Welcome back to C M Wilson and her new Publisher – Passion for Life Publishing.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am C.M. Wilson. I’m simple and complicated all in the same breath. I’m simple in that it doesn’t take a lot to pacify me. I am an only child, so I was taught at an early age how to entertain myself. It’s very simple to get along with me. I’m easy going, laid back and love to laugh and make people laugh. I’m complicated in the way I think. I tend over think things and make them harder than they have to be. But then again, I’m a writer – that’s what we do best, is it not?
What brought you to the world of writing?
Going on the theme of being an only child – that’s exactly how I became a writer. During the summer, my mom would give me a book allowance for the month, but I would go through those pretty quickly. So to slow me down, she would make me write a book report about each book. She should have known then that I was different, because I liked doing those. LOL. But in the midst of all that book reading, I started thinking “well it would have been better had they done it this way” or “I could have done it better.” A family member once said “then do it”… so I did.
What is your first book and what do you think of it now?
Northern Lights 1: Two Worlds Collide is actually my first completed book. I love to hate it. I babied it for 8 years before I let it out in the world. I would tear it down and do it over if the fans would allow it but I don’t have time to do that. They love it just the way it is and they want more.
What type of books do you write and do they fulfil your reader’s needs?
I write interracial romance. For the most part, right now, I write young adult. Though my first adult contemporary comes out in a couple of weeks. And I’m going to say yes they do, being that Northern Lights is on its second sequel and people are begging for more.
I would like to feature The Wrong Side of the Mississippi. The release date isn’t set yet but it will be out by the beginning of April.
Savannah King needs a new start. So along with her two children, Chase and Bethany, she moves from Grand Blanc, Michigan to Peach Blossom, Mississippi. She’s running away from a past that she can’t forget. With a new job as a gym teacher, in a town where she doesn’t know anybody, it looked like she was going to get the new start she was looking for.
Levi Roberts ran away too. He came back home to Mississippi after a relationship failed in Atlanta. It was just easier to leave a messy situation in another time zone. He took a job as a janitor in a high school, and all was going fine, until he got a new neighbor.
After a rocky start, Savannah and Levi start to fall in love. A few citizens of Peach Blossom don’t like the idea of seeing an interracial couple and decide to do something about it. During the fight to prove Levi’s innocence for a crime he didn’t commit and fighting the town for acceptance, it’s then that the couple comes to a realization. They realize that instead of running away, they needed to run towards something. Each other.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
I have the luxury of being a full time author, so I’m able to do a first draft in about two months. Unless of course I get writer’s block like I’ve got with what I’m working on now. LOL
Do you plot or not, if so why?
I absolutely plot. Because I have writing ADHD and if I don’t plot, I have no idea where I’m going and I freeze up. I’m not married to the plot, though. If a character takes the wheel and steers it in another direction, then that’s the way I’ll go – but I at least have a GPS to guide me.
Do you write in 1st or 3rd person, or have you done both?
In 3rd but I’m going to attempt 1st soon.
How do you edit your work? Do you leave your draft alone for a while or edit as you write?
I edit as I write. Then, I leave it be for a day or so when I’m done and then go back to it. I read it through first, making notes of descriptions or things that need to go places but I’m fixing grammar and deleting wordiness while I’m doing that. And then, I go back and fix the notes I made. Then I read it one more time. And then, I send it to the editor.
What type of people/readers do you market your books to?
16 and over. It’s not just teenagers that read Young Adult anymore.
Do you self-publish or have you worked with an Agent/Publisher.
I was just released from BraveGirl Publishing and I am now on my own, starting my own fledgling company called Passion For Life Publishing.
How do you promote your writing?
Facebook, Instagram, I have my own blog, I’m about to have my own podcast, doing interviews like this helps immensely and I’m going to start doing podcast interviews.
Where can we buy your books?
For now – Amazon and BN.com
Who are your favourite authors?
James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks
Do you have any more information you’d like to share with us?
I am in the process of rebuilding my books. Northern Lights 1 and 2 are up on Amazon and I’m working on getting the other two up.
Quick Fire Questions
Favorite 80’s hair band? – It’s a tie. Poison and Bon Jovi
Favorite concert of all time? – Trans Siberian Orchestra
If Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber were hanging off a cliff and you could only save one – which one would it be? – Selena Gomez
What would be your last meal before you faced death row? – Meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes and asparagus.
What animal would you be and why? – Dolphin. Because they’re beautiful and graceful. And who wouldn’twant to live in the water???
Thank you for your interview, it was wonderful having you here. Good luck with your next two books. Let’s hope they are back online soon.