7 Questions for Debut Author Avril Tremayne

Avril Tremayne

Avril Tremayne

Last year’s So You Think You Can Write contest brought forth a lot of wonderful stories and great writers. One particular favorite was Avril Tremayne who entered in the Harlequin Kiss and the Wattpad contests–and sold both titles! So how did this come about? 

Some Things Writers Want to Know:

 What got you interested in writing?

The short answer is reading. I’ve always been a mad keen reader. I was one of those kids who read under the covers with a torch after lights out, and felt nervous if I didn’t have a big pile of unread books waiting for me. It was a natural progression from loving stories to wanting to make stories come out a certain way to suit my own inclination – so I dabbled from quite an early age, and have been dabbling all my life.

 

What has been the most useful thing you’ve done to get to this point?

The best thing I did was to readjust my mindset. I’ve always led a hectic life, and I’ve had some very big corporate jobs, but to be a writer was always my dream. However, it’s one thing to want to be a writer and quite something else to do it – and it only really came together for me when I made writing an integral part of my life by doing it every day. That meant not only hanging in there when the writing was flowing, but also when I was producing absolute rubbish (like I did today I’m sorry to say). My career in public relations was excellent training for this, because so much of that was based on finding the words, writing and editing every single day across all media, and meeting some terrifyingly tight deadlines.

 

Avril’s Wattpad winning entry is available June 2014!

 What is the one thing you wish you’d learned sooner?

I wish I’d learned to let my characters do what they wanted. I’ve wasted a lot of time forcing my heroes and heroines into spurious arguments just for the drama of it, manipulating dialogue just so I could use a  funny line I had in my head. But it’s not a great scene if your characters don’t fit in it! Now I really listen to what they want to say and do.

 

Which book or blog or site or conference or contest would you recommend for new writers?

My top pick has to be the So You Think You Can Write competition – but more generally, I’d say anything that forces you to actually write, and preferably to a deadline. The more you write, the better you get. I also really enjoyed my SYTYCW experience on Wattpad, because it’s a great place for interacting with readers and writers and getting feedback. It can be daunting to so openly share your writing with people when you’re a new writer, but that was an overwhelmingly positive experience for me.

 

What drew you to Harlequin?

That’s easy – romance novels have always been my favourites, and Harlequin was ‘it’ for romance. I also liked the ‘approachability’ of Harlequin – I always felt that if I wrote a good book, I would have a chance, even though I had never been published and didn’t have an agent.

 

What did you do when you got the call?

I was in too much of a daze to do anything except stare into space. I was just so shocked. I didn’t make a lot of sense on the phone and I’m a bit embarrassed about that, to be honest! Actually, I still feel quite dazed and can’t quite believe my luck. I’ve had a fair bit of champagne since, though.

 

The Contract - The September 2014 release!

The Contract – The September 2014 release!

How does a book start for you?

I get ideas from all over the place – from things that have happened to me, stuff that comes up in conversation, snippets of news or things I hear out and about. Sometimes my friends dare me with an idea or a character – which I love best of all. I keep notebooks everywhere – bags, bedside, every room in the house, my car – and they are full of very weird notes. But when I sit down to write, the first thing I have in my head is how the hero and heroine meet for the first time in the time frame the book is going to cover. Everything flows from that. This means that the reader sees the hero and heroine together as close to the start of the book as I can get them.

You can find out more about Avril and her upcoming stories through her website, on Twitter as @AvrilTremayne, or on Facebook

 Thank you, Avril, for sharing your story! We’re looking forward to reading THE CONTRACT (June 2014 (box set) and September (stand-alone)) and HERE COMES THE BRIDESMAID, Harlequin KISS, August 2014. And we can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

 

22 replies on “7 Questions for Debut Author Avril Tremayne”

Read her stories during the contests. She has a unique, fun voice and I can read her stories all day long!

I’m so glad you got to read my competition entries. Such great fun for me, as well as being life-changing!

That’s so kind. Thank you. I have a lot of fun writing and I hope that shows in my books.

She has quite a way with words and characters. Some of the most fun and original characters I’ve read. Can’t wait to keep reading her books. I hope she has a long career so I can read more, more, more!

Thank you so much. This has been quite a year for me – I feel so lucky to be published by Harlequin. I have so many stories to tell I plan to keep going for a loooong time.

ZOMG Avril, you are an absolute doll! Gorgeous Pic of you! Such a hot cover too, can’t wait to read your stories!

Thank you Wendy! It’s a fabulous cover isn’t it? As for me… Well, let’s just say that my usual wardrobe consists of airline pyjamas, which will give you an idea of how glamorous I am!

It was great getting to know you through the SYTYCW contest! Congrats on making 2014 your year to shine. See you in San Antonio:)

Thanks so much Jan – and right back at you. Really looking forward to seeing all the great SYTYCW writers’ books come out in the months ahead, including yours!

Avril, I loved both your entries from the start and voted fo both of them. Funny, unique characters – loved their interactions! Congrats on a great 2014!

I’m really grateful for all the support, Bev. It’s so exciting as release day gets closer – an amazing year.

Thanks so much, Joady. I had such a great time writing both books and am looking forward to telling a few more tales in the months ahead.

Thanks so much for the support, Angie. It’s been a very big year for me – a wonderful year.

I was a huge fan of Here Comes the Bridesmaid in the SYTYCW13 comp (love a story that makes me laugh)and can’t wait to see it published. Very well deserved and very well done! Look forward to reading lots more of your books :).

Avril, I loved Here Comes the Bridesmaid and voted for it during SYTYCW. Your characters are so fun and the writing was fresh. I can’t wait to get a copy of your story.

What are you working on now?

I’m so glad you liked it! And I really appreciate the comment too. I actually have another Harlequin KISS and a Harlequin medical coming out later in the year, and I have another New Adult that I recently finished so fingers crossed that one will turn up some time. To be honest, I have so many other stories in my head, I’m having trouble deciding what to start next, but there are two that I am dying to write. One is a follow on from The Contract, and involves two of the characters from that book – it will be very fun and flirty and the heroine is kind of adorable. The other is set on a dude ranch in Wyoming, USA and has a city-girl Aussie heroine meeting a tough-as-nails cowboy. So a big decision for me to make!

I remember reading Avril’s entry in SYTYCW13 and loving it. Just found out that she got her contract and the book will be out soon, so deserving. I have thought of that story months later, loved her voice and am proud to say that I voted for a great storyteller. Congratulations.

Thank so much Sophie. I still remember reading your comments during the contest, and how happy they made me. It’s been such an exciting year, and I am still pinching myself!

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