Guest Author: D. Youngblood

My guest today is D. Youngblood, a New Adult/Contemporary Romance author who is looking to publish her first novel, Coming Back to You, in the fall.

Please join me in welcoming Devon to the Guest Author Program!

If you are interested in participating in the program, you can submit here.

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D. Youngblood

  1. Tell us your name, and a link to where we can find you (blog, Facebook, etc).Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-Youngblood-Author/363603683759679?ref=tn_tnmn
    Goodreads link:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072981.Devon_Youngblood
  2. How many books have you written? This can include both published and unpublished works. Describe each of them in 1-2 sentences apiece (if published, feel free to include the links as well). I am working on my first novel. The first draft is almost complete. The book is about first loves who broke up after high school then coming back together 4 yrs later.
  3. Tell me a little bit about your current WIP.My current WIP is my baby. I am deeply attached to the characters. The title is Coming Back to You. This is the synopsis:  Maura is a twenty five year old who is still coping with her parents death two years ago. She recently graduated from college and now has her own catering business. A best friend/roommate who has been there through it all. Life is manageable. Until she sees her old flame (first love) Pierson Hammer is back in town. He is out of the military and home after being away for so long. Can Maura forgive Pierson for leaving her? Can she trust him with her future? Will she open her self up completely?
    Pierson has demons of his own. Will it tear them (Maura & Pierson) apart or bring them together.
  4. What does writing preparation look like for you? Do you do full outlines and character profiles, or do you just start with a general idea and write? General an outline of a story will pop in my head and I just go from there.
  5. Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well.Make sure you have betas to go over your work. They read a lot and know what works. That has helped me.
  6. Research is another challenge writers face, but is an important part of the writing process. What are some of your research tips?Google is your friend. Even if you have trouble finding what you are looking for, keep trying it will eventually come up.
  7. If you have been published (self or traditionally), what type of marketing did you find worked the best for you? What was the least helpful?I plan on self-publishing through amazon.
  8. What genre do you write in? What are some of the challenges to writing this particular genre well?I am writing New Adult / Contemporary Romance.
  9. What advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?Keep going, do your research your topic, get a support system either family, friends and or Facebook community.
  10. What are your writing, editing, marketing, and research goals for 2013?Writing goals are to get this published by fall. Then onto the next one.
  11. Pretend I am from a publishing house and you are looking for me to take on one of your books. Pitch it to me in 1-2 paragraphs.   Maura is a twenty five year old who is still coping with her parents death two years ago. She recently graduated from college and now has her own catering business. A best friend/roommate who has been there through it all. Life is manageable. Until she sees her old flame (first love) Pierson Hammer is back in town. He is out of the military and home after being away for so long. Can Maura forgive Pierson for leaving her? Can she trust him with her future? Will she open her self up completely?

    Pierson has demons of his own. Will it tear them (Maura & Pierson) apart or bring them together.

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