Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
I’m both actually. My titles are increasingly weighted toward the self-publishing side but I do still have some titles with small press publishing houses. A large number of my self-pubbed titles are original works, written specifically for my own Electric Prose Publications brand. Traditional publishing allows a brand new author to build her brand and following and those are invaluable when you’re just starting out. While I am deeply grateful to the publishers who have taken a risk on me and my work, I love the flexibility that publishing my own work gives me. No more covers I hate or pricing that makes readers hyperventilate. I have full control over everything from creation to final product, sales and marketing. I love it!
What is your current “work in progress”?
I’m working on several things right now. I rarely have just one WIP at any given time. I guess I’m the classic over-achiever. LOL My 2015 writing plan contains the following:
Write a New Years novella for my Hoale MM mystery series (writing as Declan Sands). Finish book 2 of my Earth Fairies YA series. Finish a light paranormal about a fallen angel that I’ve been shoving to the back burner for a couple of years. Write a paranormal novella for April/May release, multi-author box set Write book 5 of my Hoale Construction Mystery series (MM – Declan Sands) Write book 8 (the final book) of my Honeybun Heat series for release June-ish
How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
I have around 70 books between my 3 aliases and I’m getting ready to release 2 more in the next couple of weeks. I won’t list them all here for obvious reasons, but here’s a link to the printable book list on my Sam Cheever website for anyone who’s interested: http://www.samcheever.com/booklist.html Upcoming releases: 11/21 HoHo Honeybun: http://www.samcheever.com/hohohoneybun.html 12/04 An Apocalyptic Need: http://www.samcheever.com/anapocalypticneed.html
What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
I think the character that I love the most is Hermes from my Chasing Eros collection. He’s a little bit of a screw up, uses humor when he’s uncomfortable, and is determined to the point of stupid. #:0) But Hermes is also fiercely loyal and he’s always willing to share a laugh at his own expense. He’s sexy and endearing.
Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
A few years ago I started having my whole family to my house for a Christmas weekend. It’s a ton of fun and I think we all enjoy the time together. We also do an exchange with gifts that we make from scratch. I love the exchange because we create instant heirlooms with each one.
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
COOKIES! I’m pretty sure I inspired the Cookie Monster character. My daughters and I bake cookies every Christmas and send them around the country to the grandparents. Some years we’re lucky to have enough of them left to send. LOL
What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
I really can’t think of a horrible gift. I know that’s boring but true. The closest I’d come would be any type of clothing from my sister. She and I have TOTALLY different tastes in clothing.
Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
I adore Kresley Cole. I love her whole Immortals After Dark series. She writes the best secondary characters.
If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Short, mouthy, opinionated
What are your thoughts on being part of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
I’m thrilled of course! I love these events. It’s so much fun to talk about books, life, and whatever with all my favorite peeps!