Author Ashley Amy #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Ashley Amy

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a small town Idahoan who grew up on a potato farm. I spent almost a decade being a military wife with my now ex-husband. I just had my fourth son with my current partner that my new road of life led me to. I’ve been an author since April 2019 and never looked back.

Book 1 is free.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I was an odd soul growing up. The girl who was friends with everyone but scribbled nonsense in her journal once in private. Stories began to build clear back then in my youth, so now I see I had always wanted it. I’m just embracing it now.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have an obsession with Greek mythology—which most of my PNR books tie into in some way.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on two romcoms for December 2021.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

When I get hit with a block, I look around the room. The first thing I spot, I write into a sex scene. After I’ve written such an unorthodox piece, my mind functions better.

What are your hopes for the future?

One day, I hope to make a bestseller list with an individual piece.

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

Editing is important. Don’t skip that step in your haste, and your eyes alone are not enough.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I’m just grateful for the ones who have stayed with me. When covid happened, I stepped back for a bit and took off most of 2020. Coming back into it, they waited. My tribe will always be them for their support. It’s what keeps me going now.

Author K.R. Fajardo #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author K.R. Fajardo

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is K. R. Fajardo and I am an indie author from East Texas. I currently have 4 self-published books and many projects in the works. My genre of choice is fantasy but I also dabble a little in paranormal fantasy and paranormal romance. My interests include 80’s music (specifically 80s hair bands), reading(of course), RPG video games (Assassin’s Creed and the Witcher are my favs), and watching movies. Dr. Pepper is my caffeinated beverage of choice.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

To be honest, I never considered it an option. Kind of like becoming a movie or rock star, it was one of those things that was reserved for the privileged few. I always loved reading and the escape it gave. And for years I had this one character running amok in my head, driving me crazy at night, but it wasn’t until my youngest child started to school and I found myself with some free time on my hands, that I decided to sit down and put some words on paper. One hundred and twenty thousand words later, K’s story was finally free. Shortly after that, I discovered self-publishing was a thing that existed, and fumbled my way through the process. And I am so glad I did. I have learned so much since then and met so many wonderful people from all over the world. It truly has been an adventure learning to be an author, but I don’t regret it one bit, and I never want to give it up. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Shadow Chronicles series is literally the voice in my head that would never shut up. K has rooted around in my mind for as long as I can remember. I think she is the embodiment of everything I wish I was. Strong, fierce, drop-dead gorgeous, and yet still vulnerable. And she is a vampire, because they have always fascinated me. Her story is unique in that it is told from the point of view of the other characters in the book. Her thoughts and feelings are never revealed, and that leaves her open to the interpretation of the reader. 

What are you working on now? 

Currently I am working on revising Stalking Fate for a rerelease with Butterdragons Publishing. The story is getting a complete overhaul with lots of new content that I think readers will enjoy. I also have several projects, including on Fae book and a paranormal romance in the works that will hopefully be ready for release next year.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Silence. I am easily distracted, so no music or TV’s can be playing in the background. Also, I have developed the habit of lighting a candle while I work. I like the aromas they emit and find it soothing to have the flame flickering nearby.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing stories. It is every bit as much of an escape as reading and it is my own world. Would I love to say that I will one day be able to quit my day job and just write, sure. But that is the dream isn’t it. If it is meant to be, it will be. In the meantime, I will just do me and have fun creating new worlds.

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

Beware wolves in sheep’s clothing. In particular vanity presses. If someone offers to publish your book but then tries to charge you to do so, run. You can self-publish your book for a fraction of what those people are charging. Also beware all the so-called ‘coaches’ that are running around out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are some legit sites out there that will be of great help and many reputable coaches. But there are also just as many frauds. Social media can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. I have found many wonderful cover designers, editors, and formatters using these resources. I just recommend you do your research, speak to other authors, and interview any new prospective business before you send your money their way.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for sticking by me. I have had to deal with a lot of personal tragedies the last couple of years. This year in particular has been devastating. And through all these hard times, it has been your words of encouragement and patience that has helped me pull through. Finally, I have found my way back to writing, and it is all because of you guys. I love and appreciate each and every one of you. And you all have a special place in my heart. 

