Author Arden M. Ward #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello! I live in New England, (north of Boston), and just started writing and publishing my work just over a year ago. It is still unbelievable to see my books out in teh wild! I spend my days teaching high school English and Film courses. I love animals and spend a lot of my free time working with horses and horseback riding. I enjoy reading fantasy, mystery and romance. And of course in between all of that and feed my television and film binge watching addiction!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always loved writing and wanted to be a writer. I finally found the courage to share my work for the first time over the last year.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my current series (Team Blaze) was learning a lot about the decrease in honeybees, and the environmental repercussions of that. The world of magic that the characters live in is is strongly influenced by different versions of mythology and classic religious figures, which I have always found fascinating, specifically when looking at different perspectives from different cultures.

What are you working on now?

I am currently wrapping up the end of Team Blaze, and have three books slated to come out over the next few months that are the start of three new series. One is a paranormal academy series The Academy of Order & Chaos that centers around a main character who is developing new powers. One is a fantasy based PNR centered around a mystery following a powerful witch who begins to uncover a male witch trafficking ring. And the third is PNR about a female assassin and her adventures with her hellhound companion.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I find I do my best writing either while listening to classical music, athough I do most of my plotting and general story development while in the car, or in the shower. Once I have a basic idea and characters fleshed out, they tend to come to life and start to play out different scenarios in my head. It is both wonderful and exaspperating, sometimes they want to go in a different direction then I originally planned.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to find more time and continue writing. I love hearing from readers and have had some wonderful discussions over my books and characters, which is so exciting and surreal for me. I hope to have more opportunities to interact with my readers.

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

My advice to writers that are publishing for the first time, is to not be afraid your work isn’t good enough. Put it out there, be excited and proud of your work. Although there is always more to learn and grow with every book you write and publish, your tribe will find you, and they will be incredibly supportive.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, thank you for taking a chance on a new budding author! I hope you enjoy the new stories and characters that have been living in my head over the last year!

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Author A.M. Wade #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! I live in Boston and am an extreme sports fanatic! I love skydiving and am working to be able to jump on my own. I love rock and punk rock music and have attended more concerts than I can possible remember.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have not always wanted to be an author, although I have always enjoyed creating stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

This is going to sound silly, but my current book Dirty Laundry, is about two rock bands. Although the characters and situations are completely fictional, I found a lot of inspiration from bands like Green Day and lead singers like Billie Joe Armstrong.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a four book series I am very excited about, called Risky Games, which is a reverse harem PNR about our heroine stopping the four horsemen of the apocolypse.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not too many quirks while writing, except for stopping to research random facts and hitting up my BETAs about sexy scenes. Is it hot enough? Is it too hot? Is that even possible?

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that people enjoy reading my stories and that my stories continue to bring the heat.

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

My advice is to read a lot, write what you love and seek out like minded individuals. There are so many supportive people out there, don’t let yourself get bogged down by those who think your stories aren’t their cup of tea. But DO always strive to learn from your mistakes and use them as a platform to get better.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love to know what characters my readers love, and how they picture them. That is so fun for me.

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Dear reader, don’t steal authors work. #eBookPiracy

Dear reader, how would you feel if by the end of the month someone took your wages and expected you to be okay with it? It takes a lot of sold books to even make a little money. To see people blatantly steal your work and sharing, well I’m furious on their behalf. If you can’t afford to buy ebooks, then there’s plenty of libraries where you can borrow books online.

It is not cheap to publish a book and promote it. I’ve asked authors to share their expenses so you can see how much hard work and money they pour into publishing.

▪︎Time spent writing: 2-5 hours a day, approx 30 days for a 50k word book
▪︎Editing – most editors charge around .05¢/word – plus another 5-10 hours once we get it back to make changes
▪︎Proofreading – personally, I don’t pay for this, but add another 10 hours of time from 3 people
▪︎Cover – premade around $30, customs can be hundreds
▪︎Formatting – I do myself, about an hour of time
▪︎Promotion – paid promotions are anywhere from $10-$500, Amazon fluctuates but anywhere from .10¢-$2 per click, plus the 4-6 hours a day spent on social media marketing myself and my books or keeping up with book-related stuff, promo graphics are $7-$10 each
▪︎PA – I don’t use one, but I think $20/hour is average.

