Larissa Hinton, author of Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be?
Gosh, only one!? I guess the one book I would love to wish for Nightshade by Andrea Cremer.
Which authors influenced/influence you most?
The top five authors that have shaped me into the author I am today are: Bruce Coville, Meg Cabot, Shel Silverstein, Stephenie Meyer and Andrea Cremer.
What made you go indie?
I decided that after a massive amount of research (mostly through JA Konrath’s blog) that traditional publishing wasn’t for me. I spent years trying to write better books, better query letters, better research and after all of this effort, I just got more and more frustrated. I know I’m a talented and committed writer. Why wasn’t I able to get published?
So, after some pushy and strong arguments from my professor, I checked out JA Konrath’s blog and read more compelling arguments. The choice was clear: either I continued to do the same thing and try even harder to break into the traditional publishing industry, or I could try a different tactic and self-publish my books. Needless to say, I chose self-publishing and never looked back.
What’s your favourite part of indie publishing?
My favorite part of self publishing is having the ability to make major decisions. I get to decide where, when and how I will publish my books. I also get to pick the interior design and the book cover of my books. That’s complete freedom for me especially since I am super picky about cover design.
Additionally, I love the fact that I can write in whatever genre I wish. I know for some traditionally published authors that once they start with one genre, the publishers like for them to stick with that one genre. I love the freedom of being able to choose whatever genre I want whenever I want.
What’s your least favourite part?
My least favorite part is how all of publishing business detracts from the writing process. I would love to write more or at least have more time to write but between work and marketing, I barely have more time to spare. So that’s the constant battle I have to deal with everyday.
Summarise your writing style (or books) in 100 words or less:
If I had to define my writing style as: unique, sarcastic, and poetic.
If you were offered a book-deal would you take it?
I would definitely consider it and start sending off letters to agents who might be interested in reviewing the contract. But would I automatically sign the dotted line without double checking with the terms? No. Would I shove it away and snub it in their face? Absolutely not. I am willing to give all opportunities an equal and fair chance.
What formats is it/are they available in and where?
If you’re interested in finding out more about me you can also visit my website.