Author Traci Lovelot #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Traci Lovelot

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Traci Lovelot is my pen name, and I’m the author of Our Fae Queen, a reverse harem series in a fantasy world that overlaps our own. I’m addicted to books without love triangles, so I write romance where our leading lady lives happily ever after with ALL the guys. 🥰 Because why choose? I prefer reading and writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance, but I wouldn’t rule out writing a scifi RH or contemporary RH someday…

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much! I wrote my first book when I was ten years old. My mother frequently took me on library trips, where I would devour books that were way too old for me. Reading was my favorite pastime, so much so that I would get in trouble for reading during classes. I dreamed of becoming an author some day, and now I’m busy making my inner child’s dreams come true.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

With Our Fae Queen, I wanted to write about a character who didn’t just have things handed to her, but had to grow into her destiny. I also wanted to include some myths from around the world, because I find it fascinating how similar myths pop up across the world in cultures that hadn’t even discovered each other yet. Stories tap into something primal within us, and I love being a part of that shared world with my readers.

What are you working on now?

What am I NOT working on? Haha. Right now I’m busy killing off typos in Our Fae Queen Book 4 so I can send it off to my advance review team (which you can join!), I’m revising Book 5 with feedback from my editor, and I’m dreaming of a new series… PNR that’s a second-chance romance combined with enemies to lovers, and, of course, reverse harem. I’m SUPER excited about it, but I know it’ll take me some time to develop.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I prefer dead silence when writing, but if not… I listen to dub-step and electronica to get me pumped.

What are your hopes for the future?

I dream of traveling again… I gain inspiration from the world around me, and unfortunately, lately I’ve mostly confined myself at home. I hope we can all work together to put an end to this pandemic so we can all enjoy being with one another again!

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

Join 20Booksto50k and follow all the brilliant advice in the guides on their Facebook group. If you’re a romance writer, I would also recommend reading Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes, as well as Romance Your Brand by Zoe York. If you read The Lost Queen, you’ll see I put a ton of resources in my Acknowledgments, those whose wisdom helped me along my path.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thanks for joining me so early in my author journey! I’m looking forward to bringing you many more fun worlds to enjoy and characters to meet. All of you who have left me reviews and have believed in me so far really do keep me encouraged to continue!

Author Tirza Schaefer #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tirza Schaefer

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Tirza Schaefer and I am a mother of three children and one cat, a romance author and a spiritual Goddess coach who also writes articles about Goddesses, Gods, Power Animals and so on. I have just finished writing my 32nd book and am very excited that it is the longest I have written so far, there are lots of interesting characters in it and that I have incorporated some archetypal themes as well.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve been telling stories to my sister at night even before I could read and write, so it’s always been part of me. However, the explicit dream of publishing a book one day came in my teenage years when I thought it would be the coolest ever when my children could one day say, our Mama wrote a book. Fast forward 35 years and here I am on book 32 and loving it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love reading contemporary biker, military and badboy romance novels and because I also love reverse harem (most of which seem to be in the fantasy realm), I decided to write a standalone novel on a biker gang falling in love with one woman. The book is called “Her Badass Bikers” and will have to go through editing still before publication. There is also a slight reverse age gap in it because I write for mature women, no cheating and happily ever after guaranteed. So listening to an audiobook of a single biker love story, I decided to write a biker reverse harem story and also because I needed a break away from the series I am working on as well, the two current ones being Seals in Spain, of which Book 1, Tank, is already published and The Milf Diaries, of which Books 1, Izzy, and 2, Ria, are already published. Book 3 will have the characters of the Seals in Spain trilogy in it for a guest appearance.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished writing the rough draft of “Her Badass Bikers” and it’s been a wild ride to create this book. Nothing went according to plan and character showed up all over the place, hijacking the story and extending it from a planned 45-50K to a currently 104K file. However, throughout the writing process (including going bananas at times), I have really fallen deeply for this story, the characters and the journey I have travelled on to bring this book into being. It is richer, more complex and vastly more beautiful for the characters’ meddling, so I will be eternally grateful for their continued interference, no matter how unnerving it may have been at certain stages in the writing.

Do you have any quirks while working?

