Jul 102012
To help celebrate the release of her latest book, I have author Christy Hayes here today to answer a few questions for me.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book? 

Getting lost in the story. I love writing romance because I get to fall in love over and over again. I fell in love once and was fortunate enough to marry my one true love. Writing romance allows me to experience those feelings again and again and to remember how lucky I am to still be in love and happy.

Do you read reviews written about your book? 

Of course I do. Anyone who says they don’t are either lying or they have too many reviews to keep track. It is human nature to want to know what others think of your work. I’m not always happy with the reviews, but I always appreciate the time someone spends on reading the book and leaving an honest assessment.

What types of prewriting activities do you do? (i.e. research, outlines) 

Prewriting for me is all about getting the story right in my head. I’m not a plotter or outliner (as I feel that would stifle my creative process), so I start writing once I get the main characters fleshed out and can feel their motivations and goals.

Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around? 

I write from the beginning, but I do jot down scenes as they come to me and either work my way there or insert them when appropriate.

Is most of your promoting online or offline? 

All online. I post to Facebook, seek reviews, and use Twitter. That’s about it. My main goal is always to be working on another book.

What input, if any, did you have in the cover design? 

I chose the image and handed it over to my cover designer for her to work her magic. I like having some input into the cover image.

About Christy Hayes
My husband and I live outside Atlanta, Georgia, with our two children and two dogs. I have a journalism degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and the Women’s Fiction Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’ve been writing seriously since 2004 and made the decision to indie publish in 2011.

I write romance and romantic women’s fiction from my little basement office in the South. I’ve cooked up all kinds of trouble for my flawed characters when I’m not driving my kids to one sporting event or another or walking my pesky rescue mutts through the neighborhood.

Please note that a portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to charity.

Connect online: Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads

The Accidental Encore by Christy Hayes

Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

Long after crushing heartbreak turned Craig Archer away from women, he calls on beautiful piano teacher Allie Graves when he’s left for two weeks to watch his niece and all hell breaks loose. Their unlikely friendship fuels an attraction they both attempt to stifle.

Optimistic Allie continues her search for love despite a disastrous relationship and a string of bad dates. She never expects to be tempted by a guy like Craig; he’s rude, crude, and his rough edges are sharp enough to draw blood.

The sparks from their smoldering attraction threaten to ignite a tortured past Craig has worked hard to smother. Allie’s fears that a relationship with Craig will end in heartbreak are about to come true when their passion forces an encore that could make or break their chance for a future.

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