Interview with Desmerelda

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of crafting and of course, reading. Also I spend a lot of time snuggling with the furbabies and cooking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have tons of writer friends and other bookworms constantly feeding me suggestions. Of course there's always the go shopping at my favorite sites option. (That one wastes a prodigious amount of time, but is so worth it.)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, because to me writing involves the whole process of planning, telling the story, figuring out what needs changed and seeking input, and I did many of these things before I could write or type the results. I used to pass my time as a child telling myself stories and acting them out with the dolls. Even then they were twisted, funny and full of love.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and let whatever the characters currently yapping in my head say spill out on to a page. Then I start planning and shaping the results afterwards. I never get far without a title and a name though, so I like to work on that right after I get that first burst of inspiration into some tangible format.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I have been reading for so long, I don't remember a time when I didn't, and so can't remember my first story. But I do have to say that several books have had a huge impact on me. The Silver Sun by Nancy Springer, most of Mercedes Lackey's books, the Xanth, Adept, and Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony, and If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by both Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony. There were a number of historical and category romances as well. And I must also add Shakespeare, I performed a poem from Othello called Good Name in second grade for show and tell. *winces* It didn't endear me to my classmates, but my mother was bursting with pride.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm studying graphic design and digital art, so I do all of my own. The cover of Slave to the Vampire King is only temporary, until I get my computer running again to create a lovely conceptual cover for it. I like to use non-human imagery because I write explicit works and want to give my readers a discreet option. That said, sometime in the future, I would love to do a series of sensual covers with digital rendering of the actual characters on them, and offer people a chance to download several different cover options.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hmm this is difficult. There are several favorites I return to over and over again. Could we make this about authors maybe?
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. I am a voracious and omnivorous reader. I've even read an occasional biography, although that is not my usual fare. My favorites are romance/erotica, fantasy, arts and crafts non fiction, cooking and baking non fiction, history, science and religious/cultural works.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My PC because its the only one I have presently. I needed a PC for school, work and games anyway.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know yet, I just published quite recently and haven't begun to market much beyond shameless plugging on my Facebook page and doing this interview.
Describe your desk
Right now its a computer kiosk at the public library because my computer is down. My table at home though is likely covered in cats, papers, books and computer paraphernalia.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Indiana in a liberal college town with maverick parents. I think this influenced my writing by giving me a broad exposure to people and cultures, and the encouragement to explore and express myself.
When did you first start writing?
I was 11 years old when I wrote my first poem and from that moment on, I knew I was a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Slave to the Vampire King is actually a back story related to another work I did for a creative writing class. I wrote Valane and his human wife Princess Sarita's tale first and then matched his brother Vitar up with a human female as well. But then I got curious about what was in these heroes' pasts and what other bits of the story might be untold. These other works are not yet available, but will be within the next year or two. Keep posted.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want control over my work, and I like the freedom to change things, update my book and connect directly with readers. When I ask you to tell me what you think, I mean it. I think its an exciting opportunity to shape my work to what readers want and to take chances not feasible in traditional publishing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They gave me a platform to begin and their encouraging stance that every book deserves to be published gave me the confidence to put my own out there for perusal.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Meeting my characters, feeling their emotions, that first breath-taking moment of submission or passion, or even fear....Its intoxicating. Knowing that even though its fiction, its also deeply true on some inner level of human nature.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my bosses. Without them I wouldn't have a job or an audience. I'd never know how I was doing and what needs work. But I want them to also become my friends and guideposts in the bright and shiny new world of electronic media.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects and will probably take a poll soon to find out which project my fans want me to focus on for the time being. I'm betting it will be more in the Pre-K'ailine Empire Angorian Kings series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Here it is, the question I wished for earlier. Laurel K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Mercedes Lackey, Katie MacAlister, Kim Harrison, Piers Anthony, Robert Aspirin, Jill Knowles, Jim Butcher, Deepak Chopra, Sylvia Browne, J.C. Owens, Thurday Euclid and Clancy Nacht, Z Allora, and a billion more or so.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All the beauty to create, stories to tell and loved ones to help and care for.
Published 2014-03-19.
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