BIO: Janice Seagraves grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, she traded in her paint brush for a laptop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.
Q: How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
A: My husband took me out to dinner. He still does everything that I publish a book.
Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: I answer emails in the morning and I write in the evening, until late into the night. If the story is hot and I’m making great progress, I like to get in a thousand words per day, but many times I don’t make that.
Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
A: I hired, a promotion company to handle some of my promotions.
Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: Most of my characters are level headed, so I guess that makes me too. LOL
In Windswept Shores, my heroine is a basket weaver. I learned basket weaving in HS and used that experience. In Matrix Crystal Hunters, I used a trip to the desert with my family when I was in sixth grade. We rock hunted along the Colorado River that flows through Arizona and Nevada. My heroine, Maya’s parents have a store called the Rock Hound.
Q: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
A: I have no favorites. I love all my children equally.
Q: If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
A: After Windswept Shores rights were returned to me, I went through my first book and changed a few things to make it tougher on my characters and put back a missing scene. Then I self-published it.
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I have Character Naming Sourcebook that I look through for names.
Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
A: So far, I’ve been lucky. I loved my first cover on Windswept Shores. I bought the photo with the same couple from fotolia and used it when I self-published, but without the second filter. My second book which I also self-published, I found a great looking man for the cover that looked just like my hero.
Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: This is a hard business. It’s not for the weak. Never give up. Stay stubborn and stay strong. Read a lot and write a lot. Take a lot of workshops that help you in the areas you’re weak in. And find yourself a good critique group. They’ll spot things in your manuscript that you’ll miss. There are a lot of critique groups to choose from, online and those that meet in person. Find one you’re comfortable with.
Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: Oh, I have too many to count. I have starts of stories on my computer files. My contracted Alien Heart series has twelve books, and I just have to finish writing them.
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas, because I don’t have to work as hard as I do for Thanksgiving and it’s a fun family day.
Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I have a learning problem that gave me problems in school, but I still graduated in time with my class. I might be slightly dyslexic.
Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: An artist.
Q: Favorite food.
A: Oh geez, I have so many. I like sushi, shrimp, fresh (just caught that morning) sea food, a well done barbecued steak and I like my hot dogs burnt.
Q: Favorite drink.
A: Tea. Hot tea when it’s cold and cold tea when it’s hot.
Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: I’m actually more of a fall type person and the colors look good on me too.
Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: A trip to the UK. I want to walk along the streets of Seagrave England, where my family got their name.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: The power to heal people. I’ve lost too many family members and friends to cancer. A young writer friend is going through her third treatment for cancer. Each time the cancer pops up in a different place.
Tell us where to find you:
Publisher’s page:http://www.keithpublications.com/Blog: http://ladyjanice.blogspot.com/
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