And the best part? She comes bearing gifts! One lucky commenter will win a free copy of Seducing Cinderella! So meet Gina, comment, say hi, ask a question, whatever, and youll be entered in a chance to win.
A member of the Romantic Writers Association (RWA), San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA), and Rose City Romance Authors (RCRA), she recently signed with Entangled Publishing to write for two of their imprints.
When she’s not writing or wrangling plot bunnies in her San Antonio home, Gina keeps busy with her wonderful family and their ever growing extra-curricular activities. Thanks to their immense patience and support, she’s able to live her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world, even if only in the pages of a good book.
Please join me in welcoming Gina L. Maxwell to Happy Endings!
Okay, Gina passed the test, so now let's get into the nitty-gritty of Seducing Cinderella.
A little birdie told me this is the first in a series. Is that the case? What can we expect from the next book?
What has been the most exciting part of your journey to the release of your debut novel?
Seeing my cover for the first time. It was so surreal to see an image of characters I created with the title and my name underneath. I think that was the moment it finally felt real. I cried.
What has been the hardest part of your journey to the release of your debut novel?
The anticipation. It feels just like when I was planning my wedding. You put so much effort into planning for this ONE DAY and some days it feels like it’s coming up too fast and you’ll never be ready in time. Other days it feels like it’ll NEVER get here. Sometimes I would think about it and get that excited, butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling. Other times my stomach would twist up in knots and I’d feel like I was in for a return visit from my lunch. And the whole time you know that all of that anxiety and anticipation is for a day that will come and go in the blink of an eye before life resumes as per usual. To say this industry keeps you on an emotional roller coaster is a definite understatement.
Advice to aspiring writers (like me)?
Learn, learn, learn, ask for help…and then learn some more. What I mean by that is, there are always ways we can improve. Things we can do better. Even authors who have an entire backlist behind them learn how to write even better than they did before. The first book I wrote (which Jenni acted as a beta for and probably read enough times to make her go blind) was something I worked on as I learned how to write better fiction. I was great with candid, story-telling, journal entry type stuff. But fiction is an entirely different animal. So I read every article and blog post I could find that taught me how to write better. Then I’d hand over my writing to my CPs or betas, and they’d give me suggestions on how to make it even better, and I’d go back and fix things. Then I’d do the process all over again. It took me three years and fourteen major rewrites (and probably over a hundred minor revisions) before I got it to the point where it was good enough to pitch to agents and publishers. It was hard, and often frustrating, but it was so worth it in the end.
And above all that, if it’s your dream to be a writer, then never give up on that dream. A writer once said that if you can’t wallpaper your office walls with your rejection letters, you’re not doing it right.
Isn't she the greatest?
Now, I'm going to give yout the links so you can get your very own copy of Seducing Cinderella. You really need to pick this book up. I'm not just saying that, either. I picked up my copy the day it was released (Saturday, July 20). If you don't belive me, go HERE to read my review. You won't regret it (reading her book, that is not reading my review, just to clarify).
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