Interview with Renée Pawlish bestselling author of "Nephilim Genesis of Evil"
1.Your name: Renée Pawlish
2.Short Bio: Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, the Reed Ferguson mystery series (This Doesn't Happen In The Movies and Reel Estate Rip-off), The Noah Winters YA Adventure series (The Emerald Quest), Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.
Renée has been called “a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre” and “a powerful storyteller”. Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.
Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries, horrors and thrillers. She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.
3.When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing most of my life, but in 1994 I began to write with publishing in mind. That first book would need a lot of work to be published, but it began me on this journey.
4.What inspired you to write your first book?
I had an idea in my head for about a year, but I was in graduate school so I didn’t have time to work on it. After graduation, I was telling a friend about my idea and she encouraged me to write that book. I did, and now I have many more books under my belt.
5. Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
As I said, that one never got published. I think it’s a note to indie authors out there – your first book probably isn’t publishable. That’s hard to hear, but most of us don’t truly understand the nuances to storytelling yet. I know I didn’t and that’s why that first book isn’t for sale.
6.What made you decide to self-publish?
I’d been getting feedback from agents that they liked my book Nephilim Genesis of Evil, but they didn’t think it was marketable (because Nephilim crosses genres – it’s part mystery, part horror, with supernatural elements in it). So I decided to publish it myself, knowing I would have to market it.
7. How do you market your work?
I use a blog, I’m active on Twitter and Facebook, and I tell everyone I can about my books. I use KDP Select to offer free books, and here and there I’ve paid for advertising. It takes time to build a following, but it’s happening.
8. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest book is the first in a YA series called The Emerald Quest. Noah Winter is the son of sea-exploring treasure hunters who are trying to find a valuable emerald.
9. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
In the past, it’s taken nine months to a year, but I’m working to get faster on it. With a series, if people buy and like the first book, you want sequels available.
10. What genre would you place your books into?
I write mysteries, but I also have some horror and paranormals novels and short stories as well.
11. Where do you get your book plot ideas from?
That’s tough. Sometimes it’s something I read on the news. Other times a book or a movie will spark an idea.
12. Do you have writing routine?
No. I write when I can, but it varies, depending on where I am in the book or if I’m stuck with the plot or not.
13. Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Oh, writer’s block is part of the process. Taking a walk or a hike usually gets my over the hump and back on track.
14. Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
I love Dennis Lehane and early Michael Connelly. I loved Sue Grafton, although her later works aren’t as good. Early Stephen King is good, too.
15. What are you currently reading?
Between A Rock And A Hard Place, by Aron Ralston. It’s about his harrowing experience getting his arm stuck by a huge boulder while hiking in the Canyonlands of Utah.
16. Are there any New Authors you are interested in for us to watch out for?
Hm, that’s tough. I tend to read series and so I’m in the middle of a bunch. Most of the new stuff by new writers I haven’t been that impressed with, but I know that the longer I write, the harder it is to impress me.
17. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Don’t jump to publish too soon. Write, rewrite, edit, have people other than family and friends read your book and get their honest opinion. Make sure you really do have a great book and then think about writing. Then get it professionally edited both for structure and grammar. Then publish.
18. Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it?
I’ve always got something going. Right now I’m plotting the sequel to Nephilim, and the sequel to The Emerald Quest.
19. How can people get in touch with you?
Through my website or blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
a) Your Facebook page? http://facebook.com/reneepawlish.author
b) Your Goodreads author page? Renee Pawlish
c) Your Twitter details? @reneepawlish
d) Your G+ page? Renee Pawlish
e) Your book trailer? http://youtu.be/92FTC9UD0K4
20. Where can the readers buy your books?
Here’s my Amazon author page with links to all my books.
Thank you so much & good luck with all your books.