Life in a were bordello is all Keira has ever known. Because of her mixed blood, none of the magicians’ guilds want her, or protested when the Weres bound her as an indentured hooker. Mired in the hopelessness of her dreams, Keira longs for more.
Barrett, one of the Daoine Sidhe, runs a magician supply shop in what’s left of Seattle. No one is more surprised than he when the Sidhe leader commands him to extricate Keira from the weres.
Magic and intrigue throw Keira and Barrett into one another’s arms. Convinced they have a job to do, they struggle against the heat of the passion between them. Until it gets way too hot to handle.
This is the exciting premise of Ann Gimpel’s new spicy paranormal romance, Danging in the Flame by Liquid Silver Books. We asked Ann a few questions about her book, how she promotes and if her publishing choice was the right choice.
Thank you for this interview, Ann. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’m a clinical psychologist with a Jungian bent. I started writing fiction toward the tail end of 2008. My first story was published at the end of 2009. Since then I’ve had about fifteen short stories, nine paranormal romance novellas, and five novels contracted. Some are available now. Others are coming over the next few months.
Why did you choose paranormal romance?
I started out as a science fiction and fantasy writer. The addition of romance was natural since most of my stories had romantic elements in them already. Romance + Fantasy = Paranormal Romance.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Dancing in the Flame is a 32,000 word novella. They’re actually pretty easy to write. I enjoy the novella format because it’s long enough for significant character development and interesting plot lines without requiring the time commitment it takes to write a hundred thousand word novel. (And I know because I’ve done both.)
To answer your question, the biggest challenge with this book was negotiating a cover with my publisher.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I publish with several small presses.
Was it the right choice for you?
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Once it’s available, I’ll promote it through social media (FB, Twitter, GR) and through blog tours. I also have both a blog and a website which I update regularly.
How is that going for you?
Sales are a combination of luck and magic. Some of my books sell in the four digit range. Others don’t do nearly as well. If I could figure out a formula to ensure sales for all my books, I’d jump on it.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I believe social media promotion works. I’ve also developed a following on my blog. I promote books there as well through blog hops and freestanding posts.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I’m a psychologist by trade, but I’m mostly retired from that career at this point.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Awk! I am far from a promotion maven. I suppose one piece of advice would be to make certain your book is edited to within an inch of its life. So many books contain great stories, but the story gets lost in grammar, syntax, and spelling errors. Another is that marketing is cumulative. It takes time, often years, to see results. One of my publishers once told me that my best promotional item is my next book.
What’s next for you?
I have three more contracted paranormal romance novellas releasing over the next few months and a short story. Two full length novels are coming. Fortune’s Scion, a “new adult” urban fantasy romance, will be out in July. Earth’s Requiem, an urban fantasy in a dystopian setting will be out in October. Earth’s Blood, sequel to Earth’s Requiem is written, but not yet submitted to my publisher.
Thank you for this interview, Ann. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
@AnnGimpel (for Twitter)