My greatest joys for inspiration will always be travelling and comfortable cafés with a real character but as this is mostly not my daily routine. I sit at my desk, on the patio or even at night in bed and type. I love drinking ginger-orange tea and for nobody to disturb me. Sometimes, I like to listen to music as well, Nicky Jam or Daddy Yankee mostly but I also love 90s hiphop, but mostly I like peace and quiet. And when I need a break from being creative, I may just bingewatch a Netflix series like Vampire Diaries, Vikings, Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Big Bang or a European historical drama, whatever strikes my mood. I’m pretty open that way.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want my books to be made into movies or Netflix series, depending. Other than that, I just want to be close to my family and friends and spend quality time with the people I love when I’m not writing.

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

That is quite complex but there are a number of social media platforms you should be on and I have a list you can access for free when you sign up to my newsletter on my website tirzaschaefer.com

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am an approachable person and you can email me, ask about my books, tell me how you liked them and even ask my characters questions. They’ll definitely answer, too. So I’d be thrilled to hear from you. And please feel free to follow me on social media. Due to platform specific restrictions I cannot always follow back or accept friend requests because I am at maximum capacity on most but that doesn’t mean I don’t care and am not happy to hear from you. And please, that is a general request for all authors, when you’ve enjoyed a book, please leave a positive review. You may not know about the various platforms restrictions on running campaigns and even showing a book when it doesn’t have a certain number of positive (4 or 5 stars) reviews but be assured, they are very real and hard to overcome for indie authors. So the more reviews you leave, even short ones, the more you help and support and author. And for you, that’s absolutely free. For an author, it means the world. Thank you!

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Author Tabatha Stephenson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Tabatha Stephenson

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I’m an Army Brat from the Cold War era and grew up to join the service myself, then worked for the DoD before becoming a full-time SAHM.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes. I first wrote on blank pieces of papers and in notebooks my parents got me. I also wanted to become a soldier, and an astronaut, and…

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have magic. As my pen name has probably tipped you off, I’m a huge fan of Bewitched, as well as I Dream of Jeannie. So, witches and genies!

What are you working on now? 

The next book in my genie romance.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Do you have any quirks while working? I listen to music while wearing headphones. Recently, it’s been slack key guitar.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I have a couple sci fi RHs coming out next year. Vampire aliens in one, and a Starfleet Academy meets Babylon 5 academy romance  for another, and also an UF one with a demi goddess working for a supernatural version of the FBI.

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

Read a lot of what you wish to write, listen to what readers want (and pay attention to what the market shows you they genuinely want), and make sure your cover is to market as is your story.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

I love you guys and appreciate all of the support! 

Author Torri Heat #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Torri Heat

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Torri. I’m a mom via adoption and foster care, a teeny bit of a hippie, a painter, a wrangler of cats, and a lover of all books STEAMY. Especially of the paranormal/fantasy variety. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Always. I never really thought it was a possibility, always like one of those pipe dreams that you can never actually see coming true. But now it’s a reality, and it’s absolutely amazing. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

With Blood Crown, Beth had sent me a photo of this absolutely badass queen and asked me what her backstory was. My response was simple. She was a queen in a world of kings, and had paid her way to her throne in blood. And bam! Blood Crown was born. 

Normally it’s because I’ll have a piece of dialogue that gets stuck in my head, and it won’t fit with my current characters. So then I have to write an entirely new character and story line to make that one line work. It seems excessive, but it works.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Blood Crown, with Elizabeth Brown, releasing on June 15th. It’s a fantasy reverse harem, and we are SO excited about it. In addition, I’m releasing the third book in my Darkling novella series (a werewolf romance series featuring wolves, and monster hunters, and all sorts of cool stuff) in June as well!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to really, really, REALLY loud music. If I can hear myself think, it’s not loud enough. 

What are your hopes for the future?

USAT I’m coming for you… 

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

Don’t give up. And don’t read the horror stories. Trust your gut, and trust your creative instinct. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you. It’ll never be enough, but all I have is stories and my gratitude.

Author TL Hamilton #MoonlitFalls #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Moonlit Falls author TL Hamilton

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my hubby and two boys. I’ve had a bit of an interesting career road to becoming an author, having served in the Australian Navy for a decade and a half, then becoming an addiction counsellor before finally pulling up my big girl pants and committing to what I have wanted to do all along. I swear too much, drink too much coffee, and will try anything once, which has led to quite a few interesting adventures over the years.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I am a life long bibliophile, and started writing my first story when I was 13. Even when I was letting life get in the way, I took the odd writing course and I have so many half finished manuscripts on my hard drive that I am in danger of having to find some form of immortality to share all of my characters and story ideas with everyone.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I was lucky enough to be accepted to write in the Moonlit Falls multi-author series, a spin off of the Silver Springs universe. I find inspiration in the most random places, but for Alexandrite, the inspiration came from the gem itself. A colour changing gem, which made me think of polar opposites – like a virgin succubus.

What are you working on now?

Moonlit Alexandrite is ready for the editors. It is a paranormal, reverse harem romcom, and I am so excited to introduce Lex and her mates.

I’m now on the first draft for my next two books, Feel Me, which is a darker paranormal reverse harem; and Shatter, an enemies to lovers sports romance.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I find it 1000 times easier to write in sprints. Even though I will continue to write after the timer has finished, something about the ticking clock makes the words come better.

I also have a lovely desk setup that I never use, because I keep parking myself on a floor cushion at my coffee table. No, it’s not comfortable, but it’s where I keep ending up.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope Lex is well received and readers will trust me enough to follow me through a few different genres because these stories want to be written. More generally speaking, I hope that romance will one day have the respect it deserves from the wider literary community. I am so proud to write in this genre, and hate to hear people speak poorly of it.

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

Just start. Write the book. Find other authors and build a community. I can honestly say I have met the most lovely people in the indie author community. Most are only too happy to answer questions you may have and help you on your journey. There’s a thousand other things you will hear along the way and you can choose what works for you and what doesn’t, but if you have an opportunity to connect with others, do it. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for taking a chance on a new author, I hope you can stay on this journey with me. I love hearing from people who have read my work so if you do enjoy any of my stories please consider reviewing it, or even discussing it in my group.

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Author Tamsin Ley #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tamsin Ley

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Tamsin Ley, but most people call me Tam. I was born and raised in Alaska, and currently live here with my husband and five very noisy chickens. I enjoy adult coloring books, gardening, crocheting, cooking, and prepping for the zombie apocalypse. 😉

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I used to pretend to be a writer when I was a kid, but my love of science drew me toward biomedical engineering when I entered high school. I went on to university and discovered that many scientists spend tons of time in the lab, and I knew I didn’t want that sort of life, so I switched my major to English. My senior thesis was to write a novel – which, by the way, is not possible when your professors believe submitting five pages a week is a good pace. I aced the thesis, but didn’t complete the book until ten years later! Twelve years after that novel, I’d written six more manuscripts (five of which will remain in a drawer until I die) and finally entered the Indie publishing world with a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel under another pen name. I now write steamy sci-fi with a pinch of pixie dust as Tamsin Ley.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My most recent release is part of the Galactic Pirate Brides series, and was inspired by my love of science. An evil corporation destroyed an alien race’s females through genetic modification gone wrong. The aliens turned to piracy and are now looking for human mates, but they have to overcome a lot of obstacles to become compatible. But I have always been intrigued by mythology and monsters, too, and started out writing fantasy romance with mermen and centaurs in my Mates for Monsters series. I also have a steamy Alaskan shifter series with two of my closest author friends here in Alaska.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the next shifter book, Wild Child. I’m still working out the details, but here is the premise: Pregnant and single, Melody Rush is hiding in Alaska from her family. They want her to marry the pack Alpha-hole who knocked her up. Melody would rather live on welfare than spend her life spreading her legs for a man she detests, even if it means she’ll never inherit the family fortune. But hiding from wolf shifters is far from easy, and Melody steps out of the pawn shop straight into the arms of a bounty hunter.
He’s huge, tatted, and flies a plane that looks like it will never make it off the ground. But once they’re in the air, he tell her he has no intention of returning her to her family.
He plans on keeping her for himself.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really. I stare into space a lot, lol!

What are your hopes for the future?

I really hope to be able to surpass my husband’s income so he can retire in a few years with confidence that we’ll be okay. He’s always been my rock, supported my dreams and my writing, and I’d like to be able to return the favor before he’s too old to enjoy life. I will probably keep writing books until the day I die because I will never be able to complete all the ideas already swimming around in my head!

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

First of all, I recommend self-publishing for anyone who wants to make money writing romance. (If money is not your goal, it is perfectly fine to pursue a traditional contract, but expect it to take years before your book is published.) Second bit of advice is to write in a series and complete writing at least three books before you put the first one up for sale. The non-writing side of Indie publishing can be a brain crusher and often make it hard to be creative while writing that second book. If you have several books already written, you can learn the business side without the pressure of needing to write at the same time.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I want to give each and every one of you a hug! You allow me to live in my head and give me a reason to keep sharing my stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enjoying my books and spreading the word to your friends.

