Friday, November 10, 2017

Interview with Liora Blake, READY FOR WILD

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
READY FOR WILD is the third book in my Grand Valley series of contemporary romances. In this book, the hero Braden is a grumpy game warden who likes his quiet, solitary life just the way it is—only to have his world turned inside-out by Amber Regan, a woman whose life as the star of a TV show about hunting, is anything but quiet and solitary. It’s an opposites attract love story with a dash of enemies-to-lovers, set in the great outdoors of Colorado.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Securing a contract with a traditional, royalty-paying publisher was my goal, so my path did include querying agents and having my manuscripts go out on submission to publishers. It’s definitely a nerve-wracking process but I didn’t feel self-publishing was the right choice for me at the time, so I stayed the course with my original plan. But now that I have a few books under my belt, self-publishing is something I’m considering.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
The first book I sold to a publisher was actually the third book I’d written—and from the time I originally submitted a completed novel to agents, to the time I secured representation, it was an almost ten year process. Yup, ten years. Granted, writing certainly wasn’t my full-time gig during that time and I wasn’t working on writing very consistently, but it was still a long process for me.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I was able to choose between a few offers for my first series and one of those was from my dream publisher. I had tremendous respect for all of the books they were publishing, which was the biggest factor in my decision.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m not currently under contract for future books. For now, I have a few works in progress and once they are finished, I’ll decide whether to go traditional or self-pub with them.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I don’t belong to a critique group, mostly because I’m a little too introverted to thrive in those settings. But I realize that it’s important to get feedback from someone who doesn’t have my feelings at stake (like my husband), so I’ve occasionally worked with a writing coach, which has proved beneficial.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I’ll take background noise of any sort. A TV show, talk radio, or one of my iPod playlists. Silence leaves too much room for my brain to get off track.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I used write without an outline, but writing under the time constraints of a publishing contract eventually made using an outline a must. And now that I’ve written a few books that way, I can’t imagine going back to writing without one. 

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
The books in my True series (TRUE NORTH, TRUE DEVOTION, and TRUE DIVIDE) are only available as e-books, but they are for sale available across all the major sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, iTunes, Google Play). The books in the Grand Valley series are available as e-books at the same sites, and in print at larger retailers.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Dogs. Chocolate. Coffee. Text. Day.

Ready for Wild
Liora Blake
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.
But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

Author Bio:
Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.
When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

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