Interview with Theresa Parker

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is watching the story develop. Seeing the characters come to life is such a great feeling. Having other people enjoy it as much as I do is really great, too.
What are you working on next?
Book #3 of the Andromeda Spencer Novels is my current writing project. Book #2, in the series, is due out sometime around November 1, 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many of them. Well, I have to say my top five are: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Katie MacAlister, and Karen Marie Moning. I am also a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. These ladies are all incredible story tellers and I will devour anything they put out. I am always on the lookout for new authors. I just wish I had more time to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a fantasy. I wrote it one summer while sitting out back, watching my boys in the pool. It's in my closet now. I have a couple more there with it. My husband calls them my, "Closet Books". One of these days I will drag them out and maybe rework them, but right now I am having too much fun with Andromeda Spencer
What is your writing process?
I usually go from plot point to plot point, like a time line. Sometimes, though, I will write scenes out of order. I often get an idea for a scene that I really can't place into the book, right then and there, so I write it out and stick it away for later.
How do you approach cover design?
I want my covers to reflect some part the book. In Lightning Strikes, I have a narcoleptic cat. He's one of my favorite characters. I wanted to show that on the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love anything with a happy ending. I'm into romance; paranormal is my favorite. It could be gritty and intense as long as all the characters, the author made me care about, make it to the end. I don't like to cry so I try to stay away from tearjerkers. My favorites, are books that make me laugh out loud.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I have an old Kindle that my son gave me. I have had it for a year and I am just barely learning all the ins and outs. I still love my hardbound and paperback but I like the instant gratification of getting a book anytime I want. It's something that I have to really watch out for, though, because I could easily see myself maxing out my credit card on books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a presence on a lot of social media outlets and I also have a website, but so far the most effective techniques I have used is paid advertising. There are a lot of websites devoted to readers that give authors the ability to promote their books for a nominal fee. I have used a few of these and was really surprised by the result.
Describe your desk
I am not an organized person. I am, however, a note taker. My desk is littered with notes. I write stuff down, I may not ever read it, but I write it down. I have to make it a point to clean off my desk at least once every month. The mess gets out of hand really quickly.
Published 2014-08-29.
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