I live in Northern New Jersey, which gives me access and knowledge of NYC and the Jersey shore. Both of my current books take place in NJ, as does my Work-In-Progress. By having familiar settings, I have less to worry about as far as the where and how of my my characters. It’s tough enough to think about dialog, action, what they’re wearing, how they’re thinking – if I had to think about how the street looks or what the weather might be like in October, it might be too much!
How many books have you written?
The first book I wrote, called (how funny is this) Shades of Gray, never made it past countless rejections. I have self-pubbed two novels, Better Off Without Him, in 2010, and A Different Kind of Forever in April of this year. I’m about a third of my way through the next project.
I have lots of paragraphs/scenes/conversations/chapterson my computer. I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast these days, so if something strikes me, I try to write it out as soon as possible. Some stuff has been here for a couple of years. Some projects are over a hundred pages long, still sitting there unfinished. Some of it I know I’ll never use in its original form, but may be a springboard for something else. I’m not the kind of person who has hundreds of book ideas a week. It takes me a while to fully form a book in my head.
We all know how important promoting our work has become. How do you get the word out both off and online?
Getting readers to write reviews is tough.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
I’m getting my own website in the next few months – I actually own DeeErnst.com. It’s kind of exciting. But I do have a blog where you can check in to see what’s going on – I only post there about once a month, so it’s not too hard to keep up with. http://dernst2010.wordpress.com/
Dee, the best of success to you!