Indie author Kristifer Ann may have begun writing just about a year and a half ago, but she knows deep within her heart that creating stories is something she will do for the rest of her life. In an exclusive interaction with the Literary Express, the fifty-year-old author of House of Marchetti fame, states categorically that she absolutely nourishes the goal of becoming a full-fledged author. ‘I just submitted the last three chapters to my editor for Rise of Marchetti, which is my latest book. I also put the first chapter down of book three lately. It is titled Marchetti,’ she lets us know, going on to exclaim, ‘These Marchetti men won’t let me do anything else!’
Beaming with joy, the thirty-seven-year-old author, who lives with her husband in Colorado, the US, tells us that not only did Mr Simmons sign her book, but he wrote her a two-page letter in return! ‘He encouraged me not to give up, and he even took the time to answer some of the questions I had posed about his own writing!’ exclaims Ms Calvin, who was overwhelmed by his response. ‘I had not thought he would take the time to write such an in-depth response to a teenager. I still have that letter,’ she says joyously.
With all her books being published by Meryton Press, a full-service publishing company for books in both print and ebook formats, Ms Miller, who mothers a twenty-one-year-old girl, says that she first actually purchased and read several books published by Meryton Press, and it was only after being impressed with the quality of their books that she decided she would like to work for them.
Upon being asked if she has something to tell budding authors who lose motivation in the starting phase of their career, Ms Swartz points out that selling is hard and that half the job of an indie author is marketing. She stresses, ‘Once you are sure your cover and blurb are good, it’s all about ads, social media, and promotion of all kinds. It is the toughest and most stressful part of the job, in my opinion. It takes money and a ton of time and effort. Finding your readers can be the most difficult thing in the world, but with enough determination, you will find them, eventually.’
Upon being asked to give a glimpse of the life he had led before turning into a full-time writer, Lovejoy divulges that college was a place he never went to. ‘Notwithstanding, I have worked in the criminal justice system. First as a cop and then a private investigator where I specialized in criminal defence and helping the families of missing persons. I spent two years as an investigator for the defence team of a federal capital offence case,’ he explains.
Talking about his very first book Zumanity, which he started working upon two years ago, the 26-year-old, who often jokes his blue veins are filled with ink, says, ‘Every zombie story has the one character that holds onto its humanity for a bit longer than everyone else. But what if that continued for a longer period of time? The main character in Zumanity falls to her death shortly after being bitten by a zombie, so she has an odd transformation.’
His second book, which happened a couple of years after the first, is titled ‘Keeper of the East Bluff Light’. It is a murder mystery that deals with the use of electromagnetism and light-wave technology for dastardly purposes.
Explaining the storyline, Duvall says, ‘There’s an alien force that’s looking to stop the destruction of the universe, and they’re looking for any intelligent life in the cosmos that might hold an answer. They land in a small Floridian town that resembles the one where I grew up, and they unleash chaos, and no one knows why.’
While it is true that Mystical Greenwood is the author’s debut novel, what is interesting is that Mr McDowell started writing when he was all of eleven years of age. ‘But it was just little stories for the fun of it. I fantasized about writing more, but I didn’t truly get serious about it until I was thirteen,’ he explains.
In an exclusive interaction with B Sudharsan, the author of the book ‘Let Sleeping Pharmacists Lie’ talks about everything under the sun – from her routine to her blog to the country she has lived in all her life. But most importantly, Ms Soong, who has a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) from King’s College London, gives me an insight about her debut book, which was written during the lockdown, and says why budding authors should not be cowed down if they face rejection or if their works get broadsided.
‘I think writing doesn’t work that way. At least for me. I write when inspiration strikes though I wake up by eight in the morning and go to bed by midnight. It’s just that I don’t feel obliged to follow a schedule,’ says Robbin whose favourite author happens to be Kurt Vonnegut.
‘If we don’t fail, we will never learn how to be more successful than those who haven’t faced any failure. You got to make mistakes, but whether you learn from them or not, that’s under your control. So, write and write more. Don’t rush, and take your time. The first draft is never a final draft. Take feedback from fellow readers and writers. And most importantly, work on that feedback.’
‘There are so many more ways to get your work out in the world today than ever before. Don’t wait around to be that very small percentage who gets lucky enough to land an agent or miraculously has their work seen just at the right time by the right person in a big publishing house.’