Author Clover Payne #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mother of five asylum escapees masquerading as children and the wife of a Californian that I dragged kicking and screaming to the wilds of the Oregon west coast. I love to laugh and am addicted to coffee and Pepsi, though I may do a little dance for Reese’s cups. I’m the oldest of three girls and was always called an airhead with my head in the clouds.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was young I wanted to be an author, but never felt like I was good enough since my support group wasn’t that supporting. It wasn’t until I went to Radcon in Pasco Washington and met author James K. Burke later in life that the question of being an author came up again. Because of my continued weariness, he offered to let me beta and review for him. This led to me reviewing other authors and betaing for them, then I became an editor.

It was during my time editing that I met authors BC Morgan, Rozie Marshall, Cassandra Trussell, and Melody Calder. They encouraged me to branch out into writing after reading my short, Woods. Rozie, Cassy, and Melody even offered to let me co-write with them on Deadly Desires to ‘get my feet wet’. This led to me gaining more confidence and more characters started invading my head, screaming to be written. With the support of the indie-author community and my family, I finally gained the courage to follow
my childhood dream and the rest, as they say, is history.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Death Walks with Love was inspired by J.D. Robb’s in Death series and Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather from his Discworld series. My Chosen by the Gods series is inspired by Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Darkhunters series, while my upcoming Unicorn Assassin series was inspired by my daughter and Orion Rose PA.

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What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Bast’s Stray, the first novel in my Chosen by the Gods series, and a short story for an Australian fire relief anthology, The Fires that Bind Us.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

In a seven person household, I have to use headphones to focus on my work, otherwise, I get distracted by all the activity around me. I also have to go to my parent’s house or wait until late at night to write adult content, since having little ones in my lap or running around isn’t helpful to adult thinking.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue putting out stories that people enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing, and to go to book conventions so I can meet the wonderful people I’ve been in contact with online.

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

Having a PA is essential to any author, as is a good Alpha. I know I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on my writing or put out the best work that I can without Yashira Ortiz or Penny Servi in my corner. I would also advise that new authors contribute stories
to Anthologies and cowrites to help build a firmer support base with other authors and get their name out there.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading my work! I am overjoyed and honored that you would consider my stories as something worth your time. I’m not ashamed to admit that when I read your reviews I cry tears of astonishment and joy at your words. There is no greater honor for me than reading a review, even if it contains criticism or your opinion, because it tells me that my work made you need to take time out of your life to let me know what you thought.

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Author Sofia Ann Hoffman #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Michelle Hoffman and I write under Sofia Ann Hoffman. I am a Texas native now living in Arizona. I have two dogs who are my fur babies, and I adore 80s rock.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, I have always written little things or told people stories. I can remember wanting this s as far back as elementary school.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have a few books in the MAR (Magical Alliance Refuge) world. Each book is able to be read as a stand alone, but those who have read the books find some characters cross over into other books. I got the idea for the first book after seeing a request for submissions to Falling for Them, Vol 4. I decided to write about something that wasn’t written about much and chose dolphin-shifters. That story is called Leap at Love. Since then I have released Men for Christmas: Check, Claiming the Owl Shifter, and Pisces on the Hunt. All of the stories are related to MAR somehow.

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What are you working on now?

I’m expanding Leap at Love for a solo release and also editing for other authors.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m not able to have the TV on while writing or editing because it’s too distracting. Usually, I put on a favorite radio station or listen to the Alexa. I’m also a total pantser and find it hard to plot out my books. I’m working on that.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to have more books out there for everyone to read. So far, I only have two in paperback. Steven With a V is a contemporary romance published traditionally. Floofballs from Hell is a short story that appeared in a Halloween anthology and features a man forced to raise three hellhound puppies.

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

Learn how to promote yourself or hire someone to do that for you. That is an area that I am really weak in and I regret it.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Most of my stories come from dreams. It’s fun to share them with you.

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Artist/Author Alexa Wayne #interview

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

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

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

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

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

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

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

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

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

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

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

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

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What are you working on now?

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

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

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Do you have any quirks while working?

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

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

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What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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

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Author T.S. Snow #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, I’m a scientist and a biomedic. I have one super cute fur baby who likes to stay cuddled with me while I read or write. And I’m seriously addicted to books and coffee. And baby yoda.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I actually wanted to be a professional napper. But yes, since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I’ve been writing poetry for over ten years now. And I’ve been playing with different story ideas for a really long time.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The forty thieves. Both the disney version (with Aladdin) and the original one.

