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Interview with Bella Andre

Interview with Bella Andre



What genre do you write and why?

I’ve always been a huge romance reader! When I was a teenager I would read until two in the morning with the lights under the covers. Romance has always been my genre, and now I love offering my own stories for readers to enjoy.
Interview with Bella Andre
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Tell us about your latest book.
You Do Something To Me will be my next New York Sullivan release on October 11th. Alec Sullivan has quickly become a fan favorite and as I’m head over heels for him too, I can’t wait for everyone to read his incredibly romantic book! 
What advice do you have for other writers?

Conferences are an amazing opportunity to stay abreast of what’s happening in the business. I get incredible value out of hearing what people are up to and sharing ideas. The thing is, I truly love this business and everyone I’ve met had been wonderful, so it’s really not work at all for me. In fact, going to a conference and meeting with people is always such fun—we all have a love of books in common, after all.

It’s really important to have a good team behind you. I have an amazing team of beta readers, editors, proofers and digital file producers. I work with great bloggers and marketing professionals and I also have the love and support of my family. Everyone thinks “indie publishing” means being independent, but it’s not the case at all. While you get to be in charge of your own career and your own vision, you also work with lots of great people to put your book out there!

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
The best place to start is on my website, www.bellaandre.com. There you can read my blog, sign up for my new release newsletter (and learn more about the secrets behind the Sullivans once you do!), and click to connect with me on all my favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads. I also have a fantastic street team at www.facebook.com/groups/bella.andre. Hope to see you there!
                                                      
What are you doing to market the book? 

I have always taken a really personal approach. Because I had started digital publishing in response to my loyal readers who had emailed asking me for books, whenever I released a book, I individually emailed each and every single reader to let them know about it. Now, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, etc--I can interact with my readers in other ways that let me spend more time on actually writing. I recommend doing anything that puts you in touch with your readers.

I truly believe that my fans want me to spend more time writing and less time gabbing.  So I always err on the side of writing…and then once I’ve met my page count goals for the day, I go onto twitter and Facebook and answer emails.

Who inspires you?

Inspiration is everywhere! My friends, my family, my pets, and—of course—my readers all inspire me on a daily basis.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

I’ve so enjoyed self-publishing and I’ve been lucky to have the most wonderful fans with me every step of the way. There are so many things that go into success, but I think my focus and determination to write the books I love writing and that my fans want to read – along with the best readers in the world – have been the biggest pros of self-publishing for me.

Interview with Bella Andre
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I began as a songwriter and musician — I wrote songs and played shows from when I was a little girl up until my late twenties. And then, one day I got an idea for a book and pulled out a notebook to start writing it down. Three months later, I had written my first book (which is now published as SPARKS FLY under my pen name Lucy Kevin). I first got the idea for the Sullivan series in 2009. I absolutely love what I do, and haven’t looked back since! <3 font="">

What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books and I thought it would be so fun to write a series about a big modern day family. I decided to set the first eight books in the series in San Francisco, because that it where I live.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I love to spend time with my husband and kids. I also have the sweetest little dog named Gus, and he and I both love interacting with readers on Instagram these days. I also love traveling whenever I get the chance and meeting readers all over the world, and I will always have a very special place in my heart for music.



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1 comment:

  1. I read the 3rd book in this series, so to find out more about the author, I enjoyed this interview. Thank youfor sharing.

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