Book Title: Cherry Cobbler – A Novel
Book Price: $2.99 as an e-book
Where is your book avaliable? Anywhere e-books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Borders, Diesel, Sony, i-Tunes
How would you describe your book? A lighthearted romance and a Chrisitanized version of Bridget Jones Diary. This novel was pure fun to write and is pure fun to read.
Do you have a favorite character? Love Cherry! She reacts to life rather than thinking it out. She is so different than me that it was fun to live in her skin while I was writing it. I’d like to write more like this one. But I also love a lot of my characters in this novel: Mrs. Vanderweide is a rich widow who keeps things hoping. Cherry’s sister-in-law, Crystal, is a way on the crazy side. I grew quite fond of her.
What gave you a passion for writing Christian Romance novels? I wanted to write the kind of novels I’d like to read. I love wholesome romances, and they are so hard to find. So I had to write one to get what I was looking for.
Where do you get your ideas from? I wrote Cherry Cobbler after I’d been reading a bunch of P. G. Wodehouse novels, which are crazy romances that rarely turn out well. But it gave me the idea of having fun with it and I had a blast.
How has your experience been with self-publishing? It has been great! I sent my novels out from time to time and they would get a lot of interest, but would never make it through the final stage of approval. I always felt one editor liked them and one didn’t, and the one who didn’t had more seniority. I’d asked people in my writers group and friends to read my novels, and they liked them a lot, so I knew they had merit. I was sure there was an audience for my books. I just needed to find them. And with e-publishing, the initial cost is quite low, which is what I needed.
Do you have any advice for up and coming authors? Join a writers group and take their comments and critiques seriously. Develop a tough skin and keep trying to improve your writing. If you can’t get the attention of a publisher, consider self-publishing an e-book. It’s much lower cost than hard copies and easier to market.