Author Vivienne Hart #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I have my MFA in Creative Writing, and I write all things magical and mysterious. Captivated by fairy tales from a young age, I gradually began to create my own worlds filled with fantastic creatures and monstrous beasts, and it’s my great joy to now share those worlds through my books.

In addition to spinning a good story, my loves include chocolate, reading good books, and taking as many bubble baths as I can. When I’m not writing, you can find me roaming around the southern U.S. with my husband and two very fluffy cats. I’m the redhead in pajamas.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes. I love making up characters and worlds, and I think writing is the thing I’m best at. I’ve had a series of boring jobs, and I’ve also worked with books in various other capacities, including publishing, but none of it really spoke to me. My favorite thing is getting out a pen and paper and playing around with weird ideas, mashing up things that seem like they don’t go together, and finding ways to use my favorite words. I really love words, and I have a lot of fun molding them into tales.

I’m an only child with two creative parents: my dad made up endlessly hilarious bedtime stories when I was little, and my mom was great at helping me with unique homework projects, like creating board games and building dioramas. So I think I inherited that creative spirit, and because I was the only kid in my house, I spent a lot of time in my head, making up stories and worlds. I also saw a UFO when I was about eight, and I think that instilled a sense of possibility in the fantastic that has stayed with me. (I’m not saying I had an alien encounter, but I definitely saw something weird, round, and unidentified hovering in the sky!)

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have a deep and abiding love for and interest in fairy tales. When I was getting my MFA, I did my graduate project on fairy tales and the enduring nature of retellings. Then I had the opportunity to explore alien romance, so I thought it would be really interesting and fun to take traditional tales we all know and give them a science fiction spin. Hence, my Interstellar Fairy Tales series was born. The first book, Aura Awakened, is out now. The second book in the series, Zella Unlocked, will be in Alien Embrace. It’s a space retelling of Rapunzel, complete with a xenophobic colony, a detention tower, and an alien military force. There are more books to come in the series, so interested readers should stay tuned to my newsletter or social media for updates.

What are you working on now? 

A few different things. Zella Unlocked releases in August 2021, so I’m busy putting the finishing touches on it and gearing up for promotional stuff. I’m also working on the other books in the Interstellar Fairy Tales series, as well as some non-SFR fairy tale projects and some standalone SFR books. I have years’ worth of books planned; I wish I could write faster so I could release them all right away. I’m working on epic fantasies, paranormal mysteries, urban fantasies set on other worlds, different kinds of retellings, and so much more!

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Do you have any quirks while working? 

I almost never work at a desk. I’ve always been this way, and I don’t really know why, other than I find desks/tables inherently uncomfortable. Instead, I make work nests. I’ll settle on the couch or bed with a bunch of pillows, my favorite throw blanket, and some water. I snuggle into my nest and get lost in worlds and words.

I also can’t write to music. I know a lot of authors like to create a playlist for each project to help them set the mood and tone of the book, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m so connected to words that I immediately get distracted by the lyrics, which interfere with the words I’m trying to write. I suppose I could write to instrumental music, but honestly, it’s just not for me. I will write to rain and storm sounds, though.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope that I can continue to do this as my career for many years to come, that I continue to find new readers, and that my books resonate with people. I love telling stories, and I genuinely hope that more and more people discover my books and love reading them.

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

When it comes to indie publishing, authors have a lot more control than they do in the traditional publishing world. You don’t have to get through the gatekeeping of agents, editors, and publishers, and you can (mostly) control royalties, covers, release schedule, and more. All of that is really alluring. However, indie publishing comes with its own challenges. You may have all the control, but you also have to do all the work. There are no agents or PR teams backing you and spreading the word. 

A career in indie publishing is about so much more than just writing. I was naïve when I started and thought that as long as I could tell a story and had solid writing mechanics, I could be successful. But if you want to truly succeed and make a living, you have to learn how to run a business. There are so many behind-the-scenes business factors to consider: popular trends, writing to market, bookfunnels, how and when to offer freebies and giveaways, newsletter networking, social media, marketing and advertising, and more. I’m still learning about the business part of the indie publishing industry every day. New authors should be aware of how much work it really takes!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

First and foremost, thank you for sticking with me and reading my books! I wouldn’t be able to write for my job if it weren’t for my readers, and I’m so grateful to them. I’m always encouraging readers to sign up for my newsletter, because I don’t spam and I do offer news, updates, cover reveals, giveaways, freebies, and more! I try to make sure my newsletter always has something valuable for the subscribers, to serve as a thank you for supporting me.

