Today we continue our debut author interviews with Harlequin Medical Romance author Wendy S. Marcus. Wendy is a longtime friend of RU and we are thrilled to have her join us today.
Take it away, Wendy!
How many manuscripts did you write before you sold? WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH is my second completed full length manuscript. But I also had two novellas, three short stories, and a few other manuscripts in various stages of completion.
How long was it from the time you began writing seriously and the time you sold? I began writing seriously in 2007 and I sold in 2010. During that time I stopped writing for a period of about nine months between 2008 and 2009 after my father died.
Why do you think this particular manuscript sold? I think I was in the right place at the right time. I’d written a story where the hero and heroine were doctor and nurse at a time when Harlequin Medical Romance was looking for new writers.
What surprised you about the sell? How quickly I received ‘the call’ after I’d submitted my final final draft. Granted I’d been revising under my editor’s watchful eye for six months. But two days? I thought I’d have more time to goof off and play Spider Solitaire!
What challenges have you faced since “the call” you didn’t realize you would encounter? Time management issues. And this is a shocker for me. I’ve worked from my home office and juggled the family schedules of three children and a husband for years. So transitioning from my work as a healthcare consultant to an author should be no problem, right? WRONG! There is so much more to distract me now. All things that fall into the category of ‘Authors need to do this’ but have nothing to do with actual writing….like Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, website management, blogging, researching ie. looking at pictures of hot men…purely for character inspiration and, when necessary, for blog post beautification. And of course there’s the obsessing over how your book ranks on Amazon and hunting down reviews. (I’m hoping this is a newbie thing I’ll grow out of!)
Is there anything you wished you’d done before you sold? Now here’s the catch 22. I wish I’d already had a website even though I realize an unpublished writer really doesn’t need a website. I found designing a website extremely stressful and overwhelming on top of all my first sale craziness and demands for me to start on book 2. Luckily, I worked with a wonderful web designer from Novel Website Design who stuck by me through my hysteria. My suggestion to writers seeking publication, when you visit an author’s website, if you like it, save the link someplace. Write down what you like about the site and what makes it special. Note the author promo picture to figure out what pose you like best and indoors vs. outdoors. Note the web designer (usually at the bottom). The more research you do ahead of time, the more you’ll know what you want, the easier the process will be.
What’s your best advice for writers who are still waiting to sell? See above! And keep writing! After you finish your first book and send out your submissions to agents and editors, get right to work on your next book. Once you sell, the best promo is getting a second book out ASAP.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with the Romance University readers? Yes! It’s important to always remain open to options you may not have considered. Let me explain. Initially, I’d targeted Harlequin Superromance. I enjoyed their books and set my goal to write for that line. Along the way I stumbled upon a pitch contest for Harlequin Medical Romance. I didn’t know much about the line, which is just recently starting to gain more of a following in the U.S. But never one to pass up an opportunity I figured, since my hero and heroine were doctor and nurse, I’d give it a shot. And I was one of five winners, got assigned an editor, and after six long months of revisions I sold to that line. Yes, I had to cut thousands of valuable words, secondary characters, and subplots because the requirements for Medical Romance are different than those for Superromance. But I wanted to get published and was willing to do whatever it took to accomplish my goal.
And last, will you tell us all about your debut book?
Nurse Ali Forshay has found the perfect man for her. Dependable. Routine. Boring. Exactly what she wants to ensure a quiet, stable and anonymous life. Then his friend, Dr. Jared Padget, shows up and goodbye fairytale ending. The man’s a schmoozer. A womanizer. A whoo-a-woman-into-bed-using-any-means-necessary kind of man just like her father. And Ali wants nothing to do with him. But he’s so tempting. Thank goodness his temporary assignment at Madrin Memorial is over, and he’s heading out of town.
If only he hadn’t shown up at girls’ night out on the eve of his departure. If only he hadn’t taken her up on her drunken one-time offer. If only he hadn’t come back when he’d promised to stay away…
Read an excerpt here.
Thank you so much for having me here to promote my debut Harlequin Medical Romance WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH – currently available in the UK and Aus/NZ coming to Amazon and eharlequin.com in the U.S. in July. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have for me. But what I’d really like to do is open a discussion about Harlequin Medical Romance. Are you a fan of medical romance? Do you watch medical drama shows on television? Are you willing to give my medical romance a try? One lucky commenter will win a copy of my 2in1 UK edition which includes a complete novel by author Janice Lynn! Also, I’m running a contest for the person who visits me at the most stops on my blog tour from May through August. The prize is a $50.00 Amazon gift card. See my website for details. This is my 11th stop out of 27 so there are plenty of visits left to qualify! If there’s a tie, the winner’s name will be chosen out of my trusty margarine bowl by my lovely daughter.
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RU Crew, let’s get the conversation going by answering Wendy’s questions. Here they are:
Are you a fan of medical romance?
Do you watch medical drama shows on television?
Are you willing to give my medical romance a try?
A big thank you to Wendy for being here. RU Crew, join us on Friday when author Tracy March discusses breaking up with a publisher.
Bio: Wendy S. Marcus lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, two of her three children, and a much loved Bichon Frise named Buddy. A nurse by trade, Wendy has her master’s degree in health care administration. After years of working in the medical profession, Wendy has taken a radical turn to writing hot contemporary romance with strong heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of laughs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting with her online friends. To learn more about Wendy visit her website, http://www.WendySMarcus.com.
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