Author on the Couch: India Powers and a Cover Reveal!


India PowersThis week on Author on the Couch, I conduct a session with…

India Powers! 

 

This week we’re doing something a bit special! India is going to reveal the cover for her paranormal historical romance novel DEMON’S BANE! Keep reading to the end see her cover and find out how you could win a copy of her novel!

*But if you’re impatient and can’t wait to see this beautiful cover–>quick scroll down and look, then come right back because you don’t want to miss her interview! Seriously. You don’t want to miss this!

 

 

Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

 

India: In a Sociology class in college, I read about a study on the power of authority. It was a long time ago, so my memory might be faulty. The way I recall it, a volunteer had to shock a person in another room every time a wrong answer was given. The more wrong answers, the greater the electrical shocks. I remember that a majority of people obeyed the authority telling them to administer the shocks, even up to the highest and most dangerous levels (it was fake—nobody was actually being shocked, but the volunteer pushing the button didn’t know that).

I realized that without a doubt, I would have been one of the people who would have administered the shocks at continually higher levels. Even though I wouldn’t have thought it was right, I would have still obeyed. It was a shocking thing to realize about myself, that I had so much respect for figures of authority that I would even do something I thought was wrong because of their perceived power. And that scared me profoundly. It made me look at WWII and Hitler’s rise in a different way. I’d never understood how people could follow him. And yet, here I was, realizing I would have bowed down to a much lesser authority. It was a terrifying thing to realize about myself.

I didn’t know if I could change, but I vowed from that point forward to try, because I hated knowing this about myself. It’s been decades, but I still remember that sharp stab of fear. And yes, I did change. I constantly question and analyze the things I hear and read, and I do research (something I love to do!) to find out the truth. You never know what you would do in a tough situation until you’re in it, but I hope that I’ll never be afraid to stand up and do what is right, regardless of the consequences.

 

Me: I clearly remember reading about that experiment in my college days too.

What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

 

India: Curiosity—I love to learn! This is great because if there’s a topic that interests me, I’ll research it endlessly until I have a good understanding of it. I’ve read lots of books and taken many courses about writing and the publishing industry. All of this information has been invaluable. It has helped me improve as a writer, but also to understand the various publishing options available and to choose the course I felt was the best fit for me. The downside is that I never just do things. I have to learn as much as I can about them first!

 

Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

 

India: The same one that plagues every writer I know—self-doubt.

Last year I heard Susan Elizabeth Phillips speak at Windy City RWA, and I’ll never forget her words when she talked about the doubts every writer, from newbie to multi-bestselling author, has. You think your writing sucks? You think they’ll discover you’re a fraud and your career is over? You think this is the worst thing anybody has ever written and you should just quit now?

“You’re not special.”

Every writer has these thoughts. It comes with the job. So pull up your big girl panties and get to work. Don’t give into the fear.

Thanks, SEP!

 

Me: One of these days I’m going to go back and count how many of my Authors on the Couch have answered that question with self doubt. I know it is the majority.

What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest?

 

India: In 2012 my goal was to finish my first book and enter RWA’s Golden Heart contest.

To give some history, I started this book in 2007, stopped working on it for a year, started it up again, and couldn’t get past chapter 4. I wrote many, many words, but the chapters weren’t working and I threw them out. Over and over.

I’d ask my friends—how do you get from scene A to scene B? I’m a plotter. I knew my story arc! I knew my character arcs! I knew the turning points! But I couldn’t master the art of getting to the next scene. (Hint: when I threw out my outline and let my characters lead, I got to the end. Who knew I was a plotter AND a pantser?)

So in November 2012, after years of trying, I finally finished the book. (Yay, NANOWRIMO!) I revised it and entered it into the Golden Heart. That was the first high point. It was topped 3 months later when I received a phone call telling me my manuscript, Demon’s Bane, had finaled! I never expected this. I was already ecstatic that I’d finished a book, but this put me over the moon!

 

Me: When you’re an unpublished writer there’s nothing quite like getting the Golden Heart Call!

What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path as a writer?

 

India: When I was a newbie writer, I couldn’t wait to get feedback from critique groups and partners! I hadn’t gotten very far into the story yet—just a few chapters—and I couldn’t wait to hear their thoughts. I received some very positive and encouraging feedback, but also some very negative feedback. The negative feedback devastated me. I didn’t write for a year.

Since I wasn’t ready to give up my dream, I did my best to learn. I continued to attend writing meetings, although I never gave my work out for critique anymore. I read books on writing. Signed up for online workshops. Anything to help me learn more about the craft.

