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Indie Author Spotlight: Todd Russell on Horror, Halloween, NaNoWriMo and Other Scary Things

This week I’m hosting my last IWU blog tour guest until NaNoWriMo is out of the way. As appropriate for Halloween, my guest this week is indie horror novelist Todd Russell, author of Fresh Flesh, the first entry in his Fresh series.

Authorly Updatiness

I’ve been mostly chilling and enjoying the fall weather this week, and also enjoying what’s left of my down time before the hecticness of NaNoWriMo and my new client’s web project both kick into high gear by doing a lot of crafty stuff and working on my Halloween costume, both of which will get their own posts in the near future.

But in the mean time, the IWU blog tour has been chug-chug-chuggin’ along. I’ve done two new interviews just this week, both with smart women who asked some great questions. Some excerpts…

…from Susan Jean Ricci’s interview:

SR: I loved the post on your Twitter, that went something like this: “It’s a good sign you’ve hit all the emotional notes, when editing your own story makes you cry.”
What makes you cry about your writing that you’d like to share with our readers today?

JB: I tweeted that while I was editing the first chapter of my current novel-in-progress, Dominion of the Damned, and it was a scene where my protagonist was going through something really horrific and tragic that would shape her for the rest of the book. As I re-read what she was going through and what it was making her feel, I really got choked up. When I write an emotional character like that, I think back to watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how every time Buffy cried about something, without fail, I would cry. So I really strive to create characters that my readers can connect with on that level, and care deeply about what they’re going through.

…and from my interview with Jennifer Rainey at Independent Paranormal:

JR: Do you watch many horror/supernatural movies? If so, what’s your favorite and did that inspire you to write a ghost story?

JB: I’ve always been a big fan of horror movies, although I tend to like monster and slasher movies better than ghost stories; mainly because, as mentioned earlier, ghosts freak me out. Movies about ghosts and demons and exorcism–those tend to stay with me and give me the wiggins in the middle of the night (I STILL have nightmares about that little girl from The Ring). I enjoy a good scare, but I prefer to be able to shake it off and get on with my life once the movie’s over. I decided to write a ghost story mainly to confront that fear. That said, my favorite horror movie of all time is John Carpenter’s Halloween. I’m also partial to his version of The Thing. As for more recent movies, it doesn’t get much better than The Descent.

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Indie Author Spotlight: Julia Crane

Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

Guest Post: LeAnna Shields’ Top 5 Tips for New Indie Authors

Please welcome my special guest author this week, LeAnna Shields. LeAnna is the author of the indie sff series The Alestrion Chronicles, and these are her top 5 pieces of advice for anyone thinking of taking the self-publishing plunge. Take it away, LeAnna.

Indie Author Spotlight: Interview with G.W. Jefferies

G.W. JefferiesMy guest this week for the IWU Blog Tour is indie fiction author G. W. Jefferies, whose latest novel is the literary epic, Apolo Drakuvich.

An author and poet, G.W. is a native Texan. A writer of contemporary and dystopian fiction, Jefferies’ themes of counter-culture and dystopian views are usually included in some form in his works. Jefferies influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, William S. Burroughs, and George Orwell. To learn more, visit his blog at GWJefferies.com.

Guest Post: Jack Wallen’s 5 Tips for New Indie Authors

Jack WallenIt’s IWU Blog Tour time! This week, my special guest is indie horror novelist Jack Wallen, author of A Blade Away and I Zombie I (which is currently available for FREE on Amazon, and which I just downloaded, because you know I can’t resist zombies), among others. He’s here to share his top five tips for new and wannabe indie authors. Take it away, Jack!

I want to begin this by making a claim – being an author of any type is a rough road to go. Not only is it a career of rejection, ebbing and flowing sales, emotional roller coasters, and hour after hour of hard work. In the end it will be worth it – regardless of how large your fanbase gets, you will have your work published and purchased.

But how do you survive the nightmare and come out of the ride better than you were when you began? If you follow these simple tips, you will find being an indie author not nearly as painful as you thought it would be.

Author Interview: Melissa A. Smith

The perpetual IWU Blog Tour continues apace. This week, you can find a reciprocal interview with me by former guest-of-the-blog, Arshad Ahsanuddin, at his Pact Arcanum blog. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, help me give a warm welcome to this week’s guest, paranormal romance and YA fantasy author Melissa A. Smith:

JWG: Welcome, Melissa! To get started, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Melissa: I live in the midwest with my husband and two teenaged sons. When I’m not writing I’m reading. During the day I work as a Preschool ParaEducator ie: sneeze catcher, substitute facial tissue, and play mate.

JWG: And what are you working on?

Melissa: I currently have two books out. The first is Cloud Nine of the Guardians of Man. And the other is of The Waiting Throne series, The Heir Apparent.

JWG: What first motivated you to become an indie author?

Melissa: I would have to say it was all the wonderful form rejection letters. After one of them I came across an article in Writers Beware talking about Self-Publishing and thought, what the hell? What have I got to lose? The answer was nothing, so I did it and I havent looked back since!

JWG: What has been the biggest challenge for you when it comes to self-publishing?

Melissa: Waiting on the editor. She has a life too and sometimes it interferes with her working with me (she does it out of the kindness of her heart so I hate to nag her with "are you done yet?")

JWG: Has any aspect turned out to be easier than you expected?

Melissa: Telling people about my book. I used to sell Mary Kay and was always terrified of handing out business cards or talking to them about it. With my book? I pass out bookmarks (my version of a business card) like they’re contagious! I hand them out to everyone! My boys think I’m nuts because I always have them on hand.

JWG: Do you take a strictly DIY approach, or do you hire help with things like editing, cover art, etc.

Melissa: The only thing I send out is the editing. I’m not completly computer illeterate so I do everything else. I’ve even helped out a couple of friends with cover art and formatting of their ebook files.

JWG: How has the decision to go indie turned out for you? Overall, are you happy with the choice?

Melissa: I love it! While I wish there were an easier way to market to a wider population, I’m very happy with my decision to ‘go indie’! 😀

JWG: Are there any stand-out lessons you’ve learned about self-publishing that you’d like to share with my readers?

Melissa: Join a support group like Indie Writers Unite! Such a great group of people there with so much helping up and none of the tearing down.

Thanks, Melissa!

You can find Melissa’s books on Amazon. You can also follow her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog!

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