About the Author
Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s an editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as well as the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of romantic novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides Collection. Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise is a wife and mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!
1. What inspired the idea for Fall Flip?
At the time I wrote Fall Flip, my agent had encouraged me to write some contemporary romance since it’s often easier to place for publication. I guess she was right--because three of my modern stories will be hitting the shelves between now and March. I wanted to do something “Hallmark-y” that would also interest HGTV fans. However, I’m happy to say we’re having success with my historical novels as well, and I have several of those pending.
2. What did you as an author take away from writing Fall Flip?
I’ve never been much of a strict formula writer, but Fall Flip does offer the anticipated doses of meet cutes, pumpkin spice, dogs and toddlers, surprises, and reverses. I guess I’m convinced now that writing with percentages and formulas in mind can add to a romance--even while originality is maintained. One of the things that make this story original is that Shelby isn’t the typical young widowed heroine. Her first marriage brought a lot of good things into her life, but it wasn’t perfect. In fact, some things were downright hurtful. Admitting what didn’t work and allowing herself to seek something different without guilt is part of her struggle in the story.
3. What writing tips do you have for a beginning author?
Start with educating yourself. Read books or attend workshops on self-editing and writing in deep point of view. Surround yourself with a group of talented individuals--beta readers or critique partners plus more established authors--who can help you in your journey. Despite my background training and a strong work ethic, all of my open doors and great opportunities have come because someone else has been gracious to me. Finally, don’t be afraid to start with a smaller publisher or by self-publishing, but either way, you have to be prepared in today’s industry to market yourself. You must have an established online presence and sales numbers for increasingly larger publishers to take note.
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