IndieView with Connie Shipley, author of MoonHuntress

I listen a lot to movie music, Hans Zimmer for example. I tried it once, but then I change things as I write, so for me it doesn’t work at all. What would you like readers to know about you? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? 5 months in all, plus 4-5 months of editing by professionals
Where did you get the idea from? I’m already writing ideas down and doing research on some weird stuff. Visited a lot of places, and most countries I talk about in my books I’ve been to. She’ll tell me what to change, what to describe more, what has to be deleted. I think it’s the only way to try today. Do you have a target reader? Yes, I think if you want a good book on the market, you need to get a professional editor. Blending science fiction with romance, intrigue and military adventure, it is an enthralling, one-of-a-kind story that will stay with you long after the final page has turned. My books are read from YA to adults. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? In my book series I went from classical Iranian music to Tibetan monks choir to Pop music and heavy metal. Oh, she’s good at deleting. As a stunning woman, Bina can take her pick.   With the help of Isadora with her clairvoyance, Astrid a kitesurfer champion, and International Special Forces soldiers, Bina goes on the quest to uncover the secrets of a mysterious organization, the Horus Co. However, one important element is missing from the description. 50% of my time goes into research the other 50% goes into the real writing. Did you hire a professional editor? Get your copy of   MoonHuntress from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I started writing MoonHuntress in September 2015
How long did it take you to write it? Yes, I have a dear friend who helps me with the book cover. I also did a lot of research, as I always do for my books. There’s a lot of social media to look out for, and it is time consuming but it has to be done. Parents were British, but I grew up and studied in Belgium in a nice beach town, you can read in my book MoonHuntress. Yes, and I’m still trying to get a lit agent. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? So when some of the world’s top scientists vanish, and a shady organisation begins to threaten international stability, Bina is drawn into the very centre of events. Who is the girl with dark hair who is convinced that Bina can rescue her lost love? The main goal of this organization is to retrieve precious minerals from the moon, especially Helium-3 to achieve free energy yet knowing that nuclear weapons can be produced with devastating consequences. Fingers crossed. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? My past, I have lived in the Middle East, and met some interesting people there. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Yes, I think if you want a good book on the market, you need to get a professional editor. She has faced death — and she has caused it. In the shadowy world of espionage, flirting is fair game when it comes to national security. It’s really difficult to get out there. From champagne parties to HALO jumps and grabbing her faithful Glock, Bina will have to battle for the truth and love on multiple levels.   When did you start writing the book? They’ll help you during the whole phase of your book. But for now it’s all rejections, rejections and rejections. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I’ve travelled a lot in the past and still do. But an editor is a MUST for all writers. It’s a mystery/thriller and espionage book. What came easily? For while Bina enjoys the parties, clothes, travel and friendships of any woman her age, she knows of far more than these. What is there to know. Finding a publisher isn’t easy. The Matrix is huge, and we can get lost. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? The type of music depends on the scene I’m on. About the book
What is the book about? After that I was planning to go on a hiatus from the MoonHuntress Series and write a horror/thriller story. And can go from classical music to hard rock to romantic music. Do you outline? You have to think about the promotions etc… So it’s really difficult. And all of those things are true. However, she is sent there not only by her employers, but also via more mysterious forces. And then there are the men. Oh yes, music is essential in my writing process. I love animals, love to cook and party. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I’ll wait till I’m finished, but actually my editor does the big part of editing. As one of Mossad’s top agents, she has seen the hell of Al Raqqah and stared squarely into the eyes of evil. But in the end, I managed to get it through. Tuscany, Italy with my husband, three dogs and a horse. I live in Italy, so it makes it even more difficult. As comfortable holding an AK-47 as a champagne flute, Bina Knopfler is not a woman to be trifled with. The internet gives you more opportunities. So, when Bina is selected to seduce the most influential men, she realizes that more than just a beautiful face will not be enough, and takes the game of seduction to a higher, more Machiavellian level. It’s part of the marketing, and in the end it is business. I’ll write down the characters I’ll put in the book, but then everything just comes along and sentences, words will just pop inside my head as I’m writing. And how are they both connected to the red-haired kitesurfer, and the twins with such powers of clairvoyance that the authorities consult them? Where do you live now? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I send out chapter by chapter, so she knows where I’m going with the book and it makes it easier for her to edit it too. I tell him what I want, how I want it and he’ll do all the graphics until we get it right. MoonHuntress is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled adventure that takes Bina and her associates from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the cosmos and back again, on a search for justice, truth and love on multiple levels. But it’s a wild world out there as well. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? We all know how important it is for writers to read. About You
Where did you grow up? Actually, I live the scenes I describe in my books, so sometimes I get emotional, or mad, crazy … depends on the chapter. Do you listen to music while you write? Connie Shipley – 6 February 2018
The Back Flap
To the casual observer, Bina Knopfler is a beautiful, educated and thoroughly modern young woman. But which of her suitors is her true love? Not anymore. It all starts with a storyline. Bina Knopfler is deadly. If so can you please describe it? End of Interview:
For more from Connie, follow her on Twitter or like her Facebook page. But with some patience and a lot of interacting with readers, you can get out there. Yes, in the description of the Horus island, the fantasy bit and the science fiction was hard to describe. Some of the characters I based on real people I know, but let’s be honest, the main character is completely fictitious. The characters, the dialogues, the scenery. Not really, I wanted my own style, I prefer to be original and not be a copy-cat from some famous author. Plus, maybe I’m a bit crazy, but I’ve got a lot of patience and for an author, patience is really important. Stop with all the Procastination and just go for it. Which of them knows her best? What are you working on now? I’m almost finished translating my third book of the MoonHuntress series in Italian, then it goes to my Italian editor. Here publishers want you to pay first for the books, before they get sold. The research I write down, then it comes all together. Indeed, does Bina even know who she is, in truth? MoonHuntress is the story of Bina Knopfer who at twenty-three, begins her adrenaline pumping career as a specialized intelligence officer for the clandestine activities of Israel’s secret service Mossad. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it?