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Monday, February 25, 2013

FINDING ESTA by Shah Wharton


Calling Urban Fantasy fans!! Here's something you'll enjoy. Check out the trailer! I love the mystery surrounding the fantasy/paranormal element!



Finding Esta - Book Trailer


 

Interview with Shah Wharton


Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.

Finding Esta is the first book of The Supes Series. Luna yearns for love and acceptance, and for an end to her own chronic isolation. Unable to touch, she settles for the lover’s caress of a stranger who visits her dreams, and her only friends in the world are Shadows – spirits who reside within in her fragile mind, seeking refuge from the Shadow Lands. Always eager to earn parental respect, she attempts to solve a twenty-year-old child abduction case by travelling to Esta’s family home in Cornwall, situated on an abandoned cul-de-sac. Searching for clues to Esta’s tragic fate she finds much more than she bargained for.

More alone than ever and desperate for answers, Luna struggles to retain a sense of identity, and the light grip on reality she’s been used to. Will she find Esta, and if so, will Luna live to tell Esta’s story?

It all began three years ago with a short story called, The House on the Hill, about a fledgling journalist who investigates the haunting of a large, spooky house, but discovers something quite different to ghosts behind the crumbling walls. I fell in love with the main character, Luna, and before I knew it, I’d developed a story spanning three books.

Luna has not had a great life when we first meet her. She is cursed with psychic touch, sun sensitivity and extreme empathy – all of which exclude her from the world around her. She also hosts Shadows within her battered mind, and these are the only companions she’s ever had. Her parents are plain cruel and even at 23 years old, she reverts to a child in their presence.

No one, not even Luna with her over-intimate knowledge of the Shadow Lands, and the hearts and minds of humanity, could be prepared for what she finds in Cornwall. Luna begins the arduous journey of self-discovery, while the world she knew implodes.

I chose to set the action in Cornwall because I’m a quarter Cornish and love St Ives. I wanted to capture its magical quality, to set the scene for Luna’s adventure. I had to research a few things, like names of streets, and about the train Luna takes to reach Esta’s house, where she finds much more than she expects. But the way it looked, the way Cornwall felt, is written from childhood memories.


Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?

I’ve always loved the supernatural and paranormal genres. I adore urban fantasy in particular because it brings fantasy into our back yard / or city / or neighbourhood. It adds a layer of reality to fantasy. I love that blend.


Q. Did you have any favourite experiences when writing your book?

There are parts that made me laugh and others where I cried, because they touched something within me, personally. There’s a lot of myself in my protagonist, so there were moments of revelation and insight.


Q. How did you come up with your title?

It was a working title that stuck, then I built the series around it: Finding Esta, Finding Luna, Finding William – all part of The Supes Series. Nothing hugely imaginative I’m afraid.


Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?

I wrote Finding Esta all wrong. Like I say, it began as a short story, then just grew into a three book series. No planning, just words spilling out. It meant that editing was a hellish process of unpicking and repining the words to some kind of structure. I decided I’d try my hand at outlining Finding Luna before writing anything, and although the outline is brief and flimsy, it allows me a little more structure and a little less chaos.


Q. What projects are you currently working on?

Finding Luna is in first draft stage, so I’m hoping to finish that this year. I’m also getting Finding Esta into print.


Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?

We market ourselves and our creations to the masses, we publish our books for all to see without any guarantees of success, we write and edit and format, we negotiate with cover designers and other service providers, and we deal with all this while facing potential criticism from reviewers and worst of all – no sales after all our investment.

I need to rant and let off steam about this subject, so I developed the Indie Soap Box Files Facebook Group for others’ to do the same. I’d like to invite indie authors to pass on their own rants (in the form of guest posts) to me, and I’ll post them on my blog, and promote them at the group for discussion, and to share with other indies.


Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?

The basics –get a great cover, edit, edit, edit, and learn as much as you can about the craft. Read when you’re not writing, and read about writing. Mostly, write!

Oh, don’t use Scrivener. Well, do because it’s a great writing resource and helps you compile and format for epub and mobi once you’re finished, but be careful. I had an enormous nightmare with Scrivener swapping and/or erasing chapters. Twice! I think I’m allergic to it, or something.

