Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I was inspired by others, achieving success from this format believing if the story was good, the rest will follow. Also I was told be bold, be published and be damned!
The reality is you must get an agent to accept your work because traditional publishers don't accept unsolicited manuscripts, probably with good reason but the process takes serious time, 12 weeks minimum. The alternative was to self publish and get my novel to market within 48 hours.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
No, not at all. I've had this story in my head for many years, it was getting it down on paper that was the hardest part. Finally it seemed I was ready at last and 14 months of hard work later my novel was ready.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
So many. I am an avid reader from Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre to Gillian Flynn Gone Girl and everything in between. I enjoyed John Sandford to Peter James. Katherine Sockett to Markus Zusak but I confess to liking original and clever storylines, I am currently re-reading Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mocking Bird.
Tell Us About Something You've Published.
The Braille Club is an electrifying debut that not only delivers an enthralling read, but leaves readers wanting more. Unique, passionate, and pacy, it delivers the full package.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
The start, the middle and the ending... this book is a journey of body and mind, a love story that has you hooked and a plot that has you enthralled but don't take my word for it, my readers can't wait for the sequel so I must be doing something right.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I think like anything else it has reached it's saturation point and perhaps there will be more companies offering a middle ground somewhere between the flexibility of self publishing with the marketing support of more traditional publishers.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
Myself and my brother in law.
Anything Else You'd Like to Add?
I am currently realizing my dream to write while absorbing the massive learning curve that self publishing entails. I think everyone needs a little luck in the beginning and I am still finding my way. My reviews have been wonderful and I am enormously proud that my book has brought pleasure to those who have read it.
I am in the final stages of my sequel novel with an outline story for the next in The Braille Club series. Reading and now writing is essential to me as breathing, my one true passion that keeps me coming back for more.
Readers, you can find all of J.A. Kerr's work at the links below: