A paranormal “fixer” and her spirit guide named Raul along with a former spy with a secret cypher at a bookshop: these are just three of the intriguing characters from separate series by Ileana Muñoz Renfroe. Ileana began writing during pandemic lockdown; she doesn’t let her newbie status slow her down.
- 0:40 Ileana’s cozies and children’s books, esp. Rosa the Cuban psychic and Raul in A Fashionable Bait
- 4:02 Writing multiple story lines simultaneously, heading for a rapid release
- 6:00 Puzzling Pantster with an outline that is tossed
- 6:40 Plotter software: scenes, characters, timelines / Scrivener for actual writing
- 7:41 Ileana’s publishing journey and the Cozy Mystery Village on Facebook
- 9:11 Long-hand writing vs. writing on computer; the flexibility of Scrivener
- 12:17 Her writing planner and a little writing Bible
- 13:30 Idea to End as a Pantstering Puzzler, using real settings to generate ideas
- 17:50 Reaching a work’s end, teasing to the next book
- 22:15 After the first draft
- 23:25 Avoiding negativity
- 24:50 Hybrid on cover designs: some contracted, some indie
- 27:00 Exclusive to Amazon; choosing the indie route over traditionally published.
- 30:00 Maintaining productivity, re-charging by reading
- 34:07 Advice to newbies
- 35:50 Website, upcoming books, Cozy Mystery Village on FB
At the end, host M.A. Lee burbled over a question, which she remembered as soon as the interview ended: Are any books be translated into Spanish? Ileana replied via email, “Not yet,” which means translations will come!
Her website imrenfroe
Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/Ileana-Munoz-Renfroe/e/B08P2C4DYY/
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