Lots of excitement over here as the publication of Baby Grand approaches. Copy-editing. Cover design. Blurbs trickling in. It’s all feeling very REAL now, so today’s debut author, Sophie Moss, sprinkles us with a healthy dose of Irish fantasy to return our heads into the clouds, where, of course, writers’ heads belong. :)
Name of book: The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy)
Book genre: Irish Fantasy Romance
Date published: November 6, 2011
Publisher: Self-published with Amazon
What is your day job? Consultant, mainly to U.S. Government agencies
What is your book about? American doctor Tara Moore’s life is transformed when she travels to an enchanted Irish island and discovers she has the power to break a centuries-old curse.
Why did you want to write this book? When I was living in Ireland, I took a weekend trip to an island. The moment I stepped off the ferry, I felt like I was home. It was the strangest feeling: being so far from home and yet sensing I belonged. After returning to the states, I discovered the movie, The Secret of Roan Inish, and first learned of the selkie legends. Intrigued by the thought of seals who can transform into beautiful women on land, I decided to weave my love of romance novels, Ireland, and fairy tales into one delicious novel!
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book? Plotting. I map out every scene before I start writing a story.
Did you conduct any kind of research in order to write this book? I lived in Ireland for a summer. I drank a lot of Guinness and chatted with the locals. I guess you could call that research. :)
What motivates you to write? Writing is my favorite thing in the whole world. I never need motivation to write.
Did you experience writer’s block? I don’t believe in writer’s block.
Tell me about the self-publishing process. Was it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be? Self-publishing has been the most surprising and rewarding experience. It’s a lot of work up front: formatting the manuscript, searching for a cover artist, deciding where to publish (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords), starting a blog, joining Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads and figuring out how to navigate each site. But now that all those platforms are up and running, it’s just a matter of finding and connecting with readers. And that’s actually a lot of fun.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That anyone can do it!
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? Being able to return every day to that magical, windswept island I fell in love with in Ireland.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion? Get on Twitter immediately. Find people with similar interests and passions and make friends. I’ve met the most amazing people on Twitter. It’s so easy to connect and communicate. People are so supportive and friendly, and I’ve discovered some of the most wonderful new authors and artists. I’m attracting a lot of readers because I search for people who are like me and like reading the kind of stories I write, and we can all just be ourselves and connect on a really comfortable, natural level.
How has life changed for you since the publication of your book? The other day, I woke up to an email from a woman in New Zealand who stayed up until 2:38 a.m. finishing my story.
Do you find yourself obsessively checking sales stats? I check regularly, but not obsessively.
This book is the first of a trilogy. When do you plan on having the second book out? The Seal Island trilogy continues with Caitlin and Liam’s story, coming out this summer!
My favorite last question: Oprah once 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? As someone who has a strange knack for finding four-leaf clovers, I’m a strong believer in luck. But I do think it happens for different people at different times for a reason. It won’t last if you don’t have the substance and hard work to support and maintain it. All any of us can do is write great books and get ready to jump in when that moment of opportunity presents itself. And for a lot of us, that opportunity is now!