Happy New Year!
To celebrate the New Year, I interviewed Renee Grace Thompson, a former Nuclear Medicine Technologist, who now manages her family-owned business and in her sparetime pens delicious romances. We discussed her recent work, authors that inspired her and her thoughts on good and bad reviews.
Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I’ve tried to plot, to write it all out and follow the map I create. But then I get aggravated at myself because I stray so far off the path that it’s not even salvageable.
I will continue to create rough outlines with the hope of refining the process to make it usable, but so far I haven’t had much luck with outlines. My fingers type things out that my brain had no previous knowledge of, so I just end up letting things work themselves out.
That sounds awesome, so what have you written using the above method?
So far I’ve written two full length novels which are currently in the final revision stage, and I have three more novels at the half-way mark. A few more novels are floating around in my head, but I’m trying to keep those muses quiet for now so that I can polish up my current works and get them published.
All my novels are Romance. I like to dip the characters into deep, dark emotion, but there’s plenty of humor in my books as well.
The books I have planned for 2017 include the two I’m currently cleaning up—Claim Me and Save Me, both of The Assumptions Series. With any luck, I may have a third of that series ready also. These are all stories where the main characters start off on the wrong foot because they make wrong assumptions of one another.
I’m also planning a short story for each month, usually with the theme of that month’s holiday, beginning with Valentine’s Day in February. Those will more than likely be silly little humorous stories, much different from my novels.
My goodness, you are super-prolific, it would be interesting to know which writers inspire you. Could you tell us?
Well, of course all the classics. But for contemporary writers, I really enjoy Tara Sivec, Aleatha Romig, Pepper Winters. And those are just the few who quickly come to mind. They make me laugh and cry and lose sleep and binge-eat chocolate, all in one book.
And of course, my biggest writer inspirations are those I work with on a daily basis, beta reading for each other, complaining, encouraging, and generally being good friends with. Those writers include Imogen Keeper, Cassandra Zolotoff, Rosie Amber Rifae, Pinkie Tam, Elle Wylee, Julia Ward, Janet Reid, and Francisco Cordoba. I just love each one of these folks, and really enjoy their work.
I totally agree with your list. Last year, I had privilege of interviewing Imogen Keeper and Francisco Cordoba, and hopefully on this year I’ll be able to get Julia Ward! Now for a somewhat sensitive maybe even controversial question, what are your thoughts on good or bad reviews?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. People are all unique and have their own likes and dislikes, so what one person raves about, another person might be offended or bored or not at all impressed with. When I’m shopping to buy a book, I do look at reviews just out of curiosity, but they don’t typically sway my decision. If I like the story line, I’ll give the book a chance.
That sounds good, thanks for answering it… I’ve seen rooms metaphorically set on fire when the ‘good vs bad review’ question is asked. Now for my final question do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha! This question makes me laugh. Um, no. No I don’t. I always hated writing. Like really, really hated it. I was always a very practical, scientific thinker. Facts. There was no room for such nonsense as made up stories. I mean, I loved to read, but I never had time for it once I hit, oh, say, middle grade. And any writing I did was because of some kind of school assignment, which meant there were strict guidelines and deadlines and whatnot. I hated all of that stuff.
I didn’t discover the joy of writing until a few years ago when I was having trouble finding something I wanted to read and decided the stories that I constantly played in my mind were better than anything I found to purchase. So I decided to start transcribing them. I’ve been hooked ever since.
It’s been awesome having you, Renee Grace, and thank you for your time.
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