MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #1

Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #1 is from author Coleman Weeks and his question is “How do you promote your work?” 

Let’s see how all 11 author participants promote theirs!

1) Coleman Weeks

I promote socially and am always on the lookout for innovations in that sphere.

2) Viv Drewa

My first novels and stories I self-published. Now I have a publisher.

3) K. J. Rollinson

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, Pinterest, Emails, my website, weekly marsocial dragon post blog, various writing groups. Social contacts. Car sticker. List of my books appear in every publication of my books, published on Amazon. My Amazon author’s page. Book Weeks organised by Wordplay Writers Forum at least once a year,(I am a member). Wordplay Writers Forum Web page, Occasionally articles appear in the local press, T.V. Choice Magazine, ‘Writing Magazine UK. Video on You Tube.

4) Sam Reese

In a variety of ways: Facebook groups, word-of-mouth, my website, my publisher’s website, etc. Pretty much any way I can promote I will try at least once.

5) Neil McGowan

   I use a combination of social media and promotional sites such as iauthor. It needs an investment of time to do, and sometimes it feels like an uphill battle, but it does bring results. I’ve also had some success with word-of-mouth, and through reading extracts or short stories at local events.

6) Marion Lovato

I promote my work through Social Media as well as websites that accept excerpts or offer promotion for free.

7) Jaro Berce

I use several different channels ranging from conferences to blogs. Conferences are mostly more professional oriented but my blog and guest blogs are more opened to topics. Also TV and local media work fine for personal promotion. The hardest part in promotion is what I’ve finally found out, i.e. it is not about promoting oneself but your book or writings. 

8) Marie Lavender

I do whatever I can.  I make as many connections as possible on the various social networks.  I post about my books, but I also post about regular things too.  I do author interviews, character interviews and guest posts whenever I can on other blogs or sites.  I also post on my three blogs frequently.  I have author profiles in various places.  I also take out book cover ads on different sites.

9) LaRae Parry

To launch a new release, I do a Facebook Event announcing the new book. For my latest release, I offered a four-day free download. That shot my book to Amazon’s #1 ranking in the two categories it was listed it. That really helped.

10) Theresa Moretimer

 I Tweet, use Facebook, Blog and have a magnet of my book on the side of my car that has a picture of the cover of my book, w/ the title and my name and website.

11) Annie Edmonds

Good one to start things off Coleman. I promote my work the old fashioned way, and it’s hard work.  I do have help when someone shares my book or blog. But mostly it’s me sharing to twitter, Facebook, Google, And my blogs.  
I also had Jas and her team at make a trailer for my book and that has been an amazing tool. 

The next question is from Theresa and her question is “What made you choose the genre you write?” Stay tuned with us for the next post tomorrow!


MARSocial Special Interview: Author #11 Annie Edmonds

Annie is a Jersey Girl born and bred. She has been happily married to the one man that stole her heart 30 yrs ago. She hopes to one day move to the sunshine state as the winters are hard on someone who lives with chronic pain.

She loves to write and has been doing it her entire life. In 2013 she reached a milestone birthday and decided it was now or never to write and published her first erotic romance novel. Second Chances Sammy’s story is the first in the Second Chance series. She’s currently writing Master Mike Sloan’s story.

When not writing/blogging Annie loves to spend time with her husband and family at the beach. This is where she gets her inspiration.

 Her other interest include, Photography, gardening, and she’s a foodie that loves to cook.

Being an independent author or indie isn’t always easy. But it can be fun when you write a blog that you love. Annie started Sex w/Annie on WordPress and it seems to have hit a sweet spot where followers are concerned. She post a Sexy Sunday blog for couples, singles every Sunday by 4 PM.

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #10 Theresa Moretimer

Theresa Moretimer began writing as therapy after becoming disabled following a domestic violence incident. She went through several years of physical therapy and counseling. Theresa strives to prevent this from happening to others with a prevention/awareness campaign. She has spoken for the Governor of her state concerning domestic violence and donates 20% of all book sales to help victims. Her goal is to ultimately build shelters where there are none.
Theresa is divorced and lives on a small farm with her daughters. She enjoys writing, singing, cooking, family game and movie nights as well as horseback riding, swimming, football and ghost hunting. Theresa has earned a BA in Accounting and Creative Writing and was named a finalist in the MARSocial Author of the Year 2014 Competition where she was named a Runner-Up for her book To Hide from Death II: When death comes stalking.

