It’s Day 10 of our Romancing September Across the World Tour and today we meet Annie Acorn, one half of writing duo Charlotte Kent, yesterday we met her writing partner Juliette Hill. Check out Annie’s views on romance writing in today’s society later on Stephanie’s blog.
Let’s get to know Annie a little more; (Please note that some of Annie’s answers have been scaled down in keeping with my blog style, but I’m sure Annie will still appreciate your time spent reading her replies, as I do)
1) Hi Annie, yesterday we met one half of the writing name Charlotte Kent, today we are welcoming you to the blog, please tell everyone how you came to join with Juliette to form Charlotte Kent.
On January 10, 2013, she and I were discussing how best to organize her efforts during the coming year, and I suggested she attempt a romance series. In the end, we decided to collaborate.
2) “A Man for Susan” is the second book in the “Captain’s Point” series, how many books are planned for the series?
The simple answer to this question is who knows?
As I was working on A Clue for Adrianna, text for other books in the series kept coming to me, we titled Love’s Surprise and I Love You, Baby!
3) In this book Adrianna sets out to find a man for her friend, that’s quite a controversial issue, how long did it take for you both to agree the plot?
Frankly, we didn’t have much choice in the matter. Adrianna had set her mind on doing so, it was completely in line with her character, and way down deep inside, Susan wanted a man for herself anyway. It appeared to be win/win/win, so we went with it.
4) When you share writing a book do each of you have a special role?
Yes, but I would point out that when you’re doing a series the way we are, it morphs.
5) I’m glad you have worked humour into you book. I like a book that makes me laugh. Many people find writing humour extremely hard, does it come easy to you both? Or are you like a pair of comediennes where one of you is the straight man?
Over the years, I have developed a fair reputation as a humourist, although it is not something that I actively intended to do. In fact, I was not aware that there was a fair amount of humour in A Clue for Adrianna until I read the whole book from start to finish, once the writing was completed. In point of fact, the chapter where Adrianna digs up the bottle that contains locks of hair is quite funny, and I surprised myself by laughing out loud when I reread it.
Juliette claims she has no sense of humour at all, but I disagree.
6) How steamy is the romance in this book? What age range have you marketed the book at?
Captain’s Point Stories is not an erotic series. Having said that, though, with the advent of A Man for Susan, we now have a young, married couple who are certainly going to be spending a good bit of their honeymoon in bed.
We are marketing the series as General Adult.
7) Have you heard of the new marketing bracket for books N/A (New Adult) do you think there was a need for it?
The problem with new marketing brackets is that they tend to be devised by authors and the reality is that book sellers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes, don’t tend to offer the categories as choices to those of us who are uploading content on their sites.
8) You’ve published your books through your own company “Annie Acorn Publishing” do you specialize in certain genres?
We currently have offerings available from a number of authors in the romance, mystery, nonfiction (health, weight loss and finance), anthology, children’s literature and Christian genres, although it is not our intention to limit ourselves to just these.
9) You’re a very busy woman, how long did it take to write and then edit “A Man for Susan”? Could you advise a working time ratio for writers from starting writing to publication?
Now, this is a trick question. (Not at all! I was hoping you could give some general advice to writers who are starting out)
Any committed author can write a full-length book. You simply state that you will write a set amount of forward words per day on the manuscript and follow through on this commitment until you have completed the story. The trick is for the story to say something that will capture readers’ imaginations.
From my perspective, there are three things that contribute heavily to success in this area:
1). Write about both what you know and are passionate about
2). Edit well, and
3). Always, always, always listen to your characters.
I will add two more pieces of advice; One, the minute you begin to write your character’s dialogue for them, you have killed your character. Two, you write with your heart and your gut. You edit with your mind.
10) Can you tell fans the title of the next book in the series and its estimated publication date?
Juliette and I are both confident at this point that Love’s Journey will be the third full-length volume in the Captain’s Point Stories series. The writing on this book is about half finished. We anticipate publication will occur sometime this fall. The cover has already been designed and approved.
I will give your readers a sneak preview by confirming that, yes, Kate Sinclair will return to Captain’s Point and will be the centre of the new storyline. The man she is pursuing? Now, that would be telling. Suffice it to say that it is someone readers of A Clue for Adrianna and A Man for Susan will have already met.