MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SOLIEL DEL BELLA!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Soliel De Bella, my current books are all erotica bu I write thrillers and sci-fi as well.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea?)
I have six books out to date, one of them a trilogy that will be sold as such coming soon, one a novel, and the rest are short stories. I can start with my first story My Sweet Entity. I was looking for passive income at the time and I looked into ghost writing and the subject given for the story was paranormal. The story formed rather quickly in my mind and I wrote it in three days. Once I started I was on fire, excited and when I finished, I realized I didn’t want to sell my own creativity, so I threw it out to publishers and here I am.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
From the ghost writing subject it just took off from there, once I wrote one and it had become noticed by publishers I couldn’t help but wonder if this was my niche’ so I just stuck with it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I didn’t do much research for the particular project, it wasn’t the kind of book that needed any real research but many others I have written required much research and I would say most of the time I do research whether its what kind of words were spoke during that time, clothes worn, mystical creatures, vampires, the list goes on and it’s time consuming but essential to any writer if they want to be taken seriously.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Not at all, but I usually leave my books open in case I want to come back and It just so happened that I did, the last book I literally just finished and it came out this week. I mean who wouldn’t want a trilogy with ghosts and sex? I’m glad I kept them going.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a full time job, I am a mother of two younger children so my life is insanely busy, it’s very difficult to set aside time to write for me as I try to please my family more, I only get to see them grow up once and so every moment counts and I don’t want to put my writing ahead of them, I figure as time goes on, the more time I will have to write, so now, I just write in tiny spurts when I can. I have no goal at all, I can’t do that to myself because I’m a follow-through type of person and I put enough on myself, so if I get ten minutes here and one hour there, I take it.
My typical day consists of my full time job, cleaning my house, homework, dinners, more work and writing only happens throughout the day if there is time, my weekends are for family only so its tricky, I look back sometimes and wonder when six books ever got finished. I certainly do not write everyday, that’s a pipe dream right now and I write on my couch or my office desk in my living room so I can see everything that’s going on, no escape to Starbucks for me unfortunately, although that sounds brilliant…yum…
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
When do writers not have an upcoming book? Ha! I have two projects, one I started last summer called Parallel Lives, a sci-fi thriller about a woman in this time line who suspects her husband is up to something but she isn’t quite sure what. Her husband Corbin has two lives going on at the same time, he has a wife in a different time line and the wife in the now. His future wife knows of the wife of the now but not vice versa and she is quite jealous even though this is the norm for their society, the people of the now are not aware of time travel yet. She becomes enthralled in Corbins other wife and life and begins to stalk her, making her think she is losing her mind and this is not allowed. Future folks cannot be caught mingling in the now and Corbin is the scientist who made that happen, so everything rides on his shoulders and when the “company” finds out his own wife is causing problems they give him a choice between the love of his life or the world renowned name he has built for himself. Will he become “unplugged?” Although Corbin is the inventor and creator, he does not have the control and soon his ego slips and he has to make a choice, this is a sci-fi love story. Money, prestige, power or love? Because you can’t have it all.
My other story I started a few years ago I am trying to work on next. This is my serial killer thriller called The Frail Ones. I can’t give away too much about that one quite yet but I am so thrilled to get it out there, My goal is summer.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
No, I have no special names in my books, whatever sounds good at the time, I don’t dwell on names too long but I’ve gone back and changed them after using it for awhile and disliking it.
Where do your ideas come from?
I think all of us writers are nuts! No, really I think it’s just creativity in action. I get inspiration at the craziest times. My sci-fi thriller came from making tuna casserole and finding a hair in it. I was thinking ooh..what if a woman saw this hair yet it couldn’t be hers nor anyone else and the story in my head grew from there. Sometimes you are about to fall asleep, an idea forms and you run to write it down, every time I have used the story like it was meant to be born, it just pops in my head.
Is there a genre that you’ve been experimenting with?
Yes, I’m eager to put my name across the board, see what I’m made of.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
That’s easy, not having enough time. I would be dangerous if I was not working, I become too focused, I would be a hermit in a cave so maybe this is a good thing.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have one so far and would like more, beyond writing, marketing, blogs, newsletters, socializing with other authors, work, kids…it’s just another thing I have to get to, but yes, I do like them, I think we are lucky to have such a cool thing in this day and age to lure readers in.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Next to my children and husband.
I think it’s my trilogy, it’s paranormal and so is The Seduction of Lexie Dane, It is so fun to write about ghosts and vampires, its when you can really get creative and make it any way you like, create interesting characters, put them in unusual situations and drive those climaxes (in both ways) I find anyone that finishes a book an amazing accomplishment, to be able to do this and have the life I have, that feels good. Holy hell…
I’m an author! Whoo hoo!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with more books, more knowledge, hopefully a little wisdom from where I started. I hope to have a great following. Can’t ask for much more.