I would also stress how important it is to leave your MS to rest for a month AFTER the final edit. I didn’t give mine enough time, so error-blindness reared its ugly head, and meant I had to go back to make improvements after publication. I am a perfectionist though, so I’ll probably do this constantly. :)


Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/findingesta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shahw1
Website: http://shahwharton.com/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6558975.Shah_Wharton
Google+: https://plus.google.com/105777291855668712953#105777291855668712953/posts
Email: shahwharton@gmail.com


Q. Where can they get your book?

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277455

Amazon (KINDLE): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00APXGKFQ?ie=UTF8&assoc_ss_swlb=1&keywords=finding%20esta&qid=1355901306&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble (NOOK): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-esta-shah-wharton/1114295426?ean=2940016363394&isbn=2940016363394

KOBO (ePUB): http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Finding-Esta-The-Supes-Series/book-gVVx9_EVr0qYOuyKCaK9LQ/page1.html

iBOOKS (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id599434747

Print coming soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

THE VEILED MIRROR:THE STORY OF PRINCE VLAD DRACULA'S LOST LOVE by Christine Frost

A Gothic Historical Fiction novel that sounds pretty cool. The historical ruthless Prince Dracula...with a true lover?? Maybe.

 
 
 
Interview with Christine Frost
 
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
 
The story is told from the perspective of Prince Vlad Dracula’s consort. I wanted to provide a historical basis for the legend, both the man and the vampire, and spent years doing research on medieval life in Eastern Europe. Her story is about how she met him and what it was like to be his companion for many years. Even though many movies and books refer to his wife, I found evidence that she was probably a consort in a letter Vlad wrote to the King of Hungary, in which he talks about an impending marriage to one of the king’s relatives, so I made the case for her being a mistress because she was not in his social circle. They fell in love with each other at a relatively young age, and she was devoted to him, despite the tumultuous and gruesome life he led. I didn’t want to romanticize him, but I did want to humanize the legend most people associate him with.
 
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
 
I’ve always been a fan of Gothic literature, as well as the culture that grew out of it. Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula made a big impression on me in eighth grade, and the Gothic genre stuck with me ever since. As I worked on my master’s degree in literature and creative writing, I knew my thesis was going to feature a large portion of my own fiction, and since I was using early drafts of The Veiled Mirror in creative writing workshops, it was a perfect fit. The introductory essay to the thesis is all about how my novel was influenced by Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and the novel that told things from Mrs. Rochester’s view, Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jane Rhys.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
 
I was incredibly fortunate to be able to travel to Romania to do research for the novel while I was writing it. I joined a group of writers there in 2005, and we stayed in a small town near Brasov. Even though I wasn’t able to visit the castle ruins where Vlad Dracula had resided in the 1400s, I did see some of the places he had known. I also met a few people who were able to fill in some gaps in history for me. So many biographies about Dracula stick to the most well-known legends, and I was looking for all kinds of details to make the legends more down-to-earth—a way to ground them so they would fit into the narrative in a way that made them feel more authentic.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
 
The title is based on a superstition that a soul can become trapped in a mirror after death, so they are covered up to prevent the soul from entering and lingering where it shouldn’t. It dovetails nicely into a secret little fear I have about mirrors. Maybe I played Bloody Mary too many times as a kid, but I dislike looking into mirrors at night. J When I thought about the legend of Dracula’s wife and how she committed suicide, I wanted her to be present as a ghost for his eventual transformation into the fictional vampire Stoker created.
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
 
I try to write every day. I used to write everything, and I mean everything, in fountain pen. Writing by hand inspires the muse so much more. But I discovered how wonderful the writing program Scrivener is after using a trial version for National Novel Writing Month a couple of years ago, and it’s changed my approach entirely. So it depends on the day now. Most of the time I head straight to the computer after dinner and write for two to three hours, but I love those evenings when I’m able to curl up on the couch with my fountain pen and write everything out on paper. As productive as I can be writing on the computer, writing by hand is a more soothing and thoughtful process for me.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
 
