Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Christie Silvers, author of TIME FOR DEATH, her first book in the Liz Baker series. To learn more about her predictions of the future of epublishing and brick and mortar stores, her creative process and a fantastic giveaway, read on!
Liz Baker thought it would be a normal evening of sex in a cemetery with her beau, until she spotted someone in the distance and all normality in her world ceased to exist. After several murders in her small town, Liz comes to the realization that the murderer is coming after her, and he’s more dangerous than any human could possibly be. With the help of her dead mother, bar bouncer, and cemetery lover, Liz learns that the murdering vampire was sent by her biological father to claim her as his own. Only then does she discover her real parentage and underlying special powers. Only death will release her from Marcus’s powerful hold, but who will die first?
How do you feel about all the bookstores starting to close? Do you think that it is just the corporate ones in trouble? Or do you feel that the small/independent ones are in danger too?
I find it sad that so many bookstores are being forced to close due to economic difficulties. I once wanted to own my very own bookstore, but I don’t see that in the near future. I think it’s hard on larger chains as well as the smaller/independent stores. More people are shopping online and buying e-books. All physical bookstores are in danger. That’s just the way of the world now.
Do you think that ebooks have affected bookstores? Or do you think that there are enough people left out there who love to actually have the printed copy to save bookstores?
I do think the popularity of e-books has affected bookstores. Bookstores are having a hard time right now. They’re having to change the way they do business and the types of books they offer to their patrons. I think there are enough people out there to save the independent and small bookstores they love. If only they would do it.
Is your writing organic or do you plan it out before you create it?
I learn a long time ago that my characters do not like it when I try to plan out their stories. Anytime I have tried they always run amuck and change everything. Outlines don’t work with them. However, I do make notes, write small scenes, keep a list of plot ideas to look at and go over while I’m writing each story. Some people work better with an outline, but I’m not one of them.
How many hours a day would you say that you spend promoting your writing or others writing?
Some days it feels like I’ve spent all day promoting, but in reality I only spend an hour or two. And not every single day. I admit that I probably should promote more, but if the choice comes down to writing or promoting, I’m always going to choose writing. I do stop what I’m doing and share the work of other authors when I’ve become aware of it. That might take one of my author friends e-mailing me and asking, “Hey, can you share this for me,” but I’m always happy to help.
Who does your cover art? Do you design it yourself?
My cover designer is the uber-talented Kelly Shorten. She’s my lifesaver with it comes to cover art. I might be creative with writing and home DIY stuff, but you can forget about me being able to do visual artwork. Heck no! You can find more of Kelly’s work at http://www.facebook.com/kelly.shorten.9
Are you on Goodreads? If so, please share your page address and has it helped you reach more fans?
I am on Goodreads. I don’t know if it has really helped me to reach more fans, but I’d like to think so. http://www.goodreads.com/christiesilvers
Do you sell your work in any stores? If so, where?
I don’t know if any stores actually carry my physical books, but I do know that any bookstore can order copies of my books for their patrons. Just supply them with titles, author name, and ISBNs.
How do you build your character world?
The world in my Liz Baker series is loosely based on my hometown, making it easy to create her world. I gave it a fictional name, making it easy for me to change anything in her town without offending locals or having someone tell me, “That’s not the name of that road.” Other authors use cities they’ve been to, lived in, or just Googled. These days you can find out all you need to know about any city in the world without ever having to set foot on a plane. I just drive down the street and scope out the location I want to use in my book.
What is your opinion on people who post bad reviews?
As a friend of mine said about a recent nasty reviewer, and I’m paraphrasing here, “A bad review last only minutes, but a bad reviewer has to live with their own nastiness forever.” Bad reviews will happen. Not everyone will like everything you like, or write. That’s life. It’s the ones who make the reviews personal, spiteful, mean, or leave a bad review without saying why they didn’t like the story that really make me want to scream. You don’t have to like a book, but at least have a better reason for a 1-star rating other than, “It sucks.” Blech.
Christie, thank you for joining us!
To learn more about Christie and her novels, visit her website.
And now the Giveaway!