We've got a very special author visiting today . . . and the best part is we saw her here first as A Novice Watch!
Please help me welcome BRONWYN STUART!
I've known Bronwyn for a couple of years now--since she trounced me in a contest--and have thoroughly enjoyed following her career. When I need motivation, Bronwyn is definitely one of the first writerly peeps I look up to. Her blog is often filled with fabulous writing information and inspirational pep-talks. Her debut novel, SCANDAL'S MISTRESS released last month from Carina Press (which is very exciting news!)
Grab a sweet a treat and get comfy. Enjoy a little 'me time' with an author who is bound to sweep you off your feet . . .
1)If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
In all her days Bronwyn Stuart never thought she would find the man of her dreams, have a beautiful family or discover the answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up”. But she did.
What will the future hold for this upcoming author? Will she be the next Stephanie Laurens or Johanna Lindsay? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out…
2)Using three words describe your voice.
Emotional, deep, fun
3)What was it like getting "The Call" from your publisher? Want to share a little bit about that day?
Actually mine came as an email. Every morning I check my emails before I get out of bed, while the house is still nice and quiet. This one day I had an email from Angela James in the preview it said ‘I’m sorry I can’t…’ as Yahoo is wont to do from time to time to get my ticker going. Then I opened the email expecting the worse, the dreaded rejection, but then it said, ‘I’m sorry I can’t make this offer in person’. It was the email I had been waiting for for years. I jumped out of bed ran squealing around the house and then called the hubby. I can’t even describe how it feels to get the call. You almost want to cry. In a good way.
4)What has been the biggest change for you since crossing over from novice to published author?
Revisions. Definitely revisions. When you’re editing your own work to send out to publishers and agents, there are so many things you don’t see or don’t do. Plot holes, unfinished characters, loose ends. When you start revisions and someone else points out the problems with your book, there is so much work to do it’s daunting. Trust me when I say you will learn more than you ever had from this step.
5)Do you have any advice for the all the novice writers out struggling to get published?
The first thing would be hone your craft. Never think you’ve learned everything there is to learn because I guarantee you, you’re about to be proven wrong. The last thing is finish the book. An unfinished book isn’t of interest to anyone anywhere. Give your characters the chance to have their story told.
6)Tell us a little about SCANDAL'S MISTRESS. What was your favorite part of crafting Justin and Carmalina's story?
Honestly, I loved the whole story from beginning to end. I loved Justin’s internal torture and Carmalina’s unfairness in her situation. I loved dangling the happy ever after and then making them work for it. So far, out of everything I’ve written, theirs is my favourite story.
7)What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?
My next book releases with Carina Press in April called Behind the Courtesan. It’s another deep and emotional story, this time about a courtesan who must return to her home village fourteen years after she flees, raped and broken. Her family and her best friend had no idea why she left or what happened but it’s time for Sophia to take her life more firmly in her own hands and find the one place she can belong.
But Blake Vale can’t forgive her for leaving, he doesn’t care the reasons why. He can’t forget that she now makes her living on her back. The two must face their demons in order to have any kind of future. Together or apart…
Blurb for:London, 1805
Justin Trentham, third son of the Earl of Billington, is determined to get himself disowned from his cold and unloving family. Despite his numerous affairs with questionable women of the ton, his parents continue to be dismissive of his ploys, but Justin spots the perfect scandal in the form of a beautiful, exotic Italian opera singer...
Carmalina Belluccini refuses to become his mistress, despite being tempted by his charms. But after losing her singing voice, she finds herself destitute. She agrees to be Justin's mistress for one month, until she has enough money to return to her beloved Italy.
She intends to keep their arrangement strictly business, but after witnessing Justin's vulnerable side, she finds herself falling more in love than in lust with him. Carmalina is having second thoughts about leaving England...but is their love strong enough to survive the scandal of the season?
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THANK YOU, TLN'ers for swinging by. Hope your weekend is utterly divine and full of productivity. Catch you back next week! TTFN~ Sarah