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I was fortunate to get the wonderful and talented Ms. Zoey Derrick to take some time out her busy schedule to sit down with me for and interview before her release of Finding Loves Wings. Here's what Zoey had to say about herself her work and upcoming projects.
Crystal: Zoey, I have had the pleasure of knowing you and from my experience I know that you are blogger and avid reader but I know there is more to you that meets the eye so can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to be an author?
Zoey: Well, where to start would be a better question. I’m a mortgage loan underwriter by day, a single mom of a beautiful, energetic 8 year old in the evening, and a writer in the night. I love good books, great food, and I’m an avid music lover.
Being such an avid reader inspired me to write my own story, and the need to put my own fantasies to paper.
Crystal: Is Zoey Derrick your only pin name?
Zoey: Yes, Zoey Derrick is the only name that I’ve written anything under, for now.
Crystal: What Genre’s do you write in?
Zoey: Adult Contemporary/Erotic Romance, and I’m dipping my feet into some really cool Paranormal Romance.
Crystal: Are there any book or authors that have influenced your work?
Zoey: Is this blog long enough for this answer? I’ve always had a story to tell, but there are so many wonderful authors that have inspired not only Finding Love’s Wings, but also writing. It started about a year ago, when I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey. From there I discovered the likes of Marata Eros, Debra Anastasia, Shoshanna Evers, and Jennifer Probst and discovered the wonderful world of Indie Authors.
Crystal: You are about to release Finding loves wings, how does that make you feel?
Zoey: Nervous, Excited, Scared $hit-less, but more than anything a very strong sense of accomplishment. Ask me again on release day, no doubt I’ll be cowering in the corner. :-)
Crystal : How did you come up with the title and can you tell is who designed the cover and when is the release date?
Zoey: I came upwith the title of Finding Love’s Wings because both my Hero-Tristan, and my Heroine-Cami have wing tattoos across their backs. Tristan notices Cami’s wings and it is one of the biggest things that attracts him to her.
The cover was created by Olivia Rivers, @RiversOlivia on Twitter, with permission from www.fotolia.com
Finding Love’s Wings will be available on or after May 15, 2013. Exact time frame will be dependent upon Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.
Crystal: What inspired you to write this story and can you share a little of bit about the characters with us?
Zoey: Love, that was my bottom line inspiration for writing FLW. I wanted to be able to bring two, not so everyday, characters to life.
Cami is a beautiful powerhouse packed into a 5 foot 4 inch frame. Her parents, both deceased, left her with a fortune and a business to run. They also left her with a life of neglectful actions, and she has had to struggle through the emotions of everyday life without someone to help her better understand.
Tristan, Oh Boy Tristan, he is the biggest thing to hit Hollywood in years, he’s smart, ultra sexy, pierced, tattoo’d and a little bit of a bad boy. Tristan’s back story is a little bit of the rags to riches, without a lot of the struggle.
Both Tristan and Cami have their own demons to deal with in order to see if they can really come together and love one another.
Crystal: Who is your favorite character and Why?
Zoey: Oh boy, that’s tough. I don’t think that I can pick any one character to be my favorite. I love Cami because of her no holds barred attitude, she speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to stand up for herself and the ones she loves. I love Tristan because of his patience, emotion and ability to prove to Cami that she really is worthy. Despite his celebrity in Hollywood, in Tarah, he is just Tristan.
Crystal: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Zoey: Editing, though I hired an editor to help me with FLW, seeing my hard work bleeding red ink was really hard to take at first. The story just flowed out of me, from brain to keyboard, causing that a lot of corrections needing to be made, most of all with timelines and consistency throughout the story. Sione, my editor, has been amazing.
Crystal: Are there any other projects you are working on?
Zoey: I have several I’m working on…First of all, I’m working on a short guest blog post for www.thedarkerhalf.com. The crew over there have been a real inspiration as well as pushing me beyond my comfort level.
See question 11
Crystal : Zoey I have to ask, you have done some short stories previously and their was one that caught my eye. (smile), the one where a girl was dating a demon and she didn’t know……… Can you tell my readers a little about the story? and of course inquiring minds want to know if that story will be a book in the future making.
Zoey: Ahh, Devilish Desire… (originally posted to www.deadlyeverafter.com) is the story of Nyssa and Link. Nyssa falls head over heals in love with Link, only to discover that he is not as he seems. The story is still a work in progress, I intend to release the first half of the story later this year, and I will make sure you and your readers are the first to know when it comes live. You can also see the cover for Devilish Desire on Deadly Ever After’s website.
Crystal: One of the things I found that was interesting about you Zoey is that you spend a lot of time giving support to other bloggers and authors and connecting with your readers. How do you fit it all in?
Zoey: Aww! Thanks so much Hunny! I support what I love, and what I love is books, and the fans of those books. So with that, I feel it is important to support other authors and bloggers because I know the hard work and dedication that goes into their work. Buying their work, making a donation, or advertising hard work is something I hope to continue doing.
How do I fit it all in? Well, some days are easier than others. But I try to reach out via social media throughout the day, and return emails, usually before I sit down to write for the evening.
Crystal : Starting out on your own as an Indie author was not an easy task how did you overcome the obstacles and do you have any advice for other writers.
Zoey: I’m just getting my feet wet in the world of being an indie author, but the biggest advise I can give, is never give up. You will pour your own blood, sweat and tears into your work, but in the long run, the self gratification of knowing you accomplished something so monumental, is worth every ounce of it.
Crystal: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Zoey: Thank You All, for your support, for your gratitude and most of all, I hope you enjoy Finding Love’s Wings as much as I did writing it.
If you want to reach me, you can do so via Twitter, Facebook, or even email zoeyderrick [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thank you Crystal for being so willing to bring me to your blog and to help me promote Finding Love’s Wings, you, my dear, are amazing!
Happy Ranting and Raving!!!