Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I chose to self-publish because I wanted to control every aspect of the journey of my stories from my head to my readers.
I've become disillusioned by the corporate aspect of the publishing industry. It's not about stories anymore, if it ever was. I wanted to be the captain of my fate when I started out on the sea of being a writer. Sink or swim I've just wanted a chance to get my stories out there to the people who would enjoy diving into them.
I felt and still feel this was the best way for me to reach my audience. I'm here to write and other people want to read...So I hope it's a match made in (smutty) heaven!
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I know how corny and cliche it is but I have truly always wanted to be nothing but a writer. I got the bug when I was a small kid and it developed into the wonderful obsession it is now. I tell anyone who cares to listen that I was born to be a writer.
I can't imagine a life without the page. I don't think the two are separate realities, at least not for me.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
I have worshiped at the altar of Stephen King since first discovering his work.
I'm a horror/speculative fiction/dark fantasy girl: After King it's Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Philip K. Dick and Joe Hill who write the world for me.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
'The Vampire's Caress' came to me when I could not stop thinking about how the hottest interactions start in the mind (for me, at least): A battle of mental wills gets me all hot and bothered...What comes after that is just icing on the cupcake.
I love the idea that this strong, powerful being- a vampire who has lived for over a thousand years- can be so easily undone by a mortal who could never hope to physically overpower him. Even when she's the one under his total control he doesn't really HAVE her where he wants her. It's maddening.
Neither of them want to want the other...but both of them need the other and that's where the sweet tension turns dangerous: They can't let the other go, they can't stand to be under the other's control. Their give and take is delicious. Neither of them can stand how much power the other one has- yet they wouldn't have it any other way.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
I love the interaction between the two as they struggle to deal with the event that's led them to be where they are now.
She's a powerful huntress of his kind. He's dangerous and she should have put him down a long time ago but she can't. It's a dirty little secret that only gets dirtier when she does something reckless and stupid. He feels she rushed into her death headlong without thinking or considering what it would do to him if something were to happen to her.
...But did she, really?
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I think it will only grow and become easier for people who are genuinely interested in going down that road with their writing. Self-publishing will get more popular as more and more writers take back their control.
Our stories, our worlds, are meant to be shared. We don't need one more thing separating us from one another. As more people see that they don't have to jump to someone else's tune just to get their story out there self-publishing will start to gain enough momentum to remind the publishing companies that yes, people really do want to read what they want to read...not what they're told they should read.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I did. Forgive me.
Thank you for this opportunity and for reading my words. I appreciate the time you've given to me and I hope that my work will prove worthy of the effort you're making on everyone's behalf. I look forward to continuing what I hope will be a wonderful adventure with you guys!
Thanks again and take care. Happy sharing!
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