Welcome my least favorite time of the year. XD;
…odd things are going on in the USA too. Let’s just ignore that for now and head on straight over to the interview. This time we’re letting RA Winter, a romance author who has lived all over the world, out of the basement.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?
Write what you love, so it doesn’t sound forced. Some people write to sell and you can tell when you read it. The story has to come from within, from that deep part of you. If it is written as a ‘seller’ it comes off as superficial and quick without the depth that a good writer needs.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
With self-publishing you are your own marketing firm. That is the part that I hate the most. I don’t advertise much. I’ve never been a ‘buy this from me!’ type of person.
How much research do you do?
Lots. Most of my research has revolved around Native American Orphanages and the horrors that occurred there. Grandfather, my main character, grew up in one. I also have to research the different cultural aspects and ‘age’ appropriate ideas. Nona refuses to have a fan on in one-hundred degree heat. Why? Well, it’s bad for you. Air-conditioning? Are you kidding me? It’s bad for the lungs. And let’s not forget about the fun I had writing a scene where Grandfather received an ‘indecent’ photo by accident on a cell phone, then sent it to everyone, including a priest.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
A review on Onlinebookclub.org always gets me good sales. They are an independent website and people who follow them know that the reviews are true and not ‘friends’. I can always count on good sales after a published review.
How do you format your work?
I use the Smashwords converter. It is a learning curve but if you find your manuscript on Kindle going ‘haywire’, you have some embedded HTML code in there that isn’t working correctly. Also, be careful if someone wants your work in a PDF form or another form. Don’t copy your word doc. and use a free online one unless you go through your manuscript and check it. If there is a stray code left in your doc it can mess up your work. One time, I found where every last sentence in a long paragraph was cut and all of the quote marks were backward. Double check, always.
RA Winter began her writing career under her married name, writing genealogy books. However, her love for reading romance novels intruded in on her daily activities. She started writing “Little Sparrow” and fell in love with her characters and is writing many more books in the Romantic Western series, ” A Kiowa in Love”. Each one of Grandfather’s grandchildren will have their story told, as will Grandfather himself.
RA spent many years traveling the world and has lived in many different countries. Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Jordan, have all been called “home” at one time or another. She’s even been employed as a Federal Agent. Now you can find her quietly living in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband, writing her next novel about Grandfather and Lilly, a lively story where Lilly’s dead husband’s ghost haunts her, tormenting her at every glance.
FYI… Dingle eats him in the second chapter but can’t keep him down, or out of the spaghetti sauce. Paranormal humor at its best; romance stilted by two opposing forces. An Italian ghost and a Native American spirit come head to head. Who will win? Due out in the fall of 2016.
Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Author-RA-Winter-1520444794880512/
Follow her blog at https://rawinterwriter.wordpress.com/
Find her books on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ERCBSUC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Read about her books at http://rsch881.wix.com/a-kiowa-in-love#!the-kiowa-in-love-books/cnec
Little Sparrow, A Kiowa in Love is a sensual romance, about finding love after loss.
Painted Girl, A Kiowa in Love is a ‘cleanish’ romance, that deals with PTSD.
RedDress Two Wives, A Kiowa in Love is a raunchy read with lots of humor.