Hello Book Smugglers!
I recently picked up a romance novel, Wanted in Paradise, and am so excited to announce that I had the opportunity to speak with the author, Kate Ashenden. Keep reading to see what Ashenden has to say about becoming a published author and advice she has for fellow writers.
What inspired you to write a book?
I’ve loved creative writing, ever since primary school, so the idea of writing a book was always in the back of my mind. Then I thought, in three years I’ll be celebrating my 40th, so I better get on and do it! Life is always busy, whatever is happening, so waiting for the best time to write, is like waiting forever!
It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?
I think it helps. If an author has a strong feeling based on empathy or experience, then it should convey well in their writing. My debut novel ‘Wanted in Paradise’ certainly highlighted something I feel passionate about – but I won’t give away too much.
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
When I write I regularly ask myself – “is this section becoming slow or boring?” and if it is I scrap it, hence the reason I love romantic suspense. My goal is always to create a page-turner. I don’t want the reader drifting off or wishing the chapter would hurry up and finish.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing? What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
The hardest thing is planning the plot and the finer details, to create an extraordinary scenario, but also a believable storyline. The easy aspect, by far, is the dialogue. Some days it just flows so naturally, it’s like the conversation is actually happening.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
If you choose to be an indie author, then be aware that promoting your book is really hard work. You need to do a lot of research about the most effective approaches, but even then it doesn’t guarantee amazing results. It takes time and a lot of effort, so you’ve got to have the energy and enthusiasm for the challenge. However, it’s important not to become too obsessed with selling your book; I guess that’s the reason why many of the bestselling authors I contacted advised me to keep on writing.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
I hope to write a ‘Wanted’ trilogy. I have some exciting ideas for the next book, but I haven’t put pen to paper yet; hopefully soon!
About Kate Ashenden
Kate Ashenden is a copywriter, public relations professional, and author of the new book ‘Wanted in Paradise’. With nearly fifteen years of creative writing experience, Kate is keen to become a full-time romance author. Kate’s desire is to continue to write unique storylines with traditional love interests that grip the reader. Based in the United Kingdom, Kate spends her working time eyes glued to a computer screen (usually with coffee and biscuits on either side of the laptop!) If you would like to connect with Kate, please visit her Facebook Page.
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