I’d also ask readers to take the time to review their favorite books, especially on Amazon. Positive ratings and reviews help authors immensely; conversely, three stars or fewer can be very damaging to an author’s career and visibility on the platform. If you don’t enjoy a book, that’s more than fine, but if you genuinely like it, I encourage you to go give it four or five stars. It’s more important and beneficial than many readers realize, especially for indie authors. Also, if you find errors or typos in a book, it’s best to reach out to the author privately. Reporting it to Amazon can get the book permanently removed from the site, which is something many readers don’t realize. They’re trying to be helpful, but might inadvertently damage the author’s platform. 

That’s part of what I meant before when I said that indie publishing as a business is more complex than many people realize. Authors can’t just write whatever they want and expect it to sell, and they’re often forced to rely on factors outside of their control — like reviews — to be successful. The relationship between authors and readers is a symbiotic one, so I always try to give readers the best bang for their buck, but also ask them to be aware of how their actions — even small ones! — can help or harm indie authors.

Author K. Williams #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author K. Williams

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Well, I’ve been married for way longer than I was single and most of my life. I have 4 grown daughters living in different places around the country. I write Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction and RH. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written. I decided I wanted to write a book a few years ago. 12 books and five and a half years later, here I am. I love doing it. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wanted to do a Rags to Riches, fish out of water type of book. Harlow spoke to me so much and I loved doing her book! It’s due out June 12!

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the first in a three book series about triplets. The first book is due out in August. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

They change. I used to make sure I have a slushie before I would start writing. Now, I tend to write in the mornings after my run and before I have to get ready for work. And I also do a little writing before bed too.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is to write a book that everyone wants to read. Or for someone to discover the books I’ve already written and tells everyone to read them. (Hey Oprah!)

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

You can’t write a book if you don’t start writing. You have to start someplace. Also, write what you want to read, if you want to read it, someone else does too. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you so much for reading my books!

Author Jade Thorn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jade Thorn

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Well, I’m in my late 40’s (that’s kind of scary) and I’m married with three gorgeous children. We live in Sydney, Australia.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes, but I thought it wasn’t possible. It certainly wasn’t until the Amazon self publishing path became a possibility. Prior to that, I just wrote stories and ideas in notebooks and didn’t think about them again. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Most of my stories start with a dream, I wake up with a story, a scene or two replaying in my head until I write it down. Sometimes the characters just start talking to me, usually in the shower, or when I’m hanging out the washing. Either way, not when I have my hands free to start taking notes, lol. 

Jacinta’s story was a dream, but then I came across an image from NASA and things just started falling into place and I knew I had to write it. I wrote the first draft 18 months ago, and I’ve only just got around to rewriting it. (First one was absolute rubbish, lol. I like to think I’ve grown a bit as a writer since then.)

What are you working on now? 

I’m working on Book 2 of Jacinta’s story. I’m rapid-releasing her trilogy. Then I’m going back to my Brotherhood series. There’s another five books to come for that. I’m also working on learning JavaScript to help my eldest son with his homework, lol.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I need silence. With three kids and a husband who works from home, that isn’t easy. I live for the three days a week when my youngest is at preschool. Next year – next year… Just watch this space. 😉

What are your hopes for the future?

Personally, I want to do this for a living. At the moment, I’m earning a part-time wage, and putting in full-time hours. I even go all night without sleep when necessary (deadlines looming). I want to prove to my husband that this is more than a hobby. I want to be able to upload all the stories in my head directly into a computer, then sit and edit. LMAO.

I’m starting up a blurb service, because I seem to be good at it. I write concepts for a cover designer (hi Tash! Shout out to DAZE-designs.com ), and doing blurbs is similar enough that I can do it with ease. (Easier to write for others than for me, lol). Anyway, I’d like for that to get off the ground.