Author Grace Nicholas #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Grace Nicholas

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Well, my name is Grace Nicholas. I grew up in southern Arkansas in a tiny town no one has ever heard of. 😂 I’ve lived in central Arkansas for the majority of my life. I’m a wife, mother of 2 crazy teenagers and one spoiled rotten pug, Buddy. I’ve been an avid 6-10 book a week reader since I was about 14 years old. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author, but never knew where to start. About 3, almost 4 years ago I found the Facebook reader/author community and it opened up my whole world! 😲 After bumming around, joining groups and participating in those groups, I finally got on my first ARC team. From there I moved up to beta, then eventually alpha reader for a few authors. Brandi Bell, whom you all may know as Rose Alexander, finally wore me down, after 2 years, and convinced me to write a book with her. We wrote The Storm Queen together and it was one of the best experiences of my life. She taught me so much and it was a ton of fun because we were already such good friends!

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on another co-write with the lovely EJ Everette called The Reapings Serial. It’s a mini-series that will have episodes releasing every month, then every so often those episodes will be put in one volume and released as a full length novel with deleted scenes and secret POVs!

I’m also working on my first solo novel which is a sweet, second chance romance novel. Honestly, the cover was the inspiration for this story. As soon as I saw it, the characters started screaming in my head and the story has been flowing almost faster than I can type! 😂 I’m hoping to release it sometime around March.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t think I really have any quirks while writing, other than needing it to be quiet. I do the majority of my writing when my husband is working and the kids are otherwise occupied. Though sometimes, I’ll write at night while my husband plays whatever game he has at that time on his PS5. As long as there isn’t much talking in the game, I can deal with it as background noise. If there is a lot of talking, then I pop in my AirPods and turn on my noise app. My go-to noise is a box fan, but sometimes I’ll switch it up to rain or a thunderstorm, depending on my mood or the scene. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep writing books until I can no longer type! My husband has the lofty goal of being a house-husband within 5 years 🙄, but I’ve told him that’s unlikely considering I’m a slow writer and don’t publish full novels that often. I’ve only published one so far, plus one episode of the mini-series and I’ve got a short story being released December 1st in the Once Upon a Twisted Christmas anthology. 

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

Being a new author myself, I don’t really have much advice for other new authors other than to write what you know. Don’t try to write what you think everyone wants, or what everyone will read. It will seem forced to you, and it will read that way to readers. I learned that lesson the hard way. 

To my followers, I just have to say to hang in there! I promise I’m writing every day, I’m just not as fast as others. I still have a full time career and a family to take care of, so I write when I can. I love you all to pieces and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate your faith in me and your willingness to be patient with me. Hopefully I’ll be able to find more time to write and start publishing books more often! 💜💜💜

Author Amber Nicole #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Amber Nicole

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi I’m Amber,
I am a mom to two amazing kids Lawson (9) and Allison (4)
I have been an Air Force wife for 13 years to my high-school sweetheart.
I love to cook, bake, read, sing, write, as well as write poetry and songs and also I love to proofread and edit.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

So I never imagined I would be a writer. I have always loved to write fun little stories when I was younger I have so many notebooks full of random things.

I actually thought I would be a professional chef for awhile there but when I learned I wouldn’t have holidays or weekends off we decided it wasn’t the best thing for me.

I also was looking into joining a publishing house as an editor.
I have always been an avid reader and thought that would be the perfect job for me. I have been told time and time again that I have eagle eyes when it comes to mistakes.

I alpha and beta for so many amazing authors.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

So I have recently learned since I started writing that I can no longer watch TV/ movies or even some music videos. I end up getting inspired and a new WIP appears.

Forever Changed was inspired on a few things:
1. The movie Cruel Intentions
2. A music video
3. Ivy Smoak’s untouchable series she broke me in the beat way and I knew my next book wouldn’t have an HEA. Well that’s Changed now that so many people yelled at me but at still ended up with a crazy cliffhanger.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Forever Yours. Its part two to the Forever Changed duet.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I like to go into a bubble and I can’t be distracted. Any noise bothers me. I like to snack on chocolate covered almonds or reisen candies. I also only write my spicy scenes in a bubble bath.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep doing this. It can be stressful at time but I love it. I’d like to be able to do this full time and support my family. Maybe let my husband retire from the Air Force and be a stay at home dad.

