Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
I am an indie author but I started out doing short stories for small presses and for contests to build up my writing chops. My dream is to get in with Carina Press because it has my name! Growing up, nothing had my name on it. I learned to do romance just to be able to submit to them. (Of course, then I found they had more range than their parent company, but the skill was well worth it!)
Pros of being indie: You have creative control 100%. You get to pick your cover, your editor, your formatter, your beta readers, your street team, all of it.
Cons of being indie: You HAVE to do all those things. It’s all on you and cuts into your creating/writing time because you have to also be your own vendor and promoter. You are also in charge of setting aside your own taxes, so watch out! It’s a lot harder to get noticed and to get your books into brick and mortar stores.
Pros of traditional: You get help. You aren’t alone in the process and will have really sharp-eyed people helping to polish your manuscript and market you.
Cons of traditional: Starting off, that wonderful story of yours is probably going to go for less than what you could make at a gas station job. Did it take you a year? Two years? Yes, it’s not likely to go for a huge sum, and if your book doesn’t sell, you may have to repay those advances. Be careful. You won’t get to pick your team and you need a lawyer to insure you don’t lose rights to your own characters. Yes, that happens. There is good and bad out there, use caution and remember ‘buyer beware’, in this case it is buying into a contract. Make sure if you need specific things that you add them. It isn’t one way, and you always have the option to go indie if it doesn’t work for you. Make your experience with a traditional publisher a good one.
What is your current “work in progress”?
I have just finished up work on “Paladin’s Honor” and am working on a companion piece called “Paladin’s Burden”. There are always a few other ideas simmering on the back burner as well.
How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
Well, I have 5 titles out. My latest is “Love at the End of all Things” and I love this story. I read it and say “I wrote this? No way, but I did, didn’t I?” If you like dark romance or horror romance I promise you a wild ride!
I have an anthology out with my husband called “The Under-Circus and Other Tales”. My pieces are mostly short and quirky, but it does have my best short story to date called “Zombie Master”. I highly recommend reading it for my husband’s pieces. I fell in love with him because he was a writer. He’s amazing.
Next I have a pair of super hero romance novellas, “Lost Heroes 2: Firefly’s Tale” and “Lost Heroes 2: Osprey’s Tale”. It is the same story from each character’s point-of-view. I couldn’t bring myself to cut half of the material out to make it one single story and I really enjoy that the reader gets to see that these people who are falling in love have lives outside of each other, secrets they don’t always share, and VERY DIFFERENT experiences even if it’s at the same time! I love Osprey’s experience in the shower. These books follow a reverse s-curve. They start spicy and become sweet instead of the more usual sweet start that becomes spicy. These days, people sometimes share their bodies easier than their hearts. The characters have history which I will share later, but the middle books will all be romance, the others more action/adventure.
My last piece is a brief non-fiction writing guide for Fan-Fiction. Much of it applies to general writing. It was another contest piece, this one for Wartooth Arena and it took second place. Mostly, if you want to write, you want to be able to jump into it quickly. Unless you are doing writing exercises, spending too much reading about how to write can bog you down or make you nervous about picking up the pen. Write, and realize it won’t be perfect the first time any more than clay vases are. It’s okay, that’s what editors are for.
What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
Currently I am most connected to Devon. I love his purity, passion for duty, and his role as a paladin. I would love to be a knight and part of that idealistic dream passed into him. He’s the best part of that dream given a reality.
Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
Well, my favorite Christmas thing to do is we get together with some of the wider group of family and friends during the first 2 weeks of December and go see a movie together. Usually my husband and I get tickets and the others buy us a really good meal afterward. It is nice because if we haven’t seen each other in a while, we have the movie to discuss as an icebreaker. Because we go out to eat, no one is off cooking until exhausted, we all get to spend time together. Since it is before Christmas, we aren’t making someone miss time with their family. It has been very nice.
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
Italian wedding cookies that seem to show up only at Christmas, oh those things are addictive!
What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
I think it is the gift that I was promised that wasn’t delivered. Better to have nothing than an expectation that falls through.
Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
“Bardic Voices: The Lark and The Wren” by Mercedes Lackey. She wrote a female protagonist that is truly a female. Loved this book to pieces and still do.
If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Intelligent, Creative, and Prickly. My husband is my sense of humor. 😉 I’m rather serious when he’s not around.
What are your thoughts on being apart of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
Squeeee! Fangtastic is letting me be a part of one of her events! I’m so thrilled!