Thursday, June 11, 2015

Author Spotlight

Welcome C.J. Fallowfield
to Author Migraine Central.

Author Bio
C.J. Fallowfield is an Amazon bestselling, multi-published, author who writes contemporary erotic romance novels, which are full of humour, emotion and plenty of drama. She is a 45 year old female from the United Kingdom and lives in the wonderful countryside of Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, trees and fields full of sheep and cows. Her writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider. Reading was her main pastime, until she discovered the joy of creating hot, erotic, romantic fiction, but she still tries to set aside time to indulge her appetite for steamy reads by other authors too.
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Titles by C.J. Fallowfield
All Contain Adult Themes ~ Suitable for 18+ Only

The Austin Series

31 Days
For the Night
All individual books available now

The Temptress

The Domville
The Domville 1 out on 12th June 2015
For the Night Complete Box Set
Out on 3rd July 2015

All That Glisters
Out on 4th September 2015

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably way back when I was a child, I wrote lots of stories then, but work and life got in the way as an adult. It was only when ill health forced me to quit a stressful full time career and work from home, that I suddenly had the time to start writing again.
How long does it take you to write a book?
On average two to three days for a novella of approximately 60 pages and two to three weeks for a full length book of approximately 250 pages. I can touch type which helps in terms of speed.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I’m lucky that the business I run from home doesn’t take up much of my time, so I pretty much have every afternoon and evening to write, plus weekends.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t plan. I have an idea, start writing and follow wherever the story is telling me to go. I also don’t tend to make many changes to a first draft. I’m not patient and once I’m done I want to move onto the next story.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Ten full length novels and ten novellas at time of completing this interview. I think my favourite was my recent standalone erotic romance novel “The Temptress.” It was more of a challenge to try and contain a whole engaging storyline within a reasonable about of pages, but still have the characters endear themselves to the reader.Author Migraine Central's photo.

How do your books get published?
I’m an independent author at the moment, self-published, so I have all of my work available via Amazon stores.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I’m lucky that ideas come to me quite easily, if I’m struggling at all I use pictures as a prompt. When I look at a picture I can “see” a story behind it, so that’s a great way to kick start me if I’m having writers block.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was 44 and it was my debut novel “New Leaves, No Strings” which I released in January 2014 and I haven’t looked back since.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Writing takes up most of my time, because I love it so much, I get withdrawals when I’m not at my keyboard. When I do take a break, socialising with friends and family over a nice meal and glass of wine is always a favourite pastime!
What does your family think of your writing?
Mixed feelings really. They only just found out as I deliberately wrote under a pen name to conceal it from them until I was ready to come clean. They are quite old fashioned and think of erotic romance as “pornography” which of course it’s not, but trying to educate them hasn’t been easy. Regardless, as I’m regularly featuring in bestseller charts I think it’s dawning on them that people actually love reading my work and I can see the pride and interest from my parents growing day by day, though I think they’d have a heart attack if they ever read one of my steamy reads!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How emotional I would get over feedback, positive or negative. I didn’t expect to care so much what people thought, but I do. Thankfully the majority of my feedback is amazing, but you can’t please everyone all of the time and you do get the odd review that hurts now and then, but that’s the business and I’ve learned to grow a thicker skin fast!
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I’d say keep reading all feedback, positive feedback is an amazing morale booster, but what really helps you grow is that constructive critique. Not where readers just bash an author or their work, that’s really not helpful, but where they take the time to highlight what was missing or lacking for them. They are good pointers for the pitfalls to avoid in future.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’m lucky to wake up to daily messages of support and what a way to start your day! They mainly thank me for creating relatable characters and situations, say that I touched them emotionally, made them laugh and cry, but also that I’ve helped boost their sex lives after they’ve read the steamy scenes and ignited their libido!
Do you like to create books for adults?
I do, I think as an adult myself it’s easier to write for an audience of a similar age. I have an idea for a children’s series, but think I will have to work a lot harder to pull that off as it’s not in my comfort zone.
What do you think makes a good story?
Wow, I bet everyone would answer this differently. I think for me as a reader I want to fall in love with the characters, to feel their joy and pain and to will them to get to that HEA. If a book makes me cry happy or sad tears, and leaves me with a book hangover, it’s a sure winner in my eyes. Those are things I aspire to do with my writing.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lorry driver! I think it’s because there was a lady in my village who was one and she had the most enormous breasts that all the men kept looking at. I think I actually just had boob envy! Luckily I filled out and could give her a run for her money now!

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