Hello and welcome Georgia Fox to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
I write historical erotic romance and I love it. Like all writers, I’m slightly crazy. My favourite season is autumn, my colour orange. I’m a Scorpio. I have more high-heeled shoes and boots than I should have, thanks to impulse internet shopping. Some of them are so high I can’t even walk across the kitchen wearing them, but I’m thrilled just looking at them! I run, kick-box and still keep up with ballet that I began as a child. My favourite character in fiction is Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh. I am currently hooked on tiramisu. I love going out to eat with good friends and I am a complete sucker for dogs (any animals in fact). I’ve travelled a great deal in my life and had a variety of jobs from magician’s assistant to speech writer for a Senator. I tend to get bored in any job after two years. Phew. What else…?
SC: Wow, that is an amazing introduction. You sound like a wonderful person. 🙂
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I started writing just because I always had stories in my head and I had to write them down. I was about ten when I wrote my first book. I wish I still had it now. I’m sure it would be a laugh! I didn’t think about trying to get published until much later, of course. I didn’t think it would ever happen. I was happy just writing my stories and I figured I would be the only one who ever read them.
SC: Writing does become quite addictive.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
Well I had endured a rough few years of ups and downs. First let me tell you about that -(a few months ago I was looking back through my records, thinking about everything I’d been through and how far I came last year).
I queried my first manuscript to a total of 112 agents. 102 rejected me just from a query letter (some of those did not even respond to me).10 agents requested partials and 3 of those requested the full manuscript. Only one offered me a contract, but she was a top NY agent and I was so thrilled at that time – I thought “This is it, I’m going to be a published author”. I told everyone I knew, immediately, and went out celebrating. The agent first sent my manuscript out to six publishers (the big guys) and we sat back and waited. Whenever the agent checked in with me it was to say that such and such editor was reading it and loving it. (Oh, hopes up!) Yes, another editor had given it to her readers and they loved it, so now she was going to look at it. (Hopes sky high!) Slowly my book moved up through the hierarchy in the big publishing houses. Meanwhile friends and relatives kept saying, “So when is this book of yours coming out?” with that knowing smirk, as if I’d made the entire thing up in my fevered imagination.
And then, one by one, the rejections from that first batch came in. The marketing departments didn’t feel it was strong enough to compete with what was out there and wouldn’t be financially viable for them to take on at that time- or my book was too “strange” and they didn’t know what to do with it. Or they didn’t want to take a risk on an unknown author. Blah, blah, blah.
Undaunted, my agent insisted there were plenty more fish in the sea and sent my manuscript off to the next list of publishers. Same thing. Hope raised and hope dashed, time after time. The list of publishers diminished before my very eyes.
About that time I was reading about Brittany Spears mother getting millions for a book that wasn’t even written yet. Imagine my despair.
My agent was equally frustrated. She loved my book – and my second book – and she really couldn’t understand why it wasn’t getting offers. But as we continued submitting both books to the next round of publishers, and then the next, I sensed she was losing her enthusiasm. Some publishers did not even give my agent the courtesy of getting back to her. So I started to think I wasn’t much better off with an agent than I had been before. I had expected there would at least by professional courtesy. But no.
After eighteen months we parted company amicably, but disappointed. I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started researching all the places I could sub my work to without an agent. I thought about trying to get another agent, but after what I’d been through – the ups and painful downs – I couldn’t do it again. I decided to be brave, get some balls, and send a novella I’d written to Evernight Publishing. They were brand new. I’d seen them mentioned on a writer’s forum. I thought – hey, they’re new and so am I – lets give it a whirl. Thankfully they agreed. I think it was something like FOUR hours after I subbed my novella that I got an email saying they wanted to publish it. After so long, it seemed too good to be true. I thought it had to be a mistake. Once I’d got done crying like a baby, I sat down and started writing another book. After being flattened by what I went through with the big guys, getting that acceptance gave me the push I needed to keep going.
SC: OH MY GOD, I can’t believe that. To have your hopes risen and then dashed away. Wow, I’m so pleased you kept moving forward and never gave up.
THE WAGERED WENCH is the fifth book in my Conquerors series. Although a series, it’s not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. Here is the blurb –
As her father’s only child, Elsinora must take a husband to help her run the manor of Lyndower. Although capable of managing the place herself, no one trusts a woman to lead. She can be a wife and mother, nothing more. But she’s determined to choose the man for herself and she has just the one in mind – handsome, clever, chivalrous and kind-hearted.
She hasn’t met him yet, but he’s out there. Somewhere.
However, when her father returns home drunk one evening after a game of tavern dice, Elsinora soon discovers that sobering him up is not her only problem this time. The scarred Norman beast with the crude manners and insulting tongue – the one who brought her father home slung over the rump of his horse, has won not only the manor of Lyndower as his prize after a night of gambling. He’s also won Elsinora.
You can buy The Wagered Wench from Evernight Publishing, Amazon, All Romance E-books or most online book stores.
5) What are you currently writing?
I’m working on the sixth and final book in The Conquerors series. I’m also editing a book for another publisher and I have a great idea for a new series – can’t say much about that yet 😉
6) What inspires you most when you write?
I have no idea. It can come at any time, any place. Sometimes I’ll see a documentary on TV and think – hey that would make a good story. Or I’ll be listening to music. Occasionally I’ve had dreams that lead to ideas, but rarely.
Oh and I love the shower – the shower is a wonderful place to try out conversations for some reason.
SC: Everything is inspiration.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
I’ve had nothing but good experiences working with Evernight Publishing. It’s a great community to be part of.
SC: They are a wonderful company.
8) What are you reading now?
I’ve got several books loaded up on my kindle, but I have little time to read while I’m writing.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – that’s really the only one I feel guilty about, because after I’ve watched a marathon I’ll think of all the more productive ways I could have spent the time LOL! I also happen to love the smell of cigars, which I suppose is classified as “bad” and therefore I should feel guilty. But I don’t. My new thing has become collecting expensive vodkas in pretty bottles. I suppose that could be a guilty pleasure too.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
Be confidant in yourself and trust your own instinct. Research publishers and know who you’re subbing to – ask their authors about them and how they work. A lot of people in writers’ forums will have advice to give – some of it is useful. A lot of it is negative. Some is even mean-spirited or just plain misguided. So learn to sift through to the nuggets of wisdom. Find a few published writers you like and contact them for advice. Most will be willing to help and their experience will be invaluable. Know what you want to do with your work and do it. Don’t be distracted from your goal. Write every day. Don’t just write one book and sit back. You will learn with every book you write. Be friendly and supportive to your fellow writers.
SC: Thank you for appearing on my blog. I really appreciate it.
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Thanks for the interview!