Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?
Paulette Harper: My award-winning novel Secret places revealed.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?
Paulette Harper: I provide the reader with entertaining yet thought provoking stories that come in many different formats-paperback, audio and eBooks.
Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Paulette Harper: As a writer my avatar is a warrior.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?
Paulette Harper: My characters deal with real life issues just as the readers. Each character has internal battles that they have to face, struggles they fight but a will to be transformed by the lessons.
Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
Paulette Harper: Lol. Great question… Ummm… about six.
Romelia: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCES LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
Paulette Harper: For me literary success is leaving a legacy of what I’ve been able to accomplish with the gift’s God has blessed me with, it’s leaving a mark on people’s heart from my stories and it’s building a business that brings me financial freedom.
Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?
Paulette Harper: One of the best ways to market a book is by going on a virtual book tour. Virtual book tours is one of the fastest ways to reach readers on line, get exposure and has the potential to increase sells.
Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?
Paulette Harper: It depends on the genre I’m writing. When I’m writing nonfiction and I’m using bible verses then I need to research which version I want to use in my book. When I’m writing fiction, it takes longer because I want to make sure the places and locations that I’m referencing are accurate.
Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Paulette Harper: I don’t think it’s difficult when you can study them, know what kind of character you want to project and have an ideal how men are.
Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?
Paulette Harper: I still consider myself a part-time writer because of my other obligations I have with my business.
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Paulette Harper: I write about 2-3 hours a day and depending on the topic and my deadlines.
Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT).
Paulette Harper: I started withing in my early 40’s so most definitely as an adult.
Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?
Paulette Harper: Not at all. I love reading inspirational fiction and contemporary fiction and both pull me in every time.
Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?
Paulette Harper: Make sure you do research from many sources and write the actual account of what has happened.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
Paulette Harper: I’ve selected the names of my characters based on their personalities.
Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?
Paulette Harper: Yes. I do read my book reviews. It’s important for me to listen to my readers. I understand that everyone has an opinion and how they voice that regarding my books does matter. I’ve learned that my books are not for everyone and will only resonate with those who connect with my writing.
Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?
Paulette Harper: Yes. There was a significate reason I had one of my characters where a piece of jewelry.
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?
Paulette Harper: The hardest scene to write was the one that ended the characters relationship. Secret Places Revealed is an inspirational romance. I had to create such tension that both characters voices were strong and convincing. Bringing them back together was thoroughly enjoyable.
Romelia: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?
Paulette Harper: Yes. I do. I believe it’s very important to see what the internet has to say about me. I encourage my potential clients to Google me because it can provide validation and confidence for my clients.
Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
Paulette Harper: I don’t know about giving up anything but I would continue growing my craft by attending workshops, seminars and purchasing books.
Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?
Paulette Harper: A few of my favorite literary journals are the Guideposts, Woman Alive and Black Pearls magazine.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
Paulette Harper: Who didn’t love Dr. Seuss (Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat In The Hat)?
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Paulette Harper: When I realized that going to bed before 10 is fine as an adult but something I hated as a child.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Paulette Harper: I’m creative, shy and an introvert. One thing you don’t know about me is that I love listening to jazz. Something I hate about the world is racism.
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