Welcome Kerrie Paterson!
So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.
1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?
The theme of both my latest release, Chasing Dreams, and my next release, Return to Jacaranda Avenue, is second chance at love. My couples, Bel and Marc (Chasing Dreams), and Polly and Matt (Return to Jacaranda Avenue) were teenage sweethearts split apart by tragic circumstances, who are reunited around twenty years later.
2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript? (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)
The hardest thing for me with every book so far is finishing! Each book I get to around the ¾ mark and am so appalled by the stinking pile of excrement I’m writing that I want to give up. Pushing through is the hardest thing.
3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?
Um, I think I’m a planster – or is that a potter? My characters always come to mind first and so I have to write 5-10K words until they start to reveal a bit about themselves, their backstory and their hang-ups. That lets me come up with the major turning points. I write a bit more and plot a bit more. Scrivener makes it easy for me to write like this! (Ha ha ha. I have to agree with Planster and love Scrivener!)
4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)
I really wish I could say I pay absolutely no attention to reviews, but I’d be lying! Now that I’ve had a few one-star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, I’m a bit more blasé about them, but the first one ripped my heart to shreds! I do love a positive review though – the validation of a good review from someone who I don’t know who “gets” my work certainly helps when the doubt dragon breathes his fire down my neck! (We grow that thick skin fast, don't we?)
5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing?
Ugh yuck. I really struggle to market my books. I’m kind of the “excuse me, I don’t want to interrupt your day but I have a new book out, and if you’re not doing anything, maybe you’d like to buy my book. Sorry to be a bother!” *tiptoes away* type. At this stage I do the odd promo post on Facebook and twitter and then get stuck into writing the next book.
6.Social Meda – Love it or hate it? Where do you hang out the most? Any tips to share?
I love it – too much! You can mostly find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kerrie.paterson.3), although I am slowly finding my feet with Twitter (https://twitter.com/KerriePaterson1). My tip is to be genuine but don’t overshare too much personal stuff. (Good point!)
7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?
I’m a sucker for a motivational quote so choosing one is difficult! But I’ll choose this one – I don’t know who it is attributed to. (Agreed. I love quotes all types of quotes!)
I want to remember that no one is going to make my dreams come true for me….it is my job to get up every day and work towards things that are deepest in my heart….and to enjoy every step of the journey, rather than wishing I was already where I wanted to end up.
If you want to know more about Kerrie you can find her here at http://www.kerriepaterson.com And keep a look out for her new release which is out on the 15th of May 2017
Return to Jacaranda Avenue
A pastry chef returns to her roots and discovers that the flavour of first love improves with age.
Twenty-five years ago, Polly and Matt were in love—but their relationship came to a traumatic end following the death of her best friend.
Now Polly Chappell has moved back to her home town to open a patisserie and care for her elderly parents, and the last person she wants to see is Matt Enright. Until she actually sees him, that is…
Their attraction turns out to be stronger than ever, but both have their reasons to resist rekindling their romance—until someone attempts to run Polly out of town with escalating threats and vandalism, and Matt’s protective instincts surface.
Will the secret she keeps bring them together—or get them killed?
Release date: 15th May, 2016