▪︎Time spent writing- varies anywhere from 2-3 months
▪︎Editing – 2-3 weeks (plus I edit as I go) cost from $200- 800 depending on the word count
▪︎Proofreading – included above
▪︎Cover $175-250
▪︎Formatting not sure
▪︎Promotion gah… last year I spent over 2k
▪︎PA @200 per month

Time spent writing/editing: call it 500 hours
Editing costs: $2500
Proofreading: I do it myself, backwards, call it 30 hours
Cover: $500
Formatting: $250
Promotion: Who knows, $50 – $3000 (depends what you do)
PA: don’t have one.

I’ve never tracked the time I spend writing; the fastest I ever wrote a novel was 30 days, but not full-time.
Editing: $500–800 US
Proofreading: $200
Cover: $300–500
Formatting: do it myself; 10–15 hours?
Promotion: $500.

Time on the book itself- anywhere up to 500 hours.
For reference, if writing were average paid work at minimum wage- 8.20 per hour, that’s 4100.

Editing-
Bottom end
0.07 per word developmental,
0.05 line.
Proofreading- 0.02 per word.
0.14 per word all in.
This is not the average.

Cover. 100-300 depending on designer, pre-made or custom, genre.
Hand painted- more like 500+

Formatting- 50 basic

Promotion- release week 250 for paid promos. 250 ads. Ads continue.

Then there’s setting up promo, that takes hours. Cost it at 200 in billable hours.

PA. 70

So let’s say a 75000 word book without getting paid a penny for the writing time and hours spent on promotion, with a custom cover at 300, you’re looking at 1600 just to create the thing.

Add paid, billable hours for the writing/promotion you’re looking at about 5000 and
I’m not taking into account running costs of websites, mailing lists, other essential subscriptions.

All in, you’re looking at 7400 for a book that is likely to be mostly read in KU.
But if youre lucky and have a huge wide audience and want to make that back from sales alone, you’re talking over 2400 units at 3.99

Writing the book, about 100 hours, editing $1200 plus 4-5 days of work, cover $900, and then marketing. That’s for a cosy mystery. Fantasy takes me way, way longer and is more expensive to edit.

Time spent writing: 200-500 hours
Editing costs: roughly $1500
Editing time: 2-5 weeks
Cover: $150-$350 per cover
Promo time: .25-1.5 hours a day for the two weeks leading up and around the month after
Amount of heart, soul, and tears put into each work: *insert infinity* ♾

Editing includes the proof- edit is around $800 and proof is $500. If I do a copy it varies.

Months and hours of writing.
Editing cost depending on the length can be anywhere from 75 to 600 dollars. This is combined if you are paying for types of editing. Covers can be anywhere from 80 to 300 but average seems to be about 150. Time editing both before and after it goes to an editor weeks. Time and money spent on promotions again it’s a large range and depending on budgets. I spend two or three hours a week on posting my books, more on release week and month. Then there is the cost of turning it in for copyright, cost for software, sites such as Bookfunnel, calibre, while you can do free sites as time goes on you eventually have to pay for them. Then, you have your website and marketing that type stuff. You rarely make your money back within a year or two depending on what all you are doing other than writing and how popular your books are.

It’s variable for sure, but I’d say…
$1K covers a cover & editing,
I spend $1,000-3000/month on ads,
$10-100 other promo & giveaways,
and TIME. That’s the biggest, most valuable asset they’re stealing IMO. Time away from family, friends, and other things, time spent marketing and writing NLs, interacting in groups, posting in our groups, and then the time to outline, write and edit, so even if I paid myself minimum wage of $10/hr, I’d be out a LOT of money.

Cover Art just for the ebook only- $220
Editing by a professional- $350-400 (the longer the book, the more expensive… also you get what you pay for)
Promotions including giveaways of paperbacks and ebooks, gift cards, etc. – $100-$150
2 passes of editing by myself 40 hours (let’s just say this is worth $30 an hour which is cheap for my hourly rate as a teacher lol) That’s $1200
Time spent writing a 71,000 word book, roughly 150 hours, probably more though. How much is my time worth? Let’s just go with the $30 an hour. Zip recruiter says freelancer writers make between $11-50 an hour. $4500
This does not include all the time spent on social media, promoting, buying program to format, other tools, etc.
Low estimate total cost of writing a book: $6500-$7000

Formatting $50-80
Cover $80+++++++
Promotion – as much as you like but also time in takeovers, links on socials etc plus newsletter ($15/month to bookfunnel)
PA $150/month
Editing -$300++++++
Time writing not working – um, most of the month, each month.

*in my short experience*

-Time spent writing each day: 12-14 hours 6 days a week, the last day a week usually 6 hours (total 78-104)

-editing: average for copy/line/proofing $450-650 depending on length, for developmental editing add on another few hundred (don’t do for all series)

-cover: $350

-formatting: free because I do it myself but I have subscriptions for stock photos for chapter graphics, charges to purchase fonts, and if I do custom paperback it averages me 3 business days of solid work because it’s so intensive

-promotion: average $250-500 a month between street team, giveaways for releases, and shipping

-PA: part time $175, looking to have a second one for street team management which will probably be another $100

Another thing to note- KU page reads are 0.004 per page read. So to make 100 dollars there has to be at least 25,000 pages read in a month (in the US, doesn’t include conversions from other countries). We also don’t get paid for 2 months if it’s from Amazon (well be getting paid Decembers royalties on the 29th of this month)

None of this includes times spend designing, doing social media scheduling/self promoting, or doing takeovers, lack of insurance and dealing with taxes, the mental and physical capacity it takes to constantly be open to judgement of readers, other authors, and the community as a whole especially on turn around time for releases and dealing with reviews on something you’ve worked so hard on, or physical injuries that can stem from working as an author (carpal tunnel, bad eating habits, lack of physical exercise, migraines from staring at a screen all day) all of which takes it’s toll that can’t quantifiably be measured.

▪︎Time spent writing – between three weeks and three months – maybe 80-100 hours
▪︎Editing – $300
▪︎Proofreading – time – so 20 hours
▪︎Cover – do it myself so under $20
▪︎Formatting – do it myself so time – 4 hours
▪︎Promotion – time – 100 hours
▪︎PA – oh, that’s me too! Give it another 100 hours

So, per book I lose about 330 hours with my kids almost two weeks. And I’m out about $320 dollars. If I go money per hour, it costs me around 10k to put out a book.

▪︎Time spent writing: No idea, since I can’t write full time and have yet to find a groove that works with my work and personal life. But it takes me about a year to put out one book. Snail-like, I know.
▪︎Editing: Developmental, copyedit, and proofread all ads up to around 3000-4000€
▪︎Cover: 300-400€
▪︎Formatting: I do it myself, so nothing
▪︎Promotion: 100€ per month (haven’t been too serious with it yet.)
▪︎PA: 50€ month

Depending on how much you want to spend.

But for me it’s is roughly this.

Buying a cover costs around 300 dollar, depending on the quality that you want.
Editor depending on word count and how many times they go over it. For me was that roughly 800 dollars.
Proofread, was around 350 dollars.
Then I have a book funnel account, 100 dollars a year.
Writing programs like scrivener and dabble, roughly 150 dollars.
Don’t forget a laptop or computer to write on.
Then formatting, done by someone else it was 55 dollars. And buying the software was around 250 dollars.

Then of course the promotion. Paying for advertising, depends on what the author wants. But can go up to 150 dollars easily.
Putting in time to do promotions. That can take up an 8 hour work day.
Paying someone to have promotion material made. Or spending the time to do it yourself.

Writing, a full day of writing is 8 hours for me. If I’m going fast I hit 10k. If it’s a slow day I write over 5k. If the book is 100k long it takes me roughly between the 80 and 160 hours. That’s only writing the first draft. Editing, rewriting takes half that time (for me). Then it’s send to the beta’s, who go over it. This takes up a week, easily.
Getting it back, I go over it. Which depends on how much needs to be done, could take between 2 and 5 days. Then it goes to the editor. That is between one and two weeks. Then I get it back, and read over the editors notes, adjust things. This takes between a day and 5 depending on how much needs to be done. After that it goes either to the proof reader for one last check. Which is another 3 days. After that it goes to the arc readers. And then it’s off to being published.

And this all is when everything goes alright. That no other things come in between and I have a full days of work.
Still it’s a lot of work, a whole process to make the world’s come to life.
Having people pirate your books means that all your hard work, time and money is thrown out of the window.

For an 80,000 novel
Time spent writing: 4-6 months. It’s not just butt-in-chair time, it takes a long time for me to build up the characters and map out the story.
▪︎Editing: $400
▪︎Proofreading: $200
▪︎Cover: $225-$500
▪︎Formatting: I do this myself, but the program I bought to do it was… I think $125
▪︎Promotion: For the release month, probably $800-$1000
▪︎PA: I don’t currently have a PA.

Writing a 100 – 120k book = 2 to 3 months part time
Editing – $0.02 per word (dev/line+copy/proof
Cover – $300 + $50 for paperback cover
Formatting – $100 (ebook and pb combo)
Promo – Depends on budget but typically ~ $200 – $400 per book release
PA – undisclosed but worth the cost due she allows me to write more since she is dealing with the behind the scenes stuff.

Writing: anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months full time
Editing: depends on length of book but between 300 to 500
Cover: I’ve spent anywhere form 200 to 2k on a cover
Formatting: I format my own
Promo: 1k to 4k
PA: about 300 a month for about 20 to 30 hours.

Audio Sorceress Marnye Young #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself


I am a narrator/producer of audiobooks and I own my own company with a team of 9 others. It’s a globally recognized SAG AFTRA contracted award winning company called Audio Sorceress where we service indie authors (self published or with smaller publishers). I am also a stay at home mother to 5 year old identical twin girls. And I raise chickens. I am also cowriting an adaptation of a historical romance fiction series into a play about Matilda Flanders (William the conqueror’s wife) and the first anointed queen of England also my 27th great grandmother I learned about that months ago.

Have you always wanted to become a narrator?


Actually no. LOL! What I mean is I was pursuing a career in acting and had just broken into TV when I found out I was pregnant with twins and that changed the trajectory of my career path. The wonderful thing is that I still act just not on stage as much it’s mostly behind a mic now.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?


My children inspire me. People watching where you can do character studies of people hopefully not that they notice that’s what you are doing. But whereas in acting I used to watch people and imitate their hand gestures body movements I now really focus on their voices and what they are doing with their tongues when they speak and then file that away for a character to use later somewhere.

What are you working on now?


Too many things. Hah. No seriously I have 20 books in my cue most of them romance with some poetry thrown in there along with time travel and a non fiction dual narration something I have actually never done that should be very interesting. And that doesn’t include the 30 or some projects that I will be producing with my company and other narrators this year.

Do you have any quirks while working?


Not a quirk but I do love my stuffed animals. I have a ton of them and some are 3 feet high and the studio is like 6 by 5 feet or something crazy. It’s tiny. My favorite is a yellow bear names Milo. He is the best.

What are your hopes for the future?


I really hope to grow Audio Sorceress where we can service even more of the indie community and get their words out there. I love supporting great talent. I would also loved to strengthen relationships with publishers so that they will look to us to do their audio for their clients.
I would also like to develop stronger relations with publishers to be hired independently of Audio Sorceress.

Do you have any advise for authors concerning audiobooks?


Absolutely. I saw someone the other day who said when I win the lottery I will do an audiobook for my book. Audiobooks can be done for no pay up front like through ACX when you do a royalty share and split the net royalties with the narrator. There are some super talented folks who do RS so don’t ever think it’s not possible to bring your book to audio. And it can be a significant financial commitment but the benefits are amazing. It does several things for you the least of which is increasing your credibility as an author. Remember what works for one person may not work for all so you may have someone who wants to go through ACX or Findaway (that’s another one if they want global reach) and someone else who wants to go through a production company. Now will you pay more than simply hiring a narrator on ACX absolutely but remember that by hiring a company you now have an entire team working to help with the success of your audiobook. So you must determine your budget and figure out what works for you. I will say this though RS can be a tough sell these days so I would strongly consider offering a stipend or flat PFH rate along with it like 100 or 125 PFH so that the narrators editing proofing and mastering cost are covered or at least some of it is. If you do you will find that your pool of talent will grow exponentially.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


I LOVE YOU!! Seriously I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for you. I think I have about 20k across all social media now and man it’s mind blowing. Your support and your trust and your faith in me has been tremendous and my only hope is to continue to pay it forward and to continue to give you my very best.

I am currently working on a romantic comedy series by international bestselling author Lucía Ashta who is just a dream to work with. It’s a dual narration with the sexy voiced Lucas Webley who is fantastic as well and can pretty much do anything…seriously he can.

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Author J.E. Clueny #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Josie, writing under J.E. Cluney. I live on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, and spend my free time horse-riding and reading. I have a slight chocolate addiction which I’m sure many others can relate with, and I’m a big superhero fan.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I used to write small stories as a young child, and started my first book series when I was thirteen, which has obviously been altered and adjusted over the years. So I guess I always knew that it was my passion.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have a few books I’m writing at the moment, but my main series, the Corviticus University series, was inspired by the lack of Aussie RH romance books out there, and I wanted to explore such a theme.

What are you working on now?

I’ll be beginning book 5 next month, and currently have a prison romance and another academy one I’m working on.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Don’t think I have quirks with writing, although I need to take frequent breaks now after discovering just how bad RSI can be.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future would be to keep writing, have a number of series out that help others experience a supernatural aspect of Australia.

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

My advice for new authors would be to study the market and find something you enjoy writing as well. Connect with other authors as well and learn from them.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

As for my followers, I just want to say a massive thank you! Without you guys, my writing journey would not be what it is, and you help inspire me and push me to keep writing. You guys are truly amazing ❤

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Author Belle Harper #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself


Well, I’m Belle Harper. And I live in a little semi-rural town about an hour from Melbourne, Australia. I love mint chocolate, all types of office supplies. I’m married and have three children.

Have you always wanted to become an author?


Yes, for as long as I could remember I would be reading, making plays for my sisters to act in or just telling my parents made up stories and entertaining them. When I was 12, I told my parents I wanted to be an author and that stayed with me into my teens. But I never knew how to go about it, so the dream died and I went into aged care nursing. Which was a job I loved, but not my dream.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?


My current series out is Brides of the Aashi. I just fell in love with Alien romance back in 2017 when I first read a Ruby Dixon book. And I slowly built my Alien world and all the worlds around them over about a six month period. It was a lot of fun, but I gave my Aliens a little twist, most books have Alpha males. And in the Aashi world they are not, it’s a female run world.

What are you working on now?


I’m currently working on a paranormal series. Book one is Twice Bitten and will be out March. (April the latest.) It is Young Adult/ New Adult. With Shifters and Vampires as her love interests.

Do you have any quirks while working?


Mmm… haha. I eat chocolate when im editing. Every chapter I edit I give myself 5 M&M’s. I have now started writing “The End” at the start of all my manuscripts. Then as I am typing I’m chasing the end. Because there is no better feeling than a finished book.

What are your hopes for the future?


I hope that readers still enjoy my books and I will continue to produce stories. I have great support from my husband and kids. I’m a full time author, and this is my dream job.

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


Join all the craft and author FB groups you can. Books, podcasts, YouTube videos. I go to the supermarket and listen to the Self publishing show every Friday. So its easy to learn new skills when there is so many authors sharing knowledge… I love learning.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


My amazing readers and followers. I love you all. You always have your pom poms out when I am writing or when I release a new book. I wouldn’t be here without you all, so thank you all for taking a chance on me. It keeps me going, and wanting to better myself as a writer.

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Fight Little Wolf is #LIVE @Author_S_Rayne

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🐺 TWIN Sammich!
🐺 Mate ORGY
🐺 M/M
🐺 Paranormal Reverse harem romance.
🐺 Betrayal & Retribution
🐺 Surprise Guest
🐺 Puppeteer Discovered
🐺 Strong ass female main character


My name is Aurora and this is my journey. I have traveled far, hunting down my enemies. What I’ve learned so far hurts, the betrayal runs bone deep. So many cogs in the machine, and so many traitors to pursue. The ice dragon castle is a place of wonder and great danger. I settle two scores and receive a surprising arrival. Oberon, King of the High Elves takes an interest in my journey. He bestows a powerful and lethal gift upon me. Sometimes it pays to be a beast of legend. During my time in the castle, I finally complete my harem and reach my full potential. With all five mates at my side and an army at my command, I am almost ready to return to my ancestral home. Along the way, we’ve discovered the identity of the puppeteer, and there’s a major score to be settled there. The body count is rising and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. By my blood, I swear I will avenge my family and take back what is rightfully mine. This is the second coming of the Blood Queen.

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Author Josslyn Leach #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Josslyn Leach I am a mother to two amazing little monsters, and a fur baby. I’m also married to a wonderful, sexy, annoying asshat. Don’t worry I really do love him. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Utah. I grew up helping my grandparents on a farm, running wild on our family mountain property and camping and going on adventures with my other grandparents. Aside from that it all gave me my love for adventures, camping and exploring new places. Adding fuel to my imagination and writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No but its always been apart of my life. I have a natural talent for coming up with stories mixed with a wild imagination. I actually wanted to become a great deal of other things but when I had my first heart surgery and was on bedrest for a month, I decided to write story. Nothing to crazy but just for fun my daughter helped me pick out what we’d right about and what the main fmc would look like. That was it…… after that I knew that it was part of my destiny to write stories. Write about the crazy dreams I have or the daydreams I come up with. And I don’t regret a thing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current story is a many rewrite and figuring out how I wanted the story my daughter help start many years ago. The current version is basically a full rewrite with a few of the characters names and looks placed into a setting about a Goddess instead of the original idea of a wolf who finds a necklace and becomes a savior of her world. (Don’t worry I’ll be using that idea for something later. These characters just decided it wasn’t for them.)

What are you working on now?

I am working on three projects Unknown Destiny coming out July 2020 (Sorry everyone I needed a bit more time to perfect it.)

A secret co-write with Clover Payne. The release date is still undecided.

And last but certainly not least A Cupids Salvation coming 2020.

Do you have any quirks when writing?

Well when I start writing out my story, I write it out fully or mostly with a paper and pencil. I then type it up adding more details and repeat the process several times.

What are your hopes for the future?

I think my goals are like many authors goal being able to fully support myself with my books and able to write all the time.

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

First- Find yourself an amazing pa. believe me they help, so much even if they are just reminding you to eat, got to sleep, and that you can do this.

Secondly- Start saving so you can pay for editing, covers. (these are the most important things needed for your book.)

Third- Don’t give up even if you have no support, not sure who will want to read your story or just unsure about everything. Keep going I promise you there is one person waiting to read your story and that one person can grow into more, and more. You’ve got this we’ve all been there and are still going through it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Yes, I want to thank you all for your support and patience. You all keep me going and inspire me to write more. I love you all, I am so thankful that you picked me even when I didn’t have much to share.

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Author Elyssa Dawn #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, I’m the mother of two crazy fun boys who like to keep me on my toes. Married my best friend about 10 years ago. We met online, actually, because of a book series! 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to do something with books. It’s always been my passion. I used to spend the entire summer at the library pouring over the books. I’d take home the allotted 10 at a time and be back for more before the week was over. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Another author friend wanted to do a shared villain theme, and I immediately thought of Hook. My love for the pirate only grew with the show Once Upon A Time and Disney Descendants—yes I love Disney, I can’t help it! I wanted to twist it up a little and have it be about his descendants. I threw in quite a few things from the original, only with a slight variation. I’m excited to see what people think or if they pick up on those additions.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m picking my NaNo project back up and completely re-working it. I found an amazing developmental editor who is able to see my characters and their personalities, and I can’t wait to work through what I have of it! I’m also sliding back into a co-write that my other author friend and I planned almost two years ago. Life got in the way for us both, but we’ve got a planning session scheduled at the end of the month and I’m so excited!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm, well I actually sit with headphones on but I don’t actually listen to anything. It distracts me when I’m writing. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to publish stories people are excited to read. I want to continue to develop my craft and grow as an author.

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

Just get the words out. You can’t edit or fix words that you don’t have.

Don’t set a publish date until you’re almost completely done.

Find your tribe. That group of people who encourage you and make you want to do more. 

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

I hope you enjoy my first adventure into this world! Many more adventures from this fun group of characters will be coming. So stay tuned on my social media for any updates!



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Please give a warm welcome to Janie Marie

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Texas with my husband, three children, and our pets. I’m addicted to Dr Pepper and bad boys with pretty eyes.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Absolutely not. I was the girl who hated reading, and I nearly failed Senior English because I had anxiety about learning how to write. It’s honestly a long story about how I started to write, but I’ll just say it was a way for me to grieve the death of my best friend who told me to share my life with others.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Nearly everything I write is inspired by my personal experiences, my love for mythology and fairy tales.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m preparing Jane’s Team: A Gods & Monsters Bizarro Universe. It’s a high school reverse harem that happens to also be an alternate reality for my Gods & Monsters characters.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

My husband says I yell more than usual. He’s lying, obviously.

What are your hopes for the future?

Only to build onto the worlds I’ve created. I’d love to see how far I can go with them. A tv series would be a dream come true.

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

Never let anyone tell you that you have to change something you don’t want to. Yes, it may be what people think they want, but I think it’s more about what we as authors know our characters want that makes great writing. Plus, you can’t please everyone—someone is always going to be there to hate on your work. You might as well be happy with it because the person telling you to change will not be there in the future.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for all the support through the years. You’ve watched me through some dark moments, and you’ve stuck by me when I was ready to give it all up. You’re goddesses and warriors. I adore you. But, sorry, Ryder, David, Luc, and Tercero are mine. Haha

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