Teresa Gabelman is the international bestselling author of the Protectors Series; paranormal romance with a twist. A Readers Choice Awards Nominee at the 2013 Indie Romance Convention, Teresa is currently on a blog tour and stopping by Red Lorry’s Journey for an interview with yours truly.
Many thanks for stopping by and giving me the chance to interview you. I have to say it’s an honour; I am such a huge fan of you and your Protectors Series. As one indie author to another, your success is truly inspirational.
Thank you so much! It has been a blast for sure and meeting so many new friends has been by far the best part!
Q) I’ve interviewed a lot of indie authors, but you are by far the most successful. What do you think it is about your books that makes them so popular with the readers?
A) I think Damon just hit a cord with some readers who thankfully spread the word. I have to have humor in my books along with sexy alpha males. I write what I like to read without tons of description. In all honesty when reading I pass over a lot of the description. I like commentary between the characters and put a lot of that in my books. With the following the books in the series I really listened to the readers by talking personally with them and reviews. I’m still learning, but I do listen to my readers because they are the one’s investing their time and money into my books so I want to give them what they like. I write for me also, but most of my readers read what I like to read so it works out great! Yay!
Q) The Protectors series is about a time when humans and vampires are trying to live in harmony with each other. Many people think that in the wake of the Twilight Saga, the vampire genre has been done to death. What do you say to this?
A) I think there is so much more to come in the vampire genre by awesome authors both Indie and traditional. There are so many different avenues you can go with them vampires or paranormal in general. I’ve read the Twilight books and enjoyed them. I’ve seen the movies. Is it my favourite, no it’s not, but fist pump to the unknown author, Stephanie Meyer, who gained such a following and readership. I don’t care who it is, but anyone who can make it in this business has my respect.
Q) Damon as book #1 in the Protector series. How long did it take you from coming up with the initial concept to seeing it through to publication?
A) Well, I was working full time so I would say about a year. My confidence was the major hold up. My friend, Kelly, who reads all my stuff read it and was shocked. When I told her I was writing a book I think she thought ‘yeah, right.’ HA!
A) I tried to go through publishing houses before my son was born about 19 years ago. It was a western romance, not even vampire. LOL! Of course I got rejection after rejection. Then my son was born and I stopped to be a mom and worked outside the home full time. My husband actually heard about Amazon’s KDP program for self-publishing and we looked into it. A week later I started writing Damon which was self-published in 2011.
Q) Is there any part of the independent publishing process that you really don’t enjoy? If so what is it, and why?
A) Honestly for me there hasn’t been a downside. I enjoy it all so far!
Q) What advice would you give to indie authors who are just starting out and perhaps finding the whole experience a little overwhelming?
A) Never ever give up. If it’s what you want to do understand that it will be overwhelming at times, disheartening at other times, but to have someone read what you wrote and like it is a feeling that is so totally awesome. Of course, not everyone is going to like what you write, but that’s okay because for one that doesn’t like it there will be three or four that do. It’s so worth it if that’s your dream. Dream it, live it!!!
Q) Back to the Protectors. We’re four novels into the series (Damon, Jared, Duncan and Sid), and
word on the street is we’re about to get a novella featuring Adam. Your website has revealed that afterward, the next story is going to be Slade—my favourite so far—and then Sloan. But at this moment, how many more books do you plan on releasing in the Protectors series overall?
A) All of the above is correct, but there will be new Warrior’s introduced so Sloan may not be after Slade. Sloan will definitely be the last book in the series so it depends on the readers. If they want new books with the new Warrior’s then I will write them.
Slade was only supposed to be a small part, but everyone fell in love with him, me included, so he is now getting his own book. LOL! (Hurray! Lorraine claps her hands, Slade is most definitely her favourite Protector so far).
Q) Do you have a favourite Protector or couple from the series, and conversely, are there any of them who drive you crazy?
A) Sid drives me nuts, but I love him. I don’t really have any faves because I love them all in different ways. Now the females I love Nicole with Jill coming in a close second because they are both bad ass women.
Finally, for your top five, I’ve got two for you—cheeky, I know.
1) For the author in you, what are the top five words that you always find yourself including in your work?
5. Sid ;)
2) What are your top five favourite ‘popcorn’ movies?
1. The Green Mile.
2. The Lost Boys.
3. P.S. I love you.
4. The Shining.
5. Princess Bride.
Teresa Gabelman, thank you so much for joining me for a spell on Red Lorry’s Journey.
Thank you so very much Red Lorry’s Journey for hosting. It is wonderful people like you who make this journey special for me and it is so appreciated. Hugs!!!
Teresa Gabelman's website