I'm pleased to welcome Dean Lappi to this week's blog. Dean is relatively new to the market, but he is already making a place for himself. His book - Black Numbers - has a very interesting premise. I'll allow him to tell you more about it shortly.
He spent some time shopping it before deciding to self-publish and is now working on a second book with a third planned.
One thing that has struck me since I began working with Dean on this interview is that he has a clear and genuine enthusiasm for his writing. I hope you'll join me in supporting Dean and wishing him the best in his efforts.
Dean has a blog here:
Dean's Black Numbers Blog
And you can read a little more about Dean HERE
Black Numbers is available at most major outlets including Amazon, Apple, Diesel, Barnes and Noble as well as others.
DL: Black Numbers is a dark Fantasy novel where true magic is created through advanced mathematics, and where sexuality is not only the key to the main character's power but also his weakness. I wanted to create a fantasy world that is different, and that pushes the boundaries of the fantasy genre. But despite the darkness of the material, I wanted to make real characters that readers could care about. I hope that readers will enjoy the fantastical and dark themes of a fantasy world populated with character that they can relate to.
TAS: What aspects of being an author do you most enjoy?
DL: The fame and money! :-) Okay, in all seriousness, I enjoy creating a world and populating it with characters that become real to me, and I want to see what happens to them as the story unfolds. I also enjoy connecting with other authors and learning what makes them want to write.
TAS: What moment as an author have you experienced that you are likely to remember 20 years from now (good or bad)?
DL: The first time I saw my novel Black Numbers on Apple iBooks, the first retailer where my book appeared. I couldn't believe I was actually looking at my name and book listed on iBooks. I knew I would never forget that moment for the rest of my life.
TAS: What aspects of being an author do you least enjoy?
DL: The fame and money! No, wait, I already used that one. Ok, I have to say that until I discovered Smashwords and eBook publishing, I least enjoyed sending out query letters and submission packages to large publishing companies and agents, only to get a generic form letter in return saying my book didn't meet their needs at that time.
TAS: What bad habits do you have when it comes to writing/promoting your books and/or what do you wish you could do better?
DL: I don't write every day. In fact, weeks can go by where I don't write a word because I get caught up with the complexities of life in general. But when I do write, I often write 10,000 words a week. I don't let this bother me because I write when I feel the need, and that is when my best work comes out.
TAS: Do you have any authors that you try to emulate? Why or why not?