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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Indie Author Interview: A. M. Madden

Indie Author Interview with A. M. Madden - Author of the Contemporary Romance The Back-Up Series.

A. M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author as well. The Back-Up Series is A.M. Madden's debut as an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.

Interview with A. M. Madden

Author A. M. Madden
Author A. M. Madden
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
A. M. Madden: I don't have one. [LOL] I'm a romance novel junkie. I always enjoyed writing for my school assignments, but that's the extent of my experience.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
My favorite genre is Romance. I've always enjoyed reading all genres, but Romance is what influences me. I love Samantha Towle, S.C. Stephens, Alice Clayton, Colleen Hoover, to name a few.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I tried writing a childrens book about ten years ago. Once I started researching how to become published, I tabled the idea and became extremely discouraged. It wasn't my time. My kids are now older, I have more time on my hands, and self-publishing has opened up tremendous opportunities for authors like me.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Back-Up Series is my debut romance series. I published book 1, Back-Up last July.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

Yes, I start with an idea, of course. I then layout a rough outline. As time goes on, I fill a notebook with anything that comes to mind for that particular book.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
My kitchen table.

"The hardest part would have to be actually starting a new project."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Once I develop the characters, I find it very easy to stick to their personalities. I also have a lot of fun writing in their POV's. The hardest part would have to be actually starting a new project. All these ideas are swirling around in your head, and the first few pages are crucial. Second guessing is a huge deterrent.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fans I have acquired. Especially when they contact me to say how much they loved my books, or how they wish my characters were real. That is the single biggest compliment a writer can receive.

A.M., please tell us a little about your just released Romance Novel Encore and The Back-Up Series.
Encore is the 3rd book in The Back-Up Series. It is a "where are they now" recap of the characters and what happened to them after Front & Center. I had a lot of fun writing Encore. For those looking for an angst filled, drama filled book, Encore is not it. It really is meant for those who loved Back-Up and Front & Center, and needed more on their favorite characters.

Encore (A. M. Madden)
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What inspired you to write The Back-Up Series ?
It was a dream. I dreamt I was at a concert, (which is very much my reality. I love music). I was in the front row and witnessed super hot chemistry between the lead singer and his back-up singer.

Who do you see as your target audience?
Anyone who loves to get lost in a realistic, true love, romance.

"The characters are all people I would want to hang out with."

What makes this series special?
I think it's the realistic the story line, the hot rockers, and the steam. The characters are all people I would want to hang out with. They have their flaws, they have their achievements, and they make mistakes.

How would you describe the success of the series so far?
Surreal. It's been amazing and I appreciate every single day where I can continue to write and have people enjoy what I offer.

How long did it take it to write the books?
It took me the longest to write Back-Up, almost five months. Book 2 took about 3 months as did book 3.

"Biggest advice I could give is don't rush it."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
I did it all wrong with Back-Up. I had no idea what I was doing. Biggest advice I could give is don't rush it.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes, I am working of book 4 of the series. It's about one of my secondary characters, Trey Taylor, who has become quite the rock star among my fans. Trey is a mystery and every is anxious to hear his story. His book is called Backstage. I hope to publish this fall..

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
I hate to say it, but yes. I feel paperbacks will be reserved as a means to collect signatures or favorite novels. In the year I have been involved in self-publishing, the changes that have occurred in the book world are staggering.

"Kindle, always."

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, always.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am happy to say that I am now a full time author. When I'm not writing, I'm marketing. When I 'm not marketing, I'm spending my time with my family.

How can readers connect with you?
My Facebook page is the easiest way, or my website.
My Facebook Page
My Website
Twitter - @ammadden1

Thank you very much for the Interview, A. M..

About the Book Encore (The Back-Up Series)

Encore (A. M. Madden)
Click to Read an Excerpt
You’ve read Back-up, you’ve read Front & Center, and you want an encore?

Jack and Leila have had to deal with some devious nonsense in their lives. But now, life is real good.

Find out what they’ve been up to. Travel into the future with Jack, Leila and all their friends. Put to rest your questions of “What happened to…”

If you are looking for heartbreak, angst or drama, look elsewhere. Encore is meant to produce a long and breathy sigh.

- "[...] I cried, I laughed, I swooned, I got mad, and then cried some more. The tears were mostly happy tears, the tender moments shared between Jack and Leila and other characters had me crying like a baby with a huge smile, while the tears were freely running down my face. I can't recommend this series enough and if you have already met this awesome group of people, do yourself a favor and buy this book, you will absolutely love it, promise!" - Reader Review

Links to the Books

Link to the Paperback Encore with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook Encore with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to all eBooks of The Back-Up Series with Excerpts on Amazon