Interview & Spotlight Soul Sisters by Janiera Eldridge

Monday, April 29, 2013
Title: Soul Sisters
Author: Janiera Eldridge
Series: Soul Sisters (#1)
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy/Vampires
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 23 2012

Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.

However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen. Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.

Tell us a little about the book and where did you get the idea to write this story.
Soul Sisters is a book about twin sisters with an unusual problem: one is a vampire and one isn’t. At the heart of the story is inspirable bond between sisters who are totally different but will do anything to protect each other.

How and when did you get started writing novels?
I started writing in 2012 because I developed a serious illness that made me leave college. It was a dark period for me and writing novels was extremely therapeutic and joyful for me. That was when I knew I wanted to write novels forever!

What’s the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is being able to create totally new world and people. It is also awesome to be able to share that with the world. The worst part of being a writer is publishers (and a few readers) don’t know that people write these books and we have feelings too. lol

What made you decide to go the self-publishing route? How is it different from traditional publishing?
Constant rejection of my manuscript was my reason for self-publishing. I was determined that if the traditional houses didn’t want my work I was going to get it to readers somehow. We indie authors have to spend A LOT  more time on promoting and although it is tiring, I believe in the end it builds a better writer!

 What is your writing schedule like?
Not long enough! It seems like these days after the day job and promoting my book writing comes last. It stinks that it has to be that way but as long as I’m writing something every day, I’m happy!

Where do you get your ideas?
Life, I see things all around me that inspire me to write a scene about it. It is no telling where my next idea will come up with.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing no matter what anyone says to you, no matter what they say about your books. Write boldly and you will have no regrets,

Have any of your titles ever been changed from your original choice?
No, my titles are always my first idea for the title. They come to me so quickly.

If you could turn any of your books into a movie which book or series would it be?
Good Ghost Gone Bad would make an awesome horror film. It’s a ghost story about a ghost getting revenge with ghosts against their horrific killer.  I’d love someone like Sam Raimi to direct it!

Do you have a character in one of your books that continues to haunt you at night or surprised you when you wrote the book? 
Ani, from the Soul Sister series. I’m never sure what she is going to do but she always surprises me!

 Is there something about you or your life that readers might be surprised about?
I have a deep love for black comedy and humor. My favorite is The Adams Family.

Do you write a novel straight through? Or revise as you go? Plan a whole series in advance? Or does the series evolve?
I write straight through and never plan, I love to watch my story evolve!

Do you use Beta readers?
Yes! They help me shape my story from a reader’s point of view and their so important to me. They’re super awesome readers!

Which books were the most fun to write? The hardest to write?
Good Ghost Gone Bad was the easiest to write because it was so juicy. I really had a vision for Soul Sisters so that made it a bit harder!

What’s next?
I’m currently working on my first contemporary; I’m in love with it. It does have a bit of fantasy though. I  just can’t help myself.

Janiera Eldridge loved feeding her book addiction and putting all her crazy stories on paper. When she is not immersed in the world of fiction, she is working as an entertainment freelance writer.
Janiera also enjoys connecting with other authors and supporting their work on her book blog Books&Beauty.

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