Author Julia Clarke #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Julia Clarke

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! Becoming a published author was always on my list of life goals. I always figured I’d write a book on history–a study of monarchs and the ways in which they manipulated their image to control power. Something decidedly more scholarly and entirely less romantic than the stories I actually write. The stories I absolutely love to write.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Rebels Series was inspired by a number of things. I think it started with a football romance I was reading, but I was craving something different. I wanted a woman who was knowledgeable about football, who loved the sport and could smack talk with the best. So I started reading about female coaches and toured the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. I studied football like it was my job, listening to people’s conversations when they discussed the game. And then Blake came to me, and her voice was so clear.

What are you working on now?

I’m finalizing Playing Defense: Book Two of the Rebels Series, and I’m excited about book three. The Rebels Series is a contemporary reverse harem sports romance with a badass main character, a team of sexy-as-hell football players, and a dash of angst.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm. I like to have background noise, but not always music. If I can’t go to a cafe to write, I turn on the Nozio app and use the “coffee shop” settings.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that Blake’s story, and the other stories I write, will resonate with readers. I hope they will feel inspired and entertained by the worlds I create. I hope that my words will touch them in some way.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Stick with it. Keep learning and striving for improvement–in your craft, your marketing, everything.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for reading my stories, for inviting me into your life. I’m honored that you’ve taken the time to read my words. And I so appreciate all your love and encouragement. You have no idea how much your words of praise mean to me.

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The Reverse Play

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Playing Defense (Book Two of The Rebels Series) Julia Clarke

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Scoring a coaching job with the Rebels was supposed to be a dream come true, a step toward achieving my goal of being the first female NFL head coach. But when three sexy-as-hell players blitzed their way into my life, I got distracted. I took my eye off the ball. And I’m at risk of losing it all, even the sport I love.

Now, the one thing that’s kept me grounded, kept me focused, is the last thing that could possibly bring me comfort. Because when it comes to Xavier, Colt, and Tristan, the lines are blurred. The rules—questioned.

I may be their coach on the field, but in matters of the heart, I’m playing defense.
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Author Drea Shane #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Drea Shane

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a scientist by day, writer by night, Greyhound obsessed, and lover of all things Paranormal.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes. I’ve been writing stories since grade school. I never published my first book but I’m still proud I wrote it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Selene the Moon Goddess in Greek Mythology because I love mythology and am fascinated by shifter books.

What are you working on now?

The final book in the Moon Goddess trilogy.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I love to have a candle burning, my dogs curled up around me, and music playing.

What are your hopes for the future?

Get all my half finished stories published and out of my WIP file. I just want to share my visions with the world.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Research and finding a mentor. When you have a mentor they can guide you through some of the critical points in the process.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I’m just grateful that they enjoy what I love to write.

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The Luna’s Destiny

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Author Stacy Jones #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy Jones

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m terrible at this! I can talk about my books and characters all day, but talking about myself always feels awkward. Suffice it to say, I’m an extroverted introvert with an endless love of writing books, my family, animals, sexy yet awkward men with a hilarious lack of game (which is why my heroes always end up fitting this mold to some degree LOL), snacks, and coffee.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t, actually. It never occurred to me that I would one day write books. I went through an extended period of postpartum after the birth of my son. One day, mostly out of boredom, I picked up one of the old ‘bodice-ripper romance’ books my grandmother had sent me as a perhaps odd welcome to motherhood. I was instantly addicted. Something about the emotions the book fed me helped me to control my own messy emotions from the postpartum. I devoured every book in that box, then the library, then Barnes and Noble online, and finally amazon. Years pass and one day I’m lamenting to my husband that I cannot find that one book I desperately want to read. His response- so write it. And I did. It took me a solid year, and mostly in the Notes app on my iPhone, but I wrote Chosen and haven’t stopped writing since.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for The Arena was the strange dreams I occasionally have. I may have snippets of memory of what happened in those dream, but never anything clear. What makes them stick with me is the soreness or tiredness I wake up with. Overactive imagination led me to wonder exactly why I was sore upon waking with no marks to show for it. Aria and The Arena were born, wherein she experiences those same kinds of dreams… but she follows them to the other side.

What are you working on now?

As I’m writing this, I’m working on The Arena

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Oh yes LOL Many! I write almost exclusively at my favorite local coffee shop, I’m always listening to music while writing, and I inevitably go through five phases over the course of a book.
1. This is AMAZING!! This is the best story ever! I love it so much! I think readers will devour this!
2. Oh shit! Deadline is approaching!! Hurry up it’s been 95 years since you released the last book! Ppl are going to forget your name!
3. I’ve made an egregious error. This is the worst book ever. Ppl are gonna hate it. Vocally. They’re going to leave horrible reviews and never read my books again!!
4. OMG it’s not going to sell. We’re gonna starve. ‘Babe! We need to plan out a starvation budget! Get The Notebook Of Shame ready!!’
5. OMG THEY LIKE IT!!! This is the best job in the entire world!!! I need to do that all over again stat!! Best. Feeling. Ever.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to continue writing stories I love and that readers love. I would love to be successful to the point where I can take care of my family because family is the most important thing, for me.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

The best advice I was ever given- Write what you want to read! Yes trends play a part and the market is ever-shifting, but you have to love your book before anyone else can. If you love it, that shines through the story and people will love it as well.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

It’s still odd to consider that I have fans LOL, but yes, I do. Without each and every one of you, this journey wouldn’t be possible. I published my first book on nothing but hopes and dreams. The second book was published because of you, because of your support, your messages of encouragement, the love you had for my characters. I appreciate you, all of you, more than I can say. I hope you continue to love the worlds I build and the characters whose stories I tell.

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Chosen Series:

Chosen

Tribe Outsider

Tribe Protector

Khargals Of Duras:

Gravel and Grit

Co-written:

A Kiss Of Madness

(co-written with K.B. Everly)

Saving Merritt

(co-written with CoraLee June)

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Author Ivy Fox #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Ivy Fox

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Eeeek! The hardest question ever! LOLOL. Okay, so I’m a little bit goofy, a lot dorky and a bit shy believe it or not. Once I feel comfortable with people though, they get the crazy laughs-too-loud Ivy. Hehehe I’m a big kid in a grown up body. Just ask my husband. hehehe

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Oh gosh yes!! In the 5th grade, my school used to do assemblies every Friday where you could put on performances, and my friends and I would always do some play I had written out. I loved it! Seeing my stories come to life was such a thrill that even at the tender age of ten I knew I wanted to write professionally. It was always my dream and I have an attic full of old journals to prove it. hehehe

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I get inspired by all sorts of things. A ballad or a song that holds a lyric that touches my heart, or a photo of the character’s muse. Right now, I’m inspired by anything that is related to forbidden and tragic love. If it touches my heart, then the words come fluidly.

What are you working on now? So at this moment, I’m writing the second book of the Rotten Love duet – Rotten Men.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hehehehe! Oh yeah! I hate writing when I have my boys in the house. And when I say boys, I mean my hubby and thirteen year old kiddo. I need silence to concentrate and hear the characters words in my head. It’s hard to do that when I hear Mom and Babe every five minutes. hehehe

What are your hopes for the future?

I just want to continue to learn my craft and try to publish the best stories I can. My main goal is to be able to write that one love story that will touch readers’ hearts and that it stays with them long after they’ve read it.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

JUST DO IT!! If you see the story in your head, just put pen to paper ( or fingers to keyboard) and write it. You will never know if you don’t go for it. Sure there will be days where your insecurities will run rampant. Don’t listen to those pesky voices, but instead pay closer attention to the characters that deserve to make their way into the world. They deserve it and so do you

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

My deepest thanks to all that have bought and read my books and are with me through this incredible adventure of mine. I could not have done this without your support and I will remain forever humbled and eternally grateful. Xoxo

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Author Renee Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Renee Rose, a USA today bestselling author who writes steamy kinky romance with alpha males and hot domination. I’m probably best known for my bestselling mafia romance series Vegas Underground, the Bad Boy Alphas series (sexy alpha shifters!) and Zandian Masters /Zandian Brides series (alien slave domination).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Always! I was an avid reader by kindergarten and always always wanted to write my own books, it just took me a while to get here. 🙂

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I adore dangerous men– bad boys, super spies, etc. My new mafia series Vegas Underground features tough, dominant, scary men and the feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a bad boy alpha book, Alpha’s Prey. It features a bear shifter mountain man and the curvy scientist he has to rescue from a storm.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t have an orderly brain, so this doesn’t make sense, or maybe it’s why I have to write this way, but I really prefer to write a book linearly. Otherwise I feel like I lose the story and emotional threads.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to keep growing my readership and launch a YA paranormal series.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Write what you love. Love what you write. That’s all it takes, really, but it’s easy to get into doubt and judgment, which kills your creation.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I f-ing love my readers. I am so grateful every day that I have an audience for my books. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Authors Jade Oliver #interview

Please give a warm welcome to authors Jade Oliver

Tell us a bit about yourself

Kendall Oliver is the Oliver of Jade Oliver. She is a southern transplant from a young age and refuses to live where it gets too cold. She’s married to her “it’s never too late for a happily ever after” husband. They have a preteen and little that are affectionately called her little monsters, though usually, it’s just in her head.

