Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I wanted freedom, mostly. I have written about vampires, werewolves, bear shifters, soldiers, pro athletes... being my own boss allowed me to do that under one pen name, which has been an awesome journey so far.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Yes. It took me four years and a lot of support from my friends and family, but on January 1st, 2015 I became a full-time author. It's crazy to me every day that I wake up and sell books, like... can this be real? I'm crazy lucky.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Gosh. Starting out, I wanted to be Kresley Cole. She's just amazing. Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter, Sherrilyn Kenyon -- I was so moved by those powerhouse paranormal writers. They build these amazing worlds and populate them with wonderful characters, and... it's pretty tough, thinking about competing with them, but I love that I live in a world where that might happen some day!
Tell Us About Your Book.
Punt is a pretty classic bad boy sports romance. Girl meets boy, girl knows right away that boy is a manwhore, girl resists boy. Boy charms girl, boy accidentally falls in love with girl. Soon Liam and Audrey have to decide what's more important -- their newfound love, or the status quo.
All right, maybe it's a little different and surprising. There are some serious plot twists, so don't say you weren't warned!
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
Liam and Audrey have a funny kind of love. They tease and taunt and flirt a lot... each trying to make the other's jaw drop. All the while, they're falling for each other, and they don't even realize it.
I really, really love some of the banter between them. That, and this very steamy scene that happens in a public telephone booth, where anyone might see...
All in all, I think Audrey and Liam are very real, and I think readers will fall in love with them as they discover one another.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
Wow, that's such a great question. I've been in self-publishing for about five years now, and without question the rise of the indie author has been INCREDIBLE. This year, I've seen several big self-published authors hit #1 in the Kindle store... which is CRAZY, just so inspirational.
I have to say, I think that the market and the publishing platforms are always shifting, but as long as small authors keep on their toes, we've got nothing but wild successes ahead.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
For this book, Salacious Studio did the artwork. http://www.salaciousstudio.com. Shout out to the artist for holding my hand through the whole process -- I'm a little insane, and they handled it great.
Thanks! Catch me anytime at http://vivian-wood.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.