Yes, it’s Tuesday, and that means another installment of Debut Author Q&A. This week, I feature Brenda Sedore, who was born in the wine country of Northern California which started her lifelong love of the grape. She moved to Canada as a teenager and eventually ended up in wine country again. It’s probably no surprise that wine is a large part of her debut novel, A Snake in Paradise.
Name of book: A Snake in Paradise
Book genre: Romance/Italy Travel
Date Published: November 15, 2010
Self-publisher: Imagine Press
What is your day job? Accounts receivable supervisor
What is your book about? Aja Rain flees to Italy for peace and quiet after an accident where she nearly castrates her ex-boyfriend. She becomes a media sensation when all she wants to do is move on with her life. Italy is full of hot Italian men, but Aja is afraid to trust her heart again. Pietro and Marco are impossible to resist. How can she choose between them? Everything is thrown into turmoil when she realizes Stephen, the ex, has followed her across the ocean, determined to get his revenge. Aja thought she would be safe and protected with her new friends in Italy. She couldn’t have been more wrong.
What was the most challenging part of the writing process? Sitting down every day to write after working the day job all day and being mentally exhausted.
What motivates you to write? All the stories crowding my head.
Did you experience writer’s block? No, I’ve never experienced it. I usually start with journaling and then reading over the last chapter before each writing session. That gets me into the flow.
How long did it take you to write this book? Technically about 8 months. But about a year elapsed between starting it and getting to work on it again. I went through a divorce and had to put it on the backburner for a while. And, no, the premise isn’t a result. Or is it? :)
Why did you decide to self-publish this book? I went with self-publishing because I wanted full control and didn’t want to give most of my royalties away. I have the computer skills needed and my husband, also an author, is a wonderful editor.
What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That you’ll write one and instantly find success. It’s bloody brutal work at the best of times. But when you see your first sales start rolling in and realize people actually like your work, that’s brilliant!
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? I loved the editing part. When I went back over it, I fell in love with the book all over again. I love cleaning up loose ends, too.
Oprah has famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? Oh absolutely. You have to be aligned and have done the work in order to grab the luck as it shows up. That said, there’s probably almost as much luck as there is hard work and talent. Just take a look at the famous people out there. For every one of them, there are probably a thousand people out there 10 times more talented. But they were the ones who were discovered.