Today I’ve invited my author friend Carol Moncado to join us for a little Q&A, since her very first book released this week! Congratulations, Carol! We’re so excited for you here in the Writer’s Studio.
Her book is titled “Finding Mr. Write,” and here is the cover!
Jeremiah Jacobs moved to the Ozarks for a fresh start. He knows no one and has no plans to get romantically involved with anyone. Ever. He’s already had his heart ripped out once and once is enough. Besides he has contractual obligations that prevent him from talking about work – and what woman would want to be involved with a man who has to keep his job a secret? When he attends his first local writers’ group meeting, he finds the leader so intriguing, his instant attraction to her threatens to complicate his currently uncomplicated life.
Dorrie Miller has never been good enough. Not for her father or any of the guys she’s dated in the past. She’s pushed beyond her father’s disapproval to have a good career while pursuing her dream of becoming a published novelist. The Christian Authors Network – Dedicated to Inspirational Distinction, or CANDID, is hosting their annual conference in Indianapolis and who’s rumored to be in attendance? The super reclusive, super-star author, Mya Elizabeth Linscott.
The hunky new member of her local CANDID group, Jeremiah, wants to carpool to Indy. Dorrie can handle not making a fool of herself for eight hours each way. Right? But she never imagined doing a favor for someone during the conference would leave her accidentally married to the gorgeous guy she barely knows. How will she get out of this mess, married to a near stranger? Does she want to? Will her insecurities and Jeremiah’s secrets tear them apart? Or can she trust that, all along, God’s been helping her with Finding Mr. Write?
Sound interesting? It does to me! I’m especially curious to find out how Dorrie and Jeremiah accidently get married!
Q&A with Carol:
Where did the inspiration for Finding Mr. Write come from?
The inspiration came from a conversation I had with Casey Herringshaw in the comments on Seekerville one day in mid-2011. We were planning for our first ACFW conference and debated whether or not we should stalk Julie Lessman while there. It turns out we didn’t need to, but the idea had taken root. The original concept had a much more Lucy-Ethel tone to it, but I love the way it turned out.So why Mya Elizabeth Linscott? Mya… well, the reason is implied in the book so I won’t spoil it here. I don’t remember the inspiration for Elizabeth, but likely just looking for something with an “E” to make it MEL. Linscott comes from my favorite Mary Connealy hero, Tom Linscott in Sharpshooter in Petticoats.
What is NaNoWriMo and what role did it play in Finding Mr. Write?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November. Hundreds of thousands of people world-wide commit to writing a fifty thousand word rough draft of a novel [for comparison purposes, a Love Inspired book runs about 55 thousand words]. The “fast draft” is how I write best anyway so it suits me. I’ve “competed” and won every year since 2007, though many of those will never see the light of day. Because of the six releases planned between now and the end of the year, I’m not officially doing NaNoWriMo this year – and I really am mourning that. I know it seems odd, but that’s how much I love it. Finding Mr. Write started as my 2011 project, though it’s undergone some fairly major revisions since. Good Enough for a Princess [releases 11/17/2014] was from 2012. Queen of His Heart [working title; releases Spring 2015] was the 2013 project.
What book(s) is(are) coming out next? What are you working on now?
This is the beginning of my “grand opening” as an author! Six books are releasing this year and I’m working to finish them up right now. * Finally Mr. Write: CANDID Romance book 2; November 24, 2014 * Falling for Mr. Write: CANDID Romance book 3; December 2014 *Good Enough for a Princess: The Montevaro Monarchy book 1; November 17, 2014 *Along Came a Prince: The Montevaro Monarchy book 2; December 2014 *More Than a Princess: The Montevaro Monarchy book 3; December 2014 Spring 2014 will see the release of the next series – The Brides of Bellas Montagnes. When I have the time, I’m working on book 3 in that series, Prince from her Past. The first two are mostly done – Hand-me-down Princess and Queen of His Heart [working title].
If you could travel anywhere in the world, without worrying about how to pay for it, where would it be? Why?
It would be to southern Switzerland, northwestern Italy, Corsica, and Sardina. Why? Because the three countries that comprise the fictional Royal Commonwealth of Bellas Montagnes are chopped out of those areas :). I would LOVE to visit them anyway, but this way I can call it “research.” 🙂
Why indie? Why now? How does that process work?
Why indie? Because I’ve been doing this for a long time and most of my books are just a bit too outside “the box” for traditional publishers to take a chance on. I completely get that. Plus the number of fiction slots available each year with a traditional publisher has shrunk several times through the closure of fiction lines in the last couple of years. Why now? I have 13 manuscripts under my belt, many of which were a polish or two away from being ready. Plus, I really, truly, believed God gave me the go-ahead when I prayed about it. How does it work? Write a book. Rewrite the book. Edit. Edit. Edit. Critique partners. Edit. Edit. Proofreaders. Design a cover. Format the ebook. Format the paperback. Format the paperback cover. Submit the ebook to Kindle Direct Publishing. Submit the paperback files to CreateSpace and wait for a proof copy. Pray the proof copy arrives in time to sync the paperback and ebooks by the release date [that didn’t happen for Finding Mr. Write and is unlikely to for Good Enough for a Princess, but they’re both coming]. Anything but the writing [and some of the editing] can be hired out – either in exchange for money [paying an editor or cover designer or formatter, for instance] or as a barter [like with critique partners]. A long, daunting – but rewarding – process!
What is your favorite time of day to write?
If I didn’t have four young[ish] kids at home, it would probably 9-10pm to 1-2am. That’s when I write the best and am the most creative – when I’m not up at 6 in the morning to get a 13yo to jazz band practice. That tends to zap any late-night creativity. Instead, I get most of it done on the days I don’t work [most MWF off] or when I hole up in the recliner in the office of my sister’s house for 10-12 hours a day on weekends.
Top five favorite books of all time:
To quote one of my favorite people, Ruth Logan Herne: Oh! My! Stars! How to choose just five???? Let’s see:
1. Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
2. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
3. Anything by Becky Wade [but especially Meant to be Mine. Or My Stubborn Heart.]
4. Any of Janice Thompson’s rom/coms (romantic comedies) – starting with the Weddings by Bella series
5. Anything by Mary Connealy
I’m glad you stopped by Carol, and I wish you the best!
When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.