1. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published
I decided to self-publish because I heard about the long waits and difficulty of traditionally getting published. I always hear of new writers writing fantastic books, only to have them rejected by publishing agents! I just decided I would take a shortcut.
2. What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service?
I used CreateSpace, and I would say they do a good job. They help you from start to finish.
3. What avenues have you taken to market the book? Have you gotten
reviews, interviews, TV, print media coverage?
So far, I haven’t really gotten any sort of marketing done… I don’t really know what is the best way to market an indie book. I’m trying hard to get my name out there via social networking such as facebook.
4. What drove you to write this particular book?
My absolute gargantuan fascination with the Southern United States. I’ve never been there, but I’ve always held a deep love for the mysticism and culture of Louisiana and the surrounding area. I have a large interest in the paranormal as well. I also drew inspiration from my nerdy obsession with Disney’s story behind their theme park ride, The Haunted Mansion. Rootwork is a blend of hoodoo and ghosts and the old south and adventure.
5. Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar
The book I would say is multiple genres, but mainly horror. The overall theme is dread and in the writing process I tried to give off an intense eerie, borderline uncomfortable atmosphere.
6. Who are your greatest writing influences?
I would have to say William Faulkner, Sylvia Plath, and Augusten Burroughs.
7. What’s your writing regimen? Any tips for keeping focused?
My writing routine is to just write. No matter what comes out, you can make it better later. As long as the words are being typed or being written on the page, you’re doing well.
8. Would you self-publish again?
Definitely. It would be nice to traditionally publish one day, but the process has not been bad with self-publishing.
9. Any final words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
Keep writing and editing, and writing and editing some more. Be proud of what you write, and then edit and write some more!