Please give a cold dead welcome to this weeks guest on the blog…the lovely Sabine Wilder!
So, what have you written?
Currently, I only have my novel “Runaway” published, but I’m working on expanding it into a series and I’m considering releasing a short story tied to it.
Where can we buy or see them?
You can get the ebook through
The print book through
And the audiobook is also being produced and you can listen to it for FREE via
What genre are your books?
I write for the young adult paranormal genre, but with a horror and thriller bent to it. While there’s a little romance mixed in to my writing, it’s not my primary genre. Essentially I like to write about werewolves, vampires and other monsters.
What draws you to this genre?
I love the metaphors werewolves and other monsters evoke, especially dealing with the beast within and wrestling with humanity. Werewolves and vampires have also long been used as tales to express female sexuality, from Little Red Riding Hood to Carmilla to modern writing. I think writing about monsters has vast potential to plumb the depths of the human experience and I love tapping into that.
How much research do you do?
A lot. I have tonnes of books on werwolves, everything from short stories and novels to non-fiction, and I love going through them. I also collect books on monsters and folklore, especially if they have illustrations. I’m a very visual person and I love getting lost in those images and seeing what they inspire. I’m also a huge fan of werewolf movies. They can get pretty campy sometimes, but maybe that’s part of the charm of the genre.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Honestly, what made me decide to sit down and write a werewolf novel was that I was really disappointed with the modern werewolf books I was picking up and reading. I felt like they were missing out on so many great opportunities to delve into questions they brought up in their narratives. It was frustrating, so I decided to put
my money where my mouth was and write the book I wanted to see. What I wanted to see was females represented equally alongside males in the genre and to explore more than just romantic relationships, because I think there’s a lot more to life than just romance. Ultimately my writing turned out to be about the connections we have with other people, in all their gory variety. That sounds a bit vague I know, but I don’t want to give away too much.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I love the idea. I think it gives authors so much more room to explore and develop things that they may not have time to develop over the course of one book. I’ve made various hints in “Runaway” with things I’d like to explore in the future, but there simply wasn’t room in the narrative of the first book to explore those things. I think it works well for readers too. Readers like to sink their teeth into rich characters and worlds and you get more bang for your buck, so to speak, with a series.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I love the look and feel of a paper book. Who doesn’t? But the fact is that some books I wanted to read were hard to find in print, or the bigger problem, I don’t have space on my shelves anymore! I have too many books! I finally took the leap to digital and I like the convenience of it to be honest. I can carry any number of books around with me on my tablet and I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to put those 21 Cadfael books I want to read but am probably only going to read once. It’s a balancing act. I’m sure my favourites will stay on the shelves in print, but I’m glad for the convenience and reach of the digital revolution.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I think this is necessary. At some point you’ve read over your work so many times that you are not even reading it anymore and your brain is just filling in the blanks. You have to give yourself and the work a break. A month is probably good, but longer isn’t a bad thing. The longer things sit, the more objective I find myself when I come back to it. I think the end work is ultimately better for it.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
I designed and created my own cover (since I have a background as a graphic designer), and to be honest, I took a big risk with this one. Going with only type as the image gives very little information what the book is about and there’s a good chance people might pass the book by because they think it doesn’t fit the genre. That said, I wanted something different. I didn’t want another cover with a wolf on it. While a cliché cover might have worked better, I find them ugly and boring. They all look the same. I wanted the cover to convey a sense of intrigue and horror because that’s the kind of feeling my writing has. The characters don’t necessarily understand or know what’s happening and I wanted to convey that feeling to the reader more than what genre the book fits into. I admit it’s a risk and I might eventually design another cover for the sake of marketing. I’m open to ideas and feedback on the subject.
How are you publishing this book and why?
I am publishing my book myself because I got tired of waiting for the industry. Yes, I’ve been trying the old tried and true method of queries and submissions, but the industry is getting more picky if anything, and despite the positive feedback I was getting, no one was willing to take me on. So I decided to do it myself. Coming in to this with a graphic design background, I actually had a great skill set in regards to putting together everything I needed to launch the book myself and what I didn’t know how to do I had contacts to go to for help. I’m glad I did it because for about a year while I was querying I felt so stagnant, like I wasn’t going anywhere, and now I feel like I’m moving forward again. That’s been the most important thing to me. I don’t like sitting around for months on end waiting to hear from people, waiting for acknowledgment. Self-publishing means I can do that for myself. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes in the future.
Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
In my quest to find reviewers I’ve run into a lot of people who’ve actually stopped looking at indie books because of bad experiences with self-published authors. Once bitten twice shy. People are tired of sifting through the junk to find the gems because it’s not worth it if the experience turns negative. The problem with everyone and their dog being able to publish a book is that not everyone conducts themselves as a professional and I think that’s turning a lot of people off. I think well written books are out there, but how does the reader find them? That’s the problem and I think we’re still trying to find a model that works for sifting out the gems.
Thanks so much for joining us this week on the blog Sabine! Please be sure to follow Sabine and check out her work!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01AGQUDH2?ref_=pe_1724030_132998070