Writers on Writing: Bella Andre

Andre Bella WSBella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of The Sullivans, The Morrisons and The Maverick Billionaires series.

Having sold more than 5 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 28 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Stephen King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s The Sullivans series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.bellaandre_inthesullivanssanfrancisco

Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100-year-old log cabin in the Adirondacks.


What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

Some days are easier than others. But as long as I put my fingers on the keyboard and start writing, by the end of my daily word count, I’m always happy with what I’ve written.

How has this helped you as a writer?

I’m a big believer in revising my books until they’re the best they can possibly be, which means that I can sometimes spend as much time rewriting as I do getting the first draft down. It helps to know that there truly are no wasted words.


Mac or PC?

Both actually! I use my Mac for most of my writing, and I use my PC to store my big files and make my covers. I love having access to both.

Do you use Word or Scrivener?



Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

Usually I stick to my MacBook Air, but sometimes I’ll dictate parts of my book or jot down notes on my phone when I’m out and a great idea comes to me.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I usually listen to the same song over and over while writing each book.

Do you start by writing or researching first?

I tend to start with the “feeling” of the book and their main characters. I allow all that to marinate for a while, start writing some notes, and then when it’s time on my calendar to begin the book, I start writing. I often figure things out as I’m writing the first draft.


Favorite spot to write in the winter? In the summer?

I’m fortunate to live in beautiful California where it’s sunny and gorgeous all year round. I write outside whenever I can!


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