About the Author
Veronica Bale has written several novellas, short stories, and news articles as a freelance writer. With her debut trilogy, Highland Loyalties, she strikes out on her own in the publishing world. Veronica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, young son and three spoiled cats. When she’s not writing she’s running, reading, knitting or spending time with her family.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I love a good love story. Plain and simple. I’m a writer at heart, so why not write about what I love?
Tell us about how you write:
I outline in my head only and then write by the seat of my pants. I find that by not restricting myself to a written, plotted, structured outline, I allow the characters to live out their lives for me as I’m writing. I’m just the translator, really.
For example, when I started writing Bride of Dunloch, I had the major plot points in my head. But when it came to putting thoughts into words, the dialogue between the characters evolved as I went. A number of the characters even popped up unexpectedly due to opportune timing – Hobbs and Nuala, for instance. I didn’t even know that half of them existed when I started.
Writing for me is a lot like reading, because I never know where the story is going to take me, or what’s going to happen. I know where the characters have to get to in order to finish the story, but as to how they get there … that’s the fun because I never have much of an idea.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me. Always. I’m just the puppet master manipulating their lives. But they are the ones who are actually living them as I’m pulling them here and there and everywhere.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Read, read, read. Learn what you like and what you don’t from others who have come before you. Pay attention to how other authors have written their books. How do they begin and end sentences? How do they write dialogue? How did they construct their scenes? How did they make you fall in love with their characters?
Never stop reading. Always strive to keep learning from your fellow authors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the Amazon KDP route. To be entirely honest, I didn’t even try to submit to a publisher. This was more of an experiment for me, because I didn’t really know how much interest I would see (if any … and boy, was I wrong about that!). Maybe in time I might approach a traditional publisher, but I’m satisfied with KDP and Kobo Writing Life and the likes for now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishers will always have a place. But I think that, more and more, it is going to be the self-publishing world that drives publishers to take on a project, rather than the traditional query-to-publisher route. We indie authors are proving to them that we have a decent product, and we’re worth investing in by getting ourselves off the ground.
What genres do you write:: Historical Romance, Highlander Romance
What formats are your books in: eBook