Yes, I know it’s not Tuesday, but we have another guest blogger this week and it’s Caroline Clemmons….
When did you begin writing?
I’ve created stories as long as I can remember. The first were written and illustrated by crayon and always involved a beautiful princess and a castle. Since I started writing for publication much later, I’ve tried to vary the storyline. My first publications were for Kensington Publishing from 1998-2004. I was naïve at the time and would like to redo a lot of things. A couple of friends kept telling me how great indie publishing was. Sure enough, when I tried self-publishing I loved it and still do.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Keeping up with changes in social media and publishing is overwhelming. To me, it seems they change daily. When I began writing for publication, I believed all I’d have to do is write a good book. Wrong! I have to write the best book I can, choose a killer cover, write an intriguing blurb, and then promote the book like crazy—and hope readers buy the book and enjoy it.
Why did you choose your genre?
I believe the genre chose me. I love history, especially post-Civil War pre-turn of the century western history. As a child, my father told tales of his family coming to Texas from Georgia in 1876 and many of their adventures. I was mesmerized. I write contemporary western romances and mysteries, but most of my books are historical western romances.
What writing tips would you like to share?
Continue to hone your craft. Find a good critique group—one where only constructive criticism is offered and no personal attacks happen. If possible, find a writers group near you IF they have good programs. If there are none in your area, seek one or two writers and go to lunch to discuss writing. Writing is a solitary profession and you need interaction with other writers. Take care of your health. Sitting for long hours can lead to medical problems. Most important is: Don’t let anyone steal your dream!
What are you currently working on?
On February 19 I’ll release A BRIDE FOR LUKE, Proxy Brides Series. It’s set in Wyoming in 1875. Luke Sullivan and Maeve Kelly are married by proxy while she’s in Boston and he’s in Wyoming. Maeve is a recent immigrant from Ireland. Luke and his family arrived from Ireland some years ago. Two stubborn people are certain to butt heads. In addition, Luke is sheriff and has a rowdy bunch of robbers to subdue.
What would you like to promote today?
I recently released AN AGENT FOR LYDIA, The Pinkerton Matchmakers Series, also set in Wyoming. I loved writing this book and am excited to share it with readers.
Caroline’s social media links:
Amazon Author URL https://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Clemmons/e/B001K8CXZ6/
Bookbub Author URL https://www.bookbub.com/authors/caroline-clemmons
Facebook Readers Group – Caroline’s Cuties https://www.facebook.com/groups/277082053015947/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CarolinClemmons (no E in Caroline)