What 2011 Summer Release are you most looking forward to?
This is hard for me as I don't tend to look ahead unless it's an author I particularly follow. I tend to just hear about books as they are released or just before. I am keen to get the new Sookie Stackhouse release next month - other than that, I'll wait and see what appears around blogsphere!!
Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
The Divine Comedy (Dante)
Richard II (Shakespeare)
Eugene Onegin (Pushkin)
Better in the Dark (Yarbro)
Dead to the World (Harris)
The Vampire Lestat (Rice)
Book of Songs (Heine)
That's today anyway - I might pick different ones if you ask me tomorrow!
What is the most difficult hurdle you've encountered on your journey to fame and fortune?
Probably myself and a lack of belief that I could do it. Luckily I have a wonderfully supportive fiance who told me to go for it and so far things have been going well. I've not made huge amounts from my writing, but it is still early days and I am at least getting manuscripts accepted by ebook publishers. Hopefully I can continue to build on that in the coming months and years.
Stand Alone vs Series. What's your stance?
I think it depends on the author. If you have a writer who can keep coming up with the new ideas and keep characters fresh then series are great. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain novels are an example of when it works. But sometimes authors run out of new things to say and then a book come out that doesn't live up to its predecessor and it would have been better to have one great stand alone book than a series that runs out of steam.