Author Sam Hall #interview

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mum and a teacher and I live in sunny Australia.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Kinda. I read A LOT as a kid, like obsessively so. I went to art school because I thought visual arts was my thing. I tried writing on and off, but could never get to the end of anything. I’d do short pieces for school, friends or boyfriends that had an impact, so I knew I could put words together in a way that could impact on some people, but with art you can make a bunch of small things that make up an exhibition, writing is putting one word after another, making a cohesive whole for 100 000 words or more. I also did what a lot of aspiring authors do and expected it all to be brilliant first go.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve got two books out so here goes:
Not My Fantasy: I was reading LOTS of PNR, as Buffy was a big popular culture moment for me and was wanting to recapture some of that. Instead I found a lot of very sexy stuff, but in some parts of the genre, it can be very formulaic. I wrote this book as an attempt to play with the tropes in a bit of a knowing way, have a bit of a chuckle about some elements, but hopefully not in a mean spirited way, because I wouldn’t have read a lot of it if I didn’t have a real love for the genre.
My ideal reader for this is someone similar, who still loves PNR, though apparently its ‘dead’, but wants something fresh.

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The Bottom Rung: I started writing this in a previous incarnation 15 years ago, but its transitioned nicely into a RH book. I teach Humanities, so the different ways different groups alienate and disempower others is of great interest to me. The book is about something not especially sexy: structural inequality and prejudice BUT I try to tell the story from the perspective of a very determined, bloody minded young woman who’s ready to take on the world to change it. I grew up in the 80s, so being Gen X I am quite apathetic about change, but increasingly I have become aware of the flawed, but real change people can have. This book was an attempt to look at that, how good intentions aren’t enough, that you need to understand the structures around you to change them. TL:DR: girl power, god-like female superheroes coming out of extremes of poverty and changing the world

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What are you working on now?

Doing the final beta edits to Bottom Rung, getting the second book to both books ready for publication (they have been written and just need to be beta-ed and edited). I’ve got a high heat wolf RH book on the backburner, a prequel for NMF mostly done, a sweeping fantasy romance to finalise, a RH sequel to NMF and hopefully a spin off where one of the MC’s autistic son takes centre stage in a final NMF book.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Not really. I like to listen to Spotify, but if I was all rock star and needed quiet or lots of time to focus, I wouldn’t be able to do it! I have to be flexible and write when I can.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To make enough to cover costs. When I made a lot of artwork, it was a real drain on our finances. I’m old enough to want it to be at least cost neutral now.
For people to get what I do. People keep saying my stuff is quite different. Here’s hoping there’s a place for that, as there’s been a lot of people who go out there and don’t write to market and are never heard again…

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

I am still new to this so it seems to be disingenuous to be handing out advice. It’s all the same stuff everyone says and that’s read, read, read. Reading a lot of the same genre, you’ll start to internalise the tropes, language, clichés, character arcs etc and you start to see behind the curtain into the inner workings of a particular genre of writing. You don’t have to do what everyone else does to be successful, but you need to know why they are doing it, to reject it. I started writing because I was so frustrated with Laurell K Hamilton’s stuff. There was so much I liked and so much I hated. I started trying to write the antithesis of her stuff and ended up with these bloodless, aimless characters with surreal storylines and worlds. I seriously wrote millions of words until I realised this was just not gonna work!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You are only a very small group, but the feedback I’ve been getting through reviews told me what I needed to know, that people got what I was trying to do and appreciated it. So thanks. A lot of writing self help groups/books would tell you to absolutely not do what I have done, and that’s go off on my own tangent, but even if I only ever attain extremely niche author status, I’m pleased there’s some people in my corner, egging me on.

