Author Cait Marie #interview

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Hi! I’m Cait Marie, a multi-genre author who also offers a variety of author services. I published my first book, The Lost Legends, in March of 2020. It is the first in a YA/NA fantasy series, whereas my second book, The Last Summer, is an unrelated YA romance. I have a lot of interests and I’m indecisive, so I go back and forth between genres. I’m a freelance editor and graphic designer, I own/manage the book website Functionally Fictional, and volunteer work for YA Books Central.

Basically, I like to stay busy and books rule my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I actually never wrote outside of school, and I hated academia writing growing up. I started writing out of boredom and the need to “put everything I want into a book” in 2015, but I didn’t truly dream of becoming an author until a couple years later.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have multiple series happening right now, but for the sake of this, I will talk about The Nihryst series. It is a mashup retelling that includes bits and pieces from Robin Hood, Tangled, and King Arthur. I’ve loved fairy tales and fantasy my entire life, so that love of stories was my biggest inspiration, which is reflected in the story through Adalina’s own fondness for fairy tales. I got the idea from a dream about searching for fae with a group of pirates (I changed the fae to cursed immortals, but most of the original idea is still very much the same in book one), and I believe the dream was inspired by a number of other books involving pirates. That fall, both A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan and These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch were released, and I read them both back to back pretty much. Plus, I’ve always been obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, which I watch fairly frequently. I have pretty vivid, random dreams that are influenced by what I read and watch, so this series was a culmination of several things going through my mind subconsciously.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working getting the second Nihryst book, The Lost Prince, ready for its release in November. I am also writing my next contemporary romance, The Final Chance, which releases in January of 2021, and the third Nihryst book I’m aiming to release in March of 2021. But I have several other books started or planned.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know about quirks, but I HAVE to have music on or something going in the background. If I’m writing, editing, proofreading, etc., it’s music. If I’m working on school stuff, graphics, or website stuff, it can be tv or movies, but usually things I’ve watched a lot before so it doesn’t take too much attention away from the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can continue publishing books, but I am also working on building up my author services business. Specifically, I want to do more in marketing and graphic design.

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

Don’t give up and stay organized. Plan ahead, especially if self-publishing. If you want your book to sell, people need to know about it. Do not slack on the marketing. Build up a social media following before your book is out. Get involved in the book community so when it comes time for a release, people know to expect the book and it will be easier to find bloggers to help promote and reviewers to build up hype. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch on marketing, not if you’re active and getting the word out well. There are plenty of tools for you to do your own graphics and such.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for following! I have so many plans and hope you stick around to see them. Authors, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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Author Willow Hayes #interview

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I announced to my parents when I was sixteen years old that I wanted to write a book. When they asked me what kind I simply shrugged my shoulders and said, “I don’t know yet, but someday I’m going to write a book.” It was exactly twenty years later that I published my first book, Flicker and Flame. I love the quote by Stephen King, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” I was a voracious reader from the time that I was in second grade, reading at nearly middle school level. From the sheer number of books I’ve read between second grade and the day I published I’d say I’m doing pretty well at that ‘write a lot’ portion of Stephen’s advice, and I’m hoping this is just the beginning of the ‘write a lot’ part. 

What was your inspiration for your current series?

I’ve known the VERY basic premise of girl finds out she’s magical/royalty and must take the throne back for years, but try as I may I was never able to get past the initial stages of planning. Early this year I dove down the reverse harem rabbit hole, and something about the switch in genres helped me get the story to paper. Having been a voracious reader and fantasy lover since I was young I have many authors who have inspired me as a person and a writer. There are so many aspects of Flicker and Flame (and the other two books in the series) that reflect that. It was as if I was collecting threads to this great story as I read these great books, and those threads finally came together in the form of my Magic Bound series. 

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the final book in the Magic Bound series, Shadows and Lies. I’ve also started the research for a new fae reverse harem series, and I’m hoping the first book will be out sometime in July. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I invested in some great noise cancelling headphones because it has be nearly silent in order for me to really work, and with a twelve year old at home silence is hard to come by. I’m a total control freak and plot obsessively. In fact, I’m often teased about my color coded sticky notes that sit on the back of the door outside my office. I can’t write (like at all) until I know exactly where the story is going to go. Now, that’s not to say it doesn’t change, but I can’t start until I have plan. 

What are your hopes for the future?

Once I started writing Flicker and Flame I figured out just how much I loved the entire process, and I would love to make this my full-time forever job. I’m a single mom, and my son watches me carefully, so making this work, making my dream work, has never been more important. He’s picked up a few habits and has started keeping journals of story ideas and talks constantly about the different things he could do in his writing. I want to live out my dream as author for me but also so my kiddo can see that it’s possible.

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

Invest in the right people. I couldn’t do any of this without my PA, Hannah. She’s amazing. Having the right team of alpha and beta readers is everything, and hiring an editor was an absolute must for me, really anyone publishing. See, as much as I love to write and read…I’m crap at grammar! Ha! So much of my anxiety is reduced by simply having the right people on my team, and it’s made writing that much more enjoyable. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am so incredibly humbled and blessed that you’ve shared this journey with me. Your kind words are seriously what get me through my moments of doubt. Thank you for letting me tell you my stories. 

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Author November Sweets #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in colorado, I have two fur babies, I have an endless amount of hobbies including crafts, photography, and reading. I love summer. I don’t have a favorite color because I love them all. And I absolutely love being an author!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to be a writer. When I was young I was always writing poetry and stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

This book was actually sparked by the photo of the woman on the cover. I saw her and the story just came together.

What are you working on now?

Now I’m working on a Christmas Novella that is book 2.5 in my Backridge Kentucky series.

Do you have any quirks while working?

When I am writing I find myself doing some of the gestures or facial expressions of my characters. It’s just a natural thing I don’t really think about it lol.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope for the future is to continue to write stories that people love and want to read.

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

For new authors best advice is to find a mentor, someone who has been around the block a few times to share their experience with you, and then when you become the knowledgeable one share with a new author. Keep the indie community a place where we support each other.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers thank you for reading! You are the reason I am here! Thank you for your support!

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Author Jenn D. Young #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a pretty quirky person. I love reading, writing and listening to audiobooks. I’m a super huge fangirl when it comes to my audiobook narrators and I will totally squeal when talking my favs. I love writing books with deep rich backstories and characters with tragic pasts, but I always insert humor and life through sarcasm. Paranormal is my jam, but I’ve done a couple short stories in the contemporary world that I hope to expand on eventually. I live just outside of Phoenix, AZ, but I’m originally from western Washington and I miss my mountains and rain. The two loves of my life are my fur babies, Loki and Hermes. That’s about it about me!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve been jotting down random ideas since I was about 10 years old. I came up with the concept for my first series, the Shadows Ascending Trilogy when I was about 14 years old and it took me 16 years to finally get it written and published. ❤

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Unyielding Fates Trilogy idea really came to me when I bought the covers as a premade yet. The model’s appearance sparked an idea in my mind of half demon/half angel and being the personification of Balance. It totally spiraled from there!

What are you working on now?

Working on edits to sent Balance Altered, book two in the Unyielding Fates Trilogy to send to my editor. Also getting geared up to start writing a book for a shared world series I’ve joined!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Silence. I can’t write with chaos and noise around me so I typically prefer silence. I also build playlists for each book that help inspire the story flow and show songs with deep meaning for the characters.

What are your hopes for the future?

Just keep writing and releasing books for people to read. Have more of my books in audio.

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

Find you tribe. Those people who are true friends that you can bounce ideas off of. Find a good editor. Always reach out and ask for help when you need it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I honestly squeal anytime I get a message or read a review from someone saying they enjoyed my books and my characters. To see a book of mine recommended when a group asks for recommendations? I about die every time it comes up.

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Author Ruby Wilder #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I worked full time as a chartered accountant until the end of Septemember when I decided to make the terrifying leap and quit my job to become a full time author. I’m married, and a mum to a grown up girl and three german shepherds, the youngest is 13 weeks old.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes. I penned a book when I was 18 years old, but I didn’t dare do anything about it because it was so racey and I was a good girl! I wish I had a copy of it now.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Halloween and mythology are the main inspo. All three books in the trilogy build up to Samhain – I love anything spooky or weird.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a supernatural thriller about a girl who was murdered in her past life and is haunted by visions of it. She tries to solve the crime so she can move on with her life. Its very creepy and dark

Do you have any quirks while working?

Putting things in excel and not word! Once an accountant, always an accountant…

What are your hopes for the future?

I have given myself a full year to devote to writing – I hope things work out so I don’t have to go back to an office job again. But even if I do, I wont stop writing.

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

Don’t let anyone put you off. You write your book your way and get it out there. Stick at it. Even 100 words a day is progress

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you! It’s hard to believe people want to read my stories, and I’m overjoyed that they do. There are some wonderful people who say the nicest things and I just want to keep writing for them.

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Author Rhylie Matthews #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I have no idea how to answer this question. >Horribly awkward laugh< 

But I guess that’s as good a start as any right? I’m Rhylie, the socially awkward writer that tried bribing her husband into telling her what to say here. As you can tell, it didn’t work. 

