Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas, and I had the privilege of meeting you.” –Unknown
When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.
Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.
Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.
To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.
Guest Author Interview: Christian Brae, Author of Eight Goodbyes
1. How did you get the idea for your book?
Hi there. Thank you for having me today. The idea for Eight Goodbyes came to me on a plane from Chicago to NY La Guardia. If you get to read this book, you’ll understand.
2. As a self-published author, can you describe your experience through the process?
Yes, of course.
My experience with self-publishing has been nothing but great. Before I decided to self-publish my first book, I already had a good support system in terms of authors who had gone through the experience ahead of me. They were kind and supportive and introduced me to their network of cover creators, formatters and editors.
It was only after I moved to the traditional route that I learned about how different the two processes were.
3. When you wrote your book, did you know you wanted to get it published or was it something you started as a hobby?
When I wrote my first book, it was solely with the intent of getting my words out about the loss of my mother a few years ago. I never imagined I would write many more books after that. I think what I did was more than a hobby but less than a job. I still put all the hard work into writing these books, but I knew that it was not something I would give up my career for.
4. What was your general writing process?
I don’t have one, really. I have a full time career that takes up most of my life, which means I will write whenever and wherever I can. My process is basically sitting in front of my laptop and just writing the words that come to me.
5. How many hours a day do you devote to writing? If you have a day job, how do you find the balance to write?
This is a question I am always asked! I don’t devote a set amount of time to writing. However, I do put myself through deadlines, especially when it comes to sending the different drafts to my editor. I also have release date timelines to follow – during these times, I normally take some time off work to focus on getting things delivered on time.
6. When did you decide you wanted to become an author? Who were some of your inspirations?
Ha. Great question. I don’t think I ever really decided this! I still see myself as a writer – someone who just has a passion for words – and I get my writing fixes by posting personal articles on my blog. When I wrote my first book, people reached out to me and asked for a second book to give them more closure. And then, I had another experience I wanted to write about with my third book. And so on, and so on. Eight Goodbyes is my fifth book. I don’t know that even after being traditionally published, I can say I am an author.
7. How long did it take you to write your book?
It took me about two years from start to finish (writing, editing and publication) to get Eight Goodbyes to where it is now.
8. When you wrote the book, were you trying to make it a stand-alone story or are there any sequels planned?
Eight Goodbyes is meant to be a stand alone.
Current readers are asking for a sequel, but so far, I have no plans to write one.
9. As you know this is blog is mostly geared towards authors trying to get their platforms built, market their books, focus on personal promotion, etc. What are some of the best ways you would advise our readers to market their books? To get themselves out there and get on podcasts, guest posts, etc.
Authors need bloggers more than ever!
There are so many books out there, one book being released every hour, it seems. Authors and their books really get buried under the weight of so many books in the market to choose from. I have learned that you have to constantly find ways to engage people because readers easily forget about you when you’re not releasing a new book. There is so much pressure out there for us to be noticed.
My advice would be to really build a unique platform that lets people know who you are and what you stand for. This takes time – building up a brand and loyal followers requires you to be genuine as a person an as an author.
Hiring a publicist or marketer is really key as well. I would never have met you or all the wonderful bloggers out there without Giselle and her network. I would never have been able to do guest spots on radio and TV without the help of my publicist. I know it costs quite a bit of money, but you have to invest in yourself.
10. As a writer, we all know we are bound to deal with harsh book reviews from people who just don’t like our work. How do you go about dealing with “bad press”? For good reviews, do you tend to reach out to the reviewer and thank them?
I am grateful for every review, good or bad. As I mentioned in a post a few days ago – great reviews inspire me to do my work and bad reviews remind me that I’m not superwoman. I am human like everyone else – a bad review affects me like it would a normal person. Sometimes, I’ll shut everything off and just leave my computer because I take things to heart. But a few minutes later, I am back to work.
And I do reach out to all reviewers, good or bad.
11. Is there a reason you chose to write the genre you chose?
Not really. I think my words and emotions resonate with this genre.
12. What are your views on writer’s block? Do you believe in it? If you do, do you have ways to cope with it that you would be willing to share?
What is writer’s block? If it’s the time you sit at your computer and nothing seems to come at you, I have this ALL THE TIME! The thing is, this isn’t my main gig and I don’t really have many hours to spend on it. Because of this, all I need to do when I get stuck in a rut is step back and focus on the other things in my life. My job, my family, my home life. When the words come back, I am ready to start typing on my keyboard.
13. What time of day do you find is your “creative time for writing”?
14. Do you have some advice for the new authors that may be reading this post right now?
Keep writing, don’t give up. Remember, it takes time to get your book out there. But if you are writing for the right reasons, whatever they are to you, you’ll be okay. Don’t get stuck in the negative. Focus on all the people your words have touched.
15. Last but not least, what are your future plans now that you have published your first novel?
Well, I am so glad you asked.
I have signed another deal with Vesuvian Media and Spark Publishing for a book to be released in September 2019. It is called “The Year I Left”. This will probably be my most controversial book ever, but I think it will be the perfect book to leave with you so I can pursue my other goals in life.
Thanks so much for having me! I enjoyed speaking with you.
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.
Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.