Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I had the option to self-publish easily available and I didn't want to spend months waiting on word from a traditional publisher. I strongly suspected that I could do it without them.
I studied editing and publishing at university, and at one stage I registered my own publishing business. I didn't have enough knowledge of the industry to make a success of it, but I learned from the experience and applied that knowledge as an author. As time passed and I've published more books, I've built on that knowledge and applied skills that I learned.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Not at first, but there were times on and off where I felt it was the right profession for me. I studied journalism too, which was useful, but most of my writing experience comes from roleplaying sites where I played a lot of RPGs and wrote in freeform games.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
I've found that the authors who have inspired me have changed over the years, as I've grown and my interests have changed. He's more a writer/producer than an author, but Chris Carter (who created The X-Files, its spinoff Millennium, and other shows like Harsh Realm) played a big role in my desire to write and create my own stories, even though the form differs.
Among actual authors, Brandon Sanderson is at the top of the list, because I love his fantasy writing. If I was going to go out and buy a book at random, his is the first name I'd look for.
Tell Us About Cynthia and Eve:
It's a F/F paranormal romance adventure novella. It falls into a lot of categories, so that makes it a bit hard to describe, but it's first and foremost a paranormal adventure story that takes the main character (Eve) away from her undersea world on a mission, and it gives her an opportunity to fall in love.
Eve knows she prefers women, but her mother's trying to marry her off to a merman. Being in the human world (and that's a real shock for her, because she has to take human form for at least a year and a day), most things are new to her. She's not alone because she has a merman with her (Ken), but it's still a whole new world. Her change of circumstances puts her in a position to meet Cynthia (a powerful witch), who as it happens also likes women.
Eve's driven by her mission to recover an artifact that was stolen from Grenmere (the underwater city she's from) and find justice for her fellow guards who were killed when the artifact was stolen. She has anger (over what happened), guilt (because she couldn't save them/was led away), and fear (being in a world she doesn't know), but she also finds wonder because she's falling in love and discovering somewhere new. It's also quite a sexual book, as Eve discovers and explores the sexual side of her nature with Cynthia.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
I like the flirtatious moments between the characters, and those where they show affection for each other. I also like the moments of humour that come through in the story. They originated from writing at 3 or 4 in the morning sometimes when some pretty unusual ideas can spring to mind, but yes, those bits and pieces, and snappy pieces of dialogue were among my favourites. I think readers will enjoy them too.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I'm not entirely sure. I want to say it will become increasingly easy for people to publish their books in different forms, and I believe that's true - to a large extent it already is, but it may become harder to maintain visibility in a more competitive marketplace. I think marketing and promotion may become a bigger industry than they already are.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I designed it myself. I've been slowly getting better at cover design since I started creating them. I used resources from a few places to create my cover for Cynthia and Eve, but I created it using Photoshop CS5.
Additional Comments and links:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/cailee-francis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaileeFrancis // @CaileeFrancis
Web Page: http://www.caileefrancis.com/