Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Sophia Valentine (pen name S. Valentine) from Spain.
Thanks for joining me, Sophia. Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I understand you have a novel that is just being released by Limitless today. Can you give me some details about it and your writing?
I write a few genre’s. At the moment, book 1 of my erotic romance series, His Confession will be published today, 16/02/16. I’m working on book two and three of that series. I have also completed two contemporary novels. I’d say one is a gritty drama, and the other leans more towards women’s fiction / chick-lit.
Sounds very diversified.
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?
I hope to publish all of the manuscripts I have written, and that readers are entertained by my writing to want to read more. My goal is to get all of the plot ideas I have jotted down into completed and published books.
Nice. What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
My reading will attract mostly females above the age of 18. My contemporary / drama novel is for a wider audience, both female and male.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Never give up. If it takes you a year or five, if you stick at it, you will eventually get there. Read a lot, treat it as not only for entertainment purposes but study material. Research how to perfect a manuscript, format it, and how to write a good query letter and synopsis.
Very good advice.
What were some of the struggles you faced before you became published?
The struggles I faced were lack of confidence. Every time I received a rejection from agents, it killed me! There were also times where I was affected from writer’s block. No words would come out. The best advice I can give to people is to never give up. Believe in yourself, and you will get there! It may take time, it may happen quickly. Never give up on your passion.
I think many writers can identify with those issues. Persistence pays off, and facing struggles along the way makes becoming published that much sweeter.
Did you or are you taking any helpful writing or publishing classes?
I studied English literature and language at college, besides Law. English lit has always been my favourite subject, even in school. I loved when it was creative writing time.
You sound like me, Sophia. In addition to my MLS in Library Science, I have a B.A. in English, and creative writing was one of my favorite subjects. as well.
What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?
Reading, blogging, shopping, and a glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Gossip Girl, Dexter and SATC.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
I enjoy being able to get the ideas out of my head, and it’s a great achievement eventually seeing it it print. The most favourable tough part is the marketing and promotion. Writing the book seems the easy part once you have to tackle that!
lol. I totally agree. I also find editing a challenge, although beta readers are a great help.
Can you please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.
It was wonderful speaking with you in the Limitless Lounge today, Sophia, and best wishes on your release of HIS CONFESSION and all the great books I’m sure will follow.