Author Heather Relken #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Heather Relken

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

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

Honestly, it’s a dream come true. ❤

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

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

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

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

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

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

What are you working on now?

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

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

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

Do you have any quirks while working?

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

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

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We want YOUR story ❤

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

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

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

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

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

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

Author Jessica Grayson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jessica Grayson

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, World! I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband, cat and dog. I love swimming, biking and all things dark chocolate.  When I’m writing, I love coffee. But when I’m reading, I love a good cup of chai.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing, but it was more a hobby for me than anything else. But after losing my parents and oldest sister unexpectedly a few years ago, I started writing as an outlet for my grief.

Writing helps me to channel all my grief into something creative and beautiful. To be honest, I feel like it gave me my life back. It helped me to rediscover my joy after going through so much devastating loss.

I never thought I’d be an author but now that I am, I know it is something I will do for the rest of my life.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love slow burn romance and getting lost in a beautiful love story—the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it for days after you’ve read it because the characters and emotions were so deep and intense. I also love Vampire, Alien and Elvish Romance. I kept searching for a story with all these things included in it, and wasn’t really finding what I was looking for. So, I decided to write what I wanted to read. That’s how my V’loryn Series (Vampire Alien Romance) was created. 😊

What are you working on now?

My Vampire Alien Romance (V’loryn Series), Dragon Shifter Romance (Mosauran Series), and Fae Alien Romance (Aerilon Fae Series) are all set in the same universe. Each series can be read independently, but it makes for a much more immersive experience to read each one to get a richer understanding of this universe and all the characters that live in it.

Right now, I’m working on my Aerilon Fae Alien series book: “Trace the Sky.” It is about Al’aneo (Tr’lani’s brother) and his Terran (human) mate Holly. He saved Holly from slavers in “The Shape of the Wind,” and I fell in love with the idea of giving them their own HEA.  

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to write at the kitchen table. My husband set up an office for me in one of the spare bedrooms, but for some reason the words just flow better when I’m in the kitchen, in the middle of everything going on in the house.

Also, I love listening to music when I’m plotting. It’s amazing how much music helps in my creative process. When I hear a song that inspires me, I can literally see the plot playing out in my head like a movie.

The ending of “Lost in the Deep End” was inspired by the song, “Indian” by Sleeping at Last. The scene in “Beneath A Different Sky,” when they land on Marek’s planet and then step off the ship together was inspired by “Believe with Me” by Raign.

I’m not sure why my mind works that way, but I’m glad it does. When I get stuck on a plot issue, I start listening to music and it helps me to figure it out. 😊

What are your hopes for the future?

I have quite a few stories/HEAs I want to write in this share/expanded universe. Several side characters are speaking strongly to me and I can hardly wait to get their stories out in the world.

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

Write what you love and keep writing.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your kind words of encouragement. These stories and these characters mean a lot to me. You have no idea how wonderful it is to know that readers love these characters as much as I do. I cannot thank you enough.

January Book Releases

January 1

Discovery of a Queen:
Resurrection of Queens Book 1

PNR MF
January 5

Shifting Tides:
Mirrored Worlds Book Three

PNR RH
January 5

Undone:
Succubus Undone Serial
(Succubus Harem Book 43)

PNR RH.
January 6

Feral Blood
(Bound to the Fae Book 2)

RH PNR

 
January 7

Laces
(Boys of Hawthorne Asylum)

Upper-YA bully/dark romance
January 7

Feel My Power
(The Iron Fae Book 2)

UF MF
January 7

The Heir of Shadows
(Book 4 in the Underestimated Series)

MC RH
January 7

The Heir of Shadows
(Book 4 in the Underestimated Series)

MC RH
January 8

Charmed by the Fox’s Heart
A Fantasy Superhero RH Romance
Cosmic Guardians #1
January 9

Blood Nor Money:
A Paranormal
Reverse Harem Romance
January 11

Lookin’ For Mr. Right:
A Collection of
Contemporary M/M Stories
January 11

Karma’s Broken Dolls
(Dollhouse Vigilantes Book 2)

Reverse Harem
January 11

Beautifully Explosive
(Candied Crush Book 11)

MM Contemporary Romance.
January 12

Jaded Vamp
January 15

The Wild Finale:
The Wild Boys Book 3
January 15

Sinfully Yours

Contemporary MF
January 15

Discord
(Bound to the Fae Book 1)

Portal fantasy RH
January 18

Torment: Part One
(The Bleeding Hearts Series Book 1)

Dark and taboo’ish MF
January 21

Bloody Union
(Made Book 1)

Mafia contemporary
January 22

Lyric & the Heartbeats

Switch Omegaverse RH
January 22

Rescued by the Water Dragon Prince:
Dragon Shifter Romance
(Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 3)
January 28

Destined to Hide
(A Shifting Society Book 1)

Shared PNR/Dystopian world
with Author J. Kearston
– all books are standalone novels
in an interconnected world.
Reverse Harem, Human/Shifter mates
January 29

Tiamat
(My Bloody Valentine)
January 29

Ella and Her Shifters:
A Reverse Harem Shifter Romance
(Once Upon A Shifter Book 1)
January 30

Alien Abduction for Professionals
(The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 2)
January 30

Project: Adapt – Failure:
A Space Fantasy Alien Romance
(Book 4)

Beautifully Exposed (Candied Crush Book 10) by @CharityParkerso

Happy release day, Charity 💙

Beautifully Exposed (Candied Crush Book 10)

Zep knows what he wants, and he’s positive it isn’t Frost. Frost has everything Zep needs.

