So DeLaine, tell us about your books.
I currently have my first two books of the Running Series available: Running To You and Two Sides of a Heartbeat. I have been touched by the welcome these books have received. Both have been on the Amazon best sellers list in category and Running To You made it into the top 100.
For excerpts go to www. DeLaineRoberts.com
What is your preparation for writing?
A story will pop into my brain out of the blue and often when I’m driving or late at night. I try to jot down the jest of the story and build from there. I’ve been inspired by music more than anything.
Do you develop characters first?
Yes, characters first. Names can be so difficult. Then I try to create the drama into it. Life is full of drama, why shouldn’t our stories be? Although, I can get carried away, so I have to whip my pen into shape on occasion.
How did you go from initial idea to a full blown novel?
I try to take my characters through a journey with wonderful side characters along the way. When I wrote Running To You, I knew what my plans were for two of the books. I had no idea that there would be such a craving for the Hero’s twin brother, Harrison. So now, Harrison is getting his own book. Some of the story was inspired by real-life events with a fictional twist.
What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing would have to be dialogue. I think it is easier to craft what someone would say versus description of surroundings or events. That’s so subjective. For me, describing the senses is the most difficult part.
What is your pet peeve in reading?
Pet peeve of reading is a difficult one. I wouldn’t say that I have one really. I’m not a huge fan of bouncing back and forth in time, but I recently read a novel where it was done very well and not disruptive to the story.
What do you see as the future in publishing?
I believe that indie publishing is truly a wave of the future. Indi puts the control to the author. I am now indie publishing and grateful to have control of my work. There is great advice available and there are tools available as well. There is no replacement for great editorial work. I use the team at Author Options. They’re fantastic at their craft with an exceptional business model and serious pedigree.
I also currently have my own covers professionally shot by a local photographer with my own cover models. I’m grateful that David Quisenberry has been able to capture exactly what I’m looking for.
What are your plans for future books?
My Confessions: Currently, I am finishing up Harrison’s story for book 3 of The Running Series. His story, titled “My Confessions” is slated to be out in December.
In between time, I have a standalone novel coming out in October.
Chasing Air: “Chasing Air” is about a beautiful emergency room physician, Dr. Makenzie Holder. Makenzie is hiding out from a painful past and reinvents herself with a new location and a new name, leaving her family behind to ensure their safety from the mob. Detective Ryler Buchanan comes into her life and unknowingly puts both of them in harm’s way. Makenzie has to make a choice between safety and security or following her heart with Ryler.
It’s a touching story that has a twist coming at the end, but no cliffhanger!
What’s your favorite social media platform?
My favorite would have to be Facebook. I think it is because I understand how to use it more than the others. I do love Pinterest and when I get on that site, I’m there hours before I realize it.
DeLaine, thank you so much for talking with us today. I wish you much success on your books.
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