Today on the blog we have AC James, author of Eternal Ever After. I would like to thank AC for stopping by for the interview. Now sit back and enjoy the interview.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always wrote… I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I started typing and all of the sudden it turned into 50K and I started nodding, saying, “Yes, I do believe it looks a little bit like a book.” And then I kept going.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I’m still not sure that I do. I tell stories. I make stuff up. And then I share stories that I hope make a connection with readers.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Oh, I’ve done lots of things. I’ve beta tested video games. I worked in the finance department at a hospital doing medical billing and ICD-9 coding. But these days I’m just a blogger, reviewer, and I suppose I’m a storyteller.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Eternal Ever After is a steamy Gothic Cinderella re-telling with vampires and BDSM.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m an indie author. Although, I still submit to agents and publishers. I’d love to be a hybrid author.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the book. I finished the first draft of Eternal Ever After in three months but at that point I was still considering traditional publishing. And it took me a significant amount of time to get booked with an editor. Then there were lots of revisions. The book is very different than the first draft which is how it should be.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I stick to paranormal romance, bdsm romance, or both. My heat levels range from steamy to erotica. I consider steamy romance the development of a romantic relationship that contains more explicit language and sex. But the sex is not an inherent part of the story, character growth, or relationship development, and if removed you still have an amazing plot and hopefully characters that readers will care about as much as I do.
Cursed Ever After will be translated into German. That’s coming out next. The second book in the Ever After series will be out either late spring or early summer. I also have some notes jotted down for a particular side character from the series that I think deserves her own book. I do have a soft spot for Victoria. And I’m toying with an idea for a supernatural rendition of a Shakespeare classic.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. Mostly, poems that weren’t very good and short stories.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. But I don’t respond to them. I think there’s been a lot of controversy on different reading sites and I like to stay out of all that. However, I think there’s a lot you can learn from reading reviews. I want people reading and discussing my books. If readers don’t feel comfortable discussing a book because an author inserts themselves into that online discussion—the discussion stops. That’s the last thing *I* want ;) Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I definitely choose the title after the book is written.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Character names aren’t always concrete with me. But I tend to keep the setting the same. Sometimes elements within a setting change as the story progresses. Then I have to make sure the changes don’t impact the storyline on revision. Google maps is a wonderful thing.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
No, characters are usually the first thing I think about and then I drop them into a situation with a conflict and I write until they figure out a way out of that conflict.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
A little bit of both.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Well it’s your typical good conquering evil archetype. But I usually don’t get too hung up on worrying about theme. That tends to write itself. I just tell the story ;)
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