– Eve Summers
– Brand(s): Intelligent hot writing for intelligent hot women.
– Genre(s): Romance, SF Romance, Contemporary Romance
– Publisher(s): Red Rose Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1. Writing is a lonely arduous job, and in 99% of cases it’s unpaid too. Are you sure you want to do it?
- 2. You do? Ok. Go out and buy yourself a thick skin. Make that three thick skins. You’ll need them when reading crits and reviews of your work. While out shopping, get yourself a bigger wall. You’ll need it for all the rejection letters.
- 3. Still keen? Congratulations. You have what it takes to be a writer.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- I prefer online advertising (blogs, banners, chats) for ebooks and postcards for paperbacks. I get the postcards from VistaPrint and I make sure there is enough space on the back to write notes such as “See you Thursday 5pm at the mall” or “The hairdresser’s name is Crissy and her number is xxx-xxx”. I hand them out to friends….
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- Write what you want to write, not what you think the publisher wants. A few years ago I spent 3 months on a non-fiction book I didn’t want to write, but I had the knowledge and the contract and it just made so much sense to do it…. Except that when I was done, the publishing house decided to close down the department I was contracted to and there was no kill fee in my contract. Lesson learned: life is too short to write books you’re not passionate about.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- “Widow Clicquot” because I love the champagne, but it’s a slow read because it’s non-fiction, so I’m splicing it with romances from Red Rose Publishing.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- Always print. The computer is where I work. I read for pleasure in bed, in the bath tub, on the front porch and in coffee shops.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- 1. everything by Terry Pratchett (the Discworld series)
- 2. “Gods in Alabama” by Joshilyn Jackson
- 3. Jennifer Crusie’s “Welcome to Temptation”
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- The silliest thing of all: I wanted to impress a boy and I imagined I would be more appealing if I could claim I was “writing a story”. Of course, years later, I understand that what impresses a young man is a deep cleavage, not a deep plot line….
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I look around my office and think: now what? What do I do when I’m not a writer? (Renee note: I completely sympathize. When your hobby and career are writing, what do you do when you’re done?)
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- Not usually, though I do admit I once talked to a minor character. She spoke back, which unnerved me no end and I’ve never dared to do it again.
– Website http://yewalus.kiwiwebhost.net.nz/Eve-Summers.htm
– Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eve-Summers
– Blog/Newsletter: http://eve-summers.blogspot.com/
– Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evesummers-fans/
Thanks so much, Eve!
I’d say join me next week for another author interview but I’ll be in sunny Florida at the Romantic Times BOOKlovers Convention with all those hot models. 😀 But, the interviews return on the 30th with Danielle Devon. Cya then!
Nice getting to know you and your books, Eve. Your stories sound wonderfully entertaining. Best of luck with them! Thanks for bringing us this interview, Renee.