Model – Actor – Writer Donny Lewis #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Donny Lewis

Tell us a bit about yourself…


Hello, my name is Donny Lewis.  I have been a professional model since I was 18 years old some 25 years at the top of the fashion industry.  My first big advertising campaign was for Guess jeans in 1996.  Since that time I have worked all over the world for most all of the major brands.  Levi’s, Valentino, Armani, Boss, YSL, Esprit, Zara, H&M, Dolce & Gabanna, Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, and many many many others.  I am probably known in the industry more for the number of men’s and women’s fragrances I have done.  Don’t think there are many people that have done 18 different perfumes and had a perfume contract for 20 years straight with various brands!  All of this is easy tot find with a quick google search if you want.  I suppose you are asking for something a bit more personal.  

So here you go;
I am from a town in what is known as the South Plains of Texas.  Our big claims to fame in the area are, Buddy Holly (from Lubbock, TX), and Waylon Jennings (from Littlefield, TX).  We also have oil, cattle, cotton, route 66, and sand storms.  There is not much else there to speak of and in keeping with that theme, my home town had a total of 216 people in it.  I graduated with a class of 12 in my high school.  So it is safe to say that I am from small town USA.  I was never a good student but I did have good grades. I have a very curious mind and love to learn, I just did not always care for what they were teaching.

We were a farming family.  We raised cotton, sheep and boarder collies, mostly.  I could drive a tractor at 8 years old. (Not at all uncommon). My first car was a 1990 white 5.0 mustang. 

Have you always wanted to become a model?

No. lol  I actually had no idea that it could be a job until a model scout saw me and explained a bit about the business. 

How did you get started?  

Showing sheep actually. 🙂
I still was not interested in being a model until there was no dreamed of Football career and the best academic scholarships I was offered were only 1/2 scholarships to Yale, Princeton, Emory, Rice and Austin College. They all offered based on my SAT and ACT scores (standardized test required for entrance into university), which I scored in the top 1%.  That was quite a big deal but alas, for a farm boy from a modest family, 1/2 off of way too much is still way too much!  LOL. So I did about 2 years worth of University over the 2 summer semesters at the local junior college (they gave me a full scholarship) and one fall semester (I had to pay for at West Texas A&M University), and tested out of every class I could.    Finally, I decided that I would see if I could take up that model scout guy on his deal to fly me up to NYC and sign on with Next model management. They took care of my flight, my apartment, my first test shootings, and a little pocket money.  All as a loan that would need to be paid back if I started working!  But, no strings attached if it did not work out. The way I saw it I had nothing to loose.  I would try it for an experience.  IF, it worked out then I would do it for no more than 2 years so I could save up enough money to pay for the rest of my education.  I had plans to get a law degree, and move into politics.  
I actually really enjoyed my time in the business and making some pretty decent money while traveling around the world.  So, I just kept doing it.  Having been to 89 countries so far!  I mean, I am a little farm boy from West Texas that gets to live on two continents!  


Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t think so.  The only thing that might be a quirk is that I almost always have gum in my mouth in every picture.  Can’t do it so much with the acting but for photo’s no one knows but me.

Do you have any advice for new models?

My standard answer for this question has always been find a good agent!  Though, the business has changed drastically in the past 5 to 6 years and there is a great deal of self promotion that is now required that was frowned up for most of my career.  I would still say though that having a great agent in your corner is the best way to advance in the modeling industry.  If you have say 1 million followers, then you will be just fine as well.  

What are your hopes for the future?

I have many plans in the works as I have always had.  I write, I have always loved books and wrote my first full novel when I was 14.  Also, short stories, poetry, and screen plays, I even created and wrote a TV series.  I will continue on that path, thankful that I have other means to keep the lights on!  Very hard to break into and become successful as a writer.  I applaud all that have and do!   Other than that I would say my hopes and plans for the future are much what they are for the present.  Do my best to be a good person and to be happy.  

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thanks for following along @donny7lewis instagram, FB, Twitter, pinterest and youtube as well as my donnylewis.com  website.  As I experiment with this new dialog, sharing more of myself than just what I look like, the comments, ideas, and encouragement has been very nice.  In the same way I did not know what to think about modeling before I got started in the business, I really did not know if I was going to enjoy putting myself out there in other ways.  It’s always nice to learn new things about yourself.  I have all of followers to thank for that.  

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Digital Artist Kellie Arts #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello. My name is Raquel A.K.A Kellie Arts, and I am a professional digital artist from Argentina.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

I guess the right answer is a big yes. Since little I loved drawing. I’ve always been quite quiet and artistic… I’ve started my current job as a profesional book cover artist as a hobby back in 2012.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration in my favorite artist such as Jessica Alain, Wesley Souza and Ana Cruz, too name just a few. I also think stock photography sometimes can be very inspiring. Like, you just know what you have to do!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on custom book covers and lots of personal and premade book cover art… My favorite genre are Fantasy and YA, so I’m doing lots of those.

Do you have any quirks while working?

While working I enjoy drinking “Mate” which is a drink characteristic of Argentina!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to always keep learning and improving my skills and work on tons of fantastic proyects.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

A huge THANK YOU for your support. I always smile at each comment and that people like what I do is very meaningful to me. Thank you!

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Photographer Michelle Lancaster #interview @Lanefotograf

Please give a warm welcome to Michelle Lancaster/Lanefotograf

Tell us a bit about yourself


This question could be answered a million different ways.. I was born, I lived, I’m still here… ummm when I was 10 I poked 4 holes into my earlobe and my mum said don’t come running to me when it hurts. 

Chase A Mattson


I guess I’m a sensitive introverted extrovert who grew up loving images and fantasy worlds for escapism and creativity. I always loved rebellion and being naughty and listening to other people tell me about horror stories I was too afraid to watch. 

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Tommy Pearce

Have you always wanted to become a photographer?


I think so yes. I strayed for a while and became a music teacher but I’ve always come back to art and imagery throughout my life. I gave up in high school because I think I was waiting for the digital era. Being in a darkroom was really only good for one thing in my opinion. 

Chad Hurstt
Chad Hurstt

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration within the human I’m working with.. the way we interact and connect.. I see a light in them and want to capture it. I also like to imagine a story line in my head to go with an image. Like I might say.. “ok you’ve been waiting for your lover to come home and she hasn’t arrived and it’s driving you crazy.. show me what that looks like”

Mitchell Wick
Mitchell Wick

What are you working on now?

I’ve been working through recent shoots with Mitchell Wick, Lochie Carey and Tommy Fierce. I’ve also been writing… dun dun dun dahhhh.. 

Tommy Pearce

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often bash my head into running ceiling fans when I’m standing on a bed taking photographs of a model. I often walk backwards into things and smash my knees on furniture. I’m just waiting for the day I slip off the sides of a bath tub and break my neck. All the injuries are worth it for the right shot. 

What are your hopes for the future?


Right now it’s just the ability to shoot again.. this virus is ruining the world and I hope we stamp it out fast with isolation. Stay the fuck home. I’m addicted to photography so this is cold turkey at the moment. And photographing flowers ain’t gonna cut it. 

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I fucking love you. Especially the cheeky authors, I’m endlessly entertained by the things they say to me. I’m in awe of their talent and I’m so grateful to have fallen into this magical sexy world with them. 

Chad Hurstt

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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

Please give a warm welcome to SephineeDraws

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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