Man Law | Carina Press | Romantic Suspense | July 4, 2011
Security Consultant Vic Andrews lives by his Man Laws:
Never mess with your best friend's sister
Never get caught
Never get attached
When one of Vic's assignments goes wrong and the target selects Gina Delgado and her kids for revenge, there's nothing Vic won't do to protect the family he realizes, too late, he wants. He'll accomplish his mission but will he have lost his only chance at true love?
Please describe your writing environment.
We have a finished basement that houses my office. I share the space with my hubby. Luckily it's a big space! My desk is usually organized, but looking at it now, not so much. In fact, it's a bit of a disaster! I'm not letting it stress me out though. I know what is in all the piles and, for me, that's what matters.
To my left is my inspiration board where I keep photos, copies of my book covers, quotes that I love, etc. Next to that is a poster on story structure so when I get stuck, I can glance up and see what needs to happen next in terms of plot points. In front of me is what I jokingly call my "wall of fame." Here I keep my contest awards, contest score sheets where I received perfect scores and my letter from Angela James telling me Carina wanted to acquire Man Law.
Please tell us your latest news!
Lots of news to share! Man Law is the first book in the Private Protectors series. A Just Deception will be released on September 5, 2011 and the third (as yet untitled) book in the series will be out the beginning of November. I'm currently working on the fourth book in the series.
I am also doing a blog tour this month with plenty of giveaways. Please see the home page of my website for details. http://adriennegiordano.com. While you are there, please sign up for my newsletter to be kept up to date on my releases.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to writers is the tried-and-true KEEP WRITING! I had to make that big so you'd all see it. :) Every time I finished a manuscript, I immediately started a new one. I always submitted my manuscripts while I was writing the next one. It kept me occupied while waiting for responses from editors. I've seen my share of rejections over the years, but I just kept plugging along on the new book.
Then, when Man Law sold, I told my editor I had two other books in that series. At this time last year, I was an unpublished writer. Now I have three books releasing in five months. If I hadn't kept writing, I wouldn't have had three books ready to submit to my editor.
What main genre do you write in?
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Plot structure. I wish I'd had a better understanding of plot structure when I began writing. Now I'm a fanatic about structure (thus the poster on my wall) and literally visualize the book in terms of plot points. I consider structure the foundation of my story that I can build on to keep the reader engaged. I don't necessarily need to have the entire book plotted before I begin writing, but I absolutely need to have a middle and an ending. Knowing the middle and ending helps me to stay on track and not let the story get away from me.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
I am lucky to have a tremendous support team. My husband has supported me from the start of this journey. He always encouraged me to keep writing and keep submitting my books for publication. He always believed I'd get published. My critique partners have been vital because they understand this business and help me through the rough spots. My friend Theresa Stevens has taught me so much about the craft of writing that it sometimes boggles my mind.
I think it's important to have a network of support. Different people offer different kinds of support. I'm extremely thankful that I have such wonderful people in my life.
Do you like to mix genres?
As a writer, I love to mix genres. I wrote a book that is part women's fiction, part romance and part mystery. I'm still tweaking it, but I'm excited about the possibilities. I'm also hoping to make that book a series because I had a ball writing it.
I also enjoy mixed genre books as a reader. The books in Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series are some of my favorite mixed genre stories. She's got everything in there!
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
Right now I'm reading Endless Night, a romantic suspense by fellow Carina author Maureen Miller. I'm really enjoying it and would recommend it to anyone who likes romantic suspense.
I have Harlan Coben's Live Wire on deck. He is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to his releases.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
I received both. Of course, I wasn't home when the call came in so Angela James left me a message that Carina Press was interested in acquiring Man Law. It was really sort of funny because, in my stunned state, I wasn't sure if that meant they wanted to buy the book or they were just going to talk to me about it. I know. Nutty.
I bolted to my computer because Angela had said she would send me an email and there it was. My husband happened to be working from home that day and I turned to him and said "I think I just sold a book."
Then I started bawling because I'd waited years to stay those words. It was a great day.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
Get on Twitter. I spent the month of June tweeting Vic's (Vic is the hero in Man Law) Man Laws and the response has been fantastic. It takes a little time to get used to Twitter, but the power of that social media tool is amazing. I have received messages from complete strangers telling me they can't wait to read my book. All because someone "retweeted" one of my tweets.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
This is a tough one because there are a lot of people I'd love to have dinner with, but I'm going to narrow it down to Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa. For me, these are two women who, whether people agreed with their beliefs or not, made an extraordinary impact on society. I admire their courage to face opposition.
Man Law, Coming from Carina Press, July 2011
A Just Deception, Coming from Carina Press, Sept. 2011
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