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Interview with Taylor Caley   Leave a comment

mToday’s interview is with Taylor Caley. Welcome to the blog. Tell us something about yourself. 

 

Taylor Caley Author PicI am from south central Pennsylvania in the United States. I am currently enrolled in creative arts at Full Sail University. Rising up the ladder in the creative industries is what I want to do with my life, as an author and a filmmaker. Until then, I pay my bills by working full time at my local ski resort and as an Uber driver in my free time. Despite full time work and college, I am always writing and continuing to expand the fictional tale I have to tell.

 

My current novels can be found on Amazon as well as my website, www.taylorcaley.com, where people can learn more about my works as they unfold.

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

 

Some people adopt writing as a hobby, others are adopted by it instead. That’s what I believe, and I’ve always believed myself to be among the latter. I’ve been telling stories on paper ever since I was six-years-old. I haven’t the faintest idea what it was about, but I remember everybody telling me I had talent for such a young child. When I was 13, my aunt urged me to take my talent to the next step, asking me to write for her a full length fictional story. This was what inspired me to step onto the road of professional writing, and after nine years of editing and evolving of the story, just after my 22nd birthday, I paid her a visit to personally give her a paperback copy of my first published book, Ice Cold – Part One: The Dark Zone.

 

That is really neat. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

 

My favorite genres to read have undoubtedly always been fantasy and science fiction. I read the Harry Potter series throughout middle school, and after that the Lord of the Rings, and just fell in love with the idea of such boundless limits in the worlds of fantasy. Ever since then, the vast fantasy genre has become my favorite to write as well. I wanted to create a great universe such as those I had read that I could call my own, but at the same time, I wanted to go beyond that. I wanted to create something that nobody had done before, and I’ll be spending the rest of my years bringing it to life. My first book, Ice Cold, is just the beginning of that.

 

What are you passionate about?

 

I am very passionate about the creative industries as a whole, in fact there is nothing I am more passionate about. I follow new films and television series very closely, and rarely ever watch them without a computer handy because I am constantly doing research on every aspect, story elements, people involved, anything I can learn from them in the interest of improving and advancing my own writing.

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

 

Well, when I’m not writing it usually means I’m either working or at school. However, there is one activity I enjoy, my passion for which is right up there next to writing, and that is the game of paintball. My friends and I play most weekends throughout the summer, and I’ve always felt it was the best activity that could take my mind off writing for a while, considering it’s more or less the polar opposite.

 

 

Nice. I use hiking to fill that activity void myself. You have to vary your interests. Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

 

Most of the inspiration for my writing comes from my dreams. J. R. R. Tolkien once said, “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities,” and he’s absolutely right. Perhaps the greatest inspiration I’ve had was when I was writing my first book, Ice Cold, the setting of which takes place in the Appalachian Mountains. I was greatly inspired by the beauty of the mountains after having lived in the Appalachians as a teenager, and one of the most common praises of my book has been my descriptive ability to make my readers vividly see the beautiful forests and mountains in my writing.

 

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

In developing a sci-fi/fantasy literary universe of my own, the bulk of my research has been in the areas of ancient legends and religions, in order to twist historical and mythological contexts and transform the world we all know into one of epic fantasy across all eras of time; chief among those being Plato’s concept of a hollow Earth and the curious but rather far-fetched multiverse theory.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

 

                Usually I’d say you’d be better off trying to learn quantum physics in five minutes. Joking aside, I like to call it a new generation of science fiction. I say this because the style of my writing can be compared to modern day stories and films such as the increasingly loved Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the sense that my writing is made up of many different stories and series along the same chronological tangents, all of which are meant to converge to bring about the ultimate climax of the story. To contrast it with said comparison, what makes my writing different is that it is completely original, therefore my biggest challenge is that, unlike Marvel which has been around for decades, I can’t just jump right into the middle of the series and expect my audiences to go along with it. Because of this, my writing has been expanded into an incredibly large, complex tangent of novels and series. In this way, I can slowly introduce characters that my readers can fall in love with, and sci-fi elements that they can eventually accept as if they’ve known it all along as they dive deeper and deeper into an ever-growing world of adventure and excitement. It all starts off easy; my first novel, Ice Cold, merely tells a simple tale of a native culture battling against foreign foes that seek to wipe them out, but as read into it you soon begin to discover that there are some unknown, outside elements that make you realize there’s a lot more going on, and a lot more to come.

