My Interview with Author J.C. Valentine
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hey! I’m J.C. Valentine and I write a variety of romance, but all with a common theme: redemption. Who doesn’t love a second chance romance, right?
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I read a lot of books from other romance authors and they often spark ideas for me. Generally, I see the all the little things I’d want to happen that aren’t happening, and I write that. This story is no exception. It’s about a rough and tumble biker on the hunt for a dangerous outlaw biker, who also happens to be hunting HIM! In the midst of the chaos, he stumbles across the one woman who can soften all those rough edges.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I write what I enjoy reading, and I’ve always enjoyed getting lost in a good romance. There’s something thrilling about finding love or rekindling an old flame while battling forces that seem to be constantly working against you.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Blind Jacks MC is a new series that will revolve around a whole new cast of characters who are, of course, family. They are battling a host of trouble from outside sources that have the potential to destroy them, but as always, they will find love in the least likely of places along the way.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, this was going to be a standalone novel, which turned into a novella because sometimes characters and plotlines have a mind of their own. When I reached the end, I realized it needed something a little more, and the ideas began to take shape, which developed into another two to three books beyond this one. Maybe more! You just never know.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to write every day, but life doesn’t always allow for it. As with any mom and business person, I get the kids off to school, clean, plan out the day ahead, and then I write as much as I can. Sometimes, it’s in small spurts, and other times it’s in huge chunks. As long as it’s quiet and I don’t have any interruptions (and the characters are willing to speak to me!) the words flow well.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
There is always another book on my mind, but when and what it is is a surprise!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is making sure that the story is interesting, takes enough twists and turns to be exciting, but is also realistic. One thing my readers have always enjoyed is feeling that my stories and characters are true to life. That is something I strive for with each book. I want readers to feel like the characters are someone they can relate to, be friends with, etc. After that, the hardest part is writing it!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is my readers. They’re the best, and they keep me moving forward with their generous and kind words and support for me and my work.
Have you always liked to write?
I have! My first book was written when I was probably six or seven. It was filled with grammar and spelling problems, but even then it was a romance. As a pre-teen I got into writing poetry and I would exchange those and my stories with my best friend who also wrote and still does today.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors? Write what you want to write. Be fearless! Your readers will find you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would be an editor for other authors, which is exactly what I am pursuing when I’m not writing.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Time. There’s never enough of it.
Where did your love of books come from?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by books, but when I really got into reading them was later in my adulthood. I found a book by L.A. Banks and decided to give it a shot. After that, I couldn’t get enough, sparking the massive collection of paperbacks I have now and continue to accumulate. Banks is also the reason I started writing as a career instead of just a hobby.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
There are so many! But my top authors are: L.A. Banks, J.R. Ward, Kristen Ashley, and Kresley Cole.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It exhausts me, unfortunately. I’ve found it takes a lot of energy to sort my thoughts and fashion words in the right order and make them come out how I envision them. I can be very picky when it comes to writing, but it all works out in the end!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I shoot for both. I want to write what moves me, but I also want to make sure my readers are happy with the finished product.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Eternal Procrastinator
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