Author Alexis B. Osborne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexis B. Osborne

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in NY with my wife, step-son, and a small army of furry, deadbeat roommates. I love taro bubble tea and Thai food. My favorite book is If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony. I’m a big fan of villains, anti-heroes, and the morally gray. I adore monsters. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I’ve always been a writer. I started writing fan fiction in high school. My first fic was a terrible Escaflowne smut filled romance that I made my friends read. It has since been deleted. A college professor encouraged me to really think about writing. I always knew that if I wrote, it was going to be romance. He was… not encouraging in regards to the genre. I started to take writing more seriously about five years ago. After starting about 10 different stories without having a plan, most of them fizzled out. But I published my first novel last year. Since then, I’ve been learning as much as I can and as quickly as possible about the art of storytelling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have two series that I’m working on right now. One is a near-future sci-fi omegaverse series, and the other is a far future alien romance series. The latest novel that I just finished the first draft for is called Engineering Fate. I can’t pin point any one particular inspiration. I’d say that it was inspired by all of the works of the romances with aliens that look like aliens genre. I knew that I wanted my heroine to get stuck in a cage, and I knew that I wanted my hero to find her while he was working undercover in a smuggler’s ring. The story took off from there. Sasha and Ardalon were very bossy characters who told me exactly how they wanted the story to go.

 What are you working on now? 

Engineering Fate is getting alpha read and I’m working on writing the first draft of a novella that’s going to be in the Alien Embrace anthology which comes out in August. It’s called Ice Planet Prison, and as you can guess, it’s about a prison planet. The hero is an alien ice bear shifter. The planet might be cold, but their chemistry is going to he H-O-T.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I don’t let anyone look at what I’m writing until the first draft is done. A lot of authors have their alpha readers review each chapter as they write them, but I like to have a solid first draft done before I let anyone else look at it. I think it’s mostly because I’ve started so many stories that I never finished. I’ll run plot holes and snags by my author friends, but that’s it.

 What are your hopes for the future? 

My hope is to one day see omegaverse novels in a physical bookstore. I’m not sure that the traditional publishing world is ready for it just yet, but it’s becoming quite popular with indie publishing which is how I’m publishing my Omegas of OAN series.

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

You will have to do so much marketing. It can be very overwhelming at first, but I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. I had zero marketing experience before self publishing and I’m still learning something new every week. I’m so grateful to my fellow indie authors who are very supportive. It’s nice to be able to ask them questions and share information with each other.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you so much for reading my books and reviewing them. A review is an author hug and somedays reading your kind words is what makes all of the frustration and temporary set backs worth it. 

Author Alexandra K. Martin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexandra K. Martin

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

If I could use one word to describe me it would be quirky. I love to snuggle when it’s cold, surround myself with animals and have a family that I couldn’t live without. My sense of humour is either dark and dirty or lame Dad jokes, with nothing in between. 

I’m an Australian full-time author and I love it every single day. So far I have written fantasy, paranormal and contemporary RH but I plan on always pushing my limit and evolving my skills. With my husband and 3 kids by my side, I can trudge through anything and refuse to give up when life gets hard.

Unfortunately, I have a rare chronic disease that can push to lower my quality of life but I use it as the fire to remind me to enjoy every soft breeze on my face, the colours that fill the sky and the joy to get older. Never wasting an opportunity to help a person in need, and never bring anybody down or waste my time with idle gossip. 

I am a true believer that kindness does make all the difference.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Actually I went to university and studied 2 degrees in the hopes of becoming a federal officer or work in intelligence. The motivation to make the world a better place, driving me to success. However those plans never reached fruition as I got diagnosed with my illness and those jobs were then no longer a possibility for me.

So I spent my time doing what made me the happiest – writing. Never once did I consider that my fondest hobby could become my dream career. I hadn’t realised that it was even an option. Even though my home is filled with the tales of countless authors from throughout time, from Homer, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy to the more modern authors Sherrilyn Kenyon (McQueen), Kelley Cole and Serena Akeroyd. 

One day it just snapped in my mind that being an author should have been my dream all along and that my deep desire to make the word better, can be fulfilled by bringing stories of love, laughter and fantasy to those who need it. So, here I am, doing what I love and regretting nothing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I read A LOT, and it was getting to the point where I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t find any RH books of single mothers or women in their 30’s. Then I thought, I’ll just make it myself. 

The Rathe Chronicles began with that thought in mind and then grew from there. It’s my plan to have a place for all kinds of women to shine. I have created a world that will show all women; short and tall, big and small, strong and timid, dark and light, older and younger, with and without children, and with different sexual orientations from all walks of life. 

This series will be ongoing and continue to grow and unfold through every chapter told. Rathe is a whole new world of my creation and there is so much that I have to show you and share. It will cover RH, Ménage, M/F, F/F, and maybe even M/M. Each story is individual to the characters needs but they’re all spicy because everyone needs a little spice in their life.

A world for every woman is my inspiration.

What are you working on now? 

Currently I have my focus on Lust. Lust is an RH fairytale retelling from a sinner’s point of view, and it’s a part of a collaboration that I put together with 6 other amazing authors that I feel privileged to be working with. AJ Blackburn, Kira Roman, J. Kearston, Kat Blak, Kris Butler, and Jay Leigh Brown. Each one of us has our own fairytale and sin to tell.

Lust is book number 6 in the series and will be released on the 1st of August, but the book 1 ‘Gluttony’ comes out on May the 15th. 

The Golden Bird is the retelling that I’m focusing on, and I love that because it’s more uncommon than most and it’s exciting being able to create something unique from such a special story.

It’s a contemporary dark romance and could have quite a few triggers involved but it’s all relatable to the story and will have a HEA, I promise. All of the sinners books will.

It’s super fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. The series collaboration is going to be epic.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I have to be either laying down or with my feet up. I have no idea why. Haha. I like to have my main playlist playing in the background while I write, with a bottle of water by my side.

I also write my daily words in one document before I add it to my manuscript, so that I can go over it again in case I’m not happy with it. It’s way more time consuming but I’m a big critic of my own work and like to make sure that I’m doing the best I can at that time.

I have a quirky hobby of collecting names and have a journal filled with them. I use it to randomly pick names for each character and mark them off so that I never double up in the future. It’s weird, I know. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

My Biggest hope at the moment is to learn how to write quicker and for my life to give me more time that I can dedicate to my career. Writing is everything to me and I look forward to always evolving and I never want to be settled in my writing because there’s always more to be taught.

I love what I do, I just wish there was more time to do it.

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

Listen to the advice of those around you and then decide what works for you because everyone is different and that’s okay. 

Be kind and supportive of other authors around you because we’re all in this together and being competitive is a waste of time and the only person you’ll disappoint is yourself. 

Find your support network! Without my little team of people I’ve found in the book community I would be lost, a good group of people to give you honest advice and remind you that you’re doing great is everything and make sure to give that support in return.

Find an amazing PA. My PA’s are my life savers, they are under appreciated and deserve more praise than they get. They work hard for you and keep life easier to maintain, I couldn’t recommend them more.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

You are everything! I appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to enter my world. My main goal in life is to bring you a temporary sanctuary to become a part of. A place for your mind to call home when you need a break and I hope that you’ve found it within my world of imagination.

Author Alisha Williams #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alisha Williams

Tell Us a bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Alisha. I’m 28. I live in Canada with my hubby and two daughters. I love to read and write. Something a lot of people don’t know about me is I had a lot of learning disabilities growing up. I always struggled with reading and spelling. The first real book series I read was twilight at 16. I’ve come along way since then and never in a million years thoughts I’d be able to write my own books. My books may not be perfect, but I won’t let my disabilities be a disadvantage and hold me back anymore.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t always wanted to write books, but around 14 I started making up all these ideas for movies in my head. Due to life getting in the way, I never made anything of that. But years later, when I realized I could take some ideas and make them in to books, I saw a chance to make a new dream come true.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Emerald Lake Prep started off as a dream I made up to help myself go to sleep. After reading Academy Of Misfits by Bea Paige, I did what I normally do to fall sleep every night, and made up my own world within that book. After while, my own ideas started coming forward, and I made my own little world loosely base off the reform school idea but added my own twist. 

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Emerald Lake Prep book 2, Into the unknown. I’m also working on a new dark contemporary romance that is a bit of a spin-off of a new character that shows up in ELP 2. It takes the readers a few years back and tells Harlow’s story. And if those books ever give me writers block, I have a supernatural series started I’ll be working on.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I do. I can’t be around anyone while writing. Every little sound distracts me. I write in my bedroom, with a fan app on my phone for white noise to drown out the silence and keep a consistent background noise.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep writing books that readers will love. I have tons of ideas for books and series of all kinds of genres, so I’m hoping to write a little bit of everything.

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

Don’t compare your self or your work to any other author. Write what you want, and trust that it’s enough. No book is meant for everyone, but ever book is meant for someone. Every book will find its right audience.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for giving a new author a chance. Thank you for loving my book baby, and wanting more. Please stick around, because I have so many more stories to share with you, some may just take longer than others to be born. Without you all, none of this would be possible. You all rock!

Author Allie Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Allie Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi everyone! My name is Allie Rose! I am a newbie author working on her first book. I also do PA work and am a full-time diesel mechanic, and I pet sit for a ton of amazing critters! I fell in love with reading in 5th grade when my mom gifted me a copy of Erin Hunter’s Into the Wild, book 1 in the Warrior’s series. Even now it is one of my all-time favorite books. Flash forward to about 2 years ago when I fell in love with the indie author community. I found this whole world devoted to them on FB and decided to get more involved. I found my first PA job and the rest is history. Due to Covid, I’ve decided to take a shot at my writing goal. I have two books I am currently working on and I’m super excited to share about the one I have up for Pre-Order RIGHT NOW!! Squeal! I’m still in shock that I have made it to this point!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, it was never something I even thought about doing as I grew up. It took until High School I think for me to really even consider the idea of wanting to write. But it only recently that I discovered that you could publish through Amazon vs trying to do a traditional publisher. That was when I really decided I wanted to write. I got started as a PA to help out authors and to start creating a network that I could use to help myself when I decided to start writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I fell in love with the cover! And the story kind of built up from there. I have always loved elemental magic type books so the fact that I am now writing one is amazing!

What are you working on now?

I am working on my first book, The Spiritus Dagger, Book 1 in The Edge of Magic Series. I am about 10k words in and loving how it’s developing. My alpha reader seems to be enjoying what I come up with so it’s very encouraging!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a hard time shutting my brain off to write. I end up thinking about nine billion other things EXCEPT actually writing. So I have found that if I stick my headphones in and blast upbeat music that I can just focus on writing and drown out all my other thoughts.

What are your hopes for the future?

I am hoping that I can get a decent following from those that end up reading and liking this first book when it’s out that they stick with me as I continue. I want to be able to write full time at some point. My current job is super hard on my body and I want to be able to find something less abrasive and the idea of writing all the time is super exciting. It would also free me up to be able to start traveling with my mom when she’s ready to do that.

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

Be patient. I know it can be discouraging when you are first starting out but you will find readers. I’d also suggest finding other authors that you can lean on when you are feeling down. Self-publishing isn’t an easy thing and the more people you have that will cheer you on or celebrate small milestones will make a world of difference as you start or continue your journey!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

THANK YOU! I really appreciate all of you who have pre-ordered or followed me. I know taking a chance on a newbie author without anything out yet can be hard so I really can’t say enough how much I APPRECIATE you! And hopefully, I won’t let you down!!

Author Aria Winter #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Aria Winter

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello! I live near Fort Worth, TX with my husband, 2 cats and 1 dog. In addition to reading and writing, I love biking, travel, and sitting on the deck drinking coffee or tea when it rains.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I love writing, but the idea of becoming an author always seemed like such a faraway dream. My husband was the one who encouraged me to publish. At first, I was full of so much self-doubt, it seemed impossible. But he and one of my sisters kept encouraging me until I caved and finally decided to go for it.

My husband learned how to do all the “behind the scenes” stuff so that I can focus on writing. He’s been so supportive, it’s amazing. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably still be writing fanfiction for myself.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The one I’m working on now is a cowrite with Jessica Grayson. It’s a fairy tale retelling series. With the crazy state of the world today, I’ve found myself drawn to fairy tales as an escape. Especially Disney movie fairy tales. So, we decided to do a series of retellings based on our favorites.

I love fairy tales, but I also love steam in my books. So, we decided to combine the two. Our fairy tales are full of love, have plenty of steam and smexy times as well as plenty of interesting twists to keep the readers guessing. We loosely follows the fairy tales, but we also wanted to make sure they could stand on their own instead of just being a rehashing of what’s already out there.

Our first one is already out on Amazon KU. It’s a Dragon Shifter Beauty and the Beast Retelling called “Taken by the Dragon.” I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with those characters while writing their story. They have a cameo in the 2nd book in the series “Captivated by the Fae: A Cinderella Retelling” that I think readers will really enjoy. 😊

What are you working on now?

I’m working on “Bound to the Elf Prince: A Snow White Retelling” with Jessica Grayson. I love Elvish Romance and I’m really enjoying fleshing out this world.

