Author Mark McQuillen #interview

Tell us a bit about yourself

Im a 62 year old ex military self taught indie author, Ive been writing for almost five years with my writing partner Mara Reitsma. Our 5th anniversary is February 15th. and I live in Morris, IL. Im seperated. I love animals.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Ive always been a writer since I was about 8 years old when I read the Hobbit for the first time. Later in life I wrote my own AD&D campaigns, then I wrote Tolkien Fan Fiction for four years before writing Valkyrie Darkness.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Well the inspiration for the current series is telling Malices entire story..In Tales of the Petals Mara and I are telling of Mals time as an Archvillianess, and as always in my books things are not as they appear to be.

What are you working on now?

What we are working on now is the third book in Tales of the Petals entitled “Den of Whispers.”

Do you have any quirks while working?

I dont know if its a quirk but I write something everyday.

What are your hopes for the future?

Well right now my hopes are to get a publisher and or an agent..Ive been working on it but so far no luck…

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

My advice to new authors is learn as much as you can about this buisiness, work your butt off and as you have one person who likes your book youve done your job.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

As far as my fans go, hold on to your hats folks the best is yet to come.

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Artist/Author Alexa Wayne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to AW

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Alexa Wayne, aka the OCD Vampire. I’m obsessed with Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler. I am an introvert, and I do not hide it anymore. I even believe it to be an asset for someone who is like me. I am writing and drawing all day long with my little dog, Carey, by my side.

I studied graphic and web design a decade ago, along with 2D and 3D Animation. I also took online Sequential Art | Inking & Rendering | Anatomy and Comic Book Art classes with Comics Experience. I then went to Syn Studio and studied Digital Painting | Storytelling & Design | Character Rendering | Comic Book. I own a diploma in WordPress with TechUComp. I have various certifications and qualifications in Proofreading & Editing | Creative Writing | Novel Writing | Successful Self- Publishing | Social Media Marketing | Blogging Business | Virtual Assistance | Ufology | Astronomy | Cryptozoology | Wicca | Hoodoo with Centre of Excellence.

I took many art classes to help me in my development as