Like chick lit? You’re going to love Carly M. Duncan’s new chick lit novel, Marcie. Carly is a television producer by day and a writer whenever there is time. She loves baking, scripted television and is working on easing her addiction to her too-smart-phone. She lives with her husband, two daughters and beloved Westie in Brooklyn, New York.
Thank you for this interview, Carly. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’m California born and raised, but I’ve lived in New York for over ten years, so I think I’m officially a New Yorker now – for better or worse. I work in television and I do my best to manage the roles of wife, mother, television professional, writer and friend as well as anyone can. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My mother encouraged writing in a diary, then that writing turned into short stories. In high school a short story I wrote was published in a book for athletes. About ten years ago I got the idea for my first novel – what is now Marcie.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
My book revolves around a teenage girl who loses her mother abruptly in a mysterious accident.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I didn’t choose a genre per se. This story is based on my mother’s own experience so I began with writing what I knew, what I consider to be her own family mystery.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Because this story is based on true events, the greatest challenge was creating a fictional world around a few things that had actually happened. I had to separate from reality to mold Marcie’s story into what I hoped it would eventually become.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I’m self-published. I spent a lot of time sending out queries and when it came down to it, I wanted the story out in the world so very much that I just decided to do it myself.
Was it the right choice for you?
Yes! The fact that people anywhere can read this story means so much to me.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Well, since I’m doing this indie-style, I’m promoting this mostly on my own. I’ve started with the usual methods of creating a Facebook page, Twitter account, Goodreads page, etc. I’ve teamed up with a couple of companies for virtual blog tours and plan to do at least one more tour. I’ve contacted countless publications and bloggers for their help, but it’s hard to create contacts out of thin air. It’s been a slow and steady process – with an emphasis on slow.
How is that going for you?
Ha! See above. Really, it’s been a wonderful learning experience. Now, I know what to do in the future – and what not to do. I’m slowly building relationships. I’m trying to have a lot of patience – and, honestly, I wish it were easier, but I’m enjoying the process of it all. If anyone out there has any suggestions, just let me know!
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
People love free stuff. I’ve done a few giveaways that have resulted in a bit of buzz and when people didn’t win, they still wanted to read the book. I plan to do more giveaways, definitely.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, by day I work in television. Oh, and my other job is being a mom.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Start early. Get WAY ahead of your release date. Find out who you need to know and how you need them to help you. I have a huge tracking grid of everyone I’ve reached out to with contacts, reviews if they’ve given them and general notes. It’s all about being persistent and organized.
What’s next for you?
My second book, Behind You, is in the final editing stages. My goal is to release it in the spring of 2014.
Thank you for this interview, Carly. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Please “like” my Facebook page and leave your reviews on my Goodreads page. You can also visit www.carlymduncan.com if you’re not sick of me yet! Marcie is available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.