Interview with Selena Dobbin-Gillis

Why did you start writing?
I started writing with a fiction based on real facts of my life and the life of my mother and 7 siblings.
Why was it important to write about your home life?
Well, myself and my mother and siblings lived a life of horror in our home. Our father had a very dark side to him that no one but his family saw and endured. Only one friend ever knew how cruel he was. Most other friends did not know or still do not believe it. But like the saying "no one knows what goes on behind closed doors."
What are you favorite authors?
My favorite authors would Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark and V.C. Andrews
When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2007, that is when I wrote my first book. From there on I didn't want to stop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, after that I was hooked.
How do you approach cover design?
I want my cover to represent what the book is about, that I am very fussy about. Actually that is why I painted the cover of my first book myself, titled "The Devil's Residence".
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books would be Salem's Lot of course. Then The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and Dean Koonz. In fact I have read almost all of Stephen Kings and Dean Koonz books. But am now reading a book titled: "Heaven Is For Real" and I love it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Again, I love fiction and science fiction and some true stories about faith and inspiration.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. I loved to read from the time I was 4 or 5 years old. As I got older I was into writing poetry maybe not the best, but I did improve with age. My poetry and short stories can be found on Author's den. Feel free to check them out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my most recent book is strictly fiction, based on a young girls abusive life at home. This beautiful girl trusted a school friend to give her a ride home only to find herself pinned down in the back seat as she was raped. She decided to leave home for something better only to find out she was a magnet for all the wrong men and that hell seemed to be where ever she went.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well this is my first E pub to go on the market. I have read up on Smashwords and they make it easy to upload and their agreement sounds pretty good to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find the greatest joy of writing is when I start the first chapter and everything seems to flow into my imagination. I move from chapter to chapter with ease. When I look back at the chapters, I wonder where the words came from. It really amazes me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my inspiration for writing. Just to get recognition from them, any feedback they send makes me better at what I do.
What are you working on next?
Well next, let's see, there are so many stories in my head just waiting to go on paper. I laugh at myself when I say to my husband "here is another one I have to write," then I hurry to my desk and make notes for a later date.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me and the sunshine gives me encouragement. I have always believed in starting my day early, I like to give myself that extra hour in my day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an artist as well and I am pretty good at it. My gardening is an ongoing pass time, there is nothing more I love than getting my hands dirty while digging up weeds or planting. Last but not least is reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go to all online book stores and browse through them, There are so many great books out there and I love it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, that would be: "The Devi's Residence." I am in the process of a revised addition to go into e pub sometime soon in the near future.
Describe your desk
My desk is a very messy one. There are so many pastie notes I am lucky to see my desk. At least everything is at my fingertips, just the way I like it.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2005, just decided it would be interesting to see if I really had what it would take to make me a writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I checked out on my computer and It seemed interesting
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark and Kelly Armstrong are just a few, there are so many.
What is your writing process?
Computer of course, mind you I make a lot of notes with pencil. But I did start writing on paper. the old way which I also enjoyed.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Pandigital, there is no other that I have found so far.
How do you keep track of you characters
I keep track of them on little cards from a recipe box. Hey it works for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Keeping track of my characters with index cards. I write down each character I create and then follow up with what part that character will be involved in. This little tid bit is one of my favorite way to deal with keeping track.
What made you decide to start writing?!
I first started writing with the intention of only writing to actually see if I were capable of it.
Why did you chose this subject in particular to start a writing career?
Well, this subject is about the way we grew up as children. About the abuse of a loving mother and her innocent little children. Its about so many dark and cruel secrets that can actually take place in a home, but can be so well hidden from the outside world.
How many siblings do you have?
There were four wonderful brothers and three great sisters. We were and are all very close.
While writing "The Devil's Residence" did it brings back bad memories of your child hood?
Oh yes! It certainly did. I started off in the beginning of writing this book, very emotional and often holding back the tears, the more chapters I put into the book the harder it became. I actually relived the pain step by step, but no way was I willing to give up. I felt the pain of the mother and of each child. By the time the book was finally completed I went through depression for a while. But gradually I fought my way back to normalcy, believe me it was a fight.
Published 2015-11-27.
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Books by This Author

The Devil's Residence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,930. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Marguerite, a young woman of dark and delicate features, not long out of the convent where she was raised for several years, meets and falls in love for the very first time to this tall, dark, handsome man, her Prince Charming. Quickly she will discover his very dark and cruel secrets as she soon realizes there really is a HELL. She and the innocent babies to be brought into their lives.
Innocents Lost
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,800. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Melissa, just 17 years old and beautiful, raised by an abusive father and without a mother. She is sexually assaulted by a school friend she trusted. Leaves the anguish of her small home town to find that hell can be anywhere. In the big city finds she is a magnet to all the wrong men. Now she finds out what hell really is.