Today we've got a tasty treat - an interview with Mindy Klasky. Believe it or not, I discovered Mindy on Twitter. I went to her website and read FRIGHT COURT. She's using a novel concept (pun intended) to sell her words, and I thought you might enjoy meeting her. Here's our interview:
1) Fright Court - lawyers, vampires and cupcakes - What a concept. Tell us about the story, without giving away the ending. We love mysteries.
Of course, "murder" (of a human) wouldn't be a capital crime for a vampire. But other things might be -- letting the human world know about the existence of supernaturals, for example. Or creating a "blood-herd" of unwilling humans, to feed from at will (possibly drawing unwelcome attention from mundane authorities.) Or... well, let's just say that there's a lot of trouble vampires can cause.
Before long, my human heroine found her way into a maze of supernatural legal proceedings. As for the cupcakes? Well every girl needs sustenance along the way! :-)
2) You are doing something very innovative - you are serializing Fright Court, asking for Paypal donations and offering sweet rewards for your readers. What encouraged you to try this idea?
Therefore, I decided that I needed to provide FRIGHT COURT with a different type of home -- an online launch as an electronically published novel. As for the serialization? There's a very long tradition of serialized publishing -- Dickens, Melville, Highlights Magazine for Children... I've always liked the idea of building suspense over chapters -- and so far, it looks as if my readers are enjoying it too!
3) What has been the response from your readers?Most modern readers aren't used to serialization. A handful of people have complained about the delay in waiting for chapters; a number of readers have asked if I'll be publishing the entire novel as an ebook when I'm done. (The answer is ... probably. I'm taking one project at a time, for now.)
Most readers, though, have really enjoyed the new format. A number have made donations to support the project, in part because they get a weekly email, reminding them that a new chapter has been posted.
4) How has the reader response been different from your initial expectations?
5) What do you know now that you wished you knew before you started the Fright Court serialized novel?
6) What else can we look forward to reading from you?My next novel will be traditionally published -- a fun, light category romance called THE MOGUL'S MAYBE MARRIAGE (available August 11 from Harlequin.) I am also working on a middle-grade traditional fantasy novel, and I have dozens of other irons in the fire.
Mindy will be hanging out with us today responding to comments, so don't be shy. Ask her anything about her books, e-publishing, or even cupcakes. And Mindy, we at Working Stiffs thank YOU for sharing your experience and wish you the BEST.