Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written and published three books. Designing Samantha’s Love, Book 1 of the Second Chances series, Dog Days of Summer, Book 1 of the Rolling Thunder series and Rydin’ the Storm Out, Book 2 of the Rolling Thunder series. Danny’s War, Book 3 of the Rolling Thunder series will be out this summer.
As far as who I am, I’m a wife of thirty years, a mom of four a grandmother of three and a biker. My husband and I take as many trips as we can on motorcycles and enjoy it immensely. My dream of retirement will be us traveling the country on motorcycles with no schedule to keep. I can write each morning and we can bike during the day.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Designing Samantha’s Love, Book 1 of the Second Chances series is not only my first book, but my next book as I am republishing it. The original title was Second Chances, but with the republish and new publisher, I decided to rebrand it and since I had people asking me to turn it into a series, I took the opportunity to name the series for the original title.
Samantha Powell and Grayson Kinkaide are both in their fifties. They’ve been through life, beaten down but both have persevered. When they meet, they both know things are going to be different. But, old loves, blended families and life have a funny way of intervening.
I was inspired by these two characters because of the fact that they are both more mature. I was tired of reading about rich twenty-something jerks and wanted a different story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know how unusual they are, but I move around a lot. I’ll sit for a while then that gets old. I’ll take my laptop to the kitchen and stand at the counter for a while. Then, I’ll lay on the floor in the living room for a while. I’m a floor layer. I almost never sit on the sofa.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been very vocal about this. I just love Sylvia Day. I love her stories. I’ve been a fan for a long time. But, also, life influences me. Look around the next time you are in a crowd. Ever person standing around you has a story. Some are more interesting than others, but there is a story there.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Danny’s War right now. Danny’s War is Book 3 of the Rolling Thunder series. Danny Schaefer is a veteran amputee. He comes home with a missing leg, gets dumped by his girlfriend and has to deal with his new body, his broken heart and PTSD.
Tammy Davis is a friend of Molly Bates, from Rydin’ the Storm Out. Tammy helps Molly while she is taking pictures at Danny’s house for a video from the Veteran’s Ride and they meet. But, Danny is dealing with issues and so is Tammy. They are trying to find a way to work them out.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve just been through a marketing class recently and while I used to do the facebook and twitter promotion like so many others, I’ve just decided to work on my website and my blog. My website is www.pjfiala.com Since I write about bikers, I’ve just begun a Friday series called, Chicks Who Ride. I’ve been interviewing women bikers and posting the interviews on my blog. I am meeting some very interesting women through these interviews.
But, all of my book progress is also available on my website.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write only if you love it, not because you think you’re going to get rich. Only a small percentage of writers actually make money at it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing. That’s true. I’ve knocked myself out with the promotion stuff. I don’t find that it works all that well. But, writing books and making them sing, that’s the key. If you love it, it isn’t a chore.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a historical romance that I enjoyed very much, Always Come Home by Maureen Driscoll. I’ll be picking up more of her books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will continue to take classes and improve my writing and write stories. I have a bunch of them rolling around in my head and I need to get them down on paper. I’ve been picked up by Booktrope and look forward to working with them to publish my books.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can’t say that I have only one book of all time. I think I mentioned above that I love Sylvia Day. She’s written some very interesting characters. Of course, Giddeon Cross and Eva Trammel stand out of Sylvia’s characters, but her angel series has implanted itself in my brain.