Today on Page to Page Promos is author Jo Linsdell. Here’s Jo’s interview:
A Little on the Personal Side:
- If you weren’t an author, what would you be? Definitely something creative. I’m already an illustrator in addition to being an author so I’d probably develop that career more.
- What types of books do you read? All types. I love mystery and suspense novels but also love a good chick lit. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of non fiction books (mostly writing and marketing related). As a mum of two little boys I also read a lot of children’s books. I’m often contacted by publishers and authors with requests to review their books and so sometimes try out new genres as well as my favorites. As a writer I think it’s important to read a lot and experiment with new material.
- When you are not writing where can you be found? With my family and friends. I love shopping, reading, baking cakes, and working out to Dance 4 on my wii. I like to watch my favorite TV shows (currently Suits, Castle, and Person of Interest) and movies.
A Little on the Professional Side:
- Where do you draw your inspiration from? It can come from anywhere really. I’m a social media junky and often get ideas from posts I see on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Blog posts can also spark ideas for non fiction projects. Sometimes it’s just a quote I’ve read or a program I’ve watched on TV. For my children’s picture books, my kids inspire me a lot. For my non fiction I’m often inspired by discussions in my writers groups. For me, it’s not a problem to come up with new ideas. The hard part is picking which ones to develop.
- How do you connect with your readers? (book clubs, online chats, etc) I live in Italy and my fan base and target audience is in other countries. This means I do most of my networking and connecting online. I use my social media profiles and pages a lot. I also often do live events via social media like Twitter interviews, Facebook Wall Chats, and Google+ hangouts. I take part in online groups and book clubs. I also do presentations and webinars at online conferences and events. I’ve set up an account with Authorgraph.com so I can do virtual book signings and sometimes do virtual visits using Skype or Google+ hangouts.
- What is your thought on eBooks being the new way to read? I love statistics and the stats for eBook sales prove it’s a growing market. In 2012 Amazon eBook sales increased by 70% on 2011. Although the eBook market is flattening out a bit this year (which was expected), due to the competition from Apple, Amazon have now launched Kindle MatchBook which allows customers who have bought the print version to get the kindle version for free, $0.99, $1.99 or $2.99. When it comes to eBook vs print neither one is better than the other. They both offer pro’s and con’s. Different readers have different preferences and needs. There’s space for both and it’s nice to see that retailers have realized that.
A Little Quick Fire:
*When it comes to books*
Good Guys or Bad Guys? Bad guys. They tend to have more layers to their personalities.
Fiction or Non-Fiction? Can I pick both? I’ve been reading more non fiction recently but love a good fiction.
Handwritten or PC typed? PC.
Cozy Nook or Outdoors Oasis? Cozy Nook.
Happily Ever After or Nail-biter? Happily ever after.
Writing or Reading? Again, tough one. Writing wins though.
*When it comes to you*
Ice Cream or Cake? Can I have both? I love sweet stuff.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Where ever chocolate is one of the choices, it wins. I’m a total chocoholic.
Coffee or Tea? Tea (I’m a true Brit ;))
Dress Up or Dress Down? Dress up. I always feel better when I make a bit of effort.
Barefoot or Shoes? I’m a shoeaholic.
Cook or Order Out? Given the choice, order out. It’s not always simple though as I’m celiac and so can’t eat in a lot of places.
Additional links: http://www.amazon.com/author/JoLinsdell
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