Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
First of all…when I’m asked to talk about myself, my brain has a meltdown. I find it extremely difficult.
What I can say is that I live in a small town surrounded by mountains and my dream is to leave my fulltime job and become a full-time writer so I can move to an even smaller town surrounded by bigger mountains.
Currently, I have one book on Amazon, another one finished and waiting for approval to be uploaded (that is a subject for another day) and two short stories that are nearly finished.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled Origin. It’s the first book in a trilogy called Mama’s Retribution.
It’s about a young woman who ended up in a life of prostitution and how she faces abuse and objectification from her pimp and clients. She does everything in her power to fight her way out of that life and when she finds a certain something in an alley, next to a smelly, red dumpster, her life changes completely.
I know it sounds sleazy but I promise that it is not. But I have to warn that this is not your typical Pretty Woman story. No, there is blood, revenge and more blood before she can finally liberate herself from the life she hated most.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. Having a full-time job, I write every chance I can get. Anytime, anywhere.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I won’t say that I’ve been influenced so much as inspired. I’ve always been a fan of your epic horror authors like Dean R. Koontz and Stephen King so naturally, I wanted to be like them.
If you want to know what actually influenced me, I would say it has to my passion for writing and storytelling.
What are you working on now?
I started a series called Dark Murmurings that consists of horror-themed short stories. These will soon be added to Amazon.
Then I will start the sequel to Origin. Really looking forward to that one.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
At the moment I’m kind of between methods. I haven’t found something that I can testify to at the moment. I’m hoping to ad Awesome Gang on my list of promoting strategies.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep going. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed and just plain depressed. Writing the book is nothing. All it requires is time and effort. The real problem comes when you have to get the book out there. Marketing and promoting is a real….female dog.
But don’t get discouraged.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Publish and repeat. Don’t ever stop. If one book is finished, start your next. The more the better.
What are you reading now?
A lot of articles on book promotion and marketing.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My goal is to get enough books out there to become a full-time writer.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
How to survive on a desert island by Tim O’Shei
Mama’s Retribution – Origin by Bianca Pheasant (What would readers think of my book if I don’t even like it enough to take with me?)