Hey readers! We at the Super Authors blog are lucky enough to have new authors join us fairly often. It occurred to me that we should do something special when we have a new participant - something such as, oh, an introductory post. So here is the first of what I hope will be many introductions. Let's all welcome Nan aboard!
I’m so excited to be blogging with this group of wonderful writers. My debut novel SOUTHERN COMFORTS releases one week from today. **Insert eardrum breaking squeal** It’s an event I’ve been looking forward to since I left the world of finance and starting writing full-time in 2008.
I’ve been asked a few questions – so here we go.
What made you choose Supers? I have to go back to 2011 and my second Golden Heart final, SOUTHERN COMFORTS.
After querying agents, I had my first phone rejection and was thrilled. (Writing is such a strange business). I then had another phone rejection from my now agent, Laura Bradford. She spent almost an hour talking to me about what genre I wanted to write. She’d reviewed my 2010 Golden Heart finalist manuscript which was a single title and then SOUTHERN COMFORTS which was category. Laura thought I had a category voice. After sending Laura 4 manuscripts, she finally signed me on a single title book which we are still shopping. While we waited, Laura had me do a quick cleanup of SOUTHERN COMFORTS. She then pitched the book to the then SuperRomance senior editor, Wanda Ottewell. Wanda passed the book to Megan Long who read the book over the weekend. I would like to say they bought it immediately, but alas, I had 2 revision letters before that happened. Those revisions got me my first SOLD.
Who are some of your favorite authors? I don’t think there is enough space in the blog for all my favorite authors. I read everyone. Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Kristin Higgins, Susan Mallory, Susan Wiggins, Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Amy Patrick, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Suzanne Brockmann just to name a few. I read in the name of research! And what’s wonderful is I’m getting to read so many new authors like Lizbeth Selvig, Erica O’Rouke, Erin Knightley, and Sandra Owens because they’ve been Golden Heart finalists with me. I know I am forgetting wonderful authors and I apologize to them.
What was the biggest surprise for you about the whole publication process? Things happened so fast! I got the call April 30th and had revisions by mid-May. The line edits and copy edits were completed by mid-July. I got the cover sometime in August and the books in October! It made my head spin. (My lovely editor, Megan Long, said I was on a tight timeline.)
My kids are scattered all over the country, so it is the one holiday we have a chance of getting together. I put up two trees and lots of decorations and one daughter brags to her friends that the house vomits Christmas. I have wonderful Christmas china that I pull out after Thanksgiving and it stays out until Valentine’s Day. (I may be too lazy to pack it all away.) And the plates are smaller—and I need portion control after the holidays.
Where you would live if you could live anywhere on the planet?
I think I would move between the ocean and the mountains. I love walking along the shore and have a container full of shells from our travels. Possibly, Costa Rica for the ocean. My oldest son lived in Nosara for a while and the ocean was like bath water. But I also love snow skiing so I would want to spend time in Big Sky, Montana. (Those are my twins.) And then I would want to get back to my family’s lake cabin in Minnesota. As soon as I drive into the woods, the stress rolls right off me. I guess I don’t want to decide where to live!
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