Interview with Bethany Lopez

Published 2013-09-15.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Bookbub has been the most successful marketing tool. It can be hard to get accepted, and your book has to be on sale during the promotion, but it is well worth the money and the effort.
Describe your desk
My desk was pushed up against the wall in the middle of the living room, but we just moved and I was able to create my own space. Now I have my own office and sitting room. I love it. My desk is a beautiful dark cherry L-shaped desk with a hutch. Everything is still neat, clean and organized. A great space to write!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved a lot as a kid. I grew up in Michigan and in Texas, and I have series based on both places. I like to incorporate places I've been in to my books, they each have their own "feel" to them, and I want to bring that across in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poems, short stories, and even a play as a kid. I started writing again as an adult in Oct 2010.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm writing the fourth book in my Stories about Melissa series. It is set in Dearborn, MIchigan, at the high school I attended. These books follow Melissa's coming of age journey from freshman year, until gradutation. In TTYL, Melissa is in the second half of her sophomore year, and is hanging with the wrong crowd. I liken these books to a modern day Sweet Valley High, which I loved growing up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I queried agents in the beginning of 2011. I had no idea that the indie scene even existed, so querying was the next step after writing a book. After roughly fifty rejections, I stopped querying. When I was back in Michigan visiting, someone told me that my Uncle had published a book using Amazon. I had no idea what that meant, so when I got home, I looked in to it. I was nervouse and thrilled that I could realize my dream on my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is amazing because it opens up even more avenues of publishing. My books are available everywhere, because of Smashwords. All you have to do is format your book according to Smashwords' standards, then you can sit back and watch your books become live on ebook sites everywhere.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting my vision on paper, and then sharing it with readers. It's amazing to be able to do what I do, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
What do your fans mean to you?
I still can't believe that I have fans. When people come up to me at events and signings, and are excited to meet me, I'm flabbergasted and humbled. It's wonderful when people connect with your work.
What are you working on next?
I have an idea for a new NA Contemporary Romance. It's going to be about a young married couple who face a challenge in their relationship, and they have to decide whether to fight for their marriage, or give up.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many, I'll never remember them all, but here are a few: Raine Thomas, M. Leighton, Chelsea Fine, Tiffany King, Amy Bartol, Georgia Cates, CA Kunz, Abbi Glines, and Tarryn Fisher.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have to get out of bed to get my kids ready for school and to get ready for work, otherwise, I may lounge around a bit. No, seriously, on the weekends I get up early, because the house is quiet and I can get in some good writing time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, traveling, spending time with my family, marketing, and thinking about writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually from other writers, readers, and bloggers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The play that I wrote in sixth grade was about Bloody Mary, Donkey Lady, and the Wolfman. It gave my friends nightmares.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I try different things for each book to see what works. I'm always learning.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading Little Women, and it's still my favorite book today. It made me feel so many things: excitement, love, frustration, sadness, and anger. I love that!
How do you approach cover design?
When I first started I had no money for start-up and no idea what to do, so for my first two books I used Amazon's cover creator. For my third book I took photographs and made my own cover. Since then I've used a cover designer. Recently, I've been able to use a photographer and a cover designer, to create unique covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's an impossible question!
Little Women - Because of all the feelings
It - Because it scared the crap out of me when I read it
Down London Road - Because the writing is perfect and the love story is wonderful
The Opportunist - Because that book just wrecked me
Shatter Me - Such powerful and unique writing
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything - I love all kinds of Romance: Historical, Regency, Contemporary, etc... Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal. If it's a good book, I'll read it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Fire. I've only ever owned Kindle's, because that's what my husband has bought for me.
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