Interview with S.K. Ballinger

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book of the 'Unflehsed' trilogy with author TJ Weeks sub-titled 'Ashes to Ashes'. Once that is complete I am going to finish the second book of the Stanley Swanson - Breed of a Werewolf trilogy titled ' Sebastian Swanson - Rise of the Lycan'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, TJ Weeks, Tawni Rae and Kris Weeks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family first and foremost.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Typically working with author TJ Weeks and promoting my work. I have a full time job, so I try and cram as much in as I can when I am off.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by social media such as facebook or from fans of mine that suggest me a book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Very much so, it was my Biography/Memoir 'Blissful Misery'. I started that because I was tired of telling stories over and over in person to friends, gathering and family. Once I realized I could self-publish, it opened my eyes up to writing more seriously and have since self-published eleven books, not counting an anthology, one stand alone with five other authors and two novels with author TJ Weeks.
What is your writing process?
A very long one you could say. I take notes constantly while I am at work so that when I come home I can begin the writing process. With working with TJ Weeks, it is even more time consuming as we Skype almost daily to go over the books we are working on. I always do a chapter layout and the ad a page for each chapter of how I would like for it to go in short to give me something to follow. I always try to write a minimum of an hour a day as it can be easy to slack off a bit, I think.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I won't mention comics but the first book outside of 'Green Eggs and Ham' would have been 'Obsessed with the Kill' by TJ Weeks. The reason I was so impacted was because that type of genre just isn't for me, but I gave it a shot. Once I opened the book up, I had immediately grew intrigued with the story and the style that he writes. It was actually amazing to me and opened my eyes up some. For instance, I have tried to read Steven King but they are far too wordy to me and I lose interest quickly. From there I purchased more books of TJ Weeks to see if his style of writing waivered which it did not. Just brilliant and I am fortunate to work with him now on projects.
How do you approach cover design?
I do them myself or have help from a friend. I would recommend Dean Samed and if I had the money to cough up, I would have him do all of mine.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Interview with a Vampire because it was extremely well written for it's time in my opinion. 'Obsessed with the Kill' because it opened up my eyes to a genre I otherwise would not have read more than likely. 'My Seven Gifts' because it touched me in the journey of one lady and surrogacy. 'Devil Days' because it showed that this author does not stray from his style while being able to deliver one hell of a story and 'Attracting Ava' which I thought was brilliant from an author that does not give herself enough credit and her style of writing is a page turner.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sports and anything by author TJ Weeks.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't have one as it is hard to read on a screen but if I was to enjoy reading on screen I would choose Kindle.
Published 2015-08-11.
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Books by This Author

Blissful Misery
Price: $3.89 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The trials and errors of a young man's life. Many misfortunes that most would or could not believe could happen. From love, drugs, friendships and rants, this Biography/Memoir has it all. Some had found it to be hilarious while having some moments of sadness. Told from the heart because I was tired of having to tell stories in front of people time and time again. Very detailed 18+ of age.