Today I am thrilled to be quizzing author Colette Kebell on all facets of romance writing.
Tell me a bit about the type of books you write and where you are in your publishing journey.
Hello Julie, thanks so much for having me on your blog.
I write mostly Contemporary Female which would fall under the umbrella of chicklit or romcom ☺ They are light-hearted, fun and quirky. The aim is to bring a few smiles and laughter to the reader to brighten their day. That’s not the only genre I write in though. I also have a financial crime thriller out there in the world, which does have an element of both romance and suspense and the one I don’t talk about, an erotic historical western set in pre-Civil War America.
As to my journey I knew little or nothing about being an indie author when I set out, or any kind of author for that matter. I’d read plenty of books and had quite a good grasp of the English language, thanks to my days as a legal secretary, but had to jump through quite a few hoops and navigate a steep learning curve to get to where I am. I had some help though, from an American indie author called Donna Jane McDonald, which was invaluable and thus was mentored by her for a time. Once in a while I have a go at approaching traditional publishers, out of curiosity more than anything else, but nothing has come from those approaches to date. I guess I like the control and freedom of being an indie author and might find it quite strange to have to work to deadlines as this point in my writing career, though, having said that, if the right deal came along, I’m sure I would manage.
For the feel-good factor. There are many categories that fall under that umbrella, but I read light-hearted books, on the whole and so it felt natural to me to write books under that sub-category ☺
What inspires your stories?
Any number of things have inspired my stories. My first two I drew partially, at least, on my past experience as a legal secretary. There are elements of each of those books which are true to my own past, though I’m not about to let on which those are, I like to keep the readers guessing… Other than that, it depends on the book. My financial crime thriller was partly inspired by my Dad, who was a stock broker, and my raunchy was inspired by Roots and The Colour Purple, as well as good old fashioned westerns such as Calamity Jane.
Who are your favourite romance authors, past and/or present?
I’m a fan of Jill Mansell’s books, then there are the likes of Jackie Collins, whose books I grew up reading. I came across Donna McDonald by having loved her books and so I have a varied taste you could say.
If you had to pick one romance novel for me to read, which one would you recommend?
Do I honestly have to pick one? If that’s the case, I would say it would have to be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Is that truly classed as a romance novel… I think so, though there is a whole plethora of emotions to experience from reading that book.
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun teashop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Which romantic hero would you choose to spend your perfect romantic weekend with? Where would you go and what would you do?
Hugh Jackman when he played the character of Leopold in the film Kate and Leopold would be my ideal date.He is a perfect gentleman, but is also an intellectual with a very good grasp on life despite having been thrown out of his own time zone. Due to the nature of his character I’d like to take him to a museum where there were plenty of Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions on display as although I would also find it fascinating I know he would. A private viewing would be even better as that’s one character I’d quite like to … erm… well I won’t go there… with perhaps a candle lit meal at the end of it where we could discuss the day and get to know each other better.
What is your favourite thing about being a member of the RNA? What do you think you have gained from membership?
The RNA to me is all about camaraderie and support. I have met some fabulous fellow members despite not having attended one of the major events yet. Don’t worry though, all things being well, I shall attend one next year, given the chance.
What one piece of advice or tip would you give to new writers starting out in the romance genre?
Read, read and read, write, write and write. Exercise your writing every day, whether it be answering interview questions, writing a blog, a review or entering a competition, as well as writing that first all-important novel.
Tell me about your latest book.
My latest book is called I Don’t Do Mondays! and the tagline is ‘Anything can happen on a Monday… even love…’ You can buy a copy of the book here.
How can Mia find happiness?
Lawyer Mia’s picture-perfect dream life in New York is imploding. Her job has become too stressful, she’s exhausted from carrying her friends and what’s up with her striking, wealthy fiancé?
But when life-changing decisions force her to move to Maine, where she’ll face her often critical father and hard truths about what truly matters in life, she re-discovers a passion of her youth.
What begins as a low moment in her life quickly pushes her to consider what she genuinely wants and leads her down a new path where she must embrace the future and let go of the past.
Will this move help Mia to fix her life, once and for all, and will she finally find true love?
About the Author
Colette Kebell is an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational. She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one. Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book which launched on 5th April 2019.
As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant. After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.
Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home. Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.
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