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About the Pryce parents…

I got more than a few emails and messages, etc. about the Pryce parents. The short answer is I don’t know.

I feel bad that’s all I can say for certain. I know it sounds totally crazy when I tell you that I don’t know. You’re probably thinking, “But Nadia, aren’t you the author, so you know everything about what’s going to happen?”

The answer is no. I know very little. I know as much as my characters want to tell me. The whole secret about Vanessa? I didn’t know that until I was writing that scene. Why Shane really left? I didn’t know that until I hit the part where he went to Ginger’s parents’ house. I knew nothing about Dane’s background until I was writing the 5th draft of The Billionaire’s Forbidden Desire. (Yes, he was that tight-lipped, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why the book was two months late. Thankfully Sophia was much more open about herself, and my dev editor talked me out of throwing my laptop out of the window.)

The only thing I know for certain is that the main couples in my books get their HEA no matter what. <3


Ask Nadia: How many hours a day do you write?

This is kind of a difficult one for me to answer because my guess is that by “write” I think the questioner meant new words produced.

I don’t go by hours, but by word count. I try to get down 5,000 words per day when I’m drafting (1st draft). It takes me about four hours of intensely focused writing to accomplish this (sometimes longer, sometimes not). My brain’s totally fried after about 5k words, and I can’t write anything coherent afterward. I also consume copious amounts of sugar while I draft. (I don’t need much sugar when I revise though.)

Once I’m done drafting, I generally go back and rework the character arcs, pacing, etc., which takes about one to two weeks, then I send the draft to my editor to look at.

While my editor’s reading my manuscript, I “detox”. That is to say, I get caught up on administrative items, read a few books, watch some TV shows and movies I’ve been meaning to see, try to wind down a bit and think about my next project, etc. This ensures that there’s some emotional distance between me and the story by the time my editor’s comments come back to me…and that, in turn, makes it much easier for me to revise. (My editor’s too honest and ethical to tell me that what I sent her is so brilliant it rivals Shakespeare’s King Lear.)

So as you see, I don’t have a set number of hours a day I write. But having daily milestones and goals help me be productive without burning out (too much). :)


Ask Nadia: Do you plan to do any book signings or events in the States?

I wish I could, but at this point, not really. I live in Japan, so it’s very expensive to fly to the States. I think the cheapest I found for economy was $1,500 round-trip, and it takes 3+ days of traveling alone to go to the States and come back to Japan.

I visit my family and friends in the States occasionally, but most times it’s during Christmas, which means my readers are busy.

But lately I’ve been considering going to a conference or two, so if I ever do go to an event or something like that, I’ll be sure to post it on my blog, FB and Twitter. And I’m very pre-planned, so there’ll be plenty of advance warning! :)


Ask Nadia: Did you always see yourself writing these types of books?

Actually no. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer…then later a plastic surgeon (until I realized I had to take organic chemistry :shudder:)…then later an investment banker. But as it turned out, I didn’t become any of those.

And when I started writing, I decided I wanted to write something that was uplifting. I don’t mind really good novels with sad endings, and I read them. But I didn’t have the heart to make my characters go through some super crappy conflict and problems and…end up dead. So romance seemed like a natural genre for somebody like me. And it doesn’t hurt that I enjoy reading it. :)


Ask Nadia: How do you choose titles?

Very badly!

I generally don’t have a title when I start writing. My poor cover artist! I don’t know until I’m done with dev edits…or maybe in some cases until I’m done with line edits. The only book I had a title from the very beginning is Merry in Love (Meredith Lloyd’s story — coming this winter), partly because it’s so easy to have a little fun with the “in Love” pattern for the Hearts on the Line books, and Merry is a short form of Meredith…and the book is a holiday romance.

So…some of the tidbits about my titles. :)

Vengeful in Love was originally entitled Carnal Secrets.

Reunited in Love‘s working title was Temporarily in Love (I told you I suck at this…!).

Redemption in Love‘s working title was Anything But Divorce (I know… :sigh:)

Thankfully I have a great team of people helping me, so the final title usually isn’t too terrible. :)


Where Can I Buy a Copy of a Nadia Lee Book?

I generally do an Ask Nadia session on Wednesdays, but I decided to talk about something else, which several people have asked me about.

Where can I buy a copy of a Nadia Lee book?

If you’re buying a print copy, any store is fine. And just for the record, I don’t mind if you buy new or used when it comes to print copies. Amazon, B&N and other bookstores should carry them or be able to order them for you if they’re not in stock.

For ebooks, I currently distribute to the following stores only:

  • Apple iBooks — All 51 international stores
  • Amazon — All territories
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Google Play
  • All Romance eBooks

Several people have asked me about my distribution plans at Smashwords. I think this is because I used to distribute my books via Smashwords, and I currently have one book available on Smashwords (Vengeful in Love).

I plan to pull that book down from Smashwords soon and close my account with them. I basically used Smashwords to distribute Vengeful in Love to Barnes & Noble, because Barnes & Noble does not accept books that are free. So I had no choice but to use Smashwords.

But recently, the negatives are considerably outweighing the positives.

Pro(s)

  • You can make your book free on Barnes & Noble.

Con(s)

  • Reporting is extremely slow. Oftentimes I have to wait for weeks for updates.
  • And the reports are confusing. I have a degree in finance and minored in economics and took more accounting courses than I should have in college. I still get a headache when I look at their reports.
  • Their payments are slow.
  • Their ebook file vetting system is inconsistent and slow. (I’m not complaining about having to create a consistent and/or proper epub file. I’ve been doing that for years now, and Apple, which is one of the pickiest vendors out there, has no problem with my files. What I object to is random errors that don’t make any sense.)
  • Their support is slow (if you get a response at all).
  • I’ve received my tax forms late a few times, and they were often the wrong forms.
  • The biggest problem: Smashwords opts me in for new vendors without my consent or notifying me first. There are certain vendors I do not want to do business with. I understand Smashwords wants to grow its business, but it should respect my wishes as well and not send my books to places without my explicit permission.

I know many overseas readers buy from Smashwords because it’s easy and convenient. But I can no longer distribute my books to a place that routinely disregards my wishes (in addition to all the other issues). I try to accommodate overseas readers by making my books available on all 51 Apple iBooks Store, localized Amazon stores and putting them on All Romance eBooks and Google Play.

Thanks for your understanding!