Here is my author interview with Deborah Camp for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Mind’s Eye Series which includes Through His Eyes, Through His Touch and Through His Heart. All of the books are FREE with KU so make sure to grab your copies today.
What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
Happy endings and sexy men, of course!
Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
Oh, sure. I want to get #4 of my Mind’s Eye series out in the spring (April or May). Then I’m going to write a new western historical romance before I write #5 in the Mind’s Eye series. Don’t know if I’ll get ALL of that done, but I’m going to try.
What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The publicity grind is the worst. Just getting the word out that you have a new title on the market takes a monumental effort and it’s not cheap either! That’s why I appreciate opportunities like this to let more people know about what I write – especially my romantic suspense series, since I’m more well known for my western romances.
If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
I would like to be Mrs. Christian Grey for a month.
Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I do like Happy Endings and all of my novels have them – however, my Mind’s Eye books usually end with a link to the next mystery or case. The first one is “cliffy” but I did that on purpose to “hook” readers into the series. Each book deals with one case, but the relationship between Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker evolves from book to book.
What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
My historical novels usually highlight or revolve around a social issue and readers seem to like that because it makes them think while they’re being entertained.
My series romance/suspense is different because it has a touch of paranormal. I deal with Levi and Trudy’s psychic gifts just as they deal with them – they use them to help others, but they have been a blessing and a curse for Levi and Trudy. The paranormal elements are more like procedural detective work and less like “spooky” “other-worldly” stuff. But it’s powerful and the readers really love the characters and how they cope with their ESP abilities.
If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
For the series, they should begin with “THROUGH HIS EYES.” As for my historical romances, it doesn’t matter. However, I do have a trio of western historical novels you can buy separately or all three in one volume on Amazon. They are called the “too tough” novels. “TOO TOUGH TO TAME,” “TOUGH TALK, TENDER KISSES,” and “A TOUGH MAN’S WOMAN.”
What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Feedback from readers. I love to discuss my characters and their motives, feelings, etc. with readers. I have a soft spot for Levi and Trudy, so it’s so much fun to discuss them with readers and to hear what the readers liked most about them and what they hope to see in future books.
What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
Give yourself plenty of lead time to promote your book BEFORE it is released. The more you tout it before the release date, the more you will sell right out of the gate, which is great. Go on blog tours and get as many reviews as possible. You need at least 50 for Amazon to pay any attention to you. And getting reviews isn’t that easy. Most reviewers are too busy to read your book and you might have to pay for reviews, which sucks, but it’s a fact of life now.
If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Romances. No doubt about that. If there isn’t a love story in the book, I’m not that interested. And the sexier, the better!