Today we have something special; an interview with published writer, the lovely Hope White. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to interview an author who I’ve had the joy of reading.
I approached Ms. White back in December, shortly after having read her book, Covert Christmas. While working on the book review article, I discovered her website, and found her email address. I decided to take a chance and contact her. To my surprise, she contacted me back a few short days later! I’m super excited to have her with us today!
On to the interview!
Short Bio: With a degree in journalism, Hope White started her career as a reporter for a small town newspaper. Years later she decided she wanted to do more than report the facts – she wanted to take readers on a suspenseful and thrilling adventure. Hope has published 11 romantic suspense novels with Steeple Hill including her popular Echo Mountain Search and Rescue series. When not at her computer, Hope can be found hiking a mountain trail to stimulate ideas for her next book.
Search and Rescue series
Mountain Rescue, Payback, Covert Christmas, Witness Pursuit, Christmas Undercover, Mountain Ambush
Stand alone books: Safe Harbor, Hidden in Shadows
Port Whisper Series
Witness on the Run, Christmas Haven, Small Town Protector
Lost and Found Baby, Jan. 2018 EHarlequin Short story
Baby on the Run, February 2018 (The Baby Protectors)
Current Projects: (if any)
Bodyguard Series for Love Inspired Suspense
When did you begin writing?
I’ve always been a storyteller, even as a kid. I wrote my first book when I was 11 and had a friend illustrate it. It was a mystery-thriller even back then!
Did you receive any special training or attend a school?
I have a B.A. in journalism. After years of newspaper and PR work, I decided it was more fun to make stuff up. I had to relearn how to tell story in the fictional sense, which was totally different from collecting facts and sharing a non-fiction message with readers.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere! Other books, movies, newspaper stories, conversations I overhear in the Starbucks line. Writers are ALWAYS listening. Sometimes ideas come to me when I’m listening to music or cleaning the house. Which doesn’t make me want to do more housework unfortunately. Another great way to develop ideas is to meet with other authors and brainstorm. One story can be told a dozen different ways. It’s a fascinating process.
Do you use any special resources when writing? (other books, computer programs, etc)
Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat” book, plus his Beat Sheet for structure. Character development articles by Michael Hauge. I hope to outline more, and have heard GREAT things about Scrivener.
What is (in your opinion) the most important thing to remember when writing, and why is it so important?
Get out of the way! It’s important to let your characters develop the way they need to develop and not muddy up the waters by shoving them around. If you’ve created strong characters, they will drive your plot, which makes for GREAT story.
What is (in your opinion) the most challenging part of writing, and how do you overcome it?
Staying focused. I mean once I’m “in story” it’s easy, but getting there can be challenging. So many diversions – Facebook, Twitter, etc. The best way to counter this distraction is to set goals and commit to writing for one hour. That’s it. Most of the time you’ll find yourself writing longer, but it’s less intimidating to go into the process with a one-hour commitment ahead of you.
Did you use an agent? (why or why not?)
Not at present. I have had a few in the past. I don’t need an agent to negotiate with my current publisher who has a very standard contract.
Did you use an Editor? If not, what process did you use to edit your work?
I work with an editor at Harlequin AND hire an editor for my self-published projects.
How did you get your book published? (self-published, Vanity publishing, Mainstream publisher).
Most of my books are published through Love Inspired Suspense, aka Harlequin. My fiction career started when I won a writing contest and the editor judge asked to see the book. Contests are a great way to get noticed! I self-publish contemporary romance novels as well.
Do you handle your own marketing?
Yes, and am working to get better at it! I belong to a few self-published author groups to get lots of tips on how to expand one’s audience. May authors feel that promotion is key when you’re self-published. I agree.
What is your best marketing tip?
Join an online indie group. Even if you’re published traditionally, you’ll learn a ton from other writers. Also, I’ve used Fiverr to promote. Inexpensive and boosted my numbers!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sure. 1) Write because you love it! 2) Write the book you want to read. 3) Create a tribe – other writers who can give you feedback and offer support.
In closing, I would like to thank Hope for doing this interview. As someone who is still in the process of finding himself as a writer, I found her energetic personality to be quite motivating. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
Until Next time,