Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
Largely, the anonymity factor. I do publish using another pen name and with it, I use my actual face on social media. Under that name, I write more 'widely acceptable' stories due to having a remarkably conservative family. For their sake, I want to keep erotica/erotic romance separate from the rest.
Another reason is that I had already written a story about contract killers under my other pen name. In Broad Daylight wouldn't fit with that novel no matter how hard I tried, but it was too similar to write alongside it as a separate story, so I decided to write it under Valkyrie Stoker instead. Because at the end of the day, it was just too damn juicy for me to give up, so I reworked it into an entirely different story with entirely different settings, characters, and storylines. And, of course, more erotica. A girl's gotta let her freak flag fly sometime!
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Absolutely. As present, my writing career would best be described as a work in progress, trying to build an audience and whatnot. But I have high hopes that if I put in the work and put out quality stories, eventually they'll reach people who enjoy them. At that point, I'll be able to buy loads of lattes with my royalty checks, not just one! Ahh, to dream.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Janet Fitch's White Oleander is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. So many people feel it suffered from being overwritten, but I loved her rich, almost poetic use of words to the point that I devoured all 400+ pages in 2 days. I can say the same about Cormac McCarthy, particularly with The Road. I don't write like either author by any stretch of the imagination, but when I read their works, I'm inspired to dig deeper and write with more feeling.
Tell Us About Your Book:
In Broad Daylight follows Laura, our protagonist, a retired gun for hire who gets roped back into the game by her scummy handler, an NSA agent named Nigel. When we meet her, she's given her orders and a photo of her target, another gun for hire who went rogue years before and has had a target on his back ever since. Inevitably, their paths cross, and when they do, there's an unexpected and disarming attraction.
I've always loved sexy scenes that take place in gritty, high-stakes scenarios, and from the writing, that definitely shows! I can't wait to expand more on their stories and relations. I had a ton of fun writing this.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
For me, it's the intimacy. You might not get that vibe from the subject matter (gun-toting folks trying to kill one another, that is), but it's there. In Broad Daylight certainly isn't lacking in juicy parts, but I've never set out to write blatant smut without any backstory or mental component. The mental connection is THE thing that sells me when I'm reading erotica and romance. Otherwise, it's just sex, which isn't something I enjoy much (forever a romantic!). So anyone who enjoys the mental aspect of sexual attraction will definitely love this. A healthy tolerance for F-Bombs will take you a long way, as well.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
Up and up and up. Provided Amazon and similar publishing platforms don't roll out a laundry list of rules and regulations that make self-publishing authors balk, I can only see it getting better. What's not to love?
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
Gus Mavencamp. I met him on Reddit a few months ago where he was offering to do a few book covers for free to bolster his portfolio. I messaged him and told him a bit about my story and he ran with it. Aside from a few minor adjustments, he got the idea perfectly. The whole process was effortless and he was a total professional. He's a writer, as well, so go check him out!