Paranormal Romance Author Aileen Harkwood – Book Elves Event Interview

Here is the interview that I did with Aileen Harkwood for the Book Elves on the Shelves Event. She will be taking over on Dec. 5th 3-4pm CENTRAL so drop in and say hi!

Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
Indie author. I love most things about working on my own, especially the control it gives me. I create my own deadlines, and publish books and stories when I want to publish. Working alone makes an author more nimble because she isn’t waiting for a traditional publishing house to say “okay.” Though ebook-only publishers tend to work more quickly, in the traditional print world, you can wait up to a year or even two for the dreaded agent/editor combo to give you the green light. If they don’t, and you get a rejection, you’re back to the beginning and have wasted all that time waiting.

What I don’t like? Not having the money at this stage to afford the things a traditional publisher does for an author. Authors these days have to do the bulk of promotion on their own whether indie or trad, so that part is a draw. Also I design my own covers and format the books, so that’s not a problem, but it sure would be nice to be able to afford an editor, copyeditor and proofreader.

What is your current “work in progress”?
I have several books in various stages of completion, but top priority right now is Book 2 of the Breens Mist Witches Series. Book 1 was the first in a five-part story arc and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Sean’s and Gisella’s lives. If you haven’t guessed it, I’m a pantzer. I have a rough idea where I’m going, but make up most of the story as I go along. It’s like watching a movie and writing down what you see.

How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
Most recent is Spell Touched (Breens Mist Witches, Book 1), published a couple of months ago. My other titles include Sapphire Ridge, Dangerous Dreams, and Wolf’s Den.

What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
I’d have to say Gisela from Spell Touched. Imagine waking up one morning and finding magic is taking away your entire life bit by bit, person by person, the world’s entire memory of you being erased and leaving you alone, undefended. Only one guy knows what’s going on, a very sexy warlock, admittedly, but when you meet him, he greets you with the words, Happy Death Day, Gisela.

Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
Farolitos. I live in the Southwest in the U.S. and here we put out farolitos on Christmas Eve. Some people call them luminarias, though the proper term is farolito, “little lantern.” They’re so simple, little brown bags filled with sand and lit up by a single candle, but when you have hundreds of them on your walls and lining your walk, the effect is magical.

What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
My grandmother’s homemade rocky road fudge. She made the best. I miss her every day.

What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
Wracked my brain, but I can’t think of one. I’ve loved every one.

Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice. Austen was brilliant.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Stubborn. Enthusiastic. Curious.

What are your thoughts on being apart of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
Love it and looking forward to partying!

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