Friday, July 10, 2020

Interview with Skye Warren, DIANMOND IN THE ROUGH

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book?
Thank you so much for having me on Two Ends of the Pen! DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a dark and dangerous and sexy romance.

Don’t only take my word for it…
“Diamond in the Rough is masterfully written, sinfully sexy, and utterly addictive! Skye Warren proves why she is the queen of dark and delicious romance.” – Giana Darling, USA Today bestselling author
“A novel full of intrigue, secrets, lies, and a love that won't be denied, Diamond in the Rough is easily a top read of 2020.” – Celia Aaron, author of The Bad Guy
"Five glowing stars! Diamond in the Rough is the dark and dangerous world that I love from Skye Warren. You will be completely caught up in Elijah and Holly's story from the first page to the last." – New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig

Do you have a favorite character?
I always have a soft spot for the heroine of the book I’m writing! So it changes every time I start a new book, but I absolutely fell in love with Holly from DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. She’s the only heroine I’ve written who’s an author like me.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Oh, this happens all the time for me. Even side characters have to be fully fleshed out in my mind when I’m writing, and if I fall in love with them I’ll want to write their story.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Yes, and I had a few books published under a different pen name, but I was able to connect with more readers and support my family with my indie name.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
Maybe a year and a half from start to finish? My first novella was self published, but my first novel was through a publisher.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
There are two big things a publisher brings to the table: editorial and marketing. At the beginning it was great to see the editorial process of different publishing houses. Only once I had experienced that did I feel really comfortable doing that with freelancers. Unfortunately publishers were not able to offer me much in terms of marketing.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m only looking to self publish at this time because it’s how I support my family and I don’t write fast enough that I can “throw away” a book that might earn very little.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
At first I did it as an experiment, to see what discoverability was like without any marketing or social media platform. I had no website, no Facebook page for that pen name, nothing. Then readers started asking for more and more, and I realized that even with no marketing, they were more excited for these books than my published ones.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I make my own covers! So, very involved. It’s great for me to exercise that part of my creative brain.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I was in many critique groups at the beginning. Now I only have a few authors I really trust and some beta readers. I think critique groups are helpful in seeing how your work will be received, but it’s important to keep in mind that YOU, the author, are the chef in the kitchen. You must love the book first and foremost, not change it into something else.

Thank you for having me on Two Ends of the Pen! If you’re looking for a new book that’s dark and dangerous and sexy, be sure to check out DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

Diamond in the Rough
Skye Warren
Publication date: July 7th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance

I’m on my way to meet my birth parents when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman’s worst nightmare. Now I’m trapped in an abandoned building. The man who took me says I won’t be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that’s a lie. I’ll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I’ll need every single one of them to survive.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous…

Author Bio:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance. Her new book ESCORT is out now!
“ESCORT is perfection only Skye Warren can deliver—a poetically erotic tale of exquisitely damaged characters, devastating secrets, revenge and redemption.” – Samanthe Beck, USA Today bestselling author
“Hypnotically romantic…this book reads like a sensual dream and I didn’t want to wake up.” – Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author
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1 comment:

  1. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.


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