Author Heather Relken #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Heather Relken

Hello everyone!! I’m Heather Relken; I write romance in fantasy, paranormal, and (mostly) scifi subgenres! I’ve always had a rampant imagination and once that manifested into creative writing back in 7th grade, I’ve never looked back! I like to tell stories about realistic characters in unexpected scenarios, and my love for creating cultures, toying with taboo, and creating languages has made me fall in love with scifi-romance.

I lost my job to covid this year, which was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the opportunity to dive headfirst into my writing and pursue my authorship full-time! My husband has been so supportive and willing to help my writing however he can, and I’m now about to publish my second novel within four months!!!!

Honestly, it’s a dream come true. ❤

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Wanted to, yes. Did I think it was ever going to actually happen? Mmm, no.

I started writing in 7th grade thanks to a creative writing homework assignment for my history class, and soon enough I would daydream about sitting outside in the sun, sipping iced tea and writing the day away without a care in the world. That was always how I envisioned “my best life”.

Unfortunately I live in the midwest so sitting outside all day is bound to get me frozen to death!!

So I’ve always dreamed of being a full-time author but at the same time, I’ve also always struggled with self-confidence and all that, so I never actually believed I’d be able to make it happen. I always figured I’d do writing as a hobby and have some other job to make money with. When I say doing this is a dream come true, I really, really mean it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Man, I’ve been working on this series for so many years now it’s hard to go back to that initial, singular seed that grew into this universe.

The Aethercurrent Chronicles is a massive 20+ book endeavor. I plan on each being fully standalone, with Easter Eggs for those who have a sharp enough eye to catch them! I’ve been cooking this series for probably 5 or so years now, and I think the initial inspiration was probably after reading Amanda Milo’s series and realizing what the genre of Scifi-Romance was and how perfectly it was suited to my interests. So naturally, I wanted to create my own universe to play around in!

As for individual books though, I tend to get inspiration from my dreams. I have some really weird dreams and when I wake up, I’ll take one or two neat or interesting aspects and disregard the outlandish stuff that would never work, and I mash the ideas together until I get a cohesive sort of dough I can start to cook with! It’s honestly a chaotic mess, but I’ve learned it’s how I work best!!

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on a series-within-a-series, The Baron’s Hand Saga. This saga is about the curious case of amnesiac men & women who wake on a foreign planet and are sold at auction–no memories, no name, no language. These romances span the question of humanity–if other sentient life forms are capable of empathy, caregiving, humor, and love, does that not mean they too have humanity despite not being human?

Which is an elaborate way of saying it’s a romance between humans and aliens.

My newest book is actually the first in the saga, wherein a woman flees the man who bought her at the auction and stows away onto a stranger’s ship and eventually lives with them on their farm, trying to heal and learn who she is despite not having memories of her life before being sold. It’s a heartwarming story about family, identity, and forgiveness. ❤

Do you have any quirks while working?

Well, I’m a pantser through and through (meaning, I don’t plot or organize ANYTHING before knuckling down to type the story). I tend to pop on some music and just sort of word-vomit all over a document, and then afterwards I finger-paint the mess into art to make it look like I knew what I was doing all along lol my system is crazy, chaotic, and spontaneous!! Not knowing where I’m headed in the story keeps that zest of excitement in my fingertips and helps me to keep moving forward. If I know all the details and I know how it all goes down for every single chapter, that spark of interest is just…gone.

I find that my Muse (who I compare to Howl from the famous Studio Ghibli movie) works best in the early, early hours of the morning when I’m still somewhat asleep, so I try to get out of bed as early as possible to do my writing in the dark, by candlelight. Different candles for different scenes!! Earthy scented candles for adventurous scenes, floral candles for romance scenes, musky and masculine candles for the, ahem, REALLY romantic scenes…

What are your hopes for the future?

I have so many little goals, some of which I’ve already reached. “See someone recommend my book to another person”, or “be interviewed about my writing” (thanks Helle for fulfilling that one!!), or “have a reader draw fanart of my characters”, things along those lines. Reaching those little checkpoints always puts a smile in my heart!!

