Good morning all! Or would you prefer good afternoon? Maybe even good evening? But I’ll leave out good night. Either way, I hope you’re all well.
I know I haven’t carried out interviews for some time now, but a few things got in the way (including work!).
So I thought, I’d come back with a great interview with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Cheryl Bolen! Her books include Brides of Bath series, One Gold Ring, along with many others!!
Why did you become a writer?
My college degree was in journalism (with a double major in English) and throughout college I wrote for the student newspaper. I always liked putting words together and organizing ideas in a coherent fashion. My first profession was journalism. After college I was able to indulge my love of reading, and that’s when I decided what I wanted to do most was to write novels.
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
Though my genre is Regency romance, I wrote six complete books (that were not published) before I found this to be my niche. That might not have happened had not a New York book editor, who was judging my World War II romance in a contest, asked if I had written a historical novel that occurred before 1900. If I did, she’d like to see it. The only historical romances I’d ever read were Georgette Heyer’s. I’d read—and loved—every book she ever wrote. So I promptly sat down and began to write A Duke Deceived. It sold to that same editor in 1997 and my career was launched.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
Earlier in my career I was into tortured heroes, but not anymore. The older I get, the more humor beckons.
I want to put a smile on my readers’ faces while I craft what I hope to be an endearingly romantic story about falling in love.
What do you enjoy about writing?
Writing fiction is hard. My favorite part is writing Chapter 1. Something else I enjoy, is writing novellas. Full-length novels are hard.
But when readers write that they loved my books, it’s as rewarding as someone telling a mother her child is perfect.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I do almost all my writing in my office at a PC. I edit everywhere: on airplanes, long car rides, at doctor’s offices, and in bed. I usually begin writing at mid-day—after my morning trip to the gym and after scanning email.
Which book would you classify as your favourite book that you’ve written?
That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favourite! I truly cannot pick among my Regency-set historicals. I’m still a bit partial to A Duke Deceived because it was so special to me, and there’s something about last year’s Countess by Coincidence which pleases me inordinately. My World War II love story, It Had to be You, certainly is my longest book and took the longest to write—over three years. It doesn’t sell like my Regencies do, but those who read it are really touched. Many say it’s their favorite ever book. So it’s pretty special, too.
What is your favourite book that you have read and author?
Hands down, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book.
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
We’re all partial to our words, but all of us can profit by belonging to a critique group.
I urge unpublished writers to enter contests before rushing to publish their first efforts.
Favourite flower? I fell in love with daffodils on my first trip to England decades ago. So cheerful.
Favourite food? Tex Mex food – in Texas, where I live. It’s not the same anywhere else.
Favourite day? Before my husband retired, I loved Mondays. I was always anxious to get back to the current book-in-progress. When I worked prior to my career as a novelist, I loved Saturdays! Now every day is a Saturday—for both of us!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you? While I love so many aspects about being an author, my favorite is that I get paid nicely for doing the thing I love to do most.
Cheryl has a new book out soon, Oh What a Wedding Night, so keep an eye out for it!
Also, check out her site here http://www.cherylbolen.com for more information on upcoming books!
I hope you all enjoyed it.
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