About Nancy Lee Badger:
Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!
What inspires you to write?
I volunteer with my family every fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games while surrounded by ladies in period costumes and men in colorful kilts. Listening to bagpipes and drums, while athletes turn the ‘caber’, has inspired me to set many of my stories in Scotland.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am lucky. I ‘retired’ from NH 9-1-1 in order to move from New Hampshire to North Carolina to be near family and write full-time. I wake up every morning eager to open my laptop and write! Lately, I find the dining room table to be a great place to write. It allows me to watch the world…and deer…walk by. I have started to outline my projects, especially when starting a series, but continue to add tension, spicy scenes, danger, and secondary characters when the story needs it. I have a character ‘Bible’ which helps me remember hair color, a character’s history, and even how they curse!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters SCREAM at me, especially secondary characters, which makes a series easier to write. I always leave my readers with a ‘happy ever after’ ending, but with a few clues into the next book in the series. If I don’t I will never get some sleep!
I use twitter at times (mostly Wednesdays and fridays) but I am usually so busy writing, I might forget what day it is. I have a Facebook author page, and a great blog.
What advice would you give other writers?
As Nora Roberts once mentioned at a writer’s conference (which every would-be writer should attend) “Get your butt in the chair”, and “Get the garbage on the page.” You cannot edit a blank page, and my local chapter of RWA always stresses to “Just write.” You can spellcheck later, add chapter breaks near the end, you can write chapters out of order: just get something written!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did the ‘normal’ thing. I tried to get an agent, then submitted my book to several publishers. While writing my fifth book, I sold my first book to a small publisher then another book to another publisher. Both books released on the same day. I tired self-publishing and, when both publishers closed their doors, found I could do very well on my own. I have learned to format and create my own covers, too. (I do have an Art degree).
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
When readers expect free or deeply discounted books, the industry cannot survive for long. Authors need to captivate their readers and give them what they want for a reasonable price. Readers can do their part by purchasing books and leaving honest reviews.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: paranormal, Scottish Time travel, Historical, Romantic Suspense, contemporary
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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