Sexy Six Authors Q&A #10:When you hit a wall, how do you break through?

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 9th post, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #10

When you hit a wall, how do you break through?

Chris Lange 

I’ll let you know when it happens.

Leanore Elliott

I never have experienced a wall. Not in 35 novels.Time is the only blocker I struggle with.

Jennifer Theriot

It used to really bother me and stress me out. I found that the more I relax and wait until my characters speak to me, the better off I am. Sometimes, something as simple as hearing a song on the radio will inspire me and make the character speak.

Also, I’ve been known to be inspired with a glass of wine in hand (see picture below)

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Maggie Nash

I do timed writing sprints…or I do a writing retreat day with a writing buddy or three 😊
Morticia Knight

Sometimes, I just have to walk away and go do something completely different. I’ve also solved a lot of plot riddles while in the car on a long drive.

Sandy Wolters

Generally, the only time I hit a wall with a story is in the beginning while trying to develop it.  If I try too hard, the idea for a book just won’t come to me. I just can’t force the idea to come.  I have to slow down, take a deep breath, and the inspiration will come to me.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #11:What is your writing process like?

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 10th post, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #11

What is your writing process like? Is it spontaneous or do you do a lot of planning in advance before you begin writing? 

Chris Lange 

I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Maybe I’ll be hit by a bus, maybe I’ll meet the love of my life. My characters are the same. They live, struggle, deal and love one day at a time.

Leanore Elliott

Panster all the way. In fact, my characters take it. I am but a glorified editor of the story as they use my fingers to type.

Jennifer Theriot

Totally non-traditional – no order whatsoever ! It’s spontaneous – no outline, no planning. I’m probably the most unorganized writer, I hate to say. But it works for me. I admire writers who prepare an outline and are uber organized.

Not my style though. I fly by the seat of my pants.

Maggie Nash

A bit of both. I start spontaneously, but then I take a step back and plan the story out so I don’t end up with any plot holes.

Morticia Knight

On occasion, it’s spontaneous. However, it’s not super planned out either. It’s skeletal. I’ve written so many synopses over the years that bear little resemblance to the final product, that I’ve quit fretting over them and wasting precious writing time. Writing is very organic for me. I didn’t even do a series Bible for Hampton Road or Kiss of Leather until I was midway in. And that was only because – damn – there are a lot of characters and timeline changes !

Sandy Wolters

I can’t work from an outline.  For me, it is too confining and stifles my creativity.  The more spontaneous I am, the better the story and characters are.  Generally, I’ll just sit down in front of the computer and start writing without any idea the route the story is going to take.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #9:Who could/would help a writer to sell books?

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 8th post, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #9

Who could/would help a writer to sell books? 

Chris Lange 

Fans. I’m a huge fan myself, I love my favorite authors and I’m sure they love me too.

Leanore Elliott

Your fans. Many of mine have sold lots of books for me.
Jennifer Theriot

I think getting your name out there is paramount. Word of mouth and networking .  If you have a good product to sell, then don’t be afraid to get youself out in the book buying world. Every famous writer had to start somewhere. Just do what feels right. ?

Maggie Nash

That’s a tough one…I think the best thing to help sell books is for the writer to write more books!  Reviews also help..but their needs to be a high volume.  Positive or negative, it doe t matter really.  My lowest rating book continues to be my best seller.
Morticia Knight

Readers are the answer. I know I tell my friends, ‘OMG – you have to read this book/series ! ‘ and they buy it based on my recoommendation. I do the same thing, and most of the time they’re right. There are many books and authors I never would’ve known about if they hadn’t been recommended to me. I can’t think of a better way to sell books.

Sandy Wolters

That’s a good question that I just don’t have the answer to.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #8:What are your reasons for writing? 

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 7th one, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #8

What are your reasons for writing? 

Chris Lange 

To unleash the stories in my head and let my readers’ dreams come true.

Leanore Elliott

I must. Have to. To live and breathe.

Jennifer Theriot

Writing is therapy for me.  As long as my characters keep talking to me, I’ll continue to write.

Maggie Nash

I love stories, and they keep talking to me until I get them down in print!

