Today I am chatting with author Shirleen Davies. She is the author of many historical romances and contemporaries, some I hope to be able to read one day.
Why don’t we start off by you telling us a little about yourself.
SD: I write romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. I grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and have degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. I still provide consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses, but am now able to pursue my true passion of writing on an almost full-time basis. My husband and I live in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
SD: I love to read, ride my bright red scooter, practice clay target shooting, and dance with my husband, which is how we met.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
SD: Years ago, but it was in the last few years I was able to realize my dream. Now I am able to do it almost full-time.
What does your family think of your writing?
SD: They love it and are very supportive. My husband is my first beta reader for all my books.
What do you think makes a good story?
SD: A good storyline and strong characters. I believe you can have a great story, but if your characters lack depth or don’t provide the reader with a strong connection, then the overall story doesn’t live up to its potential.
Is there a subject you would never write about as author? If so what is it?
SD: Never is pretty strong, however, there are some subjects and genres I haven’t considered writing because I don’t feel I have either the story ideas or the time to do them justice.
Do you create an outline before writing?
SD: A jot down a brief outline with my ideas in a spiral notebook, then I get on the computer and write!
Any advice for getting through the dreaded writers block?
SD: I take time away, research future book ideas, or work on another one of my writing projects until I’m able to move on with the current story.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors, like myself?
SD: Keep writing and don’t let anyone discourage you. When I started writing, I kept Churchill’s quote about Never Giving Up close at hand. Writers today have so many choices not available even ten years ago. These choices make it possible for anyone who truly loves to write to get their stories in front of readers.
How is the publishing process? Any advice?
SD: I decided early to be an Indie Publisher, so I do it all, including hiring the cover designer, editors, proofreaders, book converters, and marketing help. I’m impatient by nature and the traditional publishing process is just too slow for me. I write six to seven books a year while the typical contract is for one or two with a traditional publisher. Hybrid is a good option for those who want their books in both.
What’s next for you?
SD: I have four books in the works including book three of my historical western romance series Redemption Mountain. Sunrise Ridge will release in June. The others are contemporaries, but more historicals are planned in the future.
Okay now for some lighter questions.
Coffee or Tea?
SD: Both! Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and evening.
Do you write more in the Morning, Afternoon or at night?
SD: Morning and evening.
Are you an early bird or night owl?
SD: More of an early bird.
What is your favorite genre to read?
SD: I love reading historical and contemporary romances with a hint of suspense.
Is there a book that you wish you could have written?
SD: Way, way too many to list here!
What is your favorite book at the moment?
SD: I get this question a lot, and I hate to admit I don’t have an absolute favorite. It would be impossible for me to name just one.
Is there anything else you would like for your readers to know?
SD: I love to hear from readers and respond to every email I receive. The best way to stay in touch and what’s next is to sign up for my newsletter. It is sent out with each new release and offers my readers opportunities to participate in quizzes, receive prizes, and have a pre-look at some of my work.