For my family – my eldest has learning difficulties and has just started high school. He’s really struggling. I’d love for him to settle into a pattern and find his feet. I want my middle son to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s a sweet kid – when you can get him away from minecraft, lol. He wants to be an artist. And for my youngest, she’s struggling with speech. We’re making real progress this year, but it’s a hard slog. 
Hubby – I want him to not work so hard, he never stops. 

For the world – peace. I want peace, and more understanding, and less of the self-entitled attitude that seems to be spreading like a virus. It’s a sickness that’s destroying our planet as much as global warming is. Wow, this got dark fast!

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

Yes. 
Treat it like a business from the start. I know that sounds harsh, but hear me out.

Protect yourself. I’ve seen authors taken for rides because of their lack of experience. Get contracts for everything. I mean it, everything. Non-disclosure, confidentiality, expectations of service (PA’s/editors etc), Have an agreement with any volunteers you work with, to protect them as much as you.

Be professional at all times. Have a laugh in private, in public – you’re a persona now. Everything you do is noted and weighed. I’ve seen books plagiarised, files held for ransom, and friendships destroyed, because people found out they weren’t on the same page. Have friends, but keep it separate from what you do. 

I’m not saying become a corporate Karen. I’m saying, be sensible, prudent and most of all reliable. Have dignity, and give it to others.

Finally, reach out. The indie community, for all its flaws, can be an amazing resource. Reach out. There are very few authors who would not help you. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

You’re all nuts!

No, seriously, you’re all nuts. Ha ha ha. 

Ok, this time. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You encourage me, keep me going and inspire me. I can’t believe that people like my books. I keep waiting for the critics to come along and say “yeah, she’s really rubbish, here’s why”.  A few have, and it’s hard to keep going when I read what they say. So, for everyone who has reached out to me with a word, or a like, or anything positive – thank you. You are a life line and a godsend. 

Author Marie Mistry #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Marie Mistry

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a 25-year-old country girl from Kent in England, and I have a master’s degree in video games. I recently got engaged to my favourite adorable nerd, and we’ve been together for six years now. As a typical taurus, I love my food, my caffeine and my sleep, and I can usually be found curled up somewhere with a book or a game and a large cup of tea. My other hobbies include playing the violin, cross stitching, long walks with my dog, and baking cakes (with varying degrees of success).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Ever since I was old enough to understand that Indiana Jones and Lara Croft weren’t career options 😉. I’ve always been a writer, but I never thought people would actually buy the books, so it was always a kind of distant dream. It always feels surreal whenever people ask what I do and I can actually say, ‘I’m an author.’

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I was following the Rainy Day Artwork page for a while, when I saw the cover for Traitor Witch just sitting there and it was like a lightbulb moment. I bought the cover then and there, and started work on Nilsa’s book. I’ve always loved pirates ever since I saw DreamWorks’ Sinbad as a child, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a paranormal pirate reverse harem.

What are you working on now?

Too many things! I’m currently working on tidying up the last few bits of Liar Witch, ready for release day on June 16th. I’m also in the process of editing a novella which will feature in my Vice College for Young Demons box set which will be out in the autumn. On top of that I have a super-secret project that is the first in a new gothic paranormal reverse harem trilogy.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I talk to myself and sing along badly to whatever music is blaring in my headphones. I also can’t seem to sit at a chair correctly, so when I’m at my desk my legs are usually contorted into every position under the sun.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Write enough that I finally manage to get all of the stories out of my head and onto paper! Okay, so maybe that will never happen lmao. I’d like to become a full-time author, and give book signing a go. I’m also side-eyeing the USA Today list, but that’s a little way off…

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

If I can do it, you 100% can. A lot of my journey was stumbling around in the dark, and somehow I’m still holding my own! Keep soldiering on. Don’t give up at the first hurdle. Even if your first books flop (and mine DID flop at first – I have a series of four books under a different pen name that only sold ten copies–and one of those was my mother!) keep at it. Make bad decisions. Make mistakes. It doesn’t matter. Just keep going. Everything feels worth it when you hold your own real book in your hands.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. You have made my dreams come true, and I cannot thank you enough. Really. I’d hug every single one of you if I could.

 

Author Gray Holborn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Gray Holborn

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a part-time teacher and part-time writer—so I get a little bit of the best of both worlds, even if work can pile up and be a bit hectic sometimes. I’m from the midwest, but I moved to the PNW for grad school and fell in love with the area. I’ve been here now for almost a decade and have a feeling I’ll be here for quite a while longer. It’s hard to give up the combination of mountains and water. 

In my freetime, I can be found reading, consuming way too much TV (is there such a thing as *too much* TV? I don’t know), and wandering around the city with my dog. He gets me out of the house on days when the world feels like a bit of a disaster. Dogs are the best, we definitely do not deserve them.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes and no! It’s one of those things I’ve always thought about, even from a young age. I loved living in books, and thought it would be the coolest thing in the world to give that sort of experience and escapism to someone else. As I got older and used reading as a way to unwind from a hectic student/work life, I started to think about self-publishing. Part of my graduate school research focused on how the self-publishing industry was changing the book community. It was fascinating and was a wonderful excuse to read deeply into an archive I already loved supporting. Eventually, I thought I’d try my own attempt, if only to better understand how indie authors start their businesses and make use of the tools available to them. I wrote one book during grad school (and I’ll eventually finish that series—I swear!), but COVID sort of inspired me to get back to writing with more focus than I had before. It was the perfect ‘stay inside’ hobby. Since October of 2020, I’ve been trying to treat my writing ‘hobby’ as a part-time job, which has helped me carve out more time and space to devote to it. I can’t succeed if I don’t give myself the chance!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series started as a Nanowrimo project a couple of years ago. I only wrote about 20-30 thousand words initially, and wanted to write a story about a girl who was thrust into a new world and set of experiences. I’d been reading reverse harem/why choose books for a few months at the time and really loved that they all incorporated this interesting cast of characters—I think I loved that aspect of the genre more so than all of the romance even. Writing a series in that genre seemed like a really cool way to practice creating and developing characters, each with their own complex and compelling back story. I was also going through a difficult time with anxiety and depression, and building each of the characters really helped me through it—sometimes analyzing characters and their experiences/traumas can really help me understand my own. My dog kept me company during those long nights of writing and learning the craft, so I wrote him into the story as the protagonist’s cartoonish hellhound sidekick (who is obviously my favorite character).

What are you working on now?

I’m still working on that same series, actually. Book One just released a few weeks ago and Book Two comes out this week. At the moment, I’m working my way through the writing and revising stages. This series will be six full novels, but I already have a few spinoffs planned in my head—I created too many characters that I love and want to learn more about. So I have a feeling I’ll be living in Max’s world of protectors and monsters for many months to come.

I also want to get back to my original series that started with Strange Supes. I have plans to begin reworking that first novel later this year and hopefully 2022 will see three more books after that. It’s another series with a cast of characters that I adore, so I’m sure I’ll have the space and intrigue to live in that writing world for quite a while.  

Do you have any quirks while working?

I do what are known as pomodoro sprints. I set a timer for 15-25 minutes and just word vomit all over my google doc. I don’t do any editing during that time and instead, just try to get into the flow and let my characters speak to me. It’s been a really cool way to get words on the page, without stressing too much about perfection. One thing I’ve learned as a reader of indie books is that I don’t focus much on perfection while I’m reading. It just doesn’t matter much to me—the perfectly-constructed sentence doesn’t seem nearly as important as the feeling a scene or a character evokes. Sprints have helped tremendously with that.

Also chocolate. When I have a particularly high word count day, I like to reward myself with chocolate (and, let’s be honest, I still get that chocolate even if I don’t.)

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to build a community of readers. Writing is great. I love it. And if I could make a small side career out of it, that would be fantastic. I don’t think I could realistically stop teaching, as I love that just as much, but it would be cool if I could continue to focus on both career paths. But more than writing and publishing, I really want to build a community of like-minded readers who shamelessly enjoy reading. The reverse harem (although I really hate that phrase…don’t get me started) is perfect for this—the readers love to read and support indie authors, but they also have a tendency to support each other. There’s no shame about reader preferences and there’s so much sex positivity in the community. It’s been really inspiring to be a part of. 

