Friday, December 7, 2012

Featured Author.......Belinda Boring Day 5

Author bio:
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob. With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!


Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

A lot of the time inspiration comes from two places – a dream I have or from my shower. I know that sounds crazy, but many scenes from the Mystic Wolves have been discovered in my bathroom. I don’t know if it’s because I’m playing my music really loud or the water is relaxing, but I’ve been known to quickly get out and outline a story. I think it’s magic!

Did you have to do any research for your books? If so what?

I did some research when I wrote Enchanted Hearts. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have Aithne eating the wrong kinds of food and I read up on Midsummer Night rituals. Anytime I’m not sure on something, I log onto Google and see what I can find out. Even for The Mystic Wolves series I looked up the Fates. I love learning new things.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on the third installment of the Mystic Wolves, Testing Fate. This is such a big book for me because a lot happens and the ending is HUGE. A lot of anticipation has been building for certain events and I’m excited to see how everyone reacts … especially to the end *winks* I love being in the head of Darcy, Mason, and Devlin. I’m impatient for its release!

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Honestly, the hardest part is keeping focused and not letting real life things interfere with my imagination. Nothing’s harder than trying to write from an emotional standpoint when you’re stressed or your mind is distracted. It makes finding the right words and connecting with the story/characters a challenge. That’s why I have certain things I do to tune everything out and tap in to the creative process. Once I’m there, the world could be ending and I’m oblivious! Haha

What can readers expect next?

My next release is Testing Fate, the highly anticipated third book in the Mystic Wolves series. Once that’s done, I’ll try and take a break. I say try because without fail characters will step forward and start chatting away. I do have a rough idea of my release schedule next year – Enchanted Frost (the sequel to Enchanted Hearts), Broken Trust, and the fourth Mystic Wolves book. There’s a few other storylines floating about so we’ll see.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?

Hahaha. I don’t know.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

I’m not sure about titles, but I know some taglines. One would be the familiar “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It’s hard to see anything positive from situations that test us and make us feel like we’re travelling through Hell. We’re challenged. We’re stretched. We stumble and rise again. Whatever we face, every experience makes us stronger and a better person–even when we think it will break us.

If I was to write a book about this phase of my life, it would be titled “It’s All About The Swoon.” Reading, writing, or just plain living each day … that’s what it’s about … finding those things that make us happy J

Who is your favorite author?

That is SUPER hard, you know that right? I don’t have just one. It all depends on what genre I’m reading, what mood I’m in. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Kelly Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Ilona Andrews, Chloe Neil *sighs* We could be here forever. Lacey Weatherford, Raine Miller, Stephanie Perkins, Karen Moning … maybe I should take a snap shot of my bookcases. I love all things romance and urban fantasy.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. The Vampire Diaries. The Legend of the Seeker series. Road trips. Highschool football. Popcorn and French fries.

Highest point of your writing career?

There’s been a few. Holding my first book in my hand will always stick in my mind as a pivotal moment. To see tangible proof of my hard work felt so good and I feel the same way each time I release a new story. I also loved my first ever book signing at RT Convention in Chicago. A woman I’d never spoken to before showed me her program. She’d circled my name and said “I came to see you.” Meeting so many people, receiving amazing messages about how much my stories are enjoyed … every day’s a high point!

Advice for aspiring authors?

Never give up. Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to make connections with readers. I think that’s the advice I’ve held on to and valued the most. There’s so much you can focus on—writing, publishing, marketing etc. and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Just focus on one thing at a time and most of all … HAVE FUN!

Last song that was stuck in your head?

The last song I listened to on iTunes was Just A Fool by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. I’m addicted to The Voice and love downloading the performances I like. I have the song on repeat and laugh every time I come to a certain spot. I have no idea what the lyrics are BUT I swear Blake sings “I’m just an oompaloopa!” Yeah … I like to substitute my own words hahaha.

Right now you can get Belinda's The Mystic Wolves by heading over to Amazon by clicking HERE and get your e-book copy right now for FREE.

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