Welcome to the blog, Autumn! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
Painted in a Corner is about Bianca Barrett’s struggle with returning to her hometown after being away at college. It’s the last place she wants to be, for many reasons. We learn about Bianca’s dark secret that is constantly thrown in her face when she is here. She is forced to admit her one true love and soul mate has moved on, or has he? Watch as a love rekindles and exciting new friendships bloom.
Bianca is coaxed out of her shell and begins doing things that shock everyone around her, herself included. What novel would be complete without some drama? With lies, deceit, and revenge lurking around the corner, you’ll be wondering exactly who’ll be begging for forgiveness in the end.
What drew you to write this novel?
My epiphany came for this book one day as I was unloading the dishwasher. I knew I always had a story somewhere deep within that I wanted to tell, but it wasn’t until that day that it was laid out in my mind and ready to be told. I began Bianca’s story and the rest is, as they say, history.
Coming from a small town myself, I could relate to Bianca’s character in the sense of not wanting to be limited to what a small town had to offer. I think that is about all I have in common with the main character, but it is an integral part of who she is.
How do you create characters who seem to jump off the page?
I wanted my heroine to have flaws that weren’t necessarily visible on the surface. I got tired of reading about the boring, average girl who turns out to be something amazing. I went for the opposite and created two beautiful characters that have flaws that run deep. Beauty isn’t always what it is chalked up to be.
As for the hero, I wanted him to have the undying love for the heroine that tugs at your heart. He’s the guy that girls dream about, but never get. He’s head over heels in love with Bianca and has no apologies for it. Look for the hero to have a tainted past and some secrets of his own to share.
What are the pros and cons of having your book sold exclusively for Kindle? Are you planning to expand to paper publishing?
As for right now, I’m content with ebook publishing. I am learning that being an Indie Author is very time consuming as well as difficult, so that would be the only con. I am open to print publishing should the right offer come along one day. For now, this is a way for me to gauge in small increments what type of reading my audience likes from me. The pros are that I can offer my novel at a very low price to many readers, and that I can get instant feedback by way of online reviews—which by the way are very helpful to new authors!
What is the best advice you can give to romance writers?
I get embarrassed when writing love scenes that are too over the top; therefore, I like to keep it simple but seductive. I hope that is how the scenes in this novel came across to my readers. Every writer has their own style and I say to each their own. My advice would be to just have fun with what you are writing.
Thanks for sharing, Autumn!
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