Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Blog Post by Michelle Grogan, our Author Spotlight

(To see more about this author and book, click on the Author Spotlight picture to the right!)

        Writing Forbidden Love began more than 10 years ago while I was sitting in a doctor’s office. All throughout that day I had been thinking about this story, playing with it in my head – luckily I always carry paper and pen on me and I was able to sketch out a basic outline for the entire story before the doc even came into the room!! Forbidden Love has gone through many rewrites – including name changes until I found the right names that fit the people wanting to tell this story. It took me a while to even share the first version of this with anyone but myself, but once I did, I found that people liked my writing and that alone spurred me on!

            After Forbidden Love was finished, I put it aside and began on its sequel – as Jessica and Jake’s story was not done yet . . . and that then turned into one more story – rounding out an unplanned trilogy. When I began to seriously think about taking Forbidden Love to publication I began the long process of rewriting. Five rewrites later I felt I had something that other people would want to read. When the traditional route of publishing did not work for me, my fiancé encouraged me to try self-publishing and am I ever glad that he did!!

            Forbidden Love wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of my family, my fiancé and my beta readers who were with me every step of the way! And to top it all off, I have to give credit to my cover designer. I went looking for a designer with no clue what I actually wanted! But as soon as I saw some of his work, I knew he had to be the one to design the cover and he did an amazing job!!! My jaw dropped when I saw his sketch and I knew it was exactly what I wanted!! With a few tweaks to colors and clothing (I was floored when he asked me what I wanted Jake and Jessica to be wearing!!) I had the cover that I knew deep down I wanted – something that would draw people in before they even read what the book was about.

            Now that Forbidden Love has been available on Amazon for six months and the reviews are starting to come in, I find myself checking my product page frequently to see what people who have either bought my book, downloaded a free copy on my free promo days through KDP Select, or have received a free copy directly from me for the purpose of providing a review, have thought about it. I have to say that I have been very happy with all of my reviews as they have all provided some great insight as well as constructive feedback for me. I do worry about spoilers, but that can’t always be helped (as someone who also reviews the books she reads, I find myself having to be careful not to give too much away in my reviews). One review, written by Darian Welks had me floored because she hit on all the major points I was hoping that readers would get when reading Forbidden Love – such as this one line that is a favorite: “She has done well at showing us characters true to real life; from the detectives trying to bring them to justice, to Jessica's love - a man we come to root for, yet never forgetting that at the end of the day, this man is a killer for the mob.” I also like this one from KissablySweetOne : “A Romeo and Juliet of the organized crime world best describe this book.” These two women nailed what I was trying to get across with this story.

            As I continue my writing journey and prepare the next installment of this trilogy (Is Love Enough?) I find that the community of Indie Authors has been a huge factor in the success of my debut novel and it just makes me want to keep going!!



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  1. Best of luck to you, Michelle! These puppies sure don't write themselves, do they. LOL. I'm glad you kept to it, though.

  2. Great post, and another book I need to add to my TBR pile, though as quickly as I read I may need to hold off till the series is done and get them all at once. Best of luck and keep writing!!

  3. That's a great cover! Lots of mystery and tension in the poses. My first book had three different covers (after publication) before I hired a professional artist through 99Designs. It's such a thrill when see THE ONE! I had chills when I saw it for the first time.

    Best of luck with your career, Michelle!

  4. Very cool post, and now I'm intrigued by the book and have added it to my TBR pile :-)

    Good luck Michelle with your writing, keep it up!

  5. What a great interview! I can't wait to pick up my copy now. I love a good star-crossed lovers romance!

  6. Oh, my TBR pile is getting huge, but Forbidden Love has to get on the list. Sounds like a fascinating take on the traditional R&J.

  7. Good luck, Michelle, with writing the next book and more sales success. I'm with you--I love the Indie Authors community. Great post and thanks for sharing!

    Ann Charles