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

Keep at it. Find your tribe. There are so many amazing, supportive people and authors out there that are willing to help. If this is something you are passionate about I say go for it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am so humbled and blessed to have found my calling and to have all of you incredible people supporting and helping me achieve my dreams.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving my books and connecting to my characters.

Author L.K. Beal #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Author L.K. Beal

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Lisa & I write under two pen names. I live in the UK with my son & husband and our many pets. I love all things paranormal, coffee and the ocean. I’m pretty boring really, I tend to live through my novels!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I wanted to become a writer when I was a kid but never thought I’d be able to. I loved to read, but writing? It seemed out of my reach.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My newest release, Lark awakening, was inspired by the need to tell a wolf shifter story that was relatable. Something that made readers think “yeah, I would react that way, too.” I wanted it to be funny, too & Lark has a quirky sense of humour, like me.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Lark ascending, the sequel to Lark awakening. It’s in the early stages. I wasn’t planning on a second book but my readers asked – demanded – and I thought, why not?

Do you have any quirks while working?

Is writing under pressure a quirk?
As a mum to a very clingy but amazing little boy, a wife (he’s not so clingy but just has hard work), a caregiver to my mum & dad as well as a writer is pretty hectic. But I thrive under pressure so it’s all good.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future as an author include people reading and enjoying my books. I have no other goals. Even if only one person loves what I write, I’ll be a happy camper.

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

My advice for new authors is be clear about the direction you want to go in. Point yourself towards it – shoot. Don’t let ANYONE hold you back. If no one reads what you’ve written – at least you can say you gave it 100%.
Also, never EVER compare yourself to another writer. That right there is a dream killer.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’d love to say – Thank you for taking a chance on me. I might be new to the new adult world but I promise you, I will work my butt off to make you love me.

Author AJ Andersen #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author AJ Andersen

Have you always wanted to become an author?

YES! I remember being in middle school and scribbling plots to love stories in a notebook. My best friend read and encouraged me to do it, and 30 years later she’s still in my corner, reading and critiquing and encouraging me to WRITE MORE! So I’ve definitely always wanted to write – and to write about true love!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My K&S Securities Series came from a dream. Just one little snippet about a red-haired little girl and the much older boy who loved and protected her and POOF! Faye and Travis were born.

What are you working on now?

My current work in progress is a holiday novella. I’m hoping to have it ready by Christmas / New Year, but we’ll see. Life has been in my way lately. I’m hoping to use Nanawrimo as a kick off point to get back on track.

I’m also editing book 6 in the K&S series.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t get emotional about my characters. At all. I always joke that I’m probably the only romance write who feels nothing while I write. It’s weird, because when I read I feel all the emotions.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep on writing. I have ideas about branching out into other genres, but that’s definitely something for another day.

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

Just WRITE THE BOOK! It doesn’t matter if the first draft is ugly, that’s what self editing, self editing again and finding a great professional editor are for!

YOU CAN DO IT!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you all so much for your support! (You can also find me under the pen name Josephine Andersen for something a little different from romantic suspense.)

Author Carrie Weston #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Carrie Weston

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My names Carrie Weston, I am a writer of twisted, paranormal thrillers with romantic veins. I live in the Herefordshire countryside dead opposite a graveyard (pun intended) with my crazy springer spaniel and family.
I am a lover of all thing’s chocolate as well as highly caffeinated, easily deducible from the coffee cups I stack up over a period of writing. When I’m not creating my own worlds, I can be found reading (I’m pretty eclectic), listening to music (Taylor Swift) or watching theatrical productions. I also love watching great tv series such as Shadow Hunters, Vampire Diary’s and Charmed too. I’m quite eccentric in my ways and can often be found with pencils and pens spineing my hair. I write from my heart weather it follows trend or not as I feel that they way I can give the best stories I have to give.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Being a writer has been my dream since I was young. For me it is my dream job but I have had many other jobs to get to where I wanted to be – after all, bills have got to be paid.
I first started writing at the age of 13. I had no luck with my novels back then but was given some guidance from some big publishing houses. However, from that age up I did manage to get some poetry published.  I never took writing or literature for A-levels as at the time most people didn’t view writing books as a career or even steady income related job- so I took a break from writing.
After the discovery of a pretty nasty disease, I began writing again until I found my way back to my dreams.

