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Featured Author: Sabrina Flynn

August 16, 2014

ABOUT SABRINA

Sabrina lives in perpetual fog and sunshine with a rock troll and two crazy imps. She spent her youth trailing after insanity, jumping off bridges, climbing towers, and riding down waterfalls in barrels. After spending fifteen years wrestling giant hounds and battling pint-sized tigers, she now travels everywhere via watery portals leading to anywhere.

She is a winner of best-selling author Annelie Wendeberg’s Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction Contest. And her short story ‘Clash of the Books’ won first place in Laurie R. King’s National Library Week Writing Contest.

Website: http://sabrinaflynn.wordpress.com

FEATURED BOOKS

A Thread in the TangleA Thread in the Tangle

In a shattered realm where gods breathe and battle, sixteen-year-old Isiilde must find her feet among people who both despise and crave her kind. She trembles on a precipice, caught between the lust of men, the greed of kings, and an eternal struggle for dominance. As three powerful kingdoms vie to own her, the fire in her blood awakens, sparking a cataclysm of events that spiral into disaster. A barbarian, a madman, and a timid nymph are all who stand between light and oblivion.

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From the AshesFrom the Ashes

Atticus Riot is an ex-gambler turned detective, but after twenty years of roaming the Barbary Coast, he’s about to toss the game for good. After his partner Ravenwood is savagely murdered, he wants nothing more than to rid himself of his dead partner’s legacy and retire. But man plans and God laughs: the young wife of a prosperous businessman is abducted. Two separate ransom notes are sent to two different relations, leaving the police baffled. Reluctantly, as a final favor to an old friend, Riot takes on the case, feeling half a man without the brilliant Ravenwood.

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INTERVIEW

Why did you choose to self-publish?

Before self-publishing, I did a lot of research into the publishing scene and weighed the pros and cons of each.  In the end, there were three factors that swayed me towards self-publishing:
Big publishing companies do not support their authors like they used to in the golden days of publishing.  Authors who have hit the NYT bestselling lists have to do the majority of their marketing and advertising.  One of my favorite bestselling authors had to draw her own book map, because her publishing company wouldn’t cover the cost.  The more I researched, the more I began to ask myself, ‘What can a publisher do for me that I can’t do for myself?’
I don’t like the idea of signing over rights to my work to a big publisher. With self-publishing, you retain the rights to your work, and can do whatever you like with it.
Freedom to create.  Self-published authors have a say in every step of the creative process, from the editor they choose, to the formatting, to the cover artist.  I’ve spoken to some traditional authors who are unhappy with the cover of their books.  They had no say in the formatting or cover style.

Which authors or books influenced your writing the most?

J.R.R Tolkien.  I read LOTR when I was 12 and Eowyn’s showdown with the Witchking left a lasting impact on me.
Laurie R. King, author of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.  She rekindled my love of words.
Tad Williams.  His ability to write sprawling, epic fantasy stories and bring each and every thread together at the end is just amazing.

What are your current projects / What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on the second book in my fantasy series, Legends of Fyrsta: King’s Folly.  It should be out by the end of the year.

Anything else you would like to mention?

The publishing industry is changing, but writers have options now, which is wonderful. If you are a writer who is thinking about publishing, do your research, and figure out what path fits you best.  And if you are a reader, give Indie authors a chance.  You might be surprised.

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