The Keyboard Hussy – An Interview with Evelyn Lafont
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last installment in the Independent Writing category, but now you get the pleasure of meeting Evelyn, aka the Keyboard Hussy. Evelyn was gracious enough to answer a few questions about
Evelyn’s first book, The Vampire Relationship Guide: Meeting and Mating, has 37 reviews on Amazon, and the one word that seems to be in most of them is “fun.” Who doesn’t enjoy a fun book? Here’s an excerpt from the description:
Josie is your average girl who just wants one simple thing to make her feel complete–sex with a vampire. When she receives an invitation to a party thrown by one of the world’s richest vamps, she doesn’t stop to question her luck; she jumps into her favorite stilettos and heads out to the event of a lifetime, secretly hoping that she’ll come home with a sexy party favor.
And with that, here are Evelyn’s thoughtful answers to my not-so-original questions:
Do you now have 10 books available for purchase? That’s a big number!
I have 12 books available, 7 of them are short, 30-page installments from the Pack Mistress serial.
Was self-publication more of a business decision or a creative freedom decision – or something else completely – for you?
It was a little bit of both. I’ve been a business owner since 2008 and self-employed since 2009 and I’m pretty strong-willed about the way that I run both my business and creative endeavors. Self-publishing not only allows me more control over my books and stories but, for me, makes more sense from a business standpoint.
Do you work with other independent professionals for things like editing or cover design?
I work with my husband on book covers but I do hire an editor/proofreader.
Would you talk a little about book promotion, and particularly about your (fabulous) book trailers?
I don’t really do much in terms of book promotion. I tried many things in the beginning and made many mistakes. I’ve now happily settled into a laid-back method of promotion that works well for me. As for my book trailers, I enjoy the creative process of developing them. I think that book trailers can be immensely helpful in marketing and promoting a book but I don’t really use them that way. I just enjoy creating them and almost see them as complementary products of entertainment rather than promotional tools.
Do you have plans beyond your Pack Mistress Series?
Pack Mistress is a serialized novel that’s heading toward its final installment. At that point, I’ll bundle all of the installments for those who want to buy it as a novel. I also have the Vampire Relationship Guide series which
has one book left and the Dating during the Zombie Apocalypse series which has a few more books coming. My next new series release will probably be the first in an episodic serial called The Recruiter which mixes the erotic romance, urban fantasy, and zombie/dystopian genres into some kind of unclassifiable, but fun, mishmash. The first 60-page installment of The Recruiter should be toward the end of October.