About the Author
Lee Savino has been telling tales since she was young. While she was studying creative writing at Hollins University, her first manuscript won the Hollins Fiction Prize. She loves writing books about strong women and the sexy men who love them.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Sexy alpha men! Seriously, I went to an all women’s college and after four years, I’d learned a lot, but I couldn’t take it. I wrote two books starring very dominant alpha males who liked nothing more to lay the heroines down and whisper sexy things to them. Whew! That’s what, er, gets me out of bed in the morning.
Tell us about how you write:
I write early morning and throughout the day, catching up at night. When I get stuck I take a walk or a nap. Some of my best stuff comes when I’m just waking up or out for a run! I often end up with bits and pieces of scenes I’ve written on my Iphone.
I sometimes wish I was more organized and had a system to design a plot. It’s definitely something I’m working on. My strength is seeing a scene clearly in my head, and finding ways to fill in the background as I go. I am very creative and enjoy coming up with beautiful scenes and clever dialogue.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters don’t talk to me. They’re too busy running around and doing things, while I watch and narrate. Honestly, how rude.
Often they surprise me. And I love how my heroines grow stronger and braver before my very eyes. Every book of mine will probably end up with the hero saving the heroine, and then she’ll return the favor.
That, and a dog. Every book of mine has to have a dog. It’s a promise I made to a friend.
Fortunately, the first book I wrote was about werewolves, so that was easy. And now I’m writing about Persephone and Hades I get to put Cerebrus in somehow.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read a lot! Have fun. Don’t wait for the timing to be perfect to start writing. Scribble ideas on sticky notes, type them into the notes section of your phone. Keep notebooks handy, especially beside your bed. Who knows when you’ll have a dream that inspires you!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I read John Locke’s book on selling 1 million copies on kindle by indie publishing. Then I started one of his novels, and, honestly, I couldn’t finish it. I uploaded “Innocence” right then.
Indie publishing makes a lot of sense. I can write quickly and publish it, gaining momentum. And I hire my own editor and copy editor, as well as get beta readers, so I have a professional edge, but with more control.
And I make more than I would through a traditional publishing deal, while still retaining all of my rights. It makes sense for me!
There are many books and articles about Indie publishing that I’d recommend people seek out and read. Also, there are lots of ways to get marketing and graphic design done–fiverr.com is my secret weapon. It’s cheap enough that it’s ok when I have limited results, but the majority of work has been good!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks, all the way. More publishing houses finding middle ground for indie authors, so we can still get access to great editing and even movie deals, without turning over all our rights.
If a publishing house doesn’t exist like that after I’ve published my tenth book, I’m starting one. I already acquired the LLC (Silverwood Press).
What genres do you write:: romantic suspense, romance, alpha male romance
What formats are your books in: eBook
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