Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Guest Blog: Downpour Author Bella Leone

Today, I have an interview / guest blog / blog tour with the fantastic author of the newly-released gay romance, Downpour, Bella Leone.

I've had the privilege of knowing Bella and reading her words for a few years now, so the flow of this conversation is a little more casual. I basically shot her a ton of questions and she was gracious enough to indulge me and answer.

  • How/where/when you write?
I usually write on my couch. TV on, music on, husband clanging around, cat on my foot, other cat above my head, dog underneath. I have ADD so if it's tomb silent I get twitchy. I usually can use a snowflake outline and then just go. I watch the story in my head like a movie which is probably why all my stories are present tense. I'm writing what I see as I see it. For Downpour I wrote 55K words in 28 days this March. It was like I was possessed. I literally was useless. I was even writing between classes and on my phone.

  • How you pick character names?
Usually the characters name themselves. Like I said about watching the movie in my head, they tell me their names. Sometimes I slip in last names of people I love just because I can :)

  • How you dive for picspiration?
Ah, Tumblr. I often call on you and some of my other writer girls to help me out. I also like WeHeartIt.com.

  • How has being pregnant changed your writing habits?
Oh my sweet Ninjababy. How I wanted this kid like you can't believe. But when it comes to writing, he's not so good for me. I've been completely useless. four months of being sick, then the last four months I've been totally wiped out. I am working on a sequel for Downpour, but it's slow. I promise I'll get it done before my son goes to college!

  • What was the publishing process like for Downpour?
I have been immensely lucky so far with publishing and have found publishing houses who really, truly love their authors. There are always bumps in the road, like editors getting new jobs or timelines that are switched around and shortened. You have GOT to be flexible. I can definitely say that you have to have a tough skin. You'll be rejected, everyone is. Even Stephen King! But you need to keep it after you get a contract too! Everyone thinks the rejections and queries are the tough part, but editing is no picnic either! Someone reads your baby and then comes back and gives it to you and it's all sad and bleeding and filled with their opinion...an opinion on your baby that is not yours and may be nothing like yours. What you think is cute, they might think is cheesy. Something you think is snarky and funny, they might think is mean. You really need a tough skin for editing too. Just be tough and keep going. Become Dori!

Thanks so much for the great information, Bella! Be sure to check out her blog, where she posts an excerpt from the story.

Downpour:
Weathering one of the fiercest storms of your life can seem almost impossible, but once you’re through it, things can be a whole lot brighter. Markus Simmons, a pre-med student who moonlights as a barista, narrates as he and his long-time crush, Clinton Stewart, learn more about themselves and what they’re willing to go through to heal and be together.

It took weeks before Markus knew his crush’s name. It took months of serving him coffee every morning before Markus learned that Clinton was an American History major. It took nearly six months into their senior year at UC Davis before Markus accidentally found out that Clinton had no family, few friends, and rather than the dorms, he actually lived in the library.

Release date: 11/27 from Loose Id Publishing.
Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16108075-downpour

Bella Leone is an erotic romance author who discriminates against no combination of lovers. M/M, M/F, F/F, and all multiples thereof are fair game. She writes about people in like, in lust, and, ultimately, in love. Bella recently moved to New England from Arizona with her husband and furry minions. When she’s not writing, she’s usually lending a helping hand to other authors or indulging in her penchant for historical & paranormal fiction, petite brunettes, and athletic gingers.

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