Interview with Author Shelia Goss:
Hi Shelia. Thank you for doing this interview. I would like to welcome you to the Romance at Heart Interview and Author Grilling session. *bg* We are interested to find out as much about you as we possibly can, so lets get started...
- Please tell us about your latest book.
My Invisible Husband (ISBN:1599830078) is the tale of one woman's desperate attempt to stop the age-old question posed to all women at some point in their lives: So when are you getting married? To appease her family and friends, 34 year old Nicolette (Nikki) Montana fakes a Las Vegas wedding. How she handles her web of deceit makes for a dramatic and sometimes comical story.
To read an excerpt, please visit my website at http://www.sheliagoss.com/.
- What can we expect from you in the future?
I have another book coming out in 2007. Roses are Thorns, Violets are True. It's about twin sisters (Rose and Violet Purdue). Rose's ultimate goal is to remain in the spotlight; preferable on the silver screen. To her fans, Rose is sincere, glamorous, and charitable; but to Violet, her twin, she's a conniving, manipulative person that starves for constant attention. Violet has always been able to forgive her sister's malicious deeds. Well, that is, until Rose does the unthinkable. Can these sisters ever be friends, or will they always stand divided? You'll have to read the book to find out.
- How do we find out about you and your books?
- How may readers contact you?
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way?
I enjoy hearing from fans. Fans really want me to write a sequel to one of my stories. Although I hadn't planned on it, I might because it's like a hot topic.
- Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
Yes. Are you anything like your character Nikki in My Invisible Husband?
- Why did you decide to write romance novels?
I write what I like to read. I started off as an avid reader. If I don't like it, I don't write it. I try to take real life situations and incorporate them into a story. I've been reading romance and women's fiction since I was in junior high school so quite naturally I would be drawn to that genre.
- How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
If I used my personality or life experiences in my writing folks would be bored (smile). My stories are figments of my vivid imagination.
- When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I've been writing since I was 9 years old, but I didn't decide to submit my first manuscript until about 7 years ago. I was ready to start a professional writing career.
- Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
I can write a first draft in 30 days. After I write the first draft, I put it away and go on to something else...about another month or so, I'll pick it up and see what I want to change.
- Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I primarily write in the mornings...and then I just let it go with the flow.
- What is your writing routine once you start a book?
Once I start a book I'm in this zone. I write for about 6 hours without taking a break. Sometimes I write in complete silence but then there are times when I'll have music or the TV playing in the background.
- What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing -- or are there constant interruptions?
Since I do most of my writing in the morning, no one is home. Unfortunately people still try to call me on the phone as if I have nothing to do. I am so glad caller ID exists (smile).
- What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I take a hot bubble bath and curl up with a good book.
- What truly motivates you in general?
Life and people.
- In your writing?
Life and people...again.
- Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. I can be dreaming, riding in the car, talking on the phone or just doing nothing and an idea for a story will hit.
- What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?
I love writing and reading a good love scene. I don't really find them difficult to write, but I find myself re-writing them over and over.
- Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I'm single with no kids but the proud aunt of 3 nephews and 2 nieces. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering. I've worked in the telecommunications industry for ten years. Some of my job titles include Technical Support Specialist, Quality Control, Project Coordinator, Project Manager and Technical Training Developer. Since being downsized, I've worked as a contractor for several years. During this time, I decided to pursue writing full-time. Besides writing novels, I write relationship-type articles and I'm an entertainment writer for various publications. I'm the entertainment editor for this new magazine – Hope for Women www.hopeforwomenmag.org.
- Fill in the blank favorites -
Dessert. Banana Pudding
Season. Tie Spring & Fall
Type of hero. Tall, dark, and handsome.
Type of heroine. Independent
- What are some of your favorite things to do?
Reading and traveling are my two favorite pastimes.
- Do you have a favorite author?
Maya Angelou, Jackie Collins, Gwynne Forster, Donna Hill, Terry McMillan, Francis Ray, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele and the list goes on & on.
- Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Jackie Collins & Danielle Steele.
- How long have you been writing -- have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing since I was 9, but didn't decide to write professionally until 1997. In my heart, I've always wanted to be a writer (novelist, songwriter or screenwriter).
- Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
The story comes to me, then the characters and the setting.
- What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Being able to see the love develop between two characters and allowing them to be in real-life situations.
- What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?
Writing for me isn't hard...there just never seems to be enough time in the day to write everything that's in my head.
- Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?
The characters have a mind of their own.
- Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?
Writer's block for me is called procrastination...that's when I put everything else ahead of me writing...the solution: stop answering the phone or checking email or reading blogs and get to writing.
- What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Meeting new people.
- If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
At this point in my life, I can't imagine doing anything else.
- Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Write the first draft. So many times people say they want to write, but never finish the first draft. The first draft is what it is—a first draft; meaning you now have something to work with. You can polish it so that it'll be fit to submit. But if you don't get the first draft done, you have nothing to work with.
Thank you very much for taking the time with us and answering our questions. I really appreciate this interruption to your busy schedule. Good Luck, and we will be looking forward to the next delightful creation from your talented imagination!
Yours in good reading,