Author Interview: Sai Marie Johnson
About the author:
Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
The idea of making someone happy and whisking them away into a free vacation from their couch while enjoying a world that came from my head.
Tell us about how you write.
I write very oddly, sometimes it overtakes me completely and I feel like I am merely a vessel by which my characters are able to tell their tales; completely bound to them and their stories until they've reached completion. Then other times it is very long and takes me a great deal of time to complete a story because of the components or complexities that cause emotional pulls inside myself. It's a very tumultuous relationship at times.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I don't talk to my characters but I do try to allow their stories to be told according to the way they want them to. What feels like it best explains who they are and what they're all about.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Build up your network now. Do it before you release your first book and connect with other romance authors. Having a platform doesn't happen on its own or overnight and they're the people to talk to in order to meet new readers and catch your target audience.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a hybrid author. I first began in self-publishing and am still doing many indie titles under my own company, InfinityxCreations. In addition to that, I am also signed with Blushing Books Publications and have three titles under their imprint.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's changing – alot. Amazon hasn't made things easier and piracy and scam artists are making it very hard to earn anything in this market but that's not why most authors write however we do need to make money in order to sell books and its becoming harder to do so. With Facebook now introducing Facebook Business tools and limiting posts, that makes things even harder. But, I do see that readers are starting to turn back toward paperbacks and though they tend to love Kindle and ebooks, it seems to me that lately they're wanting more tangible materials and face-to-face interaction.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Contemporary romantic suspense and paranormal/urban fantasy
My books are available in the following formats: