Interview With An Author: Marie Saint Louis

What got you into writing? My clients were constantly asking when I was going to write a book. Through the years, I’ve shared many of my true stories with them, but never thought of writing a book.

My brother suggested I keep a journal of the events and I soon realized I had accumulated many interesting stories. My book was born.

What’s your favourite book and why? Besides the Bible, I have a few thick books of the world’s best short stories. By reading these stories over and over, I have continued on improving my own writing.

What’s your writing routine? I write down details as they happen. Afterwards, I get busy in structuring the specific chapter and include the people I meet, the readings, and what is going on around me while I’m there. I want readers to feel like they are actually attending with me and have a front row seat!

Tea, or Coffee? Definitely Chai Tea!

What got you into your particular genre of writing? My book is a true account of the real people, places, and events I have experienced as a psychic medium.

Why do you love writing it? I believe writing is all about how your words impact another person’s life in a positive manner.

Yes, the psychic medium readings are a huge part of the book but the message is bigger than that. Every person who has come and sat at my vendor table has essentially bared their personal lives with me and has made my life more enriched. Now I am able to share those experiences with my readers.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process? At first, I had no clue what I was doing and still continue to learn from the experts. Every night, I take the time to research a different self-publishing topic. These topics range from book cover designs to marketing ideas. This past year, I attended a few local writing conferences and spoke with other authors too.  I basically learned as I went through the process and still have a lot to study.

How many books have you written and what are they? RSVP From Heaven is my first book.

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As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh? No, for years I’ve been taking part in all types of parties and events. I have shared  psychic medium readings at fairs, festivals, private parties and many more. You just never know where I’m going to show up!

I’m already working on my next book in the RSVP from Heaven series.  The second book, will take readers on even more exciting journeys.

One chapter will be about my experiences sharing psychic medium readings with guests at a tattoo and motorcycle event. My vendor table was alongside tattoo artists, piercers, and a seamstress sewing on various types of patches on the leather jackets for bikers. Readers will once again be introduced to compelling people seeking guidance or longing to be connected guests to deceased loved ones.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series? Write about what your love to do and listen to your loyal readers.

 Is there anything controversial or different about your writing? Yes, many elements about my life and some of the events I take part in may be seen as controversial to others.

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life? Yes, I have two full time careers and the only time I have for writing is in the evening after appointments with my clients. I write many nights until 1am to 2am then have to get up at 6am to get ready for work.

 Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice? From the beginning I had decided to self-publish my book.

 Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like! One of my favorite places to write was at night outside at this little 24 hour taco shop. I would sit for hours on timeworn orange picnic benches and write my chapters.

Now, I write in my comfortable home office with my window open. I love hearing the coyotes down the street howling!

How do you keep motivated? I made a promise to my clients I would finish the book for them. My mother has also been instrumental in keeping me motivated.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book? Writing is definitely a challenge for me because I place a lot of pressure on myself to ensure my readers enjoy the book. I had to work through a great deal of apprehension, comparing myself to other writers, and self-doubt in completing my first book.

Do you have any hints for my readers about writing? It’s important to write in your own voice. If you’re not being yourself, you’ll eventually will burn out. Once you find your voice continue to develop it. It’s the way you set yourself apart from the thousands of other writers out there.

You message needs to be heard and writing in your own voice needs to come within and in order to capture the true essence of what you are expressing to readers.

Is there anything you wish you had known BEFORE you started your latest book? The incredible amount of organization, rewriting, editing, and marketing it takes to create a book on your own.

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about? RSVP From Heaven is about my life as a  psychic medium who has spent years sharing guidance and communicating with the deceased for her clients at the most amazing parties and unique events around. Some of these events may be controversial in the eyes of others. Of course, it wasn’t easy because I battled social anxiety, rejection, and sceptics along the way.

Readers will sit tableside with me during readings at an Arizona casino swap meet and have front row seats with costumed guests during three nights of dazzling Hollywood Halloween parties. You never will know where I will show up next!

Told in a down to earth and often intimate style, I share true tales of the compelling people I meet who are searching for direction in love, career, family, relocation, and other topics. In the midst of busy fairs and festivals, I pass messages on from deceased loved ones to the individuals seated at my vendor table.

