TR: Good morning, Edenmary, and welcome.
EB:Thank you, Thomas, and thanks again for having me
TR: So, how old were you when you wrote your first piece?
EB: About eight years old, I believe.
TR: What was it, and in what genre?
EB: It was very short and the focus was a lost puppy, who found his way home. I think it would qualify as a children’s title. LOL
TR: What made you write it?
EB: It was a school assignment; however, I had a friend with a new puppy. I’m sure that was an influence, because I wanted one.
TR: What have you written since then?
EB: I’ve always written, throughout my life. Often it was for personal enjoyment. Late in 2010, I started thinking seriously about creating the kind of reading experience I enjoyed for others. Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1, a paranormal romance for adults, was published in January 2012. Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2 and Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3 followed. I’ve begun working on the fourth book in the series.
TR: What was the inspiration for your current book?
EB: I found the paranormal romance genre many years ago and really love it. The legends of vampires, werewolves and fallen angels have always intrigued me. At one point, I was on a very long drive with family members and spotted a unique group of buildings off the highway. I started thinking of what they might be or who would live there. Eventually the concept of a haven for supernaturals came to mind, which led me to think of who they’d love or who their enemies would be. What challenges would they face?
TR: Tell us a little about it , and where it’s available.
EB: Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1, Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2 and Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3 are the first three e-books in an ongoing series. The action happens in the Sanctum, a supernatural haven that was founded by two fallen death angels, the Demesne, a supernatural haven founded by a ruthless vampire and Saint Rushton, a small city near both havens. While avoiding spoilers, I can tell you that there are clashes between the residents of all three, along with passion, intrigue and courage. All of my e-books are available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony and the bookstore at eBookIt.com.
TR: Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
EB: I work in my den most often, but ideas and the concepts I want to explore come wherever I happen to be… the grocery store, a restaurant, my laundry room. So, I can’t nail a particular place, but ideas come when I least expect them. Then, it’s a matter of holding onto them until I am at my computer. I’m very fond of sticky notes or scraps of paper at the bottom of my purse. They’re good for jotting something down quickly.
TR: What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
EB: I am indie and for me it was the most straightforward route to taking my story to readers; however, I’ve nothing against traditional publishing as an industry or writers who choose traditional publishing. As a reader, I enjoy any writer who can persuade me to leave my sense of disbelief behind, whether they’re indie or traditionally published.
TR: If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform what would it be?
EB: That’s a tough question because every writer is different and every reader is unique. There are so many ways for a writer to build a platform and this industry changes daily. The best advice I’d give would be to use what you’re most comfortable with and have time to utilize well, whether that is Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, blogging or anything else. The second bit of advice I’d give is to pay attention to your writing, as much as possible, while building that platform, so you’ve got something to put on top of it when the scaffolds are standing. The platform supports the writing, I think, and it is a balance. Writers need to build the book or the next book or the one after that, so readers have as many ways to find them as possible.
TR: What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
EB: Interesting question and I’ve probably made many mistakes! LOL. I can’t really comment specifically because I’ve been working in this industry less than a year. I do think it’s important to stay abreast of changes and developments, even though the publishing industry is in a state of rapid evolution. In situations like this, yesterday’s mistake could be tomorrow’s best strategy and vice versa!
TR: Do you have an idea for your next book?
EB: Oh yeah! They’re a series, so it’s an ongoing story. The next book features many familiar characters and faces, but a couple of principle characters will be going through radical events! Stay tuned!
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