Lanora Mangano has served as a mentor since I started writing in April 2013. She’s gently led the way and always takes the time to offer advice. She is a true friend and a wonderful writer. She’s also got me hooked on fish tacos!
I'm super excited to be on your blog today. Thank you for interviewing me.
Let’s talk cover art for your recent release Love over Troubles Waters and the next book, When Lightning Strikes. I’ve noticed a central theme, tell me, how important you feel a cover is for the success of your book?
You're right, Jillian, there is a central theme to these two books. They are actually part of a 6 book series revolving around Midwestern town that got surprised by a record breaking flood almost destroying the small fictitious town of South Westfield. The heroes in all of the books are firemen or pararescue man operating out of the same fire station.
My cover Artist, Christy Caughie, created a similar look so far because we are trying to make a branding statement and so far, it's been working.
Who chooses your covers and how much say do you have in their design?
Oh, fun question! I'm very fortunate to be able to chose my own covers by completing a very extensive work sheet of how I envision the cover to look. I describe the H/H height, hair, color, profession and I try to really verbalize the scene that I'd like to be on the cover that fits in with the story. For example, "When Lightning Strikes, one of the pivotal scenes is when Fire Chief Noah Baird and TV report Shayna Allen, proceeds to have one of their epic argument at a emergency site, when a lightning bolt strikes a nearby treat. The strike placed Shayna in harm's way and Noah saves her. Therefore, on the cover, I envisioned a large tree in the back ground, with lightning, sometime nearing evening time, and a picture of the H/H on the fore front of the book, and that's what I got.
Your next title will release when? How many books will be in this series?
I'm tongue tied with the speed of these releases. The second book in the series comes out this month, very soon, and it's called "The Unknown Son".
Third book in the series gets released in July, and it's called "When Lightning Strikes."
Forth book, "Claiming his heart" will have a 2015 date
Fifth book. "Second Chance Diner" will have a 2015 release date
Six book and final book in the series, so far is "In the Heat of the Matter." release in 2015
Once we move away from the series, I'll have a paranormal, full length book coming out in August 2014 called "Love Encounters"
Then in November, a Christmas theme novella, "A Dad for Christmas"
Would you rather read a series that has the same H/H over a three-book arc or for each book to have its own H/H and HEA?
For me, I would prefer reading a three-book arc that had its own H/H and HEA.
This is what I did for the Emergency Calls Series. The Arc or theme was all of the stories took place in the same time during the same storm/or for the same reason.
Since, I’ve known you, I feel you’ve been a teacher of sorts, did you have any wish to be a teacher as a child? What is one lesson you’ve learned as a writer recently that really stuck?
Thanks Jillian. Part of me always loved to share with people who are interested in what I like to do, what I know. Especially, good people who merely just want to learn what it has taken me a couple years, but I share a condensed version of it.
I'm not sure it's a matter of teaching for me, but the genuine love of knowing that I can impart my knowledge to anyone who simply what to know right from wrong. Then I hope they take it and go forth to learn more.
One of the many writing lessons that I've learned, is don't dawdle at the beginning of a story. Don't spend a lot of time setting up the menial things, but if you can, jump in at the action scene and go from there. In other words...Don't talk about how Susie woke up in her bed one morning, and picked out the typical black skirt and cream sweater. Then she stopped at Starbucks for a venti Americano and while walking back to her parked car on the street up the block, she noticed a black sedan turn the corner. The car sped as it approached Susie, who momentarily froze, sure the car was going to veer away. When the whites of the driver's eyes became visible, the venti Americano slipped from her grip, just as she was tackled away from the speeding car.
The point I'm trying to make is if you start the story from the part of action, your reader is more likely to get gripped into the story quicker. Well, at least, I hope I made that point.
Thank you Jillian for having me on your website today.
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With great sympathy I would like to note, Lanora has lost her husband to pancreatic cancer. Please pray for her and her family during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Go Fund Me to assist in Pancreatic Cancer Research and medical bills at: http://www.gofundme.com/92wt8c