Hello and welcome HeatherBloggs for this awesome Author interview!
Let's get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Where are you from?
I am from Nicholasville, Kentucky. Born and raised. It is a small city just outside of Lexington, Kentucky.
A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a mother of two wild little boys, a wife to the most patient man you will ever meet, and a fur-baby momma to two boxer pups who are equally as wild as my boys. My life centers around my family and most days you will find me at the baseball or soccer field with my boys; but I still find time to put my creative energy to good use. I am constantly drumming up new ideas for books and writing notes that I leave all around my house with dialogue, scenes, and ideas for the next story.
I am a middle school English teacher and my student's have become my toughest critics. I tend to rely on them to give me their advice on story ideas, cover designs, and sometimes they get to read an advanced copy of a new book.
Tell us your latest publishing news.
My newest release is Everpure: Book 2 in the Shifter Chronicles. I am really excited about this novel and this new series. After finishing the Wicked Cries series I jumped right into this one and I fell in love with my characters and this story line opens me up to new conflicts that I love.
When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My mom has a book I wrote in second grade that my teacher bound for her to keep. I first became published though after college.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think when I held my first published book in my hands I finally considered myself a writer. It never felt real until that moment.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always been inspired by events and elements around me. I love to tell stories and I just have to get the characters out of my head, haha.
How did you come up with the title for your latest novel?
When I began writing the first book in the Shifter Chronicles series, Evershade just stuck out to me. I decided to keep that theme rolling and since the characters in Everpure are fighting a battle against good and evil, I decided on Everpure. They are trying to keep themselves pure even when faced with evil.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Honestly, all of my books contain events that truly happened in my life. I just twist them a little.
What is your favorite book of all time?
This is a hard question. I love the babysitter series and The Outsiders.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All of my novels have a message embedded in them. As a mom and educator, I want to ensure that my readers learn something whether that is to be empowered, stand up for others, always rely on those that love you, or to just always be brave; I want my novels to be fun, entertaining, but also to give the reader a sense of belonging.
Thanks Michelle for joining me today! I wish you all the best on your upcoming release!
3/5/2018 8 Comments
1. First Drafts Are Always Awful
I used to think that published authors spent years hammering out perfectly-crafted first drafts, and then spent the rest of editing making light tweaks to the wondrous work they’d created. Nothing could be more wrong. Authors push to finish terrible, laughable, ghastly first drafts, so that they can then get down to the real work of crafting a book—revision. The goal of a first draft is to finish the damn draft. That’s it!
2. The People Who Get Published Are Not Magical, They Are Hard Workers
Published authors are not magical unicorns touched by angels, thus able to create spell-binding works with little to no effort. Published authors work hard, scrapping for everything they get, and usually endure years of rejection before making it in the business. Anyone can write a book, but it takes grit and determination to bang against doors until your skill level is honed and your story breaks through. Publishing is more about endurance and guts than raw talent.
3. Your Success Is Not Defined By The Success Of Others
The lives of authors on social media are not real lives--that’s a collection of people’s best days hitting you all at once. Some mornings are a parade of announcements, victories, and milestones by others, which can unintendedly bring an author down if they don’t have anything to tout. But that way lies madness. Being an author already is a success, and there will be more stories to come. You should be proud in your achievements without worrying about others. There’s always a bigger fish until you hit J.K. Rowling.
4. EVERYONE Has Imposter Syndrome
Everyone. No matter how many books they’ve published. And when that’s gone, it’s replaced by a feeling that your best works are behind you. These anxieties are false, and also completely natural. Know that they’re devils on your shoulder, and not reality. Take a walk or a nap and you’ll feel better.
5. Writers Do NOT Need to Write Every Day
That’s just silly. You’d go nuts. You have to fill the well, so that the stories have somewhere to come from. That doesn’t mean shirking your work is a good idea, but living a real life is vital for storytellers. It’s okay to go see Black Panther by yourself on a Thursday afternoon. Do it.
6. Writer’s Block Is Usually A Sign Something’s Wrong In Your Story
I’ve found that when I’m most blocked, it’s usually my subconscious identifying a story problem I haven’t consciously acknowledged yet. Backtracking to the last place things felt good and assess the choices I made there almost always helps. Did I go in the wrong direction? And if all else fails, I blow something up. Conflict!
7. Second Books Are Hard
Cut yourself some slack. People often craft a first book for five years or more, then have to produce a second novel in six months. Everyone understands how hard this change can be. Do your best to find a writing pace that works. And you won’t get locked out of publishing because you put out a clunker. Play the long game.
8. Third Books Are Even Harder, Especially In A Series
It’s extremely hard to wrap up a three-book story. So many loose ends. Just take your time and do the work. Plan. Execute. You’ve got this.
9. Be Nice To Everyone
This should go without saying, but being pleasant in all interactions during your professional life is more than just good citizenship, it’s smart business. Yesterday’s entry-level publicist could be tomorrow’s editor. Everyone involved with your books works hard. Make sure to take the time to show your appreciation. Snacks are a great way.
10. Books Can Change The World For The Better. Really.
It’s a great time to be in children’s publishing because so much amazing content is now seeing the light of day that previously had no chance. Champion underrepresented voices. Support diverse books. Read outside your comfort zone. Be mindful in your own work. Do the research. Believe. Good luck!
About The Author
Link to my Review to Genesis By Brandon Reichs
These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.
What they don't tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don't tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn't what you wanted at all.
They don't tell you about the pressure that's always on the verge of crushing you when you're forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.
They don't tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.
No - they don't tell you these things at all.
But, Lilith Rose will.
When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.
She decides that it's time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.
"Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me." - Lilith Rose
Links To Buy/Review:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077S13DFR/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077S13DFR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511823783&sr=8-1&keywords=23%3A27+by+H.L.+Roberts
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/23-h-l-roberts/1127545547?ean=2940155000976
About The Author
H.L. Roberts is a writer from a small Kentucky town. She comes from a big family, and often finds herself sitting with them around the TV watching movies, and just staying close, which is how she believes a family should be.
Reading is one of her passions, and so is advocating for mental illnesses, as well as epilepsy. She wants to bring awareness to the invisible illnesses—the ones people know so little about. Using her other passion—writing—she does that and more.
She is working toward her degree in Marketing and English Literature, and hopes to finish that soon. When she does, she’ll have even more time to fall into a good book, whether she’s writing it, or reading it.
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