Q & A — S. L. Dearing

q & a

Please welcome S. L. Dearing to the blog this week!

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S.L.DearingWere you good at English? 

Wow, um, I was ok at English, I was good at Creative Writing. But my grammar skills are an ongoing endeavor, but I’m better and getting better all the time.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? 

My dream is to be able to make a living at writing and be able to support myself through that.  I think we all want to make is bog, but I would just like to be able to live comfortably doing what I love.

Which writers inspire you?

Hmm, well world famous writers would be J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Robin Jarvis, Dean Koontz and indie authors would be Rene Folsom, Magen McMinimy, Brandy L. Rivers, Sarah M. Cradit, Michael Loring, Jon Messenger, Jennifer Bull, Bart Hopkins…  just to name a few

So, what have you written?

I have written one novel (The Gathering: book one of the Lia Fail chronicles), several short stories available in several anthologiesGathering Cover (Stalkers, Apocalypse, Twist) and I have just release A Wish, the first of several short stories based on Lia Fail.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I think that I’m constantly evolving creatively speaking.  AS long as you keep your mind open to the world around you and you keep watching, you will be inspired and as long as you can read you critiquing and reviews with an open mind, you can find the flaws you can’t see yourself and work to improve them.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The pressure I’m putting on myself to make it as good if not better than the last one, for fear of disappointing those who loved it so much.

A Wish ~ A lia Fail Short Story CoverIf this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

Yes, this book, The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles, is the first in a series about a village called Lia Fail.  The last world war happened and there is pretty much nothing left in terms of countries, governments, etc.  The survivors have started over and rebuilt colonies and now they are living 13 years later.  Each book and story will look at individuals who we initially meet in The Gathering.  I just released the first short story, A Wish, that takes place about 7 months after the The Gathering ends. Most of the books will focus on the Stark Family, but they will include other characters as well.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Robin Jarvis, Magen McMinimy, Rene Folsom, Kresley Cole, James Fenimore Cooper, Jane Austen, Brandy L. Rivers

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I will always prefer printed books, but I see the value in the ereader.  Not only on the cost effectiveness side, but when travelling, it makes it easy to bring hundreds of books with you, without the loss of luggage space .  I use both.Stalkers Cover

Who designed your book cover/s?

The first edition of The Gathering was a painting done specifically for the book by my cousin, Gayleen Beyers.  I know very little about graphics and knew a few artists.  I let her read the book and she came up with the painting.  I love it and it holds a special place in my heart, but the more exposure the book got the more I realized it needed a cover that reflected more of the epicness of the book.  Thus the second edition cover which was created by Rene Folsom at Phycel Designs.  And I absolutely love it!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I honestly respect any review if it’s legitimate. The reviewer needs to be honest.  As of late, I have come across some reviewers who don’t give 5 star reviews and their excuse was that the book already had too many.  That is ludicrous to me.  In addition, handing out a 5 star in exchange for the book or another review is also ludicrous. And finish the book before you leave a review, if you can’t finish the book and promised a review, tell the author, I can’t, it’s not for me or I can’t for these reasons.  Just be honest and have integrity.  That’s all any author worth their weight asks for.

Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?  

The key to selling books is to find readers.  Getting your name and the name of your books out there.  The more books you have, the more likely you are to find a fan base and from that fan base you will sell books.  We all aren’t going to get Oprah or Ellen to read our books, so we have to rely on constantly finding new fans.  New fans come from lots of sources and sometimes ,no matter how wonderful the book is, it will never be seen.  No matter how hard your core fans push, no one is interested.  Sometimes it’s about timing or finding the right demographic.  Without spending a fortune on traditional advertising, I’m not sure what the answer is, but you have to keep trying.  Perspiration is the key.

Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

I have several trailers up on You Tube.  This is the most recent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDGYlT4FTqk

In what formats is your book available?

All eBook formats and print

What is your favourite motivational phrase.

Honestly? LOL! Ok, F**k the world, I’m a unicorn!

What is your favourite positive saying?

That which does not kill you, makes you stronger

What is your favourite quote?

To thine own self be true

What is your favourite film and why?

I have a lot of favorites, but my top choice is Tombstone (1993) starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.  I think it epitomizes what a Apocalypse covermovie should be.  Its epic, it flows, it has story and characters and music and grandeur and the screenplay has historical facts mixed with artistic license.  The kind of thing that makes a person interested in the event. It’s an amazing movie

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

My grandmother.  I heard about her my entire life.  I would like to speak to her, as her questions, find out more about my dad and how he was growing up.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles… because it’s what I want to read. 🙂

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You can follow Ms Dearing in any one of these fine places on the internet! 🙂

Website: http://www.sldearing.com
Blog: http://sldearing1.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sldearing.author
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sldearing
Lnkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/shannon-dearing/8/709/241/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sldearing1/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/S.-L.-Dearing/e/B00AWIC4JK/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SLDearing
Book Links: Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-gathering-book-one-of-the-lia-fail-chronicles
Barnes and noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gathering-s-l-dearing/1100080538?ean=2940148775485
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gathering-lia-fail-chronicles/id718192265?mt=11
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5808145.S_L_Dearing

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