Bolder and Older: C.K. Alber (Romance)
This month we are fortunate to have Contemporary author, C.K. Alber share her story with us. It’s always fun to hear about the journey those of us over 50 took to arrive at this point. Each story is different.
What were your earlier years like? Career, family, etc.
As a stay-at-home mother for 18 years, I actually didn’t get my teaching degree until I was forty-five years old. I went on an extended trip to Europe, found a great job at an American university, and stayed there for many years working and traveling.
When did you first become interested in writing? How old were you when your first book was published?
I began writing poems and developing characters at a young age. In the beginning when I turned to writing stories, I started with Women’s Fiction. After moving back to the United States in 2006, I switched to Romantic Suspense. My first book was published when I was 71, last year.
Do you feel starting a writing career at a more mature age is an advantage or disadvantage?
Life-learning experiences are an important factor in my opinion and people of certain ages certainly have that under their belts. I’m a people watcher so I often look back and use a character in my story from a person I met along the way, who might have been involved with my many fun-loving or disastrous happenings.
Did you read a lot of different genres before deciding on which one you wanted to write?
I preferred books that had a series when I really got interested in reading at a younger age. I have always been interested in reading mysteries and romances. Early on I didn’t want to read about violence or sex so that put a limitation on my preferred genres.
A number of authors have met objections from their family when they decided to devote time to writing. How does your family feel about your writing career?
My family is quite proud of my writing career and marvel at some of the dangerous situations I get my characters into and most often, out of. Most family members are hesitant about reading the sex scenes though.
Do you plot out a book? Go with the flow as the ideas come? Or do a combination of the two?
I think I plot the stories in my head and then I go with the flow when I sit down to write. When I get to the end, I’ll go back and make major changes. After that comes numerous days of editing.
What about writing inspires you?
I love my characters and putting their stories together. I always take a small notebook along with me and jot down different physical traits, personalities, etc. as go out and about. I also love doing research for a book. A good example would be the research I had to do on chemotherapy, as my first book was set in 1974. I also go to family members and friends for real life information, depending on their professions.
Is there a new release in the works? If so, when can we be on the lookout for it?
Book # three, “A Prisoner’s Promise”, in The Promise Series, will be out in November.
Where can readers connect with you, as well as find your books?
You could start out at:
Amazon Author Page: ckalber
iTunes Barnes & Noble
For more media sites or to contact me, go to my website at www.ckalber.com.
Do you have anything more you would like to share with us?
My family, my friends, and of course my dog Luna, are what I look forward to every day. But everyone knows I’m usually imagining the next character’s situation when I have that far off stare, so I’m not such a good listener if I’m preparing a story in my head. The saying is ‘if a writer is looking out the window, he/she is working.’ My favorite time to write is the middle of the night when it’s quiet with a cup of cappuccino and Luna by my side.
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, sprung to adulthood in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.
Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. When she needs a touch of reality, her Contemporary Erotic Romances come into play. Her most recent release is Nordic Heat, available at http://amzn.to/1owng5k
If she’s not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or getting under the covers with her erotic heroes, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She is a member of RWA and has served as President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.