Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I never considered traditional publishing, to be honest. I'm a hands on person, I studied product development and marketing in school, so that business side of things is pretty much my forte. I'm used to wearing many hats and honestly enjoy it. Plus I like being in control, what can I say!
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I didn't, but I've always worked in the arts and creative fields, and I've always been my own boss. For about eight years I worked in a completely different field, but I always knew I'd be happy as long as I was doing something creative and could manage my own schedule, choose my own projects, etc.
The funny thing is, everyone always encouraged me to write when I was growing up. And I did, for a while, mainly part time in college and a little bit after; all non-fiction. I never thought I'd do this full time until I stumbled upon self published fiction on amazon, by accident, and decided to look further into it.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Oh, this is a great question! Even though THREAT is a light read, I'm really drawn to darker reads and plan to skew darker in the future. I love Skye Warren, Pepper Winters, Whitney Bianca and M. Never.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
THREAT is a really, really fun read. For my debut I wanted to write something fast paced that made the readers laugh out loud but maybe get a little bit teary eyed at points as well. And I really fell in love with these characters, they grow a lot. Here is the blurb:
"Let the games begin, Leah Parker. I'm about to make your summer very interesting."
David f**king Banducci. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. He was the biggest thorn in my side when we were young. Back then, he was tall, hot and dangerous--hell, he still is; more so, actually, plus an arm full of tatts. He used his popularity and charming, cocky smile for evil. He never missed a single chance to tease me, torment me, or make my life miserable. Worst of all, I never knew why he targeted me to begin with.
You'd think time would heal all wounds, but whoever said that was a lying sack of sh*t.
Because I'm an adult now, so I should be over it, right? Well that's kind of hard now that my absentminded father is married to his stripper mother. Thanks, Dad.
Now I'm stuck on the back of his motorcycle, clinging to his muscular form for dear life as we trek across the country to my dad's lakehouse. And worse yet, he's found new ways to torture me. Ways that send chills down my spine. Ways I just might not be able to resist...
And all I wanted was a nice, quiet summer to myself.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
I think readers will enjoy it because there's one crazy and sexy scenario after another that the main characters are thrown into. It just doesn't let up! My favorite part of the book -- that's a tie between the scene on the pier and the epilogue! I loved how both parts came together and the former is a crucial turning point in their relationship.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
Hopefully growing and growing. I wouldn't be surprised if self published authors are just as, if not more, successful than traditionally published ones, but that will probably take a good 5-10 years. In the near future I'm just hoping for better options for authors and readers alike, when it comes to services like Kindle Unlimited.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
The wonderful Aria at Resplendent media! You can find her here -- http://resplendentmedia.com/
Thanks for the Interview!
Thanks so much for having me!