Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Killer Bestseller from Alyxandra Harvey

Earlier this month, author Alyxandra Harvey hit the number 8 spot in the Children's section of the Sony e-bookstore with her novella, A Killer First Date.

Her series, The Drake Chronicles, will consist of six books.  Four have been published so far, with the fifth due out in June. In the meantime, she's using the eNovella format to supplement her books. (Read about all three eNovellas here.)

Alyx, tell us what your series is about.

The Drake Chronicles follows a vampire family, focusing mostly on the only daughter Solange Drake and her human best friend Lucy. Book 1 "Hearts at Stake" is a vampire retelling of the Snow White story... but with 7 yummy vampires brothers instead of dwarves. There's a prophecy, vampire hunters, corsets, snark, cool weaponry, and long forbidden kisses.

(You can watch The Drake Chronicles trailer.)

Tell how you got published: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I started sending out short stories when I was 15 just to get used to the process. I had some good feedback from Marion Zimmer Bradley for a few short stories, but in the end there wasn't space in that particular Sword and Sorceress anthology.

I kept writing and eventually took Creative Writing and English Literature at university. After that, I was published as a poet first, and I still love to write poetry. I never thought I’d write YA novels but I just adore them!

Is your book available in print format? Which came first?

My books originally came out in traditional print format but they are now available in e-format as well.

Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not?

I am hopeful that books will be available in as many forms as we can dream up. I love the feel of an actual book and the smell of the paper; it’s very soothing. I think it would be a crime to lose that. And books don’t malfunction or run out of batteries...

 But I also love the immediacy of downloading a favourite book at midnight on its release day...and my E-reader has made travelling much easier. I am notorious for packing 7 books for a weekend trip but forgetting an extra sweater.

I think there’s room in the world for all forms of stories. We don’t have to throw out the baby with the bathwater. In fact, throwing out babies is frowned upon.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

I write YA novels, which means the target audience is in their teens...or in their 80s. You just never know!

I think e-books can be especially fun for teen readers since they already know their way around computers and cell phones. It’s not a new process for them. It’s natural in a way that isn’t natural to those of us who are still trying to find the “on” button or turn off auto-correct! That said, the cost of an e-reader can be prohibitive to some, but the cost of e-books can make up for it.

In the end the story should matter more than the medium.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

It has been very helpful! Bloomsbury and I were able to release short stories set in the Drake Chronicles world which gives established readers something to fill the space between new book releases . And it gives new readers an inexpensive way to have a taste of the Drakes.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers?

Reading shouldn’t hurt. The more books are available in the world, the better the world. :)
Learn more about Alyxandra Harvey and her books at her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

Stop back on Saturday for the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller list and the insights from another top author!