Monday, April 1, 2013

Why Indie rocks - Andrea Heltsley

Today our special guest in the Why Indie Rocks feature is the marvelous

Andrea Heltsley!

1) When did you first begin to write as an Indie-author/self-published author?

2012, but I am redoing several of my books and giving them fresh editing and some additional bonus material.

2) Why did you decide to go the Indie-author/self-publishing route?

I like the freedom to make my own choices without all the red tape

3) What are some advantages to being an Indie-Author/Self-published author?

I get to be involved in making my cover art, which is my favorite thing! I don't have to write a certain way. I am free to express myself in any way I feel like.

4) What are some of the disadvantages to being an Indie-Author/Self-Published author?

Publicity. It's hard to build a name for yourself as an indie author. It takes a lot of time and effort to put yourself out there.

5) What is your best advice to someone who wants to break into the Indie world?

Find some already published Indie authors to help show you the ropes and the tricks of the trade. Edit!!! Have an appealing cover to grab readers. Know your platforms and where to publish.

Want to know more about Andrea? Here she is, in her own words :)

I’m a biologist turned writer. I write YA/NA paranormal romance books mainly. I’m the author of Devour and have several more books scheduled to come out later in 2013. I book blog for fun. I also have a strong addiction to caffeine and fruit snacks. You can find me in Tennessee with my husband and two Italian greyhounds.

If you ask anyone, I’m a total fangirl! I love the entertainment industry. I love Revenge and the Vampire Diaries on television. My favorite movies are Elektra and P.S. I Love You. I have a definite weakness for Tim Burton movies too. I’m beyond a huge fangirl for Shakira, both her English and Spanish music; Jack’s Mannequin comes in a close second. I have too many favorite authors to list, but Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Vincent are two of them. I’ve read all their books J

If you would like to contact Andrea, here are several ways. She doesn't bite, I promise.

And her latest release, Devour

He wasn’t supposed to remember.

Callie is a royal vampire. She hunts by taking the blood from her victims and erases their memories afterwards. She goes undetected until a victim named Chase approaches her with all his memories intact. He is intrigued and attracted. She is terrified. What happens when a human mixes with the immortal world? Chaos.

Callie’s 18th birthday has passed and she is coming out at the annual blood ball. Will she find a mate or will she suffer the repercussions of her indiscretion? She is brought to the Vampire council and they must decide what to do with Chase. Do they kill him, or turn him to protect their secret?

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