Author Interview: Renee Conoulty
About the author:
Renee Conoulty is an Australian Air Force wife and mother of two. She writes stories of dance, romance and military life including Don’t Mean a Thing, Catching Onix, Wife, Mother, Woman, and Best Friends for Now.
When she’s not devouring books, reviewing and blogging on HeySaidRenee, or writing her own stories, Renee can be found swing dancing. Or possibly napping.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I have an optimistic view on life so I enjoy writing stories with happy endings. Romance always had a happy ending so I find myself drawn to that genre.
Tell us about how you write.
I write in regular short bursts. I can't sit down and write for hours on end so I focus on writing smaller amounts on a daily basis. I focus best on one project at a time.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I don't "hear" my characters. When I'm writing, I think about what I would do next in the current situation then compare the character to me and figure out what they would do next.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
The romance writing network is very supportive so I'd suggest making friends with other romance writers. You can join RWA or find a similar network online. It's great to surround yourself with people who you understand you and can help build you up when you're feeling down.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose a small publisher for my debut novel as they were able to do all the things I didn't know how to. They were more flexible around publication dates so I could have a book launch party in the town where the book was set before my family and I had to move away.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think indie publishing and the audiobook market will continue to grow.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Chick lit & romantic comedy
My books are available in the following formats: