Sable Grey has been writing sensual and erotic romance since 2004 and is multi-published in both print and electronic formats. Also a publisher and a cover artist, Sable spends what little spare time she has in the small town of Clinton, Mississippi with a houseful of furry children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching movies, reading, playing video games, and singing karaoke poorly.
How many books have you written and what is your best seller?
I’ve currently thirty four titles available in romance, erotic romance, erotica, and fantasy fiction. I’ve currently three titles available in print and the rest are available in digital formats. I’m published with Liquid Silver Books, Cobblestone Press, Breathless Press, Total EBound Books, and Ellora’s Cave. I also have 7 titles that I’ve self published. Almost all of my books can be found on Amazon. I’ve books written under the names Sable Grey, Amon Bieste, and AJ Searle.
My best sellers to date are:
- Passion of the Wolf, historical/paranormal erotic romance
- Latharian Review, sci-fi erotic romance
- The King’s Sword, fantasy fiction
Visit my Amazon page to view all of my Sable Grey titles at http://www.amazon.com/author/sablegrey or my website at http://www.sablegrey.net to see full lists of books available including free reads.
Give a short synop of your most recently published book.
My most recent erotica title is Zombie Lust and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B90VRMA for 99 cents. It’s a short erotica about a zombie, Lucas, who only eats bad people and tries to live a regular life the rest of the time. Yes, I have a twisted sense of humor and yes, I love zombie movies!
My most recent romance novel is Temptation & Honor, the first in a historical family saga about the Redleigh family. Thomas Redleigh is a soldier returned to his family's home after his father dies and he receives word that his mother is ill. Until his return, Meredith Claiborne had been caring for Thomas' mother and keeping the household running in his absence. But a twisted ankle forces her to release some of her responsibility and accept Thomas' assistance. The time they spend together leads to a scandalous affair that, if discovered, could ruin the names of both of their families. Their secret is kept until the rumors circulated by a jealous man lands Thomas as a suspect of murder.
Temptation & Honor is available in print and digital formats at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Temptation-Honor-Redleigh-Books-Volume/dp/1481863770/
Oh I guess there is a bit of me in each of my characters. It’s difficult not to put a little of myself into the characters. The one who is most like me is Anne from the chapter by chapter book I’m writing on my website called Heart of the Storm. Members of my site can read the first eleven chapters right now. This summer I will begin writing a chapter a week to finish the book.
Do your characters take on a life of their own? If so, which is your favorite?
Yes, sometimes they do. My favorite character of all of my books is Neville Crashaw, hands down. He’s a secondary character in my Redleigh series but a very important one in several of the books. While only one of the Redleigh books is available I’ve written four and I truly love Neville. Readers get to meet him in the first of the Redleigh books and if they don’t fall in love with him after reading Temptation & Honor, they most definitely will when the second installment, The Vicar’s Wife, is published.
He’s a self made wealthy gentleman and lifelong bachelor with connections to very powerful people. He has homes in Scotland, France, and in the small town where the Redleigh family lives. He enjoys mayhem and is constantly stirring the pot so to speak when it comes to scandal. At times he comes across as a snob but beneath that he has a very honorable and tender heart.
What do you think is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about writing so far? What advice can you give new writers?
My entire career in the industry has been and continues to be a great lesson but I have six bits of advice for new writers:
- Read your contracts! It sounds silly, I know. I’ve always read my contracts but didn’t realize until I also became a publisher that many authors don’t. They are so excited to be published that they just sign their name and send the contract back so they can get on with opening that bottle of champagne. But it’s important to read contracts so you know exactly what kind of partnership you are entering into, for how long, and the details of ending that partnership if you need to in the future.
- Listen to your editors! I’ve read in many writing group sites that editors are trying to change voice and style during editing. In 9 years and 34 books, I’ve never had an editor do such a thing. If you do your homework and submit your work to publishers with good reputations, you will not run into an issue of an editor doing anything but helping you become a better author. On a side note, style guides are not the same for every publisher either. Each publisher has their own style guide. So while one editor might allow you to head hop a little, another may not.
- Keep writing! Don’t wait around to see how one book is going to sell or stress over what reviewers are saying about your book. Move on to the next project. That’s how you will build up a following for your name – by getting another title out there.
- Ignore asshats! They are out here in hordes in the publishing industry. They bash your books on their blogs. They tear you apart in reviews on Amazon. No one is safe. Do not respond to them. I repeat, do not respond. It’s what they want because it only fuels the nastiness.
- Don’t be the asshat that people ignore. Focus on your career as an author and don’t worry about what someone else is writing. Once you start bashing other authors and books, that’s all anybody is reading. You drive attention away from your own work. And authors are readers too so you lose those sales as well.
- Promote, promote, promote! Once you are published, you will need a website. But that’s not enough. Get yourself into all the social media sites. Build yourself an author page at Amazon’s author central, Shelfari, Google plus, etc. The more places your name pops up the more readers you get and the more people begin to recognize that name. This industry is HUGE and it’s easy to get lost if you don’t stay on top of your promotion and marketing.
Great advice, Sable.
Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects?
LOL I have so many planned that it’s ridiculous. I think up more stories than I’ll ever have time to write. But I do have some in the works to be published soon. The second installment to the Redleigh Books is The Vicar’s Wife. It’s the story about Liam Redleigh, younger brother to Thomas of Temptation & Honor. I also want to write a second book for Breathless Press to follow my best seller, Passion of the Wolf (http://www.amazon.com/Passion-of-the-Wolf-ebook/dp/B003IWYDIW). And I need to get the next installment of Charlotte’s Brides written for Cobblestone Press.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
My website is www.sablegrey.net. I announce new releases there and for every new release I give away two copies to members of my site by random draw. And I’m very active on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sable.grey.
Are your books available in print and ebook formats?
I have three titles currently available in print:
- Temptation & Honor http://www.amazon.com/Temptation-Honor-Redleigh-Books-Volume/dp/1481863770
- The Vampire Oracle http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Oracle-Eliza-Gayle/dp/1600883540
- Latharian Lust (written under the name Amon Bieste) http://www.amazon.com/Latharian-Lust-Elloras-Amon-Bieste/dp/1419967266
The rest of my books are available in digital formats that can be purchased through my Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/author/sablegrey or through the links on my website at http://www.sablegrey.net
Thanks for dropping by, Sable. Now, back to work on the WIP!