British author Amy Cross stays busy these days, churning out new books and constantly generating story ideas. In this interview she discusses her projects and explains her straightforward approach to marketing.
1. Tell me briefly about your books – what are they about and what motivated you to write them?
The Dark Season books are about a girl, Sophie, who meets a boy, Patrick. The boy turns out to be the last vampire on Earth, and he’s completely mute, and he’s the last vampire because he killed all the other vampires. So that’s the starting point. I’ve never been a big fan of vampire novels in general, but I wanted to see if I could come up with an interesting central relationship that I can explore over multiple volumes. I’d like to publish 22 volumes a year, as if it’s a network TV series. But I suspect exhaustion will limit it to 13 a year, as if it’s on cable.
Apart from Dark Season, I’m also working on other books. I self-published a collection of erotic short stories titled Love Stories?, and a comic family drama titled At War With the Hamptons. The latter was a chance to experiment, so I pulled together some stuff I’d written over the years and I beat it into a semi-coherent narrative about a family who, collectively, spend 50 years grieving over the death of one person. Some parts of it are quite experimental. I like playing with form and structure, but it’s still a comedy, honest!
2. How have your sales been?
The vampire books have been averaging 1 or 2 sales a day, and the book of erotic short stories has been doing slightly better. I expected to sell maybe one a week, so I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be. I don’t know how that compares to other beginners, but I’m happy for now. At War With the Hamptons has only been up for a short time and so far no one’s given it a shot, but I hope it’ll sell at least one copy in the next week.