Tracy S. Morris

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Author Spotlight: Lakisha Spletzer, Indie Author

Written By: Tracy - May• 24•11

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Lakisha Spletzer. Lakisha published her first novel, Jewels last year as an independent effort. She quickly followed with Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy and Werelove: Midnight Revelations. Her most recent title, Moonbeams was released this May.

Take three clueless college students, mix in a tobacco field.

Combine one magical dimension and stir in a defiant Warrior Princess.

Throw in a pinch of danger and slow cook until steaming.

Invite five angry deities. Open and serve your new heap of trouble.

I see that you wear a lot of writer hats. YA fiction, Romance, Dark fiction, scifi and fantasy. Do you try to write in more than one style at a time, or do you stick within a certain style when you are working on something?

I actually love writing in more than one style. For example, my Werelove series is paranormal romance mixed with science fiction and urban fantasy. My novel, “Jewels”, is predominantly science fiction but has paranormal and romantic elements in it. So far, “Moonbeams” is the only one that I’ve written that doesn’t mix genres. It’s a true fantasy.

Your titles are all indie published. Can you tell me what that means? Is it different from being self-published?

When I made my debut as a writer last year, I proudly used the term “self-published” even though I knew it had a bad connotation in some circles. I switched to the term, “Indie Author (published)” after seeing it on J.A. Konrath’s “A Newbie’s Guide to Self-Publishing”. He used it instead of self-published and I liked it much better. I am independently published. So the “Indie” is appropriate.

I asked because have interviewed authors who identify with both terms, and several podcasts that I’ve listened to seem to use the words interchangeably.

Do you think they are interchangeable? I do identify with both terms and like some I do use them interchangeably. I do feel that they are one in the same, though calling oneself an “indie writer” tends to get a more favorable reaction than saying you are self-published.

You have a new book out this month. Can you tell me about it?

The novel that I had come out this month was actual the sequel in my YA dark paranormal romance series, Werelove. The second book titled, “Midnight Revelations,” contiues Laylah Le Croix’s story. She is trying to figure out her place in the world and what she wants out of life. All normal teenager things. Hers is complicated by her parent and the lack of knowledge about her heritage.

What was the process of bringing it to print as an indie book like?

It was at turns exciting and frustrating. When I debuted last year, I didn’t have much help. I did consult with fellow author, Elissa Malcohn, and she helped tremendously. For the most part though, it was trial and error. I think I used Google so much it probably threatened to break down from all the searches I did to try and find other indie authors who talked about the process.

What has been the most effective thing that you’ve done to promote the work?

The most effective, at least to me, is to do a combination of in-person events such as book-signings, and attending conventions/conferences.

How does promoting an e-work differ from promoting a work of print fiction?

I don’t know if there is a big differences. E-books are a little easier to get to where they need to go, thanks to email. I always make sure that readers and potential readers know that my work comes in both formats.

Several of your books have romance elements in them. About all I know about writing a romance is that the story is driven by the relationship. Is the thought process for writing a romance novel different than writing a work of speculative fiction?

It is. When you’re writing a true romance, you have a formula that you have to go by. It has to be done a certain way. You still have leeway to write the type of story you want, but it has to contain a certain number of elements. That’s why I, after writing “Jewels”, changed the description to say romantic elements because the novel is not a true romance, at least not by the definition as set out by the Romance Writers of America, which you can read on their website.

Your books contain plenty of werewolves. Do you prefer them to vampires?

Yes, I do prefer them to vampires. I read plenty of vampire fiction and enjoy it. But the best way to explain it is this: I like my men warm and breathing, not cold and dead.

What are you working on next?

My next major work is my first children’s novel. It’s due out this August. It’s aimed at ages 8 and up and has not one, but four heroines who must learn to harness their abilities to save their kingdom from an evil queen. After that I have the remaining novels (3 more) in my Werelove series as well as sequels to “Jewels” and “Moonbeams.” Plus some others that I’m considering. The rest of this year is definitely going to be a busy one for me.

where can we find you on the web?

*laughs* It’s more of a question to ask where can’t you find me. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jacketflap and other spots. I have the complete list on my website under my FOLLOW ME link. However, I will give you my Facebook and Twitter links because I love meeting new people.


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One Comment

  1. Gayle G. says:

    Great interview:) Thanks for profiling and indie author.