This month I am talking to S.M. Pace, author of Shadow of the Wolf and Wings of the Butterfly.
Thank you for talking to me today. So, tell me, what have you written to date?
I have two self-published novels, Shadow of the Wolf and Wings of the Butterfly, currently for sale through Amazon KDP, Smashwords and B&N. These two are part of the Threads of Magic series, and book 3 will be coming with any luck sometime in 2018. I’ve released about 1 complete serial, Wilde Born, on my website and Wattpad. I have a new serial, Chalice, running right now, with a new chapter coming out every three weeks. As well, I have about a dozen short stories for free on my website.
Impressive. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My dream is to be a full-time writer. I have a couple of different plans to make that happen. I plan to keep self-publishing. I’m hoping to generate enough interested readers to launch a Patreon page in the next year or so, and it would be good to actually start using my mailing list. Baby steps.
What is the hardest thing you find about writing?
For me, drafting is always difficult. Some stories come really quickly, while others I have to drag out of my brain. I’m terrible at writing endings, and will often just wrap the story up quickly and a bit half-heartedly, with the goal of fixing it in revision.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
As of yet, no, but then I haven’t done much in the way of marketing. I did notice a spike in interest when I did a blog tour for Wings of the Butterfly a couple years ago. I feel like I didn’t make the best use of that, so I plan to use it again in the future. And I’ll be more active with it, doing giveaways and other things to generate interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
I can’t quite remember my first book. I started reading at four, having been taught by my brother, and from then on, I read constantly. The first story I remember reading is Super Fudge by Judy Blume. It made me want a younger brother or sister. I loved how crazy Fudge was, and his older brother Peter was a bit of a stick in the mud, which reminded me of my older brothers.I do wonder if their relationship through the series isn’t what sparked at least some of my interest in family, and especially
I do wonder if their relationship through the series isn’t what sparked at least some of my interest in family, and especially sibling, relationships.
That’s all I have time for today. Thank you so much for talking to me and good luck with Book 3!
S. M. Pace lives in the wilds of Central Virginia, with her husband (bear), son (bunny) and a pond full of fish (sometimes). When she’s not writing, she loves crafts, sewing and hiking.