Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Writing as Riley Blake, I’ve written two Kindle Worlds novellas and one short story for The Miss Fortune series, which is a cozy mystery series created by New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon. If readers are unfamiliar with Kindle Worlds, they can find out more by visiting Amazon Kindle Worlds. In addition to writing novellas, I have another completed novel now making its rounds through the editing wheel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Christmas in the Bayou is a short story set in the Louisiana Bayou. While the story is about a school shooting at the local elementary school, the inspiration for this story initially came to pass because I wanted to draw attention to the fact that some of our most undervalued citizens are often our teachers. It was my way of shining a spotlight on school teachers across the world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ve been a full-time writer for many years so my habits have changed. When I was younger, I would break for lunch and exercise. Now, I break for lunch and watch the news. “They say” that old habits die hard. I wish that were true because I might be a beanpole by now instead of fluffy. *Smiles*
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Over the course of my career, James Patterson, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, and Sidney Sheldon influenced my writing.
What are you working on now?
I’ve been working on several pieces. I just finished up an untitled novel for the Miss Fortune series. I’m also working on an exciting new thriller that will release sometime next year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I always visit http://awesomegang.com and the family of websites affiliated with the site. Then I place my ad at http://www.goodkindles.net. From there, I just enjoy visiting with readers on Twitter and Pinterest.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Manage your time. It is so important to stick to a writing schedule. Time is a precious commodity.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Over the years, I’ve heard so much advice that it’s hard to pinpoint words of wisdom that stand out but I’ve often heard “write every single day” and that’s sound advice. The more you write, the better you become.
What are you reading now?
Hurricane Force by Jana DeLeon
What’s next for you as a writer?
Another manuscript. There will always be “another manuscript” and that’s all the excitement I need.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon is probably an all-time favorite
Author Websites and Profiles
Riley Blake Amazon Profile