IndieView with Sabrina Albis, author of A Night Without Stars

I am very impatient and I knew I wanted this book out there and available on my own terms. The best advice I can give is to believe in yourself and your book. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher?  
Sabrina Albis – 1 June 2017
The Back Flap
Pretty, kind, and bright, seventeen-year-old Autumn Kingston is just like so many other girls her age. I still reside in Whitby. I was involved creatively in the regard that I described what I wanted the cover to look like and they made it happen. With the main character, Autumn Kingston, I wanted her to be moral, levelheaded and kind. 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) It is a viable option for many new writers looking to get noticed. In my head I have a rough idea where things are headed obviously but because I frequently change the direction of my stories, I like to keep things relaxed and spontaneous when I write. How long did it take you to write it? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? So subconsciously I think my characters have some tethers to the real world. About You
Where did you grow up? In this novel, a group of teenagers sets out to defeat a supernatural horror lurking in the nearby caves and along the way discover truths about the world and themselves. Those are qualities I strive for in myself and I wanted her character to embody those qualities as well. I loved adding in the wisecracks and the banter between characters. End of Interview:
For more from Sabrina visit her blog, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page. So far everything I wanted to achieve I have but I am constantly looking for new ways to spread the word about my book and gain more readers and reviews. So the second book in the series, which is presently untitled, has already been written. With the main character, Autumn Kingston, I wanted her to be moral, levelheaded and kind. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Extraordinary things, good and bad, are happening right under their noses. Both. If the last scene in the book is something I am really excited to write that day, I do that. When I finished the first book, I immediately started the second book. There are so many options when self-publishing and you really need to know what choices are available to you. As much as I respect and admire anyone that goes through with traditional publishing, I knew that wasn’t something I wanted to do. They are targeted at certain age groups but adults still read those books and enjoy them. But her life changes drastically when she is asked to move away from home to help tutor an old childhood friend. When I write, I often feel the influence of his books in my work. I love writing fantasy books. The teens recruit Rick’s best friend, Nathaniel Abrams, and Autumn’s new friend Mandy Jensen on the mission to save the town and its inhabitants. Get your copy of   A Night Without Stars from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I love music so much but it can be distracting when I am writing so I don’t often listen to it while working. I could go on, the list is so long! The cover of A Night without Stars is a true testament to how talented the artists there are. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? A Night without Stars is about a group of friends that discover the supernatural exists all around them, though they really aren’t expecting it. The characters and their dialogue came to me very organically. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I also really love Stephenie Meyer, J.K. It can add so much to a story. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I knew from the get-go that I wanted to self-publish A Night without Stars. That includes the original story, the rewrites and the editing. Also, do your research. Do you outline? About the book
What is the book about? We all know how important it is for writers to read. This book is definitely geared towards a young adult audience. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I knew I wanted an author page on Facebook and that I should get a Twitter account. I would say about five years. The idea just came to me. I was linked to my publisher through Chapters online. The supernatural element adds excitement to the pages. Do you have a target reader? I did not. I just write what comes to me really. If so can you please describe it? The only questions remaining are what is actually in the cave and whether they even have a chance of stopping   the evil from spreading and eventually taking over. I did have a professional editor quickly peruse my work but it wasn’t edited line by line. Some of my marketing was planned and some wasn’t. Do you listen to music while you write? Did you hire a professional editor? I write the middle or the last chapter first. I grew up in Whitby, Ontario which is in Canada. You need to be comfortable self-promoting yourself as an author and your book so you need to have confidence. I am a huge nerd. I really wanted to create a book that could engage all age groups. I sometimes write stories out of sequence. I believe all authors incorporate aspects of real world people in their work, whether they are aware of it or not. Autumn is excited to reconnect with Rick Jacobs and help him graduate, but when Rick decides to film a school project out by the notorious haunted caves things go from normal to disturbing in the blink of an eye. I am currently editing that manuscript. Stine. I began writing this book in 2012. As the caves’ dark secrets emerge, people go missing, and those who return aren’t themselves anymore. I have this whole elaborate story unfolding in my mind. R.L. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? It is very monotonous and tedious but absolutely essential. I also love buying collectibles and playing video games. I try and go back and fix things as I go but I often get to the point where I just want to focus on the story itself and its progression and I opt to edit when I am done completely. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? He is one of the reasons I began writing books. I am an avid reader and I really love The Twilight Saga, the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games and all those type of young adult books. What would you like readers to know about you? When I wrote A Night without Stars, I knew there was going to be at least three books in the series. My book was professionally designed through the amazing artists at iUniverse Publishing. However, many adults who have read the book loved it, so I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys adventure, romance and things that go bump in the night! Many times. And when the enigmatic school outcast Eric King asks for their help in ending the horrors of the caves for good, Autumn and   Rick can’t resist—no matter how dangerous it might be. For A Night without Stars I added the prologue to explain why Autumn was willing to leave her old life behind so willingly and to shed light on what her life was like. I love comic books, manga and anime. You want to make sure you are going with the publisher that best represents you and your needs. They live normal lives until they realize their town isn’t as mundane as they believed it to be. When did you start writing the book? Where do you live now? I know many writers think self-publishing is difficult but with the tools we have today, social media and whatnot, I think self-publishing and promoting your own book, isn’t what it once was. Where did you get the idea from? The editing part was the most difficult. What came easily? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? So many people have mentioned how amazing it looks. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? That was all done by me. When I was young, I would devour three of his Fear Street books in a week. Rowling,   Jennifer Weiner and Sylvia Plath. Also, I wanted to write a book with loveable and relatable characters that experience extraordinary situations. I also knew I wanted to contact my local newspaper about my book and do book signings. I also really love a good prologue. The cover turned out so stunning and eye-catching. I have attempted to outline but it isn’t my thing. Those are qualities I strive for in myself and I wanted her character to embody those qualities as well. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I also liked creating their backstories and building their relationships with one another. What are you working on now? I like that they transcend age barriers. I enjoy traveling to other places but in the end Whitby just feels like home.