Interview With S. Katherine Anthony

Interview With S. Katherine Anthony

1396550_229150593932519_1495400091_n (2)Hello, everyone! I would like to introduce you to author, S. Katherine Anthony, who won When Stars Die’s cover art contest some time ago. Let’s begin with the synopsis, and then we’ll kick off with the interview.

Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.
Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.
A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything…

1. First and foremost, tell my readers about you (well, everything you’d like to share).

– I am a book-a-holic who runs away from baby spiders!

2. Tell us about Kinetic, your inspirations, the story itself, the characters, anything that will draw readers’ attention.

– It follows a broken-hearted Luminary, Annie Fox. She works as a crime-fighter and uses her “special skills” to kick some serious butt. Annie will have to struggle with the fact that her ex-husband, Nick Logan, is now the evil she is supposed to bring down. The problem is, if she even gets close enough to him, she will hand him the weapon that will allow him to destroy everyone she loves: herself.

3. What sets Kinetic apart from others books in its genre?

– Well, it’s a New Adult Urban Fantasy for starters, with some light sci-fi. But the whole premise is based on Annie’s ‘special power’ so its definitely action packed. There are several other characters and each of them come with their own ‘gifts,’ this makes for some interesting group dynamics.

4. What inspired the gorgeous cover art for this book, and who had a hand in it?

– The actual “Kinetic” power of Annie inspired the cover. At first glance it might be hard to understand but once you read the book, you’ll go ‘uh-huh!’ I would tell you more but then I would be giving a lot away 😉

5. How many rounds of edits did you go through to get this book in tip-top shape?

– Oh goodness, I had a lot of rewriting and revisions. I lost track of how many times but it was over fifteen times, for sure. I wrote the full first draft and let that sit for about a month then ripped it apart. I repeated that several times then sent it off to betas and ripped it even more. This final book is version number 3,499… ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating but it sure feels like it.

6. What made you decide to self-publish this book?

-I chose to self publish simply because I love having the control. Originally, I was afraid to write my books because I didn’t want to deal with the query stress, the “change this or else” aspect of it, or the rejections. But once I was researching it (yes, I still intended to pursue it), I found out about self-publishing and loved the idea, so I went for it.

7. So, what is your favorite wine?

– Anyone that will get me tipsy? 😛
I like both red and white, but lately I’ve been enjoying Pinot Grigio.

8. What books inspire you?

– I’ll keep it simple and just stick to the seven Harry Potter books.

1473900_229150487265863_171561424_nAuthor Bio
S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18072566-kinetic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/S-Katherine-Anthony/403554526400225
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SKathAnthony
Blog: http://www.skanthony.com

My next post will be on The Fussy Librarian. It is an amazing resource for writers and readers, one I would argue that is better than KDP and BookBub, as, not only it is free, but it sends you one update each day with two books. Yes, two books only so you’re not inundated with so many decisions.

Awesome Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

Awesome Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

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Goodreads Link:
Synopsis: 
Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
Fact #5 Jessica Taylor moved to Kansas from Atlanta—a move that the author did herself in 1999.
Thank you again! And, if you celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving!
Shannon A. Thompson
Suggestions for Future Blog Posts: Readers’ Edition

Suggestions for Future Blog Posts: Readers’ Edition

I’m really wanting to gear my blog posts toward readers now–not just writers. So I would love your input about what you’d like me to write more of on this blog. It can be anything that interests you, so long as it’s from the perspective of a reader and not writer. I will still do posts aimed for writers, especially if I catch something in the publishing sphere that has my attention, but now it’s about you guys and what you want. So go on ahead! Leave some suggestions in the comments.

Seeking Guest Bloggers!

Seeking Guest Bloggers!

tumblr_mmvs8zWBO21ru3ss4o1_500I would love some guest bloggers for next week. There will be one guest post a day starting Monday, and the topics are first come, first serve. I will cross out the topics as they are taken by whoever wants the topic first. Here are the topics:

1. Your writing process The Irish Wench

2. Advice you would give to aspiring writers Quincy Allen

3. How you come up with titles for your WIPs Charles Yallowitz

4. What publishing route you think is best for you (traditional, partner publishing, self-publishing, ect…) and why sabooke

5. Why you write isabellaemilymarks

6. What inspires your writing the most erickeys

7. How you deal with self-doubt as a writer Mariah

Those are all the topics! Choose from one, comment, and if you comment first, I’ll cross it out and put your name next to it to show you own the topic. The blog posts will be posted in the order they arrive in my e-mail!

E-mail: thedancingwriter@gmail.com

Please check back to see who has what topic, just in case you have one.

The Importance of Follower Appreciation

The Importance of Follower Appreciation

Have an appreciation butterfly!
Have an appreciation butterfly!

I’m nearing the 300 follower mark after two months of blogging, followers I worked hard to get. At the same time, I am learning that it is not the amount of followers you have, in spite of what social media moguls will tell you. I believe it is the relationships you try to establish with each one. So, if you have 100 followers and talk to every one of them, then that is better than 1000 followers you don’t even acknowledge. Those are 100 followers who could potentially support you in your endeavors versus the 1000 followers who feel ignored and may choose not to support your endeavors because you don’t acknowledge them.

So I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty of what this post is about using my experiences so far in the social media world. I’ve only been back in social media for about two months, but I’m learning that it is so important to see your followers as more than just a number–you need to see them as people. You need to devote the time they devote to you, if you can. Even if you can’t go to their blogs, interact with them when they comment on your posts (and I will get to commenting on my last post. I promise). These are people you talk to, people you can form invaluable online relationships with, and not just for book promotions either. It just feels good to know others are taking the time out of their day to appreciate what you wrote. I can’t describe the feeling. I’m sure a lot of you know what I’m talking about. But please, don’t get followers for the sake of followers so you can expand your platform. Take the time to try and get to know who is following you. And even if you don’t want to follow that person back, at least recognize this person read your stuff. READ. YOUR. STUFF. This person could have chosen to read other stuff, but no. YOUR. STUFF.

I say don’t go after a number because you can have 10,000 followers but only 100 are ever commenting on your posts. So where are those 9900 other followers? What are they doing? Why do you even have them? I guess it’s great to have them should they happen to catch what you write, but I’ve always preferred quality over quantity. Quality seems to be working for me thus far.

There is also Twitter where people love to play the number’s game. I have 1,000 followers, most of who followed me. I do not follow for the sake of following. I generally wait until people follow me, and if I like their profile (meaning they’re not spamming), I will follow them back and engage in conversation. However, while I want to interact with all 1000 of my followers, some of them fall into the trap of link spamming. Now I will re-tweet ones I find engaging, but most are just plain irritating and I hate that that follower fell into that trap. They then start neglecting their followers in favor of trying to push their wares on us all. It does no good to have 2000 followers if 2000 of your followers aren’t checking you out because you’re link spamming. Social media is not like my part-time job, which is a number’s game. Social media is about interaction, recognizing people for who they are. At least, that’s what I think.

But I seriously appreciate all of you. Like, you have no idea. It never gets old to find out when someone has liked my post or commented on it. Never. I don’t think it ever will. I’ll admit I love being noticed. But I also love meeting new people and getting to know them and what they write. People are just awesome to me.