RSVP from Heaven is a fresh new approach in spiritual books that will entertain and captivate readers around the world. It is a remarkable timeless tale about the shared emotions we experience as people and our quest to find answers while living our personal journeys.

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you? It took me over six weeks of viewing portfolios and I was becoming frustrated in my search. Then I came across the portfolio of local graphic designer Will Manchas. I was hooked as soon as I saw his prior designs for the fashion industry and the Phoenix Suns.

The first concept he presented me was exactly what I asked him to do. Then I “let him loose” to create something for me. The second design was selected after polling friends and family. https://www.facebook.com/manchasdesigns

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

Later this month, I will have a personal website where people can visit and receive information regarding my progress on my second book, excerpts, contests, giveaways, personal appearances, and services.

My readers are valued and I want to be able to connect with them through my site.

Readers can discover me on the following social media sites:

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/IntuitiveFlow

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/mariesaintlouis8

Interview With An Author: Miranda Shanklin

What got you into writing? 

I have always loved reading and dreamed of writing. One day I just decided to start writing.

What’s your favourite book and why?

I don’t really have a favourite. I love all kinds of books.

What’s your writing routine?

I sit down at the computer and start typing.

Tea, or Coffee? Coffee, lots and lots of coffee

What got you into your particular genre of writing?

I love reading paranormal romance so it made sense for me to try writing it.

Why do you love writing it?

I love to write what I would love to read.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process?

A little overwhelming.  I have had a lot of advice and tips from other authors as I try and find my way through it all.

How many books have you written and what are they?

I have one full series out. The Soul Series consists of Soul Journey, Soul Redemption, Soul Knowledge, Soul Freedom and Soul Discovery.

As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh?

It can be challenging. You have to find something new for each book but it still has to relate to what happened in the previous books.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series?

Have an idea of how many books you want to include and a general idea where you want them to go. It will help to make it flow better.

Is there anything controversial or different about your writing? Not that I know of .

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?

My life is crazy busy. I am a mother first, then a wife, then a paralegal and then a writer. I have a very delicate balance that gets thrown off all the time LOL

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice?

I am self-published. It was an active choice. I don’t have anything against agents or publishing companies I just wanted to show myself that I could do it on my own.

Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like!

Right now my laptop is set up on my dining room table. I hope to add a small office onto the house in the next couple of years but for now I am in the middle of the house.

How do you keep motivated?

I have a whiteboard with my characters and other important facts about the story that is in the dining room. Every time I walk through the house I see it and it keeps it all alive for me. My kids and husband are also very supportive and do everything they can to help me.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book?

I had a little trouble at first getting it to come across on the page the same as it was in my head. It took me a little while to find my writing style.

Do you have any hints for my readers about writing?

If you can come up with a story that you would want to read then there is nothing stopping you from trying.

Is there anything you wish you had known BEFORE you started your latest book?

A better way to market my books. I am still working on that LOL

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about?

My books are about a group of witches. There is a little twist to the witching world though. There are no new witches born. The souls of each witch go through life cycles and as they get older they remember their past lives. The main characters in the story are the exemption to most of the rules due to a punishment that they have been fighting against for many lifetimes. They break free from their punishment only to find that they have now created an even bigger problem.

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you?

I asked a fellow author about cover art and what was the best option. I have zero ability in that field. I found the cover for my first book on Paper and Sage Designs in their pre-made section. I fell in love with it and bough it. I then worked with the cover artist to custom make the other covers so that they would all stay in one theme.

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

Author site: www.mirandashanklin.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor

Interview With An Author: Julie Nicholls

About Julie:

Julie Nicholls was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England. Her love of writing didn’t fully develop until she moved to Bulgaria after retiring from work at the age of 42. Living in a small village in the South of Bulgaria with her husband and two dogs, Julie enjoys country-life and the freedom retirement brings.

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She’s the owner of “Literally Sensual” on WordPress, along with other writing friends, but is more known for writing Fanfiction and receives regular reviews.
The release of her first novel, Demon Within, encouraged her to continue writing a sequel. And now Demon Within is the first in a series called “Fallen Angels”. The second book in the collection, “Angel Within”, will be released late March 2015.

What got you into writing?

I discovered Fanfiction via a popular forum, and after reading a few stories, I was hooked. Shortly after reading quite a few, I decided to give it a go at writing my own.

