Tanya Contois is the author of the serial novel Wicked Little Lies which has received several 5 and 4 star reviews. Her upcoming release Cloaked in Darkness is a collection of short stories about a variety of paranormal beings who hunt humans under the cloak of darkness. She also has several ideas for future books.
About Cloaked in Darkness:
In New York City there are a variety of paranormal beings that disguise themselves as humans during the day but once darkness falls they drop the disguise and are free to be their true selves. Some of them interact well with humans and have careers but there are also many who despise humans and hunt them freely under the cloak of darkness.
Now on to our interview!
Tell us about you in 10 words.
Book and music lover, against animal cruelty and bullying, author.
If you tweeted about your latest release, what would it say (140 characters or less)?
Love all things paranormal? Then you’ll love Cloaked in Darkness. (It’ll be released sometime in February.)
If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?
Aolani and we’d probably go to a concert or go shopping for vintage band t-shirts.
What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
My favorite part of being a writer is getting to know other writers especially those who I am a fan of.
What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
The hardest part of being a writer for me is not letting other people’s negativity get to me.
What do you wish you would have known before you became a writer?
I wish I had known that a lot of writers suffer from depression because depression is something I have struggled with for years. I’m even on medication for it.
What made you decide to go indie (on this blog, indie means independent of the Big 6, which can be small press, self-pubbed or other)?
To be honest, I never even thought about that or getting a publishing contract. Before I signed the contract with Trestle Press I was just writing for myself.
What do you like most about being indie?
The thing I like most about being indie is the constant support and advice I get from my friends and fellow authors.
If a writer came to you asking advice about going indie, what’s the most important thing you would tell them?
I’d tell them that there are lots of authors and readers who will be constantly supportive but there will also be authors and readers who frown upon indie authors.
What’s the last book you read and what’s next?
The last book that I read was In Dreams by J. Sterling and the book I’m reading now is Grave Witch by Kalayna Price.
What book or author can you read over and over again?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I love both the book and the movie. It was this book that made me fall in love with the fantasy genre.
Ebooks or Dead Tree Books? Why?
If you had asked me this question 4 or 5 months ago, I would have said dead tree books but since I have purchased my Kindle, I enjoy reading both e-books and dead tree books because there are certain books only available as e-books and there are some only available as dead tree books.
Where can we connect with you?
You can find me on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/tanyacontois
and on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/tanyalc28