Here is my author interview with Reana Malori for the The All-Inclusive Multi Genre Author Book Bazaar Event. We will be highlighting her books Conall and Weekend Fling. If you have yet to read any of these books or anything by this talented author make sure to check them all out today!
What is the toughest hurdle that you have faced since becoming an author and what can others do to avoid it?
Not realizing that writing a good book and praying it sells is not enough. Even as a new author writing and publishing that very must book, it is so important to market yourself and your brand to potential readers. An author can write the greatest book of all time, but if no one reads it, then no one will know. Always market yourself, introduce your book to new readers, branch out and try new things, and never stop taking risks.
Have you ever connected with another author or reader that has become part of the support system that we all as authors need to push forward even when we find it tough to do so?
Yes, absolutely! Quite a few authors have supported me over the years, pushed me to continue, and gave me the gift of laughter when things became too tough. Being an author isn’t easy, but having that strong support system around you is so important. I have 4-5 Sister Authors that are my family. They support and encourage me, and I do the same for them. We laugh, we cry and we lean on each other when needed. Every author needs at least two people in their lives – Author or Reader – who can do this for them.
Do you have a favorite item or bookmark that you use when reading physical books and if so what does it look like?
I used to have this wonderful little spiral bookmark that allowed me to place it over the page I was reading. It had this purple flower design on it and it was the cutest thing. Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I’ve read a physical book, I have no idea where it is. It’s probably hiding in one of the last books I read. Maybe I’ll have to go look for it…
What is your most current release or do you have one coming up in the near future that you can share with us?
My most recent release is Conall, which was published in February 2016. Conall is part of a four-part series and each story is written by a different author. This story was a bit different for me. Conall’s personality was dark and dangerous. He wasn’t your standard hero and the woman who captured his attention is not your normal heroine. They each hide behind a shell, showing the world only the persona they want others to see. The layers and secrets these two hide are definitely something that has to be read to fully understand. I love this story and it helped me showcase a different side of my writing.
What is the highest word count that you have ever completed in one sitting?
Just over 9,000 words! I was amazed at myself, but it felt so good. The story just kept flowing and I kept typing. I have to get started on my next story soon, so I may need to try and beat my own record.
If you wrote a book series that everyone fell in love with and you had written the last book would you create some type of spin off if the fans wanted it or would you just leave it be?
I’m actually not sure. I’m in the middle of a series right now and there are three stories left. For me, I think it’s best to close the series out. Characters may show up as a minor character in another story, but once the series is closed, it’s time to move on to the next adventure.
What is your favorite platform for selling your books and why?
Amazon continues to be the go-to option for me because of its reach to so many readers. My stories can be noticed by people far and wide, and that’s important to me. While I don’t use Amazon exclusively, that website still gives me the greatest reach and visibility for my books.
What is one thing that you would say is high on your bucket list that you hope to one day do?
Travel to Scotland. I guess I’m still that wide-eyed teenager still fascinated by Scottish Highlanders and the lush green hills that I read about so many times as I was growing up. Those were the stories that helped create my love of reading, and ultimately, my writing. One day, I’ll get to Scotland and I’ll just breathe in the air and smile, thinking of some of my favorite characters.
Do you find it difficult to juggle being an author with everything else that life throws at you and how do you manage it all?
Oh Yes! Sometimes I can’t manage it all and I have to slow down. But, when life is in order and things are moving the way they should, I try to organize and schedule my day so that when I’m at my day job, that’s my focus. I schedule time to write each day—more on the weekends and I make sure that no matter what I spend quality time with my family. They love me though and are very proud of what I’m doing, so my husband and sons support my crazy schedule.
How important do you think the cover is to helping sell the books that you write?
Very important, but that doesn’t mean they have to be fancy. They just have to be intriguing enough to catch the reader’s attention. When I first started, I thought I was savvy enough to create my own covers. Whoa boy, did I ever learn my lesson. Sure the covers were fine and the books held their own, but once I got a professional cover artist, it made a huge difference. I could see how the professional covers popped and were noticed more by readers. Great book covers definitely make a difference to how my books are received and if they’ll sell.