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Resistor: An Eerden Novel (Ellinor Book 1) by C.E. Clayton is on virtual book tour. The new adult cyberpunk fantasy sto...

Resistor: An Eerden Novel (Ellinor Book 1) by C.E. Clayton is on virtual book tour.

The new adult cyberpunk fantasy stops at Readeropolis.

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Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

I craft my main characters first, even if it’s just a name and a gender and knowing what role or trope they fill in the story. I need to know what I want from my main cast, what their struggles are, and how they would interact with each other and the world I’ve built. They still get polished as the story progresses, but I do know them all from the start, so all around the same time. Whereas my side characters usually come to me as I write because they are filling some gap, or I need someone to help move my characters along the plot. Sometimes those characters become bigger parts of the story too that I didn’t intend, which is always a nice surprise, too.

What do you think about the current publishing market?

There are a lot of things to consider when looking at the current publishing market, but the most important thing is what you (or the author) wants out of the market. With self-publishing and small press, no longer is the only option querying literary agents and praying that one wants to represent you and your book and then sell it to one of the Big 5 publishing houses. I honestly love that the current publishing market is so diverse now with options for authors. 

I’ve published with small press, I’ve queried countless agents, and will be self-publishing this year as well. So I really can only speak to small press and indie publishing, but, based on what I want and how I work, these were the best options for me. It’s unfortunate that the Big 5 are such businesses now, where they only support their biggest authors, often at the detriment to marginalized voices, and it’s sad that they only want to represent books in genres that are already popular. You miss out on so many amazing voices and unique plot lines that way! But the Big 5 still have the largest reach, and getting on Best Seller lists is always easier for authors who go the traditional route then an indie or small press author. 

Small press publishing gives you much more freedom, but you still have to share your profits with your publisher and you do have to sign over rights to your story, as well as marketing control to them as well. So you do get a lot more freedom, and they do take on a lot more of the tedious aspects of publishing, but you won’t make as much money as you could, and a lot of the promotion of your book still falls on your shoulders—so if you pay for that yourself instead of your publisher and it does well, you are still sharing your royalties with them. I published my first series this way, and while I really enjoyed not having to worry about the formatting of my book etc., I didn’t like having the burden of marketing being on my shoulders and then still sharing royalties. Which is honestly why I chose to bring my newest book into the world all on my own! It’s been tough, and I’ve learned a lot, and while all the burden is on my shoulders, I do like having complete control over my story, my rights, my cover, and getting my book into readers hands. So, depending on how much responsibility you want, you have options for publishing, and I think that’s great!

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I can’t write in silence, editing yes, but if I’m just starting my first draft? I need music. I use music as a way to help get me in the mood to write certain scenes, or to help set the overall tone or vibe of a chapter, which eventually morphs into a whole playlist for each of my books. I love making these playlists! Music is a huge passion of mine, so I do have a lot of fun building out my Spotify playlists, but it is honestly a great way to help get me in the right mindset to say, write an action scene if I’m having an off afternoon, or a death scene if I’ve had a great day and need to get into a sadder frame of mind. I know a lot of people can’t focus when they listen to music with words in it, but I haven’t had that problem. Although, I absolutely cannot write if I am listening to an audiobook or podcast! Those I tend to actively listen to more rather than having them be the background noise I need.

Resistor: An Eerden Novel
Ellinor Book 1
by C.E. Clayton
Genre: New Adult Cyberpunk Fantasy 

Ellinor Rask has wanted one thing for the past eight years: vengeance. But when Ellinor is captured, she finds herself dragged back into the world she walked away from, entangled once more with friends she would rather forget.

As if that weren’t humiliating enough, Ellinor learns first hand that her magic can be stripped away by a piece of bio-tech—and her ex-boss is happy to leash her with the technology in order to get what he wants. If Ellinor behaves, the device will be removed. All she has to do is deliver a package. One containing a creature created from raw magical energy and discarded technology. Simple, right?

But when her goals start getting people murdered, Ellinor has to decide if the year’s planning, her honor, and even her own magic, are worth the lives it’s costing. Dodging ruthless gangsters, she finds herself on the run with a creature of immeasurable magical abilities alongside her one-time friends. Now, Ellinor must relearn to trust the people she once abandoned. She must put her faith in technology, and her life in the hands of independent contractors, all while racing to deliver the package before it gets taken by force, or worse, the creature decides to make an appearance itself.

If you purchase either a physical copy, or pre-order the digital copy, you will receive the three, custom character playing cards once you show proof of purchase! It doesn't matter what country you're in either, I will absolutely send you these beauties by the phenomenal Golden Rose!

But if users purchase signed copies directly from me, they will get the character art of Ellinor in chains by Arz, a bookmark by Dominique Wesson, in addition to the playing cards if purchased during the pre-order window.

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C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love--writing--and hasn't stopped. She is the author of young adult fantasy series, "The Monster of Selkirk", the creator of the cyberpunk Eerden Novels, and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she's not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit.

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