About J.A. Belfield:
J.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, two pooches she treats likes the babies of the house, and a scrawny cat that like to vomit in unnecessary places.
Although best known for her Holloway Pack series: DARKNESS & LIGHT (July 2011, J. Taylor Publishing), INSTINCT (February2012, J. Taylor Publishing), ETERNAL (July 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), BLUE MOON (December 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), RESONANCE (April 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), CAGED (August 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), UNNATURAL (April 2014, J. Taylor Publishing), and CORNERED (May 2016), amongst other titles, she is currently trawling her way through a New Adult Post Apocalyptic and would LOVE to try her hand at YA. Maybe she will.
What inspires you to write?
Life and love and everything in between.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really have one. I also edit for a living, as well as illustrate, housekeep so my family doesn’t live in a hovel, and make sure my pooches don’t get too bored. I do prefer to write first thing in the morning, though, before I start on any of the above: coffee; write; breakfast; everything else. I always leave the document open during the rest of the day, too, in case a genius sentence or scene pops into my head and I just have to add it NOW! 😉
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
YES! All the darn time. They drive me nuts.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write more. Find a decent critique partner. Learn to critique the work of others. Apply what you learn from those when you write some more.
And probably AS important, learn the publishing industry, because stepping blindly onto this path is just foolish.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve changed my mind a lot over the years, mostly because self-publishing was still so frowned upon when I first started writing and you were a ‘cop-out’, or not considered a ‘real author’ if you went that route. Whilst some folk still have this view (sadly), a lot has changed since then, and so I have some books with a small press publisher, (going this route meant I had time to study the industry harder before making future decisions), and others are self-published. I think how I decide to publish future titles will depend on the stories I write and how I think they might be best received.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s both exhilarating and concerning.
Exhilarating because there seems to be no rules as to crossover in genres anymore and I think this will only expand further as new genres are added (like NA was a little while back, for example).
Concerning because the book industry becomes more and more flooded everyday as a result of self-publishing, which makes it harder and harder to be spotted amongst the crowd by the readers seeking new books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, children’s (as Jenna Lyn Field), erotic romance coming soon.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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