Anne-Rae Vasquez featured on – Book launch tour

Book Launch: Interview with Anne-Rae Vasquez, author of Doubt, Among Us Trilogy featured an interview with Anne-Rae Vasquez, author of Doubt, Among Us Trilogy (book 1).

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Among Us is a book series which delves into the world of the super natural and how it intersects with the every day lives of seemingly ordinary people as catastrophic events on Earth lead to the end of times. Among Us will attract fans of the TV shows Fringe, Lost, and 4400.

Targeted Age Group:
15 – 45

How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing in the urban fantasy, paranormal fiction genre gives me an opportunity to experiment different ways to connect with fans which I could not do with my first book. After reading many marketing “experts” and blog topics about how to grow your fanbase, I grew bored with the strategies that they were pitching.

The TV series Fringe pushes the boundaries of story telling where the writers and creators of the show manage to make the unbelievable seem possible. Unconventional story telling, multiple story lines, time travel, alternate universes and paranormal events mixed with conventional FBI criminal drama is a combination which could spell disaster for the producers if not done well. J.J. Abrams and his writing and production team were able to mix the right amount of fantasy and reality to produce intelligent and creative episodes with multiple story arcs that has attracted a cult following from all over the world. If J.J. Abrams did not have the courage to push the boundaries of reality, there would be no shows like Fringe (which would be a pity for people like me who enjoy a good urban fantasy thriller).

What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
First and foremost, believe in yourself and your work. If you don’t, no one else will.
Like JJ Abrams, creators just want to tell a story and entertain people. So why only focus in one way of telling it? Give readers another way to connect with your story. Entertainment does not need to be contained in one medium. Think about telling your story in many mediums.
Start creating your online presence even before you start writing. You need to build interest in your work when it is time to release. Create a website about your book, blog about your experiences, find people who might be interested in your book locally and on social media. DO NOT PROMOTE on social media. Make friends, share ideas. Build relationships. When your book is ready to publish, you can reach out to your social media friends. When you do good things for others, more than likely they will do good things right back.
There are rules to the game but I don’t believe that we need to be bound by them. If it feels appropriate to follow the rules, then by all means, follow them. If it feels better to break the rules, be creative and do it.

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