Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
I am with a small publishing house called Linkville Press. It just started this year, and we already have a good number of books out. I’ve been with a vanity press (don’t go there–that road leads to madness–and a shrunken checking account) and with a regular (print-on-demand) publisher. I haven’t gone the solo route, and I’m not about to try. I’ve made some good friends at Linkville–it’s good to have support from the staff and authors. Waiting for my books to be edited and formatted–that’s the only drawback.
What is your current “work in progress”?
It’s called “Enoch’s Return”, and it’s Book Four in the “Pride’s Downfall” series. I confess that I haven’t worked on it much lately–until Books Two and Three get published, I’m not prioritizing it. The story line is still clearly in my mind though–that is, the parts that have been revealed to me so far.
How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
“Be Not Afraid” is the only one out so far, with “UnHoly Trinity” due out next. When? Not sure. Then comes “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”.
What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
With the first book, it was Lydia–she had damnation and woe heaped upon her, but with heavenly help, she persevered. Now–God help me–my favorite is Lilith. She is cold, cruel, vicious–but she has my snarky sense of humor, and I really enjoy writing her lines. I think I need psychological evaluation…
Being that this event is for the Christmas Season, do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
I’d have to go back to my childhood for that. Christmas Eve, our family would always go next door, and while the adults talked and ate and stuff in the kitchen, we kids (three in my family, four in theirs, plus relatives) would go watch TV or sit by the tree in the living room. I remember the tree part best–we’d take turns spinning each other in the swivel chair beside it. I remember baskets of walnuts too.
Then our family would go to midnight Mass–which was, surprisingly, at midnight. (Most places, it isn’t any more.) On the way to church, my sister and I would compete to see how many houses with Christmas lights we could count. I think she cheated a lot…
The night was generally cold and clear, and the excitement and temperature got us shivering and bundling up with each other in the back seat (these were the days before seat belts were the law). We were wiggly-giggly the whole way to church–and totally sacked out on the return.
Then we were up before dawn, of course…
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
That would be the fruitcake I make. Not your run-of-the-mill door stopper, this recipe is made with very little flour and a lot of dried fruit. None of that weird citrus stuff. Even fruitcake-haters love this recipe–it’s requested every year.
What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
Depends on my age–of course, as a kid the last thing you’d be wanting is clothes or socks or shoes. Underwear, any age, is totally out. That’s just embarrassing.
Who is your favorite author and/or favorite book?
Being a book reviewer, I can’t really answer that too well without leaving out a LOT of really good writers. My favorite book of all time is Black Beauty, though. Author? Too many to mention.
If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Mentally I’m Twenty. OK–there’s a contraction there, and it’s actually four words. Consider it a tip…
What are your thoughts on being a part of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
I think it’ll be a lot of fun. I’m between jobs right now, so my participation may change depending on what type of job, if any, I’m doing at the time. It’s always fun to meet new people, even if it’s merely on the computer. I’ve met a lot of great people this way–and some authors that I am a much better person for knowing and reading.