P J Fiala has had four books published: Designing Samantha’s Love, Dog Days of Summer, Rydin’ the Storm Out and Danny’s War. She is carving her own unique niche in the romance genre, with authentic characters and dramatic storylines, often derived from her unique experiences.
The author serves as the VP of Communications for Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.
Born in Bridgeton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, during her time in Missouri, she explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, played kickball and endless games of hide-and-seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with her grandmother, Ruth, are among her fondest childhood memories.
When she was thirteen, her family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm, with twenty-eight cows purchased from the Humane Society because they had been abused, was interesting, to say the least. She learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of a breeding schedule, feeding schedule, the never-ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter.
P J Fiala comes from a family of veterans. Her grandfather, father, brother, two of her sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, she is proud to be an American and proud of the service her amazing family has given.
Hi PJ, thank you for agreeing to this interview and I’m delighted to have you here with us today, let’s begin as I’ve already mentioned few words in our introductory segment about you but our readers would be profound and are always curious to know more about their authors, so please tell about yourself?
First of all, thank you for the interview, it’s lovely.
I am a wife mother of four grown children, three grandchildren and one on the way. My husband and I are bikers and we ride when and where we can. I live in the frosty Northeast, Wisconsin to be exact and right now, it’s cold.
Wow! Roadies… I must say Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful and you and her husband travel around by motorcycle seeing new places and meeting new people.
I’m sure you’re amazed how many people are interested in where you’re going and what you’ve seen along the way.
Interesting and challenging too. Well now let our readers know which writers inspire you?
I’m inspired by Sylvia Day, Kristen Ashley, S.C. Stephens, JoAnna Wylde and so many more in the romance world. But, I also love John Grisham when I’m looking to venture into something more gritty.
That sounds great!
And I’m curious to know more about the series from your writing desk.
I have written five full-length novels; Designing Samantha’s Love, book 1 of the Second Chances series, Dog Days of Summer, book 1, Rydin’ the Storm Out, book 2, Danny’s War, book 3, and Gunnin’ for You, book 4, all of the Rolling Thunder series. I’ve finished a novella, Finding Kiera, book 2 of the Second Chances series and I’ve just finished Copper Moon – the Cup, book 1 of the Copper Moon series.
Incredible! I can see laods of series published and lined up.
All the best for ‘Gunni’ for You,
as I’m aware it’s due release in few days. So do you write full-time or part-time?
Currently I write part-time, but this year I plan on changing that and writing full time.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write everyday when I get home from work for about 2 hours. It’s amazing once you get used to the schedule, how easy it becomes to adhere to it. My goal is to write two chapters each night. If I’m between books, then I’ll spend writing time researching, planning, marketing, or something to get ready for my next book.
Interesting and indeed disciplinary. Well moving on let our readers know something about creative writing do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m a total pantser and I like it that way. Often I’ll have an idea of where the story needs to go and sometimes it works out that way and sometimes it doesn’t.
Agree with you PJ it depends on the storyline and sometimes we go about writing exactly what is needed edges and at times we do keep exploring the best plots mapping it down as outlines. What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Marketing. It’s confusing, it’s constantly changing and I often feel like it’s cutting into my writing time.
Yes, this is the core topic that relates to every author striving hard to get the visibility of there works on proper channel and it’s challenging too. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
If I can stick to a schedule, and write two chapters a day, I can have a 36 chapter book completed in 18 days or so. But, then add to that rewrites, waiting for my critique partner to come back with suggestions, comments or such, more rewrites, beta readers, rewrites, editing, rewrites, second editing, I ends up being about 3 months.
Talking about the new release -‘Gunnin’ for You‘
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
And can you give sneak peek too for this book?
Sure ‘Gunnin’ for You’
is book 4 of the Rolling Thunder series. Gunnin’ for You is the story of Dog and Joci’s son, Gunnar. Dog and Joci are my H/h from Dog Days of Summer. Gunnar’s biological father leaves him in a jam and the story is both suspenseful and sweet as Gunnar and Emma meet, become friends then lovers all while trying to stop terrible things from happening.
Here is the tag line and blurb1:
What happens when a good man collides with his father’s past and the woman he loves is caught in the middle?
Gunnar Sheppard is a man with a heritage he wants to ensure isn’t repeated by him. His no-good father left him with more than a few pictures, and that’s a problem.
Emma Drake has gone through more than many women her age. When she meets Gunnar the obvious attraction is hard to resist, but he’s a biker and she’s a murderer, what future can they possibly have?
Thanks PJ for this wonderful sneak peek and all the best.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series? For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I love reading series books so I can’t imagine not writing one. It’s so easy to fall in love with characters, even secondary characters that to have that all end with one book, is sad.
I read on my phone. I always have it with me, I always have a book in progress and whether I’m standing in line at the store, waiting in the doctor’s office or sitting on the sofa, I can read.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with our readers.
What are your future projects?
I’ll be continuing the Rolling Thunder series, working on the Copper Moon series, I’m hoping to put out at least one more Copper Moon book this year, maybe two. We’ll see. I’m also a regular blogger and that keeps me busy. I just had a brand new website designed and that went live last week, so I’m working out some kinks on that, check it out, it’s beautiful http://www.pjfiala.com . Plus, I am the Vice President of Communications for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. That keeps me very busy. We revamped our website this year and are currently planning our 2017 conference which will be held in Green Bay.
Wow! All the best for all your upcoming events and projects how can our readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page:
Follow the links for the playlists for each book:
Second Chances – http://tinyurl.com/nuut3wn
Dog Days of Summer – http://tinyurl.com/qhld35l
Rydin the Storm Out – http://tinyurl.com/l8x8p84
Amazon Listmania List:
Riffle-Gunnin’ for You
Gunnin’ for You
I look forward to seeing you on the web:
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule and be a part of A living series talk. Thank you again for joining us today, PJ.
Thank you so much for the invite Inderjit.
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