What’s your writing routine?

Once I get the story in my head, I have to get it out. I usually start writing after lunch for a couple of hours, take a break then continue after dinner until the early hours.  When I go to sleep, I ‘see’ the next day’s chapter, and I play it over in my mind so when I start the following morning, I know what the plan is.

Tea or Coffee?

TEA!! I’m English… You know how us Brits love our tea.

What got you into your particular genre of writing?

It’s my favourite genre. I’ve ‘dreamed’ all my life… I guess escapism is the correct term for it. I don’t want to write about real life, I live it every day. Fantasy, romance is where I’m perfect, and the hero is perfect and I get my ‘happily ever after.’

Why do you love writing it?

Fantasy romance has no limits. You can create your world, the characters and don’t have to stick to stereotypes. I don’t have to follow rules; I can change them to suit my story.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process?

It was a bit shaky to begin with because I had no experience to draw on. However, after a few weeks of learning a few tricks of the trade, re promotion etc., I’m getting the hang of it now.

How many books have you written and what are they?

Demon Within, first book in the Fallen Angels series was the first, and the 2nd book in that series, Angel Within, is due out 19th March 2015. I have two short stories, which I have only as fillers, “Not for Sale.’ which is a modern day rescue story where the lead woman falls for her rescuer. Also ‘Her Alpha,’ a werewolf short story with steamy scenes.

Demon Within:

A former slave and now a feared warlord, a princess, a king, angels and fallen-angels, make this an epic romance you won’t be able to put down. Kai of Darkmide struggles with an uncontrollable force that changes his appearance when angered or enraged. Only the soothing touch of Princess Eloise is able to calm him, and unafraid of his demonic form, she shows him love. The princess keeps a secret of her own; A power, gifted to females on her mother’s side by the seraphim, giving her the advantage when Kai, and everyone he holds dear, are threatened with destruction from a fallen angel seeking revenge. A journey filled with plots, twists, secrets and passion, DEMON WITHIN is the first book in a series of three, Fallen Angels series.

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As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh?

I confess when I decided to make Demon Within into a series, I panicked and wondered how I was going to top it! However, the feedback I’m getting from the BETA readers is very good, and they’ve commented that it’s faster paced than the first book, so I’m jolly excited about its release.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series?

Research your topic, make sure you have plenty of friends who are willing to read your book before you publish it, to wheedle out any errors, and stay positive! Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it.

Is there anything controversial or different about your writing?

That’s an interesting question! When I write, I ‘see’ the scene. So I tend to write all the details that I see which sometimes is a little overwhelming. I’m learning to cut back, but it’s difficult. I’ve always maintained that because of my limited education, my writing has been quoted at one time as ‘too wordy,’ however, I’m making progress.

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?

Basically I get up, do my chores, take care of the animals…and the husband, and sit and write or paint. I also paint my own covers, or create them…and recently have been selling my work inexpensively to help indie writers, by keeping my covers low cost.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice?

I’m probably going to shoot myself in the foot for this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I made a few enquiries for a publisher and all the things they wanted; I felt was a little cheeky. They were only interested in authors who’d already made a name for themselves, by either achieving a best seller award or reaching a high position in the charts on the many eBook sites. I’ve also learned recently that a number of publishers are not actually doing anything for their cut of the sales.  There’s no advertising and only basic editing services plus low, cost covers that are questionable. I’ve had a few customers asking me to make book covers, because their own publisher isn’t providing a good enough service.

Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like!

Um, nope. It’s on the sofa with a board across my lap.

How do you keep motivated?

I’m a very excitable person and I come over much younger in years than I am. I love to interact with people, and I find feedback from readers and friends is what drives me.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book?

I couldn’t stop reading it as I wrote, and by the time I’d finished, I wasn’t reading it anymore; I was skimming, and consequently missed a few errors.  So when I started the 2nd book, Angel Within, I only read from the previous chapter to bring myself up to speed. Once I’d finished it, I then read it from the beginning to start editing.

Do you have any hints for my readers about writing?

Make sure you have a story that will keep the readers interested. Some of the reviews for Demon Within mentioned the book wasn’t filled with unimportant details. Which I purposely avoided because I tend to drift off when I’m reading a book that digresses too much.

Is there anything you wish you had known BEFORE you started your latest book?

