Interview with Bianca Sloane

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like so many, I did the "query-go-round": sending out letters to literary agents in search of representation. As anyone who has done it knows, it's an exhausting and somewhat demoralizing process. While I didn't give up on my dream of being published, I took a hiatus from writing and querying, as other priorities moved to the forefront. However, in 2012 I stumbled across an article about Amanda Hocking's success with eBooks and a lightbulb went off in my head. I thought, "I could do that." I read J.A. Konrath's book, "The Newbie's Guide to Publishing," and soaked up as much information as I could about this brave new world before finally taking the plunge. It's hard work, but I am having so much fun!
What are you working on next?
I actually have two manuscripts in the queue. "Every Breath You Take," is about a woman being stalked and "Live to Tell" explores infidelity and murder. They will both be out in 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
My author crush is Joy Fielding. "See Jane Run" just knocked me out, as did "Grand Avenue" and "Whispers and Lies." I also really enjoy reading Anita Shreve and Kate Atkinson.

Gillian Flynn has also become a recent favorite. It's so rare to read a book that lives up to the hype and "Gone Girl" did that and more. I've just finished her previous two books, "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places," both of which were unpredictable and unsettling. Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting her next book!
What is your writing process?
Before the words make it to the page, I think a lot about what I'm going to write. My characters talk to me (so long as I don't talk back, I think we're okay) and I'm a hybrid of plotter and pantser (plotser?). I've only recently started to do formal outlines, having mostly done plot points in the past. Even with the outline, I don't always know what's going to happen until I actually start the process of writing the book. Outlines provide a great roadmap, but I'm not afraid to detour off the highway if I need to.

I strive to write 2,000 words a day. Sometimes I'm over, sometimes, I'm under. I don't beat myself up if I only manage 500 words; it's 500 words I didn't have yesterday.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of the central themes of the story and how they might look graphically. Sometimes, during the design process, it changes, as my designer and I might come up with something stronger. For example, for "Sweet Little Lies," my original vision was to show a woman fleeing, as my protagonist, Kelly, bolts after fatally stabbing her husband. However, I came across a picture of a bloody knife and it struck a chord with me. My cover designer found an even better image and that's what we went with. I think it works much better than my original vision and readers have really responded to it. Moral of the story is, don't be so wed to a fixed idea that you allow it to stand in the way of something that might work much better.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I primarily take it to read on the El (Chicago's version of a subway) or when I travel.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Building relationships with book bloggers has been highly effective. When I released my first book, "Live and Let Die," I knew I needed reviews and wasn't keen on pressing friends and family into service. I did some research and found some book bloggers willing to read and review my book. Little by little, I started to get reviews. Fortunately, quite a few of them liked the book and I asked them ahead of time if they would be willing to read "Sweet Little Lies" when it was released and they were. Book bloggers will host giveaways, blog tours, character interviews - there's no shortage to the creative ways they can help you gain visibility for your books.

Another important strategy and one that I think is overlooked by many indies is pursuing interview opportunities with book blogs. There are no shortage of blogs out there ready and willing to conduct interviews with Indie authors. Many times, it's just a matter of filling out a simple questionnaire. It really couldn't be easier and you never know who will stumble across it and be intrigued enough to buy your book.

Discoverability is really the name of the game -- the higher your profile, the more chances you have for readers to discover you!

Of course, the No. 1 way to market your books is to write the next one!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I first came up with the idea for "Sweet Little Lies" in 2004. I was chopping vegetables for dinner and out of nowhere, the first line about what happened the day this woman killed her husband popped into my head. Don't ask me how I jumped from cutting vegetables to killing a man, (maybe because I had a knife in my hand?) but such is the screwy way a writer's mind works. I knew I wanted to do something different from the typical, "husband-cheats-and-wife-snaps," story, and I think I accomplished that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to the process of getting the stories, the scenes and the dialogue out of my head and onto the page. I love hearing readers say they enjoyed something I wrote. I love being able to tell stories the way I want to tell them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a little bit of everything, though mostly mystery/suspense books. I also love memoirs and biographies. "Vanity Fair" makes my IQ go up each month and "PEOPLE" always seems to jump into my grocery basket every week.
Published 2014-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Tell Me A Lie: A Novel (Live To Tell #2)
Pre-release—available March 1, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In this sequel to “Live to Tell,” is there such a thing as a perfect murder? On a cold December night, a single bullet rips through the marriage of Charles and Jillian Morgan, leaving one of them six feet under and the other under a cloud of suspicion. Was it an accidental shooting or cold-blooded murder? It may have even been the perfect murder.
White Christmas (A Live To Tell Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
My name is Jillian Morgan, wife of Dr. Charles Morgan. You’ve probably heard of us. Because of the murder. In this “Live To Tell” short story, it’s Christmas time for The Morgans, though it’s far from a merry holiday. Because this White Christmas will be bloody—and for one Morgan, the last Christmas ever . . .
The Every Breath You Take Collection: Every Breath You Take & Missing You: A Companion Novella to Every Breath You Take
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 135,230. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Every Breath You Take Collection, featuring one novel of psychological suspense and its companion novella, in a single volume.
Live To Tell: A Novel (Live To Tell #1)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,170. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It was supposed to be a one-night stand… Despite a miserable, decades-long marriage, respected cardiologist, Dr. Charles Morgan, has never cheated on his beautiful and enigmatic wife, Jillian, and doesn’t plan to. Until one hot summer night and the fateful decision to have one quick drink.
Missing You: A Companion Novella to Every Breath You Take (Every Breath You Take #2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,590. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
“Someone has to know something. . .” In this companion novella to Every Breath You Take, Natalie Scott is gone, vanished into thin air, leaving behind a bloody crime scene and a slew of unanswered questions.
Every Breath You Take (Every Breath You Take #1)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,070. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A few of the things Natalie Scott’s stalker knows about her:
Sweet Little Lies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,320. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What would you do if you found out your husband had been unfaithful? Divorce him? Take him back? Kill him?
Killing Me Softly (Previously published as Live and Let Die)
Price: Free! Words: 74,340. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
"Best book I've read in a LONG time!" - Adam Croft, bestselling author of "Her Last Tomorrow." A shocking murder. A web of deceit. A twist even Hitchcock wouldn't see coming.