Interview with Renee Bless

What's the story behind your latest book?
My first and latest book is about two generations of women who learn about secrets of each others past and present. These women learn to deal with those secrets and they learn about themselves.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want anyone to tell me that they wouldn't publish my book because of this, that or a third reason. I knew that I had a story that I wanted to tell and becoming an Indie Author would allow me to tell my story just the way I wanted to tell it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided that avenue that I needed to get my book out there. I know I spent atleast ten years trying to figure out my first step. I fell upon Smashwords one day and I am so glad that I did.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to Her Season of Love. I didn't think I had a sequel in me, but my editor read my manuscript and she gave me the idea that I could go further. She was the first person outside of my sister that I allowed to read my work and to hear from someone that doesn't know you from Jane tell you that your "story" is good was an amazing feeling.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have sooo many favorites, Zane, Allison Hobbs, Mary B. Morrison, the late E. Lynn Harris and Carl Weber just to name a few.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Nook. It was a birthday gift from my husband and when he gave it to me I fell in love with it. He offered me a Kindle or an Ipad to replace it because my son likes to play games on it. I told him my Nook is fine because the baby can't keep it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as an only child raised by my grandmother. My grandmother was very strict. I didn't have company during the school week, I didn't get to do much socializing outside of school so I spent a lot of time writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing what's on my mind, creating a world for someone to get lost in.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm listening to music, dancing with my kids or baking someone a cake.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember one of the first stories I ever wrote. It was titled "Blue Skies". I wrote it when I was a freshman in High School. I don't remeber exactly what it was about but I remember giving it to a new student in my class to read. She said she read it and it was good but she never gave it back to me.
What is your writing process?
Most of the time I need music to get in a zone where my thoughts just flow. Once I get in a zone I just write until I can't think of anything else to write at that moment.
When did you first start writing?
I discovered my love for writing in language arts class when I was probably twelve years old. I loved getting writing assignments when most of my fellow classmates hated it. I would take my writing assignment to a whole other level.
Published 2014-03-21.
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