Each of the fairy tales are all in a shared world and loosely connected to each other. Characters from each story make cameos in the other books. I really love how it’s all tying together.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a different song that I choose as a theme song for each book. I write about 20k words/day. If I get stuck on one project, I switch to another so I can get my word count in. So, the theme song helps get me back in the head of the characters and also helps me really immerse myself in that particular world before I dive back in and start writing in it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I have a million stories in my head and I want to get them all out into the world as quickly as possible. I love writing and immersing myself in other worlds. I wake up each morning excited to begin and I can’t wait to share all these stories that I have in my head with my readers.

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

I know it’s hard, but do your best to silence the voice in your head trying to convince you that you cannot do this.

Jessica Grayson shared a quote with me that helped her with her writing process. It really inspired me as well. “I’m writing a rough draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”   

That is such a powerful quote. It’s also the reason I’m able to write as quickly as I can. It really helps silence my inner critic when I’m writing a rough draft so that I can produce it that much faster.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. It means so much to me when someone messages me about how much they loved a particular story and/or the characters. These books are really close to my heart and I love knowing that people enjoy them as much as I love writing them. 😊

Author Annie James #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Annie James

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m 23 I live an hour from saint Louis I’ve been in a relationship with my future fiancee for almost 9 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in educational studies from Central Methodist I graduated in December. I’m also a full time PA and love my job and my authors.

Annie James has been reading since before she could talk. Her parents always told her she’d be a writer one day. She’s always wanted to write, but it took some great friends believing in her to help her make the leap. She lives with her diva cat Anna, she’s always reading and she lives for a good cup of coffee. She’s a believer in magic and is just the mouthpiece for all the voices in her head.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually I’ve always wanted to write but never thought I’d be good enough so I was a happy fangirl reader for years. I wanted to be a teacher at one point but covid gave me the push along with my amazing friends to make a career change that would make me happy. So here I am with my dorky fangirl self finally trying to let my characters shine.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My published book was in the Rock This Way Anthology by Irish Horse Productions. It’s an awesome story of a girl from a small town writing music for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But they have more secretes than meets the eye. My sweet friend Tiegan Cylne needed help with a book idea and I love thinking of stories so I sent her my idea and she asked me to cowrite it with her. It was hard for us as the anthology didn’t want to take us because I was new so I sat on it. Then she recommended I write for this company that dose free anthologies and sent me their openings. I saw the Rock star one thought it over and Calie appeared ready for action with a whole lot of secretes and her four sexy men and wouldn’t leave me alone.

What are you working on now?

That’s actually a secret but I can tell you it’s a fairytale retelling and it’s MF at the moment and the FMC is a total bad ass.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love writing when it’s quiet but that rarely happens. I have to be in the mood and I can’t get interrupted or I lose the story flow completely.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to publish books and write things I’ve always wanted to read. If I make one reader happy then that’s good enough for me. I want to share my love of story telling and show others that if I can write they can too.

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

Talk to the PA’s they are so great and know all the secrets. Don’t be afraid to ask for help but know enough about pricing so you know what’s worth paying for and what you should avoid. It’s hard and it’s scary but once you find your readers it makes it all worth it. I can’t wait to find my stalkers and I wouldn’t trade my friends for the world their support means everything to me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hi future and current stalkers thank you for taking a chance on a quirky fangirl author and I hope you stick around because I can’t wait to get to know you!!

Author Arden M. Ward #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

What are you working on now?

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

Do you have any quirks while working?

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

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

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

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Author A.M. Wade #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

What are you working on now?

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

Do you have any quirks while working?

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

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

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

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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 – Artist Alexa Wayne #interview

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Alexa Wayne, aka the OCD Vampire. I’m obsessed with Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler. I am an introvert, and I do not hide it anymore. I even believe it to be an asset for someone who is like me. I am writing and drawing all day long with my little dog, Carey, by my side.

I studied graphic and web design a decade ago, along with 2D and 3D Animation. I also took online Sequential Art | Inking & Rendering | Anatomy and Comic Book Art classes with Comics Experience. I then went to Syn Studio and studied Digital Painting | Storytelling & Design | Character Rendering | Comic Book. I own a diploma in WordPress with TechUComp. I have various certifications and qualifications in Proofreading & Editing | Creative Writing | Novel Writing | Successful Self- Publishing | Social Media Marketing | Blogging Business | Virtual Assistance | Ufology | Astronomy | Cryptozoology | Wicca | Hoodoo with Centre of Excellence.

