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Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Tima Maria Lacoba

timaHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Tima Maria Lacoba for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Tima Marie for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I’ve always loved the spooky and mysterious, so it was almost natural for me to write in the pnr/urban fantasy genre.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently, there are three books and one short story (the prequel) in the series.
a). Prequel – Laura’s Locket
b). Bloodgifted, book 1
c). Bloodpledge, book 2
d). BloodVault, book 3

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Definitely vampires. There’s something equally frightening as well as alluring about the vampire. Ever since Bram Stoker published Dracula, (and even before then) people have had a strange fascination with this undead creature who lurks in the darkness and feeds on human blood.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I’d choose Narnia in a shot even though it’s more fantasy, but it does have witches and vampires in it. To be Lucy surrounded by centaurs, dryads and talking animals would be sheer bliss.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’ve only just begun work on book 4, Bloodwish, which will conclude Alec and Laura’s story in trying to lift her family’s curse. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t need to be paid for our work! No, seriously. I can’t believe the number of readers who assume that writing a book takes no effort; that anyone can do it and so it should be for free. Is it ignorance or false presumption? I don’t know but it never seems to astound me.

It takes thought, planning and time to construct a novel. For me, it’s ten months, and that’s just the rough draft. Then comes the re-writing and editing and re-editing – who pays for that? Next is the cover. I have a wonderful graphic designer who’s created the most gorgeous covers for my books. Naturally, I pay her for her work. Then comes the cost of marketing, unless I want my books to remain invisible in the bottomless sea of books on Amazon. Add all that up and it’s very expensive to produce a quality book. Yet readers want us to give our work away for free? Phhffttt!
As you can see, don’t get me started on this topic.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Stop expecting freebies. Enough said.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My family 

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Hahaha … I wish! The only aspect of my books which in any way resemble real life is my MC’s occupation – she’s teacher, like me.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Once you begin writing join a good critique group. Feedback is valuable – even the negative type, sometimes. They will help hone your skills and enable a new writer to develop that all-important thick skin. But above all, keep writing.

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