I have a confession. I’ve never met Nan Reinhardt, but we became friends by chatting on Lani Diane Rich’s blog: www.bettyverse.com Then we met again on Jenny Crusie’s blog: www.arghink.com And at Anne Stuart’s blog: www.reinventingfabulous.com We continue to chat on ReFab where Anne Stuart, Jenny Crusie, Barbara Samuels, and Toni McGee Causey post…it’s a fun place. Plus, we chat on FaceBook. Think of us as the modern day version of pen pals. Is anyone old enough to remember those? : )
I’m very pleased to interview Nan today, as her two books were released at www.amazon.com on September 26, 2013: here are the direct links:
Nan:Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Roben (am I the only one who calls you that? I’m a nicknamer, sorry! I do it to all my friends.) I’m very happy to be here today.
Roben: People who know me well call me Roben. Family will often call me Rob, now back to you, Nan. Can you tell us if there was any special impetus in writing these two stories? Are they linked books?
Nan: Well, ONCE MORE FROM THE TOPhas been in my head forever—since I saw a conductor working with an orchestra in a movie way back in 1978. Oddly, it took me 30 years to bring the story to life. But Liam and Carrie kept knocking around in my head until I finally had to let them out. Julie in SEX AND THE WIDOW MILES is Carrie’s best friend and you meet her in Carrie’s book, so yes, they’re linked in that way as well as both women being from Willow Bay. Julie just kept bugging me for her own story…but she was married. Then one day, I thought, well, she could have her own story if I killed off her husband. So I did, and then she really started talking to me!
Roben: Ha ha, bump off the hubs. That’s so cute! Was it a difficult decision to have the books release on the same day? I know this isn’t your first published novel, so, do you have any advice for beginners? Anything from staying motivated to critique groups, promotion, or indie publishing.
Nan: Um… that’s a lot of questions. Where to start? Actually, my editor, the fabulous Lani Diane Rich of StoryWonk, suggested releasing both books at the same time. At first I was a little skeptical, but the old publishing model doesn’t work so well with e-books because we’ve given readers a taste of the immediate gratification of simply downloading a book and voila, it’s in your hand. We wanted both books to be available so that if you buy one and want to read the next one, you won’t have to wait several months for it to release.
My best advice is no matter who publishes your book, first use the services of a good copyeditor. As for staying motivated, the people in my head do that for me—they want out. They want their stories told, so I tell them. I find that I’m not a good BICHOK (butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard) kind of writer. I just have to write when I want to write, which has worked pretty well. I’m not super prolific like some romance authors, but I want to believe that my stories are just as captivating, even though it takes me longer to write them.
I highly recommend critique partners—you learn a lot from other writers, so also writer’s groups either online or in person are a great idea. Never stop learning. This is my first foray into indie publishing so I’ll have to let you know later how that works for me. Promotion is tough—I’m not great at it, but I’m determined to do everything I can to promote these books because there’s a lot of me on the line. I want them to be a success. Right at the moment, I’m glad Lani talked me into putting these books out on my own. I’m in control, I get to say what happens, and that feels good.
Roben: I know you’re an editor in your day job. Would you like to talk about that? Is it difficult to remove the editing hat so you can go into writer mode?
Nan: Ah ha, that’s one of my biggest writing issues. I can’t just sit down and write, even though I am a pantser and not a plotter. I edit constantly as I write and that slows the process considerably. But I don’t know how to stop doing that. I’ve been editing nonfiction for over 25 years—it’s a hard habit to break. The main thing that Lani taught me was that at some point, you have to let the book go, allow it to speak for itself, and STOP editing… I’m working on that!
Roben: Are there any other genres you would like to try? And what is next for you?
Nan: Yes, I’d love to do a romantic suspense and actually, the next Willow Bay book has elements of RS in it. I cut my romance reading teeth on Barbara Michaels, Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne du Maurier. And honestly, I’d love to try a time travel book—the concept fascinates me. Have you ever read David Williams’ book SECOND SIGHT? Fabulous book! And of course there are Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books…wow!
Roben: Those are great reading suggestions, Nan. Congratulations, again. I’m raising a glass to many more years of chatting about everything and nothing.
Nan: Hey, as long as there’s wine in that glass, I’m in, baby! Thanks, Roben—it’s been fun! I always enjoy talking to you!
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