Hi all. This week’s guest for Friday Five is author, Sindra Van Yssel. Thanks for joining me here on the blog, Sindra!
So, what kind of books do you read for fun?
I read a lot of different things, but lately it’s been mostly mysteries or manga. I’m a big fan of old-school mysteries like Ellery Queen and Dorothy L. Sayers.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I’m really very fond of my computer and a bit addicted to my cell phone. But I could live without them if I really had to.
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Genies can be so tricky! You wish for world peace and they destroy the planet. It’s dangerous business, and I doubt anyone wants to hear about that kind of wish anyway. For artistic and financial reasons I’d love for a few million people to read and pay for my books. I’d like a fully stocked private dungeon I could throw parties in. And I’d like everyone to have access to basic healthcare, including contraceptives.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Finish what you start. I think it’s so easy to feel halfway through that you want to start a completely different book, one that doesn’t have the problems you’re encountering with the one you’re writing. But writing endings and working through those problems is different enough from writing the first few chapters that you really need to see things through to completion as much as possible to learn the craft.
Can you share a little about your current release with us?
I’ve got a series coming out from Ellora’s Cave that centers around the play parties held in a large mansion. The series is called Iron Butterfly, and the first book, Only if it Pleases, is already out. Hart and Vanessa start a relationship after Hart wins a bet with her former boyfriend. Since Vanessa is curious about Hart she goes along with being the stakes in the bet, but he’s got a reputation as a very strict Dom into some very heavy play and she’s a little nervous. He’s just the right person to train her to push her limits.
The second book, Double Bind, is coming out in November, and the third, His Private Secretary, in December.
To find out more see my website, www.sindravanyssel.com
I can be reached via email at sindra at gmail dot com, and on facebook as Sindra van Yssel. I always love to hear from readers.