Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Interview with Christie Silvers: Indie Author of the Liz Baker Series

Author of urban fantasy with a touch of naughtiness!

When did you begin writing?
I've always loved to write, but became more serious about it back in early 2006.  Back then I wrote web content, but toward the end of the year I started my first paranormal romance novel.  And I haven't looked back.

What genres do you write?
What I write seems to fall into several categories.  Some call it paranormal romance; some call it paranormal fiction; and some call it urban fantasy.  I just go with urban fantasy and leave it at that.  It seems to encompass my writings most correctly.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?
I don't really imagine anyone when I'm writing a story.  Except for the characters, of course.  It's not until after the first draft, when I'm in the editing and cleaning up phase, that I think about the readers and what they like.  I have a few regular beta readers and I like to hear their thoughts on the stories before anyone else reads them.

What's your latest book about?
My latest book, Killer Intentions (Liz Baker, book 3), is a continuation of my Liz Baker series.  In this book Liz is dealing with the nonstop battle with her half-vampire self, as well as the regular human life she lives.  She's troubled by her vampire father, and meets a few half-vampire siblings.  None of which are on her side.  In Liz's world there are vampires, demons, ghosts, and even werewolves, but that doesn't stop her from doing what she has to do.

Which authors inspire you?

Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Gerry Bartlett, Jennifer Armintrout...just to name a few.  However, I must give a shout-out to my author friend Robin Renee Ray.  That woman can put out the work faster than anyone I know.  I swear it seems like I blink and she has a new story in the world.  I don't know how she does it, but would love to find out!

What's your favorite book?
Hmm...  I have a lot of favorite authors whose books I would count as favorites, but there are just too many to list.  If I have to pick just one...  Gosh, I don't know.  Let's go with Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire.  That one really kick started my love of vampire stories.

Why did you choose independent publishing?
After approximately a year of research into the publishing world, I decided that I'd like to try my hand at being an Independent.  At that time it was still frowned upon quite regularly.  I always say I was self-publishing before it was popular.  :)  I like the idea of controlling every detail of my books.  I choose my editor(s); I choose my cover designer; I choose my cover art.  Maybe it's the Capricorn in me, but I love being in complete control.  That's not to say I would never go the traditional route if the right offer came around, but I'd really have to think hard about it.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

I give the same advice to all authors, traditional or independent:  Be persistent!  Persistence is key in this business.  Keep writing, reading, promoting, meeting new people.  I know it's hard, but you have to put yourself out there.  You have to let go of your book babies and watch the world devour them, good or bad.  You'll never learn if you don't.


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