Jade Ryan is the Jade of Jade Oliver. She is southern born and currently missing her roots while living where it stays too cold. She has a loving husband of many years and two teenagers that test Momma’s patience but can do no wrong. An avid reader and supporter of all things books.

Have you always wanted to become authors?

Kendall: I have, though I never imagined it would actually happen. Publishing a book has been on my bucket list since I made my first construction paper covered book in kindergarten. My life has always been a world filled with words and I would not be me without all the worlds I’ve journeyed to through books. And now, I’m immeasurably grateful I am able, with Jade, to create worlds for others to find their own journey through.

Jade: Actually, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, which I am. I used to make up stories, even entered some contests as an elementary student, but the writing was always second to playing teacher with my younger brother. However, when I started writing academic papers for my BA and MA degrees, I loved it. I loved the development of the paper, the research, the creation process, even the editing (to a certain degree! LOL). I’m really glad I found Kendall because it allows me to do both!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our first series, The Heart of Andros, was born of us sitting around bouncing ideas one day while we were deciding if we were actually going to write. We wanted to try new things and push preconceived ideas of a reverse harem. We knew that no matter what, we both wanted a female with an intellectual but nontraditional job. We knew we wanted something research-based and we went from marine biology to cultural anthropology after researching the rich cultural heritage on Andros that we could pull from. We super spiraled from there into a super complex and twisty plot outline. You’ll see more of the heavy action-based and more traditional storyline in the next book but we wanted the first book to be a love story. The first book is how they fell in love and how their story started. We attempted to blend genres in a way that allowed for a more traditional love story in a reverse harem w/other sub-genre elements too.

Our current project was inspired by a cover made by Nichole Withholder of Rainy Day Artwork!

What are you working on now?

We were hard at work on the second book with Adair and her haram in Andros. But it was coming together a bit slower than we anticipated due to some unfortunate life events. Although we managed to complete book one under some tough circumstances too this one has been a challenge and it’s not coming organically. Since we want to make it the best it can be and do the story justice we are taking a break for now.

We did take some time out to do a short story for the My Bloodiest Valentine anthology. The title of it is The Heart of an Assassin, which is also set in Andros, but you meet new characters that you’ll definitely see again.

We also wrote a short for Luck Between the Sheets Lucky Shot. These are all new characters and it’s a super spicy shot of yum and fun. Light-hearted and also characters we hope to bring back in the future.

Our current project is a secret. We will make an announcement in our group soon.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

So Kendall has to have a clear picture in her head while Jade can just sit down and let it flow. We’ve always talked before we start so that helps. Kendall listens to music and writes better late at night or at really random times. Jade generally just writes. Where and whenever. LOL.

What are your hopes for the future?

We hope we improve as writers and that we are able to continue to bring everyone the stories of our hearts. We love that people read and get what we’re saying. It’s a feeling that can’t be described when someone says something about a character or that characters anything and you know they understood your words. Even if it’s only one person, it makes it all worth it.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Go for it! Even if your first attempt isn’t popular or you see after where you made mistakes, still do it! You never know what may happen.

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thanks to everyone that has always supported us – publicly and privately. It means so much to know who the truly good ones are and we love you! Thanks for all our readers that have been patient the last few months as life kicked our ass.

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The Heart of Andros (Andros Island Book 1)

Lucky Between the Sheets: Lucky Shot

“My Bloodiest Valentine” featuring the short story “The Heart of An Assassin”

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Author Regine Abel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Regine Abel

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a sci-fi and paranormal romance author. My day job is Design Director in video games. Yep! I torture game designers all day long lol. I’m a Canadian turned globe-trotter as my career has taken me pretty much all over the world. I currently live in Europe but planning on returning home in the not too distant future to start writing full-time.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

The desire to write professionally frequently popped up in my mind over the years. I was always quite the storyteller growing up. I actually wrote my first book at the age of 13 and sent it to a publisher. Surprisingly, one of the editors took the time to read and comment the whole thing before sending back the manuscript with a gentle rejection letter. The amount of work required to fix it overwhelmed teenage me, half of which I didn’t fully understand, such as character development lol. So, while I gave up the idea to become a writer then, the urge to write never left me until I finally decided to take the plunge again two years ago.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Xian Warriors series was first inspired by a stock photo image of men in fetal position that looked like they were being incubated in giant glass spheres. It made me think of The Matrix, the pod inside which Neo awakened when he first exited the Matrix. That made me want to write a story involving the transfer of consciousness. Sprinkle in some insectoid aliens partly inspired by the movie Starship Troopers, and the Xian Warriors were born.

