Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Penelope Ward author of titles such as
Playboy Pilot and RoomHate
Hi Penelope, Thank you for agreeing to this interview
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mother of two living in Rhode Island. My daughter, who is twelve, is severely autistic and life can get stressful for sure sometimes! I started writing in my late thirties, three years ago, and have now published eleven novels, placing on the New York Times bestseller list fourteen times. I still can’t believe it sometimes.
What made you want to become a writer? When did you first realize?
I fell in love with reading as an escape then one day decided it would be fun to write the type of story I loved to read, to be able to have total control over what happened in the plot. I suspected I would enjoy it but never anticipated what it would turn into. I was always a skilled writer from a young age but never actually wrote fiction until my thirties.
Why did you choose to write in your particular genre? What draws you to it?
I am only interested in reading romance, so writing romance was a no-brainer; it’s the only genre that interests me.
Give us an insight into your main character(s) from your latest book “Playboy Pilot” or Your favorite character from one of your books.
Captain Carter Clynes from Playboy Pilot is a zany, sexy pilot who was quite the playboy before he met Kendall. He believes there is a Beatles song to describe any moment in life and also dabbles in singing. He is also very kind and likes to help people.
What was the hardest part of writing this book? Or any book?
Releasing it out into the world. It’s all very intimate up until that point. Giving the first advance review copies out if also the most stressful time.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I prefer to write standalones. I have done standalones with interconnected characters, but in general, I find it tends to limit the potential audience since many people don’t want to commit to a whole series. I personally love reading series however.
How long does it take you to write a book?
About 4 to 5 months
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?
I think a lot of people assume that romance novels in general are cheesy, but those are usually the people that don’t actually read romance. Those that read it likely know there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
What authors do you like to read? What book(s) have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Definitely Fifty Shades of Grey started it all, started my love for reading the genre and opened up a whole new subgenre of edgy books. I enjoy reading Colleen Hoover, Jane Harvey-Berrick, Vi Keeland and Julie A Richman
If you could spend time with a character from your books whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would spend the day with Justin Banks from RoomHate. I’d let him play me a song with his guitar by the water on Aquidneck Island.
How do you feel about eBooks vs print books?
I think that my genre is an e-book dominated one. I think it’s nice to have both options available though, and I personally love browsing in traditional bookstores. I prefer reading on an e-reader however in order to be able to highlight. There are some other genres like young adult and non-fiction that thrive in print. Most of my readers, though, are e-book readers.
What is your writing style?
Edgy, funny, emotional, angsty, sexy.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on a computer
What makes a good story?
Strong opening that sucks you in, great/smart dialogue, a good twist and a satisfying ending.
How do you come up with the book covers? Who designs them? Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
My covers are all designed by Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs. I do think that cover is extremely important. I look for original images initially that represent the main characters in my books and do mainly use people on my covers.
How do you market your books? What’s your views on social media for marketing?
Social media is the only way I market my books. I spend more time online engaging with readers than writing. It’s an important part of the process, and it’s nearly impossible to sell books in this competitive market without a strong social media presence.
What is your favorite quote?
It is what it is.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Finish the book and make it the best it can be before you worry about all the other stuff. Then watch other successful authors to see what they do to market their books. Study the market.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
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Amazon Page: http://amzn.to/1qJmbN2
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview