Between the years of 1999 and 2007 Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection, Pray the Rain Never Ends.
Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark tongue in cheek, A Death at the North Pole, created a dark world among the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately providing a tale of redemption.
October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, Kill 4 Me. A tale in which a woman is haunted by a vengeful spirit through text messages and instant messaging.
Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, The Pentacle of Light. The tale dealing with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.
Finally, after missing his detective Lauren Bruni, he released the book The Return in October 2009, this time moving the action from the North Pole and placing it in the small Arizona community he was raised in.
Andre’s latest book is The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen about a dead man who seeks revenge on the woman that tormented him in peaceful Northern Arizona.
Currently, he resides in Chandler, AZ.
You can visit his website at www.joelmandre.com.
Thank you for this interview, Joel. Can we start out by having you tell us briefly what your new book is about?
The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen on the surface is a paranormal murder mystery. On a deeper level, it is a tale about dealing with personal demons and finding redemption.
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’ve spent quite a bit of money in the past on advertising and found a majority of it doesn’t work. In 2008, I did a tour with Pump up Your Book promotions and it appears to boost sales.
Is this the first time you have heard of them?
No, I discovered these tours in 2008.
What do you hope to achieve through promoting your book through a virtual book tour?
Just to let people know my book is out there.
Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
Yes, I have a website and blog.
Who maintains your website?
I maintain it, when I have the time.
What are your experiences with offline book signings? Do you have much luck selling your book through that method?
In a direct sense, I think it does. You can interact with people one on one and get an emotional sale.
Here’s a fun question. If money were no object, how would you promote your book?
I would make a movie of the book. That way you can expand on the audience you reach.
Thank you for this interview, Joel. Do you have any final words?
Thank you for this interview. I would just like to remind everyone that reading is essential. It helps to strengthen our minds and when you find a good book, it can be far more rewarding than anything else.
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