YES! I wished I’d known that giving your book away free for five days doesn’t make a difference to your sales position! I mistakenly followed a blog’s advice… I had Demon Within downloaded 1600 times and after the free give away finished, my position in the kindle store didn’t alter. I learned later that Amazon changed the system, so that books couldn’t gain a higher position because it was given away free. I did reach number 2 though, in the free section, and Demon Within is still selling, so I look on it as free advertising for the next book!

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about?

Angel Within is the 2nd book in the Fallen Angel series and without giving too much away; it’s going to bring new characters, some good, some bad from the past. The main characters in Demon Within all have issues that they have to deal with, and this book is going to help resolve some of those.  The main antagonist is a witch, Jana, and she teams up with Tigan, a treacherous mercenary from Kiera and Sabe’s past, to summon a fallen angel, the most powerful. There are the usual plot twists, secrets and of course, hot steamy sex to keep everyone entertained and I’m confident that anyone who read Demon Within will thoroughly enjoy this next book, and will probably swear (curse) rather a lot at me when they finish it… and I’m not saying anything else. Lol

Angel Within:

Jana, a powerful witch, and Tigan, a deceitful mercenary from Sabe and Kiera’s past, join forces to summon Samyaza, one of the most powerful of all fallen angels.

The witch strikes a bargain with the fallen angel to possess Tigan, making him indestructible in battle. In exchange for granting this gift, Samyaza seeks a sacrifice, someone gifted with seraph abilities in order that he can free himself of the bonds that hold him captive in hell.

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It’s a race to save the sacrificial offering, and to stop Tigan from becoming possessed. Kai and Sabe join Brightstone and Blackhill’s forces to rid the world of the powerful, evil witch and Tigan. Once again the seraph come to the warriors aid, yet at what cost? The final battle culminates with transformation of Eloise from a timid queen to a feared warrior, as her husband fights for his life, and freedom from bondage, once more.

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you?

I make my own covers and I paint them in Photoshop using a Wacom Bamboo tablet and pen. I love digital painting and manipulations, I’ve been doing images for a long time, and making my own covers was one of the things I was more excited about than anything else!

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

Purchase Demon Within here

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PV4K8P2

Peeps can connect with me on my author site on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/jnichollsauthor

This is my short erotic story site and blog on WordPress

http://www.literallysensual.wordpress.com

I post all my paintings on this WordPress site

http://www.juliemirishkanicholls.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @juliemirishka

EXTRAS!

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Interview With An Author: T.Anthony Bland

About T.Anthony Bland: 
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T. Anthony Bland was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. His first book “In The Apartments Next to Mine”, is a collection of short stories about everyday people.
Although he grew up in the Public Houses(the Projects)in the Bronx, T. Anthony Bland didn’t just stay there. In fact, he spent most of his life traveling to work in Manhattan and Queens, NY. He even worked in Long Island as a school bus driver. He was a Head male Counselor at a camp for children and adults with disabilities up in Putnam County, NY surrounded by mountains and trees.
In his spare time he loves listening to Jazz and reading Autobiographies, vegetating in front of the TV watching movies, screaming at the television during football season and in his spare, spare time, he fights hordes of zombies with his incredibly, awesomely beautiful wife, Sharol.

What got you into writing?

First, thank you Melissa for having me. I got into writing because I watch a lot of TV, I always have , as a kid I watched old Black & white films and dreamed of being a like Fred Astaire. I loved how shows like Star trek created worlds with little budgets it screamed creativity. My problem was reading and writing…I didn’t do either well. So, I didn’t write until I got to college late in life…I took a class and was challenged to write a paper, 10-20 pages long. I was scared, I dreamed of story but never wrote them. Like those low-budget films and TV shows the page limit forced my creative “juices” to come out. After the Professor  praised my work, others said the same thing so I decided to do “it”.

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What’s your favourite book and why?

I don’t really have a favorite book…I have a favorite character, Sherlock Holmes. I love how his mind works and he does it while struggling with drug addiction. I guess its Conan Doyle’s mind I love.  Wait, Green eggs and Ham! I love that book, it’s about trying new things…

What’s your writing routine?

I stare into space! No, really. Okay not the whole time…I’m not working at the moment, so I try to write in the morning, about 2 ½ hours then break. If I feel the flow I’ll write another hour or so in the afternoon. I take Fridays off and about 2 hours Saturday mornings( my half day). No writing on Sunday I read.

