There’s a new guest in the hot seat today. My guest, author Selena Blake, writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, Selena’s books have been called “a steamy escape” and have appeared on bestseller lists, been nominated for awards, and won contests.
Madison: Everyone take a seat and get comfy. Please help me give a warm welcome to Selena Blake. Let’s dive right in! Readers can learn more about you by reading your bio on your website so I want to talk about your books. You released your backlist to Kindle and Nook. Tell us about that.
Selena: Thanks Madison. I decided to release my backlist to the Kindle and the Nook last year after my contracts had ended. It’s a pretty nail biting move, I won’t lie. One minute you have a publisher behind you and the next minute you’re doing everything on your own.
So far I’ve rereleased the first two books in my erotic paranormal romance series, The Cajun’s Captive and Bitten in the Bayou. I hope to release the last three books in my Stormy Weather series in the next few months. I’ve also retitled and rereleased a short erotica that was part of a multi author series. It’s now called Just a Little Taste. I’ve also published an original, previously unpublished erotica novella called Surprising Darcy.
Madison: Any thoughts, advice on self publishing? How’s the reader reaction been?
Selena: I have lots of thoughts on self publishing. Far too many to list here. First, it’s hard work. It’s lonely work. It feels weird publishing a book without a publisher behind it. For me, there’s a lot of anxiety to make sure my readers are getting the best I have to offer writing wise, and in formatting, cover art, etc. There shouldn’t be any difference between my books and something a major NY publisher would offer digitally.
There are just as many steps, for me, to get a book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have my work critiqued, edited, proofed and then I have professional covers designed and go through dozens of back cover blurbs. I tinker with those blurbs a lot, especially if I feel like something else might work better.
Reader reaction? I don’t think any of my readers care or have even noticed there’s not a major publisher behind my books. I haven’t heard a single mention of “self published” from anyone’s lips. So, in my opinion, I must be doing something right.
Madison: Readers are eagerly awaiting the third book in the Stormy Weather series. I understand it has had a title change as well.
Selena: They are! I’ve gotten lots of emails from them, which I’m so grateful for. Their encouragement really keeps me going when I’d rather go watch a movie than tackle a plot problem.
I changed the title from Bound and Determined to Seduced by a Cajun Werewolf. I think it fits the rest of the series titles better. And it has a hot new cover that readers (me included) have been drooling over.
Madison: Switching gears here a little. I note that you’ve got another series, sci fi, at Changeling Press. Care to tell us about that project?
Selena: That series is called Deep Space Encounters. Each is a short story, a romp through space on the way to finding true love (and steamy sex.) Books one and three are menages. The characters all have a common enemy. The women are being held captive (and brainwashed) on a planet that impregnates them only to steal the babies and then sell the women off as sex slaves. The books are about their journey, their rescue, from that awful place and the love they find (or rediscover) on the way home.
I’ll admit they were really tough for me to write. It’s hard to have characters (much less 3) fall in love in a short story. It’s really hard to make everything believable. And I wanted a lot of emotion to go with the sex (which is a requirement at Changeling). I’m very pleased with the results.
Madison: What’s something that readers might be shocked to learn about you?
Selena: Shocked…hmmm…well, I’m a self professed wine lover. But I love Heineken too.
Madison: Do you have a favorite number?
Selena: Any number that’s a positive integer followed by lots of zeros. *g*
Madison: How about color?
Selena: Oh, that’s an easy one. Purple.
Madison: I’m a flip flop girl. How about you? Flip flops, flats or heels?
Madison: What’s been playing on your iPod lately?
Selena: A fair amount of Crystal Method and Frank Sinatra.
Madison: That’s quite a combo. I wonder what ol’ Blue Eyes would have to say about Crystal Method’s music. LOL But I digress. You’ve been writing for several years, published for two. Do you have any advice for writers?
Selena: I don’t know how much my advice is worth but I’m happy to offer it. While you’re writing and learning the craft, develop a thick skin. You’ll need it in this business almost as much as you’ll need to know the craft. Even after publication, you’ll need to be able to let harsh words and brutal reviews run right off your back. Otherwise you’ll find it hard to keep writing new books.
Madison: Excellent advice. How can readers find you? You’re on Goodreads, right?
Selena: I am. I love connecting with readers and comparing books. http://www.goodreads.com/selenablake
Madison: And facebook?
Madison: Thanks so much for being my guest today! Good luck with you upcoming release.
Selena: Thank you Madison!
Where would you like to go next?
- More Stops & a review of Slow Burn So in between writing today I've been...
- My Interview with Amelia at Ecataromance.com! Oh boy! My very first interview has...
- Wish Lists Hi Darlins, It's about that time of...
- Meet Lady Tamlyn MacShane Yesterday we met Julian, today we meet...
- Character Interview: Meet Toni Greer FROM FOOL ME ONCE by Jessica Joy...