An Interview with Renee’ Novelle: Author & Journalist
Sylvia: Welcome Renee’. Please give our readers an introduction of yourself and a little about your book.
Renee’: Hello Sylvia. My name is Renee’ Novelle and I come from a very long line of writers, so writing has just always come naturally for me. It’s something I was always recognized for during my formative years, and something that I honestly can’t live without doing. I’ve tried, and failed miserably at it.
After earning my Bachelor’s, Summa Cum Laude, and working for five years as a freelance journalist, I decided it was time to return to my first love – fiction. I had learned so much about editing, structure, and a tight storyline, and I think this just enhanced my fiction ideas. I dabbled for a while in all sorts of genres, but I really fell in love with stories that provided unique twists and what I call “what-just-happened” endings. I enjoy entertaining readers, but I also like giving them stories that makes them think, and question, and probe a little bit deeper into how they view the world around them.
I also think it’s so important to feature independent, strong-minded women as the primary characters. In many genres, women sort of fall into this category of needing to be saved somehow. In my stories, they show their vulnerabilities, yes, but ultimately they’re the ones who do the saving.
Sylvia: I commend you for portraying women characters in a positive manner. What inspired you to write your first book?
Renee’: Calculated is actually the fifth book I’ve written, but the first I’ve released. The others, I’m in the process of rewriting and have them on my publishing schedule for a future date.
My work as a journalist inspired the core concept of the story. I had gained firsthand experience on how stories can be edited, censored and manipulated to show a different version of the story than was originally written, and this bothered me. The rest of the plot and subplot just sort of came organically as I discovered the characters.
Sylvia: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Renee’: I think the message in this series is that not everything is as it seems. This can be applied to people, situations, and organizations. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t trust what we see, but that we should open minded, always seeking out the truth. And never be afraid to alter what our concept of reality is.
Sylvia: Now that is an empowering message. Like you said, it can be applied to non writers alike. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Renee’: Practice, practice, practice! Honing your craft should be your first priority. Everything else develops naturally once you have a polished style. And if it’s your dream to become published, never give up on that dream.
Sylvia: Practice makes perfect! What marketing techniques have you used to sell your books and which ones have been most successful?
Renee’: I think word of mouth is the strongest marketing technique, so I’ve done a lot to try to get my work in front of as many people as possible. Social media, blog tours, review tours… It’s all a process, and you have to just figure out what works best for you.
Sylvia: Why should we buy your book?
Renee’: Calculated is an entertaining story with a plot that never stops. There’s no lull in the storyline. It’s a fast read, with diverse and believable characters, and unique twists that will always keep you interested.
Sylvia: Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
Renee’: Anywhere that’s quiet! I can’t seem to think if there’s music or other noise around me. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible.
Sylvia: What projects are you currently working on?
Renee’: Right now I’m working on the final edits to book 2 in this series, DRIVEN, as well as a short paranormal thriller story that I hope to release in October.
Sylvia: What is your POWER WORD? Why this word?
Renee’: My power word is Believe.
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn
Sylvia: I love that word. Renee’ thank you for sharing your life and book with our readers. Please share your social media and book contact information.
Renee’: I appreciate the opportunity Sylvia. This is an awesome platform for women.
- Website: http://www.RsNovelle.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReneeNovelle
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RS_Novelle
- Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW6J7G6 and https://www.amazon.com/author/rsnovell
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RSNovelle