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Author BC Morgan #interview

Please give a warm welcome toTell us a bit about yourself

I’m 26 in 2 days and I’m going onto a pump for type one diabetes ❤️ I’m a mum to fraternal twins who’ll be 4 next Valentine’s Day. I’m from England born and raised and writing is my passion. Not just books but poems and songs as well. I love to sing, bake and watch anything with Ryan Reynolds or Tom Ellis. I also have a awesome fella and we tease each other relentlessly but we’re always supportive of each other too.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse or horse rider 😂 I’ve been writing since I was roughly about 12 and fell in love with it. Always wanted to publish but was to scared too and decided to pursue mechanics, got fully qualified but health got in the way.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

It started off as a random idea that popped into my head, I’ve always loved supernatural style films and programmes and the Greek mythology fascinated me 😂 but I couldn’t get the idea to stick and then I was moaning out loud and my fella helped me to finally work out exactly what to do. As for the characters there’s a little of me in everything I write and sometimes true life experiences. Not everything but I find it easier to write from experience, and book boyfriends 😂

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on my new series called The Drop of Death. It’s a Rh dystopian, apocalyptic world with a twist. I’m currently writing book 2.Do you have any quirks while writing?

Shouting at my characters, crying when I write something sad, talking to my pup. I apparently pull faces depending on what I’m writing but couldn’t say for sure 😂 and music gotta have some noise in the background.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’m not in this for the money, I write because I love too and I wanted to share it. Ideally I hope to make enough to continue funding the other books I write, but either way I’ll find a way to make it happen. My mum thinks they’ll become films but I laugh it off every time not something that really interests me 😂

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

Never stop writing, if you love it then just keep going. Don’t take any negative reviews too hard, there will always be someone who won’t enjoy your work, just like they’ll be those who’ll love them and want to read more. Always find the right people for you, be it support or to work with or my case, both. I have a great team behind me who I absolutely love chanderella daily is my editor and my sister from another mother while savannah richey is the my pa and a fantastic friend. That’s not even mentioning the beta readers I have who keep me on the straight and narrow.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read my book, for taking a chance on such a new author and making me feel a little less like a newbie. The reviews whether 5 star or 1 help me to learn and improve. And I honestly read every review I get and try to reply to every message or comment that is posted for me. If I’ve ever missed yours I’m sorry, but feel free to do it again and I’ll try not to miss it for a second time. I love you guys and I couldn’t have done this without you. Thanks fo joining me on this crazy journey and I’m sure we’ll all enjoy the ride.

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Author Cate Corvin #interview

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Hi! I’m Cate Corvin, and I write reverse harem romance. Usually it’s in paranormal, but I’ve lately had the itch to branch out into other genres… as long as it’s a #whychoose book! I love coffee, cats, and books, and my awesome family.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Absolutely! Writing has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and it only took me 30 years to get here!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m currently working on a series called Bonds of Blood, which is dark urban fantasy. The first three books will take place in an academy, but each trilogy in the series will be a new heroine in a new setting, and will all tie together into one large world. I really just wanted to write a huge, sprawling universe with gods, monsters, and slayers.

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What are you working on now?

I’m just about to start Bad Blood, the second book in Bonds of Blood! This is the second book of the bully romance trilogy, in which revenge is taken and things start to get wild.

Do you have any quirks while writing? I always need a coffee and my cat, specific playlists, and I often make new notes as I go per book. By the end, they usually don’t resemble what I had originally planned out.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing! My dream would be to just write constantly for the rest of my life, the ideas never stop.

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

Always keep writing. That’s the most important thing. You can plan everything down to a T, but in the end, actually writing is the most important part. And keep doing it over and over!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes! Thank you all so much for reading and supporting indie authors. It’s one thing to know we’d never stop writing, but knowing that others have read and enjoyed our books, and that we’ve given you a fantasy escape for a little while is the best thing ever!

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Author Everly Taylor #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a single mom of three crazy boys and our lives are ruled by our sassy Husky and our wannabe Chihuahua. When I am not writing I am tattooing, painting or going on adventures with my boys. I simply try to enjoy whatever I am doing to the fullest, life is too short to do otherwise.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not at all. I never even thought about it really until this past year. Sure, I liked English, I liked writing the stories that were required, but that’s just my nature. I had never considered I would actually be writing books that people would enjoy.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for Satan’s Gift was really simple… my boys learning to write and getting their letters mixed up. I thought how funny would it be if they mixed up Santa and Satan as its so easy to do. I also wanted to come up with a story where the good/asshole guys were not who you were expecting ❤

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What are you working on now?

There are a ton. Lol – Currently (as in today) I am working on the next book of Her Seven as well as an exciting Antho for Phases of Change. This one I am super excited about

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

So… I have this dildo on my desk… when I get angry I tend to throw it at stuff…. Yeah…. You asked.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I really just hope to keep writing and putting my words out there for people to enjoy. To be able to help them find that escape from everyday life even for a little bit would be such a blessing.