Have you always liked writing?
I have always been interested in writing, I was good at it in school. Not the grammar part, but the creating part for sure. I have a lot of energy so its very hard to sit still, I didn’t think I could relax enough to actually follow-through and when I did, it became more relaxing to write but when I started or tried in my twenties, no way, I hated it and couldn’t do it. I’m happy that changed.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
That still sounds weird that I am an author. I think its great, its an accomplishment I am proud of. The best part is that I made that happen, I set out to do it and did. So many of us talk about stuff too much, stop taking and start working, finish it, you have one life, one shot, make it count!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
That’s easy. Read a lot, accept criticism easily because you have to, be ready for rejections and realize that may happen 20 times and then that 21st time the universe has a match for you.
Lose the ego. You may be good, but you have a lot to learn and will always need to learn.
Write for you! Love it and it will shine.
Don’t give up because you suck at grammar, so do I, and I found someone to work with me on that.
Don’t give up, you can’t get there if you do.
Never think your not good just because you were rejected, so was I , so was King, so were many many authors. So what!.
Also, I know everyone says let your friends and family critique you…nah, don’t do it. That’s just me because they are too nice, they don’t want to hurt your feelings, maybe they are jealous, maybe they aren’t readers and have no idea “what’s good.” so instead, join critique groups online like fb or in your town for meet ups. Other authors are damn truthful because they want you to be for them and these groups are very helpful and at the end of the day, you made a ton of friends in the process. Authors are awesome friends and I haven’t met any that aren’t so very eager to help me.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Well first, you don’t make a living writing books…okay…I don’t make a living writing my books lol…not yet, that’s the dream though.
I would love to put forth my time for causes, I am a huge advocate of many things. Sex trafficking, child abuse, animal abuse. On the side, I am obsessed with Astrology and could easily do that for a living, I love anything crime related so I would be a great detective but it’s such a seedy part of life, I feel pain and it sticks with me so as much as I love it, it would ruin me. I have many interests if you can’t tell.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with bad?
I think all authors read their reviews, you have to know what your up against, do readers like you? Should you change your style? The idea is to please your readers so you should be wide open to any criticism. I haven’t run into that problem but it’s because I have only been out a few years. I expect it, not everyone is created equal. I guess I would wait and see is it more good than bad? At that point those readers maybe didn’t like paranormal, maybe it was too much sex, maybe a million things. Let it go. Not everyone likes Stephen king either, you can’t please everyone is the end game. I have never responded, no, I will announce them on FB and hope they are there to see how much I appreciate them.
What is your least favorite part of writing/publishing process?
Easy…EDITING! I know nothing in this department, my publisher helps me but there are a ton of changes because I am no English major.
Can you give up a few tasty morels from your work-in-progress?
Entity Mine : an excerpt- I kept it clean for the interview but it doesn’t get much more naughty than having sex with the devil himself and for that spice you can spend the .99 on Amazon. ;}
i Down the corridor, the moans grow along with
the stench of molten rock. I try to slow my pace. I don’t want to go forward. Fear makes
the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, that fear of knowing whatever is about to
happen isn’t going to be good. Yet when I slow, I’m pulled by Michael’s strong hands
through more turns. I hear noises: from sizzling to chatter, from growls to silence. I’m
perplexed: Where am I?
And that stench again.
I pull Michael to a stop. Heʹs changed; his face is drawn and pale, like he’s aged a
hundred years but still handsome in a haunting way. His hand is suddenly doughy and
bony, the veins like blue branches forking about under translucent skin.
“Where are you taking me?” I demand in an echoing voice.
“We are in my realm now.”
“Why have you brought me here?”
“You think about suicide, Alexis. Here is your consequence to do so.” Now he
looks frightful as he drags me forward. “Believe it or not, I’ve brought you here to save
Iʹd forgotten he knows my thoughts as if theyʹre his own. The faraway look in his
eyes makes me wonder what happened to him while he was alive. Sometimes I forget
that he was once a live person like me. Heʹs never spoken about his past, never
answered my questions. I should ask him right now, but this is not the time and place
for that conversation. There is something different about him in this realm, something
more real and less sexually controlling.
Walls seem to widen and constrict as if rock can breathe. I must be on a
hallucinogen and cannot decipher what is real anymore. I feel dizzy, and the sickening
smell is becoming too much for my stomach. Along with the vertigo, I feel strange
temperature sensations. I’m warm then hot, and then come the cold sweats. My body is
fighting the imbalance as if I’ve been bitten by a venomous snake.