What was your inspiration for your current book/ series?

I have 2 book series at the moment;
Xander Chase – A YA paranormal thriller which all began with a question from my son; why aren’t there more unicorn books for boys?
So, I started to write him the story of Xander Chase and the Unicorn Code, where Unicorns weren’t all fluffy, friendly and innocent. Where they were more like us, good and bad. I twisted the classic stereotypes for a more modernistic feel to emphasise the dark quality of my writing.

A Dark Fairy Tale – A YA paranormal thriller series which began as the idea of communicating to younger readers that slavery and prejudice is BAD. It also has a romantic ‘beauty and the beast’ vibe to it, along with a lot of adventure with dragons, fairy’s and Queens.
This series starts off with a FREE prequel when you sign up to my newsletter on Home | Carrie weston  and continues in novella form on amazon.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I am in NaNoWriMo racing to write a book in one month. I am one third of the way through Xander Chase 3 – the final part of the trilogy and pushing forwards with A Dark Fairy Tale book 2.
As for release dates;

A Dark Fairy Tale; Pet Empathiser Team – is out November 30th 2021
Xander Chase 2 – is coming between now and early next year
I also have a few standalones due out next year.

Do you have any quirks whilst writing?

A weird hairstyle of pens and pencils is kind of a normal thing for me. A huge mug of coffee and when editing a project; a nail file. I file my nails when I’m concentrating on edits as it calms me down from overstressing that every single word is perfect; there is no perfect, – there is only your best.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to satisfy the literary need of my fans and followers in the dark, paranormal genre. My followers are those I write for and I would not be successful without them. I hope they will follow me on my journey to come through the writing my soul longs to share. I hope that in the future more people know my name; enough so that my books may end up on shelves in bookstores like waterstones, barns and noble and more-

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

No matter what believe in yourself. The whole process of getting published or self-publishing is not easy, but doable and if you always believe in yourself and never give up then you will get there.
If you are sending to agents/ publishers just remember its one person/ companies’ opinion- not everyone will feel the same way about your work so if/when you get refusals don’t let them get you down, take on board any tips/ hints they give you and move on because you can do this.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

As always, there are not enough words in the vocabulary to express the gratitude I feel towards my followers. Without you, without your questions and wonderings about characters and the next books – I would not be writing. You hold a special place in my heart and as always – I send hearts and kisses.

Author Regina Puckett #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author and poet Regina Puckett

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve never thought my life was interesting enough to talk about. I remember taking a Speech class in college and listening in awe as some of my fellow students stood up and discussed their lives. The minute I had to stand up to talk about mine, I couldn’t think of a single thing anyone would ever want to know about me.
I married right out of high school. The most exciting thing in my life at that time were my two beautiful daughters. They gave my life meaning, but it never occurred to me that anyone else would find my day-to-day life interesting enough to sit through a five minute speech. Here I am many, many years later, and I still don’t think anyone would want to listen to a five-minute speech about my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I knew I wanted to become a writer in the seventh grade. That was the same time I became interested in reading. I wanted to write something other people would fall in love with just like I had fallen in love with so many authors’ stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m currently writing a Christmas romance. Christmas has always been my favorite day of year, so I wanted to center a love story around two people meeting and falling in love during that season.

Do you have any quirks while working?

My entire life is a quirk. Everything I do is by the seat of my pants, so I’m always just as surprised as the next guy that I ever finished an entire novel.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to win the lottery but if not, I have several books in the beginning stages I would to finish writing.

