Okay we are doing a little different this week as we are also hosting a blog stop on the Blog tour for Reese Ryan’s Making the First Move. So check out her Author Showcase below and then enter to win a fantastic prize pack…Links in the Blog tour post!!!!
1) Tell us about yourself.
I’m an avid reader, an author of sexy contemporary fiction, and a Midwestern girl adapting to the Southern lifestyle.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
I’m a freelance writer and social media manager. I also provide administrative support to my husband’s growing small business.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
With Making the First Move I didn’t necessarily set out to write a romance. I knew I wanted to write a story about a particular type of woman who finds herself in a very complicated situation. I knew the relationship would be a central piece of the story, but so is the heroine’s journey and subsequent growth. In the end the story dictated the genre.
4) When did you start writing?
I was writing steamy novels on the bus in middle school. I abandoned the dream of being a writer for many years and started writing fiction again when I fellow writer introduced me to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2005.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
Apparently I have a thing for writers named Jane. Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice made me fall in love with strong, witty, complex heroines and stories filled with family drama. Jane Green’s imperfect heroines are complicated and often inappropriate. They make a mess of their lives but always grow and find the strength to claim their happy ending—no matter what it might look like for them.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
None of my characters or specific stories is based on a real life person or situation. However, my experiences definitely impact my writing. So mannerisms or characteristics of real-life people often make their way into a story.
7) Planner or Panster?
I take a hybrid approach to writing. I need the structure of a general outline—or preferably a synopsis. That provides me with a general blueprint of what’s going to happen. But then I allow the characters to dictate whether a detour is in order.
8) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
Making the First Move is a sexy, friends-to-lovers contemporary romance about two people whose struggle with painful incidents from the past threatens to destroy their relationship. Melanie Gordon has lost herself in her career. It’s become a coping mechanism to deal with the pain of losing her father and a really awful breakup. Raine is a selfless philanthropist who is passionate about his cause. But his passion is fueled by the need to make amends for past mistakes. My favorite thing about the story is that Melanie and Raine’s relationship doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We meet the cast of colorful characters that influence their lives and relationships.
9) Advice for aspiring writers?
The publishing industry is in a constant state of flux, but there are also so many new opportunities for writers. Keep working to improve your craft. Learn about the various options open to writers. Create the best product you possibly can.
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Making-the-First-Move-ebook/dp/B00CC68FMU/
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-the-first-move-reese-ryan/1115148406
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