No Turning Back by Deanna Jewel
Published By: Swallowtail Productions LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Contest is a $10 Gift Card giveaway to one commenter, plus the code for the Grand Prize giveaway via Rafflecopter (4-$25 gift cards) – drawing is Oct 14th:
Her site links: Website http://deannajewel.com Blog http://deannajewel.blogspot.
The Pen Muse: Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
Deanna: I’m from mid-Michigan but now live in northern Idaho. I’ve been there for eleven years and love it. There’s so much history of Lewis and Clark – I live in Lewiston across the river from Clarkston WA. I’ve been writing since the 90’s but my husband talked me into self-publishing my stories. I love that I have the control over the cover, its release date and where readers can get the books. Hubby and I own our own business with four locations, hence my time constraints if I were with a publisher. Our business is seasonal and no writing gets done from January through May! LOL
The Pen Muse: Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Deanna: I’ve read historical romance since I was a teen. The romance of castles, ships and pirates has always held an interest for me, whether they’re set in England, Ireland or Scotland. The 1800’s and prior have so much history and I like to include that in my books. I decided to try my hand at writing an historical novel and I have to say, I learned a ton about the creative process and how to make the story work!
The Pen Muse: How do you create your characters?
Deanna: I grab a few plot lines, pick a time period, a few scenarios and then search pictures to find exactly the right characters for what I envision. I have to know what they look like before I go too far into the story. Cover art is also something I have to create by the middle of the book. It helps me with the story.
The Pen Muse: What inspires and what got you started in writing?
Deanna: People and places easily trigger settings and characters in my books. News and television help with plots and my characters come to me with scenes. Many times they’ve changed a scene on me and I have to say, it’s usually better than what I had. If I give a wrong name to a character, they correct that, too.
Years ago I was laid up with a bad back and spent almost a year laying around. That’s when I decided to try my hand at creating worlds for readers to step into and forget their problems for a while.
The Pen Muse: Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Deanna: I have an office at home and usually write better at night since I’m also a night owl. Chocolate is usually in one of my drawers or on the shelf in my office! I love dark chocolate! Sometimes I go out onto our covered deck in the spring or fall…summer is usually too hot in our valley to sit outside and write…temps are between 95 and 105.
The Pen Muse: How do you get your ideas for writing?
Deanna: I was blessed with a vivid imagination and have always had characters in my head, even as a child. I should have paid attention to them a long time ago!
The Pen Muse: What do you like to read?
Deanna: Historical romances, of course, but I do love a good thriller or suspense novel. I’ve read a few shape shifter or vampire stories but they aren’t my favorite.
The Pen Muse: What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Deanna: I had a great critique group when I first started writing and some of the best advice was the harshest but it helped me the most. Learn Point of View and do NOT head hop between characters. That’s my biggest pet peeve. If someone has to go back and re-read what you’ve written, you need to change something. Also read your work out loud – you’ll stumble on sentences that need work or don’t sound correct as you speak them. It’ll also help to hear the dialogue you’ve written. Write every day and don’t give up. I’ll steal a phrase – We attract what we think! Bad self-talk is the worst – envision what you want and go after it! Check out my book Unleash Your Inner Strength.
The Pen Muse: Anything else you’d like to share?
Deanna: I invite you to visit my website and my blog where you’ll find buy links, links to read Chapter One of all of my books and the book trailers. Below is the Grand Prize ‘copter entry and another contest. Thank you all for stopping by!
CONTEST: Leave a comment about your favorite hero type…duke, ship captain, pirate – and that will enter you into a drawing for a $10 Gift Card. Also include your email and the type of Gift Card you’d like. Rafflecoper