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #9 LaRae Parry

I was born with a loose screw. I’m not kidding, I was. It has gotten me into trouble and out of trouble, so I can’t complain.

I was also born with an umbilical urge to write – or – tell stories – made up ones. That got me into a lot of trouble, and out of trouble, so, I can’t complain. 🙂

In 1991, I became a VERY famous artist. I drew, painted, and wrote painting instructions for a publisher. I had 13 painting books published – which is weird, because I never considered myself an artist. I was a faux artist, I guess.

Then in 2005, a simple medical procedure went terribly wrong that landed me in the ICU on life-support because of respiratory and multiple organ failure. Even though I beat the odds and survived, docs said my brain crashed (like how a computer crashes) and needed to be rebooted.

The good news was I had a brain. The bad news was it wasn’t working. I had to relearn how to walk, go upstairs, comb my hair, etc. Forget about reading.

In 2010, I learned how to read and write again. I never did get my faux artistic skills back, but that’s okay. I didn’t have them to begin with. 😉

So now I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do – write. Tell stories, make-up stories and enjoy the little fantasy land that I have always loved. I’ll take you on the journey if you’d like. 🙂

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #8 Marie Lavender

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published nineteen books. She has published books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. 

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night;Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #7 Jaro Berce

In the course of his life Jaro Berce has lived, been educated and worked in many different places of culture – Europe, Africa, USA and China. He was entrepreneur, project manager, member of BoD and performed many more other long and short term tasks. Half of his life he dedicated to martial arts. All this diverse knowledge and passions he merged into a different approach to a leadership. By teaching and coaching he widely spreads his ideas.

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #6 Marion Lovato

Writing the “Great American Novel” has always been a dream, but it seemed that life would get in the way! Wrote short stories when I was a child and then started writing poetry when I graduated from college.  Spent two years teaching in Colorado and twenty more in Wyoming before leaving the profession.  When I moved to Nevada in 2000, I found that I missed being a teacher and went to work for the Clark County School District until 2011.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about teaching was watching the expression on children’s faces when they were thoroughly enjoying a story. Big smiles, and totally involved. By this time, I had two cats in the family. Even though the idea of a novel was still in the back of my mind, I decided to write about the younger cat named Sammy. He was a feral cat for about 5 months before we finally trapped him. It took several years and a LOT of patience to get him to the point that he would trust us. It paid off. He will always have that streak of not trusting completely. However, he is now very lovable and funny. I just have to laugh at him sometimes with the crazy things he does. So, I took some of these crazy things, combined it with my imagination, and you have Sam, the Superkitty. There are three separate stories in the book written in prose form. Two of those stories are also written in poetry form. This book has been read to elementary classes and is kid approved!

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #5 Neil McGowan

Neil is the author of The Surgeon, a gritty horror novel described as ‘fast-paced’, ‘nicely inventive’ and ‘gripping’ and vampire novel Nanobite, as well as the collection of short stories Don’t Drink the Water. He was brought up in Yorkshire, and spent many years working as an aircraft technician throughout the world. He is a prolific author of short fantasy and horror fiction, as well as writing fantasy for children.

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #4 Sam Reese

Sam Reese is an author living in Kingston, TN with his wife, dogs, and cat. He has been told his writing incorporates the terror of H.P. Lovecraft, the imagination of Neil Gaiman, the characterization of Stephen King, and the snarkiness of David Sedaris. Immolation is his first novel, though he is currently working on three more, as well as numerous short stories. He is the kind of guy that has a great love of metal, rock, comics, and sci-fi/fantasy, and horror– but will wow you with his deep sensitive grasp of philosophy and religion.

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #3 K. J. Rollinson

K J Rollinson was born in Salford, Lancashire, moved to Wales aged 12 and also lived in Berkshire.Despite leaving school without any qualifications, the author gained A levels and professional awards through the ensuing years.

The author carved out a career and worked for many years for the National Health Service taking various positions with health authorities within England and Wales, but now lives in Spain.

She has published four books on Amazon. The ‘Fallyn’ trilogy, Fallyn and the Dragons, Fallyn

In the Forbidden Land, Fallyn ND the Sea Dragons, as soft books and Kindle, and The Rode to Justice, (1st grade detective, murder stories) available on Kindle, Short stories by the author have appeared in various publications, includingShorts for Autumn awarded by the Writing Magazine the best anthology written in 2012.

Amazon author’s page which gives details of my books which can be purchased on Amazon, both in soft book and kindle.