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

I’m still an incredibly new author in the publishing world, and only really began investing time in it over the last six or seven months. I’d say the best advice I have is to sit your butt in the chair and get words on the page. Everything comes after that. 

Second piece of advice is to be open to learning. These days, authors are required to do a lot more than simply write. You have to be a great storyteller, but you also have to learn how to market and use social media. There’s so many different hats to wear and you have to be open to learning about the process if you want to discover what works best for you. The self-publishing community is really generous with sharing information and education, which has been invaluable to me. I try to set aside an hour or two every week to listen to podcasts on indie publishing, or to read various books on the writing craft itself. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you! These last few months have been really exciting for me and I’ve been blown away by how quick the author life picks up after hitting that terrifying and exciting publish button. Connecting with readers has been my favorite part of the whole experience and I’m so excited to continue growing my community of readers and writers. I’m learning so much and loving every second of it!

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Author Elizabeth Brown #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Elizabeth Brown

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Elizabeth Brown, I prefer to go by Beth! I’m a thirty-something mom of a toddler and fur babies. I live in southern New Hampshire but grew up in the Boston area. 

I’ve got both an education degree and a law degree. Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I worked for corporations drafting, negotiating, and editing their legal contracts while also doing immigration work on the side.

When I’m not writing or chasing after the tiny human (or sleeping), I’m reading, sassing my husband, annoying the cats, walking the dog, or hiding in my hammock. I also advocate for mental health awareness, ending the stigma, and getting support. I suffer from CPTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Panic disorders. My journey certainly wasn’t easy, and I want people to know that they aren’t alone during their journey. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!

One of my biggest idols is Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She did a lot for women in the States and I was devastated when she died. So much so, I named my car after her. I have a weakness for strong female characters who kick ass, take no names, and are fully comfortable with their sexualities. 

I also believe in having a diverse cast of characters in my novels. So while I’m the definition of a white girl (seriously, when I go outside I’m surprised y’all can’t see me on the other side of the damn planet), I want my books to reflect the world around me. This means that I talk to friends and family members about their struggles and triumphs to make sure that I can reflect them as accurately as possible. I also do an insane amount of research (no, straight up google doesn’t count).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Funny enough, yes! I actually wrote it down on a class project when I was in middle school and out of the “I want to be a princess,” phase. I’d always had a higher-than-average reading ability and always carried a book around with me wherever I went. And this was before ebook readers, so my bitch-ass was lugging around massive books for fun. 

When I originally entered undergrad, I went in with the intent to become an author. I was turned from that path when all my family ridiculed me and said that wasn’t a real job. I’m still a bit salty about that, but we’ve all come to terms with the fact that being an author is an actual job. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

For the Resurrection of Queens series, had actually been a dream I had a few years ago. I wrote down the details I could remember and then it took off from there. 

Blood Crown, I was looking through Pinterest one day (I like to look at the art on there sometimes), and I found this amazing piece of art of a woman in gold on a black throne. And I wanted so badly to write her story. Torri and I had been friends for a while. I sent her the picture and told her I wanted to write her story. She got excited and then I told her that we should do it together!

What are you working on now?

Blood Crown is being released June 15. Vengeance of a Queen is being released July 1. I’ve stopped writing for a few weeks to make sure those releases go well. But next on the list is the sequel to Blood Crown, and the solo PNR RH I’ve been working on—Reign.

Do you have any quirks while working?

There are times when I will listen to the same song over and over again because it just feels like the scene I’m writing. I also 100% have to write the book in order. I’ve tried to jump ahead… It does not end well.

What are your hopes for the future?

Torri and I would love to do an audiobook for the Blood Crown books, and we’re also looking to do special editions. 

I’ve got a long list of joint projects with Torri and solo projects. I’d love to see those lists continue to grow!

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

Always, always, always, invest in an editor. You want to do the rest yourself? Go for it. But get a damn editor! Every book needs at least line edits. Every. Book. You’re far too close to your project to do it yourself. 

So make sure that you request sample edits. You can find an editor that won’t break the bank and is still amazing, but you need to vet them first. 

If you can also swing it, pay for a professional to do your book covers. I haven’t once regretted having both an editor and a cover artist. When my first book came out, I had saved money specifically for those two expenses. And I make sure that whatever profit I get off my books get saved until I hit the amount I need for both for the next project. Sometimes I have to dig into personal funds (if I’m publishing a few in close timeframes). But I see that money back in book sales. 

Finally, make sure you have one hell of a good blurb. You could have an amazing cover, but if your blurb isn’t edited and it’s poorly written, it’s a pass for a lot of writers. I—personally—am drawn in by the cover. Then I read the blurb. And I’ve stopped myself from purchase what could have been an amazing book because the blurb was just…eh… Writer groups on FB help with that a lot! All you have to do is ask. I always run my blurbs by my author friends and my beta readers to make sure that they are impactful enough.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

The comments and reviews we’ve seen about Blood Crown has honestly been so amazing. I know how hard it is for indie authors to “make it big” so never in a million years did I expect this. And a lot of you have also gone back to order my solo works after Blood Crown. I am so damn humbled and so very grateful that I have you guys. 

There are days when imposter syndrome hits hard that’s when I turn to my reader groups. I love interacting with you. I love seeing private messages on any of my social media platforms. I love just talking (doesn’t have to be about my books) with all of you. So please, don’t be shy. I can promise hearing from you will make my day!

Author Rachelle Bonifay #MoonlitFalls #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rachelle Bonifay

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a Southern girl through and through. I have lived my whole life in Alabama and at this point don’t have plans to leave. I am still teaching during the days and hopping to use the summer to knock out several first draft projects. I have two dogs: Gracie, a yorkie mix, and Luna, a Coton de Tulear/Havanese mix. When I’m not writing or reading I enjoy spending time outside: swimming, hiking, or gardening.  

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have been writing stories since high school but never thought what I wrote was worth sharing. Luckily the MDL ladies are helping me see otherwise. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Last November, one of the girls from the Silver Springs neighborhood set up a fanfiction challenge for National Novel Writing Month. I decided to join and have fun creating stories again. When the Moonlit Falls competition opened, I honestly didn’t plan to apply. One of the women in charge reached out to ask if I was planning on submitting anything because she had read my fanfiction. (Thanks Dolly!) After looking for some photo inspiration, I found a girl who had a story to be told and decided to shoot my shot. Luckily it worked in my favor this time. 

What are you working on now?

I am getting the final edits of Moonlit Garnet finished as well as working on Briar’s story for the Fearless anthology (MF contemporary Romance) and want to finish All for Being Normal (PNR MF romance) this summer. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love to watch crime shows or medical shows while I’m writing. I can’t watch trivia shows or I forget to write and just answer all the questions. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m hoping to be able to publish multiple books a year and to one day publish a co-write with a more established author. 

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

Ask all the questions. Every author I’ve reached out to has been more than willing to help recommend editors and proofers and to explain the process. I’ve also had some offer their groups to find alpha, beta, and arc readers. So don’t let the fact that they are established intimidate you, they remember what it’s like to be just starting out. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me and supporting me in this new adventure even if it leaves me feeling like a stress muffin stuck in a corner some days! 

June Book Releases #amreading

June 1

The Knitter’s Guide to Banishing Boyfriends (Sweet Pea Book 2) PNR MF
June 1

Patriot Games: Yankee Doodle Sweetheart, Contemporary Action
June 2

Wolf Forever: Arbor Falls Book 4 PNR RH
June 2

Queen Crowned: A slow-burn fantasy romance (The Warrior Queen Legacy Book 3)
June 3

A Shifter’s Sin (Wolves of Hawthorne Cove Book 1) PNR RH
June 3

Moonlit Nephrite (Moonlit Falls Book 1) PNR RH Rom-Com
June 3

Siren Redeemed: Paranormal Prison Romance (Thief of Hearts Book 4) PNR RH
June 4

Ruthless (Steel Demons MC Book 8)
Dystopian PNR RH
June 4

Destined to Strike (PNR RH Standalone)
June 4

Rejected Queen : A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Shattered Destiny of Alexandra Wolf Book 1)
June 4

Torment: Part Two (The Bleeding Hearts Series Book 2) Contemporary Dark MC
June 5

Lured: An adult fae paranormal romance (Promised to the Pucks Book 1) Fantasy RH
June 5

