We have a real treat for you on the blog today folks! Please welcome the lovely Laurell Emily Grey on her release day!
What were you like at school?
I was the quiet girl in grade school, the only time you heard a peep out of me was when I sang in the choir. I hated reading and writing at that time as well, true story lol When in college, I opened up more and continued my focus upon vocal performance, singing in operas and much more. I also found a love for my English and World Literature classes, but at the time, I didn’t continue any further focus on those subjects because my mind was concentrating on other things at the time. Never would have expected to be an author today, that’s for sure.
Were you good at English?
In grade school, heck no. I sucked in English back then but once I got to College, I excelled in English and understood the rules and so on much more than I ever had from before.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d love to keep writing more paranormal erotic romance, but I would also like to explore other areas as well within the erotic genre. I want to keep learning, and increase my talent as a writer. Last but not least, I am determined to become a number one best seller and rise to top.
Which writers inspire you?
Cynthia Sax. She is the huge inspiration of why I began to love reading in the first place, if it wasn’t for her, I would not be where I am today. She is also the one who inspired me to get my fingers to writing because she believes in me. Or as she said it best, “You have the gift.” So, I owe it ALL to her (I love you Cyn!) Other authors who have inspired me are Vella Day, Eve Langlais, Mina Carter, T.A. Grey, Mandy Harbin, and of course, Anne Rice.
So, what have you written?
So far I have written 3 books that is in my novella series called The Nymph’s Oath. Book One is already available at Amazon now, the other two books will be released later this year. I also have written a short story, The Nymph’s Demon, that will be a part of my first anthology, Night of the Demon Volume Two. I
Where can we buy or see them?
Right now, you guys can buy The Nymph’s Oath: Book One at Amazon. This book is currently on sale for .99cents for a limited time only, so hurry up and swing by there when you get a chance so you can have your own personal copy. http://www.amazon.com/Nymphs-Oath-Laurell-Emily-Grey-ebook/dp/B012EMBFZK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My sassy heroine, Rose, in The Nymph’s Oath: Book One is a dreaming nymph. However, the Oath is coming quickly and if a nymph is not mated by the age of 30, the nymph is will die tragically. Rose is 30 years old, and she’s been dreaming with her mates for years but has never met them in person. Rose is the oldest of the nymph sisters in this series, and she fantasizes of being a mother. But will she be saved before it’s too late?
What are you working on at the minute?
Right now, I am working on the last book of The Nymph Oath series, book 4. This one has taken me longer to write because not only is this the last sister, but there a lot of changes that happen in this book.
What genre are your books?
I write paranormal erotic romance with greek mythology, shifters, nymphs and hot sex that will make you need a cold shower once you’re done.
What draws you to this genre?
Well for me, I love anything with hot steamy sex in it lol It’s a part of who I am, just like being a die hard romantic is also just as much a part of me. And, I’ve always been a fan of the paranormal since I was kid.
How much research do you do?
Tons. I do tons of research, on my own. Like for the books I have written so far, I researched on different types of nymphs. I’ve also had to do research on shape shifters and wolves as well, and of course research on Greek gods like the almighty Zeus.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Not yet. But I’d love to do that one day.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I decided to become a writer about a year and half ago. If someone had come up to me 5 years ago and told me that I would be a published author, I would have laughed at them.
Why do you write?
I write because I have fantasies that I have always wanted to fulfill but can’t. I’m a married woman, we have rules.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write whenever I have free time, with 4 kids its not easy but I do what I can in the time that I do have.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
No special time in particular, it’s a matter of when I get the chance. Sometimes I get to write during the say, sometimes night. Sporadic.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I do not. I do set an amount I want for the book I’m writing but no goal per day. My life as a Mom is busy and I never have a set schedule. Things happen, life happens so I do as much as I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on my laptop, haven’t wrote in longhand in ages.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
My latest book has SO many changes that are occurring, so I’m trying to find a way to explain the changes the way they need to be. At the same time, this is the last book of the series and so it’s a little hard saying goodbye to the series and starting on something different.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Walk away from the book, let your thoughts process. The words can not be forced.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I like making the readers come back for more, to see what is going to happen next. I like to morph the characters and change them, letting the readers find themselves wrapped up in the transformation.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
When I have time, I love to read. Some of my fav authors are Cynthia Sax, Eve Langlais, Vella Day, T.A. Grey and Mina Carter.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer ebooks because I know that my kids are not able to destroy them haha And its convenient when at the doctors office and so on.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I am not currently reading a book at the moment but once I get a chance to read, I would like to get caught up on some of my fav authors new releases.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Sometimes I do.
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
Karmin Dahl, she works for my publishing company, Hot Ink, and she was already selected for me. Her words come from love and she’s really great at what she does.
Who designed your book cover/s?
Rue Volley designed my cover, she also works for Hot Ink and I love her work. She did a beautiful job.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes I do. Very much.
How are you publishing this book and why?
I have signed a contract with Hot Ink, and now my dreams are coming to life.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I think for me, the disadvantages would be prob the pay and the amount of money you have to spend out of pocket.
Why did you choose this route?
I chose to sign a contract with Hot Ink because I can not afford to self publish a book by myself at the moment.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I do not use it. I might consider it in the future.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
The main promoter that you will ever have is yourself. Keep sharing you books in groups and everywhere else that are able to share.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I have a street team, in exchange for a review I give them a copy of my book.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
I think it’s been good so far considering this is my first book that I have out.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I think as long as they are honest, then whatever the reader says should be taken in as a learning experience.
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
Social media, especially Facebook, is a huge marketing area. This is where a lot of people end up spending their time, and in that, they will see your book.
Which social network worked best for you?
Facebook has worked the best for me, I think twitter has helped as well but mostly Facebook.
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
I did have an author takeover on Facebook, I think that it helped quite a bit getting the word out there on my new release. Plus, I was able to help support and promote other authors as well.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
I did get interviewed by Cynthia Sax when the book launched. It’s not everyday that your favorite author interviews you on the day your first book releases.
Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
It might be because of marketing issues.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I think they look neat but not sure about it.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think if you’re able to do it then yes, giving away books for free work. Especially if you already have other books out there, if the person likes that one book that was free, then they just might end up buying more of your books.
How do you relax?
Usually I like to sit down and watch whatever show me and my hubby are interested in, spending time with him.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
“Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.” – Mary Manin Morrissey
What is your favourite positive saying?
“Think positive, Be positive and Positive things will happen.”
What is your favourite book and why?
Oh that’s a hard one!! I have too many because there are so many books out there that mean the world to me. I guess I’ll go with The Seen Series by Cynthia Sax because this is the series that got me into reader and writer that I am today.
What is your favourite quote?
“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”- Rhett Butler
What is your favourite film and why?
Another hard one!! I have always loved Gone with the Wind and in later years the movie Scarlett. I love how the story line, the romance, the way the characters connect. I have loved those two movies since I was a kid and I always will.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
I can see myself wondering where in the heck the time went because my kids will all be in school!! I can see myself writing more, and having more books under my belt.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t settle for less, don’t ever let a man hit you, don’t grow up so fast, don’t forget who you are. Because you are important and strong and there is no one else out there like you. Rise to the top, you got this.
Thanks so much Laurell for being a part of the blog today! Best of luck on your new release!
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The Nymph’s Oath: Book One http://www.amazon.com/Nymphs-Oath-Laurell-Emily-Grey-ebook/dp/B012EMBFZK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8