Let's welcome Cara Maxwell, a historical romance author who specializes in spirited heroines, irresistible rogues, and happily ever afters during the Regency era!
Today she's sharing some insight into her author journey such as how long it takes to write one of her lovely books and shares who her author besties are.
Cara is wonderful and supportive, so I can't wait for you to get to know her better!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want/expect from your genre/sub-genre?
I recently read about this idea of "twist the trope" - meaning you take a trope familiar to readers, and then put your own twist on it to make it special. Now every time I plot a new book, I list all the tropes AND how I will twist them in an unexpected way. It's making for some exciting plots even I wasn't expecting!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Fenna Edgewood and Sadie Bosque are my writer besties! I love that each of us has such a unique style. When I read anything they've written, it makes me a better writer. But mostly - it's the emotional support. Complaining, strategizing, procrastinating!
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My record so far is 35 days for a first draft - though I'm on set to break that record this month with my current work-in-progress. Deadlines are quite motivating! But from the time I start writing an outline to publication is usually 3-4 months.