Tea, or Coffee?

“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”- Capt. Picard and because of Picard, Earl Grey has become my favorite cup. I grew up Lipton’s Tea

What got you into your particular genre of writing?

I don’t have a particular genre that I know of…I guess you would say its drama or Short Stories. I like short stories because I can jump in and out of any subject.

Why do you love writing it?

I don’t know. I started with writing bible study/Sunday school lessons. I wanted to make the complex, simple. I guess that’s still my goal in storytelling.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process?

Grueling!! And costly. It’s great if you have a giant company helping you…but when you’re on your own, it’s an uphill trek, way uphill! If like me, you have a family, then you have look in the faces when the payoff  is slow and nonexistent. But you keep moving forward.

Is there anything controversial or different about your writing?

Hmm…Is there? There could be, I’m not white…I know, shocking right? This means I have the ability to write from a black American perspective as well as a Christian one. I don’t typically write that way though. I tell the story the way my character sees the world. Dealing with the issues the way they would. Now you might notice the absence of profanity…ah! There’s your controversy! Lol.

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How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?

As I mentioned earlier I’m not currently working. A few months ago I worked for my local Board of Elections…for about 5 months. It killed my writing! The hours were crazy at times and when I got home, I had just enough time to eat and sleep. I started the new book but it was dead for those months that I was there. Hard.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice?

Self-published. Oh how I wish I had an agent! I spend a lot more time promoting than I like, I’d rather be writing. Yes, it was an active choice. I tried traditional but I came in when the world of writing, reading and reporting got flipped on its head. I tried Christian publishers first because I saw a void in “Urban” storytelling. I was told I needed a following first! Others weren’t taking manuscripts. The rest of the world said pretty much the same thing. I’m a little seasoned, so I don’t want to waste 15 years trying to get a deal…it does horrible things to one’s dreams.

Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like!

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The public library! Lol. If I’m not trapped in the corner of my bedroom, when the apartment is full with 6-10 other people, then I sitting in a chair working off a glorified TV dinner table. When the weather breaks I’m in the library 2 to 3 days a week and not all of them quiet. Either place I wear my BOSE headphones for quiet. I easily distracted.

How do you keep motivated?

TV! Sometimes I see something that makes me say “wow, I wish I wrote that” As far as motivated writing, I am at a point in life where I’m tired of working for someone else. So I have to create a job for me, sometime I enjoy, something I want to do for the next 20, 30 years…

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you?

Money! If I don’t have it then I have to work with what I have. My cover is from Create Space, the picture of the women throwing her papers in the air represented my “College Collection” theme. I was going to use my college colors, Blue, but I wanted something brighter. The current cover I picked because after a year I decided to add my picture to the back. The first one kept spreading the words out. Most likely I’ll use a designer for the next book.

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

Website: www.tanthonybland.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/T.-Anthony-Bland/e/B00LH7B5OA

Twitter: @TAnthonyBland

Interview With An Author: Jennifer Seidler

I’ve fired up the Interview With An Author series once more and I’ve got lots of exciting #IndieBooksBeSeen authors lined up for the coming weeks so enjoy! – Melissa.

About Jennifer: 

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Jennifer Anne Seidler lives with her husband, three children, dog, chickens, rabbits and one very cute (according to her daughter) hamster on the shores of the scenic Wisconsin River. She is an alumna of Millikin University where she studied theater and creative writing, as well as DePaul University where she earned her Juris Doctor. She is a brown belt, working toward her black belt in Karate. Jenn’s technical and scholarly work has been printed in publications such as the DePaul Law Review, the FDCC Quarterly, and Fire and Arson Investigator. Jenn has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, but “Dry Land” is her first foray into the world of published fiction.

What’s your favourite book and why?

It’s a whole series of books, actually. I love the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. The prose is so inventive, and the story so off the wall and yet grounded, it’s all so amazing. Thursday Next is an amazing everywoman heroine. She’s so easy to identify with, yet her adventures are so creative. Jasper’s mind is one I’d love to live in for a while.

What’s your writing routine?

