How did you decide on the story of Beautifully Broken?
The story ARC took a different twist once I decided to add magick to my plot. And it was super fun. The story came alive and I found my “voice.” Shiloh Ravenwolf is kinda my alter (younger) ego. On her father’s side, she comes from a long line of shaman, which are intermediaries between the human and the spirit world. (I am a quarter American Indian, myself.)
On her mother's side, Shiloh is a descendant of heritage witches who studied the craft and embraced their own version of the Wicca. In my Spellbound Series, the narrative is loosely based on the actual Wiccan Religion; however I have taken certain liberties with the portrayal of real witchcraft purely for entertainment purposes.
As a result of adding a magickal theme, I wanted my main characters to live in a spooky town, which gave birth to the idea of the setting: Whispering Pines, California near Muir Woods. A foggy, cursed town full of secrets was the perfect place to set my story. I also have a blog devoted to its haunted history.
Why did you decide to go the Self-Publishing route?
Originally, that was the idea after hearing the Amanda Hocking story, of course. I didn’t expect her wealth and fame, but I knew in my heart that my story had an audience. After many, many rejections from agents, I chose to contact several Indie Publishers. Everybody has to start somewhere and not only are small presses accessible to new writers, they also take unagented submissions.
I had a few offers from indie pubs; however, I decided to publish with Firelight Publishing, which is owned by a family member. And I’ve already blown my entire advance on promos! LOL
What's your advice for those who want to self-publish?
If you decide to go that route, I’d try submitting to indie pubs first. And please have your work professionally edited. Have at least 2 to 3 crit partners review your MS and a few beta readers read it BEFORE you publish. Then hire someone to create a professional book cover and website. Make sure your work sparkles before you publish it.
Thank you so much for having me as a guest, Kate. And I hope your followers will visit me on my blog: http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/ where I’m holding several contests and giveaways.