Frequently asked questions
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A AUTHOR?
Reading became an escape from an abusive childhood for me. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on; spent hours at the library and I would take pencil and paper, sometimes a coloring book and pencils to write and illustrate my stories from the coloring books. As I got older, school was a gift from heaven. I had more books to read in the library and teachers wanted you to Write! Then I discovered romance novels and I knew my calling was to write beautiful stories of overcoming hardships and finding love.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR PUBLISHING COMPANY?
I started Leather Bound Press with two other authors and a cover designer and promotions group.
It was a labor of love for me, not so much the others. I've continued it and still help new authors with coaching, design, and editing.
IN WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
The broad genre is romance. I write contemporary romance with an Erotic Edge. My books are steamy, sassy and sexy. Full of women and men not afraid of enjoying themselves sexually. I also mix in humor because life is funny; suspenseful moments that make you cringe, and those turning points in life that make or break a relationship.
HAVE YOU EVER PENNED UNDER ANOTHER NAME?
I've thought about it with the erotica books but I'm too lazy to maintain all the social media sites! lol it's enough for me and my friend, Ebony Simone McMillan to keep my sites and Leather Bound Press up and running.
YOU WROTE A BOOK TITLED "LUSTFUL LETTERS". WHAT WAS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
I delve into erotica because I'm a very sensual person. Allowing your mind and body to explore sexuality opens you up to a journey of orgasmic adventure. Pun intended! That's what my Lustful trilogy is about. An older woman exploring her pent up sexuality in a variety of ways, starting in chat rooms and venturing into dungeons and beyond. The second book, Lustful Lies continues her exploration, delves into sexual predators, drugs, and Edge play. It's coming out in September
IS THIS BOOK A SERIES OR A STAND ALONE?
It's a trilogy following her journey with BDSM, ménage, kinksters and predators.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE INTERVIEWS?
Oh I love interviews! Especially Reading the questions or comments from readers. The connection between writer and reader has become more intimate due to social media. And knowing that there are other fun and naughty folks like me, is awesome! Lol
HOW IMPORTANT ARE REVIEWS?
They are the backbone for most marketing and advertising monies given to authors. It's like your credit score for authors. They are that important. Little reviews equals little free advertising on Amazon and other sites. The magic number for Amazon is 50 reviews. That's why authors keep the slogan "Read. Review. Repeat". I've been fortunate that my Tempered Steel Series has been well received by bloggers, reviewers, and fans. I think the combination of steamy sex, suspense, and comedy pull in a variety of book lovers.
WHAT DOES THE TERM "BUILDING A BRAND" MEAN?
To me, I want my logo, my avatar and my face to represent my books. I am branding myself as an author of erotic romance books. Here are my main branding photos. The lips logo goes on my timelines, my emails, and my event banners and correspondence. You see those lips, you know it's me, "Mags". It goes on everything author related.
I use this avatar for all my social media pages so folks know it's me. I rarely change it because branding is about continuity of the brand.
WHAT STEPS ARE YOU TAKING TO BUILD YOUR BRAND?
Well! The above mentioned pics are one way to get my name out there. But I also use my website, my social media sites, and Google, Bing, and Firefox or Safari. If I can have a presence somewhere, I will. I also own my own domain for business purposes.
Now as far as personal branding, I go to as many events, meet as many folks as I can, give workshops, seminars and speaking engagements and yes, I bring that lips banner with me. If the clients eyes wander from me, I want them to focus on my logo.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE COOKING IN THE LAB FOR AUTHOR MAGGIE ADAMS?
Oh, I'm always cooking up something, darlin'! And speaking of cooking, I'll be putting out my Coalson Family Cookbook of Memories in time for Christmas. In each book of the Tempered Steel Series, I include a little recipe of something the characters were eating in a scene. My fans loved it and asked me to do an entire cookbook of "family" recipes, so I am.
As I said earlier, the second book in my "lustful Trilogy" comes out later September 2017, and I've been working on a romantic comedy/women's fiction story about a mousy divorcee who wanders into a BDSM club and tries to adapt to that lifestyle. Sort of 50 Shades meets I Love Lucy. It's called "Minx" and will come out in 2018.
I also have to finish the last of the Coalson brothers story, but there's still going to be more from the residents of Grafton, Illinois in the near future. I'm also playing around with a YA series and a paranormal time travel trilogy.
WHAT GOALS DO YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE AS An AUTHOR?
Just putting it out there and hitting publish was a lifetime goal for me! I'm grateful to God and my fans for every day they give to me as a writer. I want to create stories that have meaning to someone, something they go to for a reread for a laugh, or for comfort during tough times. I guess my future goal is to be able to write full time with my books providing enough income for me and my family. To be able to do something you love and make a living at it, is a personal goal. I'm not really into the labels like NY Times Best seller. It would be nice, but I've known authors that make themselves crazy trying to hit that mark. Not my thing. I want my readers to make me a one click author. That's far more important to me.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO OFFER TO THOSE ASPIRING TO BECOME A AUTHOR? Three things -
The branding I talked about, getting the social media presence, DO IT BEFORE YOU EVER HIT PUBLISH. Join book clubs, book groups and participate. Set up your professional page AWAY from your personal page.
Second, write every day. Even if you think it's crap, you can edit later. Just write it.
And third, don't let anyone tell you it's too hard to self-publish. They just want your money or to see you fail. You can do this. I did!
NAME THREE AUTHORS YOU'D LOVE TO WORK WITH.
I'm going to answer with groups. The 1001 Nights group of authors includes some of my most revered authors - Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Alexander Ivy.
The Wicked Pens, of which I am a Member, are all talented writers with an immense catalog of erotic romance and erotica novels backed by hours of research.
My Lunch Ladies group write a variety of romantic sub genres and I would be honored to collaborate with them on any project.