I always have a few in the works! Currently, I’m working on my third novel, which is quite a departure from the historical fiction I’ve been writing. It’s a work of speculative fiction, and takes us to a world where ancient Mesopotamian cultures never fell, but developed into a modern, space-age society that still retains a connection to the ancient religion of thousands of years ago. Corruption is rampant and a revolution is brewing. It’s told from the perspective of characters who are involved in the revolution.
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
 
Patience and open-mindedness are key attributes to possess. The world of publishing is changing so rapidly that the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and business models is essential to the path of success. My day job has been as an editor in a small publishing office for nearly fifteen years. Detailed research, writing, and editing are all laborious, but are all part of building a professional brand. And follow the advice of the experts. A lot of it is free. Authors such as J.A. Konrath and Dean Wesley Smith have backgrounds as traditional as well as self-published authors. Their blogs are great resources.
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
 
After publishing my first novel, I wish I had done better research on marketing, because I think I wasted a lot of money on promotions and contents that didn’t amount to much in the end. After networking on various social media channels for more than a year, I wised up, and have been making better connections through guest blogging and other promotional opportunities that cost little to nothing. I’ve since recouped the money I spent back then in book sales, but still, I can’t help but think sometimes, “If I knew then what I knew now…”
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
 
 
Q. Where can they get your book?
 
The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula’s Lost Love is available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and in ebook format pretty much everywhere: Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and the Apple Bookstore. An excerpt of the book is on my blog.

MER by Jade M. Phillips


Ooo!! Ooo!!! Ooooooo! Another example of why I LOVE book trailers. THIS book looks RIGHT up my alley! I may get it...seriously.

 
 
 
Interview with Jade M. Phillips
 
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
MER is the first book in a magical fantasy series, geared towards young adults, but I’ve found that it is loved by people of all ages! It is a suspenseful and gripping story of the children of Castlecray and their adventures through their world, where bed time stories come to life right before their eyes!
 
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
Well, this book has a secret and I will be giving you some VIP information by revealing it…but the secret is merpeople- If you couldn’t already tell from the title. Haha! One reason I chose to write about fantasy, mermaids, and other magical creatures was that is what I love to read and my daughter is absolutely obsessed with mermaids! Also my husband and I were discussing current trends in ya fantasy and paranormal books one night when I said, “There’s vampires, werewolves and wizards a plenty. What about mermaids?” And thus, MER was born.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
Hmmm. My favorite times, I would have to say, would be staying up late nights with my husband to brainstorm and create the storyboard and plotting for my book. He’s my support system and I have to run everything by him first, and he has a surprisingly twisted and amazing mind, sometimes coming up with ideas for my book that blow me away! In a good way! LOL! My hubby works a lot, so it is also nice to spend this time with him.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
The title is quite self-explanatory. MER = merpeople, mermaids, and mermen who live in Mer Ocean! LOL!
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
I am a stay at home mom and take care of my son and daughter, 2 & 5 years old. I also own a small business and work from home doing that as well. So, I am mom first (24 hrs a day) and jump at the chance to throw my children to my husband on his day off and run out the door to go get some writing done. I also try to get some writing done at night after the kiddos go to bed, but a lot of the time I am BEAT! Haha! So my writing time is very precious to me and I jump at any chance I get. There is no real routine for me. I write when I can.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
I am working on the second book in the MER series. I get chills even thinking about it. It’s going to be awesome!
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
Research, research, research! Google, google, google! Look up any and every question you may have about the process, because knowledge is power, and the more prepared you are to hit that scary “publish” button, the easier the whole thing will be!
Also, if you are not a part of a writer’s group, I highly recommend finding one with similar interests or goals that will suit your needs. When I found the Indie Writers group I am in now, it was a HUGE sigh of relief. At first, I felt like I was floundering around out in cyberspace trying to connect with someone, anyone that could help give me advice or support. I was very alone and it was sort of sad. Once I found my group, I felt so supported and enjoyed the camaraderie of like-minded authors and friends! You can ask anything, and usually there is someone there who has been through it and can help to guide you. Love it! To summarize: connect with other authors for support and do lots of research to find out what works best for you.
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
I think I speak for many authors in saying this. Self-publishing and the process that goes along with it is a learning experience in itself. You couldn’t take a class on this topic and learn as much as you would by living through it and taking advice from other authors. So no, I wouldn’t change anything in the process I used, because it got me to where I am now –a published author- and it educated me so that the process of publishing my next book might be a little easier. It’s all in good fun!
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
                Jade http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jade-M-Phillips/227166404087086?ref=hl
 