Over the course of that year, I wrestled with the feedback I’d received. Although it was painful, I realized some of the negative feedback had merit. . . and some only deserved the wastebasket. Being able to differentiate between the two is a skill I only gradually learned.

Finally, I was ready to write again. I had completely overhauled my story, but I felt a new confidence in it. Eventually, when I finished the manuscript, that story went on to final in the Golden Heart!

When I meet newbie authors, I tell them to learn from my mistakes. Don’t share your work too early. If you haven’t gotten very far into your story, it can be hard to evaluate people’s input or keep it from swaying your vision. Protect the work!

 

Me: I think you hit upon something important. It’s super valuable to learn for yourself what critiques to listen to and which need filed in the trash. It took me a few years to figure that out.

Which of your characters are you most like? Why?

 

India: Regina, the heroine of my book Demon’s Bane. She comes from two cultures—her father’s world of the Mageborn and her mother’s human world.

My mother was Korean. My father joked he was a “mutt” (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Welsh, and rumor has it some Cherokee). Like Regina, I felt the tug between two cultures and that feeling of not quite knowing where I fit in.

 

Me: How many books have you written? How long does it typically take you to write a book? What’s the most painful part of the writing process for you?

 

India: I’ve completed two books. Once I sit down to write, I’m actually pretty fast. I can write a decent draft of a 100,000 word novel in less than 3 months. What this number doesn’t tell you is that I’ve been mulling over the story for months (sometimes years!) before banging it out, and that I really, really struggle with the revision process. I’m still trying to find a method for revising that works for me. Right now it takes twice as long for me to edit as it does to write a first draft.

Me: What is a story your family always tells about you?

 

India: I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and there are a few words I pronounce differently than my husband, who grew up in central Illinois. We had just bought our house and were doing a top to bottom cleaning. I remember we had the refrigerator pulled out and I found a red crayon underneath. I said, “I found a crayon!”

My husband was behind the refrigerator and asked, “What?”

“I found a crayon!”

“WHAT?”

“A CRAYON! I found a red CRAYON!”

He leaned out from behind the fridge to see what I’d found and started laughing. “You mean you found a CRAY-on.”

I pronounce crayon as “crown.”

He’d heard me correctly. He just couldn’t understand how I could have found a crown under the fridge! We still get a good laugh at this story.


COVER REVEAL TIME

And now here’s the cover for India Power’s debut Paranormal Historical Romance novel DEMON’S BANE which releases September 30th, 2016. To be eligible to win a copy (either e-format or paper) do these two things:

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Me: What a lovely cover! Tell us a little bit about DEMON’S BANE.

 

India:

 

A witch’s dying curse. . .

 

A demon stalks London society, hunting the witch whose death curse catapulted him to Regency England and trapped him in the human world.

 

A demon’s revenge. . .

 

Regina Westcott possesses all the attributes necessary to make a good match:  beauty, wealth, and mageblood.  However, Regina’s mother was human.  In the eyes of mageborn society, nothing could confer spinster status on a maiden faster.  When mages begin dying at London balls, she finds herself under the scrutiny of Julian Rutherford, the dashing magelord who believes she—a non-magical halfblood—is somehow at fault.

 

A mage who’ll risk everything for love. . .

 

Julian Rutherford is a mage with a mission:  free the soul of his wife by killing her demon murderer.  He chases the demon to Regency England, where he is tormented by the lovely Lady Regina.  Her every mannerism echoes the wife he’d lost centuries ago.  But is she the reincarnation of his wife and a second chance at love, or the demon in disguise?

 

Me: Share a little bit of DEMON’S BANE with us.

 

India: 

 

Regina steeled herself. She’d been second best her entire life. She refused to be second best in love.

 

This is a super short excerpt, I know! But I love it. It’s the moment where Regina finally embraces who she is and accepts she deserves more.

 Look for India’s Paranormal Historical Romance novel DEMON’S BANE on September 30, 2016.


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Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but always her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages. Her debut novel RACE THE DARKNESS is available for pre-Cover-RacetheDarknessorder now.

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45 comments to “Author on the Couch: India Powers and a Cover Reveal!”

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  1. Laurie T - June 27, 2016 Reply

    Congratulations on your upcoming release! Love the cover and can’t wait to read it. Your words really resonated with me, especially about the self-doubt. Thanks for sharing.

