Author Interview – S.E. Rise (Book Release – Simmering)

authorphotobooktropenoshadesHere is the interview that I did with rising star author S.E. Rise and today we celebrate his newest release Simmering which will leave you on edge. To grab your copy of the book simply click HERE! Thank you S.E. Rise for doing this interview with me.

How many books do you currently have out with titles?
Twelve books, one novella  and a small How to Write a Book Guide.

What inspired you to write Simmering?
I wanted to try something new. I had been writing horror for 7 years and I saw the way the trend was going with the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. I read 50 Shades and knew I could do it. So I did.

Writing was the easy part. Researching the equation and algorithm of erotica was a little more difficult. So was writing as a female character, since I am a male.  I am well aware of the fact that men and women see the world differently. I have been married for 15 years.

That is why I gathered a small group. It was a group of women that I trusted and found traits in that I wanted my main character to project.
I write women who are strong, intelligent and can kick some ass. Whenever I needed advice on how my character might react I asked them for their input.  It worked out great.

How did you come up with the author pen – S.E. Rise?
I had always thought about a pen name but I was too enamored with seeing my own name on the cover of my self -published books to use one. When I decided to change genres I knew I might need a pen name. I did my research in various areas and decided to use some of the letters from my own name.

Can you tell me something totally random about yourself that readers might be surprised by?
I am a huge Ancient Aliens fan. I love the idea of past civilizations, our forgotten origins, the knowledge of the ancients, pyramids and the possibility that everything we know about the origin of the human species could be wrong.

What genres do you personally enjoy reading?
Horror, Thrillers, Science fiction and Fantasy

If you could have a lunch date with any author living or dead and could ask them one question who would it be and what question?
Stephen King, I would ask him if he wanted to go fishing. I am an avid salmon fisher and I think he would have a blast.

Are you self published or with a traditional publisher and what do you think the biggest pros and cons to each are?
In the beginning, 2007, I self published with Createspace. Once the Ebook craze started happening I enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing with Amazon.com. I am not self published now though and I couldn’t be happier.

Some of the benefits or Pro’s of Self Publishing are plain and simple; you get to write and publish a book.  You don’t have to let it all ride on the off chance of being accepted by a traditional publishing house.

Your story, your book in print and you are holding it; it is a very cool feeling. The best part is that it can be relatively inexpensive.
But that being said, there are a lot of Cons you don’t know about. You will need an Editor.  Editors are very expensive and you must get your work edited. You can’t do a proper edit yourself. You have Writer’s Blindness and you see the words how they are supposed to be… not how they actually are. Your work and readers will suffer for it. Trust me on this one.

People aren’t just going to read your book because it is on line. There are millions of writers out there. You need to learn how to promote yourself and it is much harder than you may think.

With self publishing you have to learn how to build the interior of a book yourself.  Not an easy task but it can be done.

Last but not least is a big one. If you self publish your own book you should be prepared for a never ending stream of rejection. You are going to try to submit to publishing houses and they will more than likely turn you down for the simple fact that the book you are submitting is self published. It sucks but it is true.
Does this mean you shouldn’t Self Publish? Not at all. What I am saying is that you should write your book for yourself, only yourself and be able to live with that. If anything else happens along the way you should see it as a bonus. The best thing you can do for yourself is to never stop learning about the process.
And, you should always be on the lookout for when opportunity strikes.

At the end of January, 2015, I saw a post by author Rachel Thompson. The post was about Booktrope Publishing. I did some research and discovered that Booktrope was exactly the thing I had been looking for my entire writing career. They weren’t Self Publishing, they weren’t a Vanity Press, and they weren’t a Big 5 Traditonal House. They were something new and something different. They were a Hybrid.

Booktrope works on a team concept. Every author works with a professional Editor, Book Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Proofreader and Cover Designer. Each member of the team gets a share of the profit. Each member is invested in the quality of the product; the product being the book. To me this was a dream come true. They were offering everything I needed, I took the leap and I submitted. I submitted and got accepted.

That didn’t mean everything was going to be easy though. It meant that I was going to learn a whole new concept and way of doing things. I will tell you that writing the book was the easy part. Trying to promote yourself to the public without self promoting or actually talking about your book/s was and still is the hard part.

Has there ever been an author that has inspired you to be the writer that you are today?
Well, Stephen King, of course,  It  was the first book of his that I read and I was hooked. I read all the rest of his stuff. I like Glenn Cook and his Black Company Series, Steven Erikson and his Malazon Book of the Fallen Series, Dan Simmons and his Hyperion and the Ilium Series. Of the hundreds of books that I have read those are the ones that have influenced me the most.

What advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
Write for yourself. Be selfish. Don’t write a book because you want to be an author or make money. Write it because you have a story that needs to be told and you’re the only one that can tell it. Just write it and don’t worry about the editing. You’re an author not an editor. If you try to be both your work will get stalled and stay unfinished.

Learn how to outline. Outlining is imperative. It keeps your story in line, it shows you where your characters and story are going and it keeps you motivated.  With that in place, all you have to do is figure out ways to connect your events. That’s where the story is to be found and written.

What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I create worlds inside my head and bring them to life in the books that I write. When you read them they come to life inside of you as well. How cool is that?

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