Q. Where can they get your book?
It is currently available on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVKVPY4

THE ARTIST'S INHERITANCE by Juli D. Revezzo

THIS book trailer looks super creepy and super great!! Paranormal mixed with a dash of romance. I wanna read it!



The Artist's Inheritance - Book Trailer

 

Interview with Juli D. Revezzo
 
 
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
 
The Artist’s Inheritance concerns Caitlin who’s just moved into her late brother-in-law’s house with her husband. Almost immediately, her husband’s mood shifts dark and he begins obsessing over a chair he’s carving. She senses some ghosts and some evil force might be driving her husband to this madness, but with little experience of the paranormal, she’s frightened. With several ghosts trying to make contact with her, who wouldn’t be? Caitlin turns to a newfound set of friends, a local witches coven, for help. Can she defeat the evil plaguing her family? Well… you’ll have to read the book to find out the answer to that. :)
 
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
 
So many paranormal fantasy and urban fantasy stories feature vampires and werewolves these days, I wanted to do something a little different. I always enjoyed Charmed and confess I’ve read up a little on paganism, so I liked the idea of setting a good witch at the forefront of the story.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
 
One I enjoyed very much was visiting the H.B. Plant museum for ideas on what Trevor’s chair might look like.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
 
My husband and I hashed it out together. ;)
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
 
I do. I usually write later in the afternoon. When I’m working on a new story, I usually see the characters first. So I’ll sketch down a little scene where they are the star. From there, I’ll delve into what their working environment might be like, what their backstory was, where they went to school and what they studied. What obsesses them. *rubs hands gleefully* That’s always fun. By that point I usually have my running start and can fill in the blanks from there.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
 
I just finished the second book in the series, Drawing Down the Shades, and hope to have that out sometime before the end of May. I’m also doing revisions for a paranormal romance novel I’ve recently sold to The Wild Rose Press. I’m also working on a follow up to my supernatural fantasy story House of Cards.
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
 
Let’s see. First and foremost though, you should make sure your book is as clean as you can get it before you publish it. Have a beta reader at least go over it—twice if you can. Check your grammar, your passives, your spelling and double check it! You don’t want to look back a year from now and end up wanting to slap yourself for some silly mistake. But don’t obsess too much or you’ll end up changing the manuscript every six weeks. The usual social media sites might help get your name out there (Twitter, Linked in, Blogs, Facebook, Tumblr,  G+ etc), but I’ve also talked to everyone I can about the book. You may run across a new sales avenue you’ve never thought of before. Word of mouth helps. Putting your book up everywhere you can can’t hurt. Also know everyone and their mothers will have an opinion on what you’re doing wrong. Be prepared for that and try not to let it bother you too much. (Try being the operative word ;)) Most importantly, don’t be discouraged. If you love what you do, put it out. No one can find you if you don’t.
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
 
I learned a lot from the RWA when I was in it, but I probably would’ve saved more of the money I spent on them if I’d known I was going to ultimately go this route. I don’t know, really what I’d change in my process. Self publishing is much, much easier than it was even three years ago.
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
 
Twitter: @julidrevezzo
 
Q. Where can they get your book?
 
The Artist’s Inheritance—and all my books—are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The Artist’s Inheritance is also available in paperback from Createspace.

THE UNIVERSE IS A VERY BIG PLACE by April Aasheim

HA! I love this book trailer. So simple but so cute and it really made me want to read the story. I hope you want to read it too. It looks cute, funny, and interesting.



