August 3, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Author Interview and Book Blurb – Into the Sunrise: A Woman of Heart, Courage, and Integrity
From shattered dreams to incredible joy.
Soul-destroying questions and equally stunning answers have Dusty digging deeper than she ever thought possible, and when she discovers her Self in an entirely foreign landscape, she begins anew, more determined than ever to achieve her lifelong dream.
If you love stories about women who pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and get on with living no matter what the universe tosses in their path, this book is for you.
If Kathleen Eagle and Barbara Samuel are on your auto-buy list, you will love Into the Sunrise.
Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Sunrise-woman-courage-integrity-ebook/dp/B072L748PF/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I never realized I wanted to be a writer until I’d written my first book. After that, I couldn’t not write. Words and characters demanded my attention and I LOVED it!
How many books have you written?
Fifteen? I’ve published eleven so far.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
A rough draft takes about a month, give or take. But the editing and revising can take three months, sometimes longer depending on what life throws my way.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I don’t come up with ideas. Words slip magically through my fingertips and guide them on the keyboard. I often have no idea what will happen next.
Who are your favorite authors?
JD Robb / Nora Roberts, Kay Hooper, Cherry Adair, Christine Feehan, Janet Evanovich, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown…
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Character names. In one book I had six characters with names ending in “o.” In another book there were four characters whose names began with a “j.”
Where is your favorite place to write?
I’m very productive while traveling and writing longhand in a notebook. But I also love to write on my laptop, in a comfy chair in the corner of my bedroom, with tunes playing in the background.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I meet them and get to know them as the story unfolds. As though I was reading the book.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I aim for 2500-5000
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Keeping track of my timeline. This last book occurs over a stretch of about fifteen years, and I had to go over and over some of the sequencing later to make sure I hadn’t screwed up.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Letting my fingers roll without interference from my brain.
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
Once in a while, but that’s rare. I usually meet them in my head first, then have to scramble to find a cover image that looks like my characters and that’s nearly impossible!
Are your characters based on people you know?
Never. That said, lots of characters are made up of bits and pieces of people I know, but I usually don’t see it until I read the manuscript the first time.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
Absolutely. I have a crazy diverse background which gives me a wealth of information that shows up in my books. I’ve been a racehorse trainer, an emergency dispatcher, educator, public speaker, pilot, cancer survivor…
Do you ever get writer’s block?
No. If the words aren’t flowing, I grab a pen and notebook and sit outside on my tiny patio. Words always come then.
What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters that are real, flawed, smart, silly, old, young, have baggage, and have their shit together.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, depending on where the story is at. If my heroine is struggling with sorrow or disappointment, it can be exhausting for me. If she’s happy, and things are going well, I will be energized.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Getting an email from a reader, thanking me because my book took her away from reality for a little while.
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
They’re proud and supportive.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love walking on the beach, and a couple of days each week I volunteer with TinyKittens.com. They’re a rescue organization specializing in work with feral cats. I spend time socializing ferals so they can be adopted into loving homes.
Do you like music or silence when your write?
Both. It depends on the project. I created a playlist for, Dance With Me, and always wrote with it on. Into the Sunrise had a shorter playlist specific to the first half of the book. The second half I wrote with or without music, as the mood struck.
Do you outline or do you just write?
Just the thought of outlining or plotting gives me hives!
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?
I write every day.
What do you love best about your current book?
The characters. Dusty is tough and soft all at the same time, and she goes through hell—some of it self-inflicted—and comes out the other side as a remarkable woman who knows exactly who she is.
Chase is a good man, but he makes some serious mistakes that cost him dearly.
What is your next project?
Ha! Good question. I have three projects underway, and have yet to decide which one will come out next. At the moment I’m leaning toward another Women’s Fiction with ties to the racehorse industry, but readers are also asking for the next book in the Intrepid Women series so I might have to go with that one. Meantime, I have another whole group of readers demanding volume four of Cats: A Collection of Heartwarming Furry Tales.
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