Title: Gotta Let It go
Author: Deliah Lawrence
I invited today’s Guest Author, Deliah Lawrence, to my Blog to answer a few questions about her writing and her book.
CH: Hi, Deliah and Welcome to my Blog. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
DL: Readers should read Gotta Let It Go because it’s a sexy, mysterious, suspenseful, page-turning thriller that will intrigue their senses.
CH: I love a page-turning thriller! Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life?
DL: I know a lot of interesting people from all walks of life including friends who are police officers and some who are prosecuting attorneys. Therefore, it wasn’t hard for me to create believable situations and issues for my book. Furthermore, I’m an avid reader and a TV junkie of high crime dramas, so I pulled some of my inspiration from those sources, as well.
CH: How long did it take you to write this book?
DL: Writing this book took me a year from start to finish. This included rewrites, editing, creating the cover, and then publishing it.
CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?
DL: Absolutely! Anyone who writes knows that it’s not an easy task. Sometimes you have writer’s block that may last from a day to a few weeks and even longer. Sure, there were times when I suffered from writer’s block. However, what I found most challenging about writing this book was creating complex characters in realistic situations that readers could consistently relate to.
CH: Are there any plans for a sequel?
DL: When I wrote this book, I had no intention of following up with a sequel. However, after receiving several phone calls and e-mails from my family, friends and other readers, I decided to write not only a sequel, but a trilogy. This is very exciting for me because it lets me know that folks want to see the characters again.
CH: Is there a famous or not-so-famous author that you would aspire to be like?
DL: Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have met some of my favorite authors: Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Zane and Kimberla Lawson Roby at various book signing events. However, I would say that I aspire to be like Eric Jerome Dickey, because he knows how to take readers on a thrilling ride until the very end with just the right mix of grit and lust. A close second would be Carl Weber because he knows how to bring the drama in relationships.
CH: What book are you currently reading?
DL: I’m currently reading An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey and I’m really enjoying the plot twists and turns of this book.
CH: What would be the best piece of advice you would offer a new author?
DL: I would tell any new author that writing is a tough business and not for the faint of heart. The road to success may not always be clearly marked, as there will sometimes be obstacles in the way. However, I believe that success will come by seeking guidance from seasoned authors, networking effectively, honing their craft, and being part of the writing community. Finally, I would tell them to never stop chasing their dreams!
CH: Do you have a website?
DL: Yes, it’s www.thewritepen.webs.com.
CH: Where is your book sold?
DL: My book is sold online at www.amazon.com, www.books-a-million.com, www.barnesandnobel.com in hardback, paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. Also, readers can purchase autographed copies from my website at www.thewritepen.webs.com.
CH: Any last words?
DL: I hope your readers will come to know, like and care about the characters in my book. I welcome comments, so readers can drop me a line or two via e-mail at email@example.com or they can “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thewritepen.
CH: Deliah, thank you for sharing your experiences and your book with my audience.
DL: Thank you!