IndieView with L.S. Young, author of A Woman So Bold

Montgomery. I didn’t know much about traditional publishing when I started writing, so I decided to go with a small publisher for my first novel. I eat breakfast, do some small tasks around the house, and then write for a few hours with coffee nearby. I grew up in a small town in the Florida panhandle. My second novel, Montana Burning, is also being published by an indie pub (Champagne Book Group). Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Sometimes I revise and edit at night if I’m not too tired. But it was an inspirational historical romance with a lot of heavy religious themes, and a lot of the characters had different names. I got it while walking around my grandma’s land on a windy spring day, looking out at the field of rye with the sand racing across it in white drifts. Just make sure you keep doing what you love. All of the scenes about nature and the scenes between the heroine and her love interest. Hmm, well my sister always reads my manuscripts, no matter what genre they’re in. End of Interview:
For more from Ms Young, visit her website, like her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter. It’s a compulsion! Do you outline? It was designed by Victoria Vane at Soul Mate Publishing. I lost the original manuscript and resurrected it when I was twenty-five as this historical novel with a strong woman at its heart. Will is everything Landra has dreamed of—kind, handsome, and well-bred— and when they marry she hopes to finally escape her hard existence, but being wife to a proud, stubborn man who cares nothing for wealth comes with its own heartache. I’m a stay at home mom, so some days are more productive than others. I love when people leave me reviews and add my book on Goodreads. Trapped by duty and a secret from her past, she is convinced she’ll spend the rest of her life without love or comfort until a dashing young man inherits a nearby farm. I also drew inspiration from the novel Cross Creek. The original ending was much more open-ended. (Near Disney.)
What would you like readers to know about you? Make sure you assemble a street team of people to leave reviews when your book comes out. A Woman so Bold is about a young woman’s struggle to find love and agency in the rural Florida panhandle during the late 19th century. About the book
What is the book about? Can her love for Will find purchase in an unyielding land? Otherwise, getting people to leave reviews can be like pulling teeth. But for this book I did enjoy listening to Old Crow Medicine Show and Jason Isbell. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Do you have a target reader? When their crops are destroyed by fire and flood, and a lover from her youth returns, she finds herself torn between two very different men. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Where did you get the idea from? Do you listen to music while you write? He is taken with headstrong Landra from their first meeting and his heart for her only grows. Where do you live now? I always start novels with a simple impression like that. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What came easily? I start with an impression or idea, write the first few chapters, and then loosely outline the entire novel, bullet style, once I know which direction I want to go. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Having sown his wild oats in the years he spent abroad, he is ready to settle down, till the fields, and whittle to his heart’s content. It made me think about life in Florida during the 1800s. William Cavendish is a second son from an old Southern family. It just sort of happened. Young – 28 September 2018
The Back Flap
Landra Andrews has a voice that rivals the mockingbirds in the pine forest and an iron will that clashes with her domineering father’s. When did you start writing the book? I edit as I go. I was rep’d by an agent for my second historical romance, and am currently querying agents for a different genre (YA fantasy). I started working on this version around 2012 and finished it in 2015. Because I published it with a romance press, I had to have a HEA. About You
Where did you grow up? How long did it take you to write it? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Not usually. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I’d say Landra’s best friend Ida was inspired by Scarlett O’Hara and a couple of real girls I knew in high school (none of whom were nice to me). Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I got it while walking around my grandma’s land on a windy spring day, looking out at the field of rye with the sand racing across it in white drifts. Most of them are fictitious. I can’t help it. I always start novels with a simple impression like that. It made me think about life in Florida during the 1800s. I struggled to write the end. It’s too distracting. I’m a pantser. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? If so can you please describe it? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? This novel was definitely influenced by classic authors I loved growing up, like Harper Lee, Charlotte Bronte and L.M. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Get your copy of   A Woman So Bold from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I didn’t submit this work to agents, just publishers. With her strange name and restless spirit, she has never felt quite at home in her small town, and longs for a life far from farming in the North Florida wilderness. Another person who always reads my books is my CP, Erica Waters. I’ve marketed it on social media and also paid for a couple of small campaigns on Twitter. Although a gentleman in conduct, he is an artist at heart: a banjo player and a wood carver. Technically, I started writing this book back in high school. 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) And everyone says this, but write every day. Success is a combination of luck, talent, connections, and chance. I don’t extensively outline. Central Florida. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Ha, are writers ever supposed to admit to borrowing people from real life? L.S.