Interview with Lakisha Spletzer

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was called, "The Elf and the Fruit Bowl." My mom saved the original notebook page it was on because it received and Honorable Mention in a writing contest that our local PTA had offered.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really like using the word "fan" because it originally came from the word "fanatic." I prefer to say readers or book lovers.

My readers mean the world to me because they offer a lot of encouragement, insights, and sometimes corrections to my story lines. I really do enjoy hearing what they think of my writing, my characters and the crazy paths I choose to take them down in my worlds.

I really don't think my writing would be the same without all the feedback.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a highly creative person so I have to keep my very active brain working. I'm a dance instructor at Dance Central in Inverness, Florida and I teach hip hop and contemporary dance.

To me, choreographing a dance is the same as writing a story, except you get to see it brought to life through dancing.
What is your writing process?
I've been asked this before and my answer changes because I like variety. Yet, I think, at my core, I am a creature of habit. With that being said, I'd have to say that I always play music (love Spotify!) and I'm usually snacking on junk food. Especially chocolate.

As for the actual writing part of it, I've gone from being a panster to doing outlines (sentence and broad) which has helped me improve on my writing time and, I feel, the quality of my writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't design my covers. That amazing honor goes to JD Hollyfield. He is an awesome designer and really gets what I'm thinking. Each cover concept/design initially takes about 2-3 hours worth of phone conversation (or grilling) from JD to get an idea of what I'm thinking about. After that, there are about 2-4 more phone calls (not as long as the first one) to hash out more details and then, Viola!, I have a cover.

Most times there are small tweaks/changes that happen after he shows me the completed design. I don't think he's designed a cover for me yet that I hated.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since I debuted in 2010, I've tried a wide range of marketing techniques. I think what has been most effective are the techniques that allow me to meet more readers such as blog hops and Goodreads giveaways.
Describe your desk
Wait desk, what desk? I don't have one. I usually take my laptop, find some spot that is comfortable at that moment, and then I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mangas the most, but when I'm not reading those, I tend to read in the genres I write: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy and YA.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I can say that I've used/owned three different e-readers since 2010: Sony Reader PRC-500 Touch, Kobo and Kindle. I'm still using my Kindle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in the southwest corner of Virginia. In my novel, "Moonbeams," I used the college I attended as well as local landmarks from my home state.
When did you first start writing?
I was 8-years-old. And I've written everything from short stories, to poetry, to fan fics to novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "The Melody," is the sequel to 2012's "The Tempo." Both books are part of my YA Elemental Symphony series and follow the adventures of four young ladies: Alea, Tamara, Marisa and Jazmine. Each girl wields an element (water, earth, fire and air) and are tasked with saving their continent from an evil queen's machinations.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The readers' responses. I love the feedback whether good or bad because they help me grow as a writer and I strive to do more with each novel I write.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Did I mention that I love "free"? I'm more apt to grab one of those and sometimes the 99 cents one and give them a try before I invest in a higher-priced one.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got tired of being told by agents and publishers that they liked the concept but that they couldn't use it "right now." I'm a bit impatient so I decided to try a different route. Also, a fellow author, Elissa Malchon, was delving into self-publishing and I used advice she gave me.
What are you working on next?
Three different novels: Werelove #4, The Rhythm (book 3 in the Elemental Symphony), and Jewels Emerald Rebellion (book #2 in the Alien Encounters Saga).
Published 2015-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Werelove #4: Dawn Metamorphosis
Series: Werelove, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 144,060. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
"Sometimes I think that misery craves my scent. Then again, so does chaos." Laylah must fight against Were customs, her abusive husband and her divided heart to live her dreams. However, a price must be paid. Will it be too much for her?
Jewels #2: Emerald Rebellion
Series: Alien Encounters Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: American English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Alien love and war--so much left unspoken, yet the words so loud and clear.
The Melody (Elemental Symphony #2)
Series: Elemental Symphony, Book 2 · The Veil, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,090. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Four girls. Four Elements. One destiny. Can the melody of one's girl's heart make the difference in a brewing war?
Werelove Special Omnibus
Series: Werelove. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 180,480. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Omnibus edition that contains book 1, "Dusk Conspiracy" and book 2, "Midnight Revelations" in the YA dark paranormal romance series, Werelove.
Werelove #3: Night Betrayals
Series: Werelove, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 173,920. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book #3 in the Werelove series. Laylah's life is changing yet again, but is the future laid out before her the one she really wants?
Annals of the Las Armas #1: The Rising
Series: Annals of the Las Armas, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,690. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
How far would you go to save your people? Shinjiro Waylin is about to find out when his first Space Fleet mission goes from ordinary to dangerous. Sometimes it's better to keep one's hands to one's self.
Dream Miner (The Enhanced Chronicles #1)
Series: The Enhanced Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,810. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Haunting dreams filled with blood. A love message from a killer. What's a girl to do?
The Tempo (Elemental Symphony #1)
Series: Elemental Symphony, Book 1 · The Veil, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,400. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Four girls. Four Elements. Four destinies. In a world of magic and intrigue, four girls are about to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
Werelove #2: Midnight Revelations
Series: Werelove, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,830. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(3.50 from 4 reviews)
"Hi, my name is Laylah Cherie Le Croix, and being ignorant can be life-threatening."
Moonbeams (Beams & Light #1)
Series: Beams and Light, Book 1 · The Veil, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,810. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
3 clueless college students + 1 magical dimension + 1 Warrior Princess + A pinch of danger = A heap of trouble
Moon Feast
Series: The Veil, short story. Price: Free! Words: 5,180. Language: American English. Published: July 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lord Dareus Stykin, a Duke's son, journeys to the First Continent for a chance at adventure. Arrogant and reckless, he ignores the warnings of the townspeople, and ventures inside the forest. Inside, he will either find salvation or damnation as he comes face to face with legends that should not be tampered with it.
Werelove #1: Dusk Conspiracy
Series: Werelove, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 83,140. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(3.83 from 6 reviews)
Laylah Le Croix has everything and nothing. After an attempted kidnapping, she is rescued by Donil. Angry at her life, she makes a defiant choice that plunges her into the heart of a conspiracy.
Series: Alien Encounters Saga, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,230. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.45 from 11 reviews)
Aliens, psionics, and love…who said the universe wasn't messy?