Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Author Spotlight - BJ Daniels
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
Which was the last book you read that you wish you'd written?
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. I thought one of my friends wrote the book. I had to meet the author at the latest Romance Writers of America conference just to make sure she existed.
Was there any particular author or book that made you want to be a writer?
I come from a family of storytellers so that is where my desire came from. I didn't read a lot as a kid. But I caught the bug my junior year in high school when my English teacher made me read Exodus. That did it for me. I've been reading ever since -- and I read everything.
Do you find writing love scenes giggle-worthy or cringe-worthy?
What's the most romantic moment of your life so far?
What do you wish you'd known about being an author before you were pubbed?
I always love this question because I think ignorance is bliss. Knowing too much about the business isn't good for creative juices. You have to believe in yourself when you write. You also need to completely submerse yourself in your story. How can you do that if you spend a lot of time hearing about how bad publishing is nowadays? The one thing I didn't know that has been so much fun to find out is that you make wonderful friends along the way. Fans, other writers, editors, publishers, agents...you actually get to know people you would never have met otherwise and these friendships are invaluable.
What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?
Write. It seems so simple but so many aspiring writers don't write. They spend a lot of time promoting themselves even before they have a book. The secret in my humble opinion is: write. Finish a book. Write another one. Work to continue to get better. I still believe that if you write a good book, readers will find it.
Tell us about your latest release.
Boots and Bullets comes out in October followed by High Caliber Christmas (Nov) and Winchester Christmas Wedding (Dec.) These are all part of my Whitehorse, Montana series as mini series: Whitehorse: Winchester Ranch and Winchester Ranch Reloaded. Whew huh. The book has a different cover which is fun. It's the continuing story of the Winchester family. A very dysfunctional family and one of my favorites. The first three books in the series are: Gun-Shy Bride, Hitched! and Twelve-Gauge Guardian.
What's next for you?
I wish I knew. But I'm optimistic there are good things on the horizon. It's just my nature. :)
Thanks so much for including me in your interview,BJ
Thank you very much for the interview, BJ!
Find out more about BJ on her website : http://www.bjdaniels.com/