Long-term though, my hope is that I’m able to get enough solid ground under myself that I can stand on my author platform fully and not have to go back to a standard 9-5 once this covid nonsense calms down. I want to be able to thank my husband for his unerring support and belief by helping support the household in return, and make him proud that I put myself and my work out there, and that there’s actual people in the world who love what I write.

My fanciful answer, though, is that I hope sometime in the future someone will say, “This is my FAVORITE book!” about one of my novels. That would, I mean, that’d be absolutely incredible. I could die happy lol ❤

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

I always give the same advice whenever I’m asked this, because it’s the only advice I DIDN’T get when I was starting out!

Every writer has their own way of doing things, their own system that works best for them. Stephen King’s routine probably wouldn’t work for Jane Austen. And it might not work for you. You have to find your own way, find the environment and schedule in which your Muse works best!

I recommend that you listen to EVERY piece of advice you come across, and also NONE of the advice! Try out each piece–plot instead of being spontaneous, be spontaneous instead of plotting, write at night instead of in the morning, write on your phone instead of a computer, etc etc etc. Taste each method and try every recipe for success, and only keep the ingredients that work for you. Disregard the rest. Build your own, personalized recipe of what you’ve found works or helps out, and eventually you’ll be able to churn out content in a very effortless and natural way that feels satisfying to the soul, rather than stressful.

Your Muse is yours and no one else’s. Be open-minded to other’s advice, but remember not to compare yourself or become a copy of anyone else. Their stories are already out there.

We want YOUR story ❤

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Sometimes I stare out the window and look at the horizon and go “It’s so crazy to think there’s people out there, somewhere, who have read my stuff and really liked it.”

You guys aren’t obligated to enjoy my writing, but you do anyway. That boggles my mind and makes my heart do somersaults around my ribcage. I’d love to line you all up and go one by one hugging and squeezing you all and saying “thank you so much” a hundred thousand times, and KNOW that YOU KNOW I really mean that every time I say it.

Commenting “Thanks so much!” on each facebook post that says my work is good can come across as fake, or scripted, or empty, and honestly even though it’s my job and passion in life to write words and evoke emotion, when it comes to thinking of my readers? My fans?

I’m speechless.
Thank you so, so much.
You guys give my life purpose and I’m so happy that the stories I put out there can offer you solace, an escape, a laugh, or anything in between. ❤

Always feel free to reach out! I’m an open book and love chatting with folks about anything readerly, writerly, or really just about anything lol

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Author Hanleigh Bradley #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

What are you working on now?

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

Do you have any quirks while writing?

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

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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

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Author Harpie Alexander #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Harpie Alexander

Tell us a bit about yourself

I love to read and write, and watch the t.v. Anything paranormal, science fiction and fantasy. I love thrillers too, but I’m also a scaredy cat and have to cover my eyes and ears during certain scenes. My husband pokes fun at me. I have several pets that I adore, they are my children. That’s about it. I live a rather boring life, but then again, they do say that if you are a book reader you live a thousands lives! I started writing last year in 2019, completely out of the blue without any training or instruction. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing, but I wanted to write a story and share it with the world.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have not always wanted to be an author. I read so many novels that I was running out of things to read. I’m picky, and sometimes it takes me awhile to finally say “alright lets get this a try.” I was freaking out. No lie. When you go from reading one to two novels a day to spending one to two hours selecting a book to read it becomes insane. THAT was what inspired me to write. I knew I couldn’t be the only one that struggled with this and I wanted to be a part of the solution.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My very first book, Ay’Kea’Terran Mates, was originally supposed to be a tragic short sci-fi romance where both loves die. If you have read Aykeetan’s story (that’s book one), it might come as a complete shocker to know that the original version is so much different, than what it is now. I still want to write that, and get it out, because I think it’s so beautiful.

