Interview with Renee Spyrou

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted complete control of my book in every aspect, cover, editing, royalties etc. I put all the hard work into my book so I feel I should reap the benefits.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escapism. I've always loved reading and writing stories; creating new worlds and characters is like giving birth, what's that old cliche, 'You have one life, read, and you have many.' I love this the most about writing, creating and inventing supernatural people who have problems and secrets just like an ordinary, living, breathing person. What I love most of all, is entering another realm, another universe, it allows me to step from reality into a world of endless possibilities.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, without fans our stories would not see the light of day.
What are you working on next?
Book 2, Seraphympire ~ Keeper of the Key, it's the next installment to Seraphympire ~ Guardians of the Gateways (pronounced Sera-fim-pire)
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koonz, Charlaine Harris, Julie Kagawa, Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, J.R. Ward, Deborah Harkness, L.J. Smith, Lauren Kate, Kristen Painter, Veronica Roth, Laurie London, Maggie Shayne, Pitticus Lore, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, Anne Rice, Nicholas Sparks, Brian Lumely, Kim falconer, there are more, I just can't think of them, I read a lot :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, drawing/painting, walking/zumba, listening to music, going to the cinema's, spending quality time with my family & friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through twitter, Smashwords, Goodreads, Amazon online.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Enid Blyton's 'The wishing chair', I guess it's the 70's equivalent to Harry Potter, and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, I absolutely loved both of those books, not to mention all the Greek mythology I use to read, what kind of a Greek would I be if I didn't love Hercules, Ulysses, the Cyclops, Minotaur and Jason & the Golden Fleece etc. etc. These books inspired me to write the same sort of Fiction, fantastical and magical.
How do you approach cover design?
I love art, and have always had the ability to draw, it comes naturally, I've just recently learned how to use Photoshop, it's like painting without the mess. I believe a cover has to reflect the story and be relevant as well as eye catching, it needs to stand out to potential readers, enticing them to take a further look; the back cover blurb and cover art are very, very important, it can make or break a book.
What do you read for pleasure?
The same genre that I write, Supernatural, Paranormal, Vampire, Apocalyptic, Zombie, Angels, Horror, Fantasy, Scifi Fiction, and when I'm feeling girly girl the occasional romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
My sewing table is my desk, I studied fashion in college, so it kinda makes sense. I have a printer on the right side of my table, my laptop sits front and centre with a small desk lamp next to it, a bronze statue of a six winged male seraphim sits behind my computer towards the back of my table, an empty dragon jewellery box sits next to it as well as a female angel statue that resembles my protagonist, framing these objects are wing shaped book stands. To the back left corner of my table I have 5 paper trays stacked on top of one another, as well as a paper shredder, and last but not least, a pottery cup in the shape of a dragon filled with pens and pencils.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2009, 2 years after I found out that the bone marrow transplant my son had, had failed in stopping the progression of the Neurological degenerative disease Adrenouleukodystrophy (ALD for short,) he'd been diagnosed with in 2007. Writing was my way of escaping the inevitable reality of losing my first born child to a debilitating disease, where in my stories, I have complete control of who lives and dies, something I had no control of when it came to my son.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Seraphympire ~ Guardians of the Gateways is the story about Makayla Uriel, a Vampire-Seraphim, a Seraphympire, with a split personality, she's at constant odds with her Seraphim half, Kayla, who has control of their body during the day; Makayla, the vampire half, has control during the night.
She belongs to an elite group of warriors known as the Shadow Seekers, who police the hidden Gateways within the Earth's realm, these Gateways are wormholes leading to Off Worlds within other galaxies; Makayla and the Shadow Seekers strive to keep the existence of their kind secret and to protect humanity from rogue Off Worlders and Newbloods.
A designer drug contaminated with a mutated strain of the Porphyria virus, V5, has hit the streets of London. Humans no longer need to be bitten to become Vampires. An ancient artefact, the Trinian Globe, has been stolen. Makayla is the one being who can prevent the inevitable apocalypse, and the one least likely to. She and the Shadow Seekers must sacrifice everything to protect mankind, stop the burgeoning Newblood infestation and retrieve the Trinian Globe before it's used to destroy Earth and it's hidden Gateways.
Published 2015-01-29.
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Books by This Author

Seraphympire ~ Guardians of the Gateways
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 109,570. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Killing is her specialty. Legend her reality. Blood her drug of choice. Makayla Uriel is a Vampire Seraphim with a split personality. Her first impulse upon meeting her new partner is to bleed him dry. Humans no longer need to be bitten to become Vampires. London is burning. The Trinian Globe has been stolen. Makayla is the one being who can prevent the apocalypse and the one least likely to.