AUTHOR NAN D ARNOLD
BOOK TITLE: GARNET GALE GETS HER MAN
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
BUY LINK: www.nandarnold.com and Amazon Kindle
Please tell us about yourself? What does a woman do post career w/retired husband and 2 pesky cats underfoot? Well, as I love reading, I dabbled in writing. Joined writer’s groups, finaled in a few contests and took the plunge toward publication. “Hitting The High Notes” was published in 2010 as well as the sequel, “Pesto Packing Mama”, website details excerpts, sales venues, and awards.
Tell us your latest news? Tried my hand at a historical romance, GARNET GALE GETS HER MAN, released in early March 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing
When and why did you begin writing? Originally? After producing an office procedures manual for the insurance agency where I worked, the agency head was impressed enough that he submitted the work to the home office. They in turn issued it to all their agencies and I received a bonus, as well as a major chomp from “the writing bug”. But. Maybe it was that fateful trip motoring Mom to yet another doctor’s appointment when I discovered an old, frayed romance paperback. It beat Gun & Garden or a holiday issue of a women’s mag, dated Christmas 1991 (this was actually summer, 2000). The receptionist said I could take the book home which I did. I read it and thought (stupidly) ‘Hey, I could write something like this’. Yeah? Many revisions, queries, and dreams of becoming an agented writer later…see Hitting The High Notes above. I’ve yet to be taken on by an agent (sigh) though some encouraging words have come my way. . However, I know writer pals who never sold through an agent. Agents aren’t the “magic wand” we writers think.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I received my first contract.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love and forgiveness are major ingredients in any relationship, esp., a romance where H/H have been hurt in the past.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Most influenced? I love so many. I adore Carl Hiaasen’s Skinny Dip, and Tim Dorsey’s The Stingray Shuffle, but not all are among the quirky set. For instance, gothic writers like Daphne Du Maurier’ Rebecca or Mary Stewart’s The Chrystal Cave, and all chick lit. How’s that for variety?
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Cheryl B Dale, another MIU author. Her romantic suspense came out in mid-March, “The Man In The Boat”.
What book are you reading now?
Shot of Tequila by J A Konrath (and Blake Crouch). What do you like, or not, about it? Back on a quirky trend I guess. Funny original and odd ball.
What are your current projects?
None currently. Was working on mystery, Tall, Dark & Handy, but it never quite came together as I’d like. Started chick lity, turned dark, very dark--but cozies probably sell better. So, we’re trying a trial separation.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Laughing, what writer wouldn’t???
What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
Easy one--Reading another writer’s hard work! Not many people know I’d love to be a lion tamer. Those boots, those king-sized kitties, chairs flaming hoops, and whips, too. So different from my real life.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Enjoy Garnet Gale!!
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
MuseItUp Publishing, via the ol’ query. Love Lea, MIU’s publisher, a real pro with a huge heart.
How can we find you?
Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links. www.nandarnold.com
Shipwrecks, emotional flotsam from past wrecked relationships, jilts, deceits, lost fortunes, and building passion swirl around Abigale Hawthorne and Randolph Blessing. Can the pair overcome the negatives to win each other’s trust and hearts?