I am excited to have the wonderful Sara Flower as my guest for this interview. Sara is the author of the books, By the Sword and Followed.
Congratulations on your second novel. What inspired you to write, Followed?
SF: Thank you, Corey. Followed was inspired by a lot of different things. I had always wanted to write a dark story set in the Regency era. I listened to a lot of metal at that point in time, so I think that’s responsible in part to the mind-bending plot twist.
If you could describe Followed in one sentence, what would it be?
SF: Four young people from 19th century England discover that being lost in an eerie forest is the least of their worries when they wake up in a research lab.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
SF: I started writing stories in kindergarten, so it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed.
What made you decide to self-publish?
SF: I had queried literary agents for two years, until one kind lady responded and said that Christian fantasy is a tough market to break into, so she was hesitant to request a full manuscript (despite how much she liked the premise). After publishing my first book, By the Sword, on my own, I enjoyed the full control and confidence that comes from being an indie author.
What do you think is the easiest part about self-publishing?
SF: It’s so fun to lay out the ideas of my vision for the cover with my designer.
What do you think is the hardest part about self-publishing?
SF: There is honestly nothing very difficult about self-publishing, but the most challenging thing would be organizing the print book files on CreateSpace. That is a bit of a hassle I have to admit.
How do you market your books?
SF: I promote them on my blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Good Reads. I also contact book bloggers that enjoy the genre that my book is in. I think the best way to market your books is to keep publishing news ones. Your name becomes better known with the more you do.
Do you do blog tours? Would you recommend them?
SF: I did a blog tour earlier this year. It did not turn out so well, because most of the bloggers did not really enjoy YA fantasy. I think it would be a helpful thing is you are selective of which blogs you appear on.
What do you think about book launches? Do you think they’re necessary?
SF: I just think they’re fun! 🙂
How many books do you think you read a year?
SF: I read anywhere from 12 to 20 books, depending on how busy I am.
What is your favorite book?
SF: The Book Thief
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
SF: Gosh, being a writer defines me. As I wake up and go about doing all these things during the day, I am constantly inspired and thinking of what could make a great story. So, I suppose my ability to daydream and escape reality is what I like most.
Thank you, Sara.