Another fabulous author interviewed

Hello Amazing Readers,

Today I have another fantastic interview to share with you. Blye Donovan was kind enough to offer some time to me to answer my questions. Check out her latest book, Marked as Queen of Hearts, and one click your copy today!

Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

Marked as Queen of Hearts is actually my favorite so far. It’s the most complex—plot-wise and emotion-wise—and I put the most of myself into the story. Some of the things the heroine goes through are things I’ve experienced myself. It made this book a bit of catharsis for me and being able to give her a happy ending helped heal us both a little 😉

  • Writing is a difficult endeavor.  What makes you continue to write?

Somedays I ask myself this and wonder what the heck I’m doing 😆 Because you’re right, it is difficult. Sometimes the writing itself makes you want to quit, whether that’s the plot falling flat, or the characters stop talking to you. Other days it’s all the things, like editing, marketing, and promoting your books that makes you want to hang up your hat. But in spite of all that, I love writing. Bringing a story to life and sharing it with others is an incredible feat, and when people enjoy your books, it’s an incredible feeling. Those accolades, the positive reviews, make you pick up your pen (so to speak) and keep writing.

  • What do you look forward to every day?

Lots of things like coffee, reading, making dinner with my husband . . . but I imagine this question was meant to be writing related 😁 When it comes to work, I look forward to sitting down in front of a blank page, sipping my cup of coffee, and letting a scene flow through me onto the screen. When the characters are talking and you can see the scene play out, the story just flows. That feeling is a high I chase every day but don’t always find.

  • How do you define success?  What makes you successful?

There’s a lot of literature out there about being “a successful indie author” and while those tend to focus on dollar signs and figures, I think just hitting that publish button is a success. Even if your book doesn’t sell a million copies, you published a book. Not everyone can say that! True success lies in your own feeling of fulfillment, and I find that by creating the book in the first place. It’s a work of art and when you hit publish, you put it on display. When someone likes and appreciates that art, is that not its own form of success? I think so. It’s important to celebrate the wins, no matter how small.

  • Any tips for a new writer or someone who is considering becoming a writer?

Find a good group of fellow writers because support is the most important thing you can have as an indie author. I was lucky to find that early on, and not only have I gained some amazing critique partners out of it, but we all help promote each other’s work as well. Other authors in your genre aren’t your competition. Don’t treat them as such. Instead, make friends, build relationships, and learn from their experiences. And above all, don’t give up!

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