– Alisha Rai
– Genre(s): Contemporary, Paranormal
– Publisher(s): Samhain Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1) I say this all the time: finish your book. It’s one of the most tempting things, to just stop when you hit a wall or give up after the first chapter. You can’t sell a book that isn’t finished.
- 2) Get an (honest) critique partner, preferably one who isn’t related to you, who will give it to you straight.
- 3) Relates to number two: don’t freak out over constructive criticism :). If you have an honest critique partner whom you trust, ideally, he/she won’t gush over every word you write. Take the good with the bad, forget that this manuscript is your baby, and consider your partner’s opinion with an objective eye.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- This :). I like blogging, but am a bit intimidated about starting my own. Maybe someday. In the meantime, guest blogs are fun.
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- Don’t get discouraged if you get rejected. The editor/agent doesn’t hate you, honest. A lot of publishing is pure timing and luck.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- I just discovered Gena Showalter. I powered through Lords of the Underworld and am currently munching my way through the Atlantis series. Don’t you just love discovering a new-to-you author who has an impressive backlist? It’s wonderful!
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- Hmm, tough. Some of my favorite authors are only out in print right now, so I have very little choice with them. Plus, nothing beats a print book in the tub.
- On the other hand, the instant gratification of an e-book can’t be beat. Click, buy, read? Very seductive. Since I read really fast, it’s also convenient to have the ability to carry all your books inside of something you carry anyway. I read my ebooks on my laptop or my palm (can’t afford the Sony yet, sigh). Last week when I went on vacation, I could just sit on the airplane with the Treo in my hand instead of having to lug around three or four books in my bag. My shoulder was very happy. I have a feeling as more publishing houses discover ebooks, I’ll probably be abandoning print all together.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- 1) J.R. Ward Lover Fill-in-the-Blank. Since it’s a series, I can count it as one giant book, right? Love Butch and Zsadist’s stories the most though.
- 2) Linda Howard After the Night. I don’t know if it’s the bathroom scene or the fact that this was my first introduction to sensual romance, but I cannot give this book away. Even if the hero is alpha to the point that he can be a little jerky.
- 3) Shannon McKenna Behind Closed Doors. Actually, I love everything Shannon McKenna writes, but this was the book that introduced me to her.
- I could give a whole laundry list of favorite authors/books: Kresley Cole, Sarah McCarty, Lora Leigh, Angela Knight…how long do we have here?
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- I don’t know if there was any one thing, but I’ve spent most of my life writing and most of my adult life writing romances. About two years ago I finally said to myself, “Self, this is it. You are going to finish this book and try to sell it.”
- So I did.
- And I got rejected left and right.
- So I regrouped, saw what I had done “wrong” and tried to write a whole new book. And here I am. There, you have the cliff notes, highly edited version of my career :).
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- Um, I edit it again. I’m one of those people who is never satisfied with what I’ve written. I consider it finished only when all of the edits are done and it’s in the publisher’s hands.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I don’t think I have a muse. I do talk to my characters though, and I daydream scenes constantly. Usually at traffic stops, much to the dismay of other drivers, I’m sure.
Website – http://www.alisharai.com
Join me next week for an interview with Pam Champagne.