Interview with Colette Black

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read almost everything. My favorites tend to be YA urban fantasy or similar titles, but occasionally I pick up my mother's Regency romances, I love space opera (similar to Noble Ark), epic fantasy, and anything with magic--whether it be the magic of space, of love, or of spells and mystical powers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I had a Nook, because I really like Barnes and Noble as a company, but it didn't work right. I opted to a Kindle Fire, which I love, though I hear the upcoming Nook is going to be a great device. We'll see.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Friends, family, fans. Because of the wonderful people who participated in my Kickstarter campaign, I was able to get my first novel off the ground. Their support, reviews, reposts on social media, and enthusiastic spreading of the word have done more than anything else I could do on my own. Fans have great power, and when you share about books and authors you like, it gives us, the writers, the means to write more books.
Describe your desk
Above the laptop and extra computer screen dominating its scratched-up surface, I can look through my bedroom blinds to the golf course behind our house. From the clutter of orange sticky-notes and hand-written pages, the beauty of flowering white and pink bushes, pine trees and willows, and a beautiful fountain in the middle of the lake, are soothing contrasts. Even through my double-pane windows, I can hear the birds and the occasional rustle of wind, which makes my little square desk in the corner of my room into a writing retreat.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Mesa, Arizona. I spent most of the year running around the neighborhood barefoot, wearing as little clothing as my mother would allow. Like most kids, I watched cartoons whenever possible, and spent way too much time in front of the television, especially on hot summer mornings. The show I remember most from my childhood came on Saturday mornings at 10am, called Adventure Theater. I remember watching the original Planet of the Apes, The Blob, and a lot of other sci-fi horror. After reading Stephen King's "On Writing," I realized those B-movies that influenced him, were the same ones I watched from my home television, and though I lean to sci-fi and fantasy more than horror, some people are able to recognize the common influence in our writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my journal when I was eight. I also found a story I'd started not long after that, covered in horse-print vinyl, with not much more than the title page and a very strange copyright page. I took a creative writing class in high school, publishing an essay on responsibility in a small magazine that earned me $15, but that seemed like a fluke to me at the tame, more than a career path. I always loved stories, but never considered the possibility of becoming a writer until later in life. You can see more about that in my About Me page on my website: www.coletteblack.net or watch my video here on Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
See the Smashwords video. Parents are meant to inspire their children, but sometimes it goes the other way around.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The answer I give everyone is that as much as I loved my agent, I wanted more control over the content and delivery of my book than I would have with a publishing company. The truth: gut instinct. It just felt like the right thing to do, so I went with it, for better or for worse.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have yet to see how Smashwords will contribute to my success, but I think the ability to control discounts and promotions, offering more options to my readers, will be a huge help in shaping my career.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I had a reader recently comment that while reading my short story anthology, The Black Side, it took her beyond the enjoyable story and really made her think about the things in her life that matter. Moments like that, when I make a difference in a person's life, is when I love what I do.
What do your fans mean to you?
I LOVE my fans. They're the funnest, most awesome, most dedicated group of people on the planet...or in the universe.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to Noble Ark is finished, so as soon as I can work out funds then I'll be commissioning the editing and I hope to have it available by October 2014. I also have a Young Adult paranormal fantasy I've finished that I hope to have published by the end of 2015, as well as an alternate-earth fantasy.
Published 2014-04-17.
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Books by This Author

Fourteen
Series: The Number Prophecy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,450. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Fourteen dreams of becoming emperor, but it may be the worst decision of his very short life.
Noble Ark: Mankind's Redemption Book 1
Series: Mankind's Redemption. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,380. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When Larkin Trovgar, a half-human member of the attacking alien ship, turns on his own people, saving Aline Taylor’s life, she feels duty-bound to watch over the impossible monstrosity. In a war between species, can they win the battle within?