Monday, May 14, 2018

Interview with Jane C Brady, CASCADING PETALS

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My latest book, Cascading Petals, is a standalone. The novel offers a strong message of bullying, depression, and suicide in school-age children. The out-of-control bullying and suicides in my hometown along with my teenage daughter’s experience from the day she stepped into the school system inspired this book. I wrote Cascading Petals for her and other kids to encourage them and let them know they aren’t alone.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I used a graphic designer and told her briefly what I wanted. I find that with artists, masterpieces can come from not giving them limitations.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I briefly outlined my story and then went back and layered in things as ideas came to me.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I hired multiple editors to edit Cascading Petals. I hired a developmental editor first, followed by a line editor, a copy editor, and a proofreader. I also prefer different editors for each stage of editing.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
I’ve learned a lot through my self-publishing journey. The most significant lesson I’ve learned is to make sure the editors you hire are who they say they are. I had a rough experience with the first line editor I hired for Cascading Petals. I would never publish a book without having it edited and for me finding the right team of editors has had its challenges.

The other important thing I’ve learned is that when it comes to reviews, not to let negative reviews cripple me. My work isn’t going to be for everyone. However, I do try to find something to glean from those negative reviews that I can improve on as a writer. Knowledge is power, and I love to learn.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My novels are available on multiple platforms such as iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo ca, Indigo, public libraries, and some others.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
I find it very difficult to juggle time between marketing my books and writing the next. I write in a couple of genres and under different pen names. Balancing multiple websites, social media, and trying to write takes a lot of dedication. I’m a firm believer, though, that hard work always pays off.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
My advice to a new author would be never to edit your final manuscript yourself. Editors are vital in helping you present your best work to the world, and readers deserve the best you can offer. Writing takes a lot of dedication, time, and hard work. Don’t rush to publish until your work is something you are completely happy with. As a new author, you want to make a positive name for yourself from the start.

My final advice would be to learn from other authors’ mistakes and read as much about the writing craft as you can. If you have never taken a creative writing course, then I’d suggest that you do. In the end, you will be happy you did.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer: Dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I prefer dogs, chocolate, coffee, text, and day.

What’s next for you?
Next up for me is an adult fantasy/romance series. I don’t like limits put on where I can take a story, so this is exciting for me.

Cascading Petals
Jane C. Brady
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Despite the years of bullying in school, Jewel Hart has remained sweet and kind. She has it all—a great life, a great family, and beauty—but she has never been able to obtain the one thing she wants—to belong.
When Jewel meets Kaiden Carter, a good-looking, charming new student at York Mills High, things start to look up. On the surface, he is perfect, but Jewel can’t shake the feeling that everything is not as it seems.
When the devastation of the rising suicides in her school hits too close to home and drives Jewel into a deep despair, she clings to Kaiden’s strength to find her way back. Through the pain and fear surrounding her, she finds hope and the will to go on. But just as she picks herself up, tragedy strikes again, threatening to steal her last glimmer of hope. How will she go on? Can she ever find her place in the world?

Author Bio:
Jane lives life to the full because she doesn’t want to wake up twenty years from now regretting all the things she didn’t do. She’s an avid traveler who also loves throwing elaborate dinner parties where she wows her guests with gourmet meals. Jane has a passion for writing, interior design, history, movies, board games, and fitness. In her quest for an exciting life, however, she now draws the line at zip-lining, which she experienced in Costa Rica. Never again!
Jane comes from a family of six sisters and lived in a Tennessee plantation house for several years while growing up. She now lives in Western Canada but dreams of owning a vacation home in South Carolina. She lives with her husband (her high school sweetheart), two teenagers, and two dogs. When she grows up, she’d like to be her brilliant sixteen-year-old daughter (minus the mood swings).

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