About Fiola Faelan:
I’ve always loved to read and cut my teeth on books such as The Forest of Mystery, Robin Hood, and Nancy Drew. I grew up a devout tomboy, back when Silicon Valley wasn’t even a gleam in San Jose’s eyes.
I love to live life to its fullest, from back when I used to ride hell-bent-for-leather on my Appaloosa in gymkhanas to surf-fishing in Hawaii. Jumping boulders on the breakwater in Morro Bay to walking barefoot on the beach.
Many of my story ideas were found during travels far and wide, from Corpus Christi TX, where my ancestors are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery to Pendleton OR. From Tucson, AZ to Seattle WA to Vancouver BC. I’m always looking for that next story, that next place to bury the body. Or kiss the hot guy.
I kick-ass and take names in beautiful Portland, Oregon with both of my amazingly talented “kids” – my son and daughter-in-law, along with their most affectionate cat Nudge.
Stay in touch ♥ Fiola
What inspires you to write?
I’m seduced by romance – red-hot, sensual, pants-on-fire romance. In my mind, the men are alpha, bossy, take-no-prisoners and sexy-as-hell. The women are kick-ass, feisty, give back as good as they get and lust-worthy – whether voluptuous and curvy, toned and muscular, or lean and boyish in form. They entice those alpha heroes to lust after them – and eventually fall head-over-heels in love with them. Voila! Your HEA – Happily ever after.
In every occasion or location, my mind conjures plots and scenarios. Running through a forest, killer on your heels. Saving the alpha-guy cause, hey, I did say she was kick-ass! Nothing makes me happier than seeing two people in love and affectionate with each other, whether they’re 16 or 106. I just like to torture them a little before that happens.
I’m compelled to take all the ideas swirling around in my mind and turn them into sexy, scintillating stories to entertain readers who love romance as much as me.
Tell us about your writing process.
As hard as I try to outline and plot things out before I start writing, my mind just doesn’t work that way. I start with an idea, and the people and stories unfold as I’m writing, just as if I were in the book. The characters have minds of their own, and frequently new, unexpected characters drop by, just as a friend or stranger may drop in at your home – or surprise you in a dark alley.
So far it’s working for me, but I’m still trying to get down at least a skeleton outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters! And let me tell you, some of them are so headstrong it’s all I can do to keep them on the page and quiet for two seconds so I can think. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. Mouthy and independent as they are, they keep things hopping.
What advice would you give other writers?
Research! I made all the newbie mistakes – telling and not showing, being too wordy, repetitive words, and an info dump in the beginning instead of dropping the reader right into the action and then sprinkling information throughout the story. There are so many resources out there and authors who love to share their wisdom. Join a local writer’s group. Go forth and “Google”!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In 2014, after years and years of writing, false starts and the dreaded rejections, I gave myself a deadline to have a Christmas novella finished by the first week of December. I was going to self-publish, but knew one of the downfalls for an author going that route is they don’t invest in a great editor and a beautiful, professional cover.
I knew I wanted my baby to be as polished as it could be, so I turned to the local writing group I belong to. Turns out we have a fantastic author who also has an editing business. Let me tell you – she’s GREAT! I invested the money to have her edit, and then took her advice in making changes. It made the book so much better, and one that I was not only comfortable publishing, but proud of too.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m on the fence. I think traditional publishing is here to stay, but it needs to change drastically with the times. I also think self-publishing is here to stay and is going to grow by leaps and bounds. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I’ll hold on tight while I do my best to dodge the potholes and boulders!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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