Blogoversary Day 10: Ursula Gorman

Jen: Today we welcome author, and RtB reviewer, Ursula Gorman to the blog.  Ursula, will you please share a short bio with us?

Ursula: I am a wife and mother. I have lived in the Missouri Ozarks for the last 27 years, having been an Air Force Brat during the early years of my life. I was an Administrative Assistant while writing my debut novel, but have recently changed my profession and am now heading towards a career in HR…but my hope is to continue writing and to publish many more books. I’ve gotten the bug! 😉

Jen: Tell us about Old Acquaintances and where is can be purchased.

Ursula: Old Acquaintances is my debut novel that was nationally released in Dec. of 2010. It is a mystery with a touch of romance. The story follows Rissa, a woman that has thrown herself into her business to avoid the pain of losing her mom. After two years, her best friend Matt decides it’s time for her to get back into life. Soon, a string of horrible coincidences start plaguing Rissa and her old acquaintances. Soon, Rissa can’t keep denying that she is the link to what is happening. She turns to her best friend for help, but he soon jumps to the top of the suspect list. The only other person she can count on is the detective put on the case. Det. Stone lives up to his name, but when sparks start to fly between the detective and Rissa, will it interfere with his ability to protect her?

Old Acquaintances can be purchased through your local bookstore, through barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com, Tate Publishing’s website, www.tatepublishing.com, or through me at http://ursulagorman.tripod.com.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Ursula: I have always enjoyed reading and writing stories. I have read any and every book I could get my hands on for as long as I can remember…well, at least any suspense or mystery book that has a touch of romance in it! I started writing short stories during middle school. Later one, I got in the habit of writing down story ideas. One day I started writing and didn’t stop until Old Acquaintances was finished.

Old Acquaintances is my first novel. It was nationally released Dec. 14, 2010 by Tate Publishing.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Ursula: My brother has started writing a SciFi book, but it has been a work in progress for many years! I hope he’ll finish it someday so I can read it. I enjoyed hearing him tell me his concept for his book, so it’ll be great to see it come to life someday.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Ursula: I need music on low when I’m writing. It helps me to concentrate. I also need to have a room where I can keep from being distracted. While writing Old Acquaintances, I worked in my library on an older desktop computer. I was able to go in there, shut the door, turn on my music and concentrate…Since then I have gotten a laptop and work more in the living room where the tv and most of the family activity is. It hasn’t helped with my concentrating or getting much work done. So my ‘must haves’ are music and no distractions.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Ursula: I love mysteries…so most of my writing involves a police officer, a military man or a private investigator…but I can see myself writing a story where the leading man isn’t one of these types but is still the strong, protective type. But I always see my stories having the mystery theme with a touch of romance.

Jen: Would you still write novels even if you didn’t get paid?

Ursula: I would continue to write. Before I realized that Old Acquaintances was becoming something more than just an idea, all of my writing had been just for me. So if I don’t ever get another book published, I would continue to write for me. It is a creative outlet and I really enjoy the process of putting my thoughts down on paper, telling a story.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Ursula: The most challenging aspect of writing is continuity of the story. The story has to flow, tie together throughout the story and not leave loose threads. Sometimes you leave something hanging to mislead, or to be answered in the next book, but for the most part, the reader wants everything wrapped up when they are done reading, at least I like it to be when I’m reading.

The easiest aspect of writing is…wow! That’s not a simple question. Sometimes the easiest thing is to come up with a concept, but then turning it into full and complete story is the challenge. But that leads into the next part of the question; what is the most rewarding…taking a concept and turning it into a story that flows well and makes the reader feel like they really know the characters. If the reader finishes the story, and hopes to read more about them in a future story, then the goal of the author has been achieved.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Ursula: If we are talking about one of the characters I’ve created, I’d have to say Det. Stone is my favorite and will hopefully see him in many more books.

If we are talking about a character someone else has created, I’d have to say I have many, but two that come to mind right off are Savich and Sherlock from Catherine Coulter’s books or Sam and Jaine from Linda Howard’s book Mr. Perfect.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Ursula: I went out to dinner with my husband! I know, it’s not a big thing, but it was as much his accomplishment as mine. His encouragement throughout the whole process kept me going and helped me believe I could finish the book. So it was fitting that since we went through it together, we should celebrate it together!

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Ursula: Other than spending time with my family and writing, my favorite thing to do is to read!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Ursula: I plan to continue to market Old Acquaintances, but my hope is to continue writing. I have four different stories started. I’ve got one that has been pulling me to it, so the others are on the back burner while I concentrate on this one. The concept has me intrigued and I’m eager to see how it develops.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Ursula: My website is http://ursulagorman.tripod.com, I can also be found on facebook under Author Ursula Gorman

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Ursula: Old Acquaintances has romance, but no sex…do you think this helps or hurts when it comes to people considering it for their reading pleasure?

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