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What are you working on now?

I have two big works in progress.
The first one, Stolen Hearts, is a part of the Mischief Matchmaker Series. My book is a retelling of the forty thieves. But I gave my own twist to it. That’s a M/F paranormal romance.
My second WIP is called Trapped By Honor, and it’s a little inspired by Mulan, both the Disney movie and the legend. It’s always been my favourite movie and once I got wrapped in RH, the idea just came to me.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m very easily distracted by anything, so I usually need peace and quiet. And I’ll get inspiration in the weirdest of places so I always have to have something in hand when an idea hits.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I really want people to like my books. I want to be able to keep sharing my stories with others, have them take pleasure into reading them the same way I take pleasure in reading other people’s stories.
I also really really want to attend a book convention, both as an author and as a reader. Being able to connect with authors I admire, to get to know readers. That must be an amazing experience and I really want that.

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

I’m pretty new too, but I think the most important thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to not know things. The people in this community can be so amazing. They’re super supportive of each other and they are always willing to score a minute or five to answer questions and give advice. I’ve learned a lot from them.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Having readers at all is already a dream come true, so the only thing I have to say is thank you. From the bottom of my heart. You make dreams come true.

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Author Kat Blak #interview

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My name is Kat, I live in west wales with my two crazy kids, two crazy dogs and two crazy chinchillas. Yeah, I may have mild OCD with even numbers. By day I’m a scientists and by night an author. I have loads of books floating around this brain of mine so stay tuned as it’s all down hill from here.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

In all honestly no, it never I though it possible. I’m extremely dyslexic so the thought of writing a novel with over 50k words that people would actually want to read seems like a impossible task.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t know really, I kind of wondered what the world would do when the population becomes to much and the world runs out of resources and being a person with paranoid tendency, the plot of the book is where my brain went. So I spoke to my co-writer and told her and she was like OMG that would make an amazing book. It just blew up from there.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I’m trying to write three books. So The Cure Within which is book two of The Hidden Cure, The Reaper Files and A Date with Danger.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have to listen to music, and it has to fit the scene in writing. So if it’s a fighting scene, I play heavy metal. If it’s a sad scene I play sad music. Also tea, I tend to drink loads of tea when I’m writing.

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What are your hopes for the future?

That people enjoy reading books. Books have helped me in bad, dark times in my life and if I can even just help one person with one of my book, then my job is done!

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

Keep a good group of people around you, it can be very scary and hard at time, but your alpha and beta readers are there to help you not just with your writing. Having someone tell you to keep writing and that it’s good can make the different between starting and finishing a book.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Oh wow I don’t really know, thank you for reading my words. Thank you for taking a gamble on me. Thank you for helping me want to carry on writing. I will be eternally great full.

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The Hidden Cure (Silver Moon Book 1)
Juniper’s definitely not your average witch. No amazing powers, not even earth magic. Until the day she stumbles into four not so normal guys who seem to think she needs protecting and they’re ones to do it. And to think it all started with a concert.
Will the guys keep her hidden or will the ones after her win?
This is a reverse harem intended for ages 18+
Please be advised there are a few trigger warnings to take into account:
abuse
almost non-consent scenes

Author Alexis Calder #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I live near the Rocky Mountains with my family. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch movies, and get outside. I’m obsessed with Star Wars and I love coffee.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much. When I was a kid, I either wanted to be an artist or a writer. I started writing my first novel when I was 11. Life got in the way, people talked me out of pursuing writing (so I studied art instead). I got back into writing after college.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love reading about badass women who can take care of themselves (with occasional help). So I wanted to write a story about a woman who was out of her element but still found a way to thrive.

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What are you working on now?

I’ve got a short in a shared world coming out in January and a new Academy series starting in February.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Not sure if it’s a quirk, but I blare music. Mostly alt-rock while writing and classical while editing.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I have a million story ideas and want to write them all!

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

If you haven’t finished the first draft yet, stop worrying about how you’ll publish. Start there. Once it’s finished, do your research and listen to the people who have already been there but always follow up with your own research.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I want them to know that I listen to them and I have heard their request for book 4 in The Academy of the Elites series. It’s coming 🙂

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Author Ginna Moran #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m the author of over forty novels, with my main focus being on paranormal reverse harem. Apart from writing, I love crafting and hand-make tons of book swag for readers. Gray is my favorite color. I’ve dreamed about turning into a vampire since watching Interview with a Vampire in theaters when I was a kid. I’m also obsessed with mermaids, though I’m terrified of the ocean. That’s about it.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

While I’ve been writing since I was a kid, I didn’t want to be an author until my third year of college, where I suddenly changed my major from psychology to writing/literature.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I currently have five on-going series, but my newest one, The She-Wolf Games, was inspired by a vacation I took last summer to San Luis Obispo. I’m not exactly sure what inspired the story itself, but I stayed at the Madonna Inn hotel, where I imagined the Lunar Crest Pack world.

