Amazon bestselling author L.E. Wilson writes Paranormal Romance novels about intense alpha males and the women who are fearless enough to tame them…for the most part anyway. With high heat levels, loads of suspense, and characters whose personas range from playful and witty to dark and tormented, L.E. is a natural storyteller.
L.E. Wilson is a member of the Romance Writer’s of America and is active in both the Greater Seattle and Eastside chapters near her. She is also an Indie author, so please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are like gold for Indie authors, and help other readers find their books.
Born in a seriously small town in northeastern PA, she’s always open to new adventures and has managed to make her way all the way across the country. She now lives outside of Seattle with her patient husband, two sons, and two furry kids. Waking up to the mysterious mist-covered mountains there, (i.e. her backyard), only feeds her craving for all things supernatural.
Lattes are a necessary part of her writing process, and you’ll often find her typing away at the closest Starbucks…that she walks two miles to get to, to make up for all of those coffees. On the weekends she likes to hike, garden, cook vegan food, and have date nights with her favorite guy.
1. What made you decide to self-publish instead of going the traditional publishing route?
I could give you all of the typical answers, but the honest truth of it is that I just didn't want to wait a year to get my first book out there. I was so excited about Blood Hunger, I was literally dancing around the living room on release day. Imagine my surprise when complete strangers actually bought it! And then they left reviews. Good reviews!
My dancing knew no bounds for about a week until I realized, "Oh f***. I have fans. And they're waiting for that second book." So back to the writing cave I went.
I have to admit though. I love the freedom of self-publishing. I get to choose everything about my books, and my readers don't have to wait as long for them to be released, which is a big plus for me. There are benefits to both sides though, both self-publishing and traditional publishing, and especially hybrid publishing (doing both). I've been seriously thinking about doing that.
2. Do you find that the old “self-publishing stigma” is still in place?
At times I do, especially when talking to other authors who are traditionally published. I get that "Ohhh, you self-publish. That's cute," look. However, I think that's beginning to change as more and more authors are beginning to self-publish or hybrid publish their books. And with Amazon cracking down on their self-published authors, I think the stigma will become less and less as all self-published authors will be forced to raise the bar (if they don't already).
I get that "Ohhh, you self-publish. That's cute," look. However, I think that's beginning to change as more and more authors are beginning to self-publish or hybrid publish their books.
3. In your experience, what’s the biggest challenge self-published authors face?
For me, it's marketing my books, for sure. Although traditional publishers, from what I hear, aren't doing as much marketing as they used to, a good one will have a much broader reach in a shorter amount of time. They will get your book "out there". That's very hard to do when you have to market yourself on a limited budget. Most of the time, you end up throwing a lot of money at something that doesn't give you a good return.
4. How many books in the Deathless Night series do you plan to release?
Right now, I have six books planned for the DNS, with two more coming out this year, although I may have to bring in more characters and extend that. I'm already feeling sad about saying goodbye to my vampires.
I'm also working on a new series starring the Kincaid werewolves as we speak. (Yes, yes, I know. You're welcome. ;) ) And I have at least two other series floating around in my head at the moment.
5. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Ideally? I would be a famous photographer, or an artist, or a vegan food critic. In real life, I would still be working in an Accounting department for the state (insert knife in eye here).
I am SO very lucky and grateful to be able to write full time, thanks to my very supportive husband and family.
6. You’ve been kidnapped. Which TV characters would you call for a rescue?
Pfft. That's easy. Dean and Sam Winchester! I was a little late jumping on the Supernatural wagon (surprisingly, as I write Paranormal.) We've been binge watching the show on Netflix the last few months and have finally caught up to the current season. I think my husband has a total man crush on those guys. But can you blame him?