Interview with Nia Markos

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
The Allure Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare
Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien
I guess that is more than five, but I love a good series. These are some of my favorites as they deal with paranormal and fantasy. I tend to gravitate to these books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly young adult, paranormal, fantasy. I also love an occasional spy thriller, crime or romance book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My trusty Kobo reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, facebook or twitter. I also blog.
Describe your desk
Neat, tidy. I hate clutter. The only thing on my desk is my large screen and the laptop it feeds off of. Ok, I also have an iPad plugged in and charging.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I don't know if this influenced me at all. I was a loner in my youth, with my nose stuck in a book. Anything I read probably had more influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Two years ago. I really did it out of a whim. I've read so much, sometimes three books a week, that I thought why not. I was close to early retirement, looking for something to occupy my time, and I found a passion for the writing. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The conflict between free choice and having it taken away from you. My heroine is bound by one brother while wanting the other. Along that is a quest, a prophecy she has been dragged into.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to discover indie authors and find that a majority of them are better than some published ones. The option to self-publish was an easy one for me. I hope that others also look to new authors when buying books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm fairly new so I don't know if I have any success yet. But, I do find Smashwords gives me the tools to strive for recognition and sales. The platform is easy to use and has many advantages.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When my characters drive the story. It is stunning how I can start in one direction but a character takes me in another. A lot of times they teach me more about myself.
Published 2018-06-07.
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Books by This Author

Sudden Shock
Price: $3.99 $0.99 USD. (75% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 81,050. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Elleanor Stone has been alive for centuries. Cursed with immortality by none other than the goddess Aphrodite, Elleanor has been working for the past eleven years in modern day New York, as an investigator with the agency guarding against paranormal crimes and misdemeanors. As a lead investigator, she works alongside her partners, a fourteenth-century vampire, and a long-lived Sidhe faerie.
Complete Crystal Series
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 294,330. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
With her destiny set centuries ago, can she save their worlds in time, does she have a choice in who to love, or will choosing her own path lead to their destruction?
Harmony (The Crystal Series)
Series: The Crystal Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,960. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In the final installment of The Crystal Series, as our heroes band together, the final stage is set. Will the prophecy be fulfilled or will they face destruction?
Venture (The Crystal Series)
Series: The Crystal Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
In the second installment of The Crystal Series, Alexa is determined to continue on the search for the Kaemorra, the crystal which the prophecy foretold will save the world, alone.
Elements
Series: The Crystal Series. Price: Free! Words: 103,980. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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“What would you do if you suddenly discovered that nothing about life was as you thought it was and all your choices seem to have been made for you centuries before you were born? That’s the reality young Alexa faces, and how well she copes will determine the fate of her world and that of the preternatural. Now, if only someone would explain what is going on!”