Interview with R.J. Abell

How do you approach cover design?
I go to the professionals! I just don't have the artistic touch so I have to seek others for help. I like that though, because in doing that I'm supporting other indie artists and I think it's beautiful to support other people and help them with their dreams.
Do you prefer pre-mades or customs?
Well with "The Wildest Kind of Pretty", I went the pre-made route. I'm definitely not opposed to pre-mades, but sometimes it's difficult to find the right cover for your book.

I'm kind of stoked because I'm having a cover custom made for the first time by Jessica Allain! She's wonderful and incredibly talented I just love her work. I found her gallery by accident while I was searching for a pre-made for an upcoming book. I was blown away by her artwork-I loved her choice in colors...her models...she's just got it all together. Even though I loved her work, she didn't have anything that would fit my book so I decided to have her create my cover.

I always thought I'd be too nervous to have a cover custom-designed but I'm not. I know that I'm in good hands and she's incredibly talented. I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

I should also mention she's super nice and patient, just a pleasure to work with.
Can you tell us about this upcoming book?
"Kept" is a paranormal. It's finished, but still needs some work before I send it off to the editor. I'm still waiting for a little more input from my vip beta (you know who you are)...I'm working on the sequel while I wait for things...editors, cover, feedback...There will defiantly be two, I'm visualizing three, but not committing to a trilogy just yet (who am I kidding it will probably be a trilogy).
When can we expect to see "Kept"?
Well, it still needs to be sent to the editor....so I don't think I can safely give an expected date. Hopefully sometime in 2017! Keep checking here and on my good reads page, I'm sure I'll blog about it! I plan on having give-a-ways...possibly having this book available in print...these sort of things take time. At least they do for my budget!
What are your goals as a writer?
I want to constantly grow as a writer and expand my mind. I want to write books that people want to read. It's funny, and I'm laughing but I'm completely serious. I'm an avid reader before anything else and I know what it feels like when you find a book that you can't put down, can't get out of your head. I'm striving to get to that point, I'm not there, but I'm going to keep writing and keep trying. And if I can inspire people along the way, then that'd be pretty awesome too.
What's it like being an indie author?
I think that all depends on the author. For me it can be pretty lonely and difficult. It's a learning process, I'm still learning and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Smashwords has been wonderful, I'm so glad that I published through them. It is dyi, but you're not totally on your own because the FAQ page is brilliant! I'd be lost without it, it's so helpful I honestly didn't feel like I was alone. The company also provides you with resources such as a list of recommendations of reputable cover designers and people who can format your e-book for you. You can of course do all of those things yourself, but I can't so I needed the extra help and if I didn't have that wonderful FAQ page then I wouldn't know who to turn to. They also provide tips for marketing and things like that.
What motivates you to write?
Reviews and Reading.

As an avid reader I've read countless books and I NEVER use to rate/review books. It's not that I didn't want to, it's just that I never thought about it. Now that I'm on the other end I see how important they are. I'm not getting on a soap box, I'm not going to nag--promise! My dreams and goals are important to me, as I'm sure they are for others, so I'm going to strive to at least rate every book I read. Reviews/ratings are so beneficial to authors--more reviews help spread the word and ideally sell more books.

The more I read the more inspired I become. I love falling in love with a book, they always inspire me to write, write, write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I know that's an expected answer, but it's the truth. I'm so thankful for readers and I'm proud to be a bookworm! Readers are awesome, I don't know if they realize how vital they are. By reading books you're supporting someone's dream and that's incredible. Most readers don't just read a book, they talk about it--good or bad. Word of mouth is a powerful tool that should never be underestimated, just as readers shouldn't be taken for granted. Bottom line they rock and it's a beautiful thing to give back to others, whether they realize it or not that's exactly what you're doing with your blogs, ratings/reviews, telling other friends. I can never express my thanks and appreciation enough. I'm so thankful for you guys and I want to give back to you as well! I'd love to have a connection with my readers, have them more involved with my writing. That's defiantly a goal of mine--it won't happen over night but we'll get there.

I believe in treating others the way you want to be treated, I think it's a beautiful way to live. Do I always live that way--no, but I do try. In saying that I'd love to see more indie artists support each other more. Whether it be cover artists or fellow authors I'm going to work harder on not just focusing on my own career but helping others as well. I've got some ideas that I'd like to make a reality...

To all my readers out there thank you so much for your time and patience! Your love and support are making dreams happen--do you even know how awesome that is?! Pretty awesome.
Read any good books lately???
Several.

The Emily Chambers Medium series by C.J.Archer

The Beautiful Ones series by Lori Brighton.

A Girl Named Calamity by Danielle Lori.

Masquerading Our Love by Audrey Rich.
Do you have room for more betas?
Yes, feedback is always welcome. The good the bad, it all helps me grow as a writer. Feel free to send me an email, even if you don't want to beta read but just want to talk about my book--or whatever else.
Published 2017-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Kept
Pre-release—available November 29, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
At the age of six, Lillian's life is forever changed when the Dark Ones take over the world. Families are divided and scattered across the world as they're relocated to their proper place depicted by the King. Adolescents are placed in boarding schools where they're taught a curriculum orchestrated by the King. While her friends seem to be content merely surviving, Lillian wants more.
The Wildest Kind of Pretty
Series: Wild. Price: Free! Words: 82,270. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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It’s freshman year, and Lexi’s never felt more nauseous. Thanks to the change that took place over the summer, the one with the sprout of legs and boobs, she doesn’t feel comfortable in her skin. Lexi’s always been wild and free, until she becomes insecure about how the boys at school will perceive the changes in her body.