Author Taylor Spratt #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Taylor Spratt

Tell us a bit about yourself

I write under the penname Taylor Spratt but my real name is Tiffany. lol it almost feels like I am sailor moon, living in the shadows. I am from Kingston Jamaica and I am a registered attorney at law but honestly I didn’t like the law very much. I am too much of a wild one to live my entire life in a law firm so I mostly did to please my family.

For almost a decade I have been in love with romance novels, the fiery passion, the love the lust! I found it all so thrilling that from the moment I read my first romance novel I knew I wanted to write my own.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Since I was a child I had lived in a fantasy world. While I should have been paying attention to my teachers in class, I was a million miles away dreaming up dangerous adventures with handsome heroes, and I was always the heroine in my fantasies. At that young age I had kind of had an idea that I wanted to write one day but I didn’t start writing till the ripe old age of 26.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current book series is called Poison Penitentiary and it is a paranormal prison series about a bad-ass fae who tries to break her brother out of jail with the help of four fiendishly sexy paranormal criminals. This was inspired by other books I read in the ‘Paranormal prison series’ and also it was inspired by my own anxiety riddled mind. There is danger around every corner and it can get a bit scary at times. For me this is just like life. Things often get too difficult for us to bare but this is when we truly learn what we are made off and are able to grow as people.

This is why I like to use fear as a catalyst for change in my characters, because my own fears are what help me to grow.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on the final book in the Poison Penitentiary series and it is going to be an amazing ending with tons of drama and steam!

Do you have any quirks while working?

A quirk I have while writing is that I really enjoy pacing the floor. I am not sure why but I will just pick the laptop up and start walking from one end of the room to the other typing away at the keys as I walk. It tends to calm me and release my creative energy faster.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is that I can one day become a writer for tv and movies. I see myself writing shows like the witcher and game of thrones.

I can’t say i would like to be famous though. I would prefer to be unknown but I would be thrilled if my work would one day be on the big screen.

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

My advice on the publishing world is that if you really put in the work and hone your craft you can write books that people will be begging for. All it takes is some dedication and hard work. I self publish and there is a thriving community of independently published authors out there. You do not have to go the traditional way and wait for months just to hear if your book has been accepted or not. You can do it all yourself if you want to. That way no one can ever say ‘no’ to you. Never give up and keep on trying. I had to rewrite my first book 4 times before I published it and it was really worth it. Once you learn the writer’s craft it al gets so much easier.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for having me and reading about my journey. I would like to encourage you to be brave and believe in yourself. Many people tried to discourage me from writing, telling me that I would never make a dime and it would be a waste of time. Well now I am supporting myself with my writing income and it keeps getting better every month. If writing is your passion then go for it. Study the market and see what is popular in your chosen genre. This will help you to write a successful book. And if you would like to see my books, the links are below.

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Author Duo Tiffany Roberts #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourselves

We are a husband and wife writing duo who writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance. We met online when we were around ages 16 and 17. Rob lived in New York, and I lived in Idaho, and after three years of dating online and seeing each other a couple times in person, Robert decided to move to Idaho to live with me. Crazy, huh? We’ve been together ever since, and have three kiddos.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

We both wanted to become authors since high school. It’s always been our dream. We wrote off and on through the years and, well, life happens. We got busy with work and taking care of our kids, we ended up putting our dreams aside. We still roleplayed with each other through a text-based RPG (this was how we met), so we were still writing in a way, but it wasn’t until 2014 when we wrote a short story together for an anthology that it clicked that we could do this.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our current series, The Infinite City, is a combination of things we love from both sci-fi and fantasy. We have some fantasy races that we’ve always loved mixed with aliens, and a futuristic, cyberpunk kind of setting inspired by the show Altered Carbon.

What are you working on now?

We just finished the fourth book in our Infinite City Series, Savage Desire. Currently, we’re working on a secret project with a few author friends of ours. So we can’t say yet! But after that, we’ll be diving back into The Infinite City.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think we have any quirks…? We play music on occasion, but we’re pretty settled into our daily routine.

What are your hopes for the future?

