Author Eva Ashwood #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eva Ashwood

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Eva Ashwood has been a reader her whole life and a writer for several years. She loves telling stories of alpha males and the fierce women who bring them to their knees.

She’s a sucker for reverse harem, bully romance, enemies to lovers, heroes who redeem themselves, and all the drama and passion of new adult love.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, but I’ve always been a huuuge reader! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a voracious reader, and the moment I discovered romance novels, it was all over, lol. I got hooked and never looked back. The first book I ever wrote was because I was dying to read a certain trope in a book and I couldn’t find it, so I decided I would write it myself. And the rest is history!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series is called Dirty Broken Savages, and the inspiration for that one sort of hit me upside the head, lol. The blurb for the first book just popped into my head one day, and I had to scramble to find a pen to write it down as fast as I could. Then I knew I had to write the book, since the characters were screaming at me to tell their story.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Reign of Wrath, the third book in the Dirty Broken Savages series. There will be four books total in the series, so up next will be the final book. And then I’ll be starting a brand new series! I don’t want to say too much about that one yet, but it will be a dark contemporary romance.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often speak the dialogue out loud as I type, to make sure it sounds real and flows right, and I also make faces as I write – happy or sad or whatever the characters are feeling. So basically, I look like a crazy person, lol! My husband has learned to just ignore me while I’m in the middle of a writing session.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing for as long as I can. It’s all I can imagine myself doing now, and I have sooo many more stories in my head that I want to tell. I hope to write another paranormal series at some point, but right now, my muse is pulling me strongly in the direction of contemporary romance. So that’s where I’ll be for a while!

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

Take the leap! It’s soooo scary at first, but if I can do it, you can too! Write the story that’s been in your heart and in your head, the one you’ve always wanted to read that hasn’t been written yet.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you!!! I get insanely nervous with every book I release, and it’s honestly the messages and comments and reviews from readers that keep me going. Thank you for taking a chance on my work, and for loving the damaged, broken characters my mind comes up with!

Author Della Roe #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Della Roe

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Della Roe. I live in Texas with my two teens, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a fish named Neptune. All but one of my animals were named after a Goddess or God. It’s kinda my theme.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I fell away from books as a teen. I had always been a day dreamer though. When I picked up Twilight I devoured it, I searched for more books to sedate my new found love. The love of reading plus always having my head in the clouds lead me to writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

This book just kinda happened. I had no plans for it. I just wrote what came to mind.

What are you working on now?

I just am finishing up the edits of my first book. It’s about a girl who is struggling to survive. She gets fired from her job and gets possessed. It’s a romantic paranormal book. I’m not sure if it will be a ménage or MF. The characters haven’t told me yet.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I write at night. When I should go to bed, thats when I need to get the words out. I like to listen to music to space out the day. Reset my mind to go into creative mode.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes are to become a full time writer one day.

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

I’m still a baby author myself and I’m still learning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And book people in advance! Good book designers/editors/etc are booked out far in advance.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I don’t have any followers yet, so maybe follow me and give my books a try 🥰

Loosing my Heart by Melody Calder #preorder

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After working his way up from being a simple drug mule to the inner circle of the Boss, Ramone becomes one of his most trusted men. That trust puts him in charge of Katie’s safety, and he is not going to let a spoiled brat ruin his ambitions. In fact, he will use it to his advantage. In a dangerous world where one wrong move can put his head on a pike, he isn’t counting on love to be the most dangerous of all.

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Author Stacy Jones #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy Jones

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Stacy Jones. Ok, talking about myself… umm, basics! I’m 32, I live in the beautiful state of Arkansas with my middle school sweetheart and our rambunctious handful of a son, and I spend my days creating fantastical worlds and hanging out with my imaginary friends. Ha, that makes me sound crazy. I’m a romance author, which doesn’t mean I’m not crazy, it just means I’m productively so 😉

What has happened work wise since our last interview?

What’s happened work wise? Books, of course. Secret projects. 2020. Writing during the stress of a pandemic and the horrors that were virtual schooling was… interesting. Ha. I’m attempting to be diplomatic, but it was terrible. Being able to escape into my stories saved my sanity. I genuinely hope my books helped others cope with that dumpster fire of a year.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m working on the fourth book in the Chosen Series, Native. It was, as all the Chosen books have been, inspired by a dream. Lily, the FMC, surprised me in the epilogue of Tribe Protector (Chosen #3) by snagging herself a new love interest.
I hadn’t planned to write more in this series… and then I had a dream about Lily and Atuk. So, here I am, writing their book! Which releases soon!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Oh, yes. I still have many quirks while writing. I’ve upgraded from writing at my local coffee shop to a writing shed which is absolutely amazing and I recommend all my author friends get one. I still listen to music while writing and have amassed so, so many playlists, some specific to books some for particular types of scenes. I need one leg pulled up at all times. I have an unapologetic addiction to sticky notes. And I collect notebooks, some of which are just too pretty to ever be written in.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are, and always will be, to continue writing books people love, and supporting my family by following this crazy dream.

What have you learned about publishing since our first interview?

What I’ve learned about publishing since our last interview… it’s always nerve wracking. I genuinely thought it would become easier or less stressful at a certain point. I’m still waiting for that. Maybe someday! And, yet, that feeling of pride, accomplishment, and elation when I publish a new book is worth all the stress of release. Every time.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, whether you’re just discovering my books or whether you’re an avid fan, I couldn’t do this without you. The love y’all have shown and continue to show my books has been just… mind blowing. I’m so, so grateful. I hope you keep loving my stories. I hope you keep devouring my books so I can keep writing more. This has been one hell of an incredible journey so far, and I’m beyond excited to see what the future brings.

Author Cassandra Featherstone #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cassandra Featherstone

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I grew up in the Midwest as an English teacher’s kid, so I’ve always ben a writer. The arts have been a major part of my life—I’ve danced, sang, played instruments, and acted since I was two.

I moved to NYC for college in theater, but I came back to the Midwest when I got married. I’m a victim of gifted kid burnout, so I’ve done a little bit of every thing since HS, including being an indie bookseller, a nanny, a piercer, a bartender, a manager, a teaching aide, and lots more.

I’m a dreamer and a lover of all things magical, glittery, and fantastic.

Currently, I live in a tiny shoebox with my geeky gamer husband (Mr. Cass) and my college aged clone. We have five cats and more cred crew than should be legal between us.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I wrote my first short story at three (my mom still has it), and I’ve loved to write ever since. I didn’t think I could deal with the trad pub world, so I didn’t pursue it in college. After working an indie store that got smashed by COVID in March, I decided to give indie publishing a try. I’m so happy that I did!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series has been in the works for years. It’s based on characters created while in a writing group many years ago. There’s a hint of homage in some of them if you look hard enough.

What are you working on now?

Right now? Oh, dear. So MUCH. I’m getting ready to release book two in the Riftverse series on 2/19, so I’m finalizing that. I’m starting a short story in universe, a new parallel timeframe series in the universe, and juggling all of the indie author mess–social media, appearances in groups, etc– at the same time. I feel just as packed as before the lockdowns, just more stationary.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Quirks? Definitely. I like music–both books have playlists on Spotify– and I like to be set up exactly so. I can write anywhere if I take my laptop, but I need to focus if it’s editing. So I have headphones, pillows, lap desks, a desk area, etc setup to my specs when I do work. I can’t stand to work without a mouse, so I always have one along.

What are your hopes for the future?

My greatest wish is for readers to fall in love with my ‘brain gremlins’ as much as I did. If that happens, I’ll be able to continue to write from home after this pandemic mess ends. That’s the real goal. Because I love this, and I want to do it forever.

