An Interview with R. Rodriguez, author of Chastity: An Eternal Beloved Novel
Join me on my second interview with author of the Eternal Beloved Novel Series, R. Rodriguez! In this interview, she presents her new novel in the series, Chastity.
1. How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me from a year and half to two years to write a book because of my busy schedule.
2. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I tried to get my first book published the traditional way and it was a challenging process. First I sent out queries to about fifty agents. Each agent has very specific requirements. Then I had to deal with rejection, which I knew would happen. I finally found an agent. After having representation, I had to make the pertinent changes to my book. Writing the book proposal for the publishing houses, which was exhausting in itself, was next. I got positive responses to my book, but the powers that be didn’t think it was the right time. This whole process took over a year and frankly, I got tired of all the waiting. There’s a lot of waiting involved. I just wanted to get my message out there, so I researched independent publishing and did it all myself. Self publishing is grueling, but worth it. I have my books out there and I get to interact directly with my readers on a daily basis.
3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read of course! I also enjoy traveling, going out with friends and family, and sightseeing. I live in a tropical island so there are lots of places to visit throughout the year.
4. What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing. They have always supported me and given me encouragement. My mom thinks my books will be best sellers someday. Of course, she’s my mom. My kids think it’s cool.
5. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best in your genre?
I market my books personally in local universities and schools through the use of flyers or postcards. I post articles about the releases in local newspapers as well. Social media is an important part of marketing. I have good communication with book bloggers who are nice enough to review, feature and host giveaways or interviews in their blogs. I also have an author facebook page that gives me insights on the amount of exposure I’m getting on a daily basis. I always include links to where my books can be purchased. I also have a YouTube channel where I post trailers or other videos related to my books. I’m in the process of building a website for my books, as well, where people can find more information about me and my books. Print copies are usually supplied by me to people who request them or local stores who have agreed to sell them. People don’t seem to want to go through the trouble of ordering the print copy from lulu.com. For my eBooks it works best to interact with readers through social media where we can post trivia challenges that spark interest in the book and the like. For the print format, it works best to provide the books myself.
6. What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story is one that appeals to the audience you’re trying to target. I think this is subjective since what appeals to someone may not appeal to someone else. Overall, a good story should have strong characters, a strong plot with no loose ends. It should also flow easily. Finally, it should be memorable, making the reader think about it after they’re done reading it.
7. Can you tell us about this book?
Chastity is the second book in the Eternal Beloved Novel Series. This series is not a trilogy or saga. Each book has a young female protagonist that tackles important life dilemmas. In this installment, the themes of promiscuity and neglect are explored. Chastity Ann Chadwick is a self proclaimed teenage femme fatale who lives in the small sailing town of Seaport Harbor. She’s a boy eater who uses pleasure to numb the pain of her unfortunate circumstances. Little does she know, she’s on a certain path to self destruction when one of her romantic escapades gets out of hand. Life as she knows it will never be the same. Her only solace comes from an unanticipated liaison with the new mysterious guy in school. Her hopes are shattered when she realizes her newfound life is not what it seems. She will only find redemption by searching for her own truth.
8. What’s your next project?
My next project is Destiny, the Third book in the Eternal Beloved Series. I’m in the brainstorming stage right now so I don’t know yet what the main topics are going to be in this one. I’m also going to finish an adventure book geared towards the middle age group of 9 to 12 years olds, that I meant to publish by August but wasn’t able to. I’ve decided I’m going to try to publish this one the traditional way as I would love some help with all the process that surrounds publishing a book.
9. Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
I’d like to thank my readers for their support and their affection. It means a lot to me that I’m able to get my writing out there. I have an amazing group of readers in England that are especially supportive and I thank them all! I hope to come up with more stories you enjoy in the coming years.
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