Author Grace Nicholas #interview

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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 Gray Holborn #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a part-time teacher and part-time writer—so I get a little bit of the best of both worlds, even if work can pile up and be a bit hectic sometimes. I’m from the midwest, but I moved to the PNW for grad school and fell in love with the area. I’ve been here now for almost a decade and have a feeling I’ll be here for quite a while longer. It’s hard to give up the combination of mountains and water. 

In my freetime, I can be found reading, consuming way too much TV (is there such a thing as *too much* TV? I don’t know), and wandering around the city with my dog. He gets me out of the house on days when the world feels like a bit of a disaster. Dogs are the best, we definitely do not deserve them.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes and no! It’s one of those things I’ve always thought about, even from a young age. I loved living in books, and thought it would be the coolest thing in the world to give that sort of experience and escapism to someone else. As I got older and used reading as a way to unwind from a hectic student/work life, I started to think about self-publishing. Part of my graduate school research focused on how the self-publishing industry was changing the book community. It was fascinating and was a wonderful excuse to read deeply into an archive I already loved supporting. Eventually, I thought I’d try my own attempt, if only to better understand how indie authors start their businesses and make use of the tools available to them. I wrote one book during grad school (and I’ll eventually finish that series—I swear!), but COVID sort of inspired me to get back to writing with more focus than I had before. It was the perfect ‘stay inside’ hobby. Since October of 2020, I’ve been trying to treat my writing ‘hobby’ as a part-time job, which has helped me carve out more time and space to devote to it. I can’t succeed if I don’t give myself the chance!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series started as a Nanowrimo project a couple of years ago. I only wrote about 20-30 thousand words initially, and wanted to write a story about a girl who was thrust into a new world and set of experiences. I’d been reading reverse harem/why choose books for a few months at the time and really loved that they all incorporated this interesting cast of characters—I think I loved that aspect of the genre more so than all of the romance even. Writing a series in that genre seemed like a really cool way to practice creating and developing characters, each with their own complex and compelling back story. I was also going through a difficult time with anxiety and depression, and building each of the characters really helped me through it—sometimes analyzing characters and their experiences/traumas can really help me understand my own. My dog kept me company during those long nights of writing and learning the craft, so I wrote him into the story as the protagonist’s cartoonish hellhound sidekick (who is obviously my favorite character).

What are you working on now?

I’m still working on that same series, actually. Book One just released a few weeks ago and Book Two comes out this week. At the moment, I’m working my way through the writing and revising stages. This series will be six full novels, but I already have a few spinoffs planned in my head—I created too many characters that I love and want to learn more about. So I have a feeling I’ll be living in Max’s world of protectors and monsters for many months to come.

I also want to get back to my original series that started with Strange Supes. I have plans to begin reworking that first novel later this year and hopefully 2022 will see three more books after that. It’s another series with a cast of characters that I adore, so I’m sure I’ll have the space and intrigue to live in that writing world for quite a while.  

Do you have any quirks while working?

I do what are known as pomodoro sprints. I set a timer for 15-25 minutes and just word vomit all over my google doc. I don’t do any editing during that time and instead, just try to get into the flow and let my characters speak to me. It’s been a really cool way to get words on the page, without stressing too much about perfection. One thing I’ve learned as a reader of indie books is that I don’t focus much on perfection while I’m reading. It just doesn’t matter much to me—the perfectly-constructed sentence doesn’t seem nearly as important as the feeling a scene or a character evokes. Sprints have helped tremendously with that.

Also chocolate. When I have a particularly high word count day, I like to reward myself with chocolate (and, let’s be honest, I still get that chocolate even if I don’t.)

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to build a community of readers. Writing is great. I love it. And if I could make a small side career out of it, that would be fantastic. I don’t think I could realistically stop teaching, as I love that just as much, but it would be cool if I could continue to focus on both career paths. But more than writing and publishing, I really want to build a community of like-minded readers who shamelessly enjoy reading. The reverse harem (although I really hate that phrase…don’t get me started) is perfect for this—the readers love to read and support indie authors, but they also have a tendency to support each other. There’s no shame about reader preferences and there’s so much sex positivity in the community. It’s been really inspiring to be a part of. 

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

I’m still an incredibly new author in the publishing world, and only really began investing time in it over the last six or seven months. I’d say the best advice I have is to sit your butt in the chair and get words on the page. Everything comes after that. 

Second piece of advice is to be open to learning. These days, authors are required to do a lot more than simply write. You have to be a great storyteller, but you also have to learn how to market and use social media. There’s so many different hats to wear and you have to be open to learning about the process if you want to discover what works best for you. The self-publishing community is really generous with sharing information and education, which has been invaluable to me. I try to set aside an hour or two every week to listen to podcasts on indie publishing, or to read various books on the writing craft itself. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you! These last few months have been really exciting for me and I’ve been blown away by how quick the author life picks up after hitting that terrifying and exciting publish button. Connecting with readers has been my favorite part of the whole experience and I’m so excited to continue growing my community of readers and writers. I’m learning so much and loving every second of it!

