Interview with Kara Skye Smith

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I began self-publishing after writing a novel on Myspace. I kept adding entries until I had a novel written. I found out about NaNoWriMo, and then compiled the novel - since it was basically written in the same month - during the NaNoWriMo competition. I didn't finish the 'race', because I had started it in such a different way, with Wrimos, but I learned about all the self-publishing options that exist through their encouragement pages, tweets, and email. I had published a children's book the traditional way, years before, but have yet to receive any income from it, though it makes a good income each year. Apparently this is due to change-overs that took place internally, buy-outs and things. I felt I'd have ultimate control with Indie publishing and have started my own label, Fae-tality Publishing. I've met my goal this year for Indie's - at least 2 titles per year - and plan to increase the business aspect by adding featured authors. If you are looking to guest blog or add a blog to your blog tour, the focus is children's literature, picture e-books, and YA.
What are you working on next?
I am writing Willow, a cyber-punk dystopian children's book. I prewrote it at Camp NaNoWriMo, and intend to now write it during NaNo's November session. I am also finishing the final edits to The Nebulizer Potion and the Electric Compass, which is already up, here at Smashwords, for Pre-Order.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee with a dash of cinnamon. I am enjoying an Italian espresso at the moment. Also, work that I love to do and a quote I like:
Do what you LOVE
and you'll never
WORK a day
in your LIFE.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For awhile I concentrated on fellow Indie or self-published authors, as keeping with the theory that 'we should stick together' and be supportive of each other; but, I have to admit I notice the pop culture books and the marketing efforts of major publishers as much as the next person. So, I then find the books that have been in recent movie buzz, or fantasy genre that suddenly shine with popularity - word of mouth from the readers i know with the best, funniest, or most books read book lists. I like sample downloads to remind me which books to buy when I am buying books.
How do you approach cover design?
I have videos on my Youtube channel if you'd like to see my cover design approach. I didn't show it all in one video, but in the playlist Create A Picture E-Book (although it includes covers of novels and chapter books, too) most steps in my process are viewable. First, I create art with pencil, pen, watercolor, or watercolor pencils. Then I add some digital effects, fonts, and a few other steps are included in the video series like coding the description at Kindle's bookshelf. Its one of the things I really like about being an ebook author that I did not get to do with my first children's book. Take a look, here: Youtube channel -
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I am reading a book about Jane Austen's character Mr. Darcy; but the author is contemporary and she wrote the book from Mr. Darcy's point of view. In looking up the title, I found Mr. Darcy Vampyre, and Werewolf Mr. Darcy. I thought that should sound more like what I am reading since I just finished up my vampire trilogy's third - and final - novel. I was working on the book trailer at the time and now finding those books is a must. They fit with my attitude during the creation of Anthology the trailer. While doing it all myself and hearing I might not be doing it (all) 'right'; I imagined the question often asked whenever you tell people you are reading (anything:) Mr. Darcy, "Where do you think you would find your Mr. Darcy?" I don't really want to know the answer to that. I'm pretty sure I know.
Published 2014-10-04.
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Books by This Author

The Legend of Stygian Downs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,280. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In The Legend of Stygian Downs, Jessica - beloved, bookish, and reluctant vampire - has embarked on a college education in an English town that just so happens to be an ancient 'haunt' of her of-the-blood ancestors. Off to college to 'get away' from Dad's constant nudgings toward fright life, she actually gets into a bit more vampire legend than she can control. Goosebump giver and a lot of fun!
The Nebulizer Potion and the Electric Compass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,300. Language: American English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
The third book in the series in which Jessica DeAngeliuson - reluctant vampire, avid reader, and heroine - and her mortal husband, Drew, experience more than marital bumps in the road but bumps in the night from an array of vampire relations and night nixies. Ironing out their mortal-and-vampire differences, Jessica discovers a portal to the Underworld right around the corner from Curmudgeon Café.
The Quill Pen Killer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,510. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
When the lunch lady comes up missing vital fluids, something must be done to quell that quill! Jessica and her friend, Raven, attempt to help 'solve' some of the mysterious occurrences which Jessica assumes just might involve her 'dad'. Jessica's sleuthing gets out of control when the Head Master at Jessica's school notices some of the staff drained and zombied out. Who is the Quill Pen Killer?
The Faerie Ring Dance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,680. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Come along on a magical, action-packed adventure inside the Faerie’s Ring! Discover the enchanting band of Ellewyon Faeries who inhabit Old Soul’s Hollow - a town at the edge of the Great North Woods. Are the faerie legends in the Hollow true? Discover what happens when humans step inside a faerie’s ring on the night of the Hunter’s Moon Dance. An eye-witness account from inside the Faerie Ring.