Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.I’m Valerie Ullmer and I live in Denver, Colorado. I write paranormal, contemporary, M/M, and erotic romances.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us. I’ve always had a love for reading romance books and have thought about writing for years. But in 2010, circumstances allowed me more time to study the art of writing and that led to me actually writing.
I started off with writing exercises, a short paragraph introducing my character, which turned into a two-page story, which then blossomed into something more. I wrote a book in 2015, but I learned from that experience that for me, I needed to outline the complete story before I wrote any of it. Mainly for my sanity, the story’s structure, and to save myself a lot of time. I self-published my first novella in 2016 and haven’t stopped writing since. As of today, I have 13 books and novellas.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release? I’m working on a Christmas novella and have several book ideas and series continuations to work on in the new year. I’m planning to have my novella, All In, a M/M romance, out sometime in December.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance? I have more issues with how to develop believable conflict and have enough of it throughout my story, than I do with writing romance. When I started, I thought and quickly realized how wrong that assumption was, that I should write stories based on what was popular. But I soon learned that if I don’t love what I’ve written, then others won’t like it either. From then on, I realized I need to write what I want to read. Not everyone will love it, but even if one reader writes a review and likes it, it’s worth it.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book? I would love to say I research everything before I start writing, but that’s untrue. I will research a career choice of my characters and maybe personality traits, but when I write an outline, ideas come together and then I research as the story develops.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? There are actually two pieces of advice. The first one is from Stephen King. In order to be a writer, you need to write, every day. There is no magical formula, but when you write, you learn you have an innate sense of the flow of a story from those you’ve experienced through the books and movies you’ve read and watched. Sitting down and writing, that is the best thing for an author to do.
The second. Authors need to learn story structure. Plot points, pinch points, what makes the best conflict, and when certain things are supposed to happen in your story. The best resource I have found for this is K.M. Wieland’s wonderful website http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com.
What do you love the most about the month of November? I love fall so I would have to say everything. The cool nip in the air, the scent of apple cider, and the promise of cooler weather. And soon, the holidays and that special feeling you get every year.
Any last words before we go into the speed round? Thank you for having me!
City, suburb, or small-town? City
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Milk Chocolate
Alpha, beta, or both? Both
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Demon
Wine, whiskey or punch? Punch
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Halloween
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxer briefs J
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Biker Boots
Leather, lace, or silk? Silk
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Crumpets
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Bottom
Biceps, abs, or buns? Abs
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Dog
You For Christmas
Hiding his feelings for his best friend has become second nature to Parker Hunt. Throughout his years of friendship with Jonah Lee, he’d hoped for more, but he’d never been able to tell Jonah how he felt or what he wanted. When Jonah’s plans fall through for holiday break, Parker is determined to spend their last Christmas together and this time, be brave enough to tell Jonah exactly how he feels.
Jonah Lee has always been in awe of his friend, Parker. His energy, enthusiasm, and honesty had drawn Jonah to him from the first time they met. And while he’s always been an open book with Jonah, lately, Parker had been holding something back. On top of that, Jonah has realized that his feelings for Parker has grown and for the first time in his life, he’s curious about what Parker’s lips would feel like under his and what his definite male body would feel against his.
Will the holidays bring everything both men want, or will they let this opportunity pass them by?
More About Valerie
Valerie writes romances.
Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic, and M/M.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab, Maddie. Valerie is addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.
As a voracious reader, she’s believes that all writers are rock stars, and she hopes that people enjoy her stories as much as she loves the romance novels she’s devoured over the years!
When she’s not writing or learning about the craft of writing, she can be found surfing the internet way too much, watching Investigation Discovery and thinking that her neighbors are up to no good, and finding new ways to get her husband to laugh.
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