A Winged Embrace: A Mate Index Alien Romance (The Mate Index Book 13) Sci-fi romance MF
June 5

Claiming: Succubus Reborn Serial (Succubus Harem 47) PNR RH
June 8

Stay Away (Losing My Heart Book 2) contemporary m/f
June 9

Queen of Frozen War (Royal Lies Book 3) Fantasy Romance RH
June 10

Lilith’s Desire (Wrongfully Damned Book 2)
PNR RH
June 10

Moonlit Alexandrite: A paranormal reverse harem romcom (Moonlit Falls Book 3)
June 11

A Lady of Embers: Fires of the Fae series: Book One, Fantasy RH
June 11

Her Shifter Kingdom (House of Wolves and Magic Book 5) PNR/Urban Fantasy RH
June 11

Ruthless Heart: The Ruthless Devils Series: Book 1, College sports romance MF
June 12

Jumpshot: The Swoosh Chronicles Book 1
June 15

Blood Crown: Freedom’s Harem, Book 1, pnr RH
June 15

Stolen Destiny
Paranormal MFM / shifter / standalone
June 16

Liar Witch (The Deadwood Book 2) PNR RH
June 16

Surviving in Everton (Everton Ever After Book 2) Sweet PNR RH
June 17

Moonlit Garnet: A unique shifter RH Romance (Moonlit Falls Book 4)
June 18

Twisted: A College Age Bully Ménage
June 19

Dark Moon: A Vampire Paranormal Romance (The Blackheart Saga Book 3) RH
June 24

Moonlit Jade: A Unique Shifter RH Romance (Moonlit Falls Book 5)
June 24

Frenetic (Arcane Mage Series Book 4) RH
June 24

To Hell and Back: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 4)
June 25

Project: Adapt – Reboot: A Space Fantasy Alien Romance (Book 5) RH
June 25

WOLF TAMER: A Wolf Shifter Romance (Claiming My Pack Series Book 1)
June 25

Blood & Honey (Race Games 1) PNR
June 25

Alena’s Revenge. Dark Romance m/f
June 27

A Witch Out of Time, Book 2 in The Yaga’s Riders series, PNR RH
June 27

The Devil’s Vengeance (Dramonia Academy Book 2) PNR RH
June 27

Heartless Monsters: A Rejected Mates Paranormal Romance (The Vampires Vendetta Series Book 2)
June 28

Juniper: Dildoomed: A paranormal romantic comedy (Spell Library Book 17) PNR RH
June 28

The Bound Witch
(The Osseous Chronicles Book 3)
June 29

Spirited: a reverse harem academy romance (Manderley Academy Book 3)
June 29

Wicked Rejection : A Dark Rejected Mates Romance (Predators & Prey Book 1) PNR RH
June 29

Demon Rising (Embers Duology Book 1) PNR MF
June 30

Demon’s Curse: Demon mafia gay romance

Author Nikki Jacks #interview #SilverSpringsLibrary

Please give a warm welcome to author Nikki Jacks

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 22 years. Our sons are 21 and 16. I have a bachelors degree in history and just completed a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

By day I work in a middle school (years 6-8).

I love to travel and enjoy good food with friends. I’ve begun learning about wine the last couple of years and enjoy tastings and pairings. In my spare time I read, play video games and watch all manner of British tv and cooking shows.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I didn’t always want to be an author, but I have always told stories. I started writing poetry in high school and continued in college and after I was married.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The initial inspiration for Lotus was winning the 13th Jewel Contest sponsored by the Silver Springs authors. I knew how my character was going to get whammied with a love spell, I just needed to let my imagination find the details.

What are you working on now?

This summer I’ll start working on a sequel to Lotus. I’ll also start plotting out Phoenix’s story.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m quirky in general, but I do have a few things. Music is a must when I’m writing. I typically put Spotify on random and let music play. I also burn my favorite candle, Sage & Citrus by Yankee Candle Co., and I chew Mentos gum while I write.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to improve my writing and continue creating stories people love, in Silver Springs and out.

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

Find mentors! The insights and advice of people who have walked the path ahead of you are invaluable. Publishing is more than Spell check in your word processing program and your alpha/beta team. Seek out the people who will support you and guide you along.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you!! Without your support and willingness to take a chance on a new author, Lotus wouldn’t be the hit she is!

