Hi, Donna! Thanks so much for allowing me to come play in your sandbox today. I’m very happy to be here.
And hi, everybody else!
I’m Siobhan. I’m an independent author, a lover of all things literary, a wife and mother, and a hopeless romantic bibliophile. I love my family. I love books. I love romance. I love reading and writing. Any combination of those things makes me happy.
As an indie author, I spend a lot of time online, marketing both myself and my work. I don’t have an agent and entourage to do the promotion for me, so whatever I sell falls back entirely on me. As part of that, I attend conventions, which is fun if for no other reason than to see the interesting things people do and wear in public. I’m very much a people watcher, and at conventions it’s complete Nerdvana. I fit in well, too. My pirate costume is hanging up and ready for the con season to start!
Personalities are interesting things, you know. As Siobhan I’m really just a figment of someone else’s imagination. I’m a pen name that likes happy endings and a good dose of romance. The face behind the romantic mask isn’t quite as sweet and bubbly as me. You may not want to meet my alter ego… she’s a little nuts. Either way, there’s two of us in this one head, and we try to keep it interesting.
Because I spend so much time with people, I get some interesting questions. Here are some of my favorites for your reading pleasure:
IS IT EASY TO WRITE A BOOK?
I love this question, and I love people’s reactions to my response. I get lots of blank stares and drooling. Some of them even get mad at me, which makes me laugh after it’s over.
The simple answer is no. It isn’t. It’s a long, drawn out process that isn’t always fun. Editors aren’t paid to be nice. They’re paid to make us sound good. Sometimes they have to be mean to get the point across. Cover art doesn’t always look just like the image in your head. And no, you’re not going to publish one book and make a million dollars. Okay, some people do, but those of us in the real world who don’t get crazy lucky don’t do that.
The dirty little secret is that I love the process, even the awful parts, and I wouldn’t trade my life for any other.
I BET ANYONE CAN DO WHAT YOU DO. WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL?
Well OF COURSE anyone can do what I do. If it was something only an elite few could actually accomplish, my track record would tell anyone that I’d be the first one overlooked. I’m notorious for being the mousy girl in the corner that tries very hard not to draw attention to herself.
The “what makes me special”, however, is me. There isn’t another person in the world like me (and we’re very thankful for that!). My father used to say that because of my imagination I’d either grow up to be a writer or a serial killer. I think we’re all glad I chose the former.
YOU’RE A GIRL. WHY ARE YOU WRITING BOOKS?
[Insert dramatic sigh here.]
Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I can’t control the English language. I’ve always been wordy – just ask my Aunt Jewell. She loves to tell people the story about me calling a friend of hers ridiculous when I was two. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It was sort of a natural transition from school projects to books.
On top of that, I’m out to prove once and for all that women can write darn good books. I dabble in multiple genres, and I believe in myself enough to think that I can get in the ring and play with the big boys. Some friends and I are actually on a mission to prove that girls can write good books too. We call ourselves The Wyrde Sisters, in case you’re wondering.
So there you have it. I admit it; I’m a strange little cookie. It’s safe to assume that someone dumped walnuts into my butterscotch and stirred the pot all over the counter. I don’t mind, though. It keeps life interesting.
About the Author:
Siobhan writes both contemporary and dark paranormal romance (and a little bit of fantasy and horror under another name, omitted to protect the guilty). Having never really enjoyed reading romance, she finds writing it to be a cathartic act. By manipulating the characters, she can make the happy endings much more satisfying for herself, and hopefully for her readers as well.Blog * Facebook * Twitter
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