Meet Me :)

Recently I received a list of interview questions from Romance At Heart www.romanceatheart.com

If they post a review and the interview then I’ll attach the link. Fingers crossed they like it.

Please tell us about your latest book.

‘Relax, Bell’ was released in January 2013 with Siren Publishing. I loved writing Relax, Bell. It’s about Belinda and her struggle to relax enough to be satisfied by a man. Luckily, she finds two very capable men. I always feel so connected to my characters, like they’re actually my friends. I think about them and worry about them. It’s silly, I know, but they creep into my mind and start talking to me. Relax, Bell was really interesting for me to write. I’ve never ventured into ménage before with my writing and did a lot of reading before I wrote it. Lol, talk about eye opening.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m hoping my next book, Tying Trina, will be out in April/May 2013. In Relax, Bell, Belinda’s best friend is Trina. My new book carries on the story of Trina, whose boyfriend wants to introduce her to rope bondage. We also meet Stella who has recently left a bad marriage. Her dream is to find a happy, healthy relationship, just like the ones she reads about in books.

How do we find out about you and your books?

My web page is permanently a work in progress. I keep seeing things that I like or want to add and since I have no technical skills, it can be challenging and time consuming. I’m learning and it’s great. I feel so independent and capable, no longer bewildered by just the idea of trying to create a web page. I love feedback and ideas so please leave me a comment at www.loulouwinters.com or email me at loulouwinters@ymail.com .

Why did you decide to write romance novels?

I think the important thing about writing is to enjoy it. I love losing myself in a story and living every moment with my characters. I know that I wouldn’t enjoy writing a history text book. I might learn a lot but it would be a job, not something I did every time I had a spare moment. For me, there was no conscious decision to write romance. I had an idea, it was an erotic romance and I wrote it. Since then, all my ideas have been erotic romance. I do feel the fluttering’s of a fantasy erotic romance at the edge sometimes, pushing its way forward and demanding to be told. It’s forming and might be coming soon, lol.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I am a big, big reader and never go anywhere without a book, I love reading. I’ve always thought the idea of being a writer and being able to create a book was amazing. Quietly, it’s always been something I wanted to do but never thought I could.

A few years ago, I was at the stage where I was reading so much, so fast that I couldn’t even tell you what I’d read the week before because they were all blending together. It was time for a change or a new hobby that I enjoyed as much as reading, to put some balance back in my life.

I’d heard about e publishers before and luckily found Siren on line. I read their submission guidelines and decided to go for it. I’d had an idea circling in my mind for a while. It came down to this, in my life, I could wish all I wanted to but if I didn’t actually put in the effort to make it happen then the chances were it wouldn’t. I had to give it a go so that I could say that I’d tried and stop dreaming about becoming a writer. That was never going to happen if I didn’t actually write anything, lol.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

I would like to write more. I would love to write full time. I have two boys, a husband and a day job so I write at night between about 9.30pm and 11.30pm. The time it takes to complete a book varies. Its Christmas school holidays here in Australia, at the moment, eight weeks. My oldest child is staying up late and there have been heaps of parties and barbeques so my night time writing suffers. Term starts soon so I’ll be able to knuckle down again and work faster. I am sure that I could spend forever going over and over every word but at some stage you have to send them in. I would like to establish a steady writing routine and submit a book every four months but more than likely it will be a bi annual event for me.

What is your writing routine once you start a book?

I usually try to have an idea or plan written down of all the chapters and then write the story from the beginning to the end, but often find that things happen to change that. The story tells itself and takes unexpected turns so sometimes I need to go back to fill in some blanks so the reader knows as much as I do about my character. When I think I’m done, I read the story again from beginning to end. This usually takes about a week because it’s the first read/edit and there is often a lot to rewrite and correct. After that, I read it again out loud to myself and continue to fix and correct.  The reading cycle goes on and on for as long as necessary. Ideally, I put the book down for several weeks to help give me distance. Have you ever tried to correct your own work? Lol.

What kind of research do you do? What does your husband/wife/partner think of your writing?

I’d love to say that my research is hands on but to be honest, a lot of it isn’t. I’m never going to experience m/m coupling first hand; I just don’t have the equipment. On the whole, my hubby is my number one supporter and my most enthusiastic test dummy. The majority of my research is done talking to people, searching the internet and reading, reading, reading. With my current work in progress, I have been researching rope bondage and it has been remarkable to note how potentially dangerous it can be when it’s not done right, I had no idea.

After you’ve written your book and it’s been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

Absolutely! I love to have something I created in my kindle, even if it’s just to look at the cover. It’s a double edged sword, the reading. I like to have a flip through but since I can’t change anything anymore, it’s set in stone, it can be hard. Also, when the book finally becomes available in paperback, I buy a copy of that too, for my bookshelf.

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