Our guest today is L.H. Cosway, author of the contemporary romance, Still Life with Strings. L.H. has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
Thank you for this interview, L.H. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Well, I’m an indie author from Ireland who writes romance and urban fantasy. I’ve been writing stories since my late teens but have only been publishing books for the past two years.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
My book is a romance between a classical violinist from the right side of the tracks and a street performer from the wrong side of the tracks.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I’m obsessed with love stories of every kind, so romance was always the obvious choice for me.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
My greatest challenge was learning all about the classical music world and depicting it accurately throughout the novel.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
Was it the right choice for you?
I think so, yes. I like the freedom to be able to publish what I want, when and how I want it.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I have a virtual tour planned and I’m venturing into using Netgalley for the very first time. I’m also doing a couple of promotional giveaways.
How is that going for you?
So far so good. But ask me that question in a month’s time and I’ll have a better answer.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
The best thing to do is write a book that people love, because it will lead them to buying your other works.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I used to be a freelance writer and editor, but now that I’ve built up my audience I can afford to write novels full-time. I still do one or two freelance jobs every now again though.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Get organized and do it well in advance of your release date. The more you prepare for your book going out into the world, the more people will hear about it.
What’s next for you?
Next up I’m writing a new story about a modern day illusionist titled Six of Hearts. In essence it’s a romance but it’s also based around a big mystery and twist.
Thank you for this interview, L.H. Cosway. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?