Interview with Genevive Chamblee

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often read books recommended by friends, book reviews, or Facebook pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote I was a pre-teen. It was about two high school kids falling for each other. The male protagonist was very goofy and didn't have his act together.
What is your writing process?
I'm a panster. Outlining is not my friend. I usually do no write in order from A to Z, but rather, I write scenes and then rearrange them into order.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Lots of the classics had a big impact on me, and I can't remember which was the first. Some struck a cord with me because of the writing style while others stuck because of the meaning/moral. Yet, others taught me what I didn't want to do and what I was better at writing. I tried poetry and quickly learned it isn't my natural gift.
How do you approach cover design?
I like fun, sleek, and slightly understated. Color is always good.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Just about anything by Anne Rice I love. She is an awesome write. So, she easily could take the top 5 spots with any of her works. I also love John Grisham. It would be hard for me to pick just a handful of books by him.
What do you read for pleasure?
The short answer is: anything. If it looks interesting, I'm reading it. I frequently walk through BAM. Titles snag my attention first, I think. Sometimes, it is the cover art or the display. A good display really helps, because there are so many books and my eyesight is really awful. But those things just get me to the book. The most important thing to me is the blurb. If it's catchy, I'm going to flip open to a random page and take a look inside. It doesn't matter the genre, either. If after several pages I'm curious as to what's happening or what will happen next, I'm going to purchase and read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I was very skeptical of my very first one. In fact, the first one I purchased was a gift for a family member who reads a lot and said she would like one. However, she didn't use it or take care of it properly. After several months, I saw it discarded and no longer working. I replaced it using the insurance I had purchased with it, but I didn't give the replacement to my family member and gave her a gift card. I fell in love with it.
Describe your desk
People say my work desk looks very OCD with my collegiate plastic cups that hold different color pens, pencils, or highlighters. But if I didn't have that type of organization, I'd never find anything. I have stacks of stickies and rows of colorful notes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a southerner in the deep south. I think this is the biggest influence on my writing and also the most controversial. The South like any other area of the US has a long history--some good and some not so much. The past can't be changed, and it shouldn't be forgotten. The regional, again like most other places, still has challenges. However, it's probably very different than what many people who don't live here think. I write characters who are primarily southern, and I write them the way I see the south as it exists today. I embrace all heritages.
When did you first start writing?
I started in elementary school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I take inspiration from many places. "Oasis Haze" is a mystery about a man who feels like Alice in Through The Looking Glass. It's a romantic mystery. It is included in the Mysterious Hearts Anthology (Holiday Heartwarmers). "Valentine Mistletoe" is about a man who has allowed guilt to overpower his life and prevent love. It is included in the Cupid's Bow Anthology (Holiday Heartwarmers). "Harmonious Variation” published in Symphony Amore Erotic Stories of Love and Music tells the tale of a man daring to push the limits professionally and sexually. "Out of the Penalty Box" (Hot Tree Publications -February 2018) is about a man's self-discovery and not allowing fear to interfere with love. Life’s Roux (Red Sage Publications) tells of two lovers who must let down the personal walls they've built to allow in love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being allowed to tell a story and entertain others. If I can cause of person to smile, then I have been successful.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It's just that simple.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works that I'm excited about. One is a paranormal romance. This is going to take me far out of my comfort zone in plenty of ways. A second is a fantasy involving fairies. Others in cue include a deconstructed fairy tale, a satire, and a dark romance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, John Grisham, Shirley Andrews, and so many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. The sun comes up, and I'm blessed to see the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with family and reading. I enjoy visiting museums and parks. Sometimes, I teach.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has been great. I love meeting people and getting out there. I think social media has been very effective as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishers and editors are extremely busy. Sometimes, traditional publishers don't have the time to help develop new authors.
Published 2017-07-09.
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Books by This Author

Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,480. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2017 by Sexy Little Pages. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
From deep DJ beats and dimly lit bars to sensual solos and classical crescendos, Symphony Amore introduces you to a dazzling range of musical performances. Immerse yourself in tale of conductors and concert-goers, romantic encounters and hard-hitting BDSM play, and embrace the diverse cast that you'll meet.