a. We write smart, book club fiction. These are the kinds of books that I like to read. Authors like Jill McCorkle, Jan Karon, Dorothea Benton Frank, Wendy Wax. Our books appeal to 40+ females
b. Texas doesn’t have a lot of female authors writing these kinds of books, and we felt there was an opportunity.
c. We want to write in a way that our readers savor the language as well as the story.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
Attention spans are so short these days. You have to have a quickly moving story or people get bored. Revise, revise, revise
When and where do you do your writing?
In the den at my desk. I have to have a keyboard. I can’t do paper and pen.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
Facebook is very powerful tool to target the exact kinds of readers you’re looking for –across the globe. We have readers in almost every English speaking country. (Our books haven’t been translated—yet!)
What are you most proud of as a writer?
The 125+ reviews on Amazon that are either 4 star or 5 star. Especially the ones that end with “can’t wait for the next one”.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
I think you can’t be a former newspaper person, and not want to have dinner with Ernest Hemingway. I think we’d talk about Paris, life on the Left Bank, and we might even gossip about Scott and Zelda, and we’d probably get very drunk.
KAY ELLINGTON, a native West Texan, has worked in newspapers from New York to California to the Carolinas—and back again to Texas.
BARBARA BRANNON formerly led the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but got to Texas as soon as she could.
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