It’s so important to read self-published/Indie authors all year round and support everyone in the book community, so even though #IndieAthon is officially over, it’s always great to receive more recommendations and discover new authors. Today. I’m lucky enough to be hosting a Q&A with S.J. Lomas, author of several books including Dream Girl, Kiss of Death and Dream Frequency. Now for the Q&A!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange, and somewhat dark, young adult fiction. I love books so much that I not only write them, I became a librarian and a book reviewer. My to-be-read pile is large enough to last several lifetimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your (writing-related) dream?
Of course, every author wants to be a bestseller, but I’m happy just to know that my work is connecting with someone. Of course, I have casting suggestions for all my characters on the off chance someone’s looking to make a great movie out of my novels. 😉
What are you most proud of in your writing career?
I’m most proud of finishing my books. It took me 10 years to write Dream Girl. (Not a dedicated 10 years. Just writing around life.) It took 3 years to write Dream Frequency and it’s a much larger book. I’m just enormously proud of the fact that I finished them and got them to market at all. It’s extremely hard to do, no matter what length of time it takes, so I’m glad I pushed myself to do it.
What is it like to indie/self-publish your book?
It is a lot of fun and also terrifying to publish your own book. All of the decisions and all of the work fall to me. If I don’t market it, there’s no marketing at all. I have to plan everything correctly so the publication timeline works out. I have to put up all the money. I have to put in all the time. But for those very same reasons, it’s incredibly rewarding work because the entire thing is mine from start to finish. It’s 100% my vision and efforts and that’s very gratifying.
Again, a massive thank you to S.J. Lomas for taking part in the Q&A!