The Universe is a Very Big Place - Book Trailer


 
Interview with April Aasheim

Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
 
My book is a romantic comedy. It’s about a young woman who was raised in a carnival troupe and is now searching for two things: true love, and a normal life.
 
When her first option seems to be out of reach she opts for marrying stable, boorish Sam.
 
As her wedding draws nearer a series of crazy events happen: her menopausal mother moves in, her twin sons are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, her ex-boyfriend sues her for child support because his restless leg syndrome prevents him from keeping a job, and she is asked to escort a life-sized condom around town to promote teen abstinence.
 
To top it all off, Spring meets John Smith, a stranger in town, and she is forced to examine her life, and what she really wants for it, once and for all.
 
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
 
I’m excited to share two ideas with my readers: The first is that normal may be something that doesn’t really exist. The second idea is that you should never settle in life. Even when you think you have nothing left, The Universe may surprise you.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?

My favorite experiences involved working with my writing group. They helped me take this book from a pure comedy into something a bit deeper. I’m really pleased how my quirky characters transformed themselves into living, breathing, and strange human beings.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
 
I was stuck on a title forever. A member of my writing group suggested the title after one of the main characters tells our protagonist (Spring Ryan) not to give up. She lets her know that anything is possible with faith because The Universe is a Very Big Place.
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
 
I’m pretty scattered. I don’t have a routine. I think about stories all the time, but when I sit down to write varies day by day. I do try and write daily though, even if I don’t start until 11 PM.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
 
I’m currently working on finishing up the first book in a new trilogy called The Witches of Dark Root. It’s about four sisters who have to come back to their hometown to save their crazy, hoarding mother. They also happen to have some magical abilities.
 
The book is really about sibling relationships, how we can love and hate our family so easily. The witchy part was just for fun.
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?

Don’t be afraid. It can be terrifying to put yourself out there and open yourself up to criticism, but you just have to go for it.

Even if you think the subject of your book has been dozens of times, remember, there is only one you. Only you can tell your story.
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
 
The first book is always a challenge I think. I added, and subtracted, and rearranged it so many times it made me dizzy. I’m not a big planner but I think I’d construct the plot a little more soundly.

The second book I’ve written was much easier. It does get easier, as long as you keep at it.
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
 
Twitter: @aprilaasheim
 
Q. Where can they get your book?

 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-universe-is-a-very-big-place-april-aasheim/1112331870?ean=2940014945189

THE GREATEST GIFT by Charlene Tess

This is a sweet but powerful story of family love and how it's strength can be tested and tried.
 
 

 

Interview with Charlene Tess
 
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
 
The Greatest Gift explores the bond between mothers and daughters and the strength of relationships in a family during a time of great emotional stress and grief. After Patricia’s granddaughter dies in a car accident while Patricia was driving, she must try to repair the relationship with her daughter. Is forgiveness possible in such a situation?
 
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
 
I believe that the relationship between mothers and daughters is complex and beautiful. I have two daughters, and I had a step-daughter who passed away in 2007. I chose the book’s topic because I believe the bond between mothers and daughters is nearly impossible to break, and I wanted to write about that.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
 
I had to change some of the scenes because they became too personal and frightened me. I have three grandchildren.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
 
It evolved out of the dialogue in the book. Patricia said Alaina was her greatest gift.
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
 
I try to write a complete scene at a time. The following day I revise it and then move on. Sometimes my scenes are not written in sequential order. Usually II write while at the computer, but sometimes I write on a yellow legal pad and type it into the computer later. I find that I am most creative when I am in the mountains.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
 
I am currently working on my blog and writing educational materials for two educational web sites. I have the outline of a new novel in my notebook, but I have not begun to flesh it out.
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
 
I suggest that you do a great deal of reading about the process of publishing your novel before you try to do so to avoid having to start over. It isn’t difficult to do, but you do need a road map of sorts, and false starts can be frustrating.
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
 
I would have searched for the title of my book on Google and on Amazon to see if it had already been used. I failed to do so, and after the fact, I discovered that there are many books with the same title I chose. That is not a good thing. If someone searches for the title and is not careful to check the author’s name, they may just buy the wrong book. Next time, I will be more careful when choosing a title.
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
 
 
Q. Where can they get your book?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

WYNDANO'S CLOAK by A.R. Silverberry

Here’s a wonderfully intriguing book trailer! Little bit of mystery and fantasy! Love.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interview with A. R. Silverberry
 
 
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
 
Jen has settled into a peaceful life when a terrifying event awakens old fears—of being homeless and alone, of a danger horrible enough to destroy her family and shatter her world forever.


