Title: Life Interrupted
Author: Yessi Smith
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 14
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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was nine or ten years and I’d just finished reading a book I really enjoyed but I hated the ending so I rewrote it. I was hooked after that. Everywhere I went, I had a book to read in one hand a black and white composition book in the other. When I wasn’t reading, I was writing. And that’s pretty much how it’s gone my whole life. Every spare moment is spent reading or writing.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere between six to nine months.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I don’t have a work schedule. I write whenever I can squeeze it in. During my lunch break at work, at night after everyone’s gone to bed, early in the morning while everyone’s still asleep. Unless I’m finishing up a story or editing, I don’t write on weekends. I love spending time with my family and don’t want to miss out on beach days or movie nights.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I need complete silence. I also daydream a lot and will play out a scene several times in my head before I actually write it.
5. How do books get published?
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas and inspiration are everywhere. I’ll get a book idea from something as simple as going to the grocery store and having a conversation with a random stranger at the deli section.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
The first book I ever finished was a war story. I was 20 years old and was taking a history class with a professor that for the first time in my life made me love history.
The first book I ever published was Life’s A Cappella. I started writing it when I was 30 years old and I found the courage to hit publish when I was 32.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I spend time with my guys. I’m a bit of a beach bum and will find any reason to go to the beach. It doesn’t hurt that my oldest loves playing in the sand and ocean and it looks like my youngest is following suit.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very supportive. My husband is the reason I ever considered publishing my first book. He kept pushing and encouraging me. My sister isn’t a reader but she’s read every one of my books. My mom also reads my stories and will buy a few paperback copies to give to her friends. And my grandma keeps asking me to have the books translated to Spanish so she can read them.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising aspect came after I hit publish. I hoped people would read my story and that some would enjoy it. But the messages I received and the friendships I’ve formed because of those messages have been incredible. I’m so grateful for the people in my life that I’m able to call friends.
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve published three full length novels and one novella. I have one that I just finished and is going to my beta readers very soon.
It’s hard to pick a favorite. My debut is baby and a personal story. The one I just published, Life Interrupted, is very different from anything I’ve ever written and was so much to write.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, don’t ever stop reading or learning. Don’t be afraid to ask other authors for advice. In my experience, even the “big name” authors are willing to talk shop with you. You’re going to get bad reviews, because no matter how much of yourself you put into your story, someone somewhere is going to hate it. Don’t let it discourage you.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear from some of my readers very often, some I’ve become close friends with and talk to almost every day. We talk about just about anything. Books, writing, our kids and daily lives and on special occasions they’ll tell me what an awesome author I am ;)
14. Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes. I’d like to try a Young Adult one day but I love reading and writing New Adult.
15. What do you think makes a good story?
A unique story line and interesting characters. Readers want to connect with the characters and empathize with them. The writing style is also important.
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I can remember. I’ve always had a serious love affair with words.
17. What Would you like my readers to know?
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