Monday, March 19, 2012

Indie Monday with Michelle Warren

                     Wander Dust Interview with Michelle Warren


Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.

Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.

Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

If you would like to read my review of Wander Dust it can be found HERE 

Today we have with us Michelle Warren author of Wander Dust.
What would you like your readers to know about this book or you in general?

Wander Dust is a very unique YA Sci-Fantasy. There's an incredible, magical underground world to escape into. With that comes a new breed of paranormal characters: a Wanderer, a Protector, and a Seer. Hopefully, you'll read the book to learn more about their awesome sci-paranormal power!
What led you to self-publishing?

Originally, I did not intend to publish this book. It was something I wrote for myself as a place to escape some difficult times during the recession. However, I did share the story with my sister, Tabitha. She loved it and begged me to publish. This was an extremely scary thought. I could scarcely call myself an author when I had lived with the label of artist all my life. 
With her prodding, I started considering publishing traditionally but only after some seriously arduous research. I stalked Nathan Bransford, Galley Cat, and many other publishing blogs, devouring every morsel of information I could get my hands on. My course was set until I read a blog post by an author who discussed her TEN year journey to become traditionally published. Her post made me realize that I wanted this to be a fun experience, not an agonizing “ten-year-journey to-get-signed-by-a-publishing-house” experience. 
Becoming an Indie author was not a major stretch for me. I could easily see the value of self-publishing. After all, I’ve been selling my illustrations digitally with much success from many, many years without an agent. Although I would like readers to enjoy my book, the important part of my decision was making myself happy. That is why I chose to publish Indie. 

Share the blurb from the book that you've written that you like best..
I love any scene between Bishop and Sera. There's always so much undecided tension between them.

"And the painting—it bears your name.” Bishop says my name slowly, gently, letting it roll from his lips, while annunciating each syllable, “Se-ra-phi-na.” 

It’s as though I've never heard my own name before. The sound, so beautiful, so sweet, makes me close my eyes to hear it again in my mind. I inhale, holding my breath at the top of my chest. Being so close to him is like being under water. Submerged with the current pulling me deeper, farther out, and uncontrolled. 
What has been the biggest challenge in your writing/publishing life so far?
When you're an Indie writer you are responsible for every job, not just writing. Designing covers, editing, social networking, and selling all keep me extremely busy. So to answer your question, the biggest challenge is juggling every aspect.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Yes! Book two's cover and name will be announced this spring. If you are interested in Wander Dust, please join my on my FB page! I'm always hosting contests, giveaways, and sneak previews. See the book trailer, buy the book, or find me on social media on my website

Stephanie, thank you so much for the interview!
You're welcome Michelle I enjoyed your book and I can't wait for the next one!  

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