Are you a lover of the horror genre? Today’s featured debut author is Belinda Frisch who has woven a scary tale involving a Ouija board — that lone is enough to make me want to hide under the bed. :)
Name of book: Dead Spell
Book genre: Horror
Date published: March 2011
Publisher: Create Space
What is your day job? I am a Certified Professional Coder (medical)
What is your book about? Brea Miller is straddling the social lines of her small town high school. Her mother is a control freak, her father moved away under mysterious circumstances years ago, and her best friend, Harmony, is haunted by Tom, the evil spirit that came through her Ouija board. When Harmony dies, Brea becomes the target, and she must figure out who Tom is and what he wants before she is next.
Oooh, that sounds cool! What would you say was the most challenging part of writing this book? Completing the rough draft. I tend to be overly analytical and revise as I go which makes a lot of unnecessary re-work. It’s a bad habit that I think I’ve almost broken.
What motivates you to write? The desire to write is innate. I dream up stories all the time which provides its own motivation.
Did you ever experience writer’s block? I have never had writer’s block. My biggest problem is too many stories and not enough time.
Why did you decide to self-publish this book? I did a blog post on this, actually. The short answer is, it was the right thing to do based on the book, the characters, and the content. The longer answer is here.
What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That it will make you rich.
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process? My favorite aspect was creating the characters. Harmony was an amalgamation that took me back to some of the best and worst memories from childhood. Reliving those emotions was unintentionally therapeutic.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? I have a blog that I update regularly. I use Facebook, Twitter, and Kindle Boards. I did several interviews, provided reviewers with copies of my book, and many of my wonderfully supportive, fellow “indies” have spread the word through reviews and their own social networking.
What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion? You get what you give. I’m not encouraging false, quid pro quo reviewing, but if you really love someone else’s work, you should promote it. Chances are that if you run in the same circles, your book will appeal to them, too. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. Be courteous, helpful, and genuine. The return on kindness is great.
Oprah has famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? I don’t think luck plays much into writing. You have to be diligent, hard working, and definitely prepared. It’s a popular misconception that being a writer is a gold rush. For an independent debut novelist, the road is long and hard. It takes dedication to successfully navigate it.