Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I don't technically "self-publish" as I do have a publisher who takes care of covers and edits for my books. However, a small press is not a traditional publisher and I do have quite a bit of work to do on my own. I chose a small press because I have a great support team behind me, but they also allow me to have total control over my work, which is very important to me.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Yes, ever since I was eight years old, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Stephen King, Darren Shan, JK Rowling, Ellen Schreiber, Zac Brewer (nee Heather), and Terri Garey were huge inspirations. You can tell by their subject matter what my interests were as a child and teen and why I write the genres that I do.
Tell Us About Your Book:
Stake-Out is the first book in my Paranormal Detectives Series (of which there are currently four, with a fifth coming this summer). I wrote it on a whim of an idea, completing winging the whole process, and edited it using some of Stephen King's advice in his book On Writing.
The book stars a mortal detective named Danny as he discovers that vampires exist and nearly goes mad from the knowledge. He is recruited into a secret government branch by Angelica Cross, a woman who both intrigues and frightens him, to hunt and kill the rogue vampire terrorizing Chicago.
But while on their mission, psychic visions, old enemies and dark secrets come to the surface, threatening not just Danny's survival, but his sanity as well.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
My favorite part is the epilogue because it was a total surprise to me. I had originally planned on making the book a standalone, but the epilogue made it clear to me that there was more to the story, and there was. I can't say much more, I'd hate to spoil the book, but yes, that is my favorite part.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I think self publishing and small presses are the future. With few exceptions, everything mainstream seems diluted and repetitive. With indie publishing, writers have more creative freedom, can set their own timelines, have input on their covers, and on their marketing. We control our own destinies this way.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
Rue Volley is my cover artist, and as long as I can I intend to stick with her! She's so brilliant. I find photos from Bigstock and she works absolute magic on them.
I reread my description of Stake-Out, and while it's accurate, I find that people might read it and think, "Oh, this is another PNR with a sexy guy and a tough vampire" but that is not the case. I took care when creating this world that it would not be a run of the mill PNR story.
Action and plot takes precedent over the romance; the romance actually came as a surprise to me when I wrote the book, and as you read on in the series you learn that their love has a specific purpose to serve the main plot.
I hope readers take a chance on my books. They're not your average vampire story!