…and thus we have to drag the last person out of my basement. Let’s all give a big applaud for my last interview victim, Misty Carlisle…
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
It depends on your definition of “works.” If by “works” you mean do more people read the books, I guess it does. Although I know lots of people scoop up all the free stuff they can and then never look at it again. So while you may get a lot of people to download your book through a free promotion, that doesn’t mean they are going to read it. However, if all you are looking for are the downloads, then yeah. When it comes to Amazon, those downloads from the free promotions do have a positive impact on your book’s ranking, but I’ve not seen a lot to show that it’s worth it. On the other hand, offering a free book in exchange for some activity (promote my book for a chance at a free copy) has some good potential.
What is your favorite movie and why?
I’m going to have to go with “The Princess Bride” just for all the quotable line. “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife.” “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” “That’s enough rhyming now I mean it/ Anybody want a peanut” “Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” “As you wish.” It’s a good story made great by throwing everything over the top.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Right! How else are you going to decide what to buy? Everyone starts with the cover. If you like the cover you pick it up and read the back or click the link to see the blurb. Then you continue to winnow the list down until you buy one (or ten – let’s be real here, we’re talking about readers). So I don’t think a good cover will sell your book, but a bad one will kill it.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
It’s a little of both. When I have the luxury of time, or I’m facing a big novel project, I’ll take the time to interview the characters before I start writing. For short stories or when I’m swamped, I just jump right in and get to know the characters as I write. Of course interviewing them beforehand isn’t as set as I would like it to be, that only tells me who they are at the beginning. My characters change through the story, because of the story so I have to follow them through that change.
Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Hunting the Hunter? What would you do differently the next time?
Working with a blind protagonist was definitely a challenge. Describing his world, without using any visual descriptions really tested my ability to write imagery from the other senses. It also challenged me to write in subtle reminders to the reader that he’s blind. I’m not sure that I’d change anything save maybe spent more time blindfolded.
turned to writing when she couldn’t find the kind of worlds she wanted to live in. She loves the freedom to twist plots and tropes and play with an audience’s expectations. Every story starts with a trope and turns it upside down. Tell her she can’t do something, and she takes it as a challenge. The world of Romance is in for a surprise.