Tell me a bit about yourself….
I am the award-winning former journalist turned author behind the forthcoming paranormal romance series, The Seven Hells. I write passionate and conflicted characters cast into love stories that burn and consume. As a lover of all things dark and stormy, I relish gothic yarns, monster lore, classic mythology, falling for my own heroes, and the enchanting American west.
I live in the glittering Las Vegas desert with my hot husband, beautiful but mouthy teenage daughter, and a black cat named Charlie.
What genre/s do you write in?
Contemporary and paranormal romance.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was in the third grade. My first book was about a dolphin who could sing!
Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.
I have thousands of articles published under my actual name. (Veronica is a pen name, and SO much sexier than my real name). I published my debut romance novel, Stupid Cupid: A Gods and Monsters Novel, earlier this year. It’s part of a duet, and the second book, Stupid Cupid: Pleasure Island: A Gods and Monsters Novel, is currently up for pre-order. For now, I’m exclusive with Amazon, but may go wide at some point.
While I considered taking the more traditional publishing route for many years, I eventually decided that I wanted full control of my work. So, here we are.
Did you use an editor? If so, who?
Of course. However, I’m looking for a new editor.
Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?
Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?
My books are self-published. There have been bumps in the road, but overall, I’m just really grateful. The support and enthusiasm of my readers kinda blows my mind.
How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)
Primarily through social media and traditional media/blogger outreach. I have a background in marketing, social media strategy, and public relations, and recently started the Digital Marketing Academy for Authors. We offer classes that will teach authors to market their own work, without needing to hire expensive firms. We are in the process of creating a website and social media pages. But for now, anyone interested can learn more here More Resources - Veronica Valentine Writes
What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?
This is a really subjective thing. Just because something works for one author doesn’t mean it will work for another. I always recommend to my Digital Marketing Academy participants that they should pick only THREE platforms and maintain an active presence. Our Getting Social course covers all the specifics about how authors can make this work.
Do you use an agent?
Do you use paid advertising? If so, what?
Not right now. My strategy is to implement a paid ad strategy after I’ve published more blooks.
Do you have a blog or website?
I do! www.veronicavalentinewrites.com
What inspires you most to write?
Oh, my. This is such a loaded question. I draw inspiration from so many things. Reading, drawing, romantic movies, country music, art, rainy days, and Tim Burton movies, to name just a few.
What do you do to help with writer’s block?
Blocks happen, but you have to write your way out of it. Meaning, just get words down on the page. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just write.
How do you plan your writing and start?
If a story idea pops into my head, I will legit starting writing in the Notes app on my phone. If I’m near my laptop, I will start taking notes, and then use my three-step plotting system from there.
Is writing your full-time job? If not what else do you do?
Not yet, but I will be writing and building the Digital Marketing Academy brand full-time in the next two months.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m editing Stupid Cupid: Pleasure Island.
Who is your target audience?
Anyone who is in love with love.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. It took me a month to write Stupid Cupid: A Gods and Monsters Novel, and three months to write the forthcoming paranormal romance series, Draven’s Inferno.
When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?
Creativity has always been a lifesaver to me, and writing was my first love.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I write whenever possible.
What does your family think about you writing?
My family is really supportive. Especially my husband. He’s just the best.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I think about writing, travel, do art, and spend time with my family.
Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?
Ideas just pop in my head.
What do you think makes a good story?
Compelling characters. If you don’t care about the characters, the plot doesn’t matter.