There really is no routine. I write when I get inspiration. When I do it’s usually thinking of the story when I’m trying to sleep at night, when I’m awake in the morning, over my coffee. I make dialogue by talking to myself in the car on the way to work. I use voices. Yes, I act out the parts as I’m writing the scenes in my head, call me crazy. I work off of a general outline but I often find myself writing myself off on tangents. Some tangents I keep, some I dispose of.

Tea, or Coffee? Starbucks trenta iced coffee with sugar free vanilla, thank you.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process?

It’s both rewarding and disheartening. The highs are high and the lows are low. It’s a matter of toughening up, taking the hits and remembering the good parts. It’s looking at the dips in sales, or even the zeros in sales and then smiling when we look back at the good days. It’s feeling that “oh no” feeling when we get a negative review, but then looking back and seeing the plaudits and feeling good. It’s knowing that not everyone is going to enjoy the work, that the book is not always someone else’s cup of tea, that someone is going to pick apart the story, and others are going to suspend their disbelief and enjoy. It’s not expecting too much, and yet expecting the best out of ourselves. It’s a lot of marketing. Putting ourselves out there. It’s enjoyable. It’s nerve wracking. It’s worth it.

How many books have you written and what are they?

I’ve written a number of books, but Dry Land is the first one I’ve decided to publish.

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Is there anything controversial or different about your writing?

I’ve been sort of judged for writing a male character’s POV (point of view) as a female writer. That goes back to the influence of Jasper Fforde. He can successfully write a female character as a male writer. Why can’t a woman do the same? I thought the criticism was unfounded and I wanted to at least make an attempt to prove that. I hope I was successful.

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?

Yes and no. Work does demand. I have a full time professional job, and I deal with sensitive issues and cases where I have to give it my entire focus. My family is very important to me. I’m on the last phase before I enter black belt training. It’s a matter of learning when to write when the inspiration strikes and when to let it go when it’s not there. It’s getting up an hour early to take care of marketing stuff.  It’s working until two in the morning to finish that chapter.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice?

I am self-published. It was an active choice, as I wanted to control the content and the image, for better or for worse. I also think that independent publication is the wave of the future. Don’t get me wrong, if an agent came along and was interested in my work, I wouldn’t say no, but I like the way I’ve done this. Maybe next time I’ll seek out an agent. If one will have me.

Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like!

It’s my kitchen table with my kids watching TV in the living room and my dog bugging me for treats.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book?

I struggled with the length of it.  I cut out a lot of filler, a lot of fluff and a lot of stuff that really didn’t belong there. I wanted the story to be streamlined, but not bereft of the important things. I wanted to keep it novella length, but struggled with doing that. I ended up making short stories out of two scenes I cut from the main story. Whether that was a good choice, I’m not sure, but I liked those sections.

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about?

Ted “Shakespeare” Hardiston is an intelligent architect and a veteran astronaut. He and the crew of the Space Shuttle Liberty are sent to the Moon to complete work and to live on Lunar Base One, the first manned base off-planet. As part of their work, they terraform the Moon, giving it gravity and an atmosphere. This, however, does not come without consequences, and whether the consequences are known or unforeseen is a question only Ted’s crew mate, Daniel Pierce, can answer. Ted, the ectype Codie-5 Kehlstrom, and the rest of the crew of the Space Shuttle Liberty must act fast and make sacrifices in order to save the Earth below. Complicating matters is a rather shocking revelation about Ted’s true nature and his purpose in this crew, on this mission, and his life.

What it’s really about is the consequences of our human impulse to create in our image, to form nature to our selfish needs, to explore what we can explore. It’s about personal knowledge, about deception and what does that does to the human (or not so human) heart, and about what it means to be human.

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you?

The cover art is all mine, but I’ve reached out to a designer to see if we can spice it up. I do like simplicity in book covers. I like easy colors and bold typeface, but I think mine currently may be too simple. We’ll see!

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit? 

http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Anne-Seidler/e/B00RZYPSYW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Land-Jennifer-Anne-Seidler-ebook/dp/B00RY8YN68/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

https://twitter.com/DryLandNovel

https://www.facebook.com/drylandnovella?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/17945-jennifer-anne-seidler

http://www.iauthor.uk.com/profile/jennifer-anne-seidler:7947

http://www.scifiromancequarterly.org/want-more/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12128096.Jennifer_Anne_Seidler

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24366344-dry-land

http://www.shelfari.com/books/38508393/Dry-Land

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/DryLandNovel

https://www.pinterest.com/jennseidler/dry-land-my-novel/

Interview With An Author: Jacob Shelley

My good friend and fellow author Jacob Shelley is in the run up of releasing his first book, so I thought I’d swing by and have a chat! I’m currently sat with Jacob in our local library with a coffee in one hand and a pen in the other, so let’s get started shall we?!

