A Winter Romance Author Interview – Leslie McKelvey

Here is my author interview with Leslie McKelvey for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Final Kill so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
I like the fact that “romance” isn’t just a genre, it can be found in ANY genre: mystery, paranormal, sci-fi.  As long as there are characters who feel, you can find romance in any book, or you can write romance into any book.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I’m working on novel #6, so it would be nice to giddy-up and finish that off, lol.  I’m not as prolific as some writers, but I like to think in terms of quality not quantity (not that more prolific writers don’t think the same).  For me, spitting out multiple novels a year isn’t something I’ve been able to do.  Hey…maybe THAT should be my 2017 goal!

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
Well, I’m published through a small, indie publisher so I’m not sure I’m technically “self-published”.  However, aside from help with editing, formatting for online sales, and putting the books on Amazon the rest is on me.  All the marketing, all the selling, that’s on me completely.  So, I guess the downside would be not having my own marketing department, or a branch at Putnam-Penguin to promote me.  Sigh….  A girl can dream….

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one.  I love historicals, but know history so living before the dawn of indoor plumbing, cosmetics, and Spandex doesn’t appeal to me, lol.  Vampires are cool, but they and Death go hand in hand, so, NO.  I guess, if I’m being honest, I’d like to live in my own book, Final Kill.  Cat Beckett is the woman I sometimes wish I was, minus the getting kidnapped and tortured all that.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I like HEA’s, because life so often doesn’t have them.  Although, sometimes they’re REALLY not believable.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
I think the thing that makes me stand out is the level of realistic detail (although I still have to push that “suspension of disbelief” boundary).  I do a LOT of research and try to make sure my characters are as true to life as possible.  While researching Final Kill my hubby commented dryly that the black Suburbans were going to pull up and cart me away and I’d never be heard from again.  Not to mention I think I’m on a couple of terrorist watch-lists now…lol.  Glad I haven’t had to board an airplane in a while!

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
I love Final Kill, it’s my book-baby, but they could also check out Runaway Heart (a standalone), or Accidental Affair (#1 in a 3 book series).

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
My favorite thing is hearing that people enjoyed my writing and that it touched something in them.  That makes all the rest of the work well worth the effort!  Plus, getting my characters on paper means they’re out of my head.  Well, not completely, but at least they’re quieter once their stories have been told.  Please don’t tell anyone I hear voices….

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
Be prepared to fight to stand out.  The market is SO saturated, and new authors are self-publishing EVERY day.  Authors have to work REALLY hard to earn recognition.  And be prepared to not get reviews from people who promise to review your book.  Most people just don’t take the time to review anymore.  Disappointing, but people are so busy these days.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Hands down, ROMANCE, because, like I said, you’ll find romance in EVERY genre!  Why limit yourself? *:x lovestruck

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