Author Interview: S.S. BAZINET

S.S. Bazinet

General Info:

  1. Name (or Pen name:

S. S. Bazinet

  • Your city, state & country of residence:

Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Author Bio:

When I first took up the pen and began to write, I stumbled and faltered. Wondrous tales were abandoned by the roadside as my inner critic hijacked each project. But my creative muse would not be silenced. Finally on a warm, Sunday afternoon, I gave in to its promptings with a clear declaration that I would just have fun. That decision was the key that unlocked the door to the stories that poured out. New and fantastic worlds unfolded, taking me on one of the grandest experiences of my life. Once I gave myself permission to enjoy the process of writing, I couldn’t write fast enough. Within a little over a year, I had finished the rough drafts of six books. More importantly, I was the happiest that I had ever been. Since then, writing remains my passion, demonstrating how glorious life can be when you do what you love to do. More than anything, I love to write stories and share them with my readers.

  • Titles & genres of your available books:

OPEN WIDE MY HEART (A love story)

Book One: Traces Of Home 

THE VAMPIRE RECLAMATION PROJECT SERIES (Visionary fantasy)

Book One: Michael’s Blood

Book Two: Arel’s Blood

Book Three: William’s Blood

Book Four: Brother’s Blood

Book Five: Tainted Blood

IN THE CARE OF WOLVES (YA thriller)

Book One: My Brother’s Keeper 

THE MADONNA DIARIES (Dystopian)

Book One: Dying Takes It Out Of You 

SENTENCED TO HEAVEN – (Fantasy)   

Book One: An Inmate’s Tale from the Other Side

Book Two: A Vampire In Heaven

A Warlock Under The Mistletoe (Christmas romance) 

Vampires Suck But You Don’t Have To (Self-Help) 

Hurly Burly The Squirrel Next Door (Children’s)   

  • Links to your works on Amazon, B&N, etc:

My author page on Amazon  – https://www.amazon.com/S.-S.-Bazinet/e/B0078KS7BO/ 

  • If you have more than one book, please highlight the book you are currently promoting on our site:

TRACES OF HOME (A love story)   Book One of OPEN WIDE MY HEART

  • Brief description/teaser/blurb of selected book:

Description:  Trying to escape her tortured past, Lea runs away from her fiancé, Dr. Matthew Howell.

Lost and alone, Lea accepts the help of Dr. Eric Lloyd and his mother. When they take her into their home and hearts, she finds security.

But is the price too steep? Does she have to give up everything, even the man she loves, to reclaim her sanity and herself?

Writing fulfills my desire to create something new and wonderful.

  • What do you love most about writing?

When I’m writing, I’m in my heart, and I’m happy.

  • What’s the most challenging part?

I don’t find writing challenging unless my inner critic is allowed to interfere.

  • How do you craft your story & characters?

My stories and characters come in on their own, and they seem to craft themselves.

  • How much research is involved?

I try to check any and all facts included in my stories.

  • How long did it take from idea to finished book?

Once a final draft is in place, I edit the story numerous times until I feel it’s the best it can be.

  • Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Who influences you the most?

I used to listen to music. Now, I simply sit down and let the story flow in on its own.

  • What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I love the freedom of fantasy. It allows the story to branch out beyond the normal confines of reality.  

  • Which character you’ve created is your favorite? Why

I love all of my main characters. However, Arel, from the Vampire Reclamation series, has been very special. He started out as an extremely depressed and desperate individual. As the series progressed, he’s matured and grown in every way. In the sixth book, which is coming out very soon, he’s reached a point where he’s ready to believe in himself no matter what others think. It’s a very big step for him.

  1. Do any of your life experiences worm their way into your books?

My life experiences aren’t there, but my interest in the deeper meaning of life and existence has definitely wormed its way into my stories.

  1. How do you like to connect with readers?

I’m always happy when a reader connects on social media.

  1. What do you hope readers take away from your books?

Just as my characters are challenged, I think all of us can find life challenging. In my stories, my characters find a way to cope with what they face. Hopefully, their struggles and triumphs will inspire readers in some way.

  1. Who helps you with the critique and editing process? Do you ever hate something you’ve written?

I’m fortunate to have a number of people who have volunteered to critique and edit my stories. I’ve loved all my stories. And I think that’s because they all seem to be inspired.

  1. How do you overcome any nagging self-doubt that inevitably creeps in?

If self-doubt creeps in, I usually talk to the wonderful, supportive people in my life. I also remind myself that writing is a gift, and I concentrate on that fact more than the self-doubt.

  1. Do you read all reviews?

Yes, I read the reviews.

  1. Why are reviews important?

For me, reviews are important because they remind me that everyone is unique, and therefore, everyone has a different slant on life.  So every review is valid.

  1. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I’d advise writers starting out to write for themselves first and foremost. In the end, if their story brings them joy, it’s already done its job. If it can bring others happiness or entertain them, that’s a bonus.

  1. What can you tell us about what we’ll see from you next?

I’m editing book six of the Vampire Reclamation series. I’m also working on book two of the Madonna series.

  • About Indie Publishing
  • Why did you choose to publish as an Indie Author? What obstacles have you encountered?

Being an Indie author gave me the freedom to make decisions I couldn’t make with a traditional publisher. The challenge was to do a good job when I put on the publisher’s hat.

  • How did you overcome those challenges? What has been the highlight of this journey?

The publishing part requires a continued dedication and a willingness to keep learning. It also requires time and money to promote your books. I do my best to take care of the business end of things, but more than anything I try to keep appreciating the idea that I wrote stories that others have enjoyed.

  •  Any tips for someone considering going Indie vs Traditional Publishing?

I’d advise people to learn as much as possible about the pros and cons of both routes and to see which fits their needs. Talking to authors who have experience with both indie and traditional publishing can be very helpful too.

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