Jenny Bodle PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Jenny Bodle

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jenny and I live in Central Minnesota with my Husband, one of my kids, a cat and a dog.

How long have you been a PA? 

I have been a PA for about a year and a half now.  

Have you always wanted to be a PA? 

Actually, I didn’t even know what it was till Carissa Andrews found me.  I was working at a deli and she was one of my customers.  We became friends but I had no idea she was a writer till I was shopping at the local consignment shop when I picked up a book and found her picture in the back of it.  A while later she asked me to be her PA because she could not find one that was a good fit for her.  

What do you do as a PA? 

I do anything that the author does not want to do except write or edit the book. I help them as they write with ideas and things like that though. I do images, scheduling, market research, ads, uploading books to different platforms, newsletters.  I really can keep going but I think you get the drift. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

When I do graphics I like to listen to the book I am working with on audio.  It gets me in the frame of mind so that the images match the book better. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

When I started I wanted to be an all inclusive service.  I would have graphic designers on hand and all that jazz.  I have since found that I like chatting with the authors so my goal is to get very effective for the authors so that I can charge more and take less clients.  I love the relationship I have with them and do not want to have to give that up to take on more clients. 

Do you have any advice for new PA’s? 

Charge what you are worth, ask questions, and take criticism. Not everyone’s the same and will want different things. Be flexible.  Join a PA group chat and do not hesitate to ask them questions. We are all here to work together.   

Are you available for new work or booked solid. 

For the right client I would take them on but I have become a little more picky.  I do not mind helping out anyone if they need it and I can answer questions for anyone. 

Author Kris Butler #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kris Butler

Tell us a bit about yourself

I started writing as a way to process my emotions, which lead to my first book. Through my characters, I could make sense of the world around me and cope with things in healthy ways. The characters came alive, and they needed to be heard. Thanks to a friend, who was an author, She encouraged me to take the leap and publish. Finding myself through writing has been an unexpected bonus that has allowed me to connect with others and share part of who I am. 
I write under a pen name to have separation from real life and most days, I can be found at home with my husband and dog. I work in the mental health industry, and it is a passion of mine. An introvert by nature, I enjoy reading, photography, and board games. A self-proclaimed nerd at heart, I follow many fandoms. I’m an avid fan of reverse harem and hope to add a new quirky perspective to the genre. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Not all. I never had the courage to try. I felt all the stories had been told and I was just an avid reader along for the ride. From reader to ARC reviewer, to Beta reviewer, to an Alpha reader, to eventually Writer, it has all been an incredible journey of self-discovery. I uncovered a passion and exuberance for something I didn’t know I would love or need in my life but now couldn’t imagine my life without it. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I wanted to do something that isn’t seen a lot that I had a passion for. I’ve always been a huge fan of ice skating and did it for a while when I was younger. Once I decided to do a winter sports school, everything else fell into place and a girl running from her past emerged. 

What are you working on now? 

I just released the second book in my series, the Council series, so I’m working on book 3, Fractured Futures. I’m also working on a dark retelling of Rapunzel as part of the Sinners Fairytale series that takes a fairytale and mashes it with a deadly sin. So Rapunzel and Pride will be coming at you in July. 

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Do you have any quirks while working? 

I’ve developed a habit of eating Reese’s pieces, lol. I like to sit on my couch surrounded by a million pillows and blankets. It’s the perfect cloud nirvana to write. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I’m just along for the ride and wherever this journey takes me. I have so many book ideas now and it was like once I opened myself up to writing, they just started flowing out. 

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

Ask for help and find a mentor. It’s all overwhelming and scary, but finding someone to go through it with you is the best thing. Finding support with other newbie authors is also a great way to network and encourage each other through the process. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the support and friends I’ve made. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

I’m so honored that you’ve read my book and your support means the world to me!