 

 

That actually sounds like a really good start to a series. Do you have a special place where you write?

 

I don’t have any special place to write in particular. All I need is solitude as well as peace and quiet, of which any writer can certainly agree. I have found that the best time for me to write is at night, when the mind seems to be at its most active point. Often, I get so lost in my own worlds that I end up writing until dawn!

 

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

 

                I would definitely say that I’m more character driven. I firmly believe that characters are born from certain traits and qualities of the writer, and understanding where our characters come from can help writers to better understand themselves. Being driven by my characters, and watching them suffer and rise above the obstacles in their paths, helps me to move the story along, and to take the plot to places beneficial to their further development.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

 

I create detailed outlines of my books before I begin writing, laid out by chapter with specific points to help me understand why each chapter is important and how it leads to the next part of the story. The personalities of my characters, however, is often something I tend to develop along the way as they’re faced with new challenges that could change them, much like obstacles in our own lives have the potential to change us as well.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

 

I was never a huge fan of first-person narration mainly because I feel it sounds like a story that has already passed, as it’s being told from the point of view of one of the characters. Third-person on the other hand, despite also being written in past-tense style, I’ve always felt carries the feeling that it’s happening as you’re reading it, and in essence, it feels much more exciting. The thing about third-person narration is that it can be told with aspects of first-person as well. I often write certain parts of my stories as if you’re reading it straight out of the character’s mind, and it really makes you feel like you’re literally right there beside them.

 

I like that! So, I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

                I’ve always wanted to see the mountains of Alaska, or to even have my own cabin. With food supplied to me, there’s not a lot of things I would wish to bring with me. Instead, I would find myself marveling at the beauty of the Alaskan environment, and remembering my days in the mountains that filled me with inspiration. Such solitude would be everything I’d need to immerse myself completely into my writing.

 

 

Tell us about your book.

 

              Taylor Caley Ice Cold  Ice Cold is part of a six-part series (more accurately the series is divided into three parts, each containing two of their own), and is where the grand tale begins. My first book, Ice Cold – Part One: The Dark Zone, tells the story of a small, hidden culture known as the Ravennites, descended from the mysterious Native American tribe, the Seluitah. The book pits the Ravennites against the oppression of Outside invaders, with the addition of a New York teen named Alex Lee, who finds himself accidentally caught in the middle of the conflict. After seeing the pain and suffering caused by the Outsiders, Alex’s journey begins when he sides with the Native culture and begins to fall in love with a young Ravennite woman.

 

                Ice Cold – Part Two: Winter’s Bane is nearly entering the publishing phase, and sees the climax of the war between the Ravennites and the Outsiders. At the same time, it explores more of the religious folklore of the Ravennites’ ancestors and deepens the bond between Alex and the woman he loves, but it is also here that key elements of the fantasy epic to come slowly begin to unfold.

 

                Between Ice Cold and the rest of this distinct series, I’m in the process of writing a short novella titled, Rowan. It’s a simple story taking place almost immediately after the end of Ice Cold, and centers around Rowan, the Ravennite girl whom Alex Lee had fallen in love with, and how she copes with life after her people’s war, all the while discovering secrets about herself that had been kept from her all her life. It’s designed to be a rather heart-rending story while leaving the reader anxiously wanting to see what her own future holds.

 

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

 

                I did not necessarily have a message or moral in mind when I set out to write, not within the story at least. If anything, it’s my desire more than anything to set an inspiration for other young, aspiring writers to go above and beyond their limitations to create great universes the world has never seen before. That’s the message I truly hope to give.

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

 

                Feel is the key word here. So far, my readers have told me that they can vividly picture the story and the settings, and that they have started to grow attached to the characters already. What I want is for readers to feel exactly what I felt when creating the story; the sense of realism, beauty, and love for the characters they encounter. The way I see it, feeling the happiness and pain in such fictional characters that seem so real is all people need to understand the same feelings in the people around them.