    • India Powers - June 27, 2016 Reply

      Hi Laurie! So glad you found my words helpful. I hope you enjoy Demon’s Bane when it comes out!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. India Powers - June 26, 2016 Reply

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by. I had a great time chatting with you all!

    Now, for the big news: the winner of a free copy of DEMON’S BANE is Sandra Owens.

    Congratulations!

  3. bn100 - June 24, 2016 Reply

    interesting blurb

  4. Chris Taylor - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Fantastic congratulations from all the way down in Australia, India! Love your cover!!

    • India Powers - June 24, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Chris! I was ecstatic when I saw my cover–I love it too! So glad you stopped by. Very cool to have congrats all the way from Australia! 🙂

  5. Leslie Lynch - June 23, 2016 Reply

    So glad you came back to writing, India! We’ve all had those moments. Wonderful to see your cover!!! Best of luck with your writing career! 😍

    • India Powers - June 24, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Leslie! It’s really too bad writers go through this–it does seem to be part of the job! But like SEP says, we just have to push through the fear and keep going, because the only surefire way to fail is to quit.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  6. Darcy - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful interview and sizzling cover, India! So proud of you for persevering! And DEMON’S BANE sounds absolutely killer!!!!!

    • India Powers - June 24, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Darcy! You have a great story of persevering too! I’m so glad you never gave up–you’ve been an inspiration!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Barb Heintz - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Love the cover. Hope you get many sales. Except for the part of getting the Golden Heart call, this could be my story. I had a devasting critique that shut me down completely. It took me a very long time to come back from that. Even though I’ve had accolades, I am reluctant to send my work in. SELF DOUBT is a curse, not easy to overcome.

    • India Powers - June 24, 2016 Reply

      Dear Barb,
      I’m so sorry you went through that too. People don’t realize how much damage they can do, even though I truly believe they mean to help. As one of my critique partners says, “It’s a fine line between helpful and soul crushing.”

      You should be proud of the fact that you came back and that you’ve received accolades for your work!!! This is no small accomplishment. If nothing else, you know that you have grown as a writer.

      Don’t be afraid to send in your work. If writing and being published is your dream, the only way to get there is to push forward. I won’t lie–the self-doubts never go away. However, I try to think of all the negative critiques as a trial by fire for when we are published. Learning how to thicken our skins, because there will always be somebody out there who won’t like our books. But it won’t matter, because there will be a ton of people who will. Our “tribe”. 🙂

      I wish you the very best of luck, and I hope to have the opportunity to buy your books someday!

      Hugs,
      India

  8. Jacquie Biggar - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi India,
    I’m so glad you never gave up on your dream! Devil’s Bane looks wonderful, I wish you the very best of luck!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi Jacquie,
      Thank you so much! So glad you were able to stop by! 🙂

  9. Robbin Luckett - June 23, 2016 Reply

    India,

    I love your determination. To not let go of your dream. You are encouraging to others every step of the way. Always a smile. Always offering guidance. I wouldn’t have found Margie Lawson without you! I couldn’t be happier for you! Love the cover of Demon’s Bane. He’s definitely hot! Can’t wait to read.

    Hugs,
    Robbin

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi Robbin!

      You are so sweet! You’re the one I always think of as being so kind and positive whenever we meet!

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m glad you like the cover of Demon’s Bane too! 🙂

  10. Savannah Reynard - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Really enjoyed your interview India!

    Kudos to you! You took away so much more than that day’s lesson from Sociology class.

    Love your unfinished book to GH Finalist story. That’s proof positive to all those writers out there to just Finish THAT Book!

    Like everyone else on here, I can’t wait for the release of DEMON’S BANE!

    SQUEEEE!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Savannah! It’s true–great things can’t happen until you finish the book!!! Luckily, book 2 was much easier, which is something almost everybody I know says. 🙂

      So glad you were able to stop by!

  11. Lark Brennan - June 23, 2016 Reply

    I enjoyed your interview, India! I didn’t know you were from Texas. I’ve lived here for years and married a 7th generation both sides Texan who doesn’t have any accent at all. But I do still have trouble with some Texas accents (and there are so many!)–“crown” might gotten past me too!

    Good luck with your next release!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi Lark!

      So glad you enjoyed my interview! Believe it or not, I don’t have an accent either. But as I learned, I do pronounce one or two words differently. 🙂

      Where in Texas do you live?

