Welcome Connie. Tell us what did you just finish reading?
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain for writing; Caller ID by Rachelle J. Christensen for fun:)
How fun… What book(s) have changed your life?
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple series. Each has taught me something different about writing and life–plot points, ways of observing people, pacing, etc. After reading Harriet, I remember wanting to be a detective so much that I “fingerprinted” my family with my watercolor paint set, then would sneak about the house with my notebook, recording my observations.
Mystery, murder, romance, nice mix. How long have you been writing?
Since I can remember. I started a journal when I was 10, but also wrote poems and hideous love stories about playground romances gone wrongâ€¦
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Nora Ephron, Dave Barry (his clean stuff), lots of nonfiction authors on selfÂ help topics.
I can see why… Tell us why you wrote your new book
I’ve mainly written nonfiction over the years but after taking a sabbatical from it, I rediscovered my love of writing fiction. One night I wanted a good romance to read, but with nothing that made me cringe, and a good plot line with some emotional substance. I couldn’t find one so I thought, I’ll write one! That was during my caboose pregnancy, and my youngest had just started first grade, so I had the time. Scenes starting coming to me, then a plot line, etc. I ended up writing the first draft of Caribbean Crossroads in just over 60 hours, and had an absolute ball doing it!
That is what I am talking about… writing is so much fun. What is it about?
Megan McCormick, a just graduated/just been dumped fiance who gets talked into performing on a cruise ship for the summer. There she meets charming star performer Bryant Johnson whose been told by his family, find a wife and settle down with the family lumber business, or else. Together he helps her work through trust issues, and she helps him see that settling down may not be so bad.
I love how they change each other. Though it’s got great romance, it’s not just he’s hot/she’s hot, they get together. It’s about real feelings and people, and what keeps us from trusting and loving fully, and how the right person can help you become better and more of who you’re meant to become. And that’s when the sparks really fly, when you feel that gratitude and deep love for someone taking the time to truly care about you.
Is there a book trailer for your book?
Not this one, but you can read the first three chapters on my website, www.conniesokol.com.
Tell us what is the name of all your books.
Oh my, you do have a few… Where can we find your books?
At the entry site, www.conniesokol.com, Â Amazon.com,Â Deseret, Barnes and Noble,Â or the direct website, www.8basics.com.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?Â
No advice, but plenty of thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Understand that if you write for others, writing is a business, but always keep the fun in it. Get into a writing/critique group ASAP. Read your genre, other genres, writing skills and biz books on the writing industry. Go to LDStorymakers, a fabulous writing conference. Write x amount of hours weekly (because with children, daily writing can be a deal). Streamline home life so you eliminate guilt as well as garner more writing time. Give back in some way–sharing your writing journey, teaching others what you know, donating x amount of book profits. Learn to love revising and feedback. Go for the big goal, and stay balanced along the way. Pray before you write, laugh out loud when you read your funny scenes, invest yourself in your characters. Enjoy the process!
Thank you, Connie and our best to you.
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