My heart is palpitating like a wild 1 animal in a cage. The strange noises that
surround me lead me to feel Iʹm being watched. Dancing shadows play tricks on my
mind. All these sensations and smells I can no longer bear, so I fall to my knees in fear.
“I canʹt go on.”
“You will go on.” He yanks me to my feet as if Iʹm a small child. “This you must
see before you do something stupid.”
I soldier forward, my feet now burning on the stone floor, and after what seems
like hours of this torment, one last turn and I see what lies ahead. My crazed eyes widen
and my mouth instantly goes dry.
I hear my own labored breathing over the horrifying screams of lost souls. What I
see before me is not quite human but has similar features. It is large, muscular, one
moment standing on two clawed feet, the next on all fours, and it moves with lightning
speed. What seems to be a smile comes with a hiss. I feel dizzy with all the commotion.
It’s at this moment I realize I’m no longer in a dream; I’m actually in Michael’s
1realm, and there are many creatures standing along the scorched cavern walls. It’s too
much to take in all at once, and the smell is so incredibly foul that I feel like I’m about to
get sick. My stomach wretches as I try to gather my wits about me.
Fearing for my life, I grab Michael’s hand for protection, but I remember he is the
one who brought me here.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Well, like I said earlier, erotica kind of chose me, I’m glad it did. I like the taboo side of life and I find it funny that it’s even taboo in this day and age but I balance them by separating them. My other pen name this year will come under Dakota Blu, I have combined them on twitter and leave my real name out of it so that I can still sell under a name that’s already out there. I didn’t want to start over and I don’t care if people see that I have also wrote erotica, hopefully that will teach people that erotica writers are good at more than just one thing , since you know, we must all be sex crazed nymphos to write in the genre right? Ha ha.
Where did your love of books come from?
An escape. I find the world drab sometimes, so many places I want to travel to and sometimes my pocket book only allows me to do that by books, I call that cheap travel.
Do you have any favorite authors or books?
My favorite author is Anne Bishop – The Black Jewels trilogy is
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Definitely Vlad from The Seduction of Lexie Dane he is the main vampire, I love him because he is quiet, distinguished, he doesn’t need anyone, he isn’t
egotistical but he has that heir about him sometimes. He is a complete gentleman not a womanizer even though he gets around, he is a loner and likes his solitude and so when he becomes to know Lexie, a human he becomes smitten, and has no idea what to do with this new feeling for a very old vampire.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, I become energized because I am so enthralled in my work but at times like the end or critical moments where I lose my footing on timelines and such, those moments are very exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Most would probably say something like coffee or wine, me, it’s the end game. The finish line, the drive to deliver the finished product. The accomplishment.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I am very original, It will be a thin line I guess to deliver what readers want but I can only hope they won’t want the same ol’, I mean, I don’t as a reader, dazzle me with your oddities, I’m open and willing and hope they are too. I write for me I guess and hope to have others tag along for the wild ride. That is the excitement of writing, to be different, not the same.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Oh, boy there are so many- Rosemary O’Brien with the Nu Romantics group. I have learned to write poetry from her and I see her work on a daily basis, I love her because she pulls you into her world and gets you involved.
Patrick Khayler was my first friend on FB when I started and I’ve learned the intricate ways of writing through him, he has a new pen name coming out along with a serial killer thriller that I was allowed to taste, I couldn’t get enough, he is seriously an amazing writer, talk about wow!
Michael Martine is everyone’s guru on FB, he teaches us on Tuesday’s a new lesson and not just the physical kind, I write down everything that man says and his writing is perfection.
I could honestly go on and on there is Anita Quick, Lilah Noir, Ashlee Shades, Emily Foxx, Mystik Knight, Pandora Spocks, Sherry White, Rachel De Vine, Chris Genovese writes in a few genre’s he is pure talent and hilarious, Linz Basset, Cat Krimson, Patient Lee, S.K Berit, Joann Molly BC,
Sebastian Nox, Athena Kelly Cara Lake, A.L. Long, Leigh Strokes, Luna Saint Claire, Kindcaid Steele, Reed James, Angora Shade, Susan Meachen I’m sure there are more and I’m sorry if I missed anyone but these are all extremely talented authors and poets.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I have it made, I have the perfect husband, two gorgeous children, a writing career and two goofy dogs. I can’t ask for more.
Where can your fans find you and follow you?
I live on FB because of all of the groups I add my pieces to and socialize with, then it would be Twitter but here are my links, come on over and join the fun they are such fun people!
I have a website and blog as well
Thank you for doing this interview with me!
Thank you so much for having me!