Interview with Yelle Hughes

What are your five favorite books, and why?
My top five fav's that come to mind: Dune, Clash of the Titans, Jurassic Park, The Iliad/Odyssey, and any other book pertaining to Greek Mythology.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy romances. Whether it be comedic, thriller or paranormal. If the plot grabs me, I'm reading it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I see more activity when I am tweeting or posting from my website.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called, Meadville in PA. I spent summers with my grandma, and she was of that generation that kids played outside. So, she'd kick me out everyday. I used to sit on her front steps, bored. Then her neighbor started giving me her old Harlequin romances. In high school, I became fascinated with Greek Mythology, then the idea formed for me to join the two.
When did you first start writing?
I started my Aegean Chronicles about 20 years ago, but kids, work and hubby kept me occupied. I didn't get serious until after the kids left the nest.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest, Tritonium is a short story about Greek Gods in Space. It focuses on my four male characters that star in my upcoming series, EK. It gives you a taste of what they were like centuries ago. In short, Taz, Zeke, Erok and Kyros have to rescue the daughters of Zeus.

If you are familiar with the Greek Myths, Zeus had a lot of kids and they weren't with his wife. So, these girls needed to be rescued and brought back home before the wifey finds out.

My guys have to learn futuristic technology and they also learn some modern language. I tried to put a little comedy in there, especially when it comes to the planet's name,.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first started out, I submitted to publishers. I hardly got back any feedback and when I did, they wanted major changes to my manuscript. Now, I understand that this is standard procedure, but there were some things I couldn't compromise on.

I felt, I needed the freedom to put my story out there, the way it was meant to be.

Hopefully that works for the readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters that have been floating around in my head, come to life on paper or computer.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I don't have any fans...I'm fairly new. But if I do gain fans, that would be the greatest feeling in the world to have someone like my work so much, they would want to learn more about my world.

I would definitely give it to them.
What are you working on next?
I just published Tritonium and I'm still a little shocked I did it. What's coming up next is the heart and soul of my writing, Triton the Aegean Chronicles.
This is my para-fantasy/multicultural romance where the god Triton, meets the mortal Ariadne Phillips. It's adventure, fantasy, romance, a little bit of erotica, and a whole lot of fun. Yes, I put in the drama. Hopefully readers will be cheering and yelling by the time they get done reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I troll Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and my author friends for upcoming books that will catch my attention. Before e-readers, I was a regular in B&N and had a routine route that trailed me past the type of books I read.

I had it down pat: walked up the middle, looked through the kiosks as I went by, made a left before I reached the children's books, then stopped to use the ladies room in preparation for spending a long time in front of titles. I'm sure some the workers thought I was strange, but they got used to seeing me. :)

I pretty much use the same technique when I'm online.
Published 2014-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Eros the Aegean Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,210. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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EROS, is the second installment of the Aegean Chronicles, a modern take of the Greek tragedy of Cupid & Psyche and continued saga of the never-aging and sometimes goofy, immortals. This time, former god of love, Erok, decides if love is worth a second time around with Sindi Carrington. Follow their adventures from Columbus, OH, through the island of Mykonos, to the Hot Gates of Greece.
Triton the Aegean Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,930. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
TRITON, is the first installment of the Aegean Chronicles. The Greek god, Triton "Taz", is sent to protect the mortal Ariadne Phillips. Unbeknownst to them both, they were destined to meet. Follow their adventures through the Isles of Greece, under the Aegean sea and the Buckeye state, Columbus, Ohio.
Price: Free! Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Poseidon, god of the sea, must rescue his brother’s daughters from the planet Mangina. The product from an affair, the girl's existence needs to be kept away from Zeus' wife. Done with protecting his brother, he sends his son, Triton and friends into outer space. The boys go on an intergalactic voyage with a spaceship pulled from the future, and a sexy AI computer named, CHANEL.