Author Emmy Dee #MoonlitFalls #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Emmy Dee

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m just a small-town girl. Hailing from Arkansas, I spend most of my time wrangling my two toddlers and hanging out with my mom. I’m a firm believer in the use of finger guns and the phrase “cool beans.” I am definitely hip with all the cool kids. If you want to befriend me, I can be bribed with Dr. Pepper and gummy candies. I’ve always loved books and the side character Biff Hooper from the Hardy boys series was my first book boyfriend. I have plans to write in multiple genres, but the people in my head are crazy, so I’ll have to see where they take me

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I don’t think I have always wanted to be an author. I always hated writing essays in school, and my high school English teachers never really had a lot of faith in me. I have always loved reading though and I thought that people that wrote books were amazing. I was first struck with the inspiration to write in 2018. I went to my first ever book convention. Penned Con in St. Louis. I met several of my favorite authors and the author that got me into Indie books. I am normally very shy, but I felt so comfortable with all of the people I met and talked to. I instantly wanted to immerse myself in this community. On the way home after the convention, I told my husband that I wanted to write a book. It took me a couple of years to get going. I would have an idea, but wouldn’t write it down and then forget. Or I would write something down, and then stop because I didn’t want to make time to develop it. It wasn’t until late last year that things changed.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I saw the 13th jewel contest in Silver Springs and I almost decided to enter, but I didn’t have any confidence in myself. After it was over, and they announced the winner, I felt regret. Then the Moon Dust Library contest came up. I thought about skipping it too. I waited until right at the deadline and I told myself “If you do this and don’t get picked, then so what? Nothing in your life will change and you at least tried. But what if you do get chosen?”  I didn’t even read all the rules. (oops, sorry guys) I just jumped right in. I wrote almost four thousand words in almost four hours and submitted my info. When I got the message that my entry had been selected, I believe my exact words were “I think I’m going to throw up.” The MDL ladies have been my inspiration. They’ve helped me find myself. I am more confident in who I am now than I was when I started this journey, and I think they play a large part in that. 

What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on my short story for the Fearless Anthology. It’s an amazing anthology about strong women who struggled, fought, and survived. My story will be a prequel to my Moonlit Falls book. I also have Citrine’s second book mostly planned out and would like to release it around Christmas time. I have another anthology scheduled for next May ( it will definitely be paranormal but I haven’t decided if it’s gonna be RH or not.) and I have a couple of other projects that are in their very beginning phases. One is another paranormal reverse harem and the other is MF contemporary rom-com. Next year is looking pretty busy!

Do you have any quirks while working?

HAHAHA! Yes! A few. I have eaten a crap-ton of candy since January. If I’m writing, I’m probably snacking on some sort of gummy candy. My current favorite is sour lifesavers, but I’ll probably burn out on them soon if I keep eating them at this rate. I get distracted easily, and eating helps me focus. While I’m on the subject of distractions, I have to put my phone away and I can’t have any noise while I’m working. I also write the best at my desk staring at a blank wall. It’s all or nothing with this brain. Also, when I’m stuck on something or having problems with a character or scene, I take a shower. Shower thoughts with Emmy should be a podcast. I actually completely rewrote Citrine three times because of ideas I had in the shower. It looks nothing like my original entry, and the MDL ladies have banned me from taking showers more than once. (Don’t worry, I didn’t quit taking showers. I love them too much.) 

What are your hopes for the future?

I don’t know what the future holds, but I really hope this writing thing works out for me. I hope people love Citrine as much as I do and they feel like they can follow me on my new journey. I’ve discovered a new love, and I don’t really want to stop. I think I’ve found my calling.

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

I am not good at giving advice, but I will say this. Find your crew. Doing this is so much better with other people. I don’t think I would have been able to finish Citrine’s story so quickly if it wasn’t for my girls. They pushed me and helped me when I wanted to give up. I don’t know a lot about the publishing world yet, but I’m not as scared as I would be if I was doing this completely alone. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

If I have any… No, I’m kidding. Seriously, I love you guys. This community is the reason I even wanted to be an author. Don’t quit being you, because you are the best dang group of people in the world!

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