For years, Zep has been working toward the future he envisions. He wants a husband and kids. Zep knows his worth and isn’t willing to settle for less. While Frost is definitely a beauty, Frost is also a liar. He’ll never want the life that Zep pictures for himself.

As a former hockey player turned gym owner, Frost is financially settled. He has been known to mislead men occasionally to keep things impersonal, but he has his reasons. Frost also never messes with anyone he could hurt. He never expected to meet Zep.

When Frost’s secrets are exposed, Zep sees the man in a whole new light. Unfortunately, as much as they want each other, they can’t seem to stay on the same page. Hopefully, they’ll figure out a way to meet in the middle. Otherwise, they’ll miss their shot at real love.

Author Jaya Moon #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jaya Moon

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi there. I’m Jaya Moon. I live on the coast in country Victoria, Australia. I run a business with my husband. I say in my author blurb my job entails digging holes and joke I might be an undertaker (which I’m not).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written. My family lived on a farm amongst rolling green hills and forests in country Victoria. My childhood was a little turbulent. I spent many hours walking alone and telling myself stories. I guess it was a bit of escapism as well as my younger-self’s way of muddling through what was happening in my life. At primary school I was the girl who sat on the school fort and wrote rather than hanging out with my peers. I’d write stories that featured my classmates, often murder mysteries. Much to my teacher’s frustration, when we’d sit down as a class for people to read what they’d written, everyone in the class wanted to hear my stories. Probably because they were eager to know which one of them was going to die next and how they met their demise. After I finished my secondary education, I went and got a “real” job. I never stopped writing, but I didn’t actively pursue a writing career until a few years ago.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series (The Ascension of Meghan May) is my first attempt at writing Reverse Harem and paranormal fiction, genres I love. I was inspired to write something that would, hopefully, be a fresh look at genre tropes. I love really tropey stories. They’re comforting; like curling up in a blanket on a winter’s day. However, I know there are times I crave something that makes me go “oooh, that’s a bit different.” I was inspired to write a book like that.

What are you working on now?

After a far too long break between the publication of Book 1 and Book 2 of my Meghan May series, I’m currently working on Book 3, which is the final in this series. I pretty much have a one-track mind when it comes to writing and need to stay focused on one story before I move on to another. That said, I have numerous notebooks with other story ideas percolating.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I almost always write my first draft listening to music, picking songs that suit the mood of the scene I’m trying to write, usually movie soundtracks with no lyrics. While redrafting I listen to thunderstorm sounds wearing noise cancelling headphones. My final draft is always written in complete silence (or as much silence as I can get. My neighbours have dogs that like to bark a lot!). Coffee is a MUST, although I now drink decaf and pretend it’s real coffee!

What are your hopes for the future?

I decided to become an Indie Author because I’ve, sadly, lost my passion for my “real job”. I’d like to think I can make a living from writing and become a full time writer. Hopefully that might happen in the next year or two.

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

I could probably write a novel about this (LOL!), especially given my experience as I started out as an Indie Author.
Different things work for different people, but if I could go back and give myself advice when I first started out on my Indie Author journey it would be “keep going”. Don’t get distracted by the “noise”. Write what you want. Not everyone is going to love what you do, but that’s okay. In most cases, success won’t happen overnight.
If you’re passionate about being a writer, keep going no matter what. Remember why you wanted to become an author. My reasons to write may differ from yours, but I assume one of the main reasons you want to be an author is because you love writing. Don’t forget that.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you SO much to everyone who has read my stories and loved them enough to come back for more. Writing can sometimes be quite a lonely endeavour. It’s always a thrill to put your story out there and have people love the worlds and characters you’ve created. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate your support.

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Author Kira Roman #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kira Roman

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a stay at home mom of two toddlers. My daughter is 4, and my son is 2. I spend most of my time taking care of them. My husband is gone a lot because he’s in the Navy! 

I met him when I was 15, so we’ve been together a long long time.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

You know what’s funny, I used to write random stories in my journals, but I never thought I’d actually be good enough. In 2017 I discovered reverse harem, and was hooked. I started reading one book a week, using my husband’s money every chance I got, then I started KU, and OMG. It changed my life. I went through like 5-7 books a week. At some point, I thought “Hey, i might be able to do this.” I had no idea where to start though! It’s been a very long journey, and not all of it was good. But I’m so so glad I took that leap! 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Devil’s Sin actually has a sad start. I grew up in a close knit family, and I had a cousin that was as close as a sister my whole life. We were only 3 years apart, and spent our whole lives growing up together. In 2019 she passed away. I felt like part of me left with her. I spent a lot of time working on a different story, and one day… The Devil’s Sin just came to me! I knew I wanted to write something that could express the heartbreak I was feeling, while also giving readers a decent story. 

What are you working on now? 

Stolen Succubus. Book 1.5 in the Dramonia series. The main female character is different from book 1, but her story is just as important. 

A Touch of Violet. That’s my naughty contemporary RH romance lol. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I need a drink of some kind. Preferably wine. And my notebook. I have the memory of a goldfish. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

USA Today Best Seller! That would be a dream come true. But my ultimate goal is to earn enough to support my family. My daughter has special needs, and always will. I want to make sure she has a good life, and her future is secure. 

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

Oh man. Well, first I’ll say be optimistic, but cautious. Find someone who has published before, and ask for advice. There are SO MANY steps! lol. 

Do not let the 1 star reviews get you down. Someone will always have something bad to say. I like to read the 1 star reviews of authors I personally like. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

You guys are the best. Seriously. If I didn’t have followers, mini fans, and supporters, I’d have no book! So Thank you! I honestly never thought ANYONE would like my work enough to follow me, but the fact that so many do, blows my mind!

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Author Ruby Wilder #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Ruby Wilder

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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