About Bonnie Edwards:
Bestselling author Rachelle Ayala writes dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.
Kelly Collins is an International Best Selling Amazon author of contemporary romance. She writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she is inspired by real time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after and bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love. She loves hockey, shiny objects and has a new-found appreciation for green smoothies.
Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. She believes life should be lived with joy. That joy shows up in her earthy, irreverent love stories. Bonnie uses long hikes to bounce ideas off her husband and her standard poodle, who almost always agrees with her.
She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Carina Press, Harlequin, Kensington Books and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself.
Sometimes her stories have a paranormal twist, likes curses and ghosts, other times not. But they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve written my whole life! Way before I even knew where stories came from, I wrote. Even my Etch-a-Sketch was all about the words I could make, never pictures.
Today, I’m inspired to create characters who are challenged and who overcome their challenges. Walking in the woods helps a lot to keep my writing fresh and living near the ocean clears my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a four draft writer. I write the first draft to the 3/4 point, then go back and rewrite to the same point. I pace the house, walk the woods, do laundry until I push through to about 90 per cent. Start the 3rd draft and move scenes and sequels around for the best storytelling through line, making sure the emotions are right, logic works etc. I write the last scene.
The 4th draft is editing with minor revisions and clarifications and more time and effort is spent on the last scene. My books go through rigorous editing with a professional editor and copy editor. Then I revise again, fixing any small things that catch my eye. I don’t count that last run through as a draft…it’s tweaking more than anything.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I discover what drives my characters as I write, always keeping in mind what it is they need to learn. Since I write romance, they always seem to need to learn about trust, love, acceptance or something similar.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep studying craft! No matter where you are on your writer’s journey, you can always learn more!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took 15 years to sell my first book, 5 to sell the next one. Then a month…a few hours…then, once, 4 minutes for a series. Yes, that’s what happens when the market turns in your direction: publishers are looking for what you write and there you are: prepared and ready!
But, when the market shifts again, you can be left behind. Again, be prepared and ready to shift gears. My decision to go into self-publishing has been wonderful and I’m very happy to be here, writing what I love to write.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always need stories to sustain them. We learn our family legends and lore from stories handed down. We learn morals from stories.
Stories will never go away, not as long as the news is so depressing!
Book publishing may change in the not-too-distant future, but the need for good stories well-told will never disappear.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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