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

Your first book is the scariest… its big and its new, but don’t give up. You can totally do this.

Find your own voice and don’t try to copy someone else because you think its what readers want to hear… They want to hear YOU.

Reach out and find a group of like-minded author friends that will be your support when your ready to slam the laptop shut and call it quits.

Most of all, remember WHY you started writing in the first place, and have fun.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for taking your chance on me, and picking up that first book. Without you I would not be where I am today and I am so humbled and honored to not only call you fans, but friends. Thank you so much for all of your support. Know you can always reach out to me, I would love to hear from you about anything!

When in doubt, eat a cupcake 😊

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Author Devyn Sinclair #interview and #CoverReveal

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Devyn. I live in Montana where the air always smells delicious and it doesn’t get dark until ten o’clock in the summer. When I’m not writing, I’m obsessed with baking and am on a mission to find the best lemon tart recipe!

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, actually. For a long time I wanted to be an actor. I went to theatre school and pursued that for a while. But I had always loved books and writing, and it suddenly clicked with me that I could make THAT a career, and it felt so right that I made that the goal.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve always LOVED fae books, from Laurel K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series to Sarah J. Maas’s A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. I liked the idea of writing about a beautiful world that was totally different from ours. With those things in mind, the idea for The Carnal Court just kind of fell into my head!

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on EUPHORIA (Book 2 in the series), but also on an RH that’s a little darker in tone and not set in the same world. I’m playing around with the idea of a rockstar RH too! I have so many ideas—I need more hours in the day to write them all…

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need a cup of tea while I write. The simple ritual of making the tea helps settle my mind and get me in the headspace for writing!

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What are your hopes for the future?

That this series connects with an audience that loves it! I care a lot about this story, and it makes me really happy to share it. That’s why I write. So I hope that others will enjoy the story too!

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

Consistency. In your schedule and output, publishing, etc. Momentum is hugely helpful, and it’s easier to gain that if you’re consistent with yourself.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I’m so excited to meet you—and I sincerely hope that you enjoy losing yourself in the world of the Carnal Court

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Bloody hell this book was awesome!!!! I absolutely loved it!!! I couldn’t put it down so I read all night. This is going to be a massive book hangover.

I can’t wait until book two comes out October 24th. Do yourself a favour an one-click this amazing book. You won’t be disappointed.


Euphoria: A Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance (The Carnal Court Book 2)

Author E.M. Moore #interview

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Let’s see, my real name is Erin, so feel free to call me that. If you call me E. M., I probably won’t even look up! 🙂 I’m obsessed with murder mystery shows, fairly certain I saw a chupacabra once, and have a 14-year-old senior dog named Max who doesn’t even like me.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, always! I remember writing my first little story in Kindergarten that the teacher had to transcribe for me. It was titled The Three Witches. All throughout middle school and high school, I was obsessed with reading R. L. Stine (mainly the Fear Street series), so when I first started writing in high school, I wrote books like his.

I was told I should get a real job instead of being a writer, so I went to school to be a Librarian, did that for a few years, but for the past two years, I’ve been writing full-time, and I love every minute of it. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

So, kind of a cool story. I had this running daydream in my head all throughout middle school and high school. In this daydream, I was a famous basketball player. In fact, I was the first and only girl to ever play for the NBA. I placed myself in games, won championships, met Prince William, basically, this daydream was my retreat from the real world. I kept adding layers and layers. Eventually, I didn’t need the daydream so much, but when I thought about this daydream again, I realized what a great story it would make. Instead of putting myself in the NBA though, I put my MC, Tessa, in high school and had her challenge the boys for a spot on the boys’ team.

It’s got a lot of “girl power” aspects to it that I really love. I couldn’t be happier with the way the series turned out. 🙂

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What are you working on now?