I was in a really dark time when I started writing, depression and anxiety hit me hard. And I wanted something that was just soul crushingly painful and heartbreaking, but also passionate at the same time, but after the advice of others I switched the story. No regrets (but I’m still going to write that other version… some day).

What are you working on now?

Right now, I am working on a million things but I appear to be a sucker and make awful choices. Instead of finishing a series my brain says, “lets start this one, and this one, and this one,” and does not shut off. I have 3 published works that are the first in their own series, but they are standalone series. By this I mean the story progresses in the background but each book can be read without the other. On top of that, I have a brand new series that is coming out later this year, that needs to be read in succession. I’m being very hush hush about it now, but if check around the first week of feb. 2020 you might see that I have written a short story in an anthology that is part of this series. I can’t say anything else about it now. Just keep your eyes open for it, I promise it’s soooo good.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Quirks? What quirks? Just kidding. Just that I like to start new projects as often as I eat food. Stories swirl in my mind and my brain says, “This is a great idea…ooooh no one has done this yes…. oh? what would happen if we did…” And never quiets down.

What are your hopes for the future?

I started writing not knowing what to expect. I’m still finding my pace, and my place. It takes awhile, but my hopes are that I find my niche, and followers who simply can’t put my work down. That would be the ultimate blessing.

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

Advice for new people. Writing is NOT just writing. It’s marketing/advertising, social medial on several platforms.  Newletters, promotions, freebies/giveaways, finding teams of beta readers and arc reviewers, research, editing and designing. All of that. You can’t just do one. You can’t just write and say ok, let’s publish. That’s what I thought. I was wrong, and that’s ok because now I know.


Do you have anything to say to your readers?

One thing  I’d like to say to readers is that it is so important that you leave reviews. So important. Even if its just one word, unless you didn’t like it, then please, please, please tell us why. Simply “not my thing, ” is perfectly acceptable.  Leave a review, if it was amazing, ok, or just plain horrible. Authors rely on reviews to improve our work, and our sanity. Nothing is worse than publishing something and time flying by with not a single word on what people think. Thanks.


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Author Helene Gadot #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself

*waves* Hey! I’m Helene and I’m a massive nerd. Especially for superheroes and BBC shows.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Oh yeah. Since 4th grade.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have several ongoing, but my latest is The Legion Academy which was inspired by the same things as the Aces and Knaves series. I wanted to write about women who…well, quite frankly kick the hell out of abusive assholes. (Can I curse here?) And what better way to do that than with superpowers?

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What are you working on now?

I just finished The Legion Academy, so I’m taking a small break to work on one of my other pen names, but soon I need to get going on the 4th Aces and Knaves book.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

OK yes and it’s a little weird. I have to have painted nails when I write. Well, not HAVE to, but I much prefer it. Something about looking down at chipped or bare nails bothers and distracts me.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I get to keep writing and living my dream of making a career out of art. (Ugh, that sounds so mushy and sentimental) I hope I get to kick ass and take names, make millions and move to Alaska. That sounds better.

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

Try everything. Writing is not a one size fits all. What works for some, won’t for others. And more importantly, ass in chair. To succeed, you actually have to write the thing.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I adore all of you. Thank you, for making this life of mine possible. (Time to go. I’m getting sentimental again)

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Author Helen Scott #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Helen Scott

Tell us a bit about yourself

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I think in the back of my mind I did, but I never really considered it to be much of a possibility until a few years ago. Once I set my mind to it I tried to learn as much as I could about all aspects of it and am still working on that today. Being an author isn’t a stagnant thing for me. I’m always trying to better my writing skills and overall business knowledge.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Honestly? A writing prompt that got stuck in my head like a favorite song. The more I thought about it the more the world filled out in my head and the more I knew I had to write it!

What are you working on now?

A novella for an anthology that’s about the descendants of cupid, and of course my Four Worlds series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I always either write in silence or listen to instrumental music. If I listen to music with words it usually ends with me singing along instead of writing.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that I can continue to write books that people enjoy, and that I can make enough money that I don’t have to go back to a day job and can keep doing what I love.

