Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Iris Blobel from
Victoria, Australia near Ballarat.
Thanks for joining me, Iris. Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable.
How long have you been publishing with Limitless? What titles have you published with them? Have you self-published any titles or published with another publisher? Please give details.
I’ve had my first book published with LP 1 ½ years ago: Love Will Find You, Let Me Love You, I think I love you, and Echoes of the past.
Yes, I’ve also got one self-published book on the market as well as five books with Astraea Press, with another one due for release in March.
Sounds great. Can you tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress.
I write romance books, because, as the national radio program quoted so nicely the other week, I love “bringing couples together,” Yes, I’d love to write crime or mysteries, but the talent is just not there. My latest book, “Echoes of the Past,” was released on the 16th Feb and is the first in the Fermosa Bay series, which is set in a coastal town in Australia.
Congratulations! Would you describe your goals as a writer to us. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
As a writer, my goal is to improve my writing in various ways. I’ve stumbled into the “profession” of being a writer by coincidence and I’m still learning. I’ve been very fortunate to have had great editors who didn’t only correct my story, but were patiently explaining everything to me as well.
My goals? I’d love to be naïve for a minute or two and say: to be a fulltime writer. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Those sound like worthy goals to me, Iris. What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
I’d say, give my books a chance, if you like stories set in Australia, interesting characters, if family and friendships are important to you – then this girl’s got the next book for you!
Sounds like a slogan … LOL
It does indeed.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Never give up. It’s a tough business, but you need to believe in yourself before others can believe in you as well.
That is so very true.
What were some of the struggles you faced before you became published?
Thank goodness, it was, and most likely still is, more a hobby for me. I was over the moon when I received my first contract and will be forever grateful to the publisher. What did I struggle with, probably the things everyone else struggles with: sometimes the disrespect, the politics, the unfairness …
Another good answer.
What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?
Most of my time is taken by being a mum of two beautiful girls, and a wife to my husband. I work at a school in town and on my day off I present a German program at the radio.
Being a mother and wife does keep one busy. I also have a daughter and husband, so I know what you mean. Your German radio program must be an interesting past time.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
Oh, I like to write “The End” and have to happy people in my story who love each other and hopefully have a HEA. My challenge … like many … the edits, the promoting, the finding time without neglecting my family.
I hear you. I also like to give my books a HEA and include some romance in them even though they’re mysteries.
Can you please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.
It was great speaking with you in the Limitless Lounge, Iris. Best wishes on Echoes of the Past and your forthcoming books.