Honestly, I love doing a bit of everything. I have two businesses; a creative development company and a jewelry/swag shop that I run from home these days. I have too many cats, a Great Dane, and two redheads under ten who are home full time. It’s basically just chaos in my house at any given time. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, I’ve always loved writing, but psychology was a really close second for me. I started college at seventeen and majored in family psychology. Later after I got married and as a stay at home mom I found myself being pulled back into the writing world and thriving on all the creativity that came with it! I loved it! Now, after several years of working behind the scenes with other authors I’m writing again myself.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The inspiration for Trust in Lust came from a conversation with a close friend about all the things I wanted to read in books but couldn’t find. I love books with odd combinations and you’ll laugh, but honestly I have the ‘What If’ syndrome. Bad! I want an incubus warlock mixed with a leprechaun! But what if this? What if that? What if? What if? What if? I really don’t know how to stop. One book turned into a series of five planned. Chaos. Madness. Mayhem. Trust in Lust, Book one of The Lust Series was born! 

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on The Bully King anthology now in which all proceeds will be donated to an anti-bullying charity. There just seems to be so much hate within our indie community right now and so many are suffering because of it. Whether it be silently or openly, it’s affecting so many. We wanted to help. We wanted to do something to speak out, to take a stand, to give something positive back. 

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Coffee. I’m a night writer at heart so that’s usually my go-to thing, but I like music as well. I guess my only quirk would be having someone else in the room? I always feel weird when people watch me write so I tend to hide in the bedroom with the cats. Oh yeah, the cats; there always ends up being at least one cat under my laptop too. They never go away. 

What are your hopes for the future?

Pipeline goals-I’d love to be a successful author one day! I’d love to be able to write full time but I also love designing/making jewelry and creating swag for my authors. I’d miss it. I’m pretty happy where I am right now and it keeps me really busy! So I’d have to say just people enjoying my writing would be my hope.

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

Believe in yourself. Even if it’s hard and some days you can’t; do it anyways. 

Write. Even if you think it’s bad, write it anyways. First drafts are supposed to be atrocious.

Find people to have in your corner! Alpha readers, beta readers, other authors, all these people help you along the way in more ways than you can imagine. Their support, encouragement, and feedback is gold. Love them. Cherish them. Keep them forever.  

Not everyone will like what you write. It’s a given. Everyone has different taste and unfortunately some people aren’t very nice about it. Learn along the way. Accept that critical feedback and breath through the nasty. 

There will be challenges along the way that make it feel impossible. Remember why you’re writing. For you. It’s your dream. 

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

Thanks for not letting my spastic personality run you off? Lol No, I love everyone I’ve met so far on this journey and my first book isn’t even out yet. It’s been amazing. They are amazing! This last year has been a hectic mess and they have stuck with me and are just as excited as I am. That’s more than I could ever ask for and I’m so grateful for each and every one. 

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Author R.L. Caulder #interview

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I am a native Floridian but you’d never guess it by my pale ginger complexion! I am engaged and getting married in August, 2020. I have a full-time adult job as a property manager of rentals but I hope to become a full time author within the next few years! I have two fur babies, a ginger kitty named “MeowMeow” (My fiance named her) and a staffordshire pitbull named “Winrey”.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always had a passion for reading, but honestly never thought I had it in me to write a book! The fear of putting out something that just flopped is what stopped me from doing it prior to now. It has been a struggle to push through that mentality of not feeling as if my work is good enough, while completing my first book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t even know where any of my ideas come from! I was sitting on my couch one day when the idea for Desolation struck me, so I began typing out a small outline in the notes app on my iPhone. It only grew from there and before I knew it, I had wayyyy too many notes to keep up with and had to transfer it to a google doc. The characters and the world had my mind in their clutches and they wouldn’t let go!

What are you working on now?

Book two, “Detonate” in my Darkness Rising Series! I also have a pending co-write on the side.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to be listening to music in the background and the genre changes as my scenes do! I feel so much inspiration while I write from the emotions certain songs give me.

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full time author by the time I’m ready to start having kids!

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

I’m still quite new myself, but I would absolutely say, make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who want you to genuinely succeed. You will doubt yourself enough, without having the whispers of negative people in your ear.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m not sure I have many followers yet, but thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey of putting the voices in my head onto paper! It’s been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Author Duo Octavia Kore #interview