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What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up a novella for an upcoming Paranormal Prison Romance anthology called Magic is the New Black.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?
For every thirty minutes of writing, I take a 10 minute break to go on the internet.
What are your hopes for the future?
To write 15 books this year.

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

Learn about writing to-market in the genre you love, know your audience, spend time learning about the business side of publishing, and remember that everyone’s journey is different.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for your enthusiasm! You all make it less weird that I obsess over all these sexy imaginary men. 😉

The best way to hang out with me online is in my reader group. Join Paranormal Center for Matches and Mates for shenanigans, awesome giveaways, lots of author takeovers, hot guy discussions, fun games and more! I’m there every day.

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Josie Cross PA #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Josie, I’m 28 and I live in Western Pennsylvania with my husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats. When I’m not working my day job as a Certified Veterinary Technician or doing my PA duties, I enjoy reading (of course), video games, camping and kayaking.

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How long have you been a PA?

Only for a few months.

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Have you always wanted to be a PA?

Actually, no. I am new to this whole author/PA world only really getting immersed in it within the last year. I actually started as an ARC reader but got to talking to Ira Myriam one day and she told me that I should think about becoming a PA. She got me in contact with the right people and I haven’t looked back since. She has been amazing and a true blessing in my life.

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What do you do as a PA?

Currently I am working with 2 bloggers and an author. I help with running their group pages; engagement, new posts, accepting members, welcoming members, closing and choosing winners for giveaways. I make various types of forms; takeover sign ups, ARC sign ups, prize claim forms, etc. I also promote books on various platforms. I also am slowly teaching myself to make graphics for various things (it’s a work in progress).

Do you have any quirks while working?

Does listening to 2000s emo music while working count? If so, that’s my only one.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I am hoping to continue working with the awesome bloggers and authors I have, as well as possibly adding others. I also hope to get better at making graphics as I’m new to all of that.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. I was terrified to become a PA at first and now I can’t imagine being one. Find a few friends in the PA community. There are so many amazing people who are willing to talk to you and help you out.

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am available.

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Author Samantha Rose #interview #authorversary

Please give a warm welcome to Samantha Rose and congratulate her on her 1 year Authorversary

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mom of two boys a handful of cats and some fish.
I’m your regular everyday person, well sort of. My friends and family think of me as the crazy cat lady.
I’m originally from NS, Canada but moved to the USA in 2011, got hitched, had kids and started the proto because a citizen.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I went through a stage of wanting to be different things. I think I wanted to be a Veterinarian before I wanted to write.
I didn’t start wanting to become an author until my imagination became overloaded with wild crazy thoughts.
I was reading book after book, I consumed them like food. I couldn’t get enough. That’s when I decided to try my luck.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Villains. I love bad boys/girls and Disney is my favorite. Like many others before me, there is a deep love for the villains that never get a story of their own. So why not write one for them, instead of killing or chasing them off, give them the happy ending they deserve.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently finishing my villain story in the Mischief Matchmakers series. Only a few more Chapters to go!!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m not really sure to be honest? I usually always an oddball.

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What are your hopes for the future?

That people will continue to find joy in my books and to help my author friends when they need it.

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What have you learned in your first year as an published author?

Being an author is hard. Lol.. Not going to lie, some days I struggle and I can go days without writing a single word when it’s just not flowing.
I started off thinking this would be a part time gig and it ended up being full time. Between running my author pages and writing, it takes up most of the free time I have when my kids are in school or asleep.
Then there are all the steps to writing a book and publishing that I learned as I went along.
I’m still learn new things everyday!! It’s never boring that’s for sure.

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

Never give up! This is a learning experience and even if you fail the first time (I did!!) just keep trying and you’ll get better! You’re not going to know everything day one in, and that’s okay but that doesn’t mean you can’t write a book. Believe in yourself. Your mind can do wonderous things.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for sticking by me and reading my books! I didn’t think people would buy my stuff, you gave me hope and because of you guys I write and my drama stays alive.

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Author Godiva Glenn #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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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