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

Study. Study the craft, study the business, study what other writers have done to become successful, then make it work for you and your style.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. There will never be enough words to explain how I feel knowing that people are reading, and hopefully enjoying, my work as an author. I hope you know just how special you all make me feel and how amazing I think you are. Thank you for supporting me on this wild ride!

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Author H.A. Wills #Inteview

Please give a warm welcome to H.A. Wills

Tell us a bit about yourself

Tell us a bit about yourself
Gosh, I’m always awkward with this question, but let’s see what I can come up with. I live in San Diego, California with my other half, and in the near future, we’re looking to adopt a cat. I’m a nerd/ geek in every sense of the word(s). I enjoy video games, comic books, anime, television of the sci-fi/ fantasy/ paranormal elements, movies, music– pretty much all media in general. I love stories in any form I can get them, including playing D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) every other Wednesday– my dice collection is seriously something to behold.
I like collecting things that showcase my nerdery. Shelves full of figurines, art on the walls, t-shirts, and more all from different fandoms I enjoy. I love Bioware games, so I own quite a bit of merch related to Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

I enjoy traveling. Internationally, I’ve been to Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan—and made sure to go to their respective Disneyland’s while I was there. Humorously, I haven’t been to Canada or Mexico even though I could easily drive to either. My next international trip, I really want to make my way over to the UK and spend some time in both England and Scotland.
Mostly, I’m a homebody. I like eating good food, playing board games with friends, and while still planning for the future, enjoying what each day has to offer. I’m also extremely easy to amuse, so much so, that a bad pun can have me giggling.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so I had two hobbies because they didn’t require much in resources. Drawing and writing. Both only required paper and a pencil. My nose was also usually buried in a book growing up because we lived close to the city library, so words were always floating around in my head and I’d write them down. Technically, I wrote my first novel over a summer when I was 16. It was awful as one would imagine.

I didn’t really consider becoming an author, because careers like that just didn’t happen to people like me, you know? Authors were like actors or musicians for me. Unreal that lived lives that were different than normal people. I’m a pretty decent artist and good with computers, so the general consensus was that I’d do something with that, and I did. I went to college and got a BA in Art specializing in Digital Media and became a graphic designer. I worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years and would write stories for fun when I felt like it. Mostly a lot of fan fiction because it gave me an opportunity to engage with people on two fronts, geeky things I was interested in and my writing.
As much as I enjoy art, I found that my job drained me more than anything, so when I discovered Kindle Unlimited and a diverse community of Indie authors through Facebook, I decided to try it myself. The worst that could happen was it didn’t do so well, and at the very least, I could knock “write a book” off my bucket list. Lucky for me, my first book did well and now I’m able to do something I really feel passionate about.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

When I’m into something, I tend to focus and consume everything I can find related to it. In regards to my current series, The Bound Spirit Series, that something was the genre Reverse Harem (known in short hand as RH or WhyChoose?) Thanks to Kindle Unlimited, I was able to take in tons of different people’s works that fell under a genre that really isn’t served in the larger markets. I hate love triangles with a passion, so RH gave me an alternative to that.
Once I consumed pretty much everything I could that was out at the time, I decided I wanted to write one, because I wanted more stories. I’m of the “write what you want to read” demographic. Anyway, I was taking the train to visit some friends (which was about a six hour train ride) and decided to go through some old story ideas I had jotted down to see if any of them could work for RH.

I had an old idea about this teenage girl that found out she was a witch and had no idea that she lived in a town of supernatural creatures until her magic started to manifest. In it, her two best friends were attacked by vampires, one died (becoming a ghost that haunted her) and one survived (becoming a vampire). Ghost made friends with a Nephilim that was also the preacher’s son, and the vampire found out her boyfriend was actually a werewolf.
Deciding I could make all these characters into a harem, The Bound Spirit Series was born. It was originally only supposed to be a four guy harem, but my character Donovan just showed up and refused to leave, so that’s how I ended up with two Nephilim instead of one.
For each element in regards to the lore, I have many different places I can point to for inspiration, but this is how the core idea for the series came to be

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the third installment in The Bound Spirit Series, Save Spirit, which is expected to release Summer 2019.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I think my process is one big quirk, I suppose. Like I mentioned prior, I have a background in fan fiction and it shows. After I make a ridiculously detailed outline, I have to write each chapter in order (like I used to do when releasing chapters for my fan fictions.) I then have it go through different parts of my team, editing it as I go, until it feels finished and only then can I move onto the next chapter. It’s not what’s recommended, but it’s worked for me thus far.

