The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hi! Thanks so much to Night Owl Romance for inviting me. I'm so pleased to be here.
My name is N.J. Walters and I write erotic romance for Ellora's Cave and contemporary romance for Samhain Publishing. My first book, Annabelle Lee, was published back in October 2004, and since then I've had 26 e-books and 15 print books (including anthologies) released.
My erotic romance books cover many different genres including: paranormal, vampire, shape-shifter, time-travel, fantasy, and m‚nage a trois. I enjoy writing series and have plans for many more in the future.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I typically like to write in the morning. I get up, have breakfast with my husband, and then I sit and the keyboard and write for several hours. I'm one of those writers that needs quiet to write. After lunch I'll check emails, my chat groups, blogs, and do any promo work that I have to do. Around all that, I do housework, chores and generally try and have a life. *g* If I'm in the middle of edits, that schedule gets thrown out the window. I'll work on edits morning, afternoon, and evening until they're done.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Knock on wood, I've never had it. There are always so many stories to write. Sure, I have days when the last thing I want to do is write, but I make myself sit in the chair and do it anyway. Usually I'll just tell myself to try writing for a half hour. At the end of that time if it's still not coming, I walk away from the computer. Luckily, that's only happened a few times. Almost always, I get back into the story and end up lost in the writing for several hours. I also know when I need to take a day or two away from work and I give myself permission to do so without guilt. By that time my fingers are itching to get back to the keyboard.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My next Ellora's Cave release will be the fifth book in the Awakening Desires series. For readers who have been waiting, that's Jackson's story. Jackson's Jewel has suspense, a stalker, a woman on the run and, of course, one hot, sexy relationship. No release date yet, but I hope to have one soon.
The next book in the Summersville Secrets series should be released from Ellora's Cave sometime later this year as well. Lily Blossoms is an older woman/younger man story. Lily decides she needs to explore her sexuality and Carson Granger is just the man for the job. I've also contracted the next Jamesville book with Samhain Publishing. A one-night stand turns into so much more when an ex-cop and a fiery lawyer clash. No release date yet, but hopefully soon.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
LOL That's hard. I always have so much I plan to do. I write a lot of series and I'm constantly juggling them to get the next one out. Right now I'm working on the next book in the Dalakis Passion vampire series for Ellora's Cave.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
In five years, I'd like to still be writing for Ellora's Cave and Samhain Publishing, but I would also like to break into the New York market. That's my writing goal.
What do you do for inspiration?
Inspiration is absolutely everywhere. I've gotten ideas from magazines, television, music, and even random conversations overheard at the mall. Sometimes ideas seem to pop out of nowhere when I'm not thinking about writing at all. Some of my best ideas have come just before I fall asleep at night. Some nights I have to jump out of bed and write them down so I don't forget them.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Like most writers, I wrote my first two books back in the mid-nineties, sent them out, and filed the rejection letters. I did, however, get some great advice from some of the publishers that rejected the manuscripts, and I put that to use re-writing the books. I sent them out again and filed more rejection letters.
I didn't write again until late in 2003 when I saw a contest on-line. I started to write something for the competition, and submitted my first five pages, but it never went any further than that. I couldn't stop writing the book and kept at it. When I was finished, I polished it up and, with my husband's encouragement sent off a submission to Ellora's Cave. They asked for the entire manuscript, which they accepted. That was Annabelle Lee.
Oh, and those two early books.after about a dozen or more rewrites, they were accepted by a publisher. Discovering Dani and The Way Home were my first two Samhain Publishing contemporary novels.
What would you like to tell your readers?
I want to thank my readers for their amazing support. I receive so many wonderful e-mails from readers letting me know how much they enjoy my books. Writing is such a solitary job, so these e-mails really rev me up and keep me writing. I also love the way readers will inquire about specific characters, asking me if I'm going to write their stories. Two characters in particular, Nathan Connors and Carly Ames, were just supposed to be secondary characters in Erin's Fancy, but I got so many requests from readers about them. When my editor told me she couldn't wait to read their story, I decided that I'd better write one. LOL Capturing Carly was the result and it is a reader favorite.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Write what you love. Trends come and go and if you try and keep up with them you'll drive yourself crazy. Plus, my name ultimately goes on the books so I have to be proud of them. And just keep writing and submitting. Rejection is a large part of this business and you have to be prepared to accept that and move forward anyway. I'm not sure I've ever received any bad advice about writing.
The worst thing you can do is give up. If you love to write, then write. You'll just get better with practice. And be open to constructive criticism. Don't be afraid to slash and burn a manuscript if it will make it better. Don't' be too attached to your own words. After all, the goal is to make it the best it can be.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers can check out my website at http://www.njwalters.com , my blog at http://www.njwalters.blogspot.com or join my yahoo newsletter group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/ . I can also be found hanging around the Ellora's Cave Chat Group and the Samhain Publishing Chat Group.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find out more about me and my books by checking out my website at http://www.njwalters.com and my newsletter at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/. They can also check out my publishers at http://www.ellorascave.com/AuthorsBooks.asp?AuthorCode=NJW and http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/n-j-walters.