About the Author
I’m the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. I’ve received numerous awards for my essays and works of fiction, including my historical novel, Favorite Daughter, my first novel, Coyote Heart, and my short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. I’ve been awarded some wonderful artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. I currently live in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit my website at www.paulamargulies.com.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I like love stories – a book without love in it usually isn’t of much interest to me. So, when it comes time to write, I’ve always written books that include some type of love story or romance (and that goes for historical fiction, too!).
Tell us about how you write:
I write in my home office mostly, although I try to sneak away to artist residencies whenever my teaching and client work schedule will allow. I usually write on Sundays, but that all depends on how much life intrudes (and it does that often, believe me!).
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Ha! Yes, indeed. When I’m working on a book, I usually hear their voices in my head, especially while I’m trying to come up with the next scene in the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think that romance should be believable, which means that even though we want to identify with our heroes and heroines, they don’t necessarily have to be perfect people. Human beings are flawed, so I urge all romance authors to remember that when they’re developing their characters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book, a contemporary romance called Coyote Heart, was initially represented by an agent and traditionally published. I eventually hired a lawyer and obtained the rights back and have since published a second edition myself. I’ve also published a collection of short stories called Face Value: Collected Stories.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Wow, it’s a brave new world, isn’t it?! I think that we will continue to see more self-published work from authors who were once traditionally published. I also think that the growing number of books out there will force us to develop new channels for reaching readers (something that most indie authors struggle with today).
What genres do you write?
Romance, historical fiction, women’s fiction, short story
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print