- The Fall (The Rift Book I)
- Dead of Winter (The Rift Book II)
- The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales
What is your favorite thing about being an independent author?
Really, I think it’s just the fact I’m doing what I love to do and able to both entertain and make money from it. I hold no real love for the label of being self-published. I got into this game to try and get noticed by publishers the way many musicians do nowadays, not to try to one-up them. And it’s been going pretty well so far!
What is the most challenging thing about being an independent author?
Earning respect and credibility. Understandably, many readers are wary of self-published work. There is a ton of crap out there that I can completely identify with customers feeling put off by. It’s a tough road to walk as an author – especially one who wishes to be taken seriously. But it truly is rewarding when it works out, and people start to appreciate what it is you do.
How do you manage to keep yourself motivated to meet deadlines when the only person you’re responsible to is you?
The only time you’re responsible for only yourself as a writer is before your first book comes out. After that, you have hundreds or thousands of people expecting the next book…especially if you’re writing a series. You don’t want to annoy readers by saying, “The next book will be out come January!” and then you wait until July to finish it. Something like that is career suicide.
So yeah, when I look at it like this deadlines are really easy to meet.
What has most surprised you in your career as an author?
I know I said earlier that gaining credibility is the toughest part of this gig, but it also represents the most surprising thing that’s happened to me. I’ve had so many fine folks receive my work with such appreciation and enthusiasm it’s sometimes unbelievable.
If you could have one career dream realized, what would it be?
To be able to quit my day job and write full time. Oh, the fantasy!
It also includes Duperre's books preloaded and a Silas skin! How awesome is that?
Here's the info:
+ There are two answers to choose from, pick one!
(questions center around a playlist of songs Rob put together for Silas)
+ You get three points for the right answer, one point for wrong.
+ Make sure to check out the other stops for a chance to gather 45 entries!
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Monday, August 29th - April, My Shelf Confessions
Tuesday, August 30th - Johnny, Pages of Forbidden Love
Wednesday, August 31st - Greta, Paranormal Wastelands
Thursday, September 1st - Lisa, A Casual Reader's Blog
Friday, September 2nd - Karen, The Slowest Bookworm
Monday, September 5th - Melissa, Books and Things
Tuesday, September 6th - Heather and Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, September 7th - Cindy, Oodles of Books
Thursday, September 8th - Theresa, Just One More Paragraph
Friday, September 9th - Gef, Wagging The Fox
Monday, September 12th - Mandy, The Well-Read Wife
Tuesday, September 13th - aobibliophile™
Wednesday, September 14th - Aparajita, Le' Grande Codex
Thursday, September 15th - Farrah, The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, September 16th - Nevey, Le Vanity Victorienne
Tuesday, September 20th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Rob's Site!