Watch Out: Selena Illyria

WATCH OUT: Selena Illyria

I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you a very special guest author Selena Illyria. Not only a fantastic author but also a good friend.

Welcome to Watch Out, Selena, it is so great to have you here.

SI: Thank You for having me. *Grin*

For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.

SI: I write interracial stories in the genres of paranormal, sci-fi and fantasy.

Can you tell us a little about your current release?

SI: I have the 2 Family Heirlooms book out at Changeling Press. Which deals with a fiancée fulfilling his significant other’s ménage fantasy.

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I also just released Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossing with Purple Sword Publications, which is about a paranormal town run by a vampire mayor.

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And then there is also Tartan Mate the fifth book in the Tartan Werewolves and Fallen Lovers 1: Roman about a Fallen Angel and the woman he falls in love with.

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The publishing industry is constantly changing; do you think that eBooks will one day make paperback books nonexistent?

SI: I don’t think nonexistent. I think there will always be paperback books. I think there will be less paperbacks available in book stores and more eBook stations.

You have an extensive library of books you’ve published. How long do you usually spend on writing a book?

SI: It depends on the flow of the words. Sometimes it can take a week or even a few weeks. Longest took about a month.

What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?

SI: Everything. It can be a conversation with a friend. Plotting and planning with my crit partners or the news or just going out and people watching.

Something readers might be surprised to know about you?

SI: Hmmm,um, I love hot chocolate?

Your favourite part about being an author?

SI: Diving into new words and getting to know stories.

Any interesting writing quirks you might have?

SI: I need noise. Whether it’s the TV or music there has to be something there. My muse rarely likes it when it’s really quiet.

What are you currently reading?

SI: Marie Treanor’s Blood on Silk, Jess Dee’s A Question of Trust and Lexxie Couper’s The Sun Sword.

Being published and seeing everything that goes on in the publishing industry would you get into trying to get published if you had the chance to do it all over again?

SI: YES! LOL

If you were not an author what would you see yourself doing?

SI: Hmmm, a few years ago I would have said interior design. Now, I’m not sure.

If you could spend a day in one of your books, which book would you pick and why?

SI: Hmmm, At Drogan’s Command. Just to explore space and see what’s out there. J

What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?

SI: Hmmm, my voice.

As a published author what do you think makes a good story?

SI: Good layering of characters and plot.

What do you do in your spare time when you are not bringing to life your amazing stories?

SI: Catching up on my TBR pile and the movies I haven’t been able to watch.

Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?

SI: I just finished book 5 in the Tartan Werewolves series. We revisit Iain and Katherine of the first book. I’m currently working a WIP about matchmakers.

What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?

SI: Write. *Grin*

What is one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?

SI: Waiting for my book to come out. LOL

Any advice for new writers out there?

SI: Keep writing, find good solid crit partners and a good publisher.

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

SI: You can find me on the web at:

Website: www.selenaillyria.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Selena-Illyria/100175079107?v=wall&filter=1  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/selena_illyria  

MySpace: www.myspace.com/selenaillyira

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Comments (8)

JoannJanuary 4th, 2011 at 8:12 am

No, you love [hot] chocolate? *grin*

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Ciara KnightJanuary 4th, 2011 at 11:08 am

Love the Roman cover, yum. :) Nice meeting you, Selena. I’ll go stalk, I mean friend you on Facebook. :)

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Savannah ChaseJanuary 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Joann thank you for coming out to support Watch Out and Selena.

Ciara all of Selena’s covers are so good. I do agree the Roman cover is yummy.

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Shelley MunroJanuary 4th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Hi Se and Savannah. Great interview. Se, your productivity amazes me. You work hard and obviously deserve all your success. May 2011 be an extra special year for you. :)

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Selena IllyriaJanuary 5th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

JOANNNN! Yes I love the hot chocolate and chocolate. Do you have some? I need some. LOL

LOL! I promise, Ciara I don’t bite. Right Savvie?

Thank you so much for having on your wonderful blog, Savvie. *Hugs*

SHELLEY! *Hugs*
*whispers* Shelley and Joann, AWESOME authors, people. Go stalk, I mean buy their books. :-p

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CynnaraJanuary 5th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Se loves tea, chocolate, tea, chocolate…occasionally hot chocolate….ask her about IHOP *snickers* Then there’s tea, chocolate….hot men….

*runs* LOVE YOU SE!

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Savannah ChaseJanuary 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Selena you are very welcome and you know I always love having you here..

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Abigail-Madison ChaseJanuary 6th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Wonderful interview. Love the book covers…..I have never read one of your books but I am adding you to my mut buy list

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