Thursday, February 6, 2014

An interview with myself

Ha. Ha. Ha. Okay, the title sounds like I'm nuts. Maybe I am. *shrugs* The point is, I get asked a lot of questions about myself and my writing, which is awesome. It is so exciting to think that anyone wants to know about me. LOL

So, I thought I would take a few minutes and answer some of the most common questions here. 

Q - Where is your work published?

A - I was at one time with 4 different publishers. Now, all my books are either with Ellora's Cave, or self-published on Amazon. 

Q - Why have you self-published so many books?

A - Honestly, because I earn a higher percentage of royalties and have more creative freedom. This means I get to make a living doing what I love AND have the book turn out as I intended. 

Q - What is the first romance novel you ever read?

A - Well, it's not the first I ever read, but the first that I remember really getting to me. Sun God by Nan Ryan. I bought it at a garage sale for .25 cents. I've still got it on my shelf. :)

Q - How long have you been writing?

A - Professionally, since 2006. 

Q - What is your day job like?

A - This is my only job and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Q - What other authors are similar to your work?

A - I do not read authors whose work sounds similar to mine because I don't want their voice to influence me. It is actually very frustrating to be compared to other people, or accused of writing like them when you've never read their work. In particular, I do not read Laurrell K. Hamilton, so if people could please stop saying how I have been influenced by her, that'd be great. LOL

Q - What are you currently working on?

A - I am currently working on the Lilith Mercury series. Book 5 (A Dream Forbidden) will be out March 2014.

Q - How steamy/sensual are your books?

A - Some are very steamy, others not so much. I don't shy away from graphic descriptions. That includes both sex and violence.

Q - What's the biggest challenge in writing romance?

A - A lot of people don't take it seriously. They think that I'm not a "real" author and that anyone could do it. I say they are welcome to try. Good luck to them. 

Q - How do friends and family respond to what you write?

A - It's a mixed bag. Most people close to me are supportive, but one neighbor thinks I'm the devil. LOL

Q - Who is your favorite character? OR Which character is most like you?

A - Lilith Mercury

Q - What type of promotion do you do for your books?

A - A little bit of everything. Blog tours, magazine ads, online ads, FB groups. You name it, I've tried it. Consequently, I don't know if any of it did any good. 

And there you have it. My most common questions. :) 

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