Today we have Nita Round with us, tell us a bit about Knight’s Sacrifice.
In short: Only one woman can close the gates to hell. But at what cost? There is a much longer version on my website. www.encarna.co.uk
I’ve skimmed over your website a bit, not too bad. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always written stories, but no one saw them, except when I turned them into gaming scenarios. Or I wrote technical articles for the business. I suppose I always wrote something, it just wasn’t always fiction. When I stopped working in the hotel I found I had more time available, so I turned back to fiction. Writing, to me, is like breathing, it is something I must do… Or maybe it is more like an addiction. I can’t stop.
How did you go about getting published?
I submitted a novel to two publishers and they rejected. However, a short story competition came up in a magazine. I entered that and my first short story was published in a short anthology. They asked for more stories so I wrote them.
After that, I wrote a story, “Knight’s Sacrifice” and although the first publishing house rejected it on marketing grounds, the next one, Regal Crest accepted it almost straight away. They accepted the second book even faster, so the next book is available two months after the first one.
I must say, I usually only get indy authors on here and it’s kind of nice to have a visitor from ‘the other side’. 😉 Even with that said, we’re both just writer who chose different paths. So, what is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I like to write at my computer first thing in the morning, although the time usually gets eaten up with admin and emails, promo stuff and website changes. Then I walk the dog out in the woods and that clears my head ready to make notes or write later in the afternoon. I actually write better of an evening, but that’s social time, so writing at night tends to be cut short.
What is this social time you speak of? Just kidding, sort of. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I have lots of hobbies! Reading features a lot, games, walking the dog, and listening to music.
Oh look! Normal hobbies! So that’s what those look like. Yeah, I’m having fun with this one, hope you don’t mind. 😉 What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.
A unicorn. Because I like AD&D and my favourite character is a Paladin, and her war mount is a Unicorn. At the same time I am very fond of my nature priestess. She rides, or flies a hippogriff and keeps a pet lynx.
Oooo! Hippogriff, see this is why I can’t pick just one mythical or real animal… So, do you have a favorite myth? If so, tell us about it!
I love all myths, I have shelves full of books on myths, but a favourite one?
Good point, there’s too many of those to choose from too. Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I am only just learning about such things now, so I have a long way to go. I have paid for magazine advertising, because it is always about being known and getting known. At the same time, whilst I am still finding out what to do, there are things I think you shouldn’t. There are a lot of authors who put adverts all over every thread they find, then a few days later they do it again. Boring and very off-putting. A balance must be made, but if it is overdone, it puts me off because I have to wade through adverts to see something of substance.
Also, one more thing, keep adverts, whatever their form, very short.
Couldn’t agree more! Other than that paying for magazine advertising… poor college student here. lol Before you go, tell us about your next book project.
The next release is “The Ghost of Emily Tapper”, but my Work in Progress, is a steampunk inspired paranormal thriller, with the working title, “A touch of Truth.”
Awesome! Well, thank you for stopping by!