Morticia Knight

It’s the one thing in my life I’ve always received the greatest satisfaction from. Maybe it’s because I tend to be reclusive, or I’ve always been lost in my head – hard to say. But I can’t imagine living my life without crafting new stories and new worlds. It would be boring to me.
Sandy Wolters

The characters won’t leave me alone until I tell their story.  I start visualizing these people I’ve never met in different scenarios, and it doesn’t stop until I write it down.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #7:What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? 

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 6th one, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #6

What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? 

Chris Lange 

The story. Always the story.

Leanore Elliott

STORY…hands down and I am an Pro editor too, so that will tell you how important this answer is.

Jennifer Theriot

I’d have to say the story. If you have a good story, then you HAVE literary value – verdad ?

Maggie Nash

Story is everything. Most people read for entertainment, and escape!

Morticia Knight

The story, without hesitation. I’m not here to flex my literary muscles, I want to entertain.

Sandy Wolters

In my humble opinion, the story should be uppermost. The reader needs to be engaged with the characters in order to care about them.  If my books do that, the literary value for that reader is reached and that’s all that is really important to me.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #6: If you could be transported into one of your stories as a character, would you or would you stay as far away from it as possible?

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 5th one, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #6

If you could be transported into one of your stories as a character, would you or would you stay as far away from it as possible?  

Chris Lange 

No way I’d live the life of any of my characters. Their wild adventures are passionate but also too dangerous for a quiet person like me.

Leanore Elliott

No….I would jump in and live that life like a dammed rockstar ! lol

Jennifer Theriot

I’d LOVE to be transported into one of my stories – HELL yes !

Maggie Nash

This is showing my kinky side, but I’d like to be a character in Kinky Bet.😜. In fact the heroine…Erica.  Who wouldn’t want to end up with a sexy Irishman fulfilling all of your fantasies 😊

Morticia Knight

If I could go to the 1920’s in either my Gin & Jazz or Hampton Road Club novels, I’d be there in a heartbeat. But I’d have to be a guy, so it would also need to be a gender transport !

Sandy Wolters

Yes, I would be happy to be transported into my books! It is my goal that readers get lost in the pages of my books and enjoy themselves enough to feel they are no longer reading, but living in the stories and falling in love with the characters.

Sexy Six Authors Q&A #5: There was recently a message on ‘Books and Writers’ saying ‘please stop giving your books away’. What do you feel about this?

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the forth one, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #5

There was recently a message on ‘Books and Writers’ saying ‘please stop giving your books away’. What do you feel about this?

Chris Lange 

Authors create their books. Giving them away or not is their choice.

Leanore Elliott

Well, I have officialy given away 35,000 books, so EEK….LMAO !

Jennifer Theriot

While you want to make money from the sale of your books, there is a certain amount of ‘Goodwill’, that is necessary to market a product – any product. So I’d have to disagree. I give my books away all the time and will continue to do so – within reason, of course.

Maggie Nash

The theory is hat you generate an audience this way, but in reality I haven’t noticed it.  There is a core group of people out there who never pay for books, but don’t necessarily even review the free books.   It’s a bit disheartening when you spend months on the writing, editing and production of a book, give it away in a competition or for a review, and then you get little back.  So I am now I. Agreement with their message…

Morticia Knight

Everyone has so many different takes on this. I believe in giving out free samples – this is a tried and true marketing technique. I also believe that if you’re writing a series, offering the first book either for free or greatly discounted is a good way to entice new readers who might not give you a second glance otherwise.

It’s important for authors to understand that there’s a gazillion books out there. Even with a track record, it can be difficult to be seen or heard through all the white noise. I think of free stories as the cost of doing business. I will say however, that a clear strategy should be employed. Only certain titles should ever be free with the occasional sale for a specific reason on others. But they should all be limited time offerings so as not to water down your own sales. Equate your book selling strategy to how established brands sell their products.

Sandy Wolters

I would never be presumptuous enough to tell another author how to promote their books. My books are priced very reasonably, so they are never listed anywhere for free.  I do, however, participate in giveaways and have been known to gift my books to people.  I also give my books to service men and women at no charge.