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

 

                Despite the obvious disadvantages that come with self-publishing, I would say that my main influence to self-publish was simply to learn the process for myself, and what it takes to own and manage one’s work. It’s not an easy task, but it opens doors to possibilities with my future works, such as how I can better market my books, and who I can bring over to my side and collaborate with in the interest of expanding.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

 

The greatest advantage of self-publishing that I’ve seen so far is definitely being the one who makes the final decisions. That has its disadvantages, of course, but as I said before, the experience is what truly gives you the knowledge to make changes as you see fit and what you need to do in the future to avoid the obstacles you’ve run into the first time around if building upon your writing is what you wish to do with your life.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

 

                Of course, the main disadvantage is bitter fact that, at least from the beginning, you’re on your own, and that your campaign is based solely around the gamble of spending money to make money.

 

Who designed your book cover?

 

The cover for my first book was designed by my publisher, Outskirts Press, per my instructions, and I could not have been happier with the result. They truly captured the beauty of setting in one detailed illustration. However, with the only downside being the amount of money I spent on the cover alone, I am currently having the cover of my second book done by a separate entity at coversought.com for a much better price, and I have absolute confidence that they can produce the same astounding results as I’ve seen in my first book’s cover.

 

 

 

 

 Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

 

I believe self-published authors have more power to produce high-quality books than traditional publishers because these are the true creators. The only thing that really stands in the way of self-published authors is the means to make themselves known, which is why my hope is to collaborate and network with not traditional publishers, but other self-published authors to help give rise to the idea that self-publishing in the creative industries is, in fact, the future.

 

Where do readers find you and your books?

Amazon

Website

 

 

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The room still whirled from last night. He tried to close his eyes to keep his stomach from doing the same, but closing his eyes actually made it worse. Drast was somewhat surprised that the drink was still affecting him like this. He had been having more than his fill for—he did not know how long. How long ago did Tyran leave? His mind was too foggy to remember. And Walstan was gone, too.

Vaguely, Drast saw that the sky was just turning blue with the rising sun. At least, he was fairly certain it was sunrise. None of the hues of sunset had begun to color the sky.

“Ser Drast?”

He turned his head to the entrance into his chambers and pulled himself more upright to lean against the nightstand beside his bed. One of the serving women stood just inside of his room. “What?”

anaerfell-jc-author-pic“The Arkhon wishes to speak with you.”

He was not certain what string of curses came from his lips, but the maid blanched and her face grew pink, almost to the color of her hair. The room swirled again while she spoke.

“What?” he asked again.

“I said, Ser Drast, the Arkhon instructed me to remain with you until you came to meet with him.” Her voice quivered.

She was right to fear him. Her voice was fuzzy, just like everything. But, he knew he had not been particularly kind to any of the servants of late. He had managed to avoid his father by effectively frightening the servants. Their fear, combined with late nights, ale, and sleeping until the sun set, had allowed him to avoid talking with anyone who did not enjoy a mug or two.

PictureA few of the servants had initially joined him in drinking. He loosely recalled this maid among them. Ura? Mura? Lura?

“Kura,” he finally muttered. He had been a little too handsy and she had since avoided him like—he could not clearly comprise a simile. Like. Like? Like the moon avoided the sun? Good enough.

“Yes, Kura,” she murmured.

Drast spat at the chamber pot. He was fairly certain he missed. “Well, come on in, Kura.” He belched. “I know how we can pass the time.”

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Introducing Child of Night   Leave a comment

Vicious, ruthless criminals are made, not born. Child of the Night Guild—an insight into the transformation from innocent child to thief and killer.

 

Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 1)

by Andy Peloquin

“They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken.”

Viola, a child sold to pay her father’s debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves’ trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.

The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman’s rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.

What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?

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Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

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10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

 

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“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here.” — Ami L. Hart

“One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin’s neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens.” — Jesse G. Christiansen

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Interview with CP Bialois   5 comments

cpbialois-author-picToday’s interview is with CP Bialois. Welcome to the blog.

