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I like to show readers the “other” New York, outside of New York City. I’m sure many people will be surprised to learn that Upstate NY has many small villages and hamlets with populations of 3,000 or less. Paradox Lake, where my current book is set is a mountain community with a year-round population of about sixty people (2010 census).
The amount of time promoting takes. My earlier books were for a publisher that sold primarily to libraries. I couldn’t expect a lot of other sales, so it wasn’t cost effective—in terms of time or money—to promote. Publishing with Harlequin—and with my two self-published backlist books—I feel more pressed to promote. I try to pick and choose and do a medium amount of promotion based on what I know other authors are doing.
Yes, figure out a way to give up the other job. Seriously, you need to have the discipline to set up regular blocks of time to write and work on your book during those blocks. You have to look at writing as a job. You’re not going to last long at another job if you don’t show up to work when you’re supposed. Similarly, you can’t succeed as a writer if you don’t write regularly.
What encouragement do you hope that your reader will carry in her or his heart upon finishing one of your novels?
That no matter what the situation, they can rely on God to show them the way through it.