My name is Yolanda Sfetsos and I'm a writer from Australia. I've been digitally published since 2007, and it's been a great experience for me. Not only is it fun and awesome to see my books available as eBooks, but it's a fantastic way of getting my stories out in the wild and available to a lot of readers worldwide.
Back when I started, there was a lot of talk about digital publishing being a fad that would die out because most people could only read eBooks on their computers or laptops, but that prediction was wrong. With the introduction of the Kindle, iPad, Nook, smart phones, and other reading devices, eBooks have changed the world of publishing.
I'm as proud today of being published digitally, as I was when I first started. And the excitement never fades.
Asides from being a writer, I'm also a reader. As much as I love my paperbacks, I now also own a Kindle and absolutely adore it. I love reading from my Kindle Keyboard and have a TBR pile as huge as the actual bookshelves in my bedroom. I love how compact it is, and how the books don't actually take up any physical space. Trust me, being a bibliophile, this means a lot. :)
The digital publishing revolution has had a huge impact on me as both a writer, and a reader.
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EXCERPT FROM A PATCH OF DARKNESS:
“Are you daydreaming again?”
I blinked a few times, trying to clear the jumble of thoughts from my mind so I could focus on the man sitting across from me.
How romantic! We were supposed to be enjoying a nice dinner together and I was trying to mentally sort through my to-do list.
Jonathan Wells tries hard to accommodate my unconventional life. Yet, most of the time he’s the one going out of his way, or being stood up because “something important came up” at the last minute. It was hard to balance everything sometimes.
Most of the time I find myself torn between feeling sorry for him and feeling like I don’t deserve him. I’m very interested in him, though. I want us to become more than just a string of dates never tying together. Jonathan makes me laugh. He makes my heart beat faster. He’s an amazing, kind-hearted man with stunning, boyish looks I find myself gazing at all the time.
“I’m sorry. I was just thinking about…” I closed my mouth. That sounded so pathetic. Why was I thinking about anything when he was sitting across from me in a beautiful Italian restaurant? The weight of his leg against mine suddenly distracted me from everything else.
“You usually are,” he said with a sheepish grin.
“I promise, no more daydreaming. Well, unless it’s about you. Oh, and never when you’re just across the table from me.”
Jonathan’s grin widened and the corners of his eyes wrinkled in an adorable way that made my stomach drop.
“It sounds to me like we just made a deal, Ms. Fox.”
I flashed him a quick smile and nodded. “Thanks for bringing me here tonight. I really need a break from everything.”
“Well, maybe it’s time you and I got away from it all by taking off for the weekend.”
“I’d love to, Jonathan, really I would, but you know I can’t just up and leave. I’ve got a ton of unresolved cases.” And even more I haven’t even looked at."
“There’s a haunted lighthouse in it for you, if you agree,” he said, waggling his dark eyebrows. Jonathan sure knew how to tempt me.
I bit down on my bottom lip. “As tempting as that sounds, I can’t leave right now. Maybe in a few months…” I sighed. “I mean, it’s not just me. What about the bookstore? You can’t close up for the weekend, can you?”
Jonathan’s disappointment was obvious. He averted his dark eyes to wind a clump of spaghetti around his fork. “The bookstore could have a month off and no one would notice. Oh, hold on—it did! And as I said, no one noticed.” He shoveled the Bolognese-smothered forkful into his mouth.
I smiled sympathetically. His bookstore, Prologue, was a cramped two-story corner store in the heart of the city. It was hard to compete with the large book chains only blocks away. Still, Jonathan gave his bookstore all he had and specialized in genre-specific novels and occult reference books other places didn’t stock.
That’s actually where we met, while I was on a job in Prologue. Of course, I waited until the job was done before giving in to a date with him. It’s not wise to cross professional and personal wires. I find it’s better to separate the two when possible.
Jonathan had called me because a poltergeist was tearing his books and store apart. I was contracted to find him, her, or even them—sometimes they like to team up, it’s very adolescent but not out of the question.
Chaotic ghostly behavior is unacceptable in society. It’s my job to locate and deliver them to stand trial. Break the rules and they’re forcibly isolated from society, and that’s if they have a lenient judge. Most times, something this severe could land the spook a one-way ticket to the ghostly patch forever, never able to return again after banishment.
I’ve been responsible for a few of those cases.
A shiver raced down my spine.
I’m sure there are a bunch of pissed-off ghosts on that patch complaining, or even plotting against me. Or maybe I’m just a little paranoid and self-involved.Either way, I track down spooks—ghosts, spirits, poltergeist, orbs—whatever ghostly disturbance is affecting someone’s life in a negative way.
I establish communication and bring them in.
Ghosts have rights, but with those rights come obligations and the responsibility to adhere to certain rules in every community. Break them and you suffer the consequences, just as any human would.
Sierra Fox, Book 1: A Patch of Darkness is now available from Samhain Publishing.
Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.
Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.