Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Express Pursuit, a romantic thriller is my debut novel. I always enjoyed the escapism of a good romance and I love to travel whenever a get the chance. This novel represents the type of books I enjoy reading and my love of traveling. When I Express Pursuit, I still can’t get over the fact that I wrote it. Talk about suspension on disbelief!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I had these two old 1090s Harlequin romances that I read again in 2013. One had interesting story taking place across Europe and the other involved the famous Orient-Express. I decided to write the story I always wanted to read although never found in book stores. Since I am a movie buff, during the writing process, I also imagined myself directing the characters and using the best sets and costumes.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Because I learned about creative writing with this specific story idea in mind, I became very keen on organizing every aspect of the story in regards to plot, character development and romance increments. I actually started to write this fiction novel while following a spreadsheet! Enclosed in the document was also every geographical location minute by minute. With this road map I could write more freely like a kid enjoying his play pan.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I would say that I am more influenced by favorite movies than by authors. I like Jack Ryan series, Knight and Day, classics like Charade, North by Northwest.
What are you working on now?
Now, I am trying to launch properly this debut novel. I am waiting for a good concept to stimulate me to write another novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Many months prior to the book launch, I reached out to family, friends and colleges to collect emails to ask them join my book launch team. Then I created a newsletter about the book with relative content; a sort of bonus features just like with a DVD movie. I posted on Facebook site related to romance novel and the train travel.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Being a new author myself, I am not in a position to give advise. If I had any words of wisdom I would say: Do it for fun, for self accomplishment – no for money- , be patient and be realistic about your goals. Have a tough skin to handle criticism. Most of all, enjoy this exciting experience.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There are so many I found in several Writers Digest craft books. I think it was really a good investment to get the story building blocks evaluated by a writing mentor because if the premise of your story is flawed, the novel will sink no matter how well it is written.
What are you reading now?
“Mine to five” by Tara September.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I would say, find my comfort zone or my style as a writer. Getting the courage to write another book when you don’t know if I have any talent is a challenge for me.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
These are my all time favorites:
The Time Machine by H.D.Wells
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
The portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Express Pursuit by Caroline Beauregard LOL