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Friday, 17 May 2013

Author interview with Saundra (revisited)

Back in April 2013, I interviewed author Saundra for my interview-only WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with street lit / romance author Saundra. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Saundra. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Saundra: Generally I write street lit but I am also interested in writing Predictable Romance.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Revenge BCSaundra: To date Delphine Publication has released “Her Sweetest Revenge” & “Trick or Treat” both are available now. My writing name is Author Saundra.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Saundra: All of my books are available on ebook. I love paperback book in my hand but I also download ebooks onto my kindle.
Morgen: Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Saundra: As a child I was obsessed with reading Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading her books forced my hand at creativity of the imagination.
Morgen: Did you choose the titles / covers of your books?
Saundra: Tamika Newhouse CEO of Delphine Publication helps me with titles as well as the book covers.
Morgen: What are you working on at the moment / next?
PieceJusticeSaundra: At this time I am working on “Her Sweetest Revenge 2”.  But up next is the release of my first Predictable Romance titled “Pieces Of Justice”.
Morgen: Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Saundra: I write whenever I get a free moment thus far I have not experienced writers block. If I’m lucky I will never experience it. I’m sure that’s wishful thinking though.
Morgen: Let’s hope not. I never have other than occasional moments where I stall but then I go off and do something else then my brain’s refreshed enough to pick up where I left off. I don’t think it’s the same thing as writer’s block (or if it is, it’s easily overcome). Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Saundra: I have constant ideas I think as a writer my mind stay busy but I guess that’s just my creative side. However, I do outline my ideas.
Morgen: Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
Saundra: Before I send my manuscript to my publishing company I read over it several times and fix as many editing errors as possible. However, once it gets to the editor that is done all over again.
Morgen: Do you have to do much research?
Saundra: My research depends on my storyline if I am using a real city I do a little research on that area. But the story lines are fiction so I do mention fiction places and settings.
Morgen: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Saundra: I enjoy writing in the first person but versatility is a must so I have a romance novel that was written in the third person it too was interesting. At this time I have not tried the second person but who knows what writing may bring.
Morgen: I’d recommend trying it, although it works better for short pieces as it’s very intense. Do you have pieces of work that you think will never see light of day?
Saundra: Actually I do, I have been working on a piece about my grandmother and mother that I turned into a fiction piece. It would be an honor to see it come to life on paper.
Morgen: Let’s hope so. Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Saundra: Yes, I have dealt with rejection I think that is a part of being a writer. However, it just motivate me to push harder. Giving up is not an option for me.
Morgen: :) Me neither. Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Saundra: No I am agent-free but I am signed with a publishing company. Yes, I believe an agent can be vital to an author’s success but there are many who have been successful without an agent.
Morgen: Absolutely (although I’d never say never). What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Saundra: Just go for it but please do your research it is more than writing a good story.
Morgen: It is indeed. There are plenty of readers who will pick up on inaccuracies. If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Saundra: If I could invite three people it would be Harriet Tubman and I would bring Tacos. Next, Martin Luther King and I would bring Hot Wings. Last, My grandmother and I would bring Chinese Food. Things that we now all love but were not as hot on the menu during their time. And yes I think they all would enjoy the dishes I chose.
Morgen: Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Saundra: All the sites listed below are how you can stay in the know about me and my writing.
Morgen: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Saundra: My newest novel “Pieces of Justice” will be released June 11, 2013 & “Her Sweetest Revenge 2” is being released September 10, 2013.
Morgen: Thank you, Saundra. All the best with those and your fictionalised biography.
I then invited Saundra to include a synopsis for “Pieces of Justice”
Making partner at Garrett & Rhem law firm and being engaged to the man she loves has Justice riding on a natural high. But when she opens the newspaper and discovers her fiancé Keith has been living a lie she closes her heart to love. Becoming a Judge becomes the only piece of pie she intends to taste. Against her better judgment she takes on a low profile custody battle for Austin Crews a local detective who is desperately seeking custody of his abandoned twelve-year-old daughter. Instantly attracted to her, Austin fights his urges as Justice makes it clear she does not get involved with her clients. But Justice has a moment of weakness that ends in a passionate filled night that causes Austin to spill his true feeling to her. Shocked at his confession Justice reveals to him that she is moving away. Overwhelmed with the news Austin pulls out all the stops to win Pieces of Justice heart. However, Justice firm vow to always put her career before love threatens it all. Will Justice ever open her eyes to True Love or will she allow past betrayals continue to block her from it?
Trick or TreatSaundra Jones grew up in Cleveland Mississippi and as an adult now resides in Indiana. Saundra works for a government assisted agency as Assistant Property Manager in the Public Housing Sector. She is married with two daughters ages 12 and 6 years old. Originally she started writing screen plays at the age of twelve and as an adult the need to create intensified. This intensity produced her first self published novella titled “Owning Up” now renamed “Trick or Treat.”
In December of 2011 Saundra was signed to Delphine Publications and by summer 2012 her debut novel “Her Sweetest Revenge” was released and reached Amazon Bestseller list at #2. Delphine Publications will release her first romance novel titled “Pieces of Justice” in the summer  of 2013. According to Saundra, “writing is my passion and simply my destiny there is so much more to come.” Currently she is at work on the sequel to “Her Sweetest Revenge.”
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