Today’s featured author is Janie De Coster. Please welcome her to my blog.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My love of writing began in my high school years with poetry. It wasn’t until many years later I heard a spiritual voice instructing me to write a book. Having no idea as to what genre it would be, I just put pen to paper. Over the years, I have penned several genres, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and contemporary. My recent releases from Major Key Publications are When the Vows Break, Love in the Midnight Hour and the Something New Interracial Romance Series Part 1 and 2. I write not only to entertain but educate as my topics shine a light on issues of today’s society such as mental illness, domestic violence, infidelity and low self-esteem. In my spare time, I like to travel, shop and spend quality time with my husband, children, and grand children.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I enjoy quiet time like reading or watching a favorite show on TV.
Do you have a day job as well?
No, I am retired.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing when I was in high school penning out short stories and poems. I wrote my very first book in 2006.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I didn’t choose the genre because when I heard the voice of God saying ‘write a book’ the genre of it was unknown.
Where do you get your ideas?
The ideas just come to me as I put pen to paper.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, but its brief. I just listen to songs or just people in general and then the writing bug comes back.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Yes, my favorite author is Kimberly Lawson Roby. I love her style of writing and the way her characters pull you in as you read. And I admire her as a person going after her dreams and it what inspires me to do the same.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Oh yes there have been many challenges and detours. Finding a literary agent is the hardest of all and then there are the pitfalls of getting with people who will take advantage of an inexperience author.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Yes, I would do my homework so to speak, learning every aspect of the publishing world not only as an author but the business side as well.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Well the old saying is true, word of mouth does work. And along with that I promote on social media and do interviews like this. I also handout book marks when I’m out in the street.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No, and hopefully never will.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
At this moment I’m kind of chilling as my grand kids say. I’m very busy promoting my latest release last month Something New 2 An Interracial Romance
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Yes some of both. I know of several interracial relationships and I have a grandchild through one of those unions.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In Something New 2, my favorite chapter to write was when the Tobias’s father James had to come to terms with his family’s rebellion against his stern rules. He wanted to control their personal lives and they finally found the strength to stand up to him.
How did you come up with the title?
Well, it wasn’t me who did. It was my publisher.
What project are you working on now?
I am throwing around a few ideas but haven’t decided on wish one as of yet.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes, hopefully soon.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
No it will be fresh characters.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism as with many new authors is making sure our books are well edited. When it’s not your readers will let you know so now I strive for that. The best compliment once again come from my readers when their reviews let me know they enjoyed the book and can’t wait for another.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
My best advice is to take your time and do your research. Don’t be in a hurry to get your work out there. Make sure you’re crossing every I and dotting every T. Your work is your brand and you want it to be without spot or wrinkle.
What I like to say to my readers and fans is that you are truly appreciated?
Without you guys an author’s work would be in vein. I thank you and I hope you will keep on reading my novels and sharing them with friends and family.