Interview with Gina Ferguson

What are you working on next?
It is a story of a young socialite's struggle to discover who she really is and who she wants to be. Jessie's major conflicts are unveiled through her family's deceptive lies, but will the love she's found be true or another lie she has to overcome. The answers come royally clear to her and she must decide to forgive or flee.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts, Barbara Bradford, and so many others great romance authors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am usually taking care of my family and working.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually check out what's selling and how it is rated by readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It is called Rachel: Blood Seduction. I personally don't feel it's my best work but It was my first. I believe every book I write, I get better as an author and the stories are more amazing each time.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a process, but I do have a very vivid imagination so that the characters jump out in the middle of my sleep and scream at me to write them down. Sounds a little crazy, but that's how it happens sometimes.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to have a cover that distinctive depicts certain elements of the books, for instance if you look at the cover of my book Hidden Hearts. The cover has a Kodiak Bear, a private jet and a hiker on it, three primary elements of that book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have no favorites, every writer has a different style that makes them unique; some are easy reads and some require more time, but they are all good stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I think Kindle and I-Pads are good, but what ever my readers can upload on is great by me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word to mouth mostly and occasionally a speaking engagement. Hopefully Smashwords.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in High School, but I never took it as a serious career move, plus I was young and not sure of what I wanted to do in life. It wasn't until 2010 that I decided to write again. My first book came out in 2012, the second one four months later and the third one was in 2014.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The escape into someone else's life;the characters figuring out what trials and tribulations they'll go through for love.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think fans are great and their reviews are important too, but sometimes they can be harsh and uncaring.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been published before by traditional publishers and for the most part they've done a good job. I think that the timing for each person is different, sometimes the traditional publishers take too long to get things done and I maybe able to get my next book to the readers sooner as an indie.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This will be my first time, but I have hopes that will do well together.
Published 2015-03-21.
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