Mel: So, let’s get down to business – what’s the book about exactly? Tell me in… hmm… 100 words or less!

Jacob: Basically, the book is a collection of all of the poems that I have written over the past four or five years. It tends to jump from theme to theme, as the poems were written with no direct intention, just whatever came to mind, or struck me with inspiration.

Mel: Okay, sounds good to me! PUT TITLE HERE is your first project; how are you finding the publishing process?

Jacob: Quite tricky really. The big publishing companies don’t always make it easy to get your work published, so I knew very little about what I was doing at the beginning of the self-publishing process. But with a little help and hard work, I was able to climb out the other side with a book in my hand.Put Title Here

Mel: You mention self-publishing… as an advocate of self-pub, I’m all for the indie approach, but was it an active choice for you or did you feel you HAD to self-publish because the “traditional publishers” make it so difficult?

Jacob: My decision was a bit of both really. I decided to self-publish partly because I knew it would be so difficult to actually get published with the traditional methods, but also I chose to self-publish because it was an appropriate method for me to get my work out and share with people, which was the whole point in the first place.

Mel: What made you decide to release a book now, and not just wait for when you were a bit older?

Jacob: I guess I felt ready, and that I had collected enough work to make a substantial book out of it. Not to mention the support I had from close friends to help jump start the process, and really push things along.

Mel: It’s no secret that I’ve been the one nudging you towards the publishing for a while now, but as a newly established indie author (get used to that term!), is there any lessons you’ve learned along the way that you’d like to share with my readers?

Jacob: I’ve learnt so much along this process, that it would be difficult to pick a few. But I think the main thing I learnt out of this is that patience is key. If the work doesn’t seem quite right, just be patient and keep working: it will get there eventually. That and resilience, as not everything will work first time.

Mel: I hear you might have a second project in the wings, care to give us a little info on what that might be?

Jacob: It’s in the early stages at the minute, so I don’t want to give too much away… but I am going to be working with a close friend of mine, who is also a young author/illustrator. I’m very excited to get started.

(THEN WE NEEDED MORE COFFEE…)

Mel: Cover art is one of the trickiest parts of indie books, because it’s so harshly judged. How did you get the idea for your cover art? Was it inspired by anything in particular or did it just come to you?

Jacob: The idea came to me actually whilst I was sorting things out for university. After discussing it further with friends, I developed the idea to the pin board. The jumble of items on the pin board represents the way the book is written – a train of thought flowing, seemingly unconnected in some ways, but connected in others. I stuck with the idea of primary colours to reflect the idea. These are base colours: and you can create anything from them, much like you can create anything with your mind.

Mel: Is there anything you wish you could change about your book now you’ve got some insight? Or are you happy with it the way it is? I know some people are never happy with their books (myself included) and are constantly changing and adapting even after publication.

Jacob: For now, I am really happy with what I have produced, and feel it lives up to my original ideas. As for the future, who knows? I might find a better design, or find some content to add or adapt, so I really can’t say.

Mel: It’s been great chatting with you Jacob and I can’t wait to read the book. Any final words of advice or insight before I go?

Jacob: Just take the process in your own time, and make sure to do everything carefully… it is too easy to make a mistake and not realise it until it’s too late.

Thanks so much Jacob for chatting with me!

Jacob’s links:

Coming Soon… Interview with Jacob Shelley

*SNEAK PEEK*

As some of you may know, I’ve been working very closely with up-and-coming author, Jacob Shelley on his debut project: PUT TITLE HERE (see link for more details) and it’s time I tell you a little bit about him and his beautiful book!

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SO, I am pleased to announce that in the run up to the the release of his poetry anthology (March 7 2015), I will be INTERVIEWING the lovely Jacob about all things weird, wonderful and writing.

Keep your eyes peeled for more sneak peeks on both mine and Jacob’s blogs!