My guest today is Josephine Templeton, urban fantasy author of titles such as Convicted of Love and Forever Yours. Josephine will be one of the Undead Con authors on Halloween this year in NOLA, and I look forward to meeting her there.
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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 This can include both published and unpublished works.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).
Convicted of Love – Convicted of theft and kidnapping, three Victorian girls must come to terms with the men they fall in love with, despite the obstacles society places on them. (Whiskey Creek Press www.whiskeycreekpress.com)
Forever Yours – A newly turned vampire, Katherine accidentally kills Vincent, her soul mate, and as their souls are reunited century after century, will they ever vanquish the jealous tormentor who always manages to tear them apart? Katherine is determined to make it so. (Wings ePress www.wingsepress.com)
A Pirate’s Kiss – Raised on a pirate ship from the age of eight, Jesse wants the one man she cannot have – a pirate hunter, but as he thinks her a boy, she can’t risk exposing her secret to the world to even try. (Whiskey Creek Press www.whiskeycreekpress.com)
Scorned – First Book in the Fallen Angel series, an urban fantasy – A former fallen angel must save an arcane hunter from another dimension. Can she find him before time runs out, and she is sent back to Hell?(Crescent Moon Press www.crescentmoonpress.com
Many unpublished short stories.
Freelance articles for 008 Magazine in Lafayette, Louisiana and Town Favorites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Broken, Second Book in the Fallen Angel Series, an urban fantasy – A high ranking fallen angel is after a missing Celestial angel whose feathers ease human pain.
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?
All of the above. I’m a Plott-ser = some Plotter, some Pantser. I think to be honest, Plotters begin as Pantsers whether they realize it or not because plotting has a touch of “pantsing”.
5. Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well.
I recently put some tips on my website, but the most important is to run a spell check and a grammar check. I also have a list of words I love to use, and when I complete a novel, I work on rewording those that appear frequently.
6. Research is another challenge writers face, but is an important part of the writing process. What are some of your research tips?
Some may think, “Oh, its fiction. You can make it all up!” That may be so for some, but since I write urban fantasy, I feel that some things are better based on fact – such as location. I like to keep my settings in Baton Rouge and New Orleans because it’s easier to research as I live in the area.
Promo items – always have business cards on hand. I have one for each book cover. Also, be prepared when going to conventions. Try to order promotional material months in advance.
8. What genre do you write in? What are some of the challenges to writing this particular genre well?
I write urban fantasy with romantic elements. Some of the challenges are that the market seems to be saturated with the genre, but honestly, that can be said of EVERY genre. Write what your heart tells you to write, and don’t worry about what’s going on “at market”.
9. What advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?
Just Write It. Get that first book completed. Learn the craft along the way, but don’t … I repeat … DON’T let it fill your head to the point you’re suffocated. This still happens to me. It happens to friends.
10. What are your writing, editing, marketing, and research goals for 2014?
My goal is to finish Broken!
My Fallen Angelle series is an urban fantasy. For thirty years, Angelle, a fallen angel turned human, has been fighting her way back into Heaven. After thousands of years in Hell as the devil’s girlfriend, she turns her back on her fellow fallen angels, choosing the path to redemption. In Broken, a high ranking fallen angel is after a missing Celestial angel whose feathers ease human pain. Can Angelle find her first?
12. Finally, is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
I’ll be at Anne Rice’s Undead Con in October, and Heather Graham’s Writer’s for New Orleans in December. In the meantime, enjoy the journey!