You are the author of 9 self-published novels. Two of your works have won awards, and your book “Devil Went Down” made it to Harper-Collin’s Editor’s desk through Authonomy in 2014 and received a positive review. What book did you enjoy writing the most?
I’m floored that you want an interview from me, and it’s making it difficult for me to focus. Ha!
Anyway, that’s a very difficult question. I once heard an author describe her books as children. This idea totally works for me, because each one is very different, endears itself to me in different ways and caused me to face a specific set of challenges as an author. But if I had to give a direct answer, I would say that Devil Went Down was a ton of fun. It was the first time I experimented with writing from the perspective of a male MC. As a woman, trying to think like a man, and one that had been alive for centuries, was quite the task.
Running a close second was Dawn Rising. It was a blast rocking back and forth between the male MC and the female MC, as well as jumping in and out of the past. There are some great characters in it, too.
When Emma Hart comes across the new bad boy writhing on the floor of her high school, it’s not exactly love at first sight, but it isn’t exactly hate. That is until he refuses to acknowledge her efforts to help and continuously gives her the cold shoulder. And his behavior isn’t just toward her. Connor Harmon seems determined to make everyone hate him.
But after being assigned to work with him on a history project, an attraction starts to build and the mysteries surrounding Connor keep growing. She has to be careful about asking Connor questions about himself, as the one rule when dealing with Connor is that you don’t ask questions about Connor. But why do his “seizures” seem to coincide with worldwide violence? Why has Emma’s friend, Ethan, become so obsessed with protecting Emma from Connor, and who are Ethan’s new friends? Why are they stalking Connor?
Seven Everson is the author of “Ashes of Eden“, a YA paranormal romance available through Amazon. I recently asked Seven if she’d agree to an interview, and she did! Continue reading →
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When explaining to people where my novel can be found, I often describe Wattpad as a “Youtube for Writers.” Certainly, it is not as big as Youtube, but it’s growing.
I joined Wattpad in late 2014 after reevaluating my views on self-publishing. Largely, I realized this was the route for me to take because it seemed the least stressful. I’m not after turning writing into a career. I’d be happy making a few dollars. What means the most to me is having readers.
And that’s the first reason Wattpad made the most sense to me. I could “publish” my work in an easy-to-read format without having to figure out templates and all the complications that come with preparing a book for self publication.
It also seems to me that while Wattpad is competitive, it seems easier to get noticed on Wattpad than it does in self-publishing. Maybe it’s that there are fewer books on Wattpad competing with each other. Maybe it’s other aspects involving Wattpad’s design. But I think a big componant is that Wattpad is designed around the principles that help authors shoot for success (I say shoot because it can’t be guaranteed).
These principles (which I honestly got from reading other blogs on self-publishing two years go) are the following: