Swiss author Virginia Fox launched her successful Rocky Mountain series in December 2014. In the meantime, there are already 27 volumes. All volumes entered the TOP 50 of the Kindle charts on the first day of sales.
All volumes of the Rocky Mountain series are now also available as audiobooks.
Would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get into writing?
I’ve always loved to write, and have had the dream of writing a book for a long time, but “life” – work and everything else – always got in the way. At some point I had a phase in my life where I had little money. Too little to finance my addiction to new reading material every week, but I had a lot of time. So I started writing my first book.
In which genre are you “at home”?
I started with a crossover of romance and fantasy – The Dragon Novel Series. That was followed by the Rocky Mountain series, which still continues. The books in this series are a mix of romance and mystery.
What is most important to you in your books?
People and the relationships they have with each other. Sure, I write love stories. But the interpersonal relationships among all the other protagonists are at least as important to me.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I have a very overactive imagination. Coupled with good powers of observation, the stories emerge in my head all on their own. I have more of a problem with not having enough time to write them all down.
What does your writing day look like?
I need a double espresso and chocolate before I can get started. Sometimes on my treadmill, but mostly at a Starbucks coffee shop near me.
Do you use any special writing programs?
I don’t use any special writing program, I write in Word.
Do you plan your stories down to the last detail, or do they develop over time?
It varies, but I usually have a rough outline: Main characters, introduction, main part and conflict, and an approximate ending. Everything else develops during the writing process.
Almost all of your books have become bestsellers. Do you have a secret to success?
With the first book, there was certainly good luck involved. I used kdp the first year, which was certainly an advantage. And since then, primarily hard work. It pays off to publish in a tight rhythm, the readers thank you for that.
What is the biggest advantage of self-publishing for you?
I get to decide everything myself. From the title of the book, to the content, to the cover and the advertising measures. This way of working suits me very well. I also don’t see myself exclusively as an author, but as an entrepreneur.
You publish your books through the book distributor Nova MD. What do you appreciate about them?
Through Nova MD, my printed books can be ordered in all bookstores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Nova MD team is there to help and advise me without me having to give up my independence.
Your most important tip for self-publishers or young authors?
High publication rate, research tips and tricks on the Internet, also on the American market, and implement them.
How can you improve as an author?
Read. Always. Anywhere. Everything you can get your hands on. That’s the most important thing in my eyes.
What’s your favorite way to promote?
Book promotion is a very, very difficult chapter. I stay in direct contact with my readers via social media. Sometimes I advertise directly on Amazon, since that option is available, or sometimes on Facebook.