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Atlanta Hunter, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

She assumed things would never change–but will they? Married for four and a half years, Rochelle Moore sees the once heated passion between her and her husband Nathan is fading. She is either working, alone at home, or hanging out with girlfriends and keeping her husband’s attention is becoming more and more difficult. Rochelle soon understands the well-known phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures.”

The following events take Rochelle on a wild ride! How far will she go to rekindle her and Nathan’s relationship? Is the fire still there between them? Will it be worth it or a huge disappointment? How far is too far?

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Atlanta Hunter whose book Desperate Measures moved as well as charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Atlanta, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Atlanta will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Atlanta Hunter!

Atlanta began writing at the age of fourteen in school notebooks, and publishing never crossed her mind until nine years later. Writing was considered a hobby, but in late 2013, Atlanta made her debut. She wowed her readers with her imagination and storytelling, and there’s no telling what she’ll come up with next. She lives in Texas with her family, loves music, and is a fan of classic films. “The Great Race,” Send Me No Flowers,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “West Side Story,” and “The Quiet Man” are just a few of the many films she enjoys watching. The longest book she has read so far is Gone with the Wind.  

Now, how wonderful does Atlanta sound?! Atlanta is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Atlanta’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Atlanta, I hope that you enjoy Atlanta’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.

I am the second of three daughters. I graduated college with a degree in healthcare management, so publishing my writing was never an option. However, I discovered that I loved creating stories. I started as a teenager. The first story I wrote was in a loose-leaf notebook. I wrote it by hand and it was seventy pages long. Writing back then was a way for me to open up, since I was considered shy growing up. Writing helped me to express myself on a new level. Aside from that, I love music, chocolate, Turner Classic Movies, Hallmark/Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and I play the piano.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

Desperate Measures came as a random thought over five years ago. I wanted to write a romantic comedy with some drama intertwined into the story. My main character Rochelle is a woman who’s looking for affection from her beloved husband. She’s so “desperate” for his attention that she’ll do whatever needs to be done. I hope my readers see the humor as well as the heart of the story. It’s truly a roller-coaster ride!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Go for it! While everyone may not be a fan, there will be someone out there who will enjoy your work. I don’t look at the negative reviews. I read a quote that said to authors, “Reviews are not for you. They are for your readers.” That has kept me emotionally detached when opinions come my way. While some mean well, not all wish you the best. However, it’s better to go ahead and publish (self and/or traditional), because if you’ve been blessed with a gift, don’t hide it. I almost didn’t publish, believing I didn’t have what it took since I don’t have a formal writing background. It was meant to be nothing but a hobby. On the other hand, my dad was the first to encourage me to publish. He told me I had a gift. He along with my family are my biggest fans.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

Connection. If I can’t connect with a story, I won’t be able to finish it. If an author is able to grab my attention from start to finish, there’s a good chance I’ll love the book. However, if I don’t connect to the story/characters, I’ll probably won’t finish it. This rarely happens to me, but there a few books I’ve had to say “pass.” It wasn’t a bad story. It just wasn’t for me.

What is your writing process like?

It usually starts with a random thought, and then I make a note of it on my phone. This can be challenging, since sometimes my thoughts come at night when I’m trying to sleep. From there, I write the book blurb, and then I proceed to write an outline. This is recent, since I used to just “go with the flow” and write the chapters as they came to me. Now, I find it’s easier to stay focused and keep the story organized with an outline. It can take me two to six months to write a story. Although, I have had writer’s block and a story took me four years to finish. I hope that setback doesn’t repeat in the future.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I usually find reliable sources for research on the internet or my own personal knowledge. My stories so far have been contemporary, but I am in the process of researching for a historical romance. This will require more in depth research, so I’ll definitely be at the library.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I did both for a while, but I’m finding it’s better to stay on time by sticking to a schedule. After my morning workouts and breakfast, I attempt to write so many words a day. I don’t have a set number, but I aim to add to my word count. Whether it’s 500 words or 3,000, I try to meet my own personal quota. Discipline is the key. While I do relish in being an independent author, I still attempt to stick to a timeline.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I read almost everyday. I love it! Sometimes it’s for entertainment and to unwind, and sometimes I use it to learn from other successful authors i.e. how they pace a story, tension between characters, etc. Favorite author? There are too many to count, but I recently read A Country Wedding by Leigh Duncan from Hallmark Publishing. I loved the movie and now I’m obsessed with the book!

What’s your favorite/least favorite part about writing?

Writing the actual story is my favorite part. When I finish it’s a raw manuscript, and I’m happy that the story is complete. I love that is has transformed from an idea to an actual book. My least favorite part is the editing and proofreading. My editor takes my manuscript and sometimes I feel as if my writing is under the microscope. He or she will send back comments, suggestions, and rewrites and my eyes will widen in surprise. Sometimes I’ll say to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Or “Really, I missed that?” Then again, that’s what they are there for and I appreciate them. I feel that much more confident when my work is published to the public.

Is it hard to “turn off” your brain when creative ideas are racing through your mind?

Yes, yes, and yes! There have been a few sleepless nights and I’ve had to tell myself “Go to sleep.” Still, I make the notes of the story in my phone, and force myself to relax.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I have three books on pre-order right now! You can find Oceans Deep (Sequel to Testing the Waters), Back to Life, and Beyond Repair at any one of your favorite retailers. These three are part of my True Love Series and Oceans Deep will be officially out next month! I didn’t intend to write a sequel, but it seemed like the story between my lead characters in Testing the Waterswasn’t quite finished. I hope my readers enjoy it. I also have a standalone read, The Journal, which can also be found at any one of your favorite retailers.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Atlanta! If you have liked what you have read about Atlanta and are interested in learning more about Atlanta and reading Atlanta’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Desperate Measures: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Atlanta Hunter: iBooks – Barnes & Noble – Smashwords – Blog – Twitter – Website

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Thanks Aimee for your kind words. I really enjoyed doing this interview. As always, it’s a pleasure working with you. As I mentioned earlier, writing was never in the cards for me. I was content on keeping it private. However, it’s a part of me. I didn’t want fear to hold me back, so I took a leap of faith. As a result, I see that people are enjoying my work. Sometimes I kid and say, “Really, they do?” Still, it’s a compliment when someone sees your hard work and appreciates it. Thanks again Aimee! I hope to work with… Read more »

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