Please welcome Regina Morris to the blog today! Regina is an author of both Paranormal Romance (sexy vampires who protect the POTUS? And don’t sparkle? Yes please!) and Non-Fiction. She also has some interesting insights (she has a whole cast of editing individuals and tools), and shares my love for Evernote.
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- Tell us your name, and a link to where we can find you (blog, Facebook, etc).
Regina Morris, http://amazon.reginamorris.com, http://www.facebook.com/ReginaAnnMorris, http://www.reginamorris.com
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 This can include both published and unpublished works.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’ve written four novels, one non-fiction, and one novella. Three of novels and the non-fiction have been published. The novels are romances about a sexy group of vampires who protect the President of the United States. The non-fiction piece is a workbook to help avid readers (or bloggers/reviewers) keep track of the authors they read.
Tell me a little bit about your current WIP.
My novella is back story for one of my side characters. He already has his happilly ever after with the love of his life, so the novella takes the reader back fifteen years to see how they met and fell in love.
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?
Full outline, character profiles, etc.
Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well.
I have beta readers, two content editors, two line editors, and four proof readers. I also use four different editing programs to help me polish my books.
Research is another challenge writers face, but is an important part of the writing process. What are some of your research tips?
I use Evernote to keep track of my notes. Couldn’t live without it.
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?
Most helpful is finding reviewers to read and review your books. Least helpful is paying for a blog tour.
What genre do you write in? What are some of the challenges to writing this particular genre well?
Paranormal romances. They are a bit humorous, a bit suspenseful. The challenge is convincing people that my vampires don’t sparkle.
What advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?
Don’t publish until you have at least a dozen eyes on your manuscript – and your mother/sister doesn’t count.
What are your writing, editing, marketing, and research goals for 2014?
I just released my third novel. For the rest of the year I will release two novellas and another novel – all within the same series.
- 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. Sexy vampires who work in the most well-known house in America (the White House), are agents of a secret vampire council sworn to protect the President. They alter their age by the amount of blood they consume and hide in plain site. Each member of the group is dedicate and loyal, but also lonely and looking for love.
Finally, is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
I’m very active on my FB fan page. They can visit me there and send me personal messages.