Tell us a bit about yourself
Hello everyone and thank you for having me here.
I am an indie published author, under my own name – M L Tompsett. Married to my childhood sweetheart. Also, we have two adult sons, who come in handy when I am creating my book covers!
I live in Victoria, Australia, down on Westernport Bay, so each day I can look out my front windows and enjoy the water view, and see if the tide is in or out.
My background is in office admin, sales and a few other areas in business.
Most days you will find me busy working away on one of my WIP’s.
How do you find time to write?
This is nearly a laughable question.
If I do not take the time to write, it does not happen. Plus I am also a night owl, which means I write a lot of a night time.
What’s your publishing tips?
I would recommend for anyone who is contemplating self-publishing, try out some courses. Learn as much as you can. Because it does pay to know what everyone else is speaking of.
What the process is, how to create and turn your manuscript into a word doc – file and turn it into a pdf for print books.
Or one of the many programs out on the market, to turn your word doc into a digital format eBook and or a print book – pdf. You will also need to know how to create a cover, or you will have to pay for someone to create one for you.
I originally turned my word doc into my digital eBook formats and print book. It was a lot of hard work, with different word styles and set outs, each digital platform had different settings. Now I use a program to turn each word doc into my next digital book (mobi, epub, etc.) and tweak it, to how I would like it.
Learn how to make an ebook cover and a print book cover – warning, you will require software to do this and a computer. If you know your way around a computer, you will be fine.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Speak with other authors who have self-published or traditionally published and listen and learn. We have all made mistakes, and will most likely continue to make more. You will also make mistakes, but do not allow this to prevent you from finishing your book. Learn from it and keep going. Tomorrow is always a new day and will allow for new thoughts and adjustments.
Never give up!
Any promotional and marketing tips?
Again, follow up on some courses, speak to different people and learn as much as you can. On social media, join many different groups, to help gain a bigger audience. And for new people to see your work. Get to know your local newspaper reporters. When you are about to release the next printed book, phone or email your contact and discuss if it is possible to obtain a small interview and for you to provide a photo or two.
Tell us about your recent book.
My recent book or my last book I released to the world is the third book in my, Sex, Lies And Family Secrets, series - You Never Know. This series comes under paranormal fantasy with romance elements. (For readers, 18 years and over.)
The book is about the life of a young woman, trying to break away from her family traditions and learn about life in the human realm. The protagonist is a Dark One, otherwise known as a vampire in the human world. The only difference is Dark Ones are born, as vampires are made/turned. So here is the protagonist named Alex, a strong independent young woman with magical abilities, have I mentioned, Alex is also a Princess? Well, she is, and Alex is also the second born daughter, allowing her more freedom. So this gives Alex the perfect opportunity to live amongst the humans and hopefully meet her soul mate, fall in love and live happily ever after.
- And of course, nothing is never that straightforward.
So here is the blurb for, You Never Know:- Leaving her family behind, and escaping her future, Alex Smithlyn attempts to live amongst the humans and away from Dark Ones and her destiny. Recruited by The Corporation, Alex and Branx Rayden work as partners capturing and eliminating the evils of this world, until someone close to our young couple decided Alex is next on the list for extermination.
As a mysterious man appears, who is he, but more importantly why did he want to capture, Alex? Secrets are revealed, shattering one family’s lives forever.
Alex must survive if she is to become the next Queen of Darshia.
Who said the life of a Princess, is ever easy?
My next book due to be released very soon is another paranormal fantasy romance book, this one is a paranormal shifter series – Kept in the Dark of Love and Lust.
Blurb: In an attempt to save her job, Misty Statesly travels to a coastal town in Victoria, to hopefully win over her new clients. The feeling of déjà vu fills Misty when she meets her sexy new client for the first time.
In a compromising position with her sexy client - Braven O’Geary, is memorised by the mark on the inside of her thigh. The same mark he had given to the love of his life, his childhood soul mate. Whom he was lead to believe had died in a car accident with her parents, some sixteen years earlier.
Trying to protect his mate, Braven is not about to fail Misty, now they are reunited. The only hitch is his ex-fiancé has other ideas, and so does the alpha of their clan. Will they succeed in their evil plans? Will Misty regain her lost memories, and fight for the man she loves, embracing her new shifter world or will she die this time for real?
My website is www.mltompsett.com
I can be found on most social media, under M. L. Tompsett Author, FB, Instagram, Twitter, Bookbub, amazon, Goodreads and many other places.
Thanks for having me and enjoy reading and writing.