- Name or Pen name.
- Your city, state & country of residence:
Somewhere in the present, US
Denise Liebig is the award-winning author of The Dear Maude Trilogy. A true fan of historical fiction, she spends her free time researching historical events and writing about the possibilities. Denise also enjoys spending time in the present with her husband and three kids.
- Titles & genres of your available books:
Time Travel Romance, Historical Fantasy Fiction —
Dear Maude (The Dear Maude Trilogy Book 1)
For the Love of Maude (The Dear Maude Trilogy Book 2)
Forever Maude (The Dear Maude Trilogy Book 3)
Sophia (Companion Novella to The Dear Maude Trilogy)
The Dear Maude Trilogy Boxed Set
Reincarnation/Paranormal, Historical Fantasy Fiction —
- Links to your works on Amazon, B&N, etc:
Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dear-maude/id927425210
FOR THE LOVE OF MAUDE
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-the-love-of-maude-denise-liebig/1126187135
THE DEAR MAUDE TRILOGY BOXED SET
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- About your writing (FICTION AUTHORS)
- What inspires you to write?
I like antique and vintage things, so sometimes my inspiration comes from a question that I have regarding a time period. Other times, I just sit quietly and let the story rise to the surface on its own, and I see where it goes.
- What do you love most about writing?
I enjoy the creative aspect of writing. My imagination takes me to some interesting places, and I feel as if writing is my imagination’s travelogue. Writing is a great platform for my creativity.
- What’s the most challenging part?
The most challenging part of writing for me is finding the time in my day to create without distractions. The other most challenging part is marketing. It’s a necessary evil, but I’d rather be writing.
- How do you craft your story & characters?
For the first draft of any story, I sit at my desk before my computer and let my imagination take it from there. I don’t outline. I just let the story tell itself. In the next and all subsequent drafts, however, I fine tune it, adding the detail and research that I gathered along the way.
- How much research is involved?
Since I’m a historical fiction author, my books require quite a bit of research. I read a lot of books on whatever topic I’m writing about, and I also research online.
- How long did it take from idea to finished book?
Most of my books take a year or more to go from idea to finished book. Aside from the research involved, I also self-edit numerous times before I pass my books to the professionals. It’s time consuming, but I’ve yet to discover a better way to do it.
- Do you have any writing rituals or habits?
I actually don’t have any rituals or habits when I write, but I do let my miniature schnauzer share my chair with me. She’s good company.
Who influences you the most?
My parents were a big influence on my writing. They always encouraged my imagination and told great stories of their childhoods and beyond that gave me an appreciation for the past.
- What is your favorite theme/genre to write?
I definitely enjoy historical fiction, especially when it melds past and present. Even when one of my stories begins in the present, it always travels to the past in some form or another.
- Which character you’ve created is your favorite?
That would have to be Maude.
She incorrigible, while also being quick-witted and lots of fun. She’s the perfect great-great-aunt.
- Do any of your life experiences worm their way into your books?
Absolutely. I think all authors draw from their experiences. They say to write what you know, and I think as we get older, we’ve seen and lived through quite a lot. Had I written any of my books earlier in life, they’d have turned out vastly different due to the experiences I drew upon when writing them.
- How do you like to connect with readers?
I connect with readers through social media, my website, and email. I love it when readers reach out. Meeting my audience is one of my favorite things about writing.
- What do you hope readers take away from your books?
Aside from being entertained, I hope readers enjoy my characters and that their stories spark something within the readers’ imaginations. I also hope readers learn something about the past and feel, like I do, that traveling there would be a great adventure.
- Who helps you with the critique and editing process?
After I go through dozens of rounds of self-edits, I often read my stories to my husband for feedback. Then I pass them along to beta readers. I also have editors who help me polish what I think is the final version.
Do you ever hate something you’ve written?
Yes, but then I rework it until I love it.
- How do you overcome any nagging self-doubt that inevitably creeps in?
I think self-doubt is part of the process, but I try to be constructive about it. For me, self-doubt is what helps me to write a better book. Whenever I think the story isn’t good enough, I continue to revise and edit until I’m satisfied with it. Usually, that satisfaction is what helps me to finally publish my book.
- Do you read all reviews?
Yes. If a reader has taken the time to write a review, I think I owe it to them to read it. Also, you can’t please everyone, but it always feels good when you discover readers who enjoy your books.
- Why are reviews important?
Reviews are a glimpse into the mind of the reader. They help me to determine if I’m going in the right direction, but most of all, they show whether the reader was entertained.
- What advice would you give aspiring writers?
My best advice to aspiring writers is to keep writing. It sounds simple, but if you develop a habit of writing each day, it will become a lifelong journey that will produce many books along the way.
- What can you tell us about what we’ll see from you next?
I’m working on a ghost story that involves a modern woman, a sabbatical, and several twists and turns along the way. It should be out early next year.
- About Indie Publishing
- Why did you choose to publish as an Indie Author?
I weighed the pros and cons of both traditional and indie publishing and decided to go the independent route. My main reason for being independent is the creative control it offers me.
What obstacles have you encountered?
The main obstacle is marketing, getting my name and books out there as an unknown author in search of my audience. Trying to determine which platforms will be the most cost-effective is always a challenge, and it seems to change quite often, making it an on-going process
- How did you overcome those challenges?
I just keep trying new things until I find the best fit, then I build on that.
What has been the highlight of this journey?
I’ve connected with some amazing fans, who have encouraged me in my writing. I’ve also won several writing awards, and have ranked #1 on Amazon several times. It’s very gratifying to know that people enjoy my writing.
- Any tips for someone considering going Indie vs Traditional Publishing?
If you’ve researched the pros and cons of both and have decided to indie publish, I’d start by surrounding yourself with a good support group, including editors, formatters, cover designers, and marketing people. It might take a bit of research and effort, but in the end you will have a better book and a more professional image to back it. Of course, Book Promo Solutions is a great place to start!