Featured Author: Zoe Winters

Happy new year, everyone! I’m starting this year with high hopes; I’ve completed the surface edits of Trentwood’s Orphan and am ready to send it out for impressions/critiques. This is the second draft, so whatever comments I get will hopefully make the third draft ready for publication.

In other news, my blogging friend Erica Ridley has made a sale of her book, Touched!

Today we’re talking with Zoe Winters, another of my author friends, who has answered questions about Kept, now available as an ebook and on the Kindle. According to Zoe, Kept is about…

Greta is a werecat whose tribe plans to sacrifice her during the next full moon. Her only hope for survival is Dayne, a sorcerer who once massacred most of the tribe. What’s that thing they say about the enemy of your enemy?

What are the main points about you and/or the book that should be emphasized to the audience?

This is  paranormal romance novella, available as a free ebook and available on the Kindle reader.

Who do you think will buy your book (i.e., your market)?

My market is romance readers, as well as Buffy fans.  People who like Buffy would probably like my writing style and subject matter, though it is NOT a Buffy knock-off.  It’s just geared toward that type of reader base.  Interestingly, I’ve picked up a few male readers.  Not sure if they know they’re reading romance or not, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

If you could construct an interview for yourself, what questions would you want to be asked?

As for what questions I’d want to be asked, I don’t really have any specific preferences there.  Though I do find it very interesting how romance as a genre is ghettoized, when romance and love and sex are a part of the human condition and as worthy as any other subject matter to be written about.

Is there any competition for your book? How are the other books alike? How are they dissimilar?

Hellboy, in my opinion, was a paranormal romance movie, it just wasn’t marketed that way.  But everything ultimately revolved around Hellboy getting together with the fire chick.  And yet it was geared to a largely male audience.  The Hulk movie was another romance.  Almost everything revolves around Bruce’s love for Betty and hers for him.  Yet, another movie that was marketed more to men than women (lots of sarcasm, lots of explosions), but it’s STILL romance.

Yet, when we get to books, a strong romantic plot gets ghettoized as “not a real book.”  If this is true, it is only because of the ill-advised behavior of romance publishers marketing departments with clinch covers, shallow plots, and cheesy expository titles, because it surely isn’t the subject matter.

What was your inspiration for the book? Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual.

Originally I wrote the novella to submit to a special Samhain novella anthology.  But I didn’t make the deadline for their open submissions.  I could have made it but the story wouldn’t have been as good so I chose not to enter it.  Later I submitted it elsewhere, but in the end decided to self publish it as a free ebook, as an introduction to a much larger universe I’ve created.

For more information about Zoe and Kept, visit http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/.

Are you interested in being a featured author on Worderella Writes? E-mail answers to the following questions and I’ll post them as soon as possible.

  • What are the main points about you and/or the book that should be emphasized to the audience?
  • Who do you think will buy your book (i.e., your market)?
  • If you could construct an interview for yourself, what questions would you want to be asked?
  • Is there any competition for your book? How are the other books alike? How are they dissimilar?
  • What was your inspiration for the book?
  • Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual.
  • What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

10 thoughts on “Featured Author: Zoe Winters

  1. haha, what’s so funny here, is I didn’t know this was going to be the post, haha. The way the questions were worded for some bizarre reason in my head this was just a convo between me and Belinda. haha, so if it sounds really “off the cuff” that’s cause it is. LMAO.

    I was sitting here thinking, “I need to get back with Belinda and find out when we’re doing that guest thing.” And then I go to bloglines and I see my name, and I’m like “holy crap.”

    So I had to re-read it to make sure I didn’t say anything TOO totally stupid. Not too bad for something I didn’t know was going to be posted, hahaha.

    And as a side note, this is my fault, not Belinda’s. I think my brain was totally fried around Christmas and I had a complete blonde moment! 😀

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  2. haha, what’s so funny here, is I didn’t know this was going to be the post, haha. The way the questions were worded for some bizarre reason in my head this was just a convo between me and Belinda. haha, so if it sounds really “off the cuff” that’s cause it is. LMAO.

    I was sitting here thinking, “I need to get back with Belinda and find out when we’re doing that guest thing.” And then I go to bloglines and I see my name, and I’m like “holy crap.”

    So I had to re-read it to make sure I didn’t say anything TOO totally stupid. Not too bad for something I didn’t know was going to be posted, hahaha.

    And as a side note, this is my fault, not Belinda’s. I think my brain was totally fried around Christmas and I had a complete blonde moment! 😀

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  3. Zoe – Oh no! I didn’t realize this wasn’t supposed to be posted. I thought it worked really well as a conversational interview. I hope you’re okay with this posting.

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  4. Zoe – Oh no! I didn't realize this wasn't supposed to be posted. I thought it worked really well as a conversational interview. I hope you're okay with this posting.

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