Kala Hicks is part of a covert elite military team that answers directly to the President of the United States. But during an emergency mission aboard Air Force One, Kala is shocked to discover that the real threat is none other than the President himself. Defying her commanding officer, Jack Norbin, Kala takes the shot, and her life changes forever.
The moment the President is killed, a supernatural force speaks to Kala, telling her that she has to commit one act of atrocity every four days… or the world will end. Thrown into a reality she never could have imagined, Kala faces off with creatures of legend; from demons determined to make her fail and plunge the Earth into chaos, to angels who don’t trust her to do the job and are willing to kill her to claim it for themselves.
Pitted against the forces of good and evil, Kala must choose whether to save the world by doing the unthinkable, or sit back and let it burn. And four days later, she’ll have to do it again.
~ Bewitching bT
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I loved coming up with crazy adventures with my friends as a kid. Once I figured out I could put them all down on paper, I was hooked!
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
I wanted to write a female bad-a$$ role in the lines of Sarah Connor from Terminator or Starbuck from Battlestar, then throw her into a world of demons, angels and gods.
There are a few antagonists in this book, but the main antagonist, the demon Asmodeus, I was inspired by Eric from True Blood. (At least in the looks department anyway!)
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I think every writer goes through this though I like to call it “procrastination.” I usually just force myself to write, even if it’s crap, I can always edit it later. What ends up happening is that it helps me work through the issues I was stuck on. It’s hard when you’re not in the mood to work or feel like you’re not sure what’s going to happen next, but if I just plow through it, ultimately it gets me where I need to be.
5. Your all time favorite book?
I have too many! But a book that had a big impact on me was The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. The ending still kills me!!
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
The love story between Wil and Amberle. It’s just so perfect and tragic. I love it!
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Considering there’s a project I’m still working on and not sure if I’m ever going to finish: I’m going on 20 years and counting! Someday! Someday.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I started writing when I was a kid so I don’t know what life would be like without it. So yes, it changed me by shaping who I am today.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
No. Once I decide to write a story I can’t stop until I’m finished. Luckily, I never feel like giving up!
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I write everyday, that’s my life. But I also have an Etsy shop called Girls Sewing Stuffs with my fellow writing friend F. M. Sherrill. We make plush dolls of all our favorite fictional characters like Doctor Who, Spike, Angel, Castiel, Snake Plissken and many, many others!
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I used to take one star reviews to heart, but I’ve learned to let them roll off my back. I just learned to accept the fact that some people are not going to like my book. It’s not personal, it’s just the way it is. One way to make yourself feel better about it is to look up your favorite book on Amazon. It’s guaranteed to have a slew of one star reviews. It made me feel better anyway!
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, Atlas is definitely a part of a series. There will be lots more gods, angels and demons to come!
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I’m actually really excited about the new series I’m writing now. I’m writing it with F.M. Sherrill and it will be our first vampire novel. We both write fantasy so we’re thrilled to dive into the vampire genre. We’re hoping to have the first book in the series released in late spring!
1. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
Like most writers, I couldn’t stand the B.S. that comes with traditional publishing. I’ve been working in the television and film industry my whole adult life and dealing with “notes” is a big part of the process. This is the same with traditional publishing. Don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of notes, but I like to be the one who decides which notes to use and not to use.
2. What would you say was the toughest part?
Marketing. Hands down. But writers who are traditionally published have to do this as well, so they have a hard road too. Writing is the fun and easy part, selling and marketing is the work!
3. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
I absolutely hired an editor. I feel like an editor is essential for self-publishing. Though I find typos and grammatical errors in traditionally published books all the time, readers don’t seem to notice or care, but they have no problems pointing it out in self-published works. That’s why I try and make sure they have little to complain about in that department.
4. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I researched it. I would look up the company and see all of their testimonials and books that they edited. Then I would look up the books on Amazon and read all the one star reviews. If there was a lot of mention of “needs editing” or “typos” or “grammatical errors” I would move on. I used Writers Resource Inc. http://www.writersresourceinc.com/. I chose this company because every book they edited didn’t have a single complaint about the editing! They were timely and fantastic! I’ll definitely use them again.
5. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
With Atlas, it took seven months from start to finish. Three months to write and four months to edit!
6. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
I decided to sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing so the ebook is exclusively on Amazon, but the hard copy is available at Barnes & Noble as well.
7. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I don’t believe in regrets. I can’t. It would drive me insane! So for better or worse I wouldn’t change a thing!
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? Enough money so all of my loved ones would be taken care of and live a comfortable life.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
3. Name your favorite fruit. Mango
4. Coffee or tea? Coffee
5. Favorite season? Spring
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? Morning 10AM
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? Nope.
8. Favorite food for breakfast? Pancakes.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? The Fiery Heart: A Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead.
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? Nope.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! Red.
12. Drama or comedy? Dramedy!
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? “Leap and the net will appear”
14. Cats or dogs? Both!
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? Dinner by candlelight.
About the Author & Links:
Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted.
Becca currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.