Interview with S L Ross

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hmmm, the list is endless but if I had to choose I'd go by whether or not I would read it more than once. Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat after that book I was hooked on the rest of the series. The Shining, and The Stand by Stephen King. The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield. The vampire diaries, by LJ SMith (The original ones not the remakes with the cw tv covers)
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read paranormals, thrillers and comedies for pleasure. But I have dabbled in a few romance novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my tablet and my samsung android for reading Kindle or Kobo
Describe your desk
Hmm. How much detail should I give...My desk is a brown corner desk. The top of it holds a printer and a lamp, the shelf between the top and above my monitor holds the center control for my speakers along with journals I write stories in, nail polish and hand sanitizer. lol. Then the main shelf with my monitor, some speakers and a book -> witches of east end, sketches of tattoos I drew and plan to get, nail file, visine. Then under that a wireless keyboard and mouse, shelves underneath that, binders filled with books I have written that need to be typed (boring) blank paper and colouring books (lol) and sub woofer. Then beside my desk is the tower.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Ajax, in Ontario Canada. I dont believe it influenced my writing at all. I just kind of loved writing whether it was poetry, short stories or full length novels.
When did you first start writing?
Well I can't remember the very first time but I did write through out high school. Two of my english teachers edited stories for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book that I am about to start pitching is called 'Hard to Love'. It's about a girl who falls for the wrong guy, only he really isn``t the wrong guy. He just acts bad and impulsive and he is afraid of what she brings out of him. It took me two weeks to write. It just flowed from my brain. I love it and cant wait to share it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried pitching my paranormal story Spellbound which is the first book in the Immortal Island series. It took me 3 years to complete between writing and rewriting editing then joining writing groups for critiques. Then query writing, which was the biggest challenge and finally looking for an agent. Then a few rewrites on my query letter had to take place. I did however receive 4 requests for manuscripts. Unfortunately twilight was a big hit, and the market was flooded with vampire stories at he time so the agents were sick of reading about vampires. My story is adult not YA so it was disappointing, that and I wrote it before twilight was even written but whatever. This then led to self-publishing with the advice of a friend who had done it recently.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far I have only sold 14 copies of my series. I am hoping with my constant networking it will bring more people to purchase a copy and get my name out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am done, and actually happy with the story. That is the best feeling.
There are many times I`ll spend months writing, get about 50 to 60 thousand words in and I hate the book. Then it gets tucked away and forgotten. So far I have completed seven stories, 5 of which I have self- published. The rest are getting prepared to pitch to different agents. If nothing happens then I will self-publish again. Keep an eye out for Avery Snow the medium series!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean so much. I love hearing from them. Their advice or their praise for certain characters they loved or loved to hate. It brings me joy when someone reads it and falls in love as I did with my characters or they feel the emotions I poured out on the paper as I wrote emotional scenes.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on a paranormal mystery called Avery Snow the Medium. It is about a witch with a few unique abilities who helps the people of her town. With the help of a vampire and another witch.
What is your writing process?
Music and photos and blank word document
How do you approach cover design?
It depends. If the main character is a girl I try to see if there are any designs I like with a girl fitting the description. If its paranormal I will look for things of that nature.
Who are your favorite authors?
I will read and re-read books from Anne Rice, LJ Smith, Becca Fitzpatrick and JK Rowling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am either cleaning, working my full time job, spending time with friends and family or painting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
word of mouth. If someone I know reads a good book I will check it out as well or if I am reading a book that has sequels I will buy as I finish the last.
Published 2016-05-05.
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Books by This Author

A New Witch in Town
Series: Avery Snow. Price: $5.77 USD. Words: 34,430. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
New Paranormal Series By Canadian Author S L Ross. -Previously S L Ross published a paranormal series called Immortal Island containing a set of four books. Now with this new series you will get 14 novella size stories all containing the main character; Avery Snow. A modern witch with old school ways.