Monday, February 5, 2018

Interview with Ilona Salley, author of Yesterday is Never Gone

Title: Yesterday is Never Gone
Author: Ilona Sally
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Thriller/Crime
Format: Ebook
Niki is no stranger to horrific personal challenges. As a child, she bravely endured abandonment by her father. While in her teens, she witnessed her mother’s murder and the abduction and presumed death of her only sibling. Although her secrets have always been carefully cloaked from others, they have shaped her personality more than she would like to admit. But with a past as terrible as hers, how can Niki ever hope for a bright future? Years later, Niki is a dedicated profiler in a criminal investigation agency with no idea her life is about to change exponentially. One day, through a quirky twist of fate, she receives startling news that her sister, Inge, is alive. As a driving force compels Niki to search for her, she embarks on a quest that takes her through cities and wilderness on two continents. She encounters difficult decisions, threatening mobsters, near-death experiences, and romance, yet nothing deters her from reaching her goal—not even a gruesome discovery about her father. But Niki is about to discover that things are never what they seem to be. In this thrilling tale, deception and inner turmoil hamper a young woman’s journey toward a new reality as she attempts to reconcile her past and find the truth.

Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

This is my first published work. It is the second novel I have written. I waited so long to write a novel because I always thought I would spend eight hours a day writing. But I found that three or four were all I could really do. The concentration is tiring. So, I found what works for me, and I allocated the mornings to writing.
When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I talked to so many people who were frustrated by efforts to find someone to publish their work. One woman told me that it took her seven years to find a publisher. So, my decision to self-publish seemed clear. I went online and started looking. The next day, I searched again and an ad popped up. It was fate. There it was, a publisher. I researched this one some more, and was happy with what I saw. Then I talked to someone who had used the same self-publishing company, and he too was happy. So, I signed on.
How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Once I signed the contract, it probably took me another year and a half to get published. That is because I purchased several packages which they offered. First, it was an editing package which I found extremely helpful. My book was cut down from over 500 pages, to over 300 pages. I had to reorganize and made so many changes in order for things to flow. I also redid the entire beginning and end. That took a while. Then it was finished again, and I was able to apply for some kind of award. I had to wait, since others applied too. Then I was offered marketing packages some of which I decided to take. Each one was completely foreign to me and I had to try to figure out what I had even signed up for. This part was frustrating. And here I am on a Blog Tour. But I did learn a lot.
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate? 

What a sense of elation, I had. Finally, I thought, I was finished. The whole process had taken me about five years. When I began, I had no idea that it could take so long. But here I am, almost five months after the book was published, still finishing up.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I was published in the summer, just before a series of 4 parties and get-togethers. I attended all and was able to promote my book there. That includes a book launch. These occurred just before the advertising packages I purchased began to be distributed on the internet.
Ilona Salley emigrated from Germany to Toronto, Canada, with her family when she was three. Throughout her life, her interests have included squash, skiing, wood carving, literature, art, and languages. Her fascination with architecture and archaeology has led her to travel in search of ancient places and artifacts. After a long career as an educator, she expanded her horizons by teaching in England and China. Now, she spends part of each year in Fort Myers, Florida.

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