Hi everyone! Now, for our today’s featured author for the 31 Days, 31 Authors event, I must say, is truly a master at her craft. Everything that Love Belvin has released so far has been a masterpiece. For every reader (including myself), you will feel every emotion throughout each story. I’ll still be in my feelings after I’m done reading one of her stories, lol. She is truly one of the best African-American authors in the game right now, and I’m truly honored that she’s a part of this event.
Now, without further ado, here’s Love Belvin! 🙂
Love Belvin is the author of the adult contemporary series Love’s Improbable Possibility, Waiting to Breathe, and Love Unaccounted series. To date, she’s penned thirteen novels, eleven of which have been published. The first installment of her next series, Wayward Love, is slated to be released early January 2017.
Belvin is a native of the Tri-State area and now lives in the Delaware Valley. She’s an avid reader and enjoys dinner parties with her closest girlfriends. While she enjoys many things, nothing excites Love more than curling up with a glass of wine and a good romance novel.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
Aside from writing, I enjoy reading and vacationing with my siblings, and hanging with my girlfriends, catching up.
I feel like I don’t read as much as I used to because when I’m not writing, I’m about the administrative end of publishing. We’re constantly looking for ways to broaden my exposure, so there is always something to do. Even if I’m not writing, I’m working on related tasks for the next project: image selection for promos, cover concepts for the graphic designer, overall thematic concept for the project, (how are we introducing the project to readers who are following?), researching, etc. Because of all of this, reading gets pushed to the side, and that’s no fun for me. I thoroughly enjoy reading.
I’m pretty isolated geographically because of where I live in relation to where I’m from, so I don’t get to see my friends and family all that often. Thank goodness for texting and Facetime. I have a lot (literally) of nieces and nephews. Twelve in all. Only one lives in the same state, but over an hour from me. The rest live in another state. So, I try to see them annually and all together. Then I enjoy time with their parents, alone, to engage in a fit of laughs. It’s really therapeutic for me. We’re all a silly bunch. It’s an annoying Belvin thing.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
When I was in undergrad, I saw other authors telling stories in a way that made me want to share my own. They were about people I could relate to, and others were on a topic I found interesting to explore: romantic love. So, as soon as I graduated and settled into my first apartment, I broke out the pen.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
I took a screenshot of my first novel, Love Lost, of the Love’s Improbable Possibility series on Smashwords’ electronic shelf. All I could do was stare at it, unable to believe we’d done it. We published for the first time. It was a collaborative effort, learning the independent route. The eformat piece came from one team member, basic marketing came from me, and the print format came from the effort of a third member. It was amazing. Surreal.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In five years, I plan to still be creating—God willing—but for a bigger audience. Perhaps on a bigger platform. I don’t endeavor to remain at the same level I am now. There’s so much out there for me to conquer. So many milestones and people to reach. Much of my talent hasn’t been explored. I hope to be doing just that in five years.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
Any and all aspiring (and current authors) should read and write as often as you can. Don’t let someone else’s path be yours. Think of what works best for you and pursue that. Be authentic in your craft and delivery, and stay that way. Don’t be dismayed by naysayers: they’re useful and will always exist. Use the opposition to strengthen your skill set. Finally, let your vision be an evolving one. Don’t get choked up on a poor experience today because if you’re evolving, that experience will get lost in your rearview tomorrow.
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