Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fans Drove LUNA OF MINE by Quinn Loftis into the Top Ten, Two Months Before It Was Published!

Quinn Loftis is back!  She was interviewed here last summer when Blood Rites, book #2 in her Grey Wolves series, hit the top ten in the iBookstore. (See that interview here.

The series continues and book #8, Luna of Mine, hit the top ten in the Kids and Teens section of the Kobo store back on April 12th, when it was still on pre-order! Quinn asked me to delay posting this interview until the book was out.  Luna of Mine was finally released last Sunday, June 29th.  I won't be surprised if excited fans drive it back up into the top ten. Stay tuned here to see.

Welcome back, Quinn. Please start with telling us what your book is about.

Every life leaves behind a legacy. Every story has a beginning and an end. The Alpha of the Romania Grey Wolves knows this better than most. He also knows it’s the things that transpire to create that legacy and the experiences, triumphs and failures that happen in the middle of the story that matter. His story began a century ago and now a tragedy has led him to his rightful place as Alpha of the Eastern Romania pack. Before he led hundreds, he had to learn to lead a few. Before he sacrificed for all, he had to be willing to sacrifice for any. Before he could be the man destined to save his race he had to be willing to serve them. In order to be raised up he had to first be torn down. There was only one who could do this and live, only one who could light his way when the darkness closed in; his mate, his Luna. This is the building of their legacy, the middle of their story. Their triumphs, their failures, and their tragedy’s that would one day make them strong enough to restore a race torn apart by greed, envy, and fear.

Tell us briefly about your path to publication: traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I have self published all of my 10 novels, and I'm working on self publishing my 11 and 12th novels now. I have been approached by an agency but don't feel it's in my best interest at this time to pursue traditional publishing. 

Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience?

I definitely think they are reading more and reading more means learning how to comprehend more of what you read. I've seen first hand what happens when a person fails to read on a regular basis and I can't see how a child reading more whether it be ebooks or paper back could hinder their level of comprehension. 

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?  Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

I was very excited about e-pubishing. It opened a whole new world for me and a career I had always wanted to pursue. It was very scary, but I am so glad that I did it and wouldn't change anything I have done.  

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?

I never could have predicted that my books would have done as well as they have and I am so thankful that readers have taken a chance on my books.  

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I write every day, try to get 3,000-5,000 words done. I just finished Into the Fae which is the first book in a series that is a break off from my Grey Wolves and that is due out in about a month. Now I am working on Luna of Mine which is due out July 2, 2014. 

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

HELPS! So many people can afford books now and that has definitely increased the consumer market for books, that is good for those of us who are primarily e-book published.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

I don't think it hurts. As I said before an increase in reading increases the ability to comprehend what is read. I think parents need to be wise and help their kids pick good books, and I think that we as authors have an obligation especially if we write in the YA genre to make sure we are putting material out that sends a good message, it can be real, it can be tough but it needs to build them up not tear them down.
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