Saturday, July 5, 2014

Author Interview – Mona Ingram – Loving From Afar - Bk 1 currently FREE

Hello, Mona. Welcome to my blog.

Hi Patti. Thanks for inviting me.

Book Description from Amazon:  SEMI-FINALIST IN THE 2014 BEST KINDLE BOOK AWARDS!!

What would you do if your perfect life was shattered by a series of uncontrollable events? 
Allison Ransome loses everything; everything except her love for Cole Slater, the young man she planned to marry after graduation. Gutted by Allison's perceived treachery, Cole moves on with his life. Ten years later, he returns home, telling himself he will avoid the woman who broke his heart.
But nothing goes as planned. Can Allison and Cole forget the past and come to terms with the events that tore them apart?
Loving From Afar is Book One in The Women of Independence series, and is Allison's story. Book Two is titled The Last Goodbye, and is Danielle's story. Book Three is titled Never Look Back, and is mainly Maya's story, with a wrap-up of all the characters of the series you've come to love.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I’ve always been a reader, even from a young age. I recall reading some gruesome stuff by an author called Sax Rhomer. They were Fu Manchu-type mysteries. My mother gently tried to divert me toward Ayn Rand or Daphne duMaurier, but to her credit she didn’t forbid me from reading the Rhomer stuff.

What is your preferred genre?
I’m evenly split between romance and action/adventure.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
I’ve written twenty, and yes there is one bona-fide series of three. There’s another ‘series’ of two which I’ve grouped as International Romances, but somehow I haven’t found the time to write Book Three in that series. Ask me this same question in a couple of days and I’ll say twenty-one.

Tell us a little about your book.
 Loving From Afar is Book One in The Women of Independence series.  Independence is a fictional small town in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, where I live. Book One is the story of Allison, and is a stand-alone book. In each subsequent book, I feature a character from the previous book, as they all know each other. And by the way, Loving From Afar is free everywhere.

Do you have plans for a new book?
Funny you should ask, as they say. I am within a day of finishing the first book for a new series. Book One is titled Restless Hearts, and the name of the series is Gold Rush Romances. Here again, the three books in the series will be stand-alones (I don’t care for cliffhangers), and each one will feature a different woman and chronicle her experiences in Gold Rush San Francisco.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I’m a bit late, but I wish I could have met Maeve Binchy. I think I’ve read all of her books and loved every one. Especially the ones set in small towns in Ireland. When you read those books, you feel you know the families, the shop owners… even the priest.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I don’t plot extensively, no. But I do let my books rattle around in my head for a long time before I write them. For example, for the one I’m working on now, I started collecting research material about eight years ago. Basically, however, I’m a pantser, and I type as fast as I can to keep up with what the characters are thinking, doing, and saying.

Patti: I know exactly what you mean!

Did you have an editor edit your books?

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks or hardcover?
Eighty percent e-books and 20% hardcover. I’m on the go all the time and am never without my Kindle, but when I have time to sit still and read, I still like a nice fat hardcover.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Amazon – for both e-books and hard cover.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Yes. I also have five books owned by Montlake Press, who bought a small New York publisher I used to write for.

What books would you like to read again?
Whitethorn by Bryce Courtenay. I have all his books.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
I didn’t read Out of Africa, but I can’t imagine the book being better.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m just finishing up The Triumph of the Sun, by Wilbur Smith. It’s paperback, and it’s about the third time I’ve enjoyed it.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Suzie O’Connell, of Wellman Creek Books.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
I love this question because I subscribe to about 25-30 free and discounted web sites, because I advertise a fair amount and I like to see who’s doing what. I find that as I scroll through the e-mails every day fewer and fewer covers interest me. So yes, it’s the cover that attracts me first.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Work hard. Make sure you know your basic grammar. Buy two books: Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, and Stephen King’s On Writing. Grow a thick skin. Keep on writing, and don’t forget this is a business.

Do you write under a pen name?

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
I’ve tried, but I don’t feel ‘right’ until I’ve showered and pulled on some clothes.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
Someone who can build a shelter. Or Johnny Depp.

Patti: Watching a Johnny Depp movie right now - Transcendence. Pretty interesting so far. 

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day.
Having my book chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards

What is your favorite food and beverage?
Rib Eye Steak, and super cold water.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
A minimum of five. Then an hour or two on promotion and all that other stuff.

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
My kindle, my binoculars, and my sense of humour.

Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early – especially in the summertime.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I’m learning to be flexible, but I prefer the morning. I have a small office that I keep almost dark. It’s like sitting in a movie theatre, watching the plot unfold.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad.
Book reviews are a part of the business. When I get a nasty one, which thankfully isn’t very often, I usually just skim over it the first time. Then, when it doesn’t hurt so much, I go back and see if I can learn anything from it.

Patti: Great thinking.

One of your favorite quotes:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

List 3 of your favorite movies.
The Shawshank Redemption, Out of Africa, The Notebook

Where can your readers stalk you?
My blog is   I don’t blog as often as I should, but when I have news of a new release or a special, I post it there. Readers can sign up to be on my mailing list on my author facebook page:

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

Do you give free e-books away in exchange for honest reviews?
For new books with less than 20 reviews, I welcome inquiries from people who’d like to read them. I’m open to requests for my new historical romance right now. I usually wait until it’s published on Amazon and send a gift certificate for the book.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. 

Patti Roberts
Author/Book cover designer and book formatter - ebook and print.

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