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How did you manage to have a beautiful and alluring book cover for your novel? What advice can you pass on to other writers? My friend and artist Emma Wakeling! My advice if you want a unique drawing for your cover, is to contact Emma. She’s currently returned to uni to study graphic design. Check out her deviant art and Facebook pages: My best advice I think I can give a fellow writer is to be realistic. Write for the joy of writing, put your writing out there if you want others to read it, give away free copies, and read what other wanabe authors have done. Treat is as a labour of love, because it should be. Only invest the amount of time into it that you’re willing to invest. Where can readers find your novel?All major ebook retailers! Did you always know that you wanted to become an author? Or was that something you discovered later on? I wanted to be an author ever since I was fifteen years old, when I finally came to terms with the realisation that “adventuring archaeologist” is not a real job and if I actually tried to become one, I would most likely die. My first book I wrote was about a crime-solving bad-guy-bashing archaeologist. I wrote it as some sort of warped revenge on the world for not being as awesome as fiction, and I’ve been writing novels ever since. However, The Black Swan Inheritance is my first published work. What advice would you give to other writers in your genre? Vampires and werewolves have been done very nearly to death. I know it, you know it, we all know it. So if you’re going to write in this genre, write because you love it. Anything else (readers, feedback, money) is a bonus. What novels do you read by other authors? And do these novels or authors help you write? Since I’ve opened myself up to indie reviews, I’ve been lucky to come across new (to me) authors I can fangirl over. So far, I’ve really liked Becky Durfee’s Jenny Watkins Mysteries series and Mae Wood’s chick-lit romance Risking Ruin, as well as Kyion S Roebuck’s novella thriller The Perfect Son. I do love me some cozy mysteries and would love to try writing in that genre someday, but it’s a long way off yet. Sue Ann Jaffarian and Leann Sweeny are my favourites of mainstream cozy mysteries at the moment. In Urban Fantasy, I’ve been disappointed with Patricia Briggs’ latest, unfortunately. Again, I was a fan of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series (a guilty pleasure), but I lost interest after the fifth book. I’ve read and liked the first three Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, but I’m not as enthusiastic about it as others. I’m not even sure why. I guess it’s just one of those things? I read a smattering of genres and I naturally pay attention to how the author’s constructed a story, and no, I don’t find it distracting; I find it enlightening. There are always things to learn. Do you have any more upcoming projects that you can briefly tell us readers about? I’m working hard on the next Black Swan book: Hecate. I’m introducing a LOT more of the lore in the sequel, as you can probably tell by the title ;) In the next book, Anita is tackled out the sky by a wise old witch known as The Crow, who takes Anita as an apprentice out of respect for the old Black Swan. The monster Alphyn attempts to construct a way to usurp his estranged father, and Anita is visited by a White Wizard, one of the magical ruling elite. Anita is committed to mastering her witchcraft, but can she commit to her fellow witches when her loyalties lie with the vampires? Will she put her life on the line to right a terrible wrong? And will she expose the whole of magical existence to the scrutiny of the ignorant in order to save innocent lives? Universal Creativity Inc. . 202 Eden Road . Mountain Home, AR . 72653 . . .