- Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
- Chase, the hero in Chasing Frost, is the fun friend in the prior books. On the outset, he seems to have a big ego, but actually a lot of the tough bravado covers a degree of insecurity. When I thought about who he’d fall for, I decided a woman who could kick his ass literally, as well as possibly figuratively, might be just the challenge he needed. That’s how I came up with the idea of having him fall for an FBI agent.
- What appealed to you about it?
- I like FBI romance as a genre, but I especially like strong heroines.
- Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
- In their own ways, at the start of the relationship, both Chase and Sadie are pretending to be someone they’re not.
- How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?
- I’m not quite sure, but ideas percolate for quite some time. I don’t measure it.
Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
I do have stacks of notebooks and when I complete a notebook, I’ll go through and “file” pages under categories such as ‘Ideas’, or “Names I like”, etc. Only this past Christmas my husband gave me a device called a Remarkable. It’s an electronic notebook (for lack of a better word), but you can file pages by topic. I was skeptical, but I think it might replace my paper notebooks. My favorite feature is the ability to read articles on the web and send it to my remarkable for filing. It’s much easier than bookmarking (and hoping I can find it later) or printing (ie killing trees – and hoping I can find it later).
- How long does it take to research a topic before you write?
- When I plot out my calendar for the year, I allow one month for research and outlining. But, I tend to have ideas well before the scheduled month and research long before the allotted month.
- And for this book? I researched for several months, but I can’t say for certain how long.
- What resources do you use?
- In general and for the last book that you wrote? The internet, obviously, is a great resource. I also like nonfiction books. For this book, I found an author, Jerri Williams, who is a retired FBI agent. I read her book, FBI Myths and Misconceptions, and I also listened to a ton of the episodes on her podcast with other FBI agents, as well as some others she recommended to me by phone.
- 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?
Publishing is a business. I’ve never been traditionally published, but it seems to me any author a publisher selects is a risk. An author who already has proven himself/herself, and has a subscriber base to market, represents a lower risk. So, if I were a publisher, I’d look for authors who have already shown readers like their work and will buy it. If I were a publisher in this competitive environment, I would look to minimize my risk.
Therefore, it seems to me, self-publishing to start would be a benefit. I’ve heard of people taking years to find an agent and/or publisher. YEARS. When I hear that, I think of all the books they could have published in that time, all the readers they could have gained, all the things they could have learned to improve their craft and marketing skills…and to me, it feels like wasted time. All that time writing letters to agents and tracking responses, in my mind, could be better spent increasing one’s value as a writer.
- Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
I published my first book one year ago, and writing (for me) absolutely does not provide enough income to live off of.
I’m pretty sure some author, somewhere, wrote that if you’re writing to become rich, you’ve chosen the wrong field. Maybe I just dreamed that, but right now that feels true. I think for the vast majority of authors, it takes potentially a few years with multiple releases before sales can cover expenses. This is my second year of publishing, so I expect I still have a ways to go before I’m living off the income.
- What do you read when you are ill in bed?
- Romance! I recently binged Bridgerton, and if I were sick tomorrow, I’d binge read that whole series.
- What is your favourite genre?
- Romance. Always has been. I do read a lot of nonfiction, but it’s never as enjoyable, and its always (for me) been something I choose to read for business purposes.
- If you could recommend a living author – who would it be?
- Jewel E. Ann. I love the variety in her work. A dead author? Maya Angelou.
- In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
- Jana Aston
- What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
- Trash. I’ve moved far too many times to be a pack rat. The floppy disks it might have survived on were dumped long ago…back whenever computers that accepted floppy disks died out.
- Do you have any pets?
- If so, what are they?
- A labradoodle and a cat.
- And what are they called?
- Roxie and Figgy.
- Do they help you write? Eg our cats like to sit on my desk/computer and play with my mouse.
Roxie is almost always next to me, no matter where I am in the house. Since I work from home, you could say she helps me write. Sometimes she interrupts me for a scratch or to go outside. Figgy hates Roxie, in a claws-out kind of way, and therefore he never comes around.
- What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing?
- I live on a lake, and one day Roxie was roaming our backyard while I was writing. A mother goose and her babies came up on the beach. Roxie charged forward, and the goose rose up from the water’s edge, wings spread out, expanding to easily three times her size. Roxie did a one-eighty, tucked her tail and ran back up to me for protection.
About the Author:
Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.
Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day.