Thanks for having me. 🙂

 

Tell us something about yourself. 

I’m originally from Pennsylvania and currently reside in South Florida. It took a couple of years, but I finally got over the culture shock of the move. lol

 

That would be a big difference, almost as great as Alaska to Florida. You’re a rare breed among indie authors. Tell us about that.

I’ve run the gambit from working fast food to being a warehouse supervisor, and I’m currently self-employed as an author and editor. I may not yet be Stephen King, but as long as I can pay some bills I’m not complaining.

 

Well, Stephen King started out working as a teacher to pay his bills, so good fortune in the book biz can come to any of us.

I have to admit, I owe my being an author to my wife, Jamie White. She’s always been supportive and doesn’t have an issue with my “playtime” with my characters. 🙂

 

Sounds like a great author’s partner. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

cpbialois-the-winter-creek-beastThis is a tough one. Lol. I spent most of my youth writing short stories, but I eventually grew out of/away from it as the need to make money became a priority. Despite that, I still took part in a few online RPGs involving some of my childhood favourites like the Transformers, GI Joe, and so on.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I started to write short stories again. I’d share them with one of my co-workers and he loved them. He then shared them with his co-workers at his other job and they liked them, which gave me a confidence boost.

Later that year I started to write my first book, Call of Poseidon, then lost my job. With a partially finished manuscript and being told I was overqualified for everything around us, I thought I’d try my hand at writing and haven’t looked back.

 

Tell us about your writing process.

My process is simple, yet complicated. Lol

I like to hand-write my novels as it helps me focus more on the story instead of the hundreds of ideas that appear out of the blue. While I can write anywhere, I prefer the library away from people. I prefer quiet solitude, and can usually pick out the best spots.

I’m extremely anal when I write, so my first drafts are usually about 85% of the finished product. While it makes future rewrites and editing easier, it can be time consuming when writing, so I recommend shutting off your inner editor if you’re able to. lol

 

cpbialois-skeleton-key-websiteWhat is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

I don’t really have a favourite genre. I like a little of everything, so I read and write a little of everything. If I have to choose, I’ll take a wimpy way out and go with a tie between Fantasy, Horror, and Sci-Fi. 😀

 

What are you passionate about?

Being myself and doing things the best way I see fit. I’m adamant that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be pushed into a square slot if we’re a round peg. Our individuality is important, so as long as we don’t cause any harm, why not embrace it?

 

Which is kind of how we connected on Twitter because we have similar philosophy there. Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

This is going to sound so simple, but from the world around me. My wife yells at me all the time because I can see a bird fly overhead and I’ll have an idea about a sneak thief hiding in the bushes looking for his next victim. My ideas usually aren’t tied to any one thing and appear at random.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

cpbialois-the-last-world-website-useIt depends on what I’m writing. I’ve lived off of videos about Atlantis, Ancient Egypt, and the Titanic on youtube or TV. Wikipedia is another resource I couldn’t live without.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

Good question. I’d have to say, I like to trust my readers to use their imaginations and see the world and people I create as they see fit.

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

Honestly, I seem hopelessly lost in writing coming-of-age stories. I think it’s something we all struggle with at some point and, to me, is something we never stop doing. We’re constantly learning and growing, so I like to think I do the same with each story I write.

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Character. I like to sit back and let my characters decide their fate and take me on their journey. 🙂

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I’m a little of both. I usually know how a story will start, what the climax will be, and how it’ll end. I then let the characters fill in the gaps. For me, it’s more fun not knowing what’s going to be done or said from one line to the next. Plus, when I tried using outlines, they tend to change after the first point. lol

 

cpbialois-satf-book-cover-preview-front-nookYeah, mine too. What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I prefer Third Person Omniscient. I think it adds more depth to the characters if we know what they’re all doing. I like writing in Limited as well, but I like to see the trees and the forest (No scene breaks between POVs). It gets boring just seeing one tree all the time. Lol

To be honest, I’m not a fan of the term “head hopping” as it’s become a derogatory term used to shun people from writing in Omniscient. To me, that’s forcing people into a style instead of allowing them to find what works best for them.

