What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook so far, I have found the community on there a great help and so many people are willing to help new authors be discovered. I have joined groups that include PA's, Cover Designers, Proof Readers, Copy Writers, Publishers, Photographers and even models wanting to be the next cover model.
Describe your desk
Right now, it is a huge cluster fuck of a mess! I have tea cups, parcetamol, pads and pads of scribblings, pens everywhere, 2 pairs of sunglasses, numerious rings and watches that I take off and fiddle with whilst I am typing. Before I start writing every day, I clear my desk and towards the end of the day, it accumlates various items. It is currently 8pm here on a sunny Sunday evening, so it has a whole weekends worth of mess. I feel shame.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always had a passion for writing, even if I write a letter of complaint or a good review for a resturant I tend to "go on a bit", but I believe there is a real escapism in writing and with my genre of stories (erotic fiction) has certainly become more mainstream and more openly acceptable since the "50 shades" phenomenon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to turn the reader on, it sounds a little corny I know, but hey, that is what makes me tick. When I write, I believe, if it doesnt turn me, it wont turn my reader on. So it is a win win!
What do your fans mean to you?
The support so far has been amazing, and I am blown away by how many people have just taken time out to say hello. I am very excited to have everyone along for the journey from the very beginning, so I can grow along with my fans. We can ride it out together :)
What are you working on next?
My debut book is called the Board Room, which I hope will develop into the first of a series of books. Following the release of the Board Room, I aim to write a story the features a lady who is searching for love via Dating sites.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, so many to list.. my first author I discovered was James Patterson, I loved the quickness of each chapter and how he left each one with a cliffhanger. Since then I have discovered many more, I think Cecilia Ahern is up there with my all time favorite, along with Santa Montefoire.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment, my spare time is my writing time. I currently work a day job as a graphic designer too, so in between family time and work time.. every other second is writing time. We are very lucky to live just 5 minutes walks from the sea, or 5 minutes walks to the countryside, Devon is such a beatiful part of England, so I can take the laptop anywhere and just write for hours.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes very much! although sadly I lost the digital copy years ago now, but I remember it got a very positive reaction from all the readers, and so many people told me to go for it.. it has taken another 15 years for me to act on that advice, but here I am!
What is your writing process?
First I decide on a subject matter, which can be anything from a scenario I daydream about, to something that happened in a real life experience, or something that happened to a friend. I very often come up with ideas in the dead of the night and have to write them down half asleep, I would hate to lose the next best selling story to a dream. Once I have my idea, I plot a story board, for a start middle and end, then slot in a couple of scenarios in between, once I have that I get to work.
How do you approach cover design?
I do them myself, I am a graphic designer at the moment as a day job too, so that helps. I look for a strong image that represents the subject of the book.
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