Author Mila Sin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Mila Sin

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Mila, and I’m addicted to reverse harem novels. I’m 32, a business owner, teacher, wife, mom to my gorgeous two-year-old son, voracious reader, and now, a writer. I’m originally from Los Angeles but have moved all over the world and finally settled down in Croatia. I fell back in love with reading when my son was born. I was on an extended maternity leave, managing my business but not teaching, and found myself with some extra time while my son slept at random times. I started with rom-coms, moved into the dark and taboo, and then one day, I picked up Sunshine and Bullets by Coralee June in mid-2020. I didn’t know it was RH, but man, oh man, I haven’t stopped reading them since.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

It’s always been something I wanted to do but never made the time for. Work, family duties, any excuse I could think of constantly got in the way. This last Christmas, I found myself with three weeks off from work and an idea. Let me tell you, paying for childcare is a good motivator to accomplish something with those suddenly child-free hours. It’s definitely taken longer than those initial three weeks, but I managed to get the lion’s share done, and it made continuing that much easier for me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve been drawn to the contemporary RH scene, but I needed older characters. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the academy scene, but I teach that age, so I always age the characters in my head. Gang and mafia books have such detailed and rich organizational structures which call to my Type A personality. But, then again, I love humor. So I basically decided to write a story about a woman involved in a gang, runs their hitman crew but isn’t there of her own volition. I made her sweet, sarcastic, and snarky, really focusing on the duality that is human nature. No one is any one thing ALL the time. Why can’t someone be an assassin who is also sweet and sarcastic?

What are you working on now?

I’ve just about finished with the edits on book one of the series. And last night, I typed up the first chapter of book two. I’m hoping for relatively close release dates because book one ends on a cliffhanger. I adore cliffies, but also, resolution as quickly as possible.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I basically just need to have some alone time. If my son is with another caregiver or sleeping, I’m good to go. I like to write out plot points and scenes at night in a notebook that I want to tackle the next day. I find handwritten notes the best because I inevitably scratch things out to alter them after sleeping on the ideas. I also really like waking up at about five am so the house is quiet, and I know I’ll have about an hour or two of uninterrupted writing and coffee time.

What are your hopes for the future?

I love my work as a teacher, but I also never expected to love writing so much. I hope to find balance as time goes on, rather than waiting for a break from teaching to have the time to write. My main goal right now is to stay focused and complete my series.

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

Ask any and every question that pops up in regards to publishing. The author community on Facebook is really inclusive and willing to help. I’m definitely still learning, but I’m feeling more comfortable navigating this new venture by asking and researching. The Facebook group 20booksto50k is an incredible resource whether you’re planning to make writing your full-time job or doing it for fun.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for taking a chance on a new author if you decide to pick up my book. I am beyond grateful for the support I’ve received, especially from my Alphas and Betas. Also, please write reviews for the books you read! They don’t have to be anything loquacious or bookstagram worthy, but they are so very important to authors.

Author Jeanette Lynn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jeanette Lynn

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live with my Incredible Hunk of a Neanderthal with our fur babies and Small Human Child. I am at the beck and call of a Hobbit doggo and eccentric terrier mix that acts more like a cat and basically owns my buns. I enjoy artsy fartsy anything, corny b horror movies, the cornier the better, good tunes, and writing quirky but relatable characters in out of this world stories.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. And I can’t say I’d considered it as a child or early adulthood. It wasn’t even on my radar. I’ve always loved to read, and sort of made up my own stories in my head, or changed them if I was disappointed in something in one, but my first love has always been art. I supposed I should have figured I’d lean towards writing. I didn’t see it myself, but talking with my sisters, a few of them have said they could totally see it. I was a Barbie girl, lol, and I lived in my own little Barbie world. Barbie dated G.I. Joes and New Kids On the Block dolls(Sorry, Ken!) and lived in her ginormous plastic beach house with a giant pink and orange plastic dinosaur instead of a dog, with a few Ewoks for roommates. I made up wild stories for the whole gang and spent hours setting the stage and playing it all out. If one of my sisters happened upon me working all this out, I’d prattle on about it for as long as they were willing to stand there while I chattered. I actually took the plunge in part because of something one of my siblings said while we were talking. I’d said something like, “Maybe I should try it,” jokingly, during a convo, about writing a book, (we’d been talking books, recent reads, likes, dislikes) and they made a comment, something like, “You could do it. You should try it. I’d read it.” I mean, hey, they’d offered, right? Eventually I did, they read it, they said they loved it, then asked when I’d be writing the next book, and that’s kinda how Stellar Proportions came about.

So I’ll just slip in a thank you for my big seesters here, my Valkyrie, for always being my biggest supporters and encouraging their not-so-pixie-sized-anymore baby sister to do the things.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I work on several series/books at once, but my most current series releases are set in Mordenne, Tales of Mordenne series and Brides of Mordenne. The series intertwine. Tales is Monster Romance with heart and a pinch of horror, PNR Fantasy, and Brides of Mordenne is monster matchmaking mayhem, Cyclops, Werewolves, Trolls, Men of the Marsh, finding their Happily Ever Afters. I was inspired to write them because of my love of monsters. Monster everything, I love it. Frankenstein, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, Swamp Thing, Big Foot, Yetis, folktales, mythology, I love it all. Those poor fellas never get the girl, though, right? And it was like, but what if they did? And what if their lady loves were curvy gals?

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on The Princess & The Ogre, the third book in Tales of Mordenne. Morgan and Theseus are finally going to hash this whole reluctant dragon princess thing out once and for all.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I like to listen to music more often than not. It’s not uncommon for me to make a playlist of songs that stick with me while I’m writing a book.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future would be to keep doing this words makin’ thing. I love writing, pulling the story together, sorting it all out in my head to get it down as I see it, watching it slowly turn into a book. It’s fun. I’d like to be able to make enough as an author to be considered a livable income.

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

Write.
Uhm, I’m horrible with advice. It’s like my brain stalls and smoke starts to slowly eep from my ears. Is that burnt toast? Why do I smell burnt toast?
From personal experience, I’d say keep writing, working for it, improving. There’s always room for improvement. Aim to write a series. Newsletters are important. See what’s out there, what works for you and what doesn’t, what you’d like to see done differently? I wanted more quirky reads with relatable, if oddball, characters, with romance and heart, and that’s what I set out to write starting all of this.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hello, podly peeps! Thank you for being freaking awesome and supportive, all around fantastic human beings. You rock. You make my weird little heart happy. Y’all make all of this possible and I’ll forever be grateful for that.

Author E.L. Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author E.L. Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a mommy of five children and four fur babies. We are an active duty military family. I have a large family who I adore with all my heart and am thankful for everyday. I have parents that fully support my work and cheer me on everyday. I am married to my best friend who also supports what I do. For fun, I like to camp, hike, fish. I also do photography on the side, another passion of mine.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author, but because of my ADHD I never thought I could become one. It has been a learning curve for me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love shifters and I love women who learn to love, and trust again. Honey is one who has been so hurt by someone she thought was supposed to love her. I love how through the book she heals and trusts again. I like showing people it is possible, even in bad situations to still have a good heart and learn to love again.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a few different WIP, the main one is actually a Rockstar Harem and will be announced soon.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes, while writing I have a book bible that I use to write down different plot ideas, things to remember when writing, and any new book ideas, but it basically holds all my thoughts on my books and characters, and I have to have character in my head and their names before I even begin to write.

What are your hopes for the future?

The hope for my future is to continue to write books, enough to where people get excited to know that I am coming out with another book. I want to be a very involved author, so people can reach out to me and ask me questions, or just to chat. I want to create books that make lasting impressions on readers, and eventually I want to create a whole world.

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

For Authors coming up, my biggest advice is to not rush. Let your stories and characters come to you. If you get discouraged, take some time to yourself and then come back to what you were working on. If an idea pops up into your head, write it down, don’t push it back to work on just one WIP. You don’t want to miss an idea just because you are already working on something. Overall have fun, write what speaks to you, don’t try and conform to what others think you should be writing. Make friends, having true friends in the author community is something irreplaceable and I highly suggest making some ones who you can always ask for help and will give you honest opinions.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, I hope my books make you laugh and cry like they made me as I wrote them, I hope you fall in love with the characters like I do. I hope my books take you out of your own head for a while and into mine. I hope that you love the books so much that you are bursting at the seams to read the next book.
For my readers, every book is a journey and I hope you follow along this path with me. Without all of you, this would not be possible.

Author Tamsin Ley #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tamsin Ley

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Tamsin Ley, but most people call me Tam. I was born and raised in Alaska, and currently live here with my husband and five very noisy chickens. I enjoy adult coloring books, gardening, crocheting, cooking, and prepping for the zombie apocalypse. 😉

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I used to pretend to be a writer when I was a kid, but my love of science drew me toward biomedical engineering when I entered high school. I went on to university and discovered that many scientists spend tons of time in the lab, and I knew I didn’t want that sort of life, so I switched my major to English. My senior thesis was to write a novel – which, by the way, is not possible when your professors believe submitting five pages a week is a good pace. I aced the thesis, but didn’t complete the book until ten years later! Twelve years after that novel, I’d written six more manuscripts (five of which will remain in a drawer until I die) and finally entered the Indie publishing world with a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel under another pen name. I now write steamy sci-fi with a pinch of pixie dust as Tamsin Ley.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My most recent release is part of the Galactic Pirate Brides series, and was inspired by my love of science. An evil corporation destroyed an alien race’s females through genetic modification gone wrong. The aliens turned to piracy and are now looking for human mates, but they have to overcome a lot of obstacles to become compatible. But I have always been intrigued by mythology and monsters, too, and started out writing fantasy romance with mermen and centaurs in my Mates for Monsters series. I also have a steamy Alaskan shifter series with two of my closest author friends here in Alaska.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the next shifter book, Wild Child. I’m still working out the details, but here is the premise: Pregnant and single, Melody Rush is hiding in Alaska from her family. They want her to marry the pack Alpha-hole who knocked her up. Melody would rather live on welfare than spend her life spreading her legs for a man she detests, even if it means she’ll never inherit the family fortune. But hiding from wolf shifters is far from easy, and Melody steps out of the pawn shop straight into the arms of a bounty hunter.
He’s huge, tatted, and flies a plane that looks like it will never make it off the ground. But once they’re in the air, he tell her he has no intention of returning her to her family.
He plans on keeping her for himself.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really. I stare into space a lot, lol!

What are your hopes for the future?

I really hope to be able to surpass my husband’s income so he can retire in a few years with confidence that we’ll be okay. He’s always been my rock, supported my dreams and my writing, and I’d like to be able to return the favor before he’s too old to enjoy life. I will probably keep writing books until the day I die because I will never be able to complete all the ideas already swimming around in my head!

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

First of all, I recommend self-publishing for anyone who wants to make money writing romance. (If money is not your goal, it is perfectly fine to pursue a traditional contract, but expect it to take years before your book is published.) Second bit of advice is to write in a series and complete writing at least three books before you put the first one up for sale. The non-writing side of Indie publishing can be a brain crusher and often make it hard to be creative while writing that second book. If you have several books already written, you can learn the business side without the pressure of needing to write at the same time.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I want to give each and every one of you a hug! You allow me to live in my head and give me a reason to keep sharing my stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enjoying my books and spreading the word to your friends.

Author Kahaula #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kahaula

A bit about myself

(Short) Kahaula is the Hawaiian Goddess of Sexual Dreams. I use Her name as my pen name out of devotion and respect to Her. I write Why Choose/Reverse Harem exclusively, but in many genres, like Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Apocalytic, Alt-History, and so much more.

(Long) A little bit about me! Kahaula is the Hawaiian Goddess of sexual dreams. Different people view Her and Her presence in different ways. I chose to use Kahaula as a pen name out of respect, and as a devotional to Her. I hope that my readers may also be inspired by Her.

I am a Hawaiian woman with a voracious appetite for reading and found it challenging to find stories with which I could connect. Instead of complaining, I opted to start writing my own stories. Most of my stories are romance novels simply because I believe real adult connections should happen organically, just like they do in real life, instead of silly euphemisms or fade to black nonsense. I believe my stories are made better by being honest and open about what my characters want or don’t want. I also firmly believe that story comes first, pun intended. I write in many genres: urban fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, alt-history, post-Apocalyptic, combinations of those and more.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always been writing, even from when I was little I had an affinity for words and story telling. I haven’t wanted to become an author until very recently and only because I felt I could do it justice. Being an author is a serious commitment and I intend to honour that choice.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My dreams are where I get 99% of my stories. Very rarely am I inspired in a different way.

What are you working on now?

Lots! I write Why Choose/Reverse Harem Romance exclusively but I love branching in to different genres. Battle Queen is my first Sci-Fi Aliens book but I have another Sci-Fi Wolf Shifters set in an alt-Roman History story. I have a few Paranormal/Urban Fantasy books coming out this year as well as a Hawaiian Contemporary in August.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Absolutely. I’m a disabled chronic pain patient so I have a lot of requirements to help me sit and type without causing more problems. I’ve found a lot of different ways to be capable or at least persistent. Needless to say I’ve learned a lot about setting up a proper writing space!

What are you hopes for the future?

My hope is to make this into a paying career while maintaining a set of ethics and standards about the quality of my work. As far as I know, I am the only Hawaiian Why Choose/Reverse Harem author out there. I started writing because I wanted to see more stories that I wish I could have read. I want to be an example that what makes each culture unique is worth celebrating—and can be a viable source of income.

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

Just. Do. It. Already. Yes, becoming an author is a serious commitment with a steep learning curve. However, how well you do as an indie author is directly proportional to how smart and how hard you work—YOU control your future. Take it easy on yourself, forgive yourself, but always PUSH yourself.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Mahalo Nui Loa! Thank you so very VERY much! You keep me honest.

Author Kerry Keller #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kerry Keller

Tell us a bit about yourself

Do you think that’s a safe idea, getting to know me might be detrimental to your health. Hmm, okay then, don’t say I didn’t warn you. So, let’s see. First off, I’m a United States Air Force Veteran that still works closely with my brothers and sisters in my day job. I just celebrated my 21st birthday this year (yeah… let’s go with that) and I’m a single mother of the sweetest, yet sarcastic 11 year old little man, you’ll ever meet. I have no idea where he gets it from, ha-ha. My start with reading books came with a love/hate relationship at an early age. I loved reading the stories but hated the reason why I started. I had problems annunciating certain words so I started out in speech therapy in 4th grade, so to help practice delivering those f-bombs I love so much, my mother made me start reading out loud during our car rides. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Would you believe me if I said no? In 4th grade, I swear that was the magic grade for me, we had an assignment in English to write a short story. I decided to write about a haunted house, yes, that was the title too. With my mother’s help, we wrote out my story but continued it until it became a novel. To this day, it’s sitting in my mother’s storage locker somewhere. But since then I’ve always had stories running through my head or you could find me spinning a tale with my co-workers, playing off their own stories. My love of reading got me into beta reading for one of my favorite authors and I decided to go back to school to become an editor. That same author told me that if I’m writing, then publish my book, so here I am. Last year, I decided to do something with the voices in my head.  

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

 Wow, you’re really digging deep huh? I love it though. So back in 2018 (yes that long ago… remember I work full time), back in Texas I was sitting down in the break room and wrote the first line of a book and just took off. I came up with the idea of a girl waking up in Purgatory and finding herself surrounded by creatures that she had only read in books. Since then, it went through a lot of revisions, because originally it wasn’t going to be Reverse Harem read and I wanted quirky and memorable creatures. I wanted to write something I would want to live! A magical word where I could fall in love with and older characters, so that’s where my inspiration for Road to Redemption came from.  

What are you working on now? 

My WIPs? Will this be classified? (I’m watching you to make sure- giving you the side eye, ha-ha). I’m currently working on my second book to Purgatory Prep Academy series. I kinda left it on a little cliffy so I need to knock that one out as fast as possible. I’m also working on two stories that are burning the back of my head and want to come out and play. One will be more of a MFM with an older single mother type deal, which I’m still on the fence of making that a RH and the other is pretty much a smut book that I’m still outlining but won’t be in works until next year at least. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

Oh my God, where to start. I have a couple of different quirks. One, when I write, I’m constantly sharing what I had just written with my alpha and bestie, Jilli. I send a lot of voice clips to her asking for word choice and end up figuring it out on my own and have her laughing at me later. I’ll send her a screen shot, asking her if she likes it and then immediately turn around and change it or twerk it. I swear, she’s a saint for dealing with me and takes it with a grain of salt. The second thing I do, is either have Family Guy, Key and Peele, or some kind of comedy playing in the background while I write or music. I love comedy and tend to have it in my writing so I’m constantly laughing or dancing in my seat while writing. If you were on a fly on the wall, you would see me either quoting a comedy or singing along in my seat while my keys are flying along the keyboard. 

What are you hopes for the future?

I hope to win the lottery, find the men of my dre- Oh, you mean as an author? Well, damn. Next time, say that before I spill all of my secrets. *eye roll* First of all, I hope that people enjoy the types of books that I put out into the world. I also hope that I can inspire others to write and go for their dreams no matter what they are. I’m a mother, full time worker, college student that struggles just like anyone else but writing is my escape. I hope to inspire someone else to look for a healthy and exciting way to deal with the horrors in the world we deal with. And lastly, I hope to create lovable characters that people fall in love with and never want to let go.

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

Yes, but this might be overwhelming. First of all, get yourself out there. Join those groups that you will be writing along with. Become friends with other authors, PAs, and Readers. The more the better. Even though, I say be friendly, also be cautious. Not everyone will be there for good intentions. Also, invest in a good editor, proofreader, and book covers. You will spend money but remember you need to at times to make a statement. One last advice, if you can hold off, wait to release your first book until you 2nd book is ½ done being written.  

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Holy shit! I have followers? (Wow, such a humble moment) First of all, to those that consider themselves my followers, THANK YOU! Writing for myself has always been fun and like I said, an escape for me. But to know I have someone that loves my words or will once this book drops, you have completely moved the moon for me in more than one way. I hope you understand and continue to support me when I’m not popping out books as fast as a fairy godmother with a wand. I’m a pantser and write by the seat of my… well pants! I can’t schedule things out, it just doesn’t work with my creative mojo!

Author Kelsey Soliz #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kelsey Soliz

Tell us about yourself

I am pretty introverted and love being home more than anything else. My husband is in the army so we move a lot and our schedule always changes, but we’ve got 4 kids that I homeschool so my days are quite busy! I’m from Seattle, WA and I’m obsessed with tea and music.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

No! I wrote a lot when I was younger, mainly poetry and as a way to deal with all my teenage angst. I actually went to college for music and have a teaching degree for it, I always thought I’d be a music teacher. I’ve played bassoon since I was 15 and it’s one of my big loves. If I wasnt teaching I thought I’d be playing with an orchestra! Until covid got I was playing with community orchestras and its my happy place. Writing though I can do anywhere and has become a big part of my identity.

What was your inspiration for your current series?

Honestly I have no idea where it came from😆 I daydream a lot and sometimes stories just get stuck in my head so I will start plotting things out, and then it’s like a sickness, I have to get it onto the computer and write until I get the essence of the story and characters out. It all just kind of snowballed from there. I’ll sit there and think of situations for my characters and what I want from them, but sometimes the characters come to my mind so perfectly formed that I don’t have to put much thought into it. My stories usually start in my head with one particular scene and then I build around it.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m getting ready to start the third book in the hemlock academy series, but also am re-working/re-editing/re-branding my four betrothal series. It was the first thing I wrote and the first book is a little rough, and then I lost the original file so I’m having to retype the entire thing, but I’m getting to know the characters all over again and it’s been really fun to work with them again! I’m adding a little pov into the the first book, eventually I probably will into the second as well. Making the fmc a little more sure of herself and trying to bring the steam to a little more of a simmer.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Well I have a hard time writing if there’s a lot happening around me, but I love to eat chex mix while I write😀

What are your hopes for the future?

Just to get all my stories written that I keep imagining. I’ve got so many loose ends and partial writes, I’m excited to explore them all more and share them with people who want to read them!

Anything to say to your followers?

Y’all have been so encouraging with my hemlock series, I’ve felt so much love! I love hearing from everyone that’s connected with my characters, my mind is kind of blown when I think about the fact that I have people literally across the globe reading my books. I’m just writing all the weirdness inside my head and I’m thrilled that so many people find it amusing and want more!

I only have an author page on Facebook right now, but I’m working on setting up a readers group and/or review group. I keep my author page updated though so it’s a good place to see what I’m up to!

Author Scarlett Philips #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Scarlett Philips

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Let’s see… I’m a 33 y/o mother of 4. Three girls, ages 12, 7, & 5, and a boy also 5. Yes, I have twins. Lol The youngest 3 all have autism, so I spend my days driving them back and forth to therapy. About 4 years ago, I decided I needed a hobby. Other than mindlessly watching tv. So, I started reading, and haven’t stopped, also haven’t really watched tv since. lol My longest weekly streak on Kindle was 122 weeks. Sadly, I broke my streak when I started writing and took a break from reading. I know some of you will understand the heartbreak. I write books that combine the real world with fantasy, currently, that’s in the form of a magical small-town reverse harem.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

No. I have wanted to be many things in my life: a singer, an actor, a model… a marine biologist, a lawyer. That one I actually started going to school for. I have a BS in legal studies. It’s completely useless to me lol but I had planned on continuing to law school when I graduated. Unfortunately,  or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, kids and life got in the way so, after a couple of years, I decided to turn my love for books into a career. Or that’s the goal at least. Let’s see how everyone likes my writing first 😉 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Hmmm, I don’t know that anything specific really inspired me to write. I was minding my own business reading a book, as is normal for me lol, and I just all of a sudden thought “hey I should do this. I should write a book.” So I put my book down and started writing about a magical town named Everton and a single mom who decided to move back home to her long-lost friends after her husband died. That was this past November. My first book is set to release Feb 26th and I’m currently writing book 2 in the series. 

What are you working on now? 

Oooops I kinda already answered that lol. I’m working on book 2 of my Everton Ever After series, Surviving in Everton. Book 1 was SUPPOSED to be a standalone, but the characters didn’t listen to me, so it ended on a cliffhanger. Book 2 will answer some unanswered questions from book 1 and will… hopefully lol end in a hfn. I plan on having this series be a continuation series. So, while it’s not going to be several cliffhanger books followed by one hea as the last book, future books will follow the same characters as they deal with different things. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

Hahaha I was literally just talking about this to my BFF last night! Sooo yes. Lol I tend to talk out loud when I write. Sometimes, that’s literally just saying what I’m writing out loud, and sometimes it’s spelling the words as I type them. It’s supposed to help me not make typos, but I have been known to say the correct letter then STILL write the wrong one. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

Oh God, my hopes? I dream small lol my hope is just that other people like my books and read them. That’s really it. I mean I think that’s what all authors want right? For people to like their books? 

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

Don’t be shy. Make friends with other authors, PAs, and readers. If you don’t know something or don’t understand something, ASK FOR HELP. This community is amazing and most people would gladly help new authors. I’ve been lucky enough to come into this community with an amazing PA and through her met some awesome authors and other PAs that truly want me to succeed. So just don’t be afraid to take that step and find your people. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you! To everyone that’s read my book or plans to, it really just means the world to me. I can write as much as I want, but without readers like you, it wouldn’t mean near as much. So, thank you again. I truly appreciate your support.