Cheri Champagne is out Author Spotlight for the day! Thank you for this opportunity. Ms. Champagne's first novel, Love's Misadventure came out in March 2016. Her new book, The Trouble with Love is set to be released January 31st, 2017 and is the second book in the Mason Sibling Series.
1. What does literary success look like to you?
To me, literary success is when a reader that you don’t know approaches you and tells you how much they loved your work. Even if it is only one person, it’s an indescribably wonderful feeling to know that you’ve made an impact. Conversely, a fellow writer once told me that once you’ve gotten your first “bad” review, you’ve officially become a successful author; she saw it as a rite of passage, which I actually found very comforting.
2. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have one published book (Love’s Misadventure: Book 1 in the Mason Siblings series), a second that is due to be released on January 31, 2017 (The Trouble With love: Book 2), and two more in that series coming this year (Love and Deceit: Book 3, and Final Battle For Love: Book 4). I’ve also written the first three novels in my second series (The Seductive Spies series) that are waiting in line to be published. Currently, I’m writing book four in my second series.
3. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I absolutely read all of my book reviews. Good reviews feel wonderful, like a warm hug or a pat on the back. After reading one, I often say “aw, yay!” get a tear in my eye, squeal, then show my husband. Bad reviews can be difficult to read, but I still do. I might learn something, after all. I’m sure most authors can relate to the sting to their pride, and wanting to reply to the reviewer to clarify something, or answer a rhetorical question or two, but resist I must. I’ve learned to take them as they are, and make notes if I’d like to change something in a future book.
4. What tactics do you have when writing?
I don’t think I have tactics, really. I have basic plot notes for the overall story, and character profiles, and then I start writing my prologue/first chapter and let the characters lead me through Regency England. I toss some obstacles at my hero and heroine, and see how they react.
5. Any website or resources that have been helpful to you as a writer?
I have them in abundance! There is a detailed list on my website under “Links and References” in the menu (http://www.cherichampagne.com/links-and-references.html). Two good overall resources that I would recommend to Regency or Victorian era writers would have to be 1. "The Writer's Guide to Everyday life in Regency and Victorian England from 1811-1901" by Kristine hughes and 2. “An Elegant Madness - High Society in Regency England” - By Venetia Murray.
Thank you so much for the interview opportunity! Your questions were unique, and really made me think. I had a great time!
Cheri started writing as a child, and began reading historical romance novels at the age of fifteen. Finally, she combined her two passions and began writing sizzling romances. She lives in BC, Canada, with her husband, four young children, and their dog.