Hi all. Attorney, Jeff Mehalic, will be with us at a later date when he launches his new blog concerning authors and contracts and what to watch out for. In the meantime, I am thrilled to bring you an interview with the fantastic award winning multi published author, A.C. / Artist Arthur.
Kari: You write some amazing books for adults under the name A.C. Arthur and some fabulous books for young adults under the name Artist Arthur. Can you tell us a little about your latest projects for each?
A.C.: Thanks Kari! In just a couple of weeks I have two releases - under A.C. Arthur there's Summer Heat, the first book in my Lakefields of Manhattan series which features some fan-favorite characters from the Donovan series. Sam Desdune has chosen the woman he wants, unfortunately, Karena Lakefield has other plans. An art thief brings them together again when Karena needs Sam to prove her innoncence.
Artist Arthur is making her debut in the paranormal young adult genre with Manifest, the first book in the Mystyx series. Krystal has a crush...on a ghost. Dealing with her parents divorce, being the new girl in town and peer pressure is not enough for fifteen year old Krystal; she has a supernatural power that's now branding her a freak. And she's not the only weird one at her school.
Kari: What's it like working with multiple publishers at the same time? How do you juggle multiple deadlines?
A.C.: I'm not even going to try and fake it, saying that it's easy or it just takes discipline. It's hectic and takes concentration and lots of prayer to get it right! I have a calendar with all things family related on it--kids doc appointments, school events, bills due, family meetings, etc. Then I have another calendar with all things book related (one on the computer, one on my cell phone and one printed out and hanging over my desk). YA deadlines go in blue, romance deadlines are in red, appearances and signings in green and conferences in purple. I look at every calendar every day just to see what I need to be doing for the next twenty-four hours. See, I told ya, hectic!
Kari: You are one busy lady. You work full time in the legal field, have a husband and three children, and yet still make all your deadlines. How do you juggle it all? What's your writing schedule like?
A.C.: It's definitely a juggling act and sometimes I'm literally dizzy from trying to do it all. LOL I'm very focused and dedicated to whichever job I'm doing at the time. So when I'm at the law office I really try to give it 100% (ok, like 85%, lol). I don't like to skimp on my family time either. When the kids are in school there's homework time and school events. My two youngest are girls so there's talk time. :) I write everyday, sad to say even when I'm sick. Sometimes I'll write by hand if I don't feel like pulling out the laptop. My best writing hours are early morning, like between 2-5am. If I'm on a deadline I'll write at night too, but I really hate to stay up past 8pm, makes me really grouchy.
Kari: You've been nominated for and/or won several various kinds of writing awards. What ones are you most proud of and what's been the most exciting news you've gotten?
A.C.: I'm proud of all the awards I've had the pleasure of winning. It's such an awesome feeling to be recognized for your hard work. I think the most exciting was the first time I found out I was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. I didn't win it but man, I felt like I'd finally arrived when I was nominated. LOL
Kari: I love discovering new authors. Who are your favorite authors to read?
A.C.: Oh, I just read Dee Davis for the first time. She's not a new author but I really liked her easy writing style. I love, love, love Nora Roberts. J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series is phenomenal. Pearl Cleage and Bernice McFadden are other favs.
Kari: Any final words of wisdom for your fellow writers?
A.C.: Don't give up! I tell every writer I meet this. The industry we've chosen is not an easy one to survive in, the subjectivity can be absolutely heartbreaking at times. But if the stories are truly in you, if you possess the passion to write, then do it! Take the good with the bad and start another story. :)
Thatnks again so much for being with us, A.C. To find out more about either A.C. or Artist Arthur, go to: http://www.acarthur.net