Today I’m excited to welcome Nancee Cain to Creekside Café. Nancee graciously hosted me on her Facebook Group Page, Cain Raisers for my second Takeover. Thank you again for your generous hospitality. It is so nice to have you here at my virtual café. I wish it were real and we could be sitting back sipping something cool and refreshing.
Nancee: I’m so glad to be here. And your takeover was so much fun! I think if we met in real life, we’d for sure be good friends and sit and talk books!
Sherri: That would be lovely but I’m not drinking grape Koolaid, I have bad memories of that stuff. Though I do admit to liking lemonade and blue lemonade, I can’t stand the smell of grape. Imagine Artesian well water and grape Koolaid mixed. For those of you not familiar with an Artesian well, is smells like rotten eggs.
But books, yes, I love books and I really like your Facebook Group. You’ve done a great job of bringing people together. How do you find time to write and keep up with everything that’s happening with your online group? Surly you don’t work outside the home.
Nancee: I work full time as a nurse counselor in the field of addiction, and it seems like I write/manage social media full time as well. I get up early and work before work, work on my lunch break and after work.
Sherri: Wow, and I thought I was busy. When do you sleep? You must be young and single to be able to handle all of that. Unless you have one of those amazing husbands who actually support your career. Are you married, how many years?
Nancee: Yes, um, let me think. (My hubby knows this better than I do) In Dec we will have been married 37 years. Oh good grief… That’s a long time he’s had to put up with me! Lol We laugh every year on our anniversary and agree to “renew the contract.”
Sherri: The mechanic and I will be celebrating 28 years married in July. He says we’re still on our honeymoon. He’s my cheerleader, my support and even my researcher at times.
Where are you from, Nancee?
Nancee: I’m from Alabama and live about 60 miles NW of Birmingham in a rural community.
Sherri: Have you ever been to the east coast, especially, eastern North Carolina?
Nancee: I did when I was a kid. We used to travel east from TX and either go to FL or up the east coast. I love NC and think it’s a beautiful state. I’m writing a story now that takes place in the Appalachia Mountains, which is one of my favorite places.
Sherri: How long have you been writing?
Nancee: Since I was a teenager but seriously since 2012.
Sherri: We have a similar timeline, though you have been more productive. How many books do you have out?
Nancee: Currently I have two paranormal angel romances and a novella. And in the contemporary Pine Bluff series there are five currently published, with two more coming by the end of the year. So that will make ten total in December.
Sherri: Wow, that’s impressive, especially with your demanding schedule. Are you indie or traditionally published?
Nancee: I’m Hybrid. I pitched at Romantic Times in 2014 and was offered for two—Saving Evangeline and The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair. I only accepted Saving Evangeline and it was published through Omnific in 2015 the rest I’ve done through self-publishing.
Sherri: Tell me your journey to getting published.
Nancee: I was a reader first, hooked up with my critique partner, who is also a dear friend, and started attending our local Southern Magic RWA. I took classes on how to write and dove in. I pitched at RT 2014 and after that I’ve done self-publishing.
Sherri: What do you love about writing?
Nancee: I love the beginnings, when the ideas are fresh and when the characters start to take over the story. I’m a real pantser. And my favorite part of the process is what some consider to be the hardest. I love the editing because my editor takes my rough manuscript and guides me with a sense of humor and encouragement to make it the best it can be.
Sherri: I’m a pantser as well, though I’ve not embraced editing so much as rewriting. When I read through a passage and see where I can make it better. I just have to be careful about seeing a place for this great scene, dialogue, or whatever, only to realize I’ve already written something similar in the next chapter.
What do you barely tolerate about writing?
Nancee: Like most, the soggy middles can be troublesome and the afterward, the marketing, getting the book out there. I’m at heart an introvert and would rather just hide in my writing cave and write!
Sherri: Middles often get muddled, my mentor Marni Graff said to add another piece to the puzzle. She’s a mystery writer. She has really helped me find my voice as an author. It was her encouragement that pushed me to self-publish my first book after my agent dropped me. I met one of your author friends, Marie Savage, she said you were her mentor. I hope to have her visit the café also.
Nancee: Aw, that’s so sweet of Marie! She is a fabulous writer and we have become great friends in real life.
Sherri: What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?
Nancee: I have no sense of comma usage. And my folks have a lot of wall sex, seated sex, etc. because I don’t understand when to lay, lie, laid. LOL As for strengths, I’m pretty strict about writing every day.
Sherri: I learned to make time to write while participating with my local Romance Writers’ the Heart of Carolina’s Book in a Week challenge. It gave me the confidence to send query letters to agents and participate with NaNoWriMo.
Who are your favorite authors/genres?
Nancee: Too many! I love Romances, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult, I like psychological thrillers and Southern Gothic and I love biographies.
Sherri: Historical romance was my first love but like you, I’ve branched out. I really enjoy biographies, especially for research.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Do these show up in your stories?
Nancee: I’m an amateur photographer, genealogist. Strangely enough, I haven’t incorporated any of my hobbies into my writing. Since I write about heavy stuff, I guess I pull more from background working in the addiction field. Geez, I need to give these folks some fun hobbies!
Sherri: Who or what has most influenced your writing?
Nancee: My parents always encouraged it, my critique partner keeps me honest, Stephanie Phillips, my agent is patient and my number one cheerleader. And I have found my tribe of authors who will push me when needed, hold my hand, laugh with me and share my frustrations.
Sherri: What are your writing plans for the future?
Nancee: I’m currently working on a magical realism/romantic suspense story. And on July 11th The Reintroduction of Sammie Morgan, Book 6 in the Pine Bluff Novels will be released. In November, the final book, The Realization of Grayson Deschanelle will be published. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Pine Bluff.
Sherri: Oh man, our time is running out and we have so much more to talk about. Promise you’ll come back again. Thank you so much for joining me at the café, Nancee. For more information about Nancee Cain and her books follow the links below.
Biography and Links
I’m Nancee Cain and I write romance with a serrated edge. My characters are flawed and many are dealing with troubling issues like addiction, alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, Learning Disabilities, Low self esteem.
The first books are “wickedly” good paranormal romance reads about snarky, hilarious angels who have to come to earth and solve a problem, yet do so disguised as humans. They don’t always succeed, but they are always funny!
My contemporary romance novels all have ties to the small town of Pine Bluff, Alabama–where everybody knows your name and your business! Each book is a standalone, but they are more fun read in order to see what your favorite characters are up to! (Dylan from the first book was quite the demanding rockstar and appears in all but one of the books, I believe) And his book is FREE!
FREE ➡️ books2read.com/DylanMcAthie
FB Reader’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cain.Raisers/
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