Interview with A. Marsiliano

What is your writing process?
I don't start out with everything all planned out from beginning to end. I decide the book as I write it and that is when it is the most fun. I also let family members know what happens next in each chapter and see what their reaction is to make sure it works the way I want it to.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ramona the Pest was the first book I remember reading and thoroughly enjoying. I couldn't put it down and read that book every extra moment I had. I even remember jumping off the school bus and running home to sit on the couch to read it. I learned to read before I went to school and always loved it but this was the first book I recall loving!
How do you approach cover design?
I want the cover to reflect the story in some way. It has to have meaning and tell something about the story. The hardest part is not being able to use ALL the photographs I like. I started out with a terrible cover for SInners Heart but the new cover I LOVE!
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror, suspense and science fiction
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop computer
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far I think seeking out reviewers has been the most effective albeit it's a slow process. Also I learned the hard way that you shouldn't seek a review from someone who doesn't like to read your genre of book! Smashwords is great because for what seemed like forever my book was stuck in Kindle Unlimited and that was a poor choice. I love the fact that my book is now freed from that limiting environment and love the wider reach of Smashwords!
Describe your desk
I don't write in one place I write all over the place from the kitchen to the living room to the car to the bedroom. My favorite place is the kitchen counter top where I do most of my writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles California in a small suburb that was about 15 minutes to Hollywood. People come from all over to Los Angeles with a lot of talent to succeed in the arts trying to make dreams of success a reality. What I learned in that environment is that despite being really talented at something you may not succeed but you should try nonetheless!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was very young and English classes were always my easy A all the way through upper division in college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sinners Heart is inspired by true events. Without getting into great detail I lived for a while in a city that had a lot of people who were very very rich and many of whom never had to work a day in their lives. I saw how that negatively affected their lives and realized just how important work is to living an emotionally balanced life. There was also a large criminal element existing in that place due to the fact that the large majority of people in that city were very wealthy. But the city kept their realities very hush hush because the most important thing to everyone there was the reputation that the city had. If you go through that city it seems so pretty and wonderful but the underbelly is pretty bad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly I tried to get an agent in the beginning but I got tired of the process of being told i had a great story, it was written great but they didn't think it would sell. I also thought because my protagonist comes from a wealthy family that this was considered not politically correct for the traditional literary world. But I think this book definitely has an audience that will enjoy this book and the indie medium gives it the best opportunity to get it out to readers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords definitely expanded the reach of Sinners Heart by bringing it out to a large audience. Kindle Unlimited is much too limiting and I feel like the book was literally freed by using Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to write whatever I want and make a story come to life that has never existed before. But what I love the most is when the reader not only enjoys reading it but also when I know that everything I wanted to be understood by the reader has been understood.
What do your fans mean to you?
There can be no success without fans. Fans are the life blood of any success story.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on a young adult science fiction book but I also have other projects in the works including a possible sequel to Sinners Heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have several projects that I am working on and I live on a small ranch that has a lot of animals that need daily love and care. I also have three children and live with my significant other who inspire me to continue working on!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I care for a lot of animals living on a small ranch that takes a lot of time but otherwise if I'm not writing I like to socialize, throw parties, ski, fish, sled and overall have fun!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
At the moment most of the books I discover I receive from family and friends or other authors that I have met through social media.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No because I wrote my first story when I was very young.
Published 2014-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Anna works a hard to support herself and her two children. But no matter how hard she works at her thankless job she can't make ends meet. Life really bears down on her and she faces losing her housing subsidy and being thrown into the cold hard streets of New York in the dead of winter until an old woman gives her children a gift unexpectedly.
Sinners Heart
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 54,770. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Love to hate despicable Johnny who was raised by his rich father who would rather have a free ride through life than work for a living. But what Johnny doesn't know just might kill him.