Check out the interview that I did with the talented vampire author Stephanie Summers for the Read-A-Holics Event! This fabulous author has awesome vampire books available that will leave you drooling. Thank you for doing the interview with us and we hope that everyone enjoys reading it.
How many books do you currently have out and what are their titles?
I have four books out. The first three are Craving, Haunting, and Awakening and they are all part of The Willow Creek Vampires Series. The fourth book is Take Me On, and it is part one of the two-part Take Me Series.
When writing and reading do you prefer standalone books or series and why to either?
I’m not picky one way or the other, though I tend to lose interest if a series ends up with ten or fifteen books in them. My attention span isn’t that great.
Is there an author that has inspired or impacted the type of author that you are today?
Not any one author in particular. I’d say it’s more of a combination of many different authors, especially indie authors. Those are the authors who inspired me to follow my dream.
If there was one thing that you could change within the author community what would it be and why?
I don’t know that there is really anything I would change. I see where others deal with drama and things like that, but I’ve not really seen much of it.
Can you tell me something totally random about yourself that readers may be surprised by?
I’m addicted to playing Criminal Case on Facebook. It probably eats up valuable writing time, but I can’t stop playing it.
Are you self-published or with a traditional publisher and what do you find to be the biggest pro and con to each?
I’m self-published. I’ve never tried to go the traditional route, mostly because I like having all the control over my work, which is definitely a pro to being self-published. A con to self-publishing is that with all that power also goes all the expense. I’ve not completely ruled out going traditional, but I can’t see too many pros that would sway me that way. I guess maybe just having another entity responsible to pay for editing and book covers and possibly more exposure, though that isn’t always a guarantee. A con to traditional would be the lower percentages on royalty rates.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing in the beginning of your writing career what would it be?
Write the entire series before you start releasing any books from it. More readers take chances on series that are complete and you wouldn’t have to wait too long between releases.
Have you ever done something major that you completely regret doing in your lifetime?
None that I can think of. Even when I make a bad choice, I generally learn something from it, and it’s hard to regret life lessons.
Who is your biggest supporter?
It’s a toss-up between my mama and my husband.
What is the hardest thing about being an author and what would you tell new authors just starting out?
The hardest thing for me is second-guessing my work. It gets pretty bad at times (to the point it gives me anxiety when it gets close to release day), and I sometimes wonder if all the people telling me they love my books are just being nice and they secretly hate it. My advice to new authors is to accept the praise they get, learn from constructive criticism, and keep on chugging along.