  12. Amy DeLuca - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Wow! I absolutely love that book description, and the cover is beautiful! So proud of you India and happy for you. It was great to get to know you a little better through this interview. Can’t wait to see that book baby out in the word!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Amy! I really appreciate you stopping by.

      It was fun doing the interview, and of course, I’m so excited to let everyone know my book will finally be out! 🙂

  13. CJ Warrant - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Great interview, India. You are a very talented writer and I love the crayon story! Can’t wait for Demon’s Bane to come out! Beautiful cover Too!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, CJ! You are too sweet! So glad you stopped by! 🙂

  14. Sandra Owens - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Yay, India! So excited for you. Great cover, too!!! And your crayon story… too funny! Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego.

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Sandy! Sometimes I want to make that cover into a poster and frame it, I love it so much!

      My husband still teases me when I say crayon. It’s unavoidable, since I’ve had to buy many boxes for my son’s school kit each year. I say it correctly around my son, but when it’s just my husband and myself, I go natural and say “crown”. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by. Can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

  15. Melonie - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi India! Yaaay! I am so proud of you and excited for you, to finally share this story with the world. The cover is stunning!

    I was at that Windy City program too and SEP’s words resonated with me (as it did with everyone else in the room). It’s terrifying and ye somehow comforting to know that no matter how successful one becomes the fear of failure always lurks (let’s just hope it motivates us more often that it paralyzes us). 😉

    Congrats again!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Melonie! 🙂

      That was such a fabulous program. I know I walked away inspired by SEP’s words, but like you, a little terrified too–as in, we’ll always struggle with these doubts, no matter where we are?! But I loved her message about persevering past the doubts.

      I’m so glad you stopped by. I’ll be cheering you on at Nationals this year, fellow GH sister!

  16. Pamala Knight - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Thank you, Abbie and India, for the excellent interview. Self-doubt is the monster we all struggle with and I’m glad to see that India corralled hers so she could produce DEMON’S BANE. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Pamala! It took a while to get here, but the end is finally in sight!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

      P.S. I’m waiting to read your book too. (hint hint)

  17. Bonnie - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Great interview, ladies! And India, that cover is devastatingly awesome! So excited about your book and still think it’s awesome that your first novel made you a Golden Heart finalist!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Bonnie! I love, love, LOVE that cover! So glad you liked it too!

      It was an unbelievable experience to have my first novel final in the Golden Heart. It’s the kind of thing you dream about but never expect to really happen! That entire year was just so amazing and I’ve gotten to know such amazing people because of it (you and all my other Lucky 13 sisters)!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Nan Dixon - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Congratulations India,

    I have Prosecco popping for you! I can’t wait to pick up your debut. (World Domination!)

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Oh, Nan, I’m honored and touched you’re popping Prosecco for me! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and yes to World Domination!

  19. Sharon Wray - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Congratulations, India!!! I love seeing debut author releases. 🙂
    And I’m with you on the self-doubt. It will kill you if you let it. Thanks for the SEP quotes. I needed to hear those today!!!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Sharon!

      It’s definitely hard to get past the self-doubts. But I do remind myself of what SEP said and try to do the work anyway!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  20. AE Jones - June 23, 2016 Reply

    India!
    I am so excited to see Demon’s Bane head out into the world! Great interview too. The SEP quote is awesome.

    I can’t wait to read this!

    AE

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi AE!
      Thanks! It feels so real, now that I’m revealing the cover and have a release date. Scary, but in a good way!

      So glad you stopped by! 🙂

  21. mirandaliasson - June 23, 2016 Reply

    India! Great interview and fabulous cover. Loved hearing about your journey and persistence. And the SEP quote…priceless. I’m hanging that up in my office, many thanks 🙂 Many congrats on your upcoming release!

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi Miranda! Oh, how I love SEP!!! I remember when she said that I was completely shocked! And then she explained what she meant. lol

      Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Cici Edward - June 23, 2016 Reply

    India, fantastic interview. Curiosity is a great trait to have, especially as a writer, creating characters and new stories. Loved the crayon story. Can’t wait for the release of Demon’s Bane.

    • India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Cici! I like the crayon story too. It feels weird to pronounce crayon the way my husband does, but I do it, for our son’s sake. 🙂

  23. India Powers - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi Abbie!
    Thank you so much for hosting me and letting me reveal the cover for Demon’s Bane. It’s exciting!

  24. abbieroads - June 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi India!

    Thanks so much for being an Author on my Couch! I loved your interview! And your cover for Demon’s Bane is gorgeous!

    Many Happy Sales to you!

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