Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
I am self-published. The pros to being traditionallly published are that you have a potentially wider audience. However returns can be similar since more of the profit goes to the publisher and other outlets. An author may make less than $1.00 per book on a $14 or $15 book depending on their contract….so what they work out in the beginning is very important as far as traditional publishing goes. As an indie I am completely in control of my own destiny. I write when I want, I publish when I want and I am in control of my own book cover, pricing, etc. It is a much harder nut to crack getting your work out there and seen, but with persistence and determination, it CAN be done. All of my books have been #1, Top 5, Top 10 or Top 20’s in their genres on Amazon.
What is your current “work in progress”?
I am currently on a short break….I just released HUNTER….but my next will be the next book in that series, The GATHERER. 🙂
How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
I have five full length novels out….
HUNTER (October 2014) (Reached #3 Best Seller New Releases in Fantasy Romance, Amazon)
Smoke & MirrorZ (2013) (Top 20 Best Seller in Paranormal Romance, 2014 RONE AWARD Nominee: Best Paranormal)
Blood From a Stone (2012) (Top 10 Best Seller in Gothic Romance, 2013 RONE FINALIST, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Quarter Finalist)
When Lightning Strikes (2010) (#1 Best Seller Time Travel Romance, Amazon Kindle.)
Quicksilver Moon: When Lightning Strikes Book 2 (2012) (#1 Best Seller New Releases Time Travel Romance Amazon Kindle, 2014 RONE AWARD FINALIST: Best Time Travel)
What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
Z from Smoke & MirrorZ…..he is part Jinn and part Angel living as a carny in the human world. A dichotomy of bad boy and savior, struggling with his own inner demons as he battles to save the woman he loves from the abusive husband who is trying to track her down and kill her. He is handsome, smarter than he thinks…and although he’s given up on himself, he somehow finds the strength to overcome all of it and become more than what he ever thought he could be…and in the process finds spiritual growth. He also has a sense of humor….and looking like an Arabian Knight come to life, you know he’s pretty hot too. 😉
Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
I celebrate the traditional pagan holiday of YULE. On winter solstice, I burn a Yule log with my family. And after welcoming positive energies, love and renewal into our space and our lives, reflecting on our past year….remembering and honoring our family and friends who’ve passed, we collect twigs and we sit around the fire. For each twig we think about something we would like to let go of in our lives so that we can welcome the new with an open heart….and we put that ‘concept’ into the twig and burn it in the fire….letting it go in mind, body and spirit as it burns away into the atmosphere. Sometimes its just a few twigs…and sometimes it’s many. We each just let go of as many things as we feel we need to let go of that will bring us individual peace and prosperity. When we are all finished we focus on the love we have for one another and the new endeavors we welcome for the coming year, the success, happiness and blessings we have and will bring with the new year.
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
Gingerbread Men….I make them just like my mom used to. She would send me boxes of them and invariably some would have broken off heads or arms and legs. It became our running joke…we laughed our asses off about how many would be broken each year when the box came. (Sometimes she’d drink a little Jim Beam and make a few crooked ones too in her elder years. LMAO!!) So I MAKE them that way….it’s hilarious. There will be all these ‘special needs’ gingerbread men there on the plate and everytime I look at them I laugh and remember my late mother with great love and fondness. <3
What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
I’ve honestly never gotten a bad gift for Christmas! LOL! I love them all because whoever gave me anything THOUGHT of me, and that is what matters.
Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
I have way to many to name in many different genres! In fiction? I love Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, Michael Crichton….Ann Rice. Um. LOTS!! LOL! The classics too. Non-Fiction: Erick Von Daniken, William Bramley, Zeccharia Sitchin, Michael Tsarion…..self help author Louise Hay. In romance I love the classics: Virginia Henley, Shannon Drake, Tanya Anne Crosby, Teresa Medeiros, many, many…..indies? My friends: Danielle James, Julia Lake Mills, Felicia Starr, Victoria Valentine, Jeannette Medina, Mary Moriarty….there’s just way too many there too!! It’s not fair….you’re asking me to pick a favorite kid. LOL! 😉
If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Singer/songwriter, author, spritual. (Okay…so I cheated. It’s four words crammed into three. I’m a naughty elf!) 😉
What are your thoughts on being a part of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
I think it’s a wonderful way for readers (and other authors) to find new reads they will enjoy and each others work….to explore the many different styles and genres out there and most of all for readers to have some fun getting up close and personal for a couple of hours with new authors, or authors they already have enjoyed. Getting to know the persons who’ve written the stories they enjoy is a whole new dimension for them. And I think it’s wonderful that YOU are putting on this event so that it can bring all of us together for some fun and the opportunity to get to know one another. Wishing you ALL a Blessed Yule, Blessed Be….Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy Holidays with love from my home and hearth to yours. <3 Cynthia Lucas