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

Advice? Lots. I thought I knew everything going in–I didn’t. I took missteps that it’s taken me months to fix. I’m just starting to really get my feet under me and it’s been a year. I will say two things have helped IMMENSELY: one, finding other authors and PAs in the RH community that are helpful and kind, and two, joining the 20Booksto50K FB group to learn about resources and successes of other authors. Those two things have really been invaluable.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I ALWAYS have things to say to my followers! Number one, I love you, thank you for reading, you are the most amazing folks! Number two, help keep indie a place where we can all learn and grow. Support one another, don’t gatekeep, and help us all succeed. There’s nothing more satisfying that lifting each other up and seeing all of our glitter sparkle. Number three, don’t ever be ashamed of what you read and what you love. You do you, boo.

Author Aria Winter #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Aria Winter

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello! I live near Fort Worth, TX with my husband, 2 cats and 1 dog. In addition to reading and writing, I love biking, travel, and sitting on the deck drinking coffee or tea when it rains.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I love writing, but the idea of becoming an author always seemed like such a faraway dream. My husband was the one who encouraged me to publish. At first, I was full of so much self-doubt, it seemed impossible. But he and one of my sisters kept encouraging me until I caved and finally decided to go for it.

My husband learned how to do all the “behind the scenes” stuff so that I can focus on writing. He’s been so supportive, it’s amazing. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably still be writing fanfiction for myself.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The one I’m working on now is a cowrite with Jessica Grayson. It’s a fairy tale retelling series. With the crazy state of the world today, I’ve found myself drawn to fairy tales as an escape. Especially Disney movie fairy tales. So, we decided to do a series of retellings based on our favorites.

I love fairy tales, but I also love steam in my books. So, we decided to combine the two. Our fairy tales are full of love, have plenty of steam and smexy times as well as plenty of interesting twists to keep the readers guessing. We loosely follows the fairy tales, but we also wanted to make sure they could stand on their own instead of just being a rehashing of what’s already out there.

Our first one is already out on Amazon KU. It’s a Dragon Shifter Beauty and the Beast Retelling called “Taken by the Dragon.” I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with those characters while writing their story. They have a cameo in the 2nd book in the series “Captivated by the Fae: A Cinderella Retelling” that I think readers will really enjoy. 😊

What are you working on now?

I’m working on “Bound to the Elf Prince: A Snow White Retelling” with Jessica Grayson. I love Elvish Romance and I’m really enjoying fleshing out this world.

Each of the fairy tales are all in a shared world and loosely connected to each other. Characters from each story make cameos in the other books. I really love how it’s all tying together.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a different song that I choose as a theme song for each book. I write about 20k words/day. If I get stuck on one project, I switch to another so I can get my word count in. So, the theme song helps get me back in the head of the characters and also helps me really immerse myself in that particular world before I dive back in and start writing in it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I have a million stories in my head and I want to get them all out into the world as quickly as possible. I love writing and immersing myself in other worlds. I wake up each morning excited to begin and I can’t wait to share all these stories that I have in my head with my readers.

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

I know it’s hard, but do your best to silence the voice in your head trying to convince you that you cannot do this.

Jessica Grayson shared a quote with me that helped her with her writing process. It really inspired me as well. “I’m writing a rough draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”   

That is such a powerful quote. It’s also the reason I’m able to write as quickly as I can. It really helps silence my inner critic when I’m writing a rough draft so that I can produce it that much faster.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. It means so much to me when someone messages me about how much they loved a particular story and/or the characters. These books are really close to my heart and I love knowing that people enjoy them as much as I love writing them. 😊

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.

Author Stella Brie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stella Brie

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live outside of Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and my 13 year old golden retriever, Bailey.  My husband got tired of me telling him I wanted to write a book ‘someday’ and challenged me to sit down and write a paragraph. Just one paragraph. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. First, I wrote a serial fan fiction, then jumped into my first book, My Salvation. I learned a ton writing that book! 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

For a long time, no. I was a voracious reader and I worked in marketing. But for the last few years, I kept thinking “this is something I want to do…someday”.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Music often inspires a kernel of an idea. For my newest book, The Rowan, I heard the song Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer on the radio and all I could think about were vampires dancing on the dance floor, paying homage to a master vampire. That jump started my new series. 

