In the third installment of this series, we meet Mindy Fausey, Editor for both Champagne Books and Carnal Passions.
What brought you to Champagne Books and your position?
MINDY FAUSEY: I submitted a story to Champagne about four years ago and was impressed by the professionalism and the company. My edits were right on, my editor was professional and wonderful to work with, and Ellen, with her quirky, snappy sense of humor made me feel right at home. So, when they advertised for an editorial position, I jumped on it and applied for a line editor position. After completing the editing test, I was delighted when she offered me a position as a content editor.
What do you do for Champagne Books?
I'm a content editor for Champagne, meaning I edit for a book's content. I look for plot inconsistencies and other plot boo boo's. However, I also make it easier for the line editor and correct any grammar I see along the way, too.
Are you currently looking for submissions and if so, what kind?
Personally, I would love to see more fantasy, dark fantasy, and urban fantasy. Some science fiction would be nice, too. Even the right kind of horror (think Dean Koontz) can make a fine platform for a romance. I also love ghost stories, but it's got to be original!
If you could create the perfect book, what elements would it have in it (besides being well written)?
Ohhhhhh, wowee. I would love to write a believeable autobiography of my life. The main problem would be making it believeable, because, as it stands, it's a wild ride most readers would think just plain crazy. But, the perfect novel would have some suspense, some sexual tension, believeable characters, realistic dialogue (a biggee for me), and the classic plot arch. It would have an identifible "black moment" where the relationship between the hero and heroine seemed doomed. The black moment doesn't have to be a fight between them--it can be where savages have the heroine burning at a stake or kidnapped by aliens.
Is there anything aspiring writers should avoid? Any pitfalls or "Kiss of Death" mistakes to avoid?
My personal pet peeves are 1. the he/she felt/thought/realized/saw/decided pitfall. If we're in the characters point of view, the reader will know the character is feeling/thinking/realizing, etc. it. 2. Unbelieveable characters. The hero or heroine's mother doesn't ALWAYS have to be either a saint or a harpie. Where are the ordinary, average moms like me? Lol... 3. Unrealistic dialogue. Write like you talk. Don't have a character say, "Nevertheless, you should not behave in such a ghastly manner." in the 21st century. Make her say, "Damn it, you stupid ass! Stop acting like an idiot!"
Anything else you want to share about your background or interests?
I'm very active. I believe that a body in motion stays in motion. I'm a native Florida girl, so naturally I love the water. I love to jet ski better than boys, surf, swim for my workouts, and play a mean game of beach volleyball. I have Asperger's, which I'm working on successfully conquering, so my interests are vast and varying. Right now I'm interested in the Indians that used to inhabit the area where I live. There are some untouched Indian mounds all over the place, along with plenty of Spanish gold to be found, and I'm working on getting permission from landowners to poke around their vacant lots.
Are you currently reading anything for pleasure right now, and if so, what is it?
I've got way too many interesting stories to edit, all of them excellent reading. But, when I get the rare break in editing, I like Jodi Picoult, Margaret George, anything about Henry VIII, and Dean Koontz, as well as some well written fantasy.
To read an excerpt from Champagne novelist Julie Eberhart Painter, click on the book cover below. It's available in both print and ebook formats: