1) Welcome ! Would you please tell a little bit about yourself.
A - In my younger years, I studied Commercial Art and Computer information systems and received a B.A.degree in CIS. I grew up in north Idaho, USA and married an electrical engineer. After traveling, due to my husband's work, we settled in southern Idaho. There I acquired a screen printing business that I added embriodery and did that for for 15 years. Now I'm retired and enjoy writing.
2) When you decided to write and what inspired you?
A - I have always thought about writing and I did a small newsletter for the local Audubon society, but nothing real serious until I joined a writing club in 2011. I get my inspiration from the local and world news, or just some injustice that I want to correct.
3) Tell us a little bit about your books, your favorite genres etc.?
My books involve two series right now. One is scifi mysteries that take place in the future, the other is present time urban fantasy mysteries. The scifi story begins with how we would be living on the Moon and on Mars, first contact, and space adventures. Three books in that series have taken off into a futuristic detective who chases his suspects to Mars. The urban fantasy is present time down with to earth people that encounter strange goings on in their small Idaho town.
4) What was the hardest part of writing your first book ?
A - Not knowing how to put it together, or how to publish it. My book club and the people involved helped me put it all together.
5) What are your future projects?
I'm currently working on another scifi book that I may not get done in time before this November's Nanowrimo. My urban fantasies were created during Nanowrimo. I finished the first UF book in 11 days. My WIP scifi may begin a series in its own. I'll have to wait and see. The next book during Nanowrimo will involve going on a cruise. For those who don't know what Nanowrimo is, you have to write 50,000+ words or more in 30 days during November. Go to nanowrimo.org.
6) How do you involve in promoting your book? Any marketing
technique you want to share?
A - It's nothing more than most writers do, I post on my blog or facebook page, A. Nation Books or A. Nation Author. I have joined many writing groups on Facebook. I don't offer my books for free, number one because, all the work I put into the books should account for something. Number two, I believe less is more. When I see the same types of covers and storylines that a lot of writers do every day on FB, I have a tendancy to ignore them. So I will do a FB blast to the groups once a month.
7) How you made your first book published? Share your experiences and strategies of promotion and marketing.
A - I'm self published. I load it first into Kindle, Draft 2 Digital, and Smashwords. I have offered ebooks for sale on Smashwords because I don't belong to Kindle Unlimited, too restrictive and I want readers to be able to get my book on other formats. Publishing through Draft2Digital and Smashwords will get my book into the other formats like Apple and Barnes & Noble. I also enter my books into basic Kindle and Createspace. I have a website where you can order from my catalog or go through Amazon or other formats.
8) Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing? Which are the publishing platforms you use to publish your books?
A - Because I do this for my own self improvement, I chose self-publishing. I can get my books out to the public, fast and correct them quickly if I have to. From what I have heard about traditional is you have to wait 6 months to a year to get a response, if they want your book. By then I would have two to three more books to publish. I like doing this on my time schedule. Also I chose fiction, which still takes some research, doesn't hinder me in factual legalities.
9) Personally, I would like to know about social and political issues of your country? Have you ever thought to write about those or something which may be beneficial for the society or nation?
A - Well I have. In my first and second book, I have the characters reflect back to what our politians did 300 years prior to the story and mimic the corruption throughout the story. I use the alien characters as a reflection of ourselves when choices are made that destroyed their planet. When I created the alien characters, I wanted them to look just like us, a human, but their procreation and social values are completely opposite to what we believe to be normal. Hence the title, Similar But Not the Same. I created a lot of social interaction as well as new inventions that I see being studied right now. For these innovations, I do research to see if they are possible.
10) What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?
A- Read, read, and read some more. This gives you the basis of sentance structure, dialog, and plot making. Then, the new writer should take a writing course to freshen their work. If you haven't had an grammar class since high school or college, you may not remember all the rules. Above all, join a writing book club where the intricacies of other writers guide you to format and write your book.
11) Anything you like to share about your writing process or reading habits?
A- I write or read at night before I sleep, or write directly to the computer. I use Word. I can easily format my book on that software. I believe you need to read before you know how to write. In my lengthy life, I have seen a lot of movies and read a lot of books. When I put certain characters in specific locations, you can visualize what they will do next and watch them play out the story. After almost 10 books, I have never had what one would call Writer's Block. If I'm taking time off, because I have to make dinner or pack for a trip, I like to call that time: Taking a moment to evaluate the next scene. Because that is what I'm doing.
12) What do you think encourages a reader to buy a book?
A- For me, it's the cover, the back blurb or the price. Sometimes it's the first page of the first chapter. I like to ease into a story that had explained the why, where, when, and how before the characters start their action. Some I have started to read, lost me when the character is behind something and he's shooting back at who knows who. It's confusing.
13) Tell something about your cover designer, editor and other contributors or service providers.
A - When I did my first book, I used the Kindle and Createspace cover. It was okay until I did the second book and couldn't find anything acceptable that related to the story, so I created my own. I have a Coreldraw program from my screen printing days, which is like photoshop, that I can use my own photos to manipulate into a cover. It takes me hours sometimes unless I'm just using one picture as I did in Where Did They Go?.
As for editors, I have a bevy of beta readers and each one has their own take and finds errors that another one won't. One of my readers is well knowledged in grammar and flow of story. She's priceless but like the rest do not want to be paid. So I give them little gifts like restaurant gift cards or a free book. For example, my neighbor took a foggy picture of her old shed behind her house. She received a free book from me.
14) Share links about you and your works -
A - Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/A-Nation/e/B00SUHXM6E
iTunes group page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/a-nation/id805154994?mt=11
Smashwords page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ANation
Barnes & Noble page: http://bit.ly/2cgFZjn
Books2Read page: https://books2read.com/author/a-nation/subscribe/1/28898/
Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8196987.A_Nation
Webpage: http://anationauthor.com (free sequels or prequels)
Weebly Blog: http://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/
Wordpress Blog: https://anationbooks.wordpress.com
Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorANation/
pls send your picture and latest book's
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