Darlene Jones, author of Empowered
If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be?
Oh man! Just one! That’s cruel. I’d probably want an old book that makes me laugh out loud and is a timeless portrayal of family. It’s called Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell.
Which authors influenced/influence you most?
I don’t think I can single out any one. I try to emulate authors who write well and tell a good story, one that makes you think, makes you want to keep reading, and makes you feel a bit sad when it’s over.
What made you go indie?
I was at a writers’ conference in Portland. My writing buddy and I both pitched our books to one agent. A week or two later we both got rejections from her. Here’s the punch line. For two different genres and two very different writing styles, she sent the exact same rejection note. Also, at the conference there was a lot of talk about self-publishing. One speaker said, “It’s taken me two years to get my client’s book published. Do it yourself, it will take two months.” We both thought, “Why not?”
What’s your favourite part of indie publishing?
Having control over everything and being able to do it all on my timeline.
What’s your least favourite part?
The marketing. It’s time consuming and I feel like I’m batting people over the head trying to get them to buy my book. People like you are a godsend to authors. We couldn’t do the marketing without you.
Summarise your writing style (or books) in 100 words or less:
My four books (two are published so far) are a scifi/romance series. They start with a woman who has her life taken over by “beings out there somewhere”. Trouble is the being in question is a rookie on his first assignment. Of course he messes up. The books are not typical scifi and are set on Earth. They have humor, but deal with some serious topics too. I like to think they are a good read with food for thought.
If you were offered a book-deal would you take it?
That would depend on the deal. I think traditional publishing is falling by the wayside. The tradional publishers missed out on the whole electronic scene.
Why should someone pick-up your books?
Because they tell a good story. They will entertain you and make you think and you will care about the characters.
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