Friday, June 28, 2013

Interview with Shadow Stephens

Wilted Wings 
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
IT IS PART OF A SERIES. WILTED WINGS IS THE FIRST BOOK TO FOLLOW BROKEN BUTTERFLIES. THE SERIES IS A NEW TAKE ON ANGELS. THERE IS TONS OF ACTION AND ROMANCE IN EACH ONE.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
IN WILTED WINGS DAMON’S SISTER CALIGULA IS MORE PRESENT. SHE IS PART OF THE MAIN PLOT IN THIS BOOK WHERE AS IN THE FIRST ONE SHE WAS IN THE BACKGROUND.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
 I WOULD NEVER RELINQUESH THE RIGHTS TO MY BOOKS. THERE ARE TO MANY HORROR STORIES OUT THERE WHERE PUBLISHING COMPANIES HIRE GHOST WRITERS AND STILL PUBLISH UNDER THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS NAME.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I ALWAYS HIRE MY COVER WORK OUT. I GIVE MY IN PUT ON BASIC PLOT AND WHAT WOULD WORK THEN LET THEM DO THEIR THING.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
A LITTLE, BUT I NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN UNTIL IT HAPPENS. SO IT’S LIKE I’M READING THE BOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME AS WELL.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I DO HAVE AN EDITOR AND SHE IS AWESOME. SHE WILL CATCH ME ON ALL KINDS OF STUFF.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I HAVE FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LITERARY ADDICTS, GOOGLE PLUS, GOODREADS, AND A BLOG/WEBSITE.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
WORK HARD AND LISTEN TO YOUR EDITOR.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER. ANYTHING OLD I LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH.

What’s next for you?
AT THE MOMENT I AM WRITING MY NEXT BOOK RISE OF THE PHOENIX. I WANT TO REALEASE IT BY FALL. 


About Shadow Stephens
 
Avid Cleveland Browns fan, animal lover, and paranormal addict are just a few ways to describe Shadow Stephens. Shadow grew up in Ohio and West Virginia, which gave her a fear of snakes and the ability to fix anything with duct tape. She has been writing since childhood, but wrote her first novel three years ago. She now resides in Utah with a veritable menagerie of pets and a million ideas in her head just waiting to be put on paper. When she isn't ghost hunting, Shadow can be found writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. This will be her first published book, with many more to follow. 




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