I just finished an interview with Laura Bradford, author of the upcoming novel Flyday.
EY: What’s Flyday about?
LB: It’s set in the future, about a journalist who gets pulled into a murder investigation when his fiancee’s brother is the accused. The journalist finds himself visited by a time traveler who brings new insight into the case, and things just take off from there.
EY: What inspired you to write it?
LB: Well, I’ve been writing since I was very young, but I decided to write a novel a few years back and this was the idea that took off. It mixes a lot of my interests–science fiction, music journalism, adventure stories, etc. The characters sort of captivated me, and I wanted to see where their story went.
EY: Is Flyday going to have a sequel?
LB: Yes, I have a whole series planned out. I’m editing the second book now.
EY: That’s exciting! When do you think that will be coming out?
LB: Right now I’m not sure. It still has a long way to go, and I’m coming up on my last semester of school.
EY: Quite an accomplishment, to have managed to put Flyday out while going to school. What made you decide to self-publish?
LB: I sent queries to agents, and the answer was a unanimous “Interesting, but not for us.” But when I showed it to people, they seemed to love it, and I had a lot of requests for copies to pass around–more requests than I could fill. Eventually I saw that e-publishing was taking off, and I decided that putting it out there was much better than letting it sit on my hard drive, especially once I started working on the rest of the series.
EY: Will you be making it available in print as well as electronic versions?
LB: Eventually, yes.
EY: What channels are you using to sell it as an ebook?
LB: I put it on Smashwords, and right now I’m waiting for it to go up on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
EY: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
LB: Mainly that I hope people enjoy the novel. E-publishing has been a really interesting experience for me, and I’m glad to finally be getting the book out there. My blog is also http://lauraebradford.blogspot.com if anyone wants updates about the project.
EY: Okay. Thank you for being my first interviewee for Authors’ Refuge, and I wish you luck with Flyday!