Next up in my author interview series is Imogen Rose. PORTAL would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she wrote it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.
The warm reception PORTAL has received has encouraged Imogen to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The sequel, EQUILIBRIUM, has just been published.
Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.
I have always been a dreamer. I often dream in sequels, continuing dream lines from night to night. I decided to type this particular dream one morning (it was a lazy Sunday morning) and my nine-year old daughter read it and asked, “What happens next?” So, it began. It was a very fun experience. All my previously published work is in science, so it was a very different kid of writing, I love it.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish?
I wrote the book for my daughter, and I wanted it in a format she could easily carry about read. So, I tried Createspace (just to get a paperback version made for her) and found out that I could actually publish it and put it up on Amazon…awesome! Once I had done that, I discovered Kindle etc. It’s been a fun journey.
Will you try to garner a traditional publishing contract for any future books?
Not actively, however I will certainly consider any offers that come my way.
Did you design your cover art? If not, would you care to share your graphic designer’s information?
I did! I have always needed a creative outlet. I have dabbled in photography and digital art. The pictures I use, I took myself.
How did you feel when you got your first sale? Are you pleased with sales so far?
It was such a thrill! And it still it, I am blown away at the great reception PORTAL has received.
What kinds of social media [twitter, facebook, webpage, blog, writing forums] are you involved with trying to garner attention for your book(s)?
I have a website (not many people visit it), but my facbook page is fairly active. I try to be as active as I can on the Kindle forums.
Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, my website and a bunch of other online stores.
What’s next for you?
I have just launched Book Two of the Portal Chronicles, EQUILIBRIUM. Next will be Book Three, QUANTUM.
Thanks Imogen. You’re welcome to come back anytime for another guest spot!