Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I'd contemplated it for a long time. Many people in my life knew I was quietly hammering away at several novels over the past few years, then hitting a wall when I tried to convince a business insider (agents/editors) that it was worthy of readers.
When I came a hair's breadth from being published at a large publishing house and then it all fell through, I started looking into Independent Publishing instead.
Soon after, I found a wonderful crowd of fellow indie writers - all paying their mortgages and writing their hearts out.
I wanted to be one of them. Though I still intend to publish the traditional way with some of my novels, I chugged that Kool-Aid, baby.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
No, it was thrust upon me by the hands of fate. And a really nifty typewriter my grandmother had in her office when I was young. By eleven, I knew it was what I was meant to do, and Marine Biology was just a Red Herring.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Jennifer Egan, Andre Dubus III, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Diana Gabaldon...
Can I list an entire library, here? Is that cool?
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
WILLING is the story of a Jack the Ripper era prostitute who gets involved with a mysterious aristocrat and finds herself embroiled in the occult underworld of London's elite.
I like to refer to it as a very steamy mystery novel. That involves ritual shagging.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
That is a good question. Honestly, the relationship between Constance and Alisdair really gets me. Due to their circumstances, they are not allowed to fully express their affection for one another as it grows. When those walls start to come down, and they're free to share - gratifying beyond words.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I think a lot of people are learning to take the control back. The publishing industry has been, for a long time, about getting past the gate keepers. You have convince someone that your work is worth reading, but oftentimes, the person you're trying to convince isn't concerned with its readability, they're concerned with sale-ability. And not just to readers, but to publishers.
When you know your purpose is to tell stories, and you don't care whether your readers find you on a display table at Barnes & Noble, or on the shelves of the local library, you're bound to not only keep writing, but find readers.
I think a good number of writers will begin to see that and utilize it, and the publishing world will be harvesting their big sellers from the Amazon indies more often than not.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
Resplendent Design. So happy with her vision.