Interviews with our favorite Authors.....
Our first interview takes us to the Steamy land of Naughtiness with Ardent Rose
Inside the mind of Ardent Rose as she settles in and we hand her a glass of red wine.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always written poetry over the years and English was my favorite subject in school. About four year ago, I began writing short stories for a friend and he encouraged me to publish. After a lot of thought, I began a series of chapters on Tumblr. When I became more or less housebound after an accident, I turned to finishing my novel and began to see I might be good at it.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Depending on the length of the story … 2-3 days for shorts Novellas 7-10 days and 2 weeks to a month on full length novels.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I usually write in the afternoons for 2-6 hours. If I am trying to finish something I might go back to it in the evening for a couple more. When my mind begins to wander, time for a break or to quit.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like quiet and I also enjoy white noise like a fan, I have space heater I use in the winter and I miss it when it’s too warm for the sound it makes. (The dishwasher is going right now making it easier for me to concentrate… Hahahah)
How do books get published?
I self-publish to Amazon, and usually create paperbacks on Createspace.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas come from various sources. Many from conversations shared about others’ fantasies, and I have written from dreams.
I would love to travel overseas someday and that makes for glamorous settings. I love to research cultures and tourism. With me it’s true, be careful what you say it may wind up in a book.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was 52, last June, when I published Louisiana Lovers.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I am not writing I usually have my nose in my Kindle. I am doing my best to read Indie authors and I always leave a review. So far as of July, 2016 I have read 60+ books since January, and lef reviews for everyone.
What does your family think of your writing?
There are two answers to that, first one, my mom thinks I am doing a great job. She would be near expert, since I can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a trashy paperback in one hand and a cigarette in the other curled up in a recliner.
The second answer, we are not shouting it at the rooftop to other family for various reasons. If they know, they aren’t asking questions.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? Wow, how little I know about grammar. The editing process nearly knocked me out until I met some great lady authors who were kind enough to edit for me. That book covers sell books and that a good blurb just might hook a reader.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I currently have 13 books: 4 novels, 3 novellas, 5 short stories, and 1 anthology.
I would say my favorite is Romania with Love
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Write and keep writing. Find good support to help with critique and editing. Don’t give up if the first book doesn’t sell or even the eighth book. Keep improving with each story.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I get good feedback so far it has been all positive. They like the story and want more.
Do you like to create books for adults? Yes, because there are no taboo subjects, no limits on your imagination and so many genre’s to choose from. Being a romantic at heart, I am a sucker for love stories with a HEA …
What do you think makes a good story?
I like a story with strong male figures, and the girls are not air-heads or sappy criers or stupid enough not to ask questions.
I like good romance and chemistry between characters without too much angst. Although, I read dark romance as well.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher, and I believe I would have been successful. Over my 50 some years I have had many opportunities to teach and guide young people and it thrills my heart. To this very day I miss that particular interaction.