Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
It was always the only option for me, because I want to learn all the skills needed to write and publish. I want to be my own boss!
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
That is the dream, yes. I know I have a long road ahead of me to that dream but I'm in it for the long haul. Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to be an author.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Jeanette Winterson, I love her whimsical magic and amazing characters. Margaret Mahey, a fellow New Zealander who wrote kids books - whimsy, again. Iain M. Banks - I love a bit of scifi.
Tell Us About Your Book:
Interview with the Legend is my first published series of stories. The inspiration for the male character, and his people, was taken from mythology from my Maori culture.
It's the story of Rain, an Englishwoman and author who has chased stories of the Fay Folk (fairies, essentially) across the world to the Pacific. She winds up in the forests of my homeland, New Zealand, where she discovers that the Fay are real, but not at all what she expected.
The chief of the Fay is a human, a Maori warrior who was abducted by the Fay almost 500 years earlier - but who is still youthful and gorgeous, naturally. He, and his adopted people, glow with a silver-white light, and electrical equipment does not work around them. Rain therefore has to resort to pencil and paper for her interview with this legendary figure.
She is, of course, seduced by him in the first story, it's a very explicit, sexy story and the stakes are raised throughout the series, the sex gets wilder and wilder.
The next day she decides she has been enchanted, tricked into sleeping with him, and she leaves in a huff... but of course in part two she goes back for another round of the best sex she's ever had.
By the third story she has a difficult choice to make- give up her old, boring world, or go back to it and give up her new love.
In the fourth book we see the repercussions of her choice, as new seekers venture into the forest to find this legend. It's all very hot, and explicit, and I loved writing it so I really hope people love reading it.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
Oh my gosh, to be honest my favorite parts are the sex scenes, haha! I had fun writing these and I hope readers will get as hot and bothered as I did.
I also love the character of Tama, the chief of the Fay. He is an enigma, a powerful man but also a good man who is doing what he can to save his people from extinction. So, thinking about it now, the part I enjoyed figuring out most was the science behind the premise of Tama's goal- his people are in a bottleneck and need something from Rain. The story is a fantasy but this part is kinda scifi.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I see more competition from Amazon in the form of apps dedicated to particular genres. I see audiobooks.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
To be honest, I don't have a budget, or money even, for this stuff, so to start out I am getting covers from Fiverr, a designer called Designacover. I'm happy with it, for now. I did the boxset pic myself.
I think that what I really need at this stage of a fledgling career is feedback. I also write in other genres but am yet to publish those stories, and I am learning so much. So, if anyone out there does read my sexy little stories, please leave an honest (but kind) review and give me feedback- it's the only way I'll learn!