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

Oh boy. FYI, getting me out of there won’t be easy. LOL

 

You gotta cut your own firewood, man, come winter and … warning, there’s an outhouse. Alaskan winters are much more challenging than our summers.

I’d love to say I’d spend my time writing, but I know that won’t be until a couple of weeks in. I’d probably spend most of my time sitting outside enjoying the sights and sounds of the woods while reading. I’ll have to have a stack of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, and Sue Grafton books to read as well as a stack of notebooks. Lol. Once I’m settled in and all zenned out, I’ll start writing. 😀

 

Talk about your books individually.

Well, my first book, Call of Poseidon, is a mythological thriller similar to the DaVinci Code. It’s based on the premise of a ancient relic of Poseidon being responsible for the sinking of Atlantis. The surviving Atlanteans have formed a secret organization that draws the attention of the US government and a police officer following a double murder.

 

My Sword and the Flame series currently has four books and two novellas taking place in the world of Pyrain and focuses on a group of adventurers. It’s an epic fantasy adventure that begins with a young man trying to buy his freedom and come to terms with a strange power within him. Each of his friends goes through a similar path of self-fulfilment as they struggle to find their way.

 

Skeleton Key is a collection of 13 short stories in the psychological horror/suspense genres. So far, I’ve managed to cause a few people to double check their locked windows and doors and turn on all their lights. I’ll take that. 😀

 

The Last World is my first Sci-Fi book that delves into the origin of humanity and the possible lengths an alien will go to keep us safe.

 

My Winter Creek Trilogy follows Jay Lightfeather, Winter Creek’s Sheriff, as he struggles to deal with mysterious killings while coming to terms with his own destiny and the sins of the past. Each book focuses on a different legendary animal from the Appalachian Mountains as well as Native American folklore and the Salem Witch trials.

 

I love the multi-genre aspect. What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

Call of Poseidon by [Bialois, CP]Honestly, I hope they had a good time. I don’t write to drive home any points or ideals, but to have fun. I love reading to escape, and if I can help someone else forget their problems for a few hours, I’m good. 🙂

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

After doing a lot of research, I liked the idea of having control over my project. I don’t have to worry about someone changing the title, cover, postponing a release, or not paying me. Plus, if I don’t do well, it’s easier for me to figure out what I did wrong instead of wondering who did or didn’t do something.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

The ability to be myself and maintain my vision along with being able to tweak anything that may need it.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

I’d have to say we miss out of the publicity push. While it’s easier and cheaper to advertise than previously, it’s still difficult to build a following while a publisher usually has a solid base in place to market to.

 

With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

Just by being myself and maintaining my vision for my books. While it’s not an easy task, I think it’s harder to stand out if my style mirrors everyone else’s, whether they’re self-published or not.

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

I’ve had three awesome cover artists work with me over the years. The Sword and the Flame: The Forging and Skeleton Key were done by Audrey Haney. TSATF: The Purging and Lightwalker were by Bitten Twice (https://www.facebook.com/BittenTwice-295323473457/?fref=ts)  , and the SATF: The Dragonmaster and the Winter Creek trilogy were done by RJ Keith (https://www.facebook.com/Clockmakersdoll/?fref=ts).

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Definitely. I think writing an awesome and engaging story is the first step. I’ve honestly read several self-published books I thought were better than some traditionally published books. Second, we need to continue to study our craft to tighten up any weaknesses we may have, and, of course, having awesome covers that convey the story we’re telling.

Probably the biggest and most important is we need to stick together instead of tearing one another apart. I’ve met some phenomenal authors and people, but I’ve also seen a good number of self-published and Indie authors in general try to tear others down on social media. It’s a lonely world out there, and if we don’t support one another, who will?

 

I completely agree. So where do readers find you and your books?

My Website: https://cpbialois.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCPBialois/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPBialois

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/CP-Bialois/e/B006QK4TX2/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/cpbialois

 

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