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AUTHOR: Gail Roughton
BOOK TITLE: War-N-Wit, Inc. – The Witch
PUBLISHER: Books We Love
1.Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?
You know, even a month ago, I’d have told you I don’t write a particular genre, I just write stories. But I’ve realized over the last few weeks that everything I write is, in its innermost core, paranormal romantic suspense. Sometimes it’s fantastical; sometimes it’s dark horror style; sometimes it’s thriller style. Sometimes it’s just plain funny. But it’s all paranormal romantic suspense.
2. Tell me about your current book which you are promoting.
The first book in the War-N-Wit, Inc. series, The Witch, released March 12 on Amazon from Books We Love. It was quite a surprise. I’d done no promoting at all because it published so quickly after acceptance. Basically, paralegal Miss Ariel Anson’s just sitting there minding her own business at her desk. Enter private investigator, bounty hunter, process server Chad Garrett, the owner of War-N-Wit, Inc. And Ariel’s quiet, normal life is over. Because folks, Chad Garrett – let’s just say he’s not normal. War-N-Wit, Inc? Com’on, use your imagination.
3. How long have you been writing?
Well, if you mean how long have I been creating stories and living in alternate worlds, I honestly don’t remember when I didn’t do it. Ever. I have no memories of ever entertaining myself any other way. If you mean how long have I been transcribing scenes from my brain to a computer screen like a mad woman, over twenty years now, though with some long breaks in writing. Raisin’ teenagers ain’t for sissies.
4. What got you interested in writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?
5. Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
No, I give new meaning to the word “pantser”. I’d drive the average pantser nuts. I don’t even have an initial process. My brain just collects things, I sleep on them for a while – literally – and the book’s just there. At least, enough of it to keep going until the next collection of things get slept on enough to hop up and jump in.
6. What comes first: the plot or the characters?
That depends. On which came first. With me, it could be either one, it just depends on which one this one is. I never have a rhyme or reason. Sometimes plots just pop up full-blown complete with characters. From things that make me seem insane when I share them. I’ve got one plot, full-blown, sitting in a corner of my brain from noticing a growth of mushrooms on the side of an old tree, arranged like stepping stones. I’ve gotten a big part of the plot in my current WIP from a picture of a crystal pendant. They come from song lyrics. From conversations in the grocery store. From a name or a combination of names that just popped in my brain from looking at a page in a directory.
7. Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?
This one didn’t at all. Except for one scene set in Las Vegas. I had to have a realistic Vegas. The Internet’s a wonderous thing. But it didn’t take long. Since my heroine’s a paralegal, and my hero’s in a peripheral legal career, and since I’ve been in a law office since I was 21 – almost thirty-seven years now – no, there wasn’t much other research needed. It was pretty much all there already. In fact, I don’t write what I don’t know, unless it’s purely out of my head like a parallel world which can be anything I want it to be. My world, after all. So no, I’ve never really had to research.
8. What do you see for the future of publishing and e-books?
Remember the Beatles’ song, Paperback Writer? I think that’s us. We’re the new wave of “paperback” writers putting affordable, quality fiction in the hands of the readers. I think e-pub’s no longer a revolution, but an establishment that’s changed the face of publishing. But not as much as it’s going to.
9. What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for release?
The first War-N-Wit, The Witch released March 12. I’ve got a paranormal fantasy romance releasing from MuseItUp Publishing in April, Miami Days & Truscan (K)nights. I’ve got a book coming out that’s more of a crime thriller – but still paranormal romantic suspense – in September from MuseItUp, Down Home. The next two books in the War-N-Wit series will go out as soon as I can get them finalized, so they should be out somewhere in the middle of all that. Resurrection and The Coven.
10. What is your marketing plan?
Honestly, the release of The Witch so quickly took me so by surprise, I didn’t have anything even remotely planned for it, though I’d been doing some work getting ready for Miami Days, a new writer’s blog, trying to get up to speed on review sites, Twitter, an Author’s Page on Facebook. So I had some necessary work out of the way, but since Coffee Time Romance ran a sensational special the week The Witch released – I took the coward’s way out. I bought their special. And may I say they are incredible, so on top of things, and so knowledgeable about what to put where and when to put it. Face it, guys, we write. If we were marketers, we’d have an advertising agency. Under the circumstances, already having the covers of Resurrection and The Coven waiting patiently for their contents, not to mention the plots for both of them bursting out of my brain and screaming at me – and that’s not even accounting for the fact I don’t know what I’m doing insofar as marketing goes – I felt I had no choice but to concentrate on them. So hearty thanks to Coffee Time Romance.
11. What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
I don’t know if this is true for the traditional industry, because I’ve never been in anything but the e-industry. But in the e-industry, we have some of the warmest, most caring veteran writers that could possibly exist. They are invaluable. They are a fund of information, advice, and encouragement. If such a veteran writer takes you under their wing, don’t talk much. Listen. If they say, “Your site needs to be… Your site would be more dramatic if….”, pay attention. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’ve got several such “veterans” who have been unbelievable to me. One of them actually told me, “I’ve spent 15 hard years learning this industry. I can short-circuit that time-frame for you. One day, you’ll do it for somebody else. Because that’s what our kind does.” Yes, it is. And yes, I will. Do it for somebody else. Whenever and wherever I can. Find your kind. Know them when you find them. And listen to what they can teach you. Then share it with somebody else if you have the opportunity.
12. Where can people learn more about you and your work?
My site is http://gailroughton.blogspot.com and my Author’s Facebook is www.facebook.com/gailroughton I also maintain another blog, http://flowersonthefence.blogspot.com that I consider my cyber country kitchen, where I collect flowers – special people – for my fence and share some down home country stories. I also have a co-blog with one of those aforementioned wonderful veteran writers, http://feelingnosey.blogspot.com where some wild and zany characters have some wild and zany adventures. I consider it going out to play at recess.
Would you like to meet the Wit of War-N-Wit?
No lightning bolt streaked from the sky the day my life as I knew it began to end. There was no warning at all. Nothing. There I was, sitting at my desk, minding my own business, doing my job. My official job title is "legal assistant." The more exotic sounding title is paralegal. In the old days when folks called jobs what they actually were, the title was "legal secretary." Me? I answer to any of the above. Or just to Ariel. That's my name. Ariel Anson.
Now, I know the general public thinks a law office is an exciting place, full of fascinating cases and esoteric points of law highlighted with flashes of legal genius, something different every day. Not. Trust me on this. You seen one accident case, you seen 'em all. And corporate law? Business law? Wills and estates? Oh, man, you don't even want to go there. Domestic law? Right. The only thing worse than a divorce case is an estate fight. At least folks involved in a divorce are supposed to hate each other whereas a fight over Daddy's will? Oh. My. God.
Anyway, that's what I was doing. Just minding my own business in the course of my humdrum day and doing my job at the century-old, prestigious central Georgia law firm of Baker, Lawson, Abercrombie & Hunter, where the partners walk around in blissful ignorance of the fact the firm is referred to in legal circles as BLAH. All us legal assistants think that's a hoot.