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Author Golden Angel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Golden Angel

Tell us a bit about yourself

Golden Angel is a USA Today best-selling author, Amazon Top 50 bestselling author, and self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.

She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.

She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, actually, I didn’t think it was possible as a career for me, even when I first started publishing. I’ve always loved reading and writing and maybe there was a time when I was a kid that I wanted to be one (in between wanting to be a dolphin trainer and an Olympic swimmer) but deep down I always thought my most-likely career path was as a teacher. This is not a place I expected to end up, but if I’d ever thought it was actually possible, it would have been very high on my list.

What was your inspiration for your current book /series?

Well, I’m in the middle of writing three series right now, all of which are spinoffs of other series. 

The first book in my Deception and Discipline series, which is set in my Bridal Discipline series’ world, released back in January and was inspired by my love of Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster and Bastion Club books as well as my love of combining historical romance with kink and spankings. 

In April and May, the first books in my Masters of Marquis and Dungeon Masters series are releasing, and they are both connected to each other as well as my Stronghold Doms world. Bondage Buddies, the first Masters of Marquis book, came about because I love a good friends-with-benefits turned to love romance. Mitch and Domi were introduced in the Stronghold Doms series and I knew eventually they’d be getting their own story. The hero of Dungeon Master, Gavin, first appeared in Logan, my Dad Bod Doms book, but he also appears in Bondage Buddies… as Mitch’s dad. Then in May he’ll get his own book.

The Dungeons and Doms series was inspired by a meme I kept seeing go around, saying it was possible to tell the difference between a nerd and a kinkster by asking them what a Dungeon Master was. The issue I have with that meme is that I am a nerd, and I know that there’s a lot overlap between D&D players and kinksters (also cosplayers and Rennaissance Fair goers…). So I wanted to write a book with a hero who was a Dungeon Master in both sense of the words, and I’ve also had a lot of requests for romances with older heroes / heroines and this seemed like a great opportunity to really dig into that.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am neck deep in Dungeon Master, though I’m getting close to the end. After this, I’ll be jumping into writing the third Tsenturion Masters book (sci-fi romance) with my co-writer for that series, Lee Savino.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need constant feedback, so my poor beta readers are more like alpha readers. They get a chapter almost daily from me (except on weekends), sometimes two, and are often fielding question from me like “Is this too slow?” “Is it boring?” “Do you think things are happening too fast?” “Does this whole thing suck?”

What are your hopes for the future?

Oh so many. I am thrilled that I was able to become a full-time author in 2020. I am hoping to be able to maintain that and keep living the dream of being an author. Last year I also became a USA Today Bestselling Author, but I’d love to add Wall Street Journal and New York Times to that. If I had to choose though, I’d choose being the full time author over the accolades.

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

It’s not easy. That’s the first thing. Some people go into this thinking that it’s easy money, and it’s not. It’s a lot of work, and (sadly) most of the work has nothing to do with actually writing your book. Which makes using a publisher look particularly enticing, but be careful because there are predators out there.

There is also SO MUCH information on the internet. Find the author groups on Facebook, read through the posts – and don’t try to do everything at once, but also take advantage of the epic amount of information that’s out there to help you. I also highly recommend David Gaughran’s Starting from Zero web course (it’s free, just Google it). I would have killed to have all this information available when I was first starting out, but you’d better believe I’m making use of it now.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Being a full time author is not a solo dream, it’s not something I could have achieved on my own. It literally takes a community. Anyone who reads my books, who takes the time to review them, to recommend them, to share my social media posts, to give them a rating… thank you, so much. You have made it possible for me to become a full time author and I will try to repay that by writing more books for you to read as quickly as possible!

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Author Gina Manis #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself 

I live in the south, where I have a small farm. I have been married for eighteen years, and we have four kids (two teenage boys and two little girls).  I love anything that has to do with art. I like to paint and draw, take pictures, gardening and of course writing. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I always wanted to be but never thought that I could. I had so many problems in language and reading when I was young. I told myself stories every night as I went to sleep. My imagination has always had so much potential, and so when I decided to give it a try, the words have been flowing ever since. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I was writing another series and building this world and this legend kept coming up. I decided to write it in its own series and The Water Princess was born. At that time, also, I had discovered reverse harem and wanted to give it a try. Reverse harems, I think, are harder to write because you have to find a connection with many characters. It has been a challenge, but I have so much enjoyed it.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually working on that other series that got me unto The Water Princess. It is written a few hundred years in the future and the world has changed. The elementals have died out and now you have the Elemental Mages. There will be four mages with standalone stories, and each of them will have to choose their kings. They will intertwine in places for one overall story for those who enjoy longer series. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t really but I do often work around chaos. I have a large family, and people are always around. I do try and do most of my writing in the night and have nodded off while writing.

What are your hopes for the future?

I always have a goal and not just one but many. I am a dreamer. Writing will keep me busy for a few more years, and then I plan to slow down a bit. I have several series I am working on publishing now and a few more I am looking to write.

