Today I would like to welcome Susana Imaginário into the Indie Spotlight!
Susana Imaginário lives in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog.
Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, hanging upside down, daydreaming around ancient ruins, talking to trees and being tired.
Her debut novel, Wyrd Gods, combines mythological fantasy with science fiction and psychology in a strange way.
Contact Susana here:
Social media: @chronodendron
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19484357.Susana_Imagin_ri
Hi Susana – welcome to my blog!
First, I’d like to thank Sue for giving me the opportunity to contribute to her blog and all the work she puts in helping indie authors reach their audience.
You are most welcome! I enjoy putting these posts together and hopefully people enjoy reading them! What made you decide to publish your books independently?
Freedom of choice. I didn’t want my work to be constricted by industry standards, and I didn’t want to be tied to contracts or deadlines. That being said, I’ve made sure my work matched the quality standards of traditionally published books.
Yes, quality of cover design and editing can really put a reader off even if a story is amazing. What are the benefits of being an indie author?
The total control over content and schedule.
On the flipside of the last question, what challenges do indie authors face?
For me, marketing is by far the biggest challenge. It’s a time-consuming and often soul crushing struggle to get your books to be noticed.
There’s also a certain stigma attached to self-publishing. Sure, many self-published books lack in quality and are less polished than traditionally published books merely because the author doesn’t have access or can’t afford better resources, but that’s not often the case these days. In recent years I’ve noticed the gap between self-published and traditionally published books getting narrower, especially in terms of presentation.
I have to agree there. I often find it difficult to tell from looking at a book whether it is self published or traditionally published.
What advice would you give to aspiring indie authors?
Be kind to yourself. Nothing you write will ever be perfect from cover to cover (even if it is, you probably won’t see it that way) so don’t beat yourself up for every little mistake you make. Because yes, you will make mistakes. Some you’ll notice right away, others may only be pointed out to you years after publication. There’s no point losing sleep over it. Fix them if you can, learn from them, live with them.
Build your author platform early on so you have enough people interested in your book before you publish it. That was my biggest mistake.
What have you learned from being an indie author?
Some days it’s like every door and window has been shut in your face and you’re screaming at the top of your lungs on a stage with no microphone and no one’s listening. There’s just too much noise, too many voices, and most of them scream louder than you. Just keep writing. The more you write, the better the chances people will pay attention to your work.
And now for the final question…What can we look forward to seeing from you in 2021?
Nephilim’s Hex, book 3 in the Timelessness series, should (hopefully!) be out in July. I planned to have a novella published in April and The Dharkan turned into an audiobook by now, but 2020 was not a good year for plans and so far, 2021 is not being particularly kind either… I’m doing the best I can under the circumstances, and it’s all any of us can do.
Yes that is all anyone can do right now. Good luck with these projects, Susana, and thank you again for joining me on the blog today!
The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.
A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.
And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer.
As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal’s body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.
There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim’s new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.
To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.
And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul…
Read my review of Wyrd Gods here
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Audiobook link: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Wyrd-Gods-Audiobook/B087TFD5FW
The enemy is defeated.
The gods strike a truce.
And the Dharkan strike against the gods.
Victory has cost both gods and mortals dearly. The veil between life and death in Niflheim is thinner than ever. Try as they might, the gods are powerless against the influence of Time, and their past mistakes threaten not only their future but their very existence.
Now the fate of eternity rests in the unlikely alliance between the goddess of the soul and a soulless Dharkan, as they must work together to achieve peace between the living and the dead in Aegea. And although their goals may seem similar, the motivations behind them couldn’t be more at odds with each other.
Meanwhile, a greater enemy approaches.
Or maybe it’s already here…
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Ailish Sinclair trained as a dancer and taught dance for many years, before working in schools to help children with special needs. A short stint as a housekeeper in a castle fired her already keen interest in untold stories of the past and she sat down to research and write.
She now lives beside a loch with her husband and two children where she still dances and writes and eats rather a lot of chocolate.
Her historical novels THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR and FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE are both published by GWL Publishing.