What do you see as some of the best ways an author can improve their social media platform?
I’m probably not the best person to ask, since I’m awful at social media. I think it helps if you already use and enjoy social media. I don’t. The best advice I can offer is always keep social media at the forefront of your mind. Include it in your email signature, press releases, etc. Probably not ignoring it, as I tend to do, is a good idea as well.
How long does it take for you to complete a book now as opposed to your first or second book?
My first two books each took approximately two years to write. My most recent book, Fleeting Note, took about six months.
When working with your editor, is there any one thing that you are constantly being reminded about doing?
I’ve found that using a professional editor or proofreader is essential. No matter how closely you go over something, there are always going to be errors you miss when you’re reading your own work. Your mind just fills in the correction.
How do you write? Did you do individual character development before doing the full plot?
For the Fleet series, I always start with the theme of the book. For instance, the first book was literature, the second art and the third music. From there I work on the puzzles tied to that theme.
Besides writing these books do you submit your writing to other sources as well – such as short stories or writing contests?
I have in the past but not really anymore. They can be great venues, though.
You’ve done two series now one with Enescu Fleet and another with Warren Kingsley as your lead character. Are there more books in store with them?
I’m sticking with Fleet for right now. I may do something with Kingsley again, but probably not a full novel.
Now that you have several books published, what have you found works best now in promoting them?
What made you decide to republish your short mystery puzzle book? How has it sold in comparison to your original book, Dead Men Do Tell Tales?
Deadly Allusions is the e-version of Dead Men Do Tell Tales. Dover Books changed the name when they bought the print rights. Since we last spoke, I’ve had my cover artist, Katerina Vamvasaki, redesign the cover for Deadly Allusions so it matched the other MysteryCaper books. (Also, it just looks really cool.)
Do you have any writing advice or tips for other writers that you would like to pass along?
Just keep doing what you’re doing (unless what you’re doing is all wrong, then don’t do that. I think WC Fields said something to that effect. Or if he didn’t, he should have.) Seriously, just make certain whatever you do, you love. That’s really the only thing that matters.
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