Serena Zane was kind enough to stop by and see me today! Check out what she has to say about her new book, ‘Mortal Ice’, and her writing process!
1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?
Mortal Ice released on October 30th! http://www.amazon.com/MortalIceSerenaZane-ebook/dp/B00O4BOVMO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414451572&sr=81&keywords=mortal+Ice+by+serena+zane
2. Why do you like writing in this genre?
Once upon a time, another (much more famous) author recommended to me that you should both write what you know, and what you love. She suggested to take a look at my bookshelf and see what was there, and try writing in that genre. Finally, a few months later, I rolled over one morning and looked at the bookshelf right next to my bed. Nothing but paranormal romances lined the shelves. So, I started writing my first paranormal romance, The Christmas Present. Although just a short story, I loved it and the words just flowed onto the page. I didn’t have to struggle with finding a storyline, or an idea, because I was already familiar with the genre and the readers (as I am one).
3. What do you like to read?
Paranormal Romance, Katie McAllister and Christine Feehan are my current favorite authors.
4. Favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightely
5. What are your writing habits?
I like to go into the “zone”. Once my headphones are on, no one better bother me…I get grumpy. I like to write in one hour blocks, and do what is called “sprints” – writing in stints without editing, then, once the manuscript is done, I go back and edit, and edit again, oh wait, and edit again.
6. Music or silence?
Music, I like listening to “action appropriate music” mostly Goth as I write my paranormals, some alternative, and occasionally trash or metal.
7. Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?
Daily Regimen. If you want to be a serious author and make a career out of it, you have to write daily, and take it like a job. Writing is fun, but if you want to succeed then you have to work at it. I like to set goals for myself.
8. How can readers find you?
9. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?
The length of time from submission to actual publication. With final edits and approval of cover art, blurbs, and creating media such as trailers, it may take up to a couple of months to a year. Also, the amount of promotion that an author needs to do themselves upon publication is almost like a second job. If you can afford it, I would recommend hiring a promo company such as The Purple Papaya.
10. Favorite snack/drink while writing?
Coffee with a little sugar, and fruit.
11. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?
I love frogs, so I have my frog figurine world straight in front of me, and then pictures of my family, a vase of fake flowers that are mementos from weddings, events, etc. My most inspirational piece is “Dance in the City” by Renoir which is right in front of my desk.
Best of luck with the new book, Serena!