I actually just released the third and final book to The Ballers of Rockport High series, so I’m just about to start on my next series. The book is titled FREE FALL. It’s about a girl who falls in love with her brother’s best friends, who just so happen to be amazing football players.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I write in complete silence. I can’t stand any sort of noise while I’m writing. I also write in timed sprints, which helps keep me focused for a certain amount of time with tiny breaks in between.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep delivering quality books to my readers that they can’t wait to get their hands on. 🙂

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

Keep writing. If it’s what you truly love, keep at it. Research, research, and research. There are always places you can find the information you seek about how to do something specific in the publishing world, whether its ads or book covers, or editing. It’s hard work, it won’t come easy, but it pays off.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you guys so much! So many amazing things happened to me recently, and it’s all because you guys are reading and recommending my books. I’m just so thankful to have readers like you guys! ❤

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Author Georgia Carter Mathers #interview @RomanceGeorgiaC

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

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What are you working on now?

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

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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

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What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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

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Sworn to protect. Destined to love. He’ll risk everything to save Evie.
Kaden knows what they’re up against. He’ll keep his promise.
The danger waits outside the coven. Waiting to take Evie’s soul.
He’ll do anything to protect her, and anything to earn her love.
The Vampire’s Covenant is a standalone paranormal romance. If you love strong heroes and heroines, and sultry sex scenes, then you’ll love Georgia’s intensely emotional and action-packed book.
Buy The Vampire’s Covenant today!

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1. Read The Vampire’s Covenant.
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4. Georgia will send you the epilogue via Bookfunnel within 24 hours. Competition closes on July 31. No limit on the amount of copies sent, but only one copy will be sent to each reader. No subscription necessary to participate.

Author L. Starfyre #interview

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I’ve been writing off and on since I was a kid. I love to write and was writing a children’s book but couldn’t decide how to end it. About the same time, I was writing an offworld series and it became too confusing as to what was happening when. However, it was good practice for this series. I think if I went back to it now that I could finish it. I know people who were reading it back then wanted me to. It didn’t have as much bedroom time in it as my current books do.

I’ve also been an accountant, a server (AKA waitress), a hostess, a door-to-door salesperson, a mail handler, an airport package handler, a cashier, a blogger, and so many other things. It makes it easier to write about a character that is doing one of those jobs.

I love reading and watching Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal books and movies. I couldn’t help putting many of my favorite things into the books.

I also have a three-legged cat named Sharkey.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

As a child, I wanted to be just about everything: an artist, an author, a nun (that never would have worked out, ahem), a baker, a firefighter, a veterinarian, a doctor and more. I think I just couldn’t choose because that meant I couldn’t be those other things too. As a writer, I have the opportunity to become all those things, and more, through my characters.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Dreams and daydreams were and are my inspiration – I would dream or daydream about something and take notes. Then I decided to write about them. However, I messed-up the first several drafts because I was writing them the way I would a recipe. This stemmed from me writing recipes for my gluten-free blog a few years ago.

Once I hammered that out of my system, the writing flowed a lot faster. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point of being able to knock out a book a week but who knows?

I also remember conversations from people I knew in the past and blend their stories into various characters.

Additionally, I read facts about what is happening in our world today and try to blend some of those into the books. For other inspiration, I look at a variety of art, such as fantasy, sci-fi, and nature. I even love watching nature videos and science videos. Did you ever watch Connections with James Burke? I used to love that show.

Another thing, I try to imagine what it would be like to be on a world you know nothing about, know no one, and have none of your personal belongings. Wouldn’t you want to bring some of that to the new world – such as chocolate? I can’t imagine a world without chocolate – especially dark chocolate. I know when settlers came from the old world, they brought many things with them, including grapes. It was only natural the ladies would want to bring a few of those things if they could.

Jennifer, the FMC of the two books that have been published, requires they test everything to ensure that the foods from Earth will not make people sick and that they are safe to bring before she allows them to import the products and/or the plants. She’s concerned about many things, including any impact on the environment and the treatment of sentient beings. By book three, she’s a whole different person than she was when she first arrived on Xaerdu. It might be more accurate to say that she feels more empowered to take action about the things in the first two books.

I had a fun time writing her ‘meet cute’ with her Xaerd mates. When you think about it, humans often ‘rename’ their ‘mates’. We call each other names like ‘honey’, ‘sweetheart’, and ‘hot lips’ (shoutout to MASH). The Xaerds all think this is a human custom of claiming and don’t feel comfortable until they receive their new names from their mates.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on Matched: Karla’s Diary for an anthology called Men of Summer. Several authors are gathering together to contribute their stories for it. If you want to know more, contact Eva Delaney. She’s a reverse harem author that I love. She makes some seriously funny videos that she posts in her group.

