Being published with a smaller press has some advantages including having some say in the cover art. After signing a contract with MuseItUp Publishing they sent me a cover art form to fill out with my ideas. The cover artist followed it exactly and did a fantastic job.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
“Dean, wake up!” The strong smell of alcohol and vomit hung like a heavy fog. As Matt glanced around the morbid scene, he became overwhelmed by a shocking realization. He got to his feet, hunched over like a man three times his age and slowly inched away as he captured the full extent of the horror.
He stiffened as a cold chill ran up his spine. The scratches on Dean’s face were deep and just starting to crust over. A large knife lay within inches of his fingers. His hands were bathed in thick red blood, and the Eskimo carving he’d given them rested to the side of Karen’s contorted head. Her eyes painted a picture of her last few moments of life, and her silky black hair formed a mat in the red congealed sludge. Matt stood silently in shock, unable to move.
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
I’m continually blogging, as a guest and on my website, as well as keeping up with social networking through forums, my facebook page and twitter @JoanneElder. I’ve also done some advertising. Undoubtedly, the best promotion for Spectra came when RT Book Reviews Magazine gave it a rating of TOP PICK, which they give to very few books. Here’s what they had to say: “Elder creates a unique universe and fills it with dynamic characters, making this novel an exhilarating experience. The tension mounts to a fever pitch as the antagonists eliminate their prey one by one.”
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I like to start early, when I’m fresh and imaginative. When my creativity grows stale, I take my dog for a long walk. That usually cures even the worst dose of writer’s block.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
Without a doubt, hanging at the cottage with my family, reading a good book, and jumping in the lake when I get too hot. With the cool fall air, those days have been replaced by reading by a crackling fire and taking long walks with my dog.