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 Sophie Duncan, author of Death in the Family, Bonds of Fire, the Haward Mysteries Series, and various short stories in paranormal and erotica.
What do you have published?
All my books are published through Wittegen Press, which I run with my sister Natasha Duncan-Drake. I write a large range of genres, including everything from YA Fantasy to Erotic Romance.
Death In The Family (Heritage is Deadly 1) – Novel YA Paranormal Fantasy (wittegenpress,com/deathinthefamily)
The Haward Mysteries Series: YA/New Adult Contemporary Fantasy Crime (wittegenpress.com/thehawardmysteries). Including novel Sacrifice of An Angel (The Haward Mysteries 1) and three shorts, Rite Name, The Diablo Ouija, and Stockings.
Bonds of Fire – Novella Fantasy (wittegenpress.com/bondsoffire)
Anthologies – Horror, YA Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Paranormal, Erotic Romance (m/m and m/f) (wittegenpress.com/gganthologies)
Various Shorts – Paranormal Adventure, Erotic Romance
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing the sequel to Death In The Family, YA Paranormal Fantasy. I am in the planning stages with my sister for the second book in the Haward Mysteries.
As part of joining in the writing community, we run through Wittegen Press the FB3X Drabble Cascade – a weekly blog hop for writers who enjoy the challenge of 100 word fics inspired by our word of the week.
How do you stay motivated?
I enjoy talking with authors and readers alike, sharing ideas, discussing problems, joining in challenges like the Drabble Cascade, so even if I don’t have time in a day to do a lot of writing, I can dip into the literary world and have fun.
When I’m writing, I use all sorts of tricks, like giving myself word counts, or aiming at a story horizon, like the end of a chapter, or a particular scene.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
Definitely marketing the books once they’ve been produced. There is a lot of time involved in networking and publicizing, especially when the budget for it is minimal.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
I can’t live without my laptop, because my handwriting is absolutely atrocious, and I can’t read it! :) I can also type faster than I can write with a pen.
You can purchase any of the Indie Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!