Today I'm excited to welcome author Jamie Hope to the blog to chat about her new book The Road That Leads To Home. She kindly shared a bit about her writing processes and inspirations, as well as telling us about how she markets her books. Here are her responses to my questions.
What inspired you to write this book?
The Road That Leads To Home was inspired by a true life experience.
How did you come up with the title?
The title is taken from a song. I had already begun working on this book when tragedy struck. I had no desire to continue writing it at that point, so it was shelved. Then a couple days later I was in the car and the song “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw came on. The line “Chase your dreams but always know the road that'll lead you home again” really resonated with me at that time. It inspired me to continue even though I knew the book was going to be a lot different than I originally planned it.
What were the challenges (research, literary, and logistical) in bringing this book to life?
The biggest challenge for me was that I always had it in my head that it would be a novella. I wasn’t sure if I had enough pages for the reader to adequately connect with the characters.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a Children’s Book that will be publishing in November at the minute. I am also working on Book 2 of The Sara Rhea Chronicles and a Historial Romance that has been in the works for quite some time.
What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Book 2 in the Literal Leigh Romance Diaries, Serious Leigh.
What books have most influenced your life?
To Kill A Mockingbird and the Amelia Bedelia series.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
You’ve spent months, maybe even years working to complete your manuscript, be careful who you trust with it. Be sure to thoroughly check out editors, publishers or agents before handing over your work. Check the Better Business Bureau, Editors and Predators, Writer Beware before hiring them or signing a contract.
Testimonals are quite often fake. I have seen businesses ask friends to provide testimonals, so don’t take any at face value. Talk to real customers.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
I have experienced writer’s block. For me, I have noticed it happens mostly when I am trying to force the story to come out. Now I just leave it and do something else until the characters are ready for their story to be told.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hardback books?
I read most of my books on my Kindle, but still love traditional paperbacks.
How do you publish your books ? Are you indie, traditionally published or both?
Back To Basics offers traditional publishing. They also offer services a la carte to authors who wish to self-publish.
How much marketing support do you get from your publisher?
Back To Basics offers full marketing support. From writing and distributing to reaching out to venues to set up events, my publishing company does it all.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The book’s cover play a key role in the buying process. It’s what draws a potential reader in, the reason they will pick it up to read the blurb.
Who designed your book cover?
In what formats is your book available?
My book is currently available in Paperback and E-book format. It will soon be releasing in Audiobook format as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Where can we find you online?
Blog: Jamie Hope's Journey
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