Monday, August 20, 2012

Author, author... all about it !

Today we have Rue Volley here with us as part of her Bella Morte blog tour with Sizzling PR.

Welcome Rue, so great to have you.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I guess the one thing about me that rings true is that I am a huge supporter of the arts in all mediums, with that being said my art consists of books, photography and making jewelry. I have 16 books published now, my home publisher and contract is with Vamptasy Publishing in the UK, they have the majority of my work including my 6 novel series “The Blood & Light Vampire Series” and my YA series “a witches tale” as well as 6 of my erotic shorts, all of which have made it to the best sellers list at least once. Then I also write for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and I have a short series with them in the YA genre called “Maddie Maze” and then I write for Hot Ink Press, and I have a bestselling series with them called “Hunter’s Blood” and a short in their premier anthology “Bella Morte” called “Double Gun Dealer” of which I am thinking of making into a full novel series. Other than that I have an online magazine called “Rue View” and a radio station called “RV Radio” that are both dedicated to independent arts.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

Every single time. There is so much truth woven into my paranormal books it is sometimes comical and those closest to me often point it out. If it is not a twist on something I have experienced then it is a dream that I had that directed me to take the story in a certain direction and I am always in my books, my personality shines through on a few of the characters and always the main.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

Always, at least to a certain extent. I mimic gestures they make, facial expressions and their humor. Humor is by far my favorite thing to mix into books and the banter between the characters is my art form. I prefer the reader to get to know the characters and some of the details in the story through conversation between characters instead of three pages of elaborate description. I can appreciate those who write that way but it is not my style and it bores me.

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

Each story is different minus the damaged characters that make up my stories. Each one of them struggle with something either internal or external just as everyone does in life. I approach my stories as reality even though they are wrapped in fantasy such as vampires, witches, ghosts or demons. I try to make them so real that the reader feels like they know them as friends and could sit down in a room with them and from what I hear from fans I have achieved that and thank god.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

Morning, I normally never write past 3 in the afternoon for some reason. I guess it is an internal clock of sorts that shuts the writing down.

How do you feel about marketing your book?

I am assuming you mean the importance? It is monumental. I am the head of marketing and promotions for Vamptasy Publishing now and I share tips every single day. I think the misconception with first time writers is sometimes that writing the book is the big hurdle. It’s not at all. Don’t get me wrong I know how hard it is to write, I have written 23 books, so I am well aware of the trials associated with writing but it is nothing compared to the campaign you have to launch to get it noticed and purchased. If I had things to do over again I would have been much better prepared when I released my first book through self-publishing in 2010.  This was before I was signed to a label but god, it was nothing like I thought it would be and some days I felt as if I was banging my head against a wall too thick to penetrate. The thing is you HAVE to dedicate all of your free time to it period. Don’t release a book and then get pissy because it is not selling when you do not have a fanpage, website, belong to writing groups online, network and link every single day to your work. You have to have these fundamental things and you have to make connections and then build on them all of the time. Take advantage of all opportunities presented to you. Do guest blogs, do giveaways, post often, not only about business but show your personality too. People get bored with all business posts, make it fun or you will be ignored. Also get some people to help you, people who have the time to post your links and help on you fanpage on facebook. You cannot do it all but without help it will consume you and the writing will stop as well as the sleeping. Anyway, promote- promote- promote. No excuses.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

Facebook, Twitter.

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

I don’t have to pitch to my publisher, they accept my work. I am fortunate to have a company and people behind me who love everything that I do.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?

I write in YA/adult and erotica…I cannot see myself writing non-fiction, it is all fictional paranormal. I guess my expansion will be to write about more and more mythical beings.

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

I am always the hero and the villain.

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1) Favorite Male Actor  - Johnny Depp
2) Favorite Vehicle - 1974 black dodge charger
3) Favorite way to relax - watching movies
4) Favorite ice cream – chocolate chip mint
5) Favorite outfit – birthday suit

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

A tie between Iceland and Romania

Where can our readers find you?? 


Amazon author page:


Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Current includes “Bella Morte” with Hot Ink Press which is on , “Catch & Release” also with Hot Ink Press and is book three to the “Hunter’s Blood Series” the first three books are available on amazon. “Maddie Maze” which is book one in a short paranormal YA series with CHBB and “a witches tale” another YA series with Vamptasy Publishing. All of these books can be found in the kindle store on amazon by typing in “Rue Volley.”

Link for Bella Morte on amazon

publisher …Hot Ink Press

One last thing before we let you leave us today.  Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.

One of my favorite things…

So simple. Pop some popcorn, take butterscotch tiny bite morsels and sprinkle them all over the popcorn as soon as it comes out and add nuts if you like. I prefer peanuts but OMG, it is so simple and so very delish. You can sub the butterscotch for white chocolate or dark too, just be sure to use the tiny morsels, they melt easier. You can also add small stick pretzels to the mix. 

Rue it's been an absolute pleasure having you with us today and you are welcome back any time !!!

Readers, make sure you get your copy of the Bella Morte Anthology!! 

 Until next time, happy reading! 


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