Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I’m Valerie Ullmer, I’m from Denver, Colorado, and I write Paranormal, Contemporary, M/M, and Erotic Romance.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I have always been an avid reader, mostly romance novels, and years ago the idea of becoming a writing popped into my head. I wasn’t at the right place in my life, so I put off the idea of becoming a writer for several years. In 2010, I was laid off and became sick of the corporate world, so I decided I needed something else to do with my life. I was reading a lot at the time so I decided, I can do this, why not? At first, I started with writing prompts, writing short 200-word stories that quickly bloomed into more. The more I wrote, the more ideas I had, and so I kept writing. My first novel, like many writers, was completely horrible and wasn’t anywhere near able to be published. But the next one was and so in 2016, I self-published my first book. And it snowballed from there. I write full-time and currently have 10 books, both novels and novellas out now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I am working on a new series called A Chance Meeting, and it’s a M/M (gay) romance novel. I am also in the process of self-publishing a book I wrote late last year that was a part of a LGBTQ romance collection, a 26,000 word novella called Fall for You, that will be released in the middle of June 2018.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
For the past two years, I have read exclusively M/M or gay romance. It started with my obsession with fanfiction which turned to a love for M/M novels. I mainly read what I write, contemporary and paranormal romance and there are so many authors that I love, but I’ll name a few. Ruthie Luhnow, Jay Northcote, Eden Finley, and many, many others.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
The best advice I’ve ever heard: The only way to become a writer is to write. It doesn’t matter how bad you are, your writing will improve with time, but you have to write. And just to throw this in, learn story structure.
City, suburb, or small-town? City
Boxers, briefs, or commando? boxer briefs
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cake
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Against the wall
Biceps, abs, or buns? Abs
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Dogs
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thank you for having me!