I like finding new to me authors but what I like more is to find a new author that has just published or self-published their book. So, I've came up with a small interview in showcasing the new authors I find. I hope you get inspired in trying there book.
J.R., would you please tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an Oregon girl – born and raised, and still going strong. I don’t believe I’ll ever live anywhere else; it’s a part of my heart and soul. I live in Portland with my husband and two small daughters, and the family dog. Writing is my passion, and it has been my life-long dream to write fiction for an audience. I love all things magical, and find a lot of magic in the world to love.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always been a plotter. I have childhood notebooks full of character names and stories (as well as names for every pet imaginable). I later made up fantasy and science fiction stories all through adolescence and college. At the end of grad school in 2004 I got serious and started writing my first novel.
What is your first published book?
Tribute is the first novella in my Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series. It centers on old Irish deities and their descendants in the modern day, as an ancient enemy of Otherworld resurfaces. I just released the second novella in that series, Vessel. Paranormal romance makes for really fun writing. A fast pace, with snappy dialogue and sexual tension – what’s not to love?
Why did you choose to self-publish?
Independent publishing is so friendly. Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks – they all make it really simple to publish in an ebook format. The growth of ereaders and changing marketplace makes self-publishing an attractive option. I also like the creative control aspect; I choose everything from where to make my books available to the cover. The flexibility to cross genres and provide different lengths is also great for a writer like me, since my stories tend to emerge at novella length and I can’t stick with a genre to save my life.
What was the first thing you did when a publisher let you know your book was accepted to be published?
I’ve never actually heard that from a publisher. I’m sure it would be a lovely feeling that would put me on cloud nine, but I can honestly say it’s not what I’m seeking. J
Who/what is your writing muse?
Life! Sometimes it’s something I see on the news, or a conversation about current events. A place I visit, a story I hear – big storms and natural disasters really get my mind working. Most of my stories build in my mind, sometimes for years, until I can’t contain them there and must spill them out on a page.
What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers, other than to not give up?
Don’t aspire – write! Once you’re regularly putting pen to page or fingers to keyboard, you’ve earned the writer title. That’s the good news. The not-as-good news is even if you’re a great writer, with natural talent, it will still take years of honing your craft before you FEEL like a writer. I honestly believe everyone has it in them, but you have to love it enough to work through the learning process. Also, while writing is largely a solitary art, don’t let that translate into figuring everything out on your own. It’s easy to find writers to network with, and the community is very much worth the effort.
What are you working on next?
Right now I’m writing Queen Witch, the first book in an urban fantasy trilogy about a family of witches that serves an immortal who does not have their best interests at heart. I’m also outlining the next two Children of the Sidhe novellas. I hope to publish all three of those books in 2012. My list of ideas is bordering on ridiculous – I think I have enough ideas to keep me busy for ten years. Like I said, I’ve always been a plotter. J