Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I didn’t really get anywhere with the traditional publishing process. I bought the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook for a couple of years, dutifully wrote the query letters, did the synopsis thing, the three sample chapters and the SAE and then watched the rejection letters pile up. It was extremely disheartening to say the least.
Then self-publishing really took off so I decided to take that route. It’s quite different from the traditional process and (to me, at least) much more rewarding. To see your project through from start to finish and retain absolute control is quite a thrilling ride. It’s made me write more and publish more and experiment new things I would otherwise never have tried.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I always wanted to be a writer. I started writing my first book at age twelve or something. It was a mystery in the Agatha Christie vein (my favorite writer at the time). After three pages I gave up. It’s much harder than it looks! Over the years I revisited the dream from time to time, but only in 2004 did I finally write my first novel. I think it’s safe to say it sucked big time!
I intermittently wrote throughout the next decade, tried my hand at screenplays for three years, and got onto the self-publishing train in 2013 after failing to sell my sure-fire blockbuster Hollywood screenplays LOL.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
I have a very eclectic taste in books, so my favorite writers tend to come from different genres: PG Wodehouse, Nora Roberts, Sophie Kinsella, Neil Gaiman, Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, RL Stine, Stephen King, Enid Blyton (as a kid my favorite writer), André Franquin (comic book writer), Jennifer Crusie, Robert Ludlum, Anthony Horowitz, Giovanninno Guareschi (Don Camillo), William Goldman (screenplays), Lee Child, Roald Dahl, John Grisham, Debbie Macomber…
Indie authors who have inspired me are Hugh Howey, Marie Force, HM Ward, Bella Andre, Russell Blake, Elle Casey, K Matthew, Mimi Strong, Deanna Roy, Dean Wesley Smith, Joe Konrath…
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
The Russian Enforcer's Reluctant Bride is the story of a woman who’s been deserted by her husband and has no way to turn. When she saves the life of a stranger, she gets sucked into the world of the Russian mob, where the only man who can protect her is the mobster’s enforcer. When he suggests she become his bride, she’s horrified at first. But then slowly she starts to fall for the man, and soon she’s in way over her head.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
My favorite part is when the heroine starts falling for the hero, and discovers he’s not as evil as she thought. At first she’s in equal parts fascinated by him and repulsed by him, but gradually starts to see him in a new light. I also like the part where Vitaly (the enforcer) decides to sacrifice himself for Joanna. It was a very emotional scene for me to write and even when I read it, I get goosebumps :).
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
No idea, but I have a feeling we haven't seen the best part yet :).
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I used to employ a professional cover artist but wasn't completely happy with the result. And then each time I wanted something changed I needed to pay extra. It was costing me a fortune. So now I design my own covers.
I actually enjoy the process very much. I took a Photoshop course a couple of years ago, and trained (and worked) as a web developer for a while. I use Photoshop and InDesign and also make the little banners for the site and Facebook pages. It’s a fun process, and the more you practice the better you get. At least I hope so!
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