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

I’ve learned the hard way how easy it is to be taken advantage of in the publishing business. There are plenty of people who are prepared rip you off. My best advice is to you is to research, research, research.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m always so pleased to hear someone has read one of my books. I know everyone’s time is so precious, so I’m honored when anyone spends their valuable time reading my books. Thank you so much.

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Horror Author Boris Bacic #interview

Please give a warm welcome to horror author Boris Bacic

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Boris Bacic and I’m a horror writer from Serbia. I’m a certified fitness coach and a former language and communications coach. In my free time, I go to the gym, I take creepy late-night walks through parks and forests, and recently I started learning more about botany (balance is important).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! Ever since I was a child, I used to write stories all the time. As I grew older, I could envision myself sitting in front of a typewriter (now computer) and making my imagination come to life. It’s a job, but it doesn’t feel like one to me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

All my inspiration comes from daily life. I see something otherwise mundane, and my mind transforms it into something otherworldly. What if this road is on an endless loop? What if there’s a secret government lab under this abandoned house? What if this mannequin comes to life right now? We all have that kind of imagination; writers just let it run wild.

What are you working on now?

While I can’t reveal the exact story, I can say that the book is based on my hometown, which is number one in suicides in Europe. It will be full of suspense and hair-standing-straight moments that will have you clutching your flashlight like your life depends on it.

Do you have any quirks while working?

For me, it’s important to envision being in the world that I’m creating. Sometimes I listen to ominous horror music while writing to get into the element. I also need a quiet environment. It’s difficult to maintain momentum when you’re constantly interrupted by phone calls and social media notifications.

What are your hopes for the future?

My motto is “I won’t stop writing until I’m either famous or dead.” That path is paved with tiny steps, and for now, the next thing I hope for is getting more recognition for my books – either getting acquired by a major publishing company or having my book adapted into a movie.

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

Don’t stop writing.

When I first started publishing my stories, they barely received any recognition. I wrote one more story and told myself that if I didn’t get enough likes, I would quit. Luckily, that story boomed and that helped me launch my first book. Today, I have more than 15 published books and I work full-time as a writer. You never know how close you are to achieving your goals.

Never stop writing.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for all your support. None of this would be possible without you. I receive emails from readers telling me how much they enjoy my stories, and for me, that’s the true joy of writing.

Author Lexi C Foss #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lexi C Foss

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Hi! My name is Lexi. I’m a quirky author who loves exploring the twists and turns of dark paranormal worlds, especially those haunted by vampires and shifters.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I’ve always been a dreamer. I didn’t fully understand what that meant career-wise until after college when I started writing one day. It started as a way to pass the time and quickly grew into an obsession as the voices started unloading inside my mind. I sometimes can’t keep up with how fast they tell me a story, it’s like watching a movie and transcribing it all for others to review.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

My inspiration typically comes from traveling. I go to random places and the voices just start talking, then I become the conduit for their tales. It’s a unique experience, one I value and love, even if it makes me seem a little crazy at times 😉 

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently writing Wicked Bonds, which is book seven of my Immortal Curse series. It’s an intense ride—one I’m enjoying because Balthazar (a favorite voice) is in the driver’s seat. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I need mood music and an otherwise quiet space to work. I also find I write best when I first wake up, or when I’m tired and ready to sleep. I think it’s that “daydream” sensation that I crave while drafting a story; it helps me channel the voices better and fall into the daze of stream-writing.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I would love to explore more genres within romance, like new adult and dark suspense romance. Those are two guilty pleasure reading areas for me, but my brain always gravitates toward the paranormal world building. I’m working on training my mind to stay in the “real world” for a bit 😉 

First book is free.

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

Keep. Writing. Authors are always learning, and we learn by writing and reading. Sometimes we get stuck on plots or specific scenes, so my biggest advice is just to push through and keep going. The story will come to you, even if you have to switch books for a little while. And don’t give up! This industry is constantly evolving and there is room in it for all of us. Lastly, have fun. Don’t lose that spark and love for what we do ♡

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for reading my books! This whole career is a dream come true for me. I never expected my words to reach so many people. My goal when I started was to have one person I didn’t know read my book. And now I have readers all over the world. I love and adore you all. Thank you for helping me follow my dreams ❤