I took many art classes to help me in my development as a well-rounded artist. I didn’t wish to rely on anyone to become the writer that I envisioned in my head. I love everything when it comes to creating something. I like doing research, marketing, graphic, and web design. I enjoy the entire process of turning a piece of art, including a novel, into something incredible.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I grew up in the artistic world. I went to acting school for thirteen years of my life, and that included classical ballet, along with singing and various types of acting and dancing styles. If someone asked me why I love to read and watch the most, it would be Dracula or vampires in general. To me, the comic book is the most accurate form of art when it gets closer to acting. Some would argue, of course, debate it to the contrary, but acting has many faces.

Time passed, I needed something more, and that was to gain writing experience. The Geek Initiative became the first professional blog I worked for, and it was epic. I enjoy the geeky environment and the opportunity they gave me. The founder, Tara M. Clapper, and editor in chief became my first novel editor.

She gave me the backbone I needed to find my way as an artist and author. I am now the proud creator of Gothic Bite Magazine. I write paranormal suspense novels in the horror genre. It took me some time, but now I know that I am proud to be a monster nerd, and a hundred percent living in her twisted mind!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration most of the time in music, books, research, and whatever is online or on television. I love to use research and other forms of art as inspiration. It is quite amazing what one can find in the most transparent or subtle places.

I also enjoy walking outside with my dog. We live in a country town surrounded by woods, so walking is fantastic around here. It’s like being lost in nature, and I put on my music and wait for inspiration to strike.

Of course, I have my secret weapon, which is going to the esoteric stores in our small and old little country downtown. It’s peaceful and quiet. It has perfect energy all around. I enjoy it, and most of the time, it leaves me with many ideas.

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What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a personal comic book project as the penciler and colorist as well as scripter when it comes to my art. The inspiration is from one of my novels. My inker is Kendra Hale, as well as my editor and beta reader for the script.

As for writing, I am working on the new release of Lord Impaler Series #2, The Gravedigger. It comes out on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, free on Kindle Unlimited. I do my own graphic design, of course, and create the marketing merchandise for it as well.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I forget the time, and my dog must remind me to stop and eat. I’m often in my own little bubble, and the world around doesn’t exist anymore. I must listen to music while drawing; otherwise, my work doesn’t flow well.

I listen to relaxing music such as Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Disturbed, Exit Eden, and Dance Macabre. I know people don’t consider those relaxing, but they are to me. I love them!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I would love my webzine, Gothic Bite Magazine, to become LLC and accessible enough so that we can support causes such as 4Oceans or Bats QLD. GBM is a webzine created by monsters for monsters so that gothic people have a place to go and feel welcome. We try to help the indie community as much as we can. Again, this project is possible because of my #1, Kendra Hale.

I guess, for the future, all I want is to be happy and be capable of helping people achieve their dreams. I want to be able to live off my art and writing, so I can help others. That is literally all I want.

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

I grew up in the art and publishing world. Books surrounded me since I was born. Raised by my grandparents and mother, my grandpa worked for a binding & printing company. He would often come back with boxes of books and encyclopaedia worth so much money but didn’t “make the cut” because of small printing errors.

So, my advice would be if you wish to become a graphic/web designer or illustrator, do not be afraid to stand out. I mean by that to not fit in any cookie cutters. Look at the latest trends yes, but also; don’t be afraid to find inspiration in the past. Myself, I am more of a European stylist in design than American simply because I prefer certain aspects of it. Put together your portfolio and a professional website. Don’t be afraid to pay for a professional website if you must. Graphic and web design require a certification because of the complexity of the rules and printing industry as well as online industry.

When it comes to authors, do not stop writing because people tell you that you cannot make it. It is NOT true. Do not listen to those voices. Keep writing and again, stand out. When everyone goes right for the style of writing or book cover, don’t be afraid to go left. Do not settle for anyone but yourself and how much you believe in your story. Another common mistake, do not do everything yourself. Do not fear your limits and hire a graphic designer or illustrator for your book cover. The phrase “do not judge a book by its cover” is a good lesson to learn but sadly, every one of us bought at least one book just because the cover was amazing. So, investing in editors, graphic designers and web designers are crucial parts of being an indie author. It is in those details that one can stand out from the sea of indie authors.

In conclusion, do not let fear and peer pressure dictate what you wish to become or do with your creation. Just keep going and you won’t regret it.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I don’t know that I have any fans. Haha! But, to anyone reading this, this phrase helped me a thousand times over, “Because you are afraid doesn’t mean that you’re not strong.” Whatever it is you dream of is worth your time and effort, and if you feel anxious, do not worry, your anxiety is lying to you, and you are going to be okay.

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