I’m starting an author spotlight, featuring interviews with independently published romance writers.
My motivation is to simply connect readers with romance writers. I know how happy it makes me to find new, beloved authors, and I want to help others find new, go-to writers.
My inspiration for this idea is Cameron Hart, who does author spotlights on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.
I also want to thank Cameron for sharing her documents and process with me. She is a very caring, generous individual. Not to mention an amazing romance writer!
I plan on posting a new author spotlight every Wednesday, so be sure to come back each week to find a new romance author to love!
In the spotlight this week:
Cameron Hart, writer of sweet and steamy romance.
What is your latest release? Act With Me—available now at: https://amzn.to/31yi4aN
Here’s the blurb:
James: I get into one little fight at a Broadway play and suddenly my long list of awards doesn’t matter. So, here I am, doing a community theater play to help clean up my image.
And then she walks in.
She’s sweet, curvy perfection with deep brown eyes and a cute little blush to top it all off. She’s skittish, that much is clear, but I can’t let her walk away. Not until I figure out her secrets and why I feel the need to protect her.
I made the mistake of telling my best friend I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone after years of being afraid of my own shadow. I was thinking something along the lines of trying a caramel latte instead of a vanilla one, but my BFF convinced me to try out for the community theater play.
When I show up I see…James Cooper Haze? What is a movie star like him doing here? And why is he looking at me like that? Can I push past my insecurities and trust the bad boy of Hollywood with my fragile heart?
Now let’s get to know Cameron a little better, and find out more about how she writes her sexy, sweet stories!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
My first few books were written by the seat of my pants, but nowadays I find that so stressful! I’m definitely a plotter now, even though my characters often laugh at my outline and do their own thing anyway.
Favorite character you’ve written:
Claire & Jax from Saving Claire will always be special to me since their story was the first I ever wrote. However, I think my favorite character is Mila from At First Sight. She’s curvy, quirky, and extremely self-conscious about her scars – both inside and out. Writing her sweet HEA with Tucker reminded me a lot of my own love story in a lot of ways.
Weirdest thing you’ve had to research for a book:
For Kept by the Mafia Enforcer, I watched several YouTube videos on how to put together porta potties! The heroine – Alessia – escaped out of a porta potty and I wanted to make sure what I wrote was at least somewhat accurate!
Most helpful resources as a writer:
So many! For publishing on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited I highly recommend Kindlepreneur (https://kindlepreneur.com/) and their tool, Publisher Rocket. Inkers Con (https://www.inkerscon.com/) has some amazing classes on every topic under the sun for authors. Some are periodically offered for free. Mainly connecting with other authors has been huge. Talking through problems and sharing resources and experience with people who “get it” is invaluable.
Do you use an editor/proofreader? What value do you think they add?
Of course I have an editor! For me, the benefit is two-fold. Not only do I have confidence that I’m putting my best work out there, but it’s another set of eyes to review my work before releasing it into the world. It’s so nerve-wracking to put your words out there, so knowing there’s someone who (hopefully) believes in your work and supports you is so encouraging!
In the spotlight this week:
Shaw Hart — Shaw writes contemporary romance, specifically instalove romance novellas.
What’s your latest release? Until Rex is coming April 15th! It’s part of the Happily Ever Alpha World by Aurora Rose Reynolds.
Favorite character you’ve written: I love Mischa and Indie from Mischa (the second Eye Candy Ink Book).
Weirdest thing you’ve had to research for a book? Penis piercings! That was up on my computer for weeks when I wrote the Eye Candy Ink series and it was hard to explain to my husband.
How long have you been an author? A little over two years.
What inspired you to write your first book? I’ve always loved to read and write, and my husband is in the military, so we move around a lot. I got sick of looking for a new job every few years, so I decided to try to write a book. I loved it and the rest is history!
What advice do you have for other writers? Don’t stop writing!
How do you come up with titles for books? Research. I try to look at what similar books are using for their titles and then I try to have it connected to the book in some way.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love watching stand-up comedies or funny TV shows. I read (of course) and hang out with my kids and dogs.
What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would surprise your readers the most? Hmm, that’s a hard one. I feel like I’m pretty open but maybe that I write as three authors? Shaw Hart, Rebecca Wilder, and Skye Alder.
Plotter or pantser? Plotter all the way!
Do you use an editor/proofreader in your process? Yes, I use an editor! I just need someone else to point out any gaps or holes in the story. When you’re writing it and it’s all in your head, things make sense. I need someone else to read it and be like “Uh, when did you mention this?” LOL!
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