Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book tour interview with Belinda Boring

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Broken Promises is the first in my new Brianna Lane series. It’s definitely darker and edgier than my other releases, but the swoon is still the same. In the story, Bri and Quinn go out on a date to the movies where everything goes crazy! Unknown to them both, the Fae are invading, using a charm to influence humans and turn their violent tendencies loose. The streets resemble the apocalypse as strangers and loved ones turn on each other. Bri finds out although she’s immune … Quinn isn’t, changing him from a devoted boyfriend into someone more sinister. With the clock ticking, Bri races to find a way to save him—to save their love.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I don’t belong to a critique group but I do have trusted friends that I rely on while writing. I value their opinions so I never hesitate to bounce ideas off them or send snippets I’m working on. They’re amazing—readers and writers themselves so I’m really grateful for their support. Sometimes it’s hard to see the whole picture when you’re so close to the story and they offer encouragement, advice, and a different perspective.

What is your writing process?
It all starts with a spark. It doesn’t matter where I am, an idea will come and then slowly unravel in my head. Characters soon appear—each voice telling me their names and who they are. Usually I’ll stew a little or talk it out with someone but once it clicks, I write everything down. Most times this happens while I’m already working on something else so when I finally get a chance to look at my notes, I start thinking of scenes and what will happen. It’s kind of like a movie so I loosely outline each chapter—letting the characters flesh it out when I’m actually writing it. Then it’s all down to getting it out of my head and into a word document.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Always. I like each story to be seen by as many eyes as possible—me, an editor, my business partner, and sometimes a proof reader. It’s really important the story is the best it can be and shines when it’s released. Of course, nothing is ever perfect but I strive to give the reader a great experience … I want them swooning and enjoying the book.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
That I love being an author! I was actually working in the Mental Health field and was studying to become a therapist when Fate/Divine Providence/whatever-you-want-to-call-it stepped in and introduced me to my best friend. I’m an avid reader so making the career change seemed so natural and I’ve loved every minute since. I really enjoy exploring my imagination and being creative. Something I’ve learned along the way is to never be afraid about stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m naturally a shy person but since blogging and now publishing, every day is a new experience and I’ve met so many amazing people. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes, all of my books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, Sony, and Diesel. 
What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I’m a heavy Facebook user. I love being able to start up a discussion, share photos, and generally get to know everyone. It’s an easy social media to connect with people and be myself. I also use Twitter (@thebookishsnob) but I’m such a chatterbox that 140 characters isn’t enough. I also have a blog I try to keep updated. (www.belindaboring.com)

For those wanting to find me on Facebook, I’m under Bookish Snob and Belinda Boring – Author. I post a variety of things—day to day stuff, updates on what I’m writing and marketing PLUS the ever torturous teasers. Those are popular because I like keeping everyone guessing. It’s not unusual to see people calling me cruel and threatening to hunt me down! haha 

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Some times more than others. I try to keep on a schedule so I can accomplish everything I need to but there are days where it’s impossible to get it all done. That’s when I wish for another me or minions who can help with some of the smaller things so I can focus on writing. I definitely find myself juggling but it’s all worth it in the end. That’s one of the reasons I love blog tours because each tour has readers willing to promote and share your books. The help they provide is invaluable and needed.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love reading (of course) and spending time with family and friends. I love snuggling with my husband and watching our favorite shows—The Voice, Legend of the Seeker, The Vampire Diaries, and superhero movies. I love going on road trips because we crank up the stereo to sing along or talk about anything and everything. I also adore going to football games. In fact, I’m a pretty passionate person and like filling my life with things I enjoy. Life’s too short to get stuck doing things that don’t make you happy, right?

What’s next for you?
Right now, I’m working on my next release, Testing Fate. It’s book #3 in my Mystic Wolves series and I’m excited to see what everyone thinks. I’ve been posting a few teasers on Facebook and laughing at some of the theories people have. It’s been so much fun to write.
After that, I’m not quite sure what story comes next—it depends on which voice is the loudest. It may be a new adult contemporary or historical fantasy. We’ll see what happens
Thanks for having me today!

Book Description:
What would you do if the man you loved became one of your greatest enemies? Would your love be enough to save him?

All Bri wanted to do was spend her Friday night with the man she loved and adored. Little did she know leaving her home would result in her relationship with Quinn being tested beyond its limits.

Fae have been organizing to invade Earth, and their devious plans are culminating now, colliding with Bri's very existence. Using a powerful glamour, the Fae trigger each person's violent tendencies, turning the streets into a battleground and strangers against each other.  In a crushing blow, Quinn becomes affected and Bri finds herself battling to save her lover from himself as he stalks her relentlessly, taunting her at every turn.

But fighting for her love isn't her only worry. As the battle ensues, Bri discovers a startling truth about her own heritage that she must come to terms with. She has no other choice but to fight, leading her to a confrontation that will change her world forever - and threaten to leave her with broken promises.

Buy links:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/242662

Author Bio:
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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