Meet Author Sonia Rumzi

Today, I chat with Debut Author Sonia Rumzi, whose first novel is titled, Simple Conversation. Her second novel, Caring for Eleanor, will be published this summer by Heart Press.

Name: Sonia Rumzi

Name of book: Simple Conversation

Book genre: Women’s Fiction

Date Published: February 14, 2011

Publisher: Heart Press

What is your day job? I used to be a cardiovascular technologist. Now I’m a full time writer.

What is your book about? An older woman finding love at last.

What was the most challenging part of the writing process for you? Keeping the tenses straight, the rare to none use of adverbs and having a timeline.

What motivates you to write? Love of words, but mostly a rainy day.

Did you experience writer’s block? I have not yet experienced writer’s block. Maybe because I am new to the experience, my ideas are still flowing without reservation. I do have days where I do not want to write though, and I have to discipline myself to write a few pages regardless.

How long did it take you to write this book? Two years.

What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That you do not have to rewrite. Some people think that they do not need to write and rewrite for editing purposes. It does not happen overnight. The writing itself may come easily, but the editing and the re-writing process is the work.

What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? The first flush of the idea was so exciting, so I put it down on paper as soon as I could. Even though the rewriting was hard, I loved it, giving me an opportunity to refine my work.

What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion? This may not be a popular notion, but I have done little promotion except for my website. My goal is to keep writing, keep publishing, lower my prices and get it into the hands of as many people as possible. This is good advice from other successful Indies.

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? No such thing as luck. If luck was all it took, then hard work would be out the window. Hard nosed, steady patience and work is what matters. Writing takes patience and time. I have both.

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