We hope that we’ll be able to continue doing what we love despite the constant changes in the market. It was amazing (though scary) when we took the leap to work on our writing fulltime, and that’s all we’d like to do going forward.

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

Research. The indie market is constantly changing and there is so much to learn. But also…write, write, write. And read.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

We love you all so, so, so much! You all have no idea how much we appreciate you. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

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Author Tabitha Barret #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, I’m Tabitha Barret, a multi-genre Romance author who writes steamy fantasy, paranormal, academy and YA books.  I live in New Jersey with my supportive husband, two opposite personality teens and four insane dogs. There’s never a dull moment.

My main focus is on reverse harem and #whychoose stories.  Admittedly, when I read Twilight, I was annoyed that Bella had to choose between two different men who loved her.  Yes, you can argue that either Edward or Jacob was the better choice, but it’s a fantasy book. If we can pretend that vampires are real and sparkle, why not indulge ourselves in the fantasy of having two very different kinds of men be part of our lives?

Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was younger, I used to pretend that I was Wonder Woman or Batgirl and run around the house beating up bad guys.  As I got older, the role-playing stayed inside my head, even if I didn’t act it out anymore. I always had some kind of pretend world where I created different kinds of characters or lived out the lives of people from TV or movies.  I finally started writing down the story ideas in high school and actually finished a book. It was terrible, of course, and my mother thought I was crazy when she read some of it, so I put it away. When I took creative writing classes in college, I never dreamed that I would be a published author some day.  So, even though I never really decided to become an author until I was in my late thirties, I realized that I had quietly been working towards that unrealized goal. It took 4 years to complete the 1st two books in my original series.  Since then, I have been trying to hone my skills and improve my author business.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m actually working a few different books at the moment.

One of the books is a sequel to a Magic Academy anthology that was published last year.  I like doing anthologies sometimes because the theme is already set up. I just have to figure out how to write within the given perimeters.  It’s good experience and keeps me busy.

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When I write an anthology story or book, I focus on the genre and the type of story I want to tell.  I play around with different scenarios and characters to figure out what will work. I’m only ready to write when I get a strong image and motivation for my character.

My Third Throne series started off with a dream about Lucifer calling to a young woman, who kills herself to be with him in Hell.  It was a simple concept that spawned years of different scenarios in my head and ultimately led to a 12 book planned series rich with Fallen Angels, hot mortals and Hades, who is fan favorite.  (I’ve published 5 books so far.)

Hallowed Woods Academy started off with a young woman running through an ally, trying to escape men in trench coats who corner her and pull out wands.  She can sometimes do strange things, but never did she believe she was a witch.

Pearl: Jewels Café # 8 – I took my side character from Hallowed Woods and gave her a book of her own.  Celeste is witch who can’t do magic and is bullied because of it. I sent her home to deal with her overbearing mother and the dark wizards who were planning to do terrible things to her family and friends.

My ideas don’t come from a scripted, planned out story.  They come from moments or scenes that play out in my head.  Once I feel that a character is strong enough, I write a story for them, or rather, her.  My main characters have all been women, so far, so I take a woman, put her in a bad situation and watch her fight her way out of it.

What are you working on now?

I have multiple works in progress: The Third Throne: Angel of Illness book 6, Hallowed Woods Academy Semester 2, Dahlia: Spell Library # 5 and Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School #5)

Dahlia is part of a world building series with other authors, as is Bloodlust.  I find that when I have a deadline that’s part of series, I write faster and actually publish the book instead of procrastinating.

Dahlia is about a psychic who doesn’t want to see visions of death and mayhem, or her future breakups, but doesn’t know how to control the visions.  Something is coming for her, something dark, but she can’t see who or what it is. When an unexpected love spell calls upon her soulmates, Dahlia finds that she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore and can focus on fighting the darkness.

Bloodlust takes place in Wicked Reform School.  The Mielcarek Coven is the prominent coven of the vampires after years of destroying any coven who opposed them.  Marianela was chosen to lead the Mielcareks upon her father’s demise, until she woke up chained to the bottom of the ocean.  She launched a campaign against her duplicitous brother in an effort to claim her throne. She’s captured by her brother’s army and sentenced to Wicked Reform, where her brother believes she can be brainwashed into loving him again and accepting a lesser role within the coven, if she survives the notorious reform school known to kill their student if they don’t redeem themselves.  Let’s just say that Marianela is a fighter who has proven herself on the battlefield and wants revenge against her brother at any cost, or so she thinks. 

