Interview with Relina Skye

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a huge inspiration. Every time that I see that someone has left a review or a rating for one of my books, it's like getting an early birthday present.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm simultaneously working on the sequels to "In-Between Work and Play" and "Hailstorm". Hopefully, I'll be able to put one of them out by the end of the summer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I loved reading the "Percy Jackson" books and thought that I could write something similar for adults.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time at my day job. I also spend a lot of time with my family. If I'm lucky enough to have a chance to go on the computer and I'm not writing then I'm researching, updating my social media sites, or checking my emails.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read a few articles that compared going the indie vs the traditional route. Going the indie route seemed like the more logical choice. Indie authors have more control over their manuscripts and are able to publish them with little to no hassle. Where as the traditional route requires spending months to years tracking down agents, writing query letters, and waiting for publishers to decide if they want your work.
How do you approach cover design?
Currently, I'm using premade ebook covers. Price matters. However, since I'm finding the same photos that I've paid to have for my covers being used for many other ebooks, I've decided to attempt to make my own for my next set of books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
To be honest, my book marketing techniques have not been effective. I'm on twitter, facebook and goodreads along with having my own website. I used KDP for two terms for my first book, "In-Between Work and Play" and one term for my second book, "Hailstorm." During my five day free promotion, I was able to get a decent amount of books downloaded for free. My goal was to use those promotional days to get as many people to read my books so that I could get at least four or five reviews between the two novels. However, that never happened. I've also asked dozens of bloggers to review my books. Luckily, I've been able to get at least three amazing ladies to read and post their thoughts. So, out of everything, I would say my most effective technique has been asking the bloggers because at least now potential readers have outside sources to turn to when deciding if they want to read my novels.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
About two to three years ago I received a nook for Christmas. At first I bought a couple of regular priced books before coming across my first indie author books. Since then, I've tried various authors as they appear in my recommendations for my kindle. Others were read because they were offered for free.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors. I love Robyn Peterman's books because they're so funny. I also enjoy books by Kate Danley for the same reason. Jovee Winters has an amazing imagination. Several others are Elizabeth Reeves, H.P. Mallory, Julie Kenner, Dannika Dark, and the list goes on and on.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mainly read urban fantasy romances, mythology and folklore modern day romances, supernatural romance and paranormal romances. If they're funny, then that's even better.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a nook and a kindle. I have over a hundred novels on my nook. However, since it is touch screen, I've already gone through two of them. I like to use the nook at the gym, but I admit that it frustrates me that they seem to freeze rather easily. Lately, I've been using my kindle a lot more. It's well made and holds a decent amount of battery life. I've also found that there is a larger selection of books available for the kindle.
Published 2015-06-04.
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