Interview with Shelley Kassian

What are your five favorite books, and why?
'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R.R. Martin has become one of my favourite series titles. I became curious about the books when HBOs television drama, Game of Thrones season one, ended. I had to know what happened next, so entered into the world of ice and fire. I appreciated the format, in that each chapter displays a different character. Intrigued by the fantasy, I found myself, night after night, enjoying a different character. I can't wait for the 'Winds of Winter.' George R.R. Martin's cleverly written stories have definitely inspired my writing style.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't usually read while I'm writing, as I feel it muddies my characters, but when I can read, I like novels that have an edge. I peruse the romance, fantasy, or fiction sections for titles that grab my attention. Besides George R.R. Martin; Phillipa Gregory, Steve Berry, and Diana Gabaldon are my favourite authors.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle fire. Having worked as a bookseller in a bookstore, it took me awhile to gravitate toward the reading device, but now that I have, I thoroughly enjoy it. Especially, on the plane!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A combination of techniques from my Facebook page to twitter have been effective in gaining an audience, but I really like the way Instagram can reach any audience at the simple addition of a hashtag. Instagram is probably my favourite social medium.
Describe your desk
My desk is a cluttered mess and the surrounding space holds many objects of desire, which when necessary, compel my imagination. It's clean, I assure you. Ray Bradbury liked his writing space to be overly full of many objects, which he believed contributed to his stories. I like to do the same, so pick I up little nick nacks from almost everywhere I travel. I especially like my quote wall.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I began my life in a small Canadian town, entitled St. Paul. The town is unique for its landing pad, which welcomes aliens from far away galaxies to land their flying saucers while visiting our brave new world! Being born in a town with some imagination, must have inspired my craft to seed. After St. Paul, my childhood and adult years were in Edmonton, Alberta. From my 'Child's Garden of Verses' to the author V.C. Andrews as a teenager, I have always loved to read.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing seriously twenty years ago when I was a young Mom. At that time, romance was a prime motivation, as the stories always ended happily––and with love. I soon pumped out six novels in approximately six years. Conquest of Love, Rohland's Cross, Silver Blades, Captive Hearts ... Alas, it was a different time and publishing my books was a difficult and sad struggle, regardless that I received many very nice rejection letters!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a MedEvil Romantasy. A romantic fantasy novel whose setting takes place during a fictitious medieval period. MedEvil is not a spelling mistake. The term relates to the 'evil' that spins its web in the Kingdom of Velez by the witch, Cynara. I began writing the story during the year of 2009. Prior, I had not been writing, but the characters in this enchanted world would not leave me alone. At the heart of the book, it's a story of misdeeds, where good and evil weigh against each other. A hero is darkened like the coming night, a heroine fights for recognition, and a witch, well, she's a mean enchantress, but she was terrific fun to write!!!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an indie author because I wanted complete control of my publishing future. I don't think this decision precludes me from seeking a traditional path in the future, but for now, I'm Indiana Jones all they way!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's very early in my Smashwords career. It's too soon to know.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing comes when you feel like you've created something special. I like the little moments when a conflicting situation arises and your characters become human, or something else entirely. I always think: "I can't believe this is about to happen?" Almost like an archeologist must feel when he digs and digs and is rewarded by a large dinosaur find. An editor told me that I have a poetic voice, and that description doesn't surprise me with my love of poetry. I especially love when an excellent quote writes its way onto my computer screen: A bleeding red sky, held hostage within a black night of horrors had broken through the flesh. Soon, she would feel the sharp sting.
Published 2015-08-10.
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