As you can see, in my darker stories I really like to challenge my heroines and make them work for their happy ending.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like to write with headphones and music to cancel out the distractions.  It helps me set the tone and mood of what I’m writing. I like epic mixes for mood and love songs or badass empowerment songs depending on what I’m writing.

I also tend to eat at my desk when I’m on a deadline, which leads to messy shirts when I drop things.  Mad geniuses don’t really care if they spilled their soda down their shirts as long as it dries fast and they can keep working.  LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m always trying to improve my technique and my editing skills.  I take marketing and ads courses to sell more books. I’m always interested in collaborations with other authors.  Though there are times when I want to quit, I have a team of people who push me to keep going and remind me why I’m doing this.  So, my future goal is to keep writing stories that interest me and find readers who want to come along with me on this journey.

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

Know your genre.

Be able to add something unique to your stories that makes you stand out. 

NEVER self-edit your books, no matter how good you think you are.  

Ask for help when you need it.  There are so many nice authors who have helped me out over the years or believed in me enough to give me a chance.  

Always have someone who will read your books and give you an honest opinion about your stories.  If you want to punch them by then end, then they are your best resource to improve your book.  

Finish your story.  You don’t know how many people I’ve met who say they want to be an author but can’t find the time to write or they started a book, but it’s not finished yet.  FINISH YOUR BOOK! Your first book will never be perfect. Accept it. You will always want to go back and reedit it, which you can as a self-published author.  Almost every author I know has gone back to their first book to make changes. We learn new things every year of our lives. Being an author is no different. We need improve our sentence structure and storytelling abilities if we want to be successful.  We learn from our mistakes and adapt. You will also find some flaw in your previous books because as human we are always growing and maturing.

Believe in yourself or no one else will.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

I love my fans!  I interact with them in my Facebook group and in anthology groups.  My two biggest fans became my editor and my writing soulmate turned PA.  Without her, most of my books would never get written on time and I would have quit six times by now.

Tell authors that you enjoy their work.  Talk about your favorite books with other readers.  That’s the best thing you can do to support the books that you love to read.  

Every day I am grateful to the people who buy my books, whether or not they love them.  I’m just happy that they gave me a chance to entertain them for a little while so that they could forget about their stressful day.

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The Third Throne Series

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Hallowed Woods Academy: Celeste’s first appearance as Sadie’s best friend. 

Pearl: Jewels Café #8: Celeste’s breakout book

Pearl: Wedding Bell Blues: Celeste’s final battle against the dark wizards

Dahlia (Spell Library # 5)

Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School # 5)

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Tabitha’s Harbringers

Author T.B. Man #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi. I’m Twilah and I write as TB Mann. I’m a wife and mother of three adult children. I love to say that I’ve got mermaid blood in my background as I come alive in sea air. A nice warm beach, a good book, watching a hockey game, or just traveling are my happy places. It’s even better when my husband is by my side.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I didn’t always think that I wanted to be an author, but one day while helping my mother clean out some old papers I found a school day keepsake keeper that she made. Right from kindergarten one of my career goals was to be an author. So, I guess it was a dream that was forgotten for a period of time.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have many inspirations for various series. For my hockey series, the inspiration was my love of hockey and the fact that despite all the work the NHL does with the JGBTQ+ community, it is the only professional sport within North America that does not have an openly LGBTQ+ player. For my rodeo series (on Wattpad, but soon to be published), my inspiration came from a mother-daughter weekend trip I took with my daughter along with some questions I’d been wrestling with.

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on a couple of secret project books for various shared worlds. I’m also working on a taboo, student/teacher, age gap, MMMF romance series.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I would love to say no, but I’m sure I do. Lol I tend to write with the TV on, but can’t with music. At least music with lyrics since I can block out people speaking on TV, but can’t seem to block out song lyrics.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is just to continue to touch lives through my writing. I love it when I hear from readers who’ve identified with a character or scenario, who’ve said that what I wrote spoke to them.

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

My advice to new authors is to just keep writing. You can’t publish something that is unfinished. And with each book, your skills with writing will grow. A successful career is a long career so you are working the long game.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

My readers are everything. I’m so grateful that they willingly share their valuable time with me. It humbles me to know that they love my characters as much as I do, that the stories aren’t just my crazed ramblings on paper, but are real to them. Without them, I would be lost in my head, stuck in my daydreams.

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