Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a dark fantasy author from rural Mississippi. My first book is “Act of Redemption,”
published in 2009, and the second of the four novellas is “Children of
Discord,” published in 2011. I began
writing as a creative outlet to recover from the death of my sister, a victim
of domestic violence. I live in suburban
Mississippi with my family. I love
adopted ex-racing greyhounds, and have interest in martial arts and 20th
century and medieval history.
Describe your book ‘The First Book of the Gastar Series:
"Act of Redemption"’ in 30 words or less.
A teen assassin from the past defends the people of the
fallen city of Gastar from annihilation by a demon lord.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The last edit for it to go to publication to me is the
hardest, because after writing, self-editing, pro-editing, re-read multiplied
times one hundred, at some point you have to say “This is it,” and send the
manuscript in finalized. It’s like
closing your eyes and stepping off a cliff, with faith that your foot will land
on a ledge.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Regarding writing style one of note is “Timeline” by Michael
Crichton, though I don’t consider my writing comparable to his. The book is very fast-paced and he breaks
scenes inside chapters, which to me makes an action/adventure story more of a
Briefly share with us what you do to market your books?
I started in 2009 with a publicist, which is pricey, but a
good learning experience. Afterward, and
with the second book, I’ve done a lot of my own marketing with social
networking, a new blog, and cost-friendly services like BookBuzzr and PAC
(promotion al a carte).
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
Aside from working, I spend time reading other new authors
recently, as well as non-fiction, for example biographies (for example,
Napoleon). I also watch a lot of
historical documentaries and films of all types, new and old).
What are you working on next?
I’ve begun the third of the four novella series, called
“Point of Return,” review books of other new authors, and write columns
regularly on my new blog sharing my experiences as a new author. I also share articles about writing, feature
other authors, one new author interview so far, and some fun videos.
FYI blog address: http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.com. I plan on removing my original website http://www.gastarsereis.com in the near future because the blog is more