Writing as Adria Townsend and J. S. Laurenz

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bella Andre Uncensored

Here are some quotes I swept up off the cutting room floor here at the Dime Store from the interview with Nyree Belleville, aka Bella Andre, Bella Riley and Lucy Kevin: 

The interview ran in the Albany Times Union on August 14, 2011:

“I’m happiest when I’m writing.  When I sink into a story those are my best hours.  My friends joke I’m the most bounce-back person.  I might be down one day but the next, I’m like—‘I’ve got plans!’  I think I’ve got a good sense of when to quit.  I used to be a singer/song-writer, I played with Crosby, Stills & Nash, I toured the world, and at some point, I said, ‘I think I’m sort of done with this.’  I was definitely bummed when my contract with Random House was not picked up again, but it was the best thing that ever happened, because I got into self-publishing.  It’s ridiculously rewarding.  I don’t say when a door closed a window opened—it’s like the whole wall flew off!”

“I have a copy editor who also does content when I need it and a proofer.  And my critique partners!  Last night I was on the phone for a couple hours with one of my critique partners and as a result of that I’m going to throw out my ending."

“It helps that I had 11 books out through publishers.  I know the reader set and the process.  The upside to self-publishing?  It’s fun, I can say, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want!’ But there are nice things about having a publisher, and an editor, someone at the end who gives you the final rubber stamp that means you’re done.  That’s the toughest part of self-publishing, looking at your book before it goes up and asking, ‘is this good enough?’”

“I’ve always felt if I give up I’m not there with my lottery ticket.  You have to keep plugging away.  Keep putting stuff out there.” 

“I check Kindle boards a couple times a day.  It’s my news source.  Amanda Brice was on there well before her book came out, being involved, taking note.  I can see why she’s taking off.  She was out there picking up the knowledge.  She came out already breaking into the upper 2,000.”

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