Medical Claiming: Author Guest Post

1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? I liked the idea of a viral video that has the story wrong. In today’s social media age, we see videos go viral daily. It’s often a snapshot of one person’s day and I wanted to play with the idea of what might happen if two colleagues went viral and then fake dated.
2. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? It depends. I know that isn’t super helpful, but it depends on what I need for the medical parts of my book. This was set in NICU setting and I have a good friend who had a premature baby, who is now a healthy and happy six year old. She let me pick her brain for this one and that personal information helped me bring this book to life.
3. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? I was rejected twice before I sold my first book, Unlocking the Ex-Army Doc’s Heart. This is my sixth medical romance, but I want to state that while I was rejected twice before I sold my first book, I have two books that have been rejected in other genres since. Publishing doesn’t end the rejection cycle. It is just part of this business.
4. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? Again this is a it depends moment. There are pros and cons to both indie and traditional publishing. If an author wants to traditionally publish, that novel should not be independently published. Most trad publishers won’t take a previously published book. If you want complete control, Indie is for you. But that means you have to front the costs. Also choosing one to start doesn’t mean you are stuck. I know many hybrid authors, who indie publish some and trad publish some.
5. What do you read when you are ill in bed? Category Romance. I love a short category read that just puts a smile on my face. If I am not feeling well, that is what I need.
6. Do you have any pets? I have two furry co-authors. My golden retriever, Abby, and my pittie, Bucky. They are both in my upcoming seventh medical romance, The Vet’s Unexpected Houseguest. Neither are overly helpful with stories, but they are super cute!
7. Do you people watch to find characters for your books? How do you do this? I do! I love people watching. It’s one of the best things about being an author, is that I can call it research instead of just being nosey. I once listened to a rather painful breakup while I was on a plane. Unfortunately, my headphones were broken and there was no place to go to give them privacy. I think whole section of the plane wished they were anywhere else! That is not something I have ever incorporated.
8. Do you write at home or away from home? If at home, what does your space look like? Are you a tidy person? In the before times, I used to write at the local library or coffee shop. Over the last two years, I have gotten comfortable writing at home. I have a little office in my bedroom, but I often write in my living room with noise cancelling headphones on, so I can be with my family.
9. How many books did you write during Covid19/Lockdown? I have written six in the last two years. I used my writing as a distraction from the world around me. I know other authors that really struggled to get words on the page. I think both were valid.

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