Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I'm an impatient control-freak who is unsatisfied with the traditional publishing route. All my life, I've sucked in the new book smell, relished in the written word, and savored the crinkle of pages under my fingertips, but I think with modern technology, like the internet, iPhones, and eReaders, the well-oiled machine of traditional publishing needs to be greased. It's too slow.
Readers are hungry. They demand quality and quantity from their authors. A new book release every leap year ain't gonna cut it anymore.
I'm a fan of self-publishing because I can write, edit, and publish at my own pace. The only schedule I'm on is my own.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Two years ago, I was sitting at my desk chair, in a sea of cubicles, eating my sad microwavable lunch at my sad desk, writing my sad stories on my napkin.
I endured a minor madness one day, decided to turn in my two-weeks notice, and freelance from home as a social media strategist and web designer, so I could afford to write.
I've always loved writing, but like with any creative endeavor, it's not always the most financially lucrative. So, no. But I would love to write as my main profession.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Stephen King, undoubtedly. I read his book, On Writing, when I was in my blunder years: with red hair, braces, a perpetual sinus infection, and brain full of weird story ideas. Mr. King is such a prolific writer. But he's not prolific in a subpar sort of way, just cranking out stories for the heck of it. His On Writing book documents his writing process and helped shape mine.
Other than Stephen King, as I've hit my mid-twenties, I'd say Sarah J. Maas. Particularly her latest release, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Her writing is so descriptive and lyrical, and the plot is sexy and hot without trying too hard. She crafts multifaceted, desirable (yet flawed) characters. Good book boyfriends. Love her.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
LoneWolff: an Online Romance is the second book in my Online Romance series, and it's a backwards romantic journey of sorts. Lots of sexy times, too, featuring a feisty alpha. Fans of MTV's Catfish will adore this comedic romance about the consequences of lying to strangers online.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
My favorite part of this book is when the two love interests, Ellie and Zeev, meet after six years of chatting online. Ellie has lied to Zeev for the entirety of those six years, so there's a great deal of mending needed. How do you patch a relationship built on top of a plethora of lies? I think discovering that answer is the most exciting part.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
Hopefully, the world of self-publishing will continue to flourish.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I designed my cover art. I believe I read somewhere that it's a faux pas to admit you designed your own cover art in the self-publishing world...but there, I said it. The photography was done by the lovely Catherine Lane (catlane.com).