Interview with Colleen McLain

What are you working on next?
The next book is called, Just Like in Key Largo. It's ghost story which takes place in the Everglades. It has a bit of everything, murder, romance and mystery. I really like the characters in this story, their strengths and weaknesses.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like the witty good humor writers, Carl Hiassen, Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanavich. Of course any and all books with Florida as a setting.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My characters. I wouldn't call it inspiration, though, more like poke in the ribs.."Hey! We're waiting for you!"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love the beach, boating and mini road trips. Places that spark the next adverture I can write. Of course visiting my children and granchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a sample reader. I also pay attention to fellow writers in Goodreads and Online Book Club.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in the fouth grade. I wrote a story about a girl who's parents go missing and she races to the rescue. I'd like to revisit that sometime. (laughing) I think I tossed it out when I was eighteen. There was no hope for it. I read alot of Trixi Belden back then.
What is your writing process?
I am not sure I have a process. I know that everything I see, hear, touch inspires writing. I have a back log of outlines waiting to be finished, and I just can't wait to get to the next project. Even within a project when I get new ideas, I give myself a limited amount of time to outline the new project as far as it will take me. Sometimes it's begining to end and other times it's just an inkling of what could be. Then if I ever get stuck on one, I can open another.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Because I first published on Barnes and Noble I bought a Nook, I'd like to explore Kindle. But having been an avid reader since my first book, I have to say I love e-readers. One simple device with thrity book or more stories inside. Heaven sent!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Believe it or not personal networking. I had cards made with the cover of Dream Walkin' on the front and my other projects on the back. When traveling, or our socializing I alway manage to bring up the book, hand out a card.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I don't know where Just Like in Key Largo started. I'd read a couple of semi ghost story romances and thought it looked like fun to try to write. The development of this story folded into itself so easily I could write non-stop for days. Minor but importanant nuances drifted to me after the fact but were easily inserted. I'm about thirty pages from finisheds and I like the story so well I really hate to finish it. Yet Druzie Poole is calling.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Synopsiss' . I cann't write one to save my life. I have all the books on how to, all the tips and feed back, but it's not a talant I have. Any advise, or better yet volunteers would be welcome. Being an an Indie author makes me a little harder to find but you, the reader, get to do the thumbs up or thumbs down. Rather than one person saying.... "Readers don't want your story because I don't want your story."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The wide distribution catalog! The damand for format. Looking for tab spaces I found a couple of typo's and corrected them. I'm more confident about my content now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having someone say "I loved your last book. I couldn't put it down.. I didn't want it to end."
Published 2013-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Dream Walkin'
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,640. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kelly Callahan and Matt Adams have been in love since the stormy moment they met. They just don't know it yet. If they can set aside their differences and work together to solve a murder and prevent their own, they may find out.