Today DarkissReads would like to introduce to you Lori J Schile the author of Wiccan Shadows that was reviewed a few weeks ago. Lori was gracious enough to take the time to do an interview with us. So let’s give her a warm welcome!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been reading since I was three and writing stories since age eight. I was, and am, never far from paper and pen. I still write longhand before transferring my work into the computer. “Wiccan Shadows” was my first published novel, although I have had a few short stories and magazine articles previously published.
I graduated from college as a veterinary technician in 1991 and worked in a 24-hr veterinary ICU for over 15 years before a disability ended that career. I have done some volunteer work with feral cats, as well as at a wildlife rehab.
I have been a solitary Wiccan for ten years. My spirit animal is the wolf.
I live in
with seven “special needs” cats, and my boyfriend, Doug. Philadelphia, PA
2. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I had to do extensive research to write this book. The storyline is complete fiction, however, the incantations are all original. The remainder of the rituals were carefully verified for authenticity and should be recognized by any practicing Wiccan.
3. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I have learned something from almost every book that I’ve ever read. Some of my current favorites are Laurell K. Hamilton: the Anita Blake series, Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; Ilona Andrews: the Kate Richards series; and just about any wolf or werewolf book I can get my hands on.
My current favorite Wiccan writers are Lupa, Ted Richards, Silver Ravenwolf and the late Scott Cunningham.
4. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I think my greatest challenges in getting published were my own low self-confidence and the fear of rejection. Surprisingly, Imajinn Publishing was only the second publishing company that I approached. After some preliminary discussions, Imajinn was willingly to offer a three-book contract for the Wiccan Sisterhood series.
5. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I specifically enjoyed the sexual tension between Alex and Dan, as well as the shapeshifting scenes. I also liked Alex’s relationship with her familiar, “Rune” who was based on one of my own cats, “Bamf”, who died just before her 20th birthday. Bamf was a black cat, but I used an Abyssinian in the story because I thought a black cat was too “typical”.
6. What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m often still writing. I’m also constantly reading. Most successful authors will say that in order to write you must read as much as you can. I work with fostering sick and feral cats whenever I can. And I have admittedly become a Facebook junkie.
7. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
One of the difficulties of most small publishing companies is that they offer little to no publicity for their authors. I market my work anyway, anywhere, and anytime I can, using friends and family, word of mouth, posting ads (with permission) in storefronts and medical offices. Social networks, like Facebook, are also a tremendous help as well as online groups which cater specifically to Wiccans and Pagans like PaganSpace, the Pagan/Wiccan Forum, Temple Illuminatus, and Children of Artemis to name a few.
8. Which of your characters is most/least like you and in what ways(s)?
I believe, as do many authors, that there are pieces of themselves in their characters. Alex and Jen are a loose compilation of me as an adult while Robyn contain parts of me when I was a rebellious teenager.
9. Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
No, but when I was a naïve teenager, I wrote some things I thought might be controversial and actually were. In fact, I was expelled from school for a specific piece of writing in 11th grade.
10. Do you have any exciting news to share with your readers?
“Wiccan Shadows” was voted one of the TOP TEN “Best Beach Reads of 2011” in the June 26th issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly’s largest newspaper.
I am also currently hard at work on “Wiccan Moonlight”, book two of the series. Hopefully it will be released in 2012.
If I may, I would like to thank all of my readers for their rave reviews and tons of support. They have helped a great deal in getting the word out about my book.
Thank you Lori! Best of luck on your future endeavors!
Interviewed by Witchofthemists