1) Have you ever cried over a book? If so, which one and why? No, I haven’t, although I wouldn’t mind finding a tear-jerker. I’m starting my first Colleen Hoover book, so I’m hoping that does the trick. LOL!
2) What is your writing Kryptonite? I wish I had one.
3) Who are your top five favorite authors? Ooh tough one! I love so many. Jackie Collins, Lauren Weisberger, Cecily Von Ziegasar, Don Winslow, Kimberley Chambers…
4) If you could go back and tell your pre-writing self anything, what would it be? I wished I could have told my 18 year old self to have continued writing, until of leaving it, and only starting up again in my late twenties. If you have a passion for something, don’t wait.
5) What’s your ultimate writing goal? To hit the bestseller lists.
6) What made you decide to become a serious author? I’ve loved writing and reading ever since I was young. The idea never left my mind to write stories.
7) Do you do research for your characters or settings? Give us an example. Yes I do. I like to ensure I have all the correct facts, especially if it’s a lifestyle or place I’m unfamiliar with.
8) What’s been the most successful marketing tool for you? Interacting with other people, I guess.
9) Do you believe writing is a gift or a learned skill? I like to think it’s a gift, but maybe some people can learn.
10) Do you believe anyone could write a book? Maybe but whether it’s a good book is the question.
11) How often do you write and for how long? I try to write some every day for at least a few hours.
12) What did you edit out of your most recent book? Overused words, and parts that didn’t move the story along.
13) How do you name your characters? It takes me hours of searching!
14) Do you read your book reviews? Why or why not? Sometimes.
15) Are any parts of your book(s) auto-biographical? I think some of my characters have similar characteristics as me. Most of them love fashion, music, books, TV, which is the same with me.
16) What was the hardest scene you ever wrote and why? Killing people off in books. Hate doing it, but sometimes it has to be done.
17) How long does it take you (on average) to write a book? Depends. Sometimes it takes a couple of months, and sometimes about four.
18) Do you write to music? If so, what do you listen to? Sometimes. I love everything. My music genre depends on the book I’m writing. For The Black Door Trilogy, sexy rock music was involved in the story, with their being an exotic club. This new book I’m listening to more of R&B, The Weekend, Eminem and stuff. My other novel, it was my fave music genre, house music.
19) Have you ever been contacted by a non-family/friend fan? Yes. I love receiving messages from readers
It makes it all worth it.
20) Have you ever thought of writing outside your genre? I think I do. I write romance, erotica, suspense, a bit of horror, and would love to give YA a go someday.
21) What is your best writing advice for beginners? Never give up. Research on how to perfect your manuscript. Get it critiqued / edited, and learn from it.
My erotic romance books are available on Amazon.
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29abWLd
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/296z12l
Her Confession: Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2bNhfPD Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2bRRdNx
Their Confession: Coming soon!
S. Valentine grew up in England. Studying English language and literature, as well as law, she worked in a solicitors for many years before moving to Spain. She does however divide her time between both countries.
Returning to her lifelong passion of writing books, she’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle and fashion. Her other interests include reading, shopping and a nice glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter, Gossip Girl and SATC. She’s a social media addict, and loves connecting with new people.
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