Interview with Arianna Eastland

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the escapism. When I am writing, I am able to become part of another world, another time, and I temporarily can forget reality and whatever problems I might currently be having. The best part is I am the creator of the worlds in my books, so they can be anything I want them to be.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm sorry to say I'm not working on anything, mostly because of time restraints. I would love to earn enough money writing to devote all of my time to only that. Believe me, it would be a dream come true. But I currently am working two jobs and therefore, end up spending most of my free time trying to catch up on my sleep! I do have ideas for an additional book in the Corwin-Chandler series, where both Rosalind and Autumn return to Eastwell to reconnect with Rosalind's siblings, but I have no idea when I will be able to sit down and write it - unless I win the lottery and can quit my current jobs!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! Without them, I would have no reason to publish my books, and my writing would be just...well, writing! My readers' feedback actually has helped me think of plots and sequels for my next books. And I'm sure every writer will agree that nothing feels better than receiving 5-star reviews from fans. That's when you finally begin to believe that others actually can relate to what's in your heart and share your passion.
Who are your favorite authors?
I always was a big fan of Kathleen Woodiwiss, who is credited with pioneering the historical-romance genre, and was crushed when she passed away. I have read every one of her novels, many of which average about 600 pages. Depending on my mood, I also enjoy reading Stephen King. His imagination absolutely amazes me - and also scares the heck out of me!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hate to say it, but I'm the type of person who easily could stay in bed all day! I actually do my best writing after midnight. I've never been a morning person...and never will be!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend what little free time I have walking with my dogs. I live out in the country and I love the fresh air and nature. I have walked 3 miles every day for the past 15 years or so. It doesn't matter if it's raining, snowing, hailing - I'm out there walking. It clears my head and relaxes me. I also enjoy watching reality TV shows. Some of my favorites are: Naked and Afraid, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Project Runway, Hell's Kitchen, My 600-Lb. Life, Catfish, America's Got Talent - the list goes on!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately, I DO remember it! I was about 12 and wrote about a junior-high party where everyone got quarantined because one of the guests came down with German measles! I still have a copy of it and it's hilarious - even though it wasn't meant to be!
What is your writing process?
I'm not disciplined at all. I write bits and pieces throughout the day and night. But when I'm really in "the zone," which usually is late at night, I can sit for hours and write. I forget to eat or drink, I don't answer the phone, and I usually end up with a stiff neck from looking down at my laptop for so long without taking a break. Then, when I finally get so tired I'm dozing off, I force myself to go to bed, hating my body for not having more energy!
How do you approach cover design?
It probably shows that I don't put a lot of effort into my cover designs! Usually, I'll grab my camera and take it with me on my walks, then shoot random bits of nature. The cover of "Too Far to Whisper" includes a photo I took of a bunch of ferns (while lying on my stomach on the ground!). Those same ferns also make an appearance on the cover of the sequel, "Too Near to My Heart." As far as the hero on my covers, I created him myself - but I'm terrible at drawing or painting faces, so you'll never see his face on my covers! The poor guy forever will remain headless! The third book in the trilogy, "Too Many Secrets," was the easiest. I stepped out on my back deck at sunset early one evening, snapped a photo and then created the cover in about 15 minutes! That's the good thing about living in New England and setting my books there. The scenery matches the books' locales. If I started setting my books in Florida, I'd be in trouble!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I finished writing my first historical romance, "Too Far to Whisper," I excitedly sent off query letters to agents and publishers. The responses were a case of good-news bad-news. Basically, I was told they liked my style and really enjoyed the plot. But! They also said if I wanted to write romances I'd have to learn to follow the "formula." In other words, by such and such a page the hero and heroine had to meet, had to fall in love, had to make love, had to have a conflict that tore them apart, had to get back together and ultimately had to live happily ever after. Well, I didn't want to have to gear my writing according to a formula. If I wanted my couple to meet on page 33 instead of page 2, then I would! If I wanted them to make love on page 150 instead of page 88, then I would! After all, it was MY book! So by being an indie author, I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, with my characters and not have to worry about breaking any rules. It gives me a great sense of freedom.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gets my books "out there" with no effort on my part, which is great. One of my biggest sellers is Barnes and Noble, but my books would not even be there if it weren't for Smashwords! The same with foreign sales. Basically, I just write the books, publish them on Smashwords and the rest, particularly the widespread distribution, is taken care of for me. It couldn't be easier. When I published my first book, I had no clue how to go about formatting it, but Smashwords provided a list of experts who could help me for unbelievably reasonable fees, and I found a fantastic woman who guided me through every step along the way and even provided a lot of extras that really improved my book. I think by the time I was done, her pay ended up being about $1 an hour! You can't beat that! And the knowledge I gained for my future books was priceless.
Published 2017-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Too Near, Yet Too Far - The Corwin-Chandler Trilogy Boxed Set
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 264,740. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Arianna Eastland’s popular historical-romance trilogy is now available in a boxed set – all three novels together for the first time at a discounted price. Follow the tumultuous love story of Rosalind Chandler in 17th-Century New England, and the two men – one rich and refined, and the other, wild and savage - who will stop at nothing to possess her…absolutely nothing.
Too Many Secrets (Book Three of the Corwin-Chandler Trilogy)
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 83,680. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
This final book in the Corwin-Chandler trilogy answers all of the questions posed in the first 2 books, "Too Far to Whisper" and "Too Near to my Heart." Autumn Rose, the daughter of an Englishwoman and an Indian sachem, leaves her father's village to experience life among the English. Through a series of lies, she passes as white - but then falls hard for Englishman who loathes Indians.
Too Near to My Heart (Book Two of the Corwin-Chandler Trilogy)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,820. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
This sequel to "Too Far to Whisper" begins on the same day the first book left off. In 1600s Colonial New England, Rosalind Chandler now must live with the decision she has made about which man to wed - the rich and powerful Nathaniel Corwin, whose family rules the town? Or the "savage" named Shadow Runner, a future sachem of his people? Has she, she wonders, made a terrible mistake?
Too Far to Whisper
Price: Free! Words: 101,840. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In 1600s Colonial New England, 20-year-old Rosalind Chandler finds herself experiencing strong desires - sinful ones - for a man who causes her to forget to breathe whenever she is near him. The problem is, he is not the man to whom she is betrothed...not the man who is blackmailing her to force her to marry him.