Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Diana Nixon author of Love Lines series, Hate at First Sight and Heavens Trilogy.
Hi Diana, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born in Minsk, Belarus. I have A Master of Law degree, and I speak several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish. I started my writing career about two years ago. I like working in multiple genres and creating unique and easy-to-read stories. I’m a self-published author, and I have published five books: 4 books of a fantasy series, named Love Lines and one contemporary romance, named Hate at First Sight. My next book is coming out on December 18th. It’s the first book of my Heavens Trilogy, named The Souls of Rain.
Where can we buy your books?
All of my books are available in a Paperback, Kindle and e-formats. You can find them on Amazon, Createspace, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Lulu and other on-line stores.
What are you working on at the minute?
After the release of The Souls of Rain, I will get back to my work on Love Undone, a contemporary romance that I’m going to publish at the beginning of the next year. It’s a story about losing and finding love, about the ability to forgive, about the things that are worth fighting and even dying for. I hope it will be a great story that will melt hearts, and make people smile, over and over again.
Why do you write?
Maybe because I can’t make my mind stop thinking about creating new stories?:) Once I start writing, it’s impossible to stop. Even if I’m not writing, I keep thinking about my books, about making changes, or adding something new. I’m sure if you like something as much as I like writing, you shouldn’t give up. There are no dreams that can’t come true. The main thing is to believe in yourself.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write 24/7:) As I have already said, I never stop writing. Sometimes I think people hate me for neglecting them, though I always try to catch up with everything that is going on around me, including the events from my friends’ lives and talking to my readers.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Sometimes I do set a goal of writing a chapter or two. I’m a strong-willed person, so even if I want to finish a book in a month, I will do my best to succeed.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I hate making plans about the events of my books. It never goes the way it was planned:) That’s why I prefer my characters to tell me what to write about in the next chapter.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
I used to think that publishing is the worst part of being a writer. But now, I think that every step is important; from the title and the book cover, and to the final word. Everything should be well-thought-out. But there’s one thing that takes a lot of patience. It’s making the book unique. Writing a story is not enough to make readers like it. Of course, we can’t make the whole world like what we do, but still I think it’s important to create stories that will stand out and be different from other books of the same genre.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Making it as perfect and as heavenly stunning as the cover:) Yes, the moment I saw the cover for The Souls of Rain, I thought, “Oh, my God, this book needs to be bantabulous, from the very first page and till the end.” The cover was created by my favorite designer, Jennifer Wieland, and it simply took my breath away. Every time I look at it, I realize that the two years of self-publishing, hard work and sleepless nights were worth everything. Because when you see the result of your work and you love it, it means you can win over all the obstacles getting in your way.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Of course:) And I hate it a lot. I don’t know what to do to get through it. It’s stressful and always makes the people I live with afraid of me:) Sometimes I need to read a good book or watch a good movie to be able to get back to my writing. Inspiration has that annoying tendency to disappear without saying good-bye, but when it comes back it feels like the best thing ever:)
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Writing a stand-alone book is harder for me. I like creating intriguing plots and one book is never enough to write about all the things I come up with for a new story. That’s why I like book series so much. Especially if they are of a fantasy genre.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I have beta readers and editors to help me work on my manuscripts. A book will never become popular if it’s not edited properly.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
No. I never leave a book half-done. I start editing the first chapter even before the manuscript is ready. By the time the book is ready to be published, I know it almost by heart:)
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
I have two amazing designers, working on the covers for my books. We always discuss the images I would like to see on the covers, and I always like the result of our work. A Canadian designer, Jennifer Wieland created the covers for my Love Lines series and Heavens Trilogy. I adore her works, because they are absolutely stunning. For me the covers she creates are the best of the best:) The other designer I work with is from Romania. Amina Black created the cover for Hate at First Sight and she’s going to create a cover for Love Undone. I’m glad I have the most talented designers ever:)
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
-Yes. A good cover is the first thing that attracts readers’ attention. If they like the cover, they want to read the book. Of course, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But if it is good, it will help to promote your book.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I don’t have an agent, but sometimes I wish I had one. Especially when a new book is about to be released, and I spend days to spread the news about it all over the world. Though I’m not sure I’m ready to let anyone do my job for me. I like having things under control:)
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Do anything to attract as much attention as possible. Give interviews, find book bloggers, send ARCs, give away free copies of your books, and never forget about communication. Readers is the most valuable key to your success. If you show them that you are open for communication, they will always be there to help you promote your works and share the news.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Readers are free to say whatever they think about the books they read. I always read reviews and analyze the words said about my works. Of course, I don’t make changes if someone says that he or she doesn’t like the characters or the plot, but it’s their right to express their opinion. However, there is one thing that I will never accept. I’m sure that readers should respect every author. We write books, we spend days and nights to write and edit them. If you don’t like a book, it doesn’t mean that you can trash it. Even if you give it 1 star, you should think about the words you write in your review. Authors don’t call you names for the colors you choose for your blog/website design, so why do you think you are allowed to be rude and disrespectful?
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I like creating and watching book trailers. I think it’s a great promotion. Besides, it gives your readers a chance to see the characters from your book in reality.
What is your favourite positive saying?
I can do this:)
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start writing earlier:) Not that I think I’m old or anything, but I wouldn’t give any other advice, because I’m sure that only by making small mistakes you will be able to avoid the big ones.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
First of all, I’d like to thank you for such a great interview. I wish you and everyone who will be reading this post all the best. I hope my readers will enjoy my every new book, and I’ll do my best not to disappoint them:)
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