I’m also working on Jennifer’s third book in the Xaerd series. Additionally, I’m working on first drafts of Sue’s book, Violet’s book and some others. If you haven’t read the books, these ladies are characters in Jennifer’s books.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

My quirks are that I have to imagine the scene in a dream or daydream – I sometimes can’t sleep because I’m trying to force my mind to focus on the problem or the solution. I also binge write – I can write 50K words in two weeks (or less) but then have to edit it like crazy forever.

I’ve laughed out loud about scenes I wrote that I had forgotten. I’ve also cried at times. I hate putting my characters in danger and had to work on my dislike of risking their lives in order to write a better story.

I have plot bunnies for so many more stories in the series – even spin-off series. I hope I manage to write many of them. I’m dying to write a series about the cyborgs that appear in Jennifer’s third book (not published yet).

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just want people to enjoy the stories and escape whatever is happening in their lives for a bit. I hope that my writing brings tears, smiles, and laughter to their world.

I hope to write many more of the stories that are buzzing around in my head. My characters want their stories told.

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

Cross your fingers, it can be a wild, tumultuous ride – I hope you love rollercoasters.

I spend a lot of time helping new authors. Explaining that they should set up their pages and their groups early so that when they are ready to publish, they have someone to share their news with.

Link the page to the group on Facebook. There’s a long list of reasons for this but I don’t want to take up the space for it here.

Do takeovers (that’s when another author lets you take over their group to promote your book) as much as you can around your release date.

The big groups have rules about what you can post, when, and how often. Follow the rules of that group. I’m still learning what those rules are. It’s confusing to new authors because they all have different rules.

If you’re an indie author, then be prepared to spend money on cover designers, editors, and other services like Bookfunnel.

If you can afford to pay a PA (personal assistant), they can be invaluable in helping you get your book off to a good start. Ask other authors for recommendations – especially if they are new and their books are doing well.

Learn about social media – Twitter, Facebook, BookFunnel, BookBub, GoodReads, and more.

Set up an author page on Amazon as soon as you can.

If you’re an unknown author, romance books tend to do best in Kindle Unlimited. It gives readers a chance to get to know you before they spend money for your books.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I want to thank them profusely for reading my books and for writing reviews about them. I appreciate it when they post reviews on the various sites. I love it when they post notes for me in my group, on my wall, or on my author page to let me know how much they enjoyed the book.

I hope they enjoy reading about Jennifer’s antics as much as, if not more than, I did writing them. I post on my author page almost every day. My group often gets more personal posts and I share a lot of page posts from other sources that I see and think are funny. I have a few group members that love to share things they love or they think are funny too. It can get pretty crazy.

The fans that let me know what they think about the books are truly appreciated. Hearing about a specific scene they enjoyed makes me feel great about writing and sharing.

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From Jennifer’s first book:

The first excerpt is from when Jennifer ties up Alf because she thinks he needs to learn to relax.

I crawled onto the bed, lightly running a fingernail up his powerfully muscled leg, feeling the warmth of his smooth skin and the firmness of his toned muscles under my fingertip. I ran it across his abdomen following his taut muscles as he gasped. He was fighting to not break loose now. I lightly ran my fingernail…

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This excerpt is from when Jennifer decides she wants minions to do her bidding. They were just a lark at first but then they become important to running the Keep and other things.

Excerpts from book two

This excerpt is from when Alf takes Jennifer to the waterfalls the first time.

…keeping my face out of the water and dipping my head back to feel the water against my scalp. Brr, the water was a little cold at first but not too bad; it turned pleasant quickly. I stood up out of the water and Alf swallowed hard as water first rushed, then dripped down my body – my hair and clothing soaked.

“I suspect it’s time we return you to your safe room,” Alf choked. I smirked; I loved that I still had that effect on him.

“All right, this was a nice little retreat,” I told him as I wrapped my wet body around him and gave him a kiss. My libido was dead for once in my adult life but that didn’t mean I couldn’t tease him.

He wrapped his arms around me and held me tight. “I’m pleased you enjoyed it,” he murmured, kissing me on top of my head, avoiding my horns and nuzzling my neck.

