K. J. Rollinson

I am at the computer every…

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #10

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #10 is “When you hit a wall, how do you break through?” by LaRae Parry.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

My process is spontaneous, I will forget something if I wait for the scheduled time to write.

2) Viv Drewa

Save what I’ve written and, if the weather’s nice, take a walk. Or read. I do have a friend I use as a sounding board sometimes.

3) K. J. Rollinson

Sorry, LaRae I’m the wrong person to answer. I can honestly say I never get writer’s block. I swim every day and usually I am writing the next chapter in my mind as I swim. Great physical and mental exercise.

4) Sam Reese

Just keep writing. I find…

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #9

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #9 is “Who could/would help a writer to sell books?” by Jaro Berce.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

Readers and other authors, for some the biggest challenge is themselves

2) Viv Drewa

Social media if you’re an Indie. Otherwise agents or publishers.

3) K. J. Rollinson

See the answers to question one. Of course, you can pay for advertising, and you can also pay reviewers and others, e.g. Twitter accounts to advertise your books for you.

4) Sam Reese

I’m not sure I understand this question exactly, but I think family, friends, and a publisher if you have one would do all of this. As for who could, I’d say anyone could. Like all things, selling…

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #8

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #8 is “What are your reasons for writing?” by Marion Lovato.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

To gain my sanity.

2) Viv Drewa

I love putting story to print. After reading all my life I thought it was time.

3) K. J. Rollinson

Inspiration, imagination, love of words. You have to is my answer. You have to express yourself, if you are a writer, artist, composer. It is in your soul.

4) Sam Reese

Simply because I can’t not write. Something inside compels me to do so, and when I stop doing so I tend to become a terrible person to be around.

5) Neil McGowan

I couldn’t imagine not writing. It’s something that is a part of…

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #7

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #7 is “What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? by Neil McGowan.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

The story

2) Viv Drewa

If you don’t have a good story your work won’t have literary value.

3) K. J. Rollinson

This is a difficult question to answer. Obviously, the story and the characters must be intriguing to hold the reader’s interest, BUT nothing annoys me more when an author makes obvious grammatical errors. I can accept the occasional ‘typo,’ this happens in any book, but I do think ‘Indie authors’, in particular, should ensure their spelling and use of English (or whatever language they write in) should be of a high standard.

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #6

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Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #6 is “If you could be transported into one of your stories as a character, would you or would you stay as far away from it as possible?” from Sam Reese. 

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

Depending on the character I would jump at the chance for some roles.
 

2) Viv Drewa

The killer in my new novel. Sorry, still in progress can’t divulge anything else.

3) K. J. Rollinson

No, I love all of my characters. Obviously, I would pick to be one of the ‘goodies’. I quite fancy being Black Bert, the captain of a group of pirates in the last of my ‘Fallyn trilogy’, ‘Fallyn and the Sea Dragons’. I intended him to be…

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