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

To make friends with others in the industry. You can’t do it alone, and it is always great when you have someone to turn to and ask questions. It also makes you feel good when you can help someone else.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for reading and for giving me a chance. I am a very outgoing person and would love to chat with anyone who would like. I always say I am an open book and you can ask me anything. I would also say that I like to surprise people so you can expect that from me in the future. I have some really great books coming out soon, and I think you are all going to like it. 

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Author Grace McGinty #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Grace McGinty and I am a romance author from Australia. I moonlight as a librarian during the day, delivering books to retired nuns. This always amuses me… if only they knew, right?

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author, ever since I was a small child. I wrote a story when I was 6 about a ghost in a cave, and that was it for me. I was hooked.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current book is the second in a vampire cozy mystery series. Newly Undead in Dark River came up because I was laughing with my friends about travelling solo and ending up dead in a ditch. And I said, “it has to be better than Undead in a ditch, right?”
The rest is history!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the sequel to Newly Undead in Dark River, and also a spin-off of my debut series the Hell’s Redemption series. The characters are being noisy in my head and refused to wait their turn!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm writing quirks. I can only write to music, but that’s part necessity because my household is LOUD! But as a result, most of my books have accidental soundtracks.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to make enough money writing that I can retire young, get one of my books optioned into a movie and take baths in $100 bills. But mostly I’d be happy if people continued to read and like my books. It makes me happy when readers message me and say WHAT THE HELL?! I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW!

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

My advice to new authors is to find a writing buddy! There’s plenty of other new authors (or seasoned authors) that would love to connect with you. When you have a writing buddy who shares your passion, it spurs you on, holds you accountable, soothes your hurts and worries. They are worth their weight in rare antique books!

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Gah, if you get me started on my Readers, this will turn into a gush feat. Seriously, the readers are the reason we write. They encourage us to take the leap, to try new things no matter how scary. They make all the long nights, frustrations, bad reviews, and lack of social life totally worth it. To my readers, I love you all! 🖤

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Author Godiva Glenn #interview

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I’m a wandering soul currently living in North Carolina with my husband and two kooky cats. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m playing PC games.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not always directly. When I was growing up I loved writing but the author career wasn’t something I considered. My family wasn’t unsupportive of creative pursuits, but there was a lot of pressure to not become a starving artist of any sort. Eventually I hit the point where I realized I’d live in a van if it meant doing what I loved.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I find inspiration just about everywhere. If I read something good or bad, if I feel like there’s a story that isn’t being told, or if I feel that I could tell it better, that’s how I usually get started.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on two ongoing series projects and something different and new on the side. My primary focus is my Night Wolves series, which focuses on wolf shifter packs through the States. Second is my Otherworld Shifters series, which is being publish in the world of Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency. My side project is a dark romance that I’m hoping *fingers crossed* to get out this year. My next release is Tough Shift, a paranormal reverse harem romance, Otherworld Shifters #6.

Do you have any quirks while writing?
Not that I can think of. I work from hold so it’s just me and the cats. If they’ve noticed any quirks, they haven’t said anything yet.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’m happy to keep moving forward. Like most authors, I have countless stories to tell and never feel like I’ll have time to tell them all. I hope to tell as many as possible.

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

Ask endless questions but always question the answers. I made avoidable mistakes in my first year of publishing, and they took a lot of time and effort to correct. Some people can dive in, some need to wade a bit. Figure out which you are and don’t be pressured to do something you aren’t ready for. If in doubt, find reliable author buddies to help you decide when is the best time to take the plunge. Writing is the easy part. Publishing is what will test your mettle.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you! I know there are millions of books out there, so when a reader finds mine and enjoys it, I want to shoot off fireworks. Kind words from readers are truly a gift. And I’m always happy to talk to readers and get honest feedback.

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Author Georgia Carter Mathers #interview @RomanceGeorgiaC

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am an Aussie writer. I live in a little town called Toowoomba with my 19 year old son and my husband. I hold three degrees. One in psychology. One in creative writing, and one in publishing.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my current series was watching a demolition derby.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book, which is about Amanda’s sister, Mia and her harem.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

No, I don’t have many quirks when I’m writing, other than needing complete silence. At times, I listen to meditation music.

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What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is to reach as many readers as possible, and also, I’m a feminist. I hope that one day women may truly be equal to men.

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

I talk to new authors everyday as I also edit. My advice is to look at the reality of the publishing landscape. You need an iron will and a thick skin to operate in a market with wafer-thin profit margins. Get your marketing systems up and running before you launch. Publishing is an art, but it’s also a business, and one without the other will result in failure. I also encourage them, obviously, to get a qualified editor.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To my readers, I don’t know what I’d do without you. The little responses I get over the email and in my reader group keep me motivated to keep going. For me, it’s all about writing for my readers, who turn into friends. I often get to the point where I am scared shitless of disappointing them. Being a writer is a hard life, and it’s not for everyone, but for those who have the calling, it is totally worthwhile.

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Sworn to protect. Destined to love. He’ll risk everything to save Evie.
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