Updated: Apr 29, 2019
1.) Can you tell our readers a bit about you?
I was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, my father was French and my mother British (from Wales). I moved to London, UK, in 1997, where I now live with my husband and son. I work full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company. I write fantasy romance in my spare time, mainly in the evenings and at week-ends.
2.) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I read “The Lord of the Rings”, aged 12, I thought “I want to write stories like that.” I started to write my first story (a sprawling, way too ambitious fantasy saga) at 14.
3.) Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from my readers a lot, as they get in touch via Facebook, and some readers leave reviews, which I appreciate enormously. Readers have said lovely things about the story, for example:
“I cared for the characters Alex, the mortal lady, and Yann, the merman, and rooted for them to be together. The story is a good mix between romance and thrilling action. The romance unfolds naturally and because of their different backgrounds, it is also a forbidden love. The taboo aspect of their relationships makes it more dangerous and sexier.”
“This was so much fun and interesting and the writing made me feel like I could see the colors and environment as if I was there in the story. It was sexy and fun. I loved the conflict and the love. It was all around a feel good and fun story and I cannot wait to see what happens in book 2. Very good and very well written.”
Another reader said that she identified with the characters’ struggle against family obligations and expectations. I hadn’t thought of my book in that way, and it was lovely to see my story could have that meaning for readers. She clearly spoke from the heart, and personal experience, and it touched me.
4.) What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
I think it is vanity publishing, where unscrupulous firms and individuals extract money from authors in return for publishing their books. Usually the books published are of poor quality, and the authors don’t make any sales. This is quite different from self-publishing, where authors publish their book themselves and pay reputable professionals for editing, proofreading, and other services.
5.) How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have 3 unpublished contemporary romances, and 2 unpublished paranormal romances. I intend to rework one of the paranormal romances as part of my next series, “Warlocks in Love.” The other books can stay in the computer! I also have a few chapters of another contemporary romance, which I abandoned when I realized that my heart wasn’t with sheikhs and billionaires, but with mermen and witches.
6.) What was your hardest scene to write?
Generally I find love scenes difficult to write, I spend far more time on them than on any other scenes. The central love scene in “Music for a Merman”, the second book in my “Sea of Love” series, took me days to write. But I was quite happy with it when I finished, and my publisher liked it too, so it was worth it.
7.) How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Usually, about 6 months to write, and 6 months to edit. I usually write the next book in the series as I edit the previous one.
8.) Are there misconceptions that people have about your book? If so, explain.
People expect mermen and mermaids to have a fish tail, but mine don’t have that. They are shape-shifters, and in their aquatic form, they have webbed hands and feet, and a smooth, foot-long tail. But not a fish tail. They’re 100% hot blooded mammals.
9.) What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
The most useful lessons were the ones I received from my tutor, the marvellous Laurie Sanders. She taught me how to write about emotions, which is so important in romance. The least helpful advice was the writing course I took before I found Laurie. I was given rules that were overly restrictive (“Don’t use adverbs!” “Don’t do this!” “Do that!”) and it didn’t help my writing – I ended up writing in a cookie-cutter way which didn’t work for me.
10). Where can our readers learn more about you and your books?
Here are my social media links, do drop by and check out my existing and future releases! I follow back!
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Renaud/e/B07L52P17B?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000