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Brie Sullivan has a new baby girl and there are a million things to do, but Brie doesn’t have the energy to keep up. Why? She’s still grieving for her husband and suffering from baby blues, but she won’t let that stop her. She’s come up with the answer–find a new husband to be the father of her kids.
TR: Good morning, Tina, and welcome!
TG: Good morning, Thomas, and thanks for having me.
TR: How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
TG: Oh, Thomas, do you know what you’re asking? Can I just say I was past my teens with two kids? So let’s see twenties sounds good.
TR: I’ll withdraw the question 🙂 What was it, and in what genre?
TG: Amazingly, it was the first book I got published, Pregnancy Plan. Romance has always been my first love and what I continue to write.
TR: What made you write it?
TG: I had challenged myself to see if I had what it took to finish a book. The first draft lacked a lot, but I was very proud to have completed the project.
TR: As you should be. What have you written since then?
TG: I’ve written a number of stories. Some have been published, some have not. Baby Decision was a sequel to Pregnancy Plan, Youthful Temptation, a standalone to again test myself. Mating Ritual let me explore another world and different cultures. The Executives Wives’ Club series is my current project. I have out the first two books, Revive and Birth.
TR: Very nice. What was the inspiration for your current book?
TG: Breath, the third book in the EWC series is about a woman suffering from empty nest syndrome. I can relate because both my boys have left for college. It is a much harder adjustment than people realize. You’ve devoted every day to these kids and now they are gone. It’s also the main reason I became a writer so I’d have a life after they left.
TR: Well, that’s definitely our gain, then. Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
TG: I’m still in the process of writing Breath. Revive and Birth are both available at Amazon and Smashwords to name a few.
TR: Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
TG: In bed, now it’s not what you think. I have been putting myself to sleep by writing stories in my head since I was a child. Ideas still come to me when I lay down.
TR: Not the first time I’ve heard that, actually. What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
TG: Money, it’s all about the money. I can make more by self-publishing than by going through a publisher. I tried that route and learn so much about the business, but made very little. Now, I make more and love that I can get a book out in less than a month where it took several month when working with a publisher.
TR: That makes a lot of sense. If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
TG: I’ve heard a number of arguments about this. I love my website. I’m a programmer so I can change it up whenever the moods strikes, but I have seen a blog generate a flow of traffic that can raise an author revenue. So I guess I’d have to say it depends on the author and what they want to spend their time doing.
TR: What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
TG: Funny thing is most of the time you don’t really understand what you’re doing right or wrong. So I guess that means I’ve not done any major wrong, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do more things right.
I’m finding more and more that all authors need people to help them. I’ve joined groups and I’m working to help spread the word about other people’s work so they can do the same for me. Everyone wins if we can work together.
TR: Nicely put, and I agree wholeheartedly. Do you have an idea for your next book?
TG: Yes, I have written out a schedule of releases for the next year.
Breath (3rd book of the EWC series) should come out in March 2013
Summer Growth (a new series called the Family Tree series) June 2013
Life (last book in the EWC series) Aug. 2013
Fallen Leaves (2nd book in the Family Tree series) November 2013
TR: Thanks so much for your time, Tina. And the best of luck with all your books.
Well, there you go, folks. That’s one busy lady, and a lot of fun to talk to, as well.
Tune in Tuesday when I interview Genevieve Dewey Heaston, author of “The Downey Trilogy”. Come join us!