IndieView with Kristine Raymond, author of Seasons of Love

I love getting inside my characters’ heads and playing out on paper scenes between them. When a friend of mine self-published her book, I decided to give it a try. As with all of my books, my marketing plan consists of sharing my stories with readers by taking advantage of wonderful opportunities such as this one offered by The IndieView. Every story I write contains aspects of both myself and people I know, which I find adds authenticity to the characters. Taylor and Grant also have an interesting dynamic. The only thing I can say is consistent is that I need quiet when I write. Thank you. What are you working on now? If you’d like to learn more, please visit my website at www.kristineraymond.com. Let me tell you from experience – it is. Look for it to be released later this year. Awe, heck, all of the couples kept me entertained! But if there are any out there who might be interested in my work, drop me a line. I’m not sure where any of my book ideas come from. On a personal note, I’ve either lived in or visited all of the locations in the book. Seashells in Summer
Having adopted her four-year-old daughter, Lily, at birth, Taylor Brightman is suspicious when former Marine Sergeant Grant Cutler appears on her Nantucket Island doorstep claiming to be the girl’s biological father. I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book for decades but, quite honestly, never wanted to go through the hassle of finding a publisher. Kristine Raymond – 22 October 2018
The Back Flap
Four couples. Sometimes it’s a personal quirk, other times it might just be a name, but adding such details helps me to envision my characters as real people, and hopefully brings them alive to the readers, too. I get distracted easily…
SQUIRREL! No playlists running in the background or my favorite show flickering on the TV. Your support and encouragement for my work is very much appreciated. When did you start writing the book? Each story took a different amount of time. Wary of his motives, his good looks and charming personality win her over, but can she trust that she won’t lose custody along with her heart? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? No, I don’t outline. There isn’t a particular writing style that influences how I write; it’s more the desire to tell a satisfying story like those written by my favorite authors. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you have a target reader? The way my brain works I’m rarely able to skip ahead to another scene without completing the one I’m working on, which is why I sometimes spend hours attempting to craft the perfect sentence. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? It’s a lot of fun, and keeps the stories interesting. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I also invite you to follow me on Instagram, Book + Main, and Facebook. Aspens in Autumn
Ramsey Fiorentino is having a bad day. About the book
What is the book about? About You
Where did you grow up? As if the lack of running water wasn’t bad enough, her immediate attraction to plumbing contractor Rick Spencer unearths emotions long thought buried. I have a general idea what’s going to happen and take it from there. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Actually, five covers – one for each individual story and one for the book itself, which is a combination of the four. Do you outline? I love how each couple depicted perfectly matches my characters and the seasonal theme. If I’ve learned anything, it’s how to craft plots that are enjoyable and engage readers, and develop personable characters who you’d love to have as your best friend. While my plotlines are fictional, I do my best to incorporate a sense of realism into each one of them; that suggestion of ‘maybe that could happen in real life’. What came easily? I’m happily married, the mom to a multitude of rescued furbabies, am an avid tea drinker (Earl Grey, preferably), binge-watch Netflix more often than I should, and have gathered more story ideas than I can ever hope to write. I haven’t written a story yet where I haven’t struggled over one area or another. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) A lifetime of love. The quickest was Snowflakes in Winter, which only took five days. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Seasons of Love from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Seasons of Love is a collection of four, seasonally-themed short stories of the romantic variety, each with its own happily ever after, and at least one character in each story has ties to a character in another. We all know how important it is for writers to read. While my plotlines are fictional, I do my best to incorporate a sense of realism into each one of them; that suggestion of ‘maybe that could happen in real life’. I’m happier with the finished product that way. The dialogue between the characters, especially between Alex and Chloe. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? They were a blast to write! If so can you please describe it? Snowflakes in Winter
When New Hampshire State Trooper Alex Ballard becomes stranded during a blizzard in the middle of the night, he seeks refuge at a local bed and breakfast, surprised to discover the owner, Chloe Mancuso, is the sole occupant. Dogwoods in Springtime
Still in mourning three years after her husband’s death, Caroline Ballard’s solitary life in rural Kentucky is disrupted by a broken water line, of all things. Where did you get the idea from? What would you like readers to know about you? I created it myself. The rest is history. Anyone who loves reading a great story! What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? No, I’ve never submitted any of my books to an agent. Dogwoods in Springtime was written in the summer of 2017 for inclusion in a boxed set that was published for charity. It was fun reliving some really great memories while writing. When he catches up to her and the truth comes out, they flee to the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona to hide, but it’s only a matter of time before their newfound romance is tested in the wake of a deadly confrontation. Once Alex and Chloe began talking to me, they wouldn’t let me stop writing until their story was finished. A native of New England, I ended up in Kentucky by way of Flagstaff, Arizona (where I met and married my husband), taking the long way around to get to where I am now, as is true of many aspects of my life. Opening her heart to love for a second time, a malicious lie told by his ex-wife threatens to end the budding relationship before it begins. They just pop into my head and I go from there. For me, it’s part of the process of writing – letting the story form naturally in its own time rather than forcing it. That moment you receive a message or email from a reader telling you how much your story helped them through a difficult time in their life, or how they identified with one of your characters, or how your journey inspired them to take the first step on one of their own. A passionate night spent in each other’s arms ignites feelings neither thought possible, but there’s someone else with his eye on Chloe and he’s not willing to share. How long did it take you to write it? Sometimes, I’ll jot down a few specific points that I want to cover but even then there’s no guarantee they’ll end up in the final version. Each book I’ve written has come about in a different way. Yeah, it’s worth it! …and in order to concentrate I need to immerse myself completely in the story. Beginning in springtime in Kentucky, ending in the frosty months of winter in the mountains of New Hampshire, they’re stories of second chances and later-in-life love and learning to trust your heart. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? There will be times you’ll wonder if all of the aggravation is worth it. I edit as I go, so my first draft is also my final draft. After writing and publishing fourteen books – one non-fiction, one erotic drama, and twelve romance – I’ve set my sights on a new genre and am currently working on a mystery; cozy or otherwise, to be determined. For that, my humblest thanks go to PJ Tracy, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Karen Robards, and Lavyrle Spencer. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? My writing process is that I don’t have one. Sometimes a character develops first and I create a life for him or her; other times, it’s a location or snippet of a song or feeling that sparks the inspiration for a story. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? At the time of submission, only short stories or novellas were considered, so when the rights reverted back to me, rather than expanding the story to a full-length novel, I decided to create three more to fit the ‘seasons’ theme and compile them in one volume. On the run for her life after witnessing a murder, she’s being pursued by none other than Bishop Hamilton, a private investigator hired by the person who committed the crime. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Four seasons. Don’t give up!