I recently had the chance to interview the wonderful Cd Blackstone, Author of MIRAGE, an erotic romance. Whether you are a new author or just a fan of her work, you'll want to read on to find out what she has to say about beginning her new writing career.
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I never "decided" to become a writer. It's something I've always done. As a child and teenager I wrote poetry and short stories. It evolved into writing a book.
What authors/books have most influenced you?
If you're talking erotica authors I would have to include Sylvia Day, I love her Crossfire series. Shayla Black is another. Apart from erotica, Anne Rice would be a good one to mention. J R Ward too - love her new series!
When did you first consider yourself an author?
The day Mirage was released! Then it became real!
What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
My goals are lofty! Right now the book market is oversaturated so I intend to go slow, one or perhaps two books a year. My biggest goal of course would be to be on he lists. NYT, USA Today, etc. That's where I see myself in five years. In the mean time write, publish, begin to attend conferences as an author.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Being a new author - trying to build an audience. To overcome it, I just stick with what I'm doing, try to meet new authors or other industry people and expand my circle.
What are you working on now?
A sequel to Mirage and something else which is still in the planning stages. It will be a stand alone book.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To write a best-seller, to be respected by my peers, and to eventually mentor new authors.
So, what have you written?
Mirage is the only one published so far. I started Mirage out at $2.99, then lowered it to $0.99 since I am a new author.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Trying to come up with something new and fresh for readers. When a book becomes a HUGE bestseller, like the Twilight series for example - you have a glut of authors writing almost the same thing. The E L James books as well - though I've have to admit I couldn't get through the first one. All of a sudden everyone was writing about the billionaire - Christian Grey type and it's gotten old. I like to think that I created something different with Jack Rothschild in Mirage.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest part of writing is when the creative juices are flowing and you can sit down for hours and just write. The characters talk to you, and the words just flow.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
All the time!
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I get away from the computer, get out of the house. Put myself in completely new and different environments. It forces my senses to refocus - and sometimes I come away with a new idea.
What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
This is still a learning process, but I am finding it takes a lot of time. That being said, I also don't want to over-load people with the "buy my book" routine. I'm contemplating some different approaches. To answer your question I would have to say it's 60% writing 40% marketing