Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and twelfth, is of historical romance novelist, non-fiction author and interviewee Grace Elliot. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Grace leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. She firmly believes that intelligent people need to read historical romance as an antidote to the pressures of the modern world.
Grace is perpetually short of time as she tries to balance working and writing with being housekeeping staff to five cats, two sons, one husband and a bearded dragon (not necessarily in order of importance.)
Grace lives near London, a city she loves to explore – seeking out lesser known places of historical interest and comparing paintings and pictures of them ‘then and now’. Grace is passionate about cats, history and writing – and the three things often intertwine.
Her latest release, Verity’s Lie, is the final book in the Huntley Trilogy (and a standalone read).
And now from the author herself:
Authors of our own Demise?
Most writers are readers (or certainly should be). With my reader hat on, I’m beginning to realise just how much my ebook buying habits have changed. When I first got an ereader I bought books in much the same way that I purchased DTB’s (dead tree books), that is I’d target well known authors and buy 1 to 3 books at a time depending on whether there was a special offer on.
Four eReaders later and I rarely buy a ‘best-selling’ author. Instead I search my daily BookBub email, taking the recommendation of multiple 4* or 5* reviews and a discounted price, to influence my purchasing decision. I’m also prepared to download ‘free’ books and take a risk on the content if the blurb and cover seem professional and interesting.
The limited time of many ebook offers means I now snap up any likely looking read when I see it and so I’m constantly topping up my Kindle. It’s no longer a matter of finishing a book and visiting the library or bookshop to find my next read – all I have to do is flick through my Kindle’s inventory.
So what? I hear you ask.
The case is that many writers experience a summer slump in sales, and it seems sales – and even when offering a book for free – have become harder and harder to achieve. Could it be that this new discount world has killed the goose that laid the golden egg? Have we, are writers, managed to train readers only to download discounted or free books – and saturated the market place in the process?
What do you think? As a reader, how much do you routinely pay for a book? As a writer, are we masters of our own demise – and how do we turn things around?
Do leave a comment – I’d love to hear your views.
Verity’s Lie – Synopsis
In unsettled times, with England at war with France, Ryevale is assigned to covertly protect a politician’s daughter, Miss Verity Verrinder. To keep Verity under his watchful eye, Ryevale plots a campaign of seduction that no woman can resist– except it seems, Miss Verrinder. In order to gain her trust Ryevale enters Verity’s world of charity meetings and bookshops…where the unexpected happens and he falls in love with his charge.
When Lord Ryevale turns his bone-melting charms on her, Verity questions his lordship’s motivation. But with her controlling father abroad, Verity wishes to explore London and reluctantly accepts Ryevale’s companionship. As the compelling attraction between them strengthens, Verity is shattered to learn her instincts are correct after all – and Ryevale is not what he seems. If Lord Ryevale can lie, then so can she…but with disastrous consequences.
You can find more about Grace and her writing via…
- Subscribe to Grace’s quarterly newsletter here: http://bit.ly/V7T6Jd
- Grace’s blog ‘Fall in Love With History’: http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com
- Website: http://graceelliot.wix.com/grace-elliot
- Grace on Twitter: @Grace_Elliot
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Elliot/173092742739684?v=wall&sk=wall
- Grace’s author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Elliot/e/B004DP2NSU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
- Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/13CxrN1
- Amazon.uk: http://amzn.to/12aEqI6
You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my Books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, various short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.
As I post a spotlight or interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. If there’s anything you’d like to take part in, take a look at Opportunities on this blog.
I welcome items for critique for the online writing groups listed below:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
We look forward to reading your comments.