Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Vampire's Warden Book Tour! Interview with S.J. Wright

Welcome to the next stop on The Vampire's Warden book tour!! 

Today I am happy to get a chance to ask author S.J. Wright some questions. I'm so excited she took the time to answer my questions. :)

1.) What inspired you to write the book?

Twilight resonated with me on a certain level.  But I'm forty.  I wanted to put together a vampire story for a slightly older group. I also didn't want to make another version of Twilight.  Putting my main character into the position of a protector seemed like an interesting angle.

2.) What was the most fun part of writing The Vampire's Warden?

I had the best time developing Sarah's tough side.  I'm the kind of person who absolutely hates confrontations.  So letting Sarah show her angry side was a great release for me.  Michael was really fun to write about too.  He's one sexy beast.

3.) What was the hardest part?

The hardest part of writing Warden was dealing with the issue surrounding Sarah's Mom and how Sarah reacts to her discovery about Selena leaving.

4.) How do you juggle being a mom and wife -and all that goes along with that- and your writing?

I can't juggle!  When things get too tough, the writing comes to a stop.  My youngest son, Cameron, has spina bifida.  I am his primary care giver and will be for many years to come.  It's difficult, but I find that laughter makes things so much easier to bear.  Both of my sons have amazing personalities and are complete goofballs.  They make me giggle every single day.  

5.) Would you recommend self-publishing to aspiring writers?

Absolutely.  I didn't have the guts to even finish a novel until I read about Amanda Hocking and what she had started.  I have never sent a manuscript or query into an agent or publisher.  I love the idea of cutting out the middleman.  However, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you decide to do this on your own.  Do you know how to format your novel?  Are you able to design the cover?  Do you have some money for up-front advertising costs?  Think about how much time you will have to devote to promotion.  And above all, do not put anything out there until you've had lots of beta readers check it over for problems.

6.) What has been the best moment of your writing journey?

Explaining to my four-year-old that Mommy wrote a book and that people are buying it.  He was sort of impressed.  For about five minutes.

7.) Sum up the book in one sentence. :)

This is not your typical glittery-vampire story.
Thanks so much for taking the time to spend with us. Happy Mothers' Day to Ms. Wright, and all the other mothers today!! 
I am a stay-at-home Mom with two growing boys, an overworked husband and a very devoted Jack Russell terrier named Shelby.  I grew up in small city called Mishawaka, Indiana and the majority of my family live in the Indianapolis area.  I now live with my wonderful boys, my husband and sort-of-annoying dog in Little Elm, Texas.  The Vampire's Warden is the first book I have ever put up for sale.

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May 9 – The Wyld Hollow

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