Today I have an interview with Tracey Sinclair, whose latest book Dark Dates is her first time trying self publishing.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
Once it all starts to come together and it feels like the characters are taking you their own way – that’s when it clicks for me, that’s when I love it.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I do – I wish I could stop but it becomes grimly addictive, whether they are good or bad (I’ve been lucky in that most have been good!) It’s great to see people enjoying the book, though, so that makes it worth putting up with the poor reviews – which I think you just have to accept and let go (after the initial wailing, obviously).
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
Yes; not exactly, but I quite often use certain characteristics from friends (or from myself) as the basis of characters, although as they become more fleshed out in the writing process they move further away from the original inspiration.
What types of promoting do you do?
I’ve mainly been promoting through social media – my own blog, other sites I write for, Twitter, Facebook, etc – and through connecting with bloggers and asking them to review the book or host guest posts. I also offered copies as ‘read for review’ on Goodreads. I think as an indie author you have to do as much as you can with a very limited budget, so most of that is online.
What is your favourite part of promoting your book?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the community of readers and bloggers out there – I was a little wary initially because you always hear these stories of author/blogger strife online, but everyone I have dealt with has been lovely, and I feel like I’ve connected with a lot of like-minded people, which has been a joy.
Tracey Sinclair works as freelance copywriter, editor and legal directories consultant. A diverse and slightly wandering career has included writing factsheets for small businesses, creating web content for law firms, subtitling film and TV and editing one of the UK’s largest legal directories. A keen blogger, she regularly writes for online theatre site Exeunt and science fiction site Unleash the Fanboy and her blog Body of a Geek Goddess was shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and her short play Bystanders was premiered in 2011 as part of the CP Players New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre, London. She has published two small press books (Doll and No Love is This, both Kennedy & Boyd) and is now dipping a toe in the digital self-publishing world with her new urban fantasy novel, Dark Dates.
All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life…
Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likeable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.