An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management.
His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.
Valmore’s latest book is Forbidden the Stars, a sci-fi novel set at the end of the 21st century.
Visit his website at www.ValmoreDaniels.com
Thank you for this interview, Valmore. Can we start out by having you tell us briefly what your new book is about?
When I watched the Space Shuttle Columbia’s maiden voyage into space, my first thought was, How would a teenager, such as myself, get on one of those flights? Simple, hijack the shuttle! And with that kernel of a story, I began to plot Forbidden The Stars, an epic science fiction journey from the Space Age to Earth’s next era – the Interstellar Age. Along the way, I added a few more what-if’s to the novel: What if there was an undiscovered element in the asteroid belt that was the fuel for faster than light travel? What if there were tens of thousands of alien races out there just waiting for humans to evolve before making first contact?
More and more authors are realizing the potential for sales that derives from virtual book tours. Can you tell us your personal reasons why you chose a virtual book tour to help get the word out about your new book?
I believe the most effective marketing tool has been guest spots, interviews and reviews on book blogger websites. This has the potential of reaching to most readers on the internet, and gives both the blogger and the author the opportunity to receive immediate feedback through the comments section of each blog.
Is this the first time you have heard of them?
Years ago I spent a brief stint as a web designer, and was familiar with the concept of blogs from the beginning. As time went on, blogging became more and more popular. When I researched online promotion for books, blogs and forums were the first places I went for information. A virtual book tour is a natural extension of the power of the worldwide internet community.
What do you hope to achieve through promoting your book through a virtual book tour?
The internet allows for the potential to reach anyone with an internet connection. Through video sharing websites, participating in book blogger websites, interviews, and guest blogs as well as maintaining a forums presence, I can communicate with readers both in the present and in the future.
Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
I have both a twitter and a Facebook page, and while it took a little time to build up a fan base, I have used both tools to make announcements, interact with readers, and follow a few fellow authors myself as a fan.
Who maintains your website?
Having some experience as a web designer in the past, I have the basic knowledge and skill set to maintain my own web presence.
What are your experiences with offline book signings? Do you have much luck selling your book through that method?
At this time, I have not had an offline book signing, but I am researching local genre conventions and will most likely attend one at some point.
Here’s a fun question. If money were no object, how would you promote your book?
If I had the money, I think the best promotion for my particular novel would be to have it sponsor a NASA space shuttle mission.
Thank you for this interview, Valmore. Do you have any final words?
Forbidden The Stars is available at the following retailers:
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