What are your hopes for the future?
I love that I can write full time and make a living at it, so my hopes are that it stays that way and people keep enjoying the work I put out.

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

I’m an Indie author, which means I don’t have a publishing house. It’s all me, so for those considering going this route, it’s incredibly rewarding but also a lot of hard work and requires being very organized. Find a strong team of people to work with. Alpha and beta readers. Content and copy editors. Designers to create your covers and ads (unless you’re like me and can do it yourself.) Search out communities to help you. There are a wide variety of writer’s groups on Facebook filled with authors, editors, and PA’s that are happy to share their knowledge and experience.
Also, take your time with your first book. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and your best advertisement is word of mouth, so make sure everything is solid before putting it out into the world. Once it’s out there, stay engaged with your readers and your communities. It takes time to write books, and you want to make sure you stay relevant in the meantime.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Not going to lie, the idea that I have fans is mind boggling. I see myself as some dork behind a keyboard that is lucky enough that other people also want to talk about the imaginary characters in my head. So that being said, thank you. Time is a precious resource, and I’m eternally grateful to every single person that has spent some of that precious resource on my work. I hope that each subsequent work I put out continues to be found worthy. You’re all so amazing, and it’s only because of all of you that I get to do what I love. So again, thank you.

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Author Helen J. Perry #interview

Today I’m happy to introduce you to Helen J. Perry author of Ravens: Sons if Olympia a reverse harem paranormal romance.

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a middle-aged, middle-sized, British woman and mother of three. I wrote my first novel about three or four years ago, and I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, including straight, bi, lesbian and gay romance.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve always loved the two things I’m good at, reading and daydreaming. These are qualities need for being an author, but like many women, for most of my life, I’ve thought I’m not good enough. So, no, I didn’t always plan on being an author because it seemed too lofty an ambition.

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What was your inspiration for the Sons of Olympia series?

I’ve always loved history, especially ancient history, and the mythology associated with it. The specific Greek angle was undoubtedly influenced by my love of the Percy Jackson books and the fact that I’ve visited some of the ancient sites in Greece. I love Greece and intend to visit more of it.
I must be honest, however. These stories started life in a very different way. The initial idea was about a lesbian or gay human being swept off their feet by a powerful and magical gay or lesbian god. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I could write the two books, both a lesbian version and a gay version of the same story.
Sometime after those books were written, I was working on a reverse harem story involving time travel, Vikings and Norse gods, but the other stories were also still in my mind. One day I decided to get out the files and see if what I’d written before could be rewritten with the new ideas in my mind.
Although the first two books in the Sons of Olympus are very similar to the lesbian and gay books, the story in book three is quite different.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I prefer to write in silence. It seems many authors prefer music.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Self-publishing has made it easier for everyone to publish when it previously seemed impossible. I’d recommend joining a community of supportive authors.

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What are you working on now?
Well, I’m one of those people who finds it hard to focus on and complete a project before starting another. So, before I pulled together the Sons of Olympus trilogy, I was working on a reverse harem series, which would be very similar but linked to Vikings and Norse mythology. However, I may well do something completely different before I finish that. For instance, I do have a contemporary gay Cinderella story that is very nearly finished. I work on things for ages, putting them away and getting them out again.

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What are your hopes for the future?
For my children to grow up, leave home and have happy successful lives! Appart from that I’d hope to write more stories that I enjoy writing, and other people enjoy reading.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for reading. Thank you for reviewing. I love receiving emails and messages on social media.
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