Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
There were a few different factors that convinced me to self publish.
On was curiosity. I've heard so many conflicting things about self publishing that I kind of wanted to test the waters for myself. For example, you hear of people that sell millions without any promotion at all. They were in the right genre at the right time, I guess. Then others say that they work non stop and barely make a sale.
I also wanted to learn more about the publishing industry from the inside out. I've been published with various companies and some companies generated far more sales than others. I know that my quality of writing has only improved over the years, so I am curious as to the different tactics that companies use.
The last reason was due to the book that I chose to publish. The Oaf prince is hard to fit into a defined genre and I want to give it the best chance that it has by taking the reigns into my own hands and by doing absolutely everything I can to bring it to the right readers.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
You know, that is the ultimate dream. If I could consistently write and make a living by enchanting people's worlds... I would be so ecstatic.
The truth is, I know that would be extremely difficult. I hope to be able to be a full time writer, but I am content as long as my stories are being read and enjoyed.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
This question makes me want to go all the way back to the beginning. I always enjoyed reading, but Piers Anthony and the Xanth books really ignited my passion and made me want to be a writer. I think the evidence of that is clear in the epic fantasy/comedy The Oaf Prince. If not for the lgbt/gay romance and erotica aspect, it would be right in the same category.
Following Xanth, Harry Potter truly inspired me and kept me in the world of books as I grew.
Eventually writers such as Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Rice and Anne Bishop took the place as my inspiration.
Realistically, I don't think I could give any one author, but whatever strikes my mood and is an excellent book, usually inspires me, in some way.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
My most recent release is The Oaf Prince.
It is a standalone novel about a sheltered prince and a half ogre. Through a forced marriage bond and various misadventures, they somehow manage to find love.
"Mistaken identity, kidnap, impending war and forced marriage to an ogre... What is a prince to do?"
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
Upon reading The Oaf Prince, once it was finally finished, that is, I found that my favorite thing about the story was the heart. There are a lot of silly moments and jokes sprinkled throughout this novel but there is a sincerity behind the characters that is easy to relate to.
I think that readers will find Prince Nemir and Soluc, each lovable in their own ways.
Finding a good book is always exciting. If you choose to read The Oaf Prince, I hope that the boys manage to bring a smile to your face and happiness to your day!