This week’s guest post is an author interview with the lovely Renee Harless, author of Between the Lines. Enjoy!
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Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always dabbled in writing but after reading Twilight I sat down and thought, I can do this.
Q02 – Are there any authors who inspire you?
I have so many authors that I love and aspire to be: Kathleen Brooks, Penelope Ward, VI Keeland, Sawyer Bennett, Helena Hunting, Emma Hart, gosh I could go on and on.
They’re always able to write a book that I instantly wish I could be in the world of their characters.
Q03 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
My goal is to be on a Bestsellers list. The recognition and personal reward that comes with that is worth all the work to get there.
Q04 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
I am currently working on Coming Unplugged, it’s the sixth full-length book in my Welcome to Carson series.
Each book is a standalone featuring a different member of the family and this one focuses on Ryker – the world-famous singer from the band Exoneration.
We follow him falling in love for the first time and trying to save her from a madman. This one definitely has a lot of built-in suspense.
Q05 – How long have you been working on this manuscript?
I’ve pushed this one out pretty quickly, it only took about two weeks to write. Ryker and Norah had been speaking to me for a very long time.
Q06 – Do you plan your stories or just leap into the writing?
I do a bit of both. I try to outline the chapters loosely because once I get about halfway through I’m usually changing something or adding a new twist.
Q07 – Do you have a writing routine?
I wish that I did. I work a full time job and have two young children so I write when I can, mostly during lunch breaks and when everyone is in bed.
Q08 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
The hardest process for me is reading the book when it’s complete. It never fails that I read through the final copy and wonder why it’s such garbage. Luckily, I have a great group of readers that assure me they love it and it’s far from garbage.
Q09 – What are your thoughts on Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing?
Self publishing has made it so easy to put out a work you think someone will want to read.
I love it for me because traditional publishing can be such a long and tedious process, and your book may never make it to shelves.
The downside is that the market is so saturated that readers forget you once they’re done with your book.
Q10 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to new writers?
Write every day, even when you don’t want to. Just a few words is enough. The creativity has to keep flowing.
Q11 – Are there any authors you would love to meet in person?
I would absolutely love to meet Penelope Ward. She doesn’t travel much so it’s been extremely difficult!!!
Q12 – Tells us why you love writing.
Writing, for me, is a different platform to leave a piece of myself in the world. It’s not just a creative outlet or a need to tell a story.
Though it’s definitely part of it. But I always put a piece of myself in every word, every character. When that character cries, I cry. When they’re hurt, I’m hurt.
Some people express themselves in their clothing or makeup, I use a book.
About Between The Lines by Renee Harless
An unspoken rule. A friendship that will be tested.
He was my crush at thirteen and ten years later that feeling never ceased. I thought that time and distance would change us but I never expected the feelings to grow. Now things are complicated. His sister is my best friend. She’s also his twin. And I’m stuck in the middle.
She was always my fantasy come to life and I knew even at sixteen that girls like her were rare. Soft, feminine, sweet to her core – she was my complete opposite. I knew how to keep her away when we were young, but I’m finding it hard to keep her out of reach when everyone is pushing us together. My sister can never know the things I plan to do to her best friend.
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Big thanks to Renee for being this week’s guest poster. Hope you enjoyed her interview. Please check out all her links and if you have any questions or comments for her, please leave them in the comment section below.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another blogger series post. See you then.