AR: Please state your name and location. (City and State or Province, Country)
WRP: William Potter, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
AR: Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
WRP: Lighting the Dark Side, published by the Xlibris Corporation
AR: Tell us about yourself:
WRP: I had a very active imagination as a child andmaking up stories often got me into trouble. Shortly after watching the first remake of King Kong, around the age of ten or eleven I decided to write a “book.” I remember something about a monster crab attacking Vancouver. Throughout my teens my mind was in a state of unrest and I used poetry to journal the ups and downs of those difficult times and published a piece in an anthology.
I returned to my love of storytelling in my twenties writing numerous short stories; and now at forty, I am re-working two full-length novel manuscripts for publishing. Many more book ideas are at the researching and outline stage and keep me busy at the PC.
When I’m not writing or working I am playing with my two children, aged three and five.
My wife Erin is very supportive and I am truly fortunate that she understands my passion for crafting fiction.
AR: When was the book released?
WRP: April 29, 2008
AR: Give us an overview of your book.
WRP: Lighting the Dark Side is an anthology of short fiction including three novellas and three shorter works covering a wide range of fiction genres including, Action/thriller, Mystery/ Suspense, Sci-fi, Romance and even Hard-boiled detective. Regular people find themselves caught up in extraordinary situations; and all are locked into circumstances rendered more complex by their own weaknesses.
AR: What inspired you to write this book?
WRP: In the spring of 2007 I was working on eight short stories of various words counts and wasn’t sure what to do with any of them. I decided they might market better as an anthology. I began to re-write and edit the six I believed were the strongest selections. Together they seemed to all have darker themes and thus the name of the book.
AR: How is your book different from other books in this genre?
WRP: Many short story collections fall into a single genre such as horror/suspense. Others feature stories that are all related in some way or another with the final title tying up any plot loose ends. The selections in my book are completely unrelated and touch on many fiction genres.
AR: Where can people buy your book?
WRP: Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and on Borders
AR: Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
WRP: Yes, two full length novels. One I hope to publish by the end of 2009.
AR: You were self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
WRP: Shop around and research all the options thoroughly. When you choose your publisher, purchase a book (one that most resembles your book) from their bookstore. This will give you an idea of the quality, size and overall look of your published book.
AR: Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
WRP: I opened an account with AuthorsDen.com in September 2007 and now I regularly see over a hundred visitors to my site on AD each day with over 3000 hits a month. This sends dozens of interested readers to my other sites and many potential buyers to my book on Amazon.com and B&N.com etc. I recommend AD to all authors. You can post your books, blogs, stories, poetry, articles, reviews and much more.
AR: How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
WRP: I believe it was in an author’s article posted on AuthorsDen.com. I hope to enhance awareness of my book with a future ad on the Allbooks site and hopefully my review will help increase sales.
AR: Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
WRP: Definitely a surprise. Allbooks already offers a great deal to writers at a great price and I can’t think of anything to add.
AR: Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.
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