Graphic Designer Erica petite

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Tell us a little about yourself

Hello, My name is Erica petit, I am self-taught freelance for 10 years in photo-manipulation. My world is dark and mysterious, also affecting fairy fantasy and gothic romance. I discovered the digital end of 2010 and so I have evolved in this area. I also create book illustrations in the style: Urban fantasy, paranormal romance and historical romance. Which my latest book illustration was published in a publishing house named “alter real” for author Seanan Mcguire, published in France.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist / designer?

My school curriculum is quite chaotic. Being dyslexic and dysorthographic it was quite complicated level study. I started to design at the age of 19. For two years, I did a lot of volunteer design, to then discover Déviantart and how it works. I learned on the job. I then started designing cover. It must be seven years now that I make book illustrations for myself. I work with independent authors internationally and French publishers. Who is one day I would work with US editorial houses. (my dream).

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

My inspiration is often inspired by the urban fantasy universe – Paranormal Romance. It is according to my desires and my inspiration by seeing the stock photos.

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What are you working on now?

At the moment, there is nothing special about premades. It happens to me to have empty periods “without requests for cover”

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can live one day, but I do not think it’s possible. I would also like to work with editorial boxes in the US not only in France.

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Do you have something to say to your fans?

Looking forward to hearing from you and talking to you. 😊

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Author Graceley Knox #interview

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This is always the toughest question… I’m in my late twenties, I am a fur-mama to four bengals and two mini schnauzers. I love coffee and tea. I’m from New England originally but now I’m in Florida. I’m also a total nerd, have quite a few tattoos, I’m pagan and currently obsessed with bookish candles from Frostbeard Studio.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I actually have not. I went to school for marketing and public relations. I’ve got my masters degree in all that stuff, but I started working at a bookstore when I was 18 and continued the trend through college and a bit after. I ended up in publishing, and then had an idea and wrote my first book, Mark of Truth. I’ve always been an avid reader so my friends and family say they always assumed I’d end up doing something with books, but I had no idea I could even write a book!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m inspired by obscure mythology most of the time. So I usually always start there and build the world. I’m big into history and the old ways of life before technology, although I love technology. Can you say Netflix LOL.

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What are you working on now?

Right now, me and my partner in crime/sister from another mister, D.D. Miers are working on a super secret project I can’t go into any details about… and we’re working on finishing up the Kresova series. I’m also working on the first book in my new Wild Huntress trilogy. First sneak peeks of that book can be found over on Book + Main.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm… I’m not sure if I have any quirks while writing… I like to write things in order if that counts? Where as Dee can jump around and write random bits of things anywhere in the book. Now a days I typically have a candle lit, and coffee close by. I listen to music as well typically.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to see my books on more shelves and in more bookstores of course! I’d also love to see my books in other languages. Otherwise, I just want to keep writing, and meeting incredible readers who make it possible!

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

Do you have all day? I’ve been in this industry in one way or another for the past nine years. I’ll give some top tips though.

-Write your own rules. Literally. Don’t follow the rules anyone tells you that are there. Write your story as you see fit.

-Hire a professional editor. If there’s one place in this industry you don’t want to be cheap in or cut corners, it’s this. Definitely get a developmental edit for your first few books, or all of them, I know people who love them every time. I am still learning at least one or two new lessons about my craft with every book I have edited.

-With those edits, some of the best advice I got when doing edits, because it can be super overwhelming, is open up the document, stare at all the red, scroll through it, then close the document for at least 24 hours before you dive in. This way you’re less emotional from the shock of all the red on the page.

-Always be kind to fellow authors. There are plenty of readers to go around. Avoid any drama, and always be honest about your intentions when speaking to someone you don’t know.

– It’s better to be up front and honest if you want something from another author than to beat around the bush and stroke their ego. 9 times out of 10 if someone comes right out and sends me a message to like their page or for help with marketing etc, I’ll say yes vs. someone who bullshits me.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. Merci. Grazie. Danke. Gracias. Takk. I see all of you and thank you isn’t enough to explain the love and gratitude I have for all of you. I never thought I’d have readers from all over the world, let alone outside my own friends and family. So thank you for making me part of your family. I hope I get to hug and meet each and every one of you in person!

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