Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interview with Nell E S Douglas, IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? 
Sure! Thanks for having me. Here’s the synopsis: In the Land of Milk and Honey. When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. 

Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both. 

Do you have a favorite character?
All the characters are special in their own way. The heroine, Bree, and Byronic hero, Daniel, are dynamic and complex. Bree’s sister, Violet, brings the levity. Hunter is just one of kind and a really fascinating character to work out on the pages. There’s a great supporting cast in In the Land of Milk and Honey that you’ll love or love to hate! 

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Almost. I had a character that had more to say than I expected. It didn't change the novel but it did add a layer. 

If you used a graphic designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I used a professional book cover service. I drew the original cover I wanted then used some basic skills to make a digital version. I sent it to them and they returned a perfect result. Ebook Launch was great to work with. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like playing music during the writing process. Music can set the tone for a scene. 

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
When I have a story idea it arrives pretty complete. There’s always moments or exchanges where the muses shine but it stays within the architecture of the story. 

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Amazon is home base for right now. I’ve enjoyed the process working with them. 

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Good question! I’m on Instagram @nellesdougas and Facebook (Nell E. S. Douglas). I also have a Twitter @nellesdouglas and a personal website, NellDouglas.com 

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
It’s a learning experience. You owe it to a project to see the business end through and get it into the hands of the readers. Patience sums up my philosophy.  

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena? 
I would say know yourself and your work and understand what you bring to the table that’s different. And if it’s pretty safely inside lanes, know that, too. Just go for it. 

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Family life is my number one passion. My husband and children are the best. I also work part-time, volunteer, I work out, cook (I love experimenting with new recipes) and recharge by spending time outdoors. Reading and writing in my free time are bonuses I could never give up. They round me out.  

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, Depends on my mood, coffee, texting but it can’t replace a good chit chat with a friend far away, and I love the daytime and nighttime equally but am far from a morning person. 



In the Land of Milk and Honey
Nell E.S. Douglas
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone.
Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.

Author Bio:
Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee).
Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.

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