Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Amber Daulton….
When did you begin writing?
I read my first romance book when I was 12 after I snuck a Harlequin paperback out of my mom’s bedroom. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I wanted to create my own story about two people having an adventure and falling in love. I wrote with pencil in a spiral-bound notebook and finished that 200-plus page story in about six months. It’s my first attempt at writing, and though I’ve revised the MS several times over the years, it’s currently not published.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Changing my mindset and writing style. I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to not to read so many romance books written in the 1990s and earlier. Writing and publishing guidelines have changed over the years, and what was accepted back then is no longer accepted now, as least for beginning writers.
You see, I’d modeled my style after what I was reading, only to learn with my first publisher that passive voice and head hopping are now frowned upon. When I think back on those drafts, I shudder, but writing is a learning experience. I’m grateful that the publisher saw the merit in my writing and set me straight from then on.
Why did you choose your genre?
I like love stories and happy endings, especially when the characters have gone to hell and back, and have come out stronger in the end.
What writing tips would you like to share?
Make friends with other authors and readers via social media. Don’t be shy. Start a blog even if you aren’t published yet, so you can join blog tours. A tour is a great way to get a free ebook as long as you write a review and post it on your blog. The author’s readers will then come to your blog to read the review. They’ll know YOUR name, and that’s what you want—to get your name out there.
Just keep trying. I know it sounds cliché, but there’s nothing else to do. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed. Period. Keep your hopes up, take rejection letters in stride, and if a publisher or editor gives you feedback on why he/she rejected your work, listen to their feedback. They know what they’re talking about.
What are you currently working on?
The second installment in the Arresting Onyx series is with my editor now and should hopefully be out in late 2020. Arresting Jeremiah follows hardnosed parole officer Jim Borden and his obsession Calista Barlow as they stick their noses where they don’t belong and fall deep into the trouble with the criminal organization known as Onyx.
This sexy, dirty-talking romantic suspense series spans five books with a standalone HEA for each rough-and-tumble hero and their spunky heroines. The first book, Arresting Mason, is already published.
What would you like to promote today?
I released my novella, Lyrical Embrace, in audio a few months back after my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, returned the audio rights to me. After I signed up with ACX, a subdivision of Amazon,
I thought getting this book narrated and published was going to be a long, stressful undertaking—it was my first time going outside a publisher to do so—but it really wasn’t. I’m proud to say Lyrical Embrace is now available in the big bad world of audio listeners.