She is certain that Naryfel, a shadowy figure from her past, has returned and is concentrating the full force of her hate on Jen's family. But how will she strike? A knife in the dark? An attack from her legions? Or with the dark arts and twisted creatures she commands with sinister cunning.
 
Wyndano's Cloak may be Jen's only hope. If she can only trust that she has what it takes to use it . . .
 


Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic/genre? Why did you choose it?
 
I didn't choose it, it chose me! I really can't write, well anyway, unless something grabs me and won't let me go until it's done. When I can't stop thinking about the characters, I know I'm in for it. That said, the theme of the book is important to me. In my day job, working as a psychologist, I've listened to the fears and longings of young people. The environment and economy are just a few of the unprecedented challenges facing children today. I hope that Wyndano's Cloak, in some small way, helps young people feel capable of facing our complex and sometimes frightening world.
 
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
 
I wrote the book while commuting on CalTrain. That gave me close to three hours a day on work days to write. Plus, I was able to draw on some of what I saw out the window for settings. Once, I saw a squirrel scampering all over a blackberry bush. I knew that had to go in the book. It took me a year to figure out where, but when I did, it worked nicely.
 
Q. How did you come up with your title?
 
With sweat and tears. I really wasn't sure what to call it, but Wyndano's Cloak is a powerful metaphor in the book, so it made sense.
 
Q. Tell me about your writing process. Do you have a routine?
 
I write best if I can work a consistent amount of time, five to six days a week. I don't care how many words I write. That doesn't work for me. But if I can put in my time, I'm a happy camper. That doesn't mean that I don't write fast. In fact, if I'm stuck, I challenge myself to write as fast as I can, so I can bypass my inner critic. Going back to metaphor, I write best if I have an overarching metaphor or theme to hang onto. After that, I'll rough out my characters and the plot, and then just start writing. If I plan too much beforehand, my creativity dries up. In the case of Wyndano's Cloak, I had no idea what the theme was. I simply saw an image of what the heroine needed to do at the climax of the novel. Fortunately, the whole plot and all the characters unfolded pretty quickly from there.
 
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
 
I'm tying up the third draft of a new novel, and hope to send it out to my editors by the end of February. It's part survival tale, part coming of age story, part spiritual journey. It's written for adults, but I think that children as young as ten could read and enjoy it.
 
Q. Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
 
Learn as much about the craft as you can. Write a lot. Read a lot. Persist. As far as self-publishing, network with good, supportive folks. There are lots of them out there, and we're stronger if we work together. Through those connections, I've learned so much about how to market in the midst of this publishing revolution. And I've made some great friends, too!
 
Q. If you could go back and change anything in your book process or the self-publishing process would you? What would it be?
 
You bet I would. Wyndano's Cloak was published in 2010 as a hardback. At the time, I didn't appreciate ebooks and where they were going. As a result, I utilized traditional marketing approaches, such as book tours, book expos, and the like. I don't regret doing those things, because the book won a number of important awards, was purchased by some libraries, and I got to meet lots of wonderful readers in person, especially children. (If you're interested in how, please see my blog series.) (Link below.) But I missed getting in on the ebook phenomenon early. When I finally did publish it as an ebook, I was playing catch up, and there was a whole new learning curve.
 
Q. How can your readers get in touch with you?
 
 
Q. Where can they get your book?

People who want the hardback should write me directly for a personalized, signed copy. My email is on my website. (Link above.) 
 
The ebook edition may be purchased at:
 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wyndanos-cloak-a-r-silverberry/1100041623?ean=2940013170162&itm=1&usri=wyndano+s+cloak

And itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wyndanos-cloak/id465109080?mt=11