Here’s the book trailer of the first book in the series: Legion (Xian Warriors 1)

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Raven (Xian Warriors 2). In the first novel, we learn about the Xian Warriors, genetically engineered soldiers that are essentially made immortal by their Soulcatchers. What’s a Soulcatcher? A psychic human female able to capture the soul of a fallen warrior and transfer it back into a new copy of his body grown in an incubator. Together, they fight against the Kryptid invasion, insectoid creatures hell-bent on dominating the galaxy. If you love sci-fi, action, and a steamy romance, this series is for you!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m only comfortable writing in one of my three writing pajamas while listening to epic movie music.

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full-time writer within the year. That possibility is very likely. And after that, to keep growing my fan-base and hopefully for them to continue to enjoy my books.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Do you. Write what makes you happy, not what others tell you to write. Take reviews with a grain of salt. You will never please everyone and some readers will completely miss the point. It’s okay. Just keep going. Build your social platforms. It’s painful when you are an introvert like me, but it will make things easier down the road. Get yourself a writers tribe and support each other. Going at it alone is brutal. Making it doesn’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you write with love, then readers will love your work right back.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting indie authors. Thanks to all of you who picked up my first book and helped spread the word two years ago when I was completely clueless. And a particular thank you to those who take a second to post reviews. It only takes a moment but makes a huge difference for authors.

Let’s finish this post with a surprise cover reveal

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Author Rinna Ford #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rinna Ford

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I live just outside of St. Louis, MO with my husband and two daughters. I currently stay at home with my youngest, and I write in my spare time. I’m a breast cancer survivor, and I love kickboxing!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I didn’t always want to be an author. I was an elementary school teacher before I had kids, and although I miss it, writing is my passion now. For a time, I thought I wanted to write children’s picture books, but when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, I used books as an escape from my reality. I decided that I wanted to do that, so I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

To be completely honest, I can’t remember where I got the idea for this story that I’m working on now. I do remember that I originally planned for it to be M/F, buy my PA, Nikki talked me into making it a RH series. Once I get an idea, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, looking for visual inspiration for my characters, setting, etc, and they help shape my story lines.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up the first book of a new series called Curse Marked, as well as starting the last book in my Aurelia Chronicles series. Curse Marked from The Marked series is a medium-burn RH PNR series, and the Aurelia Chronicles is more of a fantasy M/F series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

LOL I have quite a few quirks while writing! I make and listen to playlists on Spotify while I write, and they help me write the emotion l look for during different scenes. I can only write sex scenes when my kids aren’t home or if they’re asleep. I don’t really like to write them when my husband is home either, actually. I “reward” myself with candy for reaching daily word goals. Not the healthiest motivation, but it works for me!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to become a full-time writer. I want to make a living at this by the time both of my kids are in school. I know that’s the goal of most indie writers, and it’s definitely mine. I love writing and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My first piece of advice is to study the craft. Make sure you know what you want to write and have a plan for writing it. I would also tell new authors to make connections within the writing community- other authors, beta readers, and arc readers. They are key to helping you break into this industry, and will help you more than you know. I’d finally say to make sure that you find a good editor and a good cover artist. This is probably the most important thing for any author, because a great book and a beautiful cover sells itself.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I absolutely love my fans. They’re the ones that keep me going, keep me motivated to write. Thank you for your support!

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Queen of the Fireflies

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Author Arizona Tape #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Arizona Tape

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Ari, I live in the UK with my girlfriend, and I’m heading towards my mid-twenties. I spend most of my time working on my author business, but between those, I like taking video game breaks, whipping up some tasty food, and binge-watching whatever has
caught my attention.

A couple of fun facts that people might not know about me:

– I like drawing and painting

– I can play the piano and harp

– I love singing, even if it makes all the cats sing along

– I adore manga, anime, and anything Japanese. I’m dreaming of visiting Japan.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

My love affair with authordom has been a slow one.
The one thing I’ve been doing my whole life is telling stories. As a child, that would be in the form of drawing little stick figures with text balloons, I wrote a couple of stories here and there throughout school,
and I made up stories in my head all the time.

It wasn’t until my grey years hit in college that I started using my writing as an outlet to channel my feelings. Often, I wouldn’t understand what I was going through until I could look at it through the eyes of my characters. It took me another year or
two before I realised I could turn these stories into real books and try my hand at a career. As if bitten by the bookbug, I became obsessed overnight.

