A Limelight on Debut Author: Lu Groblebe

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Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: It was something I always had a knack for so it was always in the back of my mind growing up. It was never my first choice though. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I had other talents I wanted to pursue. Those were my priority. It was always an outlet for my angst as a teenager. I filled notebooks full of poetry and fanfiction stories a my old 80s model Mac too eventually. I didn’t take it seriously until adulthood. I’d say I was close to my mid twenties when I finally decided to go to college for writing. Even then though, I wasn’t confident I had a chance to make it. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I may eventually regret not trying but I’ll live with it. If I invest in something, I give it all I have and I don’t settle for anything but the top.


Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends but I’ll admit I’m a slow writer. I have spells where I can whip out a chapter a day, but then I can go months without touching the book. I will say my speed has improved though since I entered the indie community. Having them just be there, on my friend’s list, knowing they’re watching me holds me accountable. It reminds me I have something I need to be working on, so I’ve been more proactive in doing it whereas before I never really had a reason. It became a case of, “I’ll finish it when I finish it.” I didn’t feel rushed to do something no one even knew or cared about. Being apart of the indie community really changed the game for me. Just being there, watching others talk about their books is motivation enough.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: It really varies on my mood and personal life schedule. I do have other commitments. I run my own makeup distribution as a day job and I’m a mom. There are periods where I will write a chapter a day when I have the chance. There are others where, if I write anything, it isn’t more than a few paragraphs.

 

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’ve honestly never thought about it. When I plan to write, I plan to do so nonstop until I reach whatever goal I’ve set. I have a bad habit of getting distracted easily though so I enclose myself in a room alone, get a stock of drinks and snacks handy and I shut all notifications off on all devices. Otherwise I will be pulled away from writing when one from Facebook goes off. I loathe repeating words too much so I keep a dictionary site open in a new tab and I usually just let the story carry me in whatever direction it wants to go even if it goes against the outline I have. When you have the situation mapped out in front of you, it becomes different than what you preplanned in your head during the outlining phase.

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Q: How do books get published?
A: Initially I intended to self published but I took a big chance and I was able to get a publishing deal with Bella Tulip Publishing who now publishes my work for me.

Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I spent almost ten years in text based roleplay that gave me a stock pile of ideas. That isn’t to say I don’t have or will never get new ones but it was an outlet for a long time that sparked my creativity.


Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I got the idea for it in 2009 so I was 23. I didn’t start writing it though until 2012. I ended up shelfing the story for a later date when I went back into editing and found some large plots holes.


Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Honestly, not much. I’m a big introvert, I’m easy going and easily amused so that combination makes me very boring. (Laughs) I’d go along with about anything that is suggested to me entertainment wise as long as it doesn’t scare me or is harmful. However, I don’t do much without a reason. I’m truly a workaholic. I spend most of my time either working on my writing/make business career or organizing and planning ahead for them. I like to karaoke on occasion but rarely do. I like to be at home alone but I don’t want to go out alone. What’s the fun in that? (Laughs)


Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: Honestly, none of them care about it or are supportive, which is fine. It’s something I’ve grown used to and learned to accept. I’m not expecting a single family member to purchase any of my books.


Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Outlines are a helpful organizational tool for the beginning stages but the story rarely ever sticks to the outline as the book is being written. Either by your own choice or the characters’ it just doesn’t happen.


Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: Technically, two but only one is in the process of being published. However I’m already in the beginning stages of another novel series project I’m gonna be doubling up writing on while writing the follow up to my current WIP, but the new project will be under a new pen name.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Make the dictionary your best friend.

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: I don’t have readers yet actually since the book I am waiting to release is my debut. I have heard from people who have beta read for me and enjoyed the story so much they have insisted on purchasing it when it is released finally.

Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I consider myself a multi-genre author so I don’t like to rule anything out. I believe my career will lead me into every genre at some point down the line. By adult as in sexual? I know I can write erotica but it isn’t my forte. It isn’t what I’m best at or most comfortable writing, nor my preference. I do know that I can though. I’d say because of the level of profanity and the progressive speed of the relationship between the two leads my current WIP has in it, it’s more than likely considered “adult.”

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Believable character development (arcs) and the unexpected. There are only so many ways an outcome can be used before it becomes predictable and bland. I try to incorporate that spirit into my own work.


Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A lot of things. At one point an ice skater, at another a singer, another a dancer, and in my early adult life, a police officer/detective.

You can learn more about Lu by connecting with her via social media at the following links:

Luminary Edits

Lu Groblebe – Bella Tulip Publishing Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Lu Groblebe Website

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads

Author Update

sai.jpgSo, I’ve decided which manuscript (never before released) will be sent off to Blushing Books
next. Here’s a preview….
(WIP Rough Draft, Author Edition)

“Mm,” I moaned which only served to heighten his need. Stripping the rest of my clothing off my body he grabbed a jar from the nightstand beside the bed, and pulled out a brightly colored neon package, which appeared to be a condom. He no longer held control of himself.

He wanted me, and he was going to have me. There was no escaping it. He shifted his body to place the condom in appropriate positioning before He quickly plunged the length of his throbbing shaft deep inside my aching warmth. I screamed in anguish as my maidenhead ripped apart in one sudden thrust, but as he moved within me the pain resided slowly working itself into a rhythm that I could just not get enough of, “You like that, don’t you? You whore. Yeah, I knew you were a slut.” He said, slamming his body into mine harder, and harder with each pounding movement. His words stung, and hurt, but as he started to come more to life so did I.

A strange sensation began to burn within the root of my gums, and I suddenly had the strong urge to bite him. Yes, I wanted to bite him, and sink my teeth completely into the veins of his protruding muscly neck. A power surged within my blood; I felt fire in my veins. My heart felt as if it were going to beat right out of my chest, and suddenly he lowered his eyes to peer into mine, “What the fuck?” he gasped, “Your eyes, what the hell is wrong with them?”

#ForbiddenFantasies by Sai Marie

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I also wanted to let everyone know that I officially signed the contract to sell The Softer Side of Texas, and I will be revealing the release date, teasers and setting up blog opportunities for the much anticipated cover reveal!

 

Don’t forget to pick up Simply Scarlet on just in time for Valentine’s Day next

Monday

February 13, 2017

From Blushing Books

and

Author Sai Marie!

Author Spotlight: Tiffany Apan

 

15403103_10210449601450502_1481083384_n.jpgAuthor Tiffany Apan

Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler

First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

Thank you for having me here!

I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

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To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!

So, what have you written?

I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.

What genre do you write in?

My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?

It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’ 

When did you decide to become a writer?15328386_10210449610090718_506329641_n

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.

Why do you write?

I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for

The Birthrite:
The Birth Rite Trailer

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:

Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
@tiffanyapan
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads