Graphic Designer HarleyQuinn Zaler #interview #HQArtwork

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HarleyQuinn Zaler

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a stay at home mom to my crazy four year old. Happily married to my wonderful hubs. I’m still pretty new to being a graphic designer! But I love making covers. I put a piece of my heart and soul into each and every cover I make.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

Oh gosh no! I never used to be able to draw. I would make fun of myself, saying I didn’t have one artistic bone in my entire body. I can’t even draw stick figures! 😂 It just happened accidentally to be honest.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

A lot of times from my friends. Or from the books I read and the worlds I get lost in.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on 4/5 different premades at a time, in my spare time when I’m not in the office doings customs. And I usually have about one custom a week to work on. So I’m always as busy as a bee!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes! I always have to have the TV going while I’m working, but it has to be a show/movie I’ve already seen a bunch so I don’t have to pay attention. Or music. I have 3 set playlists specifically for work and my different moods. And I can’t talk/text while I’m in the zone. I barely hear it if someone is talking to me until they break my concentration.

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

Just do. Try it. The worst that can happen is, what? You end up creating a piece of art that YOU made. Anyone can learn how to do it! But you have to be ready to put in the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I just hope that I always get to do this! Becoming a designer was the best thing to ever happen to me, and I know how lucky I am. Every. Single. Day. It takes my breath away when someone puts art that I created on their book babies. I still can’t believe I get to do this!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul. Having you guys means everything to me, and I wouldn’t be here without y’all. The amount of love and support I get shown on a daily basis is just everything. I’m the luckiest, I swear.

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Author Lux Carmine #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself


I am a self-published author who has been publishing since 2015. Lux Carmine is one of my many pen names and I write enjoy writing all types of romances. I live just outside of Richmond, Virginia with my two cats and my two daughters. We recently became obsessed with K-dramas and we watch them together on the weekends.

Have you always wanted to become an author?


No. In my “first life” I was actually a preschool teacher, then a middle school teacher. But I have been reading romance since I was 11 (I learned real quick that females should ALWAYS have orgasms) and I’ve been writing romances since I was 13. Going to age myself a little here but I was always in the AOL roleplaying chatrooms after school. I never did fight scenes, I was there for the romance. 🙂

What are you working on now?


I’m actually co-writing a book with a friend of mine, Riley Long. She writes M/M romance and I haven’t written one of those and I thought heck! Why not??

What was your inspiration for your current book?


I was flipping through Better Homes and Gardens or something like that this past summer and saw this article about these two men who were florists in upstate New York or something like that. I ripped the article out and gave it to my author friend, Riley, and I said “YOU MUST DO THIS!” And now I’m writing one in her series with her. It has a friends to lovers trope which I adore.

Do you have any quirks while working?


I must be facing a wall when I’m writing. If I can see anything at all it distracts me too much and pulls me out of my story. I wish I could be a coffee shop writer but that’s just not me.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that my books are discovered and loved by people who need them. My goal as an author is to entertain and to touch the hearts of my readers.

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


New authors — Keep writing! Keep trying! Don’t give up hope if your first book doesn’t make the NY Times Best Seller List. And don’t quit your day job maybe until you do. It’s a tough market and it’s getting tougher every day. Publishing is not a get rich quick scheme so make sure you have a different motivation to write other than money.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


To my followers, I am so thankful for you. I know that if I’m having a really shitty day, a horrible incident or just read a bad review I can count on all of you to lift me back up. I hope my books are able to do the same for you. I love you all! ❤

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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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PA Julia Murray #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, the name is Julia. I like to call myself the professional Serena Akeroyd stalker, it’s ok she loves me and welcomes my stalking. She now even employs me to do it, win for me! I have two young boys who like to keep me busy and a mischievous dog called Loki. If I’m not reading or surfing Facebook I love to bake for my family and friends.

How long have you been a PA?

I’m a relative newbie! Coming up for 2 months now.

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

The job was a complete surprise! I have been a very vocal supporter for Serena’s books and helped however I could to get the word out on her work, either by recommendations or posting promo. I might’ve shed a few tears when she offered me the job. I feel truly blessed to have her in my life.

What do you do as a PA?

I help with whatever Serena needs, from doing promo, helping out in her group on facebook. Organising Newsletter swaps and finding takeovers. Research for books. Helping with the Arc and Street teams. And I will have the privilege of helping out at a few conventions this year too.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I haven’t noticed any, other than ignoring my husband Haha. He even confirmed this 🙈

What are your hopes for the future?

For my job? That I get to keep working for Serena for many years to come and watch her reach the accolades she deserves.

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are lots of amazing PA’s out there who are willing to help answer any questions you might have!

Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am Serena Akeroyd exclusive PA. She keeps me busy enough!! We might also be rather possessive of each other 😂❤

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Author Hanleigh Bradley #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

A bit about myself… Well, I’m a British author and every day I get closer to hitting thirty. (My birthday is in March). I love writing and in some ways I think it might have saved my life at least once or twice.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’m not completely sure when I first realised that I wanted to be an author. Perhaps it wasn’t until I started writing Broken Rules, the first book I published. It probably would have been better if I’d realised sooner, then I might have even more books written by now. I’m currently at 26, I believe.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Inspiration… At the moment, I’m working on the third book in the Kumari’s Kitsune series. It’s a fantasy/ PNR reverse harem series and it takes a lot of inspiration from Asian folklore and languages. I absolutely love Asian culture so really enjoyed researching for the series.

What are you working on now?

Lost to the Throne is the third book in a seven book series, Kumari’s Kitsune about a young girl, just eighteen who has to take her place as Kumari (Queen) of the realm, claim her seven mates and save the realm. In book three, Lost to the Throne, Bae has already claimed four out of her seven mates and is on her way to the Island of Seom to claim the fifth.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

quirks… I have a lot of bad habits like eating constantly while writing but not so many quirks. I write best when I’m hiding away in my bed, preferably at night when the house is silent.

What are your hopes for the future?

In the future, I’d like to just keep doing what I’m doing. I love writing and can’t imagine anything better than living my life doing what I love. I mean sure it would be great if I got on the Times Bestseller list or the USA today but really, I don’t care so long as my readers enjoy my books.

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

Advice… It’s nothing exciting and it’s pretty obvious but the most important thing you can do is establish a routine. Be organised and stay on top of your writing. Write every day and set goals. The other advice I’d give is to ask for help. If you don’t know something there are hundreds of people who have been where you are willing to help.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Something to say to my readers…. Thank you for making my dream come true. It’s cheesy but it’s true. If you didn’t read my books I wouldn’t be writing them.

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Artist SephineeDraws #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a graduating student currently finishing up my internship. When I’m not drawing, I play Monster Hunter World and take care of my plants and aquariums.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

I guess I always did? I started drawing at a very young age like most kids. Though I did dream of becoming a veterinarian back then.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Most of my inspiration comes from the video games I play. Final Fantasy 9 and Nier: Automata to name a few. I have a handful of great artists that I follow too. Zeronis, WLOP, and Loish are probably my top 3 inspirations.

What are you working on now?

Mostly client work and internship stuff. A few animations and some illustrations for a game that I can’t really share yet. 😅

What are your hopes for the future?

My goal after graduating is to work freelance full time. It’s doable for me now and I hope that as I improve, more people will be interested in commissioning me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I think like most artists, I’m really thankful for my followers especially the ones that have stuck around to support me. It’s especially heartwarming. A big thank you to all of them.

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Manami Art #Interview

“Up and Away”

Have you always wanted to become a artist?

— yes

“Somewhere In the Middle”

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

— no waiting inspiration. With or without, I start to paint anyway. Also Meditation and prayer. Take a walk.

“Tentacle Treasure”

What are you working on now?

Theme upon tree of life and spirits.

“Imagine Yellow Submarine”

Do you have any quirks while working?

Dancing, singing, and painting.

“Cat and Crow”

What are your hopes for the future?

— To be able to keep laughing and loving and appreciate life. Spread more conscious about peace and love in our community.

“Linger Felt”

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m so grateful to be able to share my art and thank you so much for following!


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Author Alyssa D. Mynx #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ll start by saying I hate talking about myself, it’s harder than writing a blurb lol. I currently live in Iowa, though I’ve lived on the East coast and other parts of mid-America. I’m 26 and have a darling husband, and a really fat cat named Dickens. Like, 15 pounds fat cat. We love him though. We just had our 6th anniversary, if you can believe it, and tried for a few years for kiddos. Taking a break currently, but we want kids eventually. I grew up in the country, working on the farm, and now I love city life, though it’s noisy. Let’s see… I still don’t know my right from my left, I eat way too many Oreos and drink way too much Dr. Pepper. And that’s about it!

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always liked writing stories. My little sister and I would sit around and make up stories and games all the time when we were young. It was one of our favorite past times, and kept us busy for hours. Some of the books I have planned are based off of story ideas we had, so that’s pretty cool. In school I did really well in English and literature, and I wanted to write, but life happened.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve got a few books in the works. One’s inspiration is from the cover (coming soon!), the other is a Red Riding Hood retelling that came from a dream. The last is a darker book that is inspired by “Handmaids Tale.”

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Quirks while writing… I like silence when I’m writing. I know most like music, but I like it quiet. And I have to have water with me.

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

Editors are the best friends you’ll ever have. And beyond that, no, because I’m really such a newb to! Find someone or some someone’s who can help you and give you advice.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Hopes for the future. Well, in the book world, I hope to write 3-4 books this year, if not more. In other ways, I want to be a stay at home mom and wife that writes.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You are all amazing! I love and appreciate each and every one of you. Always feel free to message me! I love hearing from you, and your love of my books are what drive me 🙂

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Author Emma Cole #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I write under the pen name Emma Cole. Primarily I write RH but I don’t have any specific genre I stick to. I’m an indie author and currently have several books out. I’m a (newly) divorced mom of 4 littles (1, 4, 7, 10) and I live in the mountains in Montana, USA. I’m a HUGE reader, I go on binges and can read 2-3 a day if I have the time.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’m not sure that I always thought “I want to be an author” when I was 7 or 8 I used to write little stories for my Aunt and one day she gave me this little miniature folder with a clipboard and writing pad and utensils in it. I think I actually have it floating around somewhere. I HAVE always loved books and reading since I was a toddler. I went to school to be a registered nurse and ended up doing homehealth and hospice for about 15 years before staying home when I had my 3rd kiddo and running a home health agency and the kids schedules got to be too much. About a year later I published my first book through KDP and since then have learned a ton and decided this is what I want to do.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration varies. A lot are sparked by dreams and not just the sleeping kind. I’ll have full on daydreams with entire scenes that I jot down in a folder I have called “Snippets”. If it’s a particularly tenacious one from sleeping or awake I’ll write out the scenes then leave markers for what should happen around it and come back to them when I have a chance. I used to keep a dream journal and had someone find it once and ask where the rest of the stories were and they were floored when I told them they were dreams. All my stories have a little bit of “me” in them. Whether the tone it experiences or just the feelings surrounding a particular event.

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What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on a hodgepodge of stories.
#3 in the Remington Carter Series – Clarity- a college contemporary RH series (my lightest one)

#2 in the Dark Duet– Nightingale- the sequel to Lark A Dark Contemporary RH Trafficking Romance

The 3rd Episode in my Death Dealers Serial- A dark fantasy RH following Retta (the sin of Wrath)

I just finished a novella for Hearts of Darkness Anthology that I’ll extend this summer – Hit and Run – a dark paranormal bully romance

I have a co-write that’s being worked on right now with KB Everly– Alie and the Cosmic Convicts- An Alien Prison RH- we’ll announce the release date soon

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Avarice: House of Mustelid in the Wicked Reform School Series- a paranormal prison romance- Releasing May 14th this year

Arcane- A witchy RH

And DarkFyre- a dark shifter submission for Bound to Change Anthology coming in April – it RH and fated mates

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

My quirks are probably music. I can draft whole scenes with a song… but I have to pause it to write them. I also have what I dubbed “typing narcolepsy” I’ll randomly fall asleep mid sentence and wake up to a whole lot of random letters I have to delete.

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What are your hopes for the future?

My hope is to be able to make a career out of my writing and get to bring all the stories in my imagination to others to enjoy.

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

To new authors: If you love it, don’t stop, don’t give up. No matter if a spouse tells you it’s embarrassing (yep that happened), if someone says it’s not good enough, whatever someone else says ignore it. It’s your dream, not theirs. If you get bad reviews, try to learn from them. Find a “tribe” if you can, they’ll help you. Get an editor and beta readers and an arc team. Build your brand. And whatever you do, stay professional.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

My readers are amazing. They give me the best feelings when I hear how they can’t wait for the next or like my posts or leave a review. Knowing that at least one person enjoyed what I wrote is so uplifting and VALIDATING. As my readership grows it’s surreal that so many are reading/wanting my stories and I feel guilty that I can’t get them out fast enough. Which in turn still gives me the warm and fuzzies because I know I’m doing something right!

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