Today I am interviewing Michelle Hoefle, Author of: Carpathian Blood, Lotris' Blood, and Amorast's Blood.
Published by Eternal Press.
This interview will be open for commentary following publication, and should be written in a professional tone.
Hello Michelle and welcome!
Q: Many Authors struggle with marketing. What marketing technique has been most successful in your career as a Writer?
A: Self-promotion and marketing is a struggle for any new or Indie author I think. If you are not a NY Times Best Seller, then you have to really work at marketing your own books. I have found that the social medias are a great way to build a following. I use Facebook and Twitter mainly. I post at least one interesting comment on my Facebook author page and personal page once a week to try to spark interest in me. It could be a debate question about politics, a funny joke, or a short that I have written. I also developed a Character Website for my books. I post pictures of what my characters might look like and run weekly short stories about their daily lives. I'm still not where I would like to be in book sales, but I am slowly increasing my numbers. Slow and steady wins the race!
Q: Writers must build a tolerance to rejection letters. How would you advise other writers to deal with rejection?
A: Ahhh, rejection. The bane of all aspiring writers. I won't lie, every rejection is a small pierce to the soul of a writer (at least it was for me). I must have waded through at least fifty rejection letters. Some were quick and to the point, but others gave critiques and pointers. I took those to heart, tweaking my manuscript, fine-tuning it. As an author, you must consider that not everyone will like your work and be able to respect and accept that. However, if writing is really what you want to do, then do not give up. Take every criticism and examine it. If you change your manuscript accordingly, will it make it better, more refined? You may even want to consider joining a writer's group. There are ones on Facebook or other on-line forums that are free. I joined a group and my writing has improved by miles. Their help, guidance, and support has made the early rejections dim and fade away.
Q: Are your titles related in any way to each other?
A: The books I am currently writing are in a series, The Carpathian Blood Series. The first novella is titled Carpathian Blood; the second is Lotris' Blood; the third is Amorast's Blood, and so on. While the books are sequential, each book is a stand alone novel (or novella). If someone were to pick up book three, Amorast's Blood, and read it first, they would not be lost and have no idea of what is going on. The titles relate to each other because they are titled after the main hero or heroine of the story (except for the first book, Carpathian Blood).
Q: I see from your website that you were influenced by quite a few authors, including Stephen King and Dean Koontz. How has their work inspired your current style of writing in Paranormal Romance?
A: Dean Koontz can weave a story so real, that even today, I sometimes have to sleep with the light on after reading one of his novels. Oh, and check under the bed and in the closet! Stephen King is a master at horror...true, primal fear. If they have influenced me at all, it is for the action scenes in their novels. The action flows so well, it is seamless. I love that! The favorite part of my books for me to write are the fight scenes, not the love scenes. I know, I know...who would have thought it! A fight scene has to be choreographed just right then transferred from your imagination to "paper". The reader needs to be pulled into the action, feel the adrenaline rush of the fight. When you as the writer get it right, there is no better feeling.
Q: What is your favorite writing environment that allows your 'muse' to speak?
A: My muse is sometimes very fickle. When she is quiet, usually classic rock will draw her out. Nothing like a little Eagles, CCR, or Blue Oyster Cult to brighten any mood. I also have a Writing Playlist on my youtube channel that I listen to when I write. It has a bit of everything. From Norah Jones to Within Temptation. Rascal Flatts to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It provides the right mood and inspiration for me.
Michelle's Website: http://michellehoefle.webs.com/
The Carpathian Blood Character Website: http://carpathianblood.webs.com/
Eternal Press Author Page: http://www.eternalpress.biz/people.php?author=530