It is my pleasure today to host L.M. Boelz with her new novel Syeribus Creatures of the Night & Into the Darkness.
Short author bio: [Lin Maree Boelz a proud mother of two children and three grandchildren has had a fascination with legends and stories told around campfires since she can remember. She was always the first one to jump up and offer a chilling tale of what is really hiding in the shadows. After being asked by several people if she ever planned on writing a book, she decided to follow her passion and write down some of her stories. Lin decided the best place to start was with one of her worst fears as a child. No matter what her parents said, she was sure there was something hiding under the bed. Lin relates the authors havening the biggest influence on her writing to be; Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Sir Arthur Konan Doyle. The shows that influenced her most were; The Twilight Zone, Outer limits and The Night Gallery. When asked what she believed made a good story she related that she believes to keep a book interesting you have to have just the right amount of plot twist. As a reader, she likes to be surprised when something unexpected happens. Lin's favorite way to end a campfire tales is to ask; 'Have you ever ask yourself, what if it is not just a story?'
Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/L-M-Boelz/e/B008D5QUYY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 this is my authors page that list all my books]
Website / Blog: [http://weaverofshadows.com/index.html]
Book Synopsis: Syeribus: Into the Darkness
(sequel to Creatures of the Night)
Picking up after Book One – Syeribus: Creatures of the Night, Carol must convince authorities that she no longer believes imaginary creatures have been taking everyone.
Free from one nightmare, she is faced with another: finding a way into the dark forbidden world of Syeribus in a desperate bid to save the people she loves.
But first she must find Peter, the boy she loves. Does he still have the key to unlock the mysterious gateway? Where has he been? Did they get him too? Carol struggles to keep her fears from taking over. She needs answers to questions no one should have to ask.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been afraid of the possibility of something evil hiding in the shadows or under the bed. As a child, I would run for my bed after turning off the lights and then stay as far away from the edge as possible. I remember one day after my cat reached out from under my bed how much it scared me. It was then I decided to write Syeribus Creatures of the Night. From there I decided to ask why these troll like creatures were taking humans. And once they had them what were they doing with them. It’s these questions that are answered in book two; Into the Darkness.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Publishing it is by far the hardest part for me. I mean it’s at that time you’re placing a part of your soul out on a platter for readers to devour and critique. Even though I use three editors and two or three beta readers I always wonder did I do enough? Is the story solid enough to give the reader a good experience? I don’t think a book is ever completely done. The more times you read it, the more ideas you get.
How long did it take to write your latest release?
This took almost two years.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes more than one plus beta readers. I wanted to try and give the reader the best book I could.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish to Amazon?
The market is tough out there and it is near impossible to get published by a known company. Besides with how easy it is to do it yourself and cut out the middleman it was an easy decision. It does have its drawbacks though. Because it’s so easy, the market is full of self-published books that had never crossed an editors or beta reader pc. It makes it harder for readers to take indie authors serious when they see these for sale. I think part of showing you care about what you publish is also providing a quality book cover.
Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
I mainly use D2D because of the ease of use. I just upload a file and they post it to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple. I do Create Space and Amazon kindle myself.
How have sales been? Where have you had the most success?
Hard to say it has only been live for a couple of days. I have had two sales and hope to get some reviews. Those are often harder to get than the actual sale. I don’t think readers realize how powerful a review can be.
Have you published anything else?
Yes, I currently have 4 short stories centered around a Sherlock Holmes, Watson and a black cat type characters, 7 prepper and survival e-zines, 2 true and funny cat books, A vampire dolls book that was said to be scarier than a book a reader read by Ann Rice.
What’s Next For You? / What is your next project?
I currently have a zombie-virus-government book in edit due to debut by OCT 1st. My current work in progress is going to be something different for me. I started writing this book almost 20 years ago and have decided to finish it. It is centered around a serial stalker and a heroine this book will be classified as a erotica romance novel. It has some very hot scenes in it but it is still tastefully done.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
When you’re reading a book even when it’s a fantasy thriller book. Keep in mind, it’s only impossible and can’t be real until it happens to you.
Any advice for other writers/indie authors out there?
Get a good cover for your book. Use editors and use beta readers before you publish. You will be judged on these aspects let’s do our best to give our profession a good name.