May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is Rektok Ross, author of PRODIGAL.
What do you have published?
I write Young Adult fiction that explores the journey every person takes in finding their place in this world through love, trials, spirituality, and life-changing moments. My debut novel, PRODIGAL, was released January 31, 2013.
PRODIGAL is the story of 17-year-old Lexy Quinn who loses her spot as the coveted editor of her school newspaper after she’s forced to move halfway across the country when her mother becomes sick. At her new school, Lexy has to start all over again. Her life takes an unexpected turn when the most swoon-worthy boy in town– who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback–gives her an exclusive interview. Ash Preston seems like the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she should trust him?
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on my second novel, which is a survival story/action adventure. I don’t want to give too much away but trust me, it’s going to be intense!
How do you stay motivated?
I can’t stop! Stories come to me all the time, mostly in my dreams. It’s all I can do to not be constantly stopping all day to write them down. Actually, I have to motivate myself to not become a hermit and to remember to socialize with my family and friends.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
Getting press is uber challenging. My publisher and publicist are great but getting someone like the New York Times to cover PRODIGAL is difficult, to say the least. Hey NYT if you are reading this, indies need love to!
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
Wow where do I begin? I am a high maintenance writer so the list is long, haha. I am obsessed with all things Apple (my MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone). I still love my Kindle too. I have to have music playing –something techno like Kaskade who I adore or something classical and dark/depressing usually gets me in the zone. And I’m also obsessed with the Evernote App.
You can purchase any of the Indie YA Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!