Today I'm welcoming author Tonya Plank to the blog. She'll be telling us about her writing, sharing some information about her Fever series and giving readers the chance to win a copy of one of her books. Stay with us 'til the end of the interview to enter the giveaway!
Hi Tonya. Welcome to the blog. Let's find out a bit about you. What sort of books do you write?
I write contemporary and new adult romance, and contemporary women’s fiction.
Tell us about your latest book in 3 sentences.
Rory’s ballet dreams were thwarted by tragedy and illness, leaving her, at the start of the Fever series, an anxious, unfulfilled lawyer. But passions flare when she meets Sasha, a tantalizing, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, who, since leaving Siberia as a small child, has dreamed of becoming world ballroom champion. In order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to survive, they must each overcome past traumas, battle jealous and vengeful former partners, and Rory must decide once and for all whether to leave her stable law career to pursue her true love.
Why do you write? Give us three reasons.
I love to entertain people with fun stories filled with humor, passion and drama.
I love to write about characters who have something to overcome. I feel like it’s therapeutic to me in a way, just helping them work out their problems.
I used to be an amateur ballroom dancer and writing about dance has enabled me to re-experience that amazing world without the crazy expense of all the lessons, costumes and competition fees!
Complete the following sentences:
· My first ever published piece of writing was… a law review article about human rights that I wrote for a class. It was published in the Women’s Rights Law Reporter at my law school.
· A book about writing I love is… Ernest Hemingway on Writing
· A novel I love is… Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine
· My favorite place to write is… my apartment, with my dog and cats at my feet.
· Something/someone who helped me improve my writing is… my first agent, Angela Rinaldi, and the books she gave me on dramatic and screen writing.
· Writing is… fun and freeing!
· Editing is… grueling but very, very necessary!
· Publishing is… nerve-wracking but also exciting.
Describe yourself in six words.
Optimistic, hard-working, quiet, inquisitive, creative, enthusiastic
What’s your next big writing challenge?
I’m trying to finish the next two books in the Infectious Rhythm series and am trying hard to have them done by the end of the year.
What advice would you give to a brand new writer?
To read as much as you can, in your genre and in general. Reading good writing teaches you so much about how to write! Also, set aside time to write every day. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, just create a schedule for yourself. Practice makes perfect, plus you will have something to show for all the work you did at the end of the month if you just commit to even a half an hour each day.
What one thing would you advise a first time author to do to sell or market his book?
I would start by finding bloggers or people on Amazon or Goodreads who have reviewed and liked books similar to yours. Tell them why you think your book is for them, and then ask them if they will review your book honestly in exchange for a complimentary copy. Most of them are very busy, but some of them will say yes. You’ve got to get reviews! There are also places like NetGalley and Reading Alley where you can pay to sign up and give review copies out to potential reviewers. Those can get expensive but I think they’re worth doing when you’re just starting out.
What does your current Twitter or other online profile say?
“Criminal appeals attorney turned romance writer. Author of Fever series, award-winning novel, Swallow.”
What would you like it to say?
Pretty much the same except I would like to add “NY Times best-selling” or “USA Today best-selling” before author! And I would like to add a few more book titles!
Where can we find you online?
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