I published my first book, The Love Pill, started working on the next one, and about twenty books and two years later, here I am.

The Love Pill

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Not Today is based on my own experiences as a student in the rainbow world. I was a very active member of my student club and enjoyed all type of shenanigans that come with that. There were so many highs and memories I fondly remember, but overall, it was quite a dark time for myself emotionally. Almost all my friends were either depressed, suicidal, or had lots of issues they hadn’t processed yet. I was no different.

Years after the fact, I’m much more stable, but lots of young people out there aren’t. The aim for this particular book/series is to tell a tale that’ll resonate with them. To maybe spark some hope that it does get better?

And of course, for those after their student life, for a fond look back.

Not Today

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Valkyrie 101, an Urban Fantasy Academy series that explores elementals as guides for human souls to the afterlife. Ylva, my main characters, is training to become a Valkyrie and help the departed reach their desired destination.
In her case, Valhalla.

But there are many other types of Afterlife Assistants, and each of them have their own rituals, courses, and a different afterlife to serve. Purgatory, the World of Darkness, the Underworld, … It’s going to be an exciting ride with a lot of mythology,
an apocalypse, and a forbidden lesbian romance.

Valkyrie 101

Do you have any quirks while writing?

To really get in the writing zone, I like to put the same song on endless repeat and just hammer away at my keyboard with the same tunes blaring for hours on end. Next to that, I find it hard to write when someone else has view of my screen. I like my laptop
a little turned away.

I guess it’s my own version of the writing cave.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I never run out of stories to write. My imagination is my greatest asset and I hope it’s a well that never runs dry. I want to keep fantasising, I want to keep making up characters, and I want to take people on a journey they’ve never been on before.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

The threshold to become an author is really low, but the threshold to real success is incredibly high. I think that’s one of the things that people might not know when they start out.

It’s easy to start and easy to think you’ve made it when you hit publish on your first book. But if you’re looking for a steady stream of income, if you’re looking to make this a career that can sustain you, it’s a long and hard climb. Only hard work will
get you to the top and keep you there. There are no short cuts, no matter what anyone says.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. Without the support of my readers, I would never be where I am now. I have an incredibly supportive group of close readers and authors that mean the world to me. They’re the unicorns of the publishing world, the gold at the end of the rainbow,
and what makes being an author a worthwhile use of my time.

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Author Mary Martel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Mary Martel

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi. My name is Mary Martel and I’m the author of the Ariel Kimber series. I live in North Dakota, which I’m way over at the moment because I hate winter and it’s so damn cold here that it’s stupid and going outside feels like torture. I have two beautiful little girls that mean everything to me, a Pomeranian that was my dad’s little baby and is a stuck up brat but we love her, two kitties, a bunny and my latest addition being two ferrets that my husband recently got me. It’s a handful and I love it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Ahhh…. I want to say yes because I used to take creative writing classes and I’ve always enjoyed writing for fun but it’s not something I ever thought I could make a career out of.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for my current book/series… Well, I have so many projects going at the moment that it’s kind of hard to answer this. Sometimes it can just be a picture that I find somewhere that gives me an idea and then I go and hunt down other pictures. I have an Inspiration Board that I put all of my pictures on and it’s up in my office. I’m always taking things down and adding new pictures to it whenever I find something that inspires me.

What are you working on right now?

Umm… I have two co-writes that I’m working on, one that is a super secret and the other one I just announced in my readers group. I am also working on Pretty Ugly, which is the next book in my Mercy Motorcycle Club series. And, Black as Midnight, which is the next full length Ariel Kimber book. I also have my Ruby Jane vampire book that I’ve been slowly working on when I have time and probably like 8 other projects that nobody else knows about because I’ve been keeping a lot fo my things hidden away until they are done.

What are your hopes for the future?

I think everyone hopes to be successful and I’m no different but I try really hard not to have serious expectations when it comes to my books so that way I’m never disappointed with how they do.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Yes. LOL. I do not like the quiet. But, I also cannot listen to music while writing because I find it distracting. So, I have to have my television on while writing for the background noise that it gives me. It’s weird.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Keep writing. It’s very easy to get discouraged and want to give up, but you just need to keep on writing and not let things like shitty reviews drag you down. Don’t ever go on Goodreads to check out your reviews because it will only make you feel like crap. And keep writing. I can’t stress that last part enough. If you quit then you’re never going to get anywhere.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes! I freaking adore each and every single one of you. Thank you so much for taking this crazy journey with me, the best is yet to come.

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The Dollhouse- A Mary Martel Readers Group