Author Interview: Fantasy & Contemporary Author D. B. Sieders

Meet multi-talented author, D.B. Sieders! Her work as a scientist by day and storyteller by night has sparked her interest and abilities in writing several genres. Her urban fantasy, WAKING THE DEAD, hits shelves this spring!

1. Tell our readers a little about yourself and your work.
I was born and raised in East Tennessee and spent my childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, wading barefoot in creeks, chasing salamanders, fish, and frogs. We loved to tell stories while sitting around the campfire. Those days of frog chasing sparked my interest in biology. I am a working scientist by day, but I never lost my love of telling stories. My stories feature urban fantasy-style settings in which supernatural creatures hide in plain sight. I want to take my readers on adventures in fantastical worlds hidden in the nooks and crannies of our reality, where ordinary heroes and heroines face extraordinary circumstances and find out what they’re made of.

2. What genres do you write or want to write in the future?
I write fantasy/paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and a bit of contemporary romance. My goal is to provide my readers with an escape from reality. I want to take them on exciting journeys filled with otherworldly characters that surprise, delight, and captivate. I want to make my readers laugh, cry, think, fall in love, and remember their visits to my world after they leave—knowing they can always drop by again for more!

3. What attracted you to City Owl Press?
I was looking for a fresh new publisher with experience in urban fantasy. My agent submitted to City Owl Press and, to my delight, the powers that be connected with my work.

4. What has your experience been like working with City Owl Press?
I’m just getting started, but so far it’s been wonderful. The author community is very supportive here and all about sharing and cross-promotion. The staff is professional. They communicate well and have really hit the ground running since I signed the contract. I’m excited for the next steps!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I see myself with a healthy backlist of series and stand alone titles, a healthy fan base built through hard work and plenty of stories to feed reader cravings, and, I hope, the ability to earn a healthy income from my writing.

6. Tell our readers why they should pick up your book.
My tagline is “Unconventional Fantasy Romance,” so I’m all about turning genre conventions upside down. I strive to get readers emotionally invested in flawed, wounded “real” characters with real problems mirrored/complimented by the supernatural elements they face—I love to write a good angsty hero and want to hit the reader in all the feels. I work to give my readers characters they will root for, crisp dialogue, humor to balance all things emotionally heavy, and damned good stories that will keep them coming back for more.