This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter, Sandra Pesso!
Sandra will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Work Your Social Media Platform Like A Rock Star! is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.
For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.
Please welcome Sandra!
How did you come up with the idea for Colors of Us?
The idea for my new release was born from a self-portrait created from friend and blogger, Michelle Willis.
How long did it take you to write Colors of Us?
It took me about six months to write. However, I also spent a lot of that time outlining the rest of the books in the McAvery Brothers series.
How much research did you conduct for Colors of Usand what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?
I always do extensive research for each of my stories. Colors of Us is based in the trendy SoHo section of New York City so I spent much time there to nail the setting as accurately as possible. One trip was made to confirm which streets are paved and which still have the original cobblestone. Here’s a little known fact, I shot the background photo used in the background of the cover of Colors of Us.
Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?
I’ll answer this with Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “The first draft of anything is shit.” I think of a rough draft as an artist’s sketch. The general idea is there but it’s still just ordinary. Layers of emotion and scene progression are necessary for the story to come to life and become extraordinary.
How do you make time to write?
My best friends are coffee and under eye concealer.
Who has had the most influence on your writing?
It’s not so much “who” as “what” has the most influence on my writing. I tend to find inspiration in the vibe of everyday life. Music, locations, even weather create and grow characters and plotlines.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Finish your book! So many writers ask me for advice on getting published but don’t have a finished manuscript. There’s a reason most publishers won’t commit to a book until it’s finished – it’s hard to finish! Take your book to completion, even if it’s not perfect. The exercise of writing a book from start to finish will help you do it again and again.
Why did you decide to become a romance author?
It’s all about the HEA, baby!
What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?
Honestly, the royalty check is just the icing. The most exciting thing about being a published author is hearing from readers who have dedicated their precious free time to read my work. Really, how awesome is that?
What do you want your readers to take away with them after reading the story?
The heroine of Colors of Us is a survivor of sexual assault. However, Colors of Us is not a story about sexual assault. It’s about moving on, healing and beating down the demons that hold us back. But most of all it’s a romance complete with an HEA because with ugly comes beauty and with hurt comes healing. I hope that message comes out loud and clear
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an author?
Don’t write for the trends. Write for yourself or choose a reader and write for that person. You can’t be everything to everyone.
If you could choose anyone, past or present for a mentor, who would you choose?
Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?
I read from my iPad’s Kindle app.
Tell us your latest news.
I’m taking Michelle, Hunter and the McAvery Bar crew on the road! I have a mini book tour planned and will be visiting Maryland, Las Vegas, and a few New Jersey locations and events.
What is your favorite music?
My current musical obsession is Ed Sheeran.
What is your favorite quote?
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
If you were a millionaire would you still write?
Cat or dog person?
Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?
Favorite color: Red
Favorite number: 11
Favorite Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite Actress: Emma Stone
Wine or liquor? Martini, please
Tea or coffee? Big fan of both
Decaf or caffeinated? Is this really a question?
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Donald Duck or Goofy? I’m more of a Pluto gal.
Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Haven’t seen either…I’ve been writing!
Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? Oooh…I have to go with Depp.
Want to meet or attend Sandra’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org!
Registration closes October 4th!