Recently Rachel Caught up with author Roxanne Amour, to talk a little bit about her latest book, being a Christian Romance writer and a few other things too…
Can you tell me a little about your latest book?
It’s a wedding day emergency. The idea came from a friend who had a brief career as a wedding planner. The crazy antics she experienced not only planning the wedding but actually becoming a participant when the maid of honor failed to show up. It’s a sweet happy ever after love story with a little old fashion jealous rivalry thrown in to spice things up. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG1Q9RN/
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Half-and-half, I have so many ideas it’s easy to come up with characters. Sometimes a friend will share a great story or personal experience that I borrow and embellished just a bit.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I tend to write in themes. Each book is a stand-alone story with different characters but all revolving around the same theme.
How do you select the names of your characters?
The names have to sound good together. I just go down the alphabet making up names until I find a first and last name that sounds just right together.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That my work is too short, my readers like my stories and wish they were longer. I prefer to write short stories that way I always have new work to publish.
What do your friends and family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive in fact my husband is my editor. He’s a schoolteacher, and he just loves to correct my work. Some of my friends are quite surprised since I’m rather quiet. They’re amazed that I have so much to say in written form.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s my passion there is nothing else I’d rather do than write good stories people want to read.
Do you write every single day?
In my head yes, unfortunately, life gets in the way, and my words aren’t written down every day.
What’s more important: characters or plot?
For me, the story is the most important. If it’s not a great story even the strongest characters can’t breathe life into it and make it worth reading.
Finally for a bit of fun…You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
Well, that’s quite a gift! I’d love for her to be a family pet but with three dogs and four cats we’re kind of full up. Instead, I would invite the zoo to ask her to hang out with the other elephants on in extended sleepover.
Thanks for your time today Roxanne, it’s always great to catch up with indie authors and get more of an insight into their work!
Thank you very much for the interview. I offer a free audio book to my subscribers that way they can check out my work. http://freeromancebooks.org/download-full-length-audiobook/
Rachel will be reviewing Roxanne’s book Wedding Ring Blues soon. Keep an eye out!