Author self interview: Lee Hall

Today see’s the beginning of a new series of posts called ‘Ask the author’. I will be interviewing myself about all things books, writing and being an indie author…

 

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Lee Hall 

How long have you been writing for? 

Since around the age of twelve I started putting together stories on an old window’s 98 computer. Seeing as I’m in my mid to late twenties that’s quite a while…

So it sounds like you’ve known for some time this is what you have always wanted to do. How successful have you been as an indie author? 

Well success as an author or success at anything in life is in the eye of the beholder. In terms of statistics I have sold around 100 copies of my books combined. In terms of money, I haven’t made anything near what people perceive. But then again I am not in this for the money. To have a few people take a selfie of my book and leave a few reviews is enough for me to grant a project successful.

What are you in writing for? 

To immerse people into worlds as I have been as a reader. There is no greater theater than the human mind. Books really do rule and they help the human imagination grow.

You currently have two books published, could you describe the both of them in three words? 

Open Evening – Teenage Terror Chase

Darke Blood – Vampires Witches Identity

What are you currently working on? 

I have been drafting two projects so far this year. The first was just a bit of fun and can be best described as a vanity project, whenever I am in between books I delve into it but I’m not telling you what it is just yet.

The second project I am currently drafting is the sequel to Open Evening! I am 80% through draft one of Cemetery House with a view to publish in 2018! For those who follow me via email I will be looking to send out sample stuff to followers!

Both Open Evening and Darke Blood can both be considered as horror or at least thriller in genre. Is there any other genre’s you would consider writing in the future? 

Hell yeah! I am currently putting together initial plans (in my mind) for a comic book style super hero comedy. This would be a novella or at least a shorter novel, so watch this space!

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Darke Blood and Open Evening by Lee Hall 

 

What advice would you give an aspiring author in terms of marketing a book? 

Start talking about your book now! Tweet, Facebook status and blog the hell out of it. Of course don’t shove it down people’s throats, be cool and subtle. The greatest way to sell a book is via networking and word of mouth. Get people talking online and sharing stuff, a good support network of friends will help to kick things off. You can read more on marketing in my resources section here

 

And that’s the first part of my self interview, thank you for reading and of course if you have a burning question get in contact and I will feature it along with an answer next time!  

Talking future books

It’s been way too long since I last wrote a blog, and so in my forever growing wisdom I’m back for a few hundred or so words just to remind you (if you forgot) that I’m still here.

More importantly I am still writing! And what’s even more important my first book Open Evening is still selling and the Amazon reviews are coming in. We are up to 6 so far and they are all 5 stars. Thank you for the kind no words and to everyone who’s got themselves a copy, I know there are still many people yet to leave a review but please tell me what you think.

I’m always looking for the next big thing in terms of getting more loyal readers and subscribers. There will even be rewards for those who give me their email address via the sign up facility to your right.

And that is my next big thing, a mailing list. My plan is to send any new material and sneak peak stuff out to loyal subscribers. Making a personal connection with readers can give me a better idea of what you want to see next in my books and believe me there are more to come.

Future books (Doesn’t contain spoilers but suggests them)

If you are a loyal follower (or just scroll down) you will know next year I plan to release my next book DARKE BLOOD which I can happily say is connected and set in the same universe as Open Evening! In this story the occult is further explored along with the appearance of blood sucking ‘people of the night’.

A release date is yet to be confirmed but I would like to get it out before the midpoint of 2017!

Those who have read Open Evening and feel like you want more, don’t despair. Right now I am putting a few words together for a project which will eventually become the sequel (but shhh, when a few more people ask for a sequel I’ll announce it officially).

CEMETERY HOUSE will continue the story of life after Haddington and will see Twister’s newly formed crew tackle the next purge!

I’ve envisioned ‘CH’ to deliver two things; a telling of Twister’s origins including ‘Colorado’ and the continuation of what Open Evening began. If all goes well ‘CH’ will eventually flow towards a crossover culmination with the DARKE BLOOD characters in a final spectacular showdown!

As I have always said, I’m a man with a plan and I’m always 2 or three steps or books ahead!

On the subject of signing up to the mailing list; you will receive the information before anyone else about release dates and I will even include some first draft preview material just to grace your appetite. (I’m real serious about this mailing list stuff and I can’t seem to stop saying mailing list, so seriously sign up!)

Mailing list!!!!

 

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