Today we're featuring The Convenience of Lies by author Kimberly Castillo. Kimberly has some excellent writing advice for indie authors in our interview down below so make sure you check it out!
“It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?”
Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a “bad boy,” Ramon, and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters’ property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.”
What inspired you to become a writer?Reading. Nothing inspires me to write more than reading.
Not really. I may have one day or one section of a story that’s not really working for me as I’m trying to write it. But usually if I just step away from that part for a day or so I’ll have enough time to process what I want to accomplish in that part of the story so that I can sit back down and continue writing. Often times I have to put off writing a story until I have a break from school where I can really focus on writing. And so, the idea for what I want to write will have been swimming around in my mind long enough that it’s dying to come out once I get the chance to write.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Yes, I usually work with an outline. I start general and then become more specific. First I will come up with the general plot line, then what each chapter will be about, and then the storyline for each chapter.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
If I could go back and do it all over again, I would not have wasted almost a year with pursuing traditional publishing.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I market my work largely through talking with teachers and through the blogosphere. English teachers have direct access to a large number of readers in their classrooms and are more than excited to recommend a book to their students… especially if the author is local and can come into the classroom to speak with the students. The blogosphere is another outlet for reaching a large number of readers who I may not have access to otherwise. While time consuming, setting up a book blog tour is not terribly hard. It just requires contacting as many bloggers as you can and being flexible to their needs.
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