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Born in the Sunshine State, Hayley Benitez and Amanda Crawford are cousins who have come together to write under the name Octavia Kore. Both women share a love for reading, a passion for writing, and the inclination toward word vomiting when meeting new people. Ecstasy from the Deep (From the Depths anthology version) was their very first published work. Hayley and Amanda are both stay-at-home moms who squeeze in time to write when they aren’t being used as jungle gyms or snack dispensers. They are both inspired by their love for mythology, science fiction, and all things extraordinary. Amanda has an unhealthy obsession with house plants, and Hayley can often be found gaming in her downtime.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Both Hayley and Amanda have always wanted to be authors. Hayley has spent most of her life writing starting as early as elementary school. We started out by Hayley asking Amanda to read the book she was working on and give feedback. She was supposed to be an alpha reader, but after asking Hayley if she could edit some lines Hayley decided she was much, MUCH more. And so bloomed the two authors under the name Octavia Kore.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our current series Venora Mates came to Hayley in a Dream. The species Venium was something that her and her husband created back in 2016. She decided she wanted to write a book using Amanda as the heroine as an extra thank you for being part of her writing team. The Grutex started out as our villains who we, of course, fell in love with. And so birthed Gulzar and his village.

What are you working on now?

We just finished Ecstasy from the Deep and are moving on to a few projects we had in the works. One of which is a very secret project that we are very excited to be working with some other authors on.

Do you have any quirks while working?

We need our coffee and talk on the phone with one another while working.

What are your hopes for the future?

That we write things people enjoy, and can continue to produce those things. It is a scary world and publishing something that is very close to your heart is terrifying.

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

It’s a crazy business, be prepared for anything. Write what you want and ignore the rest.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

We love you and appreciate you guys more than you could possibly know. Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this crazy ride!

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Author S.C. Winters #interview

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My name is S.C. Winters. I am 31 and from a small town in Arkansas. I am a lover off all things anime, critical roll and flowers. I love hanging out with my nieces and enjoying the sunshine.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I always wanted to do something creative. I have always been good at stories and entertaining my siblings, cousins and friends. My father and sister are the artists and I tried but I am only good at stick figures!! lol. So I started writing down what I thought would be entertaining and once my family read it, they encouraged me to move forward.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

As a young adult I went through something traumatic and it is a situation that doesn’t have a voice. I want to bring that voice to life in my books. I know that it wont be the same, but if my one story shows someone out there in the world that it is okay to express yourself and what happened then I will feel accomplished.

What are you working on now?

I have a couple of series that I am currently working on. They are theraputic for me and I am in LOVE with these characters. They are a bit twisted and full of trigger warnings, but will end up with a happyish ending.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I always have music going, chips, dip and cantelaope. I know its a totally strange combo, but it helps me focus. Plus my PA and Dream Team are always a message away if I need help.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to write books that help people. Whether they know they need it or not. I want my books to show that not all stories are the same and some are there to help you heal. Even if the characters aren’t real.

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

Write it and go for it. You will never know what you can do until you try. If you need help, ask. There are a TON of PA’s, Authors and readers that will help you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you. Without you I would not be able to keep writing and making beautiful worlds for you to enjoy.

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Author Eva Blackwing #interview

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My name is Eva and I like long walks on the beach! Just kidding, kind of. I do love going to the beach, but I’m more of sit with a whisky and lemonade. I love being outside, whether it’s in a forest for a hike, hanging on a lake, or chillin at the beach. Spending time with in nature with my family is very centering. 

I love reading everything from epic fantasy to erotica, as long as there is a fun story behind it.

I’m also a super nerd – or geek? I love Star Wars – Leia defines ‘Princess’ for me! – Marvel, Harry Potter, and all the fun in between.  

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have wanted to be a an author since about age eleven. Before that, I could barely read, but it was right around then that my mom gave me a copy of the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Ever since then, I’ve been a voracious reader and have been wanting to tell stories to others.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m not totally sure what inspired my current series, but it felt like an important story to tell. It’s all about how you can find yourself and really reach your own potential, even if you think you are stuck in a rut. Retrospectively, I think it had a lot to do with my day job. I love my day job, but I was feeling a little bit stagnant. I also really wanted to show my kids that you can absolutely follow your dreams!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a book called Shield in Time. It’s part of the Women of Time Collection, book 8 coming out July 31! It’s a fun book about a woman who gets tossed back to the Viking age, meets some hot Vikings, stirs some shit up, and then finds out her truth. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love watching movies while I write, but it’s always something comfortable. Something I’ve watched lots of times over and feels like an old friend. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I’d like to eventually be able to write full time. I love telling stories and have so many on my WiP list, and I love the flexibility it gives me. Being able to work every day from wherever I am doing something I love? Literally my dream come true! I’ve also gotten to start my own publishing company, so I’m going to keep working on that too!

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

Be patient with yourself and study your genre! It’s important to tell your story but you also want your readers to be happy.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

I LOVE YOU ALL! Seriously, I know all authors say this but I really don’t care – I truly care about my readers, and some of them have become friends. I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be in this job, and it’s because of the amazing readers. 

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