What are you working on now? 

Book 2 in the Killian Blade Series, an urban fantasy reverse harem.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I like to write one chapter at a time. When I sit down at my laptop, I will only write one chapter. I may come back later and write another chapter, but not in one sitting. It helps me focus.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To tell a lot more stories, cross genres and make a living. (Got to feed my dog!)

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

Just do it, publish. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You will learn a ton and that will set up your second book for more success. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, my heart is so full of gratitude for everyone who reads my books.

Author J.J. Dean #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author J.J. Dean

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an avid reader, a grade A goofball and I love to eat. Most of my characters are spawns from pieces of my crazy brain, I’m quirky on the best of days and have an unhealthy obsession with Charlie Hunnam. I spend half of my time writing, and the other half staring into the distance wondering why my characters won’t cooperate and why I decided to write the assholes in the first place. I cuss a lot without making an apology for it, I procrastinate so hard that it’s become a disease, and I’m full of random facts that have wasted a lot of brain space that I might have needed in the past.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

There was a long period that I didn’t even think about writing. At age thirteen, I tried to follow in my mother’s footsteps, deciding to take a pen to paper and see where the ink would take me. Only, what I wrote was utter gibberish and made me cringe so hard that I threw the entire notebook away. After that failed attempt I was more focused on art, photography, and design. I thought for sure I’d end up in a career field associated with those. However, a year ago found my love for writing rekindled and I’ve not looked back since. It’s strange how that happens, but perhaps it just goes to show it was meant to be, right?

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Pinterest. That app is a goldmine for inspiration, I kid you not. Many of my books were created based on a single art piece I found and fell in love with. One book was purely created from the love I have for my mother, wanting to put that feeling into a book with all the feels and emotions. I guess I find inspiration in all kinds of places, but my main go to is a cheeky little Pinterest board.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things at once. My main projects at the moment would be the third book in my series, The Fall, and a secret project I’ve only revealed in my reader group because I’m a sneaky tease like that. I have a whole bunch of other things tucked away up my sleeve that I’ve started, but I’m pretty sure they won’t see the light of day for a little while.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a whole bunch that have no doubt dubbed me a weirdo to my other half. My main quirks would be talking out loud, feeling out the way the sentences I write would sound before typing them. Pretty sure it looks like I have a split personality disorder since I have full out conversations with myself. Another one would be listening to music that suits the vibe of the book I’m writing, or doesn’t suit it at all and I’m forced to focus even harder to write a sad scene while Wham! plays in my ears. Guess I like a challenge LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes would be that I continue to write what I love for as long as I can. This is a career I never thought I’d achieve but wouldn’t change for anything. Continuing down this road and finding myself still loving what I’m doing, enjoying sharing my words with others, is the dream. If I find myself still writing the ideas that spring to my mind ten years down the line, I’ll consider myself a very happy nugget.

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

Honestly? It’s a tough world to delve into. I’m still no where near the level a great deal of authors are at, and I’ve been writing for a year. This job takes a lot of love, dedication and perseverance. You have to push through the hard days, grow a very thick layer of skin, go at your own pace and don’t ever compare yourself to others. You’re you, your words are yours, and it’s a unique thing to be proud of. Comparing yourself will only hurt you and hinder the progress you’re heading towards. Always do a whole lot of promotion. Don’t be afraid to push your book out there, to show the world how hard you’ve worked on something you adore. And one vital piece of advice I can offer that was passed down to me: don’t read bad reviews. If you see those review stars sitting low on the chart, avoid it like the plague. I’ve been burned by many a review already, and the heart crushing ache it leaves you with is not worth it. You won’t please everyone with your books, and that’s okay. Remember that.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

The only thing I can say is that I love my followers to the ends of the earth. Their support and encouraging words are always a thing of beauty and each follower makes me honoured to have them in my corner. I wouldn’t be where I am without them and, for that, I’ll always be humble grateful. I don’t think they’ll ever know how much I value them all.

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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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