1. A little about yourself. What is unique about you?
In addition to being a writer, I’m a licensed private investigator who runs an investigations company, and, a Martial artist in training. My first career was in the entertainment industry, where, as a singer and bass player, I played night clubs for a living. It was then – not completely at ease on stage, but thoroughly enjoying the music – when I first decided I wanted to write.
2. What is your book about?
HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS is a paranormal suspense about a woman who, through no fault of her own, becomes the object of a search and kill mission. Thrust from her comfortable lifestyle, Jillian Braedon finds herself living a nightmare of threats against her life, homelessness, and being at the complete mercy of a stranger, as she and her young daughter attempt to evade those who wish them dead.
3. What inspired your book?
I’ve always loved the paranormal. From the moment when I first read Dean Koontz’s novel, LIGHTNING, I wanted to be able to create a world within our own world, where the traditional rules of nature don’t quite apply.
4. What is the most rewarding part of being an author?
The rewarding part is also one of the most difficult parts: When the story is complete. When the rewrites have been written. When you can read that last page, knowing you gave it your all, and it’s ready to be reviewed by someone else. At that moment, I have such mixed emotions, because it’s also time to leave the characters behind. Having spent so much time getting to know them, it feels like losing a good friend.
5. What has been the most challenging part of being an author?
Writing is an art, it’s something you reach down deep and pull out of your own soul to share with others. Prior to publishing, I’d believed the most challenging aspect would be the critics. When you bare your soul to the world, you simply don’t know how favorably or unfavorably you’ll be received. To publish a book means to ask the world its opinion of your talent, style, voice. I’ve found that the opinions of my readers are not something to dread, rather a good thing to know, because, as a writer, you need to know and understand other perspectives.
What I’ve learned, instead, at least for me, is that promoting is the most challenging part. When a writer talks of his or her first book, it doesn’t hold the same sway as when an unbiased reader touts something he or she just read. So building an audience for that first book can be difficult – finding readers who will take a chance on an unknown.
6. What advice would you give a new author writing their first book?
IF writing is your passion, and IF you truly want this: Don’t give up. Write every single day.
7. Do you have any promotion tips for Indie Authors?
What I found that works best for me is Amazon’s KDP Select programs. They allow you do to a free promo for up to 5 days. It allows the readers the ability to ‘take a chance’ on a new writer.
8. If you could recommend One book for authors to read, what would it be?
Other than my own? Dean Koontz’s LIGHTNING. That story has stayed with me for years. In fact, I think it’s about time I read it again
9. Any final words?
I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. And, recommend HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS to anyone who loves paranormal suspense.
10. Write about your passion and promote yourself in 200 words or less.
Books that are character-driven are my favorite. My goal is to create characters so genuine that, when you approach the last page of that final chapter, you feel as though you’re about to leave a part of yourself behind with them.
11. When you finished your novel, did you miss your characters?
When the book was complete, it was a very sad moment. It felt as though I’d lost some of my best friends.
12. While writing, if you need help with grammar, where do you turn?
I have a good friend who is wonderful with grammar. Also, there was one time when I could not remember enough of how to spell a particular word that I couldn’t even find it in the dictionary. It drove me nuts, because it was the “perfect” word and nothing else would do. So, I called my sister, who asked her husband, and he spelled it straightaway. After, I felt like an idiot, because it was a relatively easy word!
13. When you are writing, do you shut off all social networks?
During the actual writing time, I don’t go online and my phone is in silent mode. But it between writing sessions I love the social networks. I’ve made some wonderful friends there and couldn’t imagine my life without them.
14. Do you ask family and friends to read your work before publication?
Yes, but only once it is complete. I’ll ask a few family members and/or a friend, hoping to catch the typos before publication, and hoping for a few opinions from people whose opinions I trust.
15. Where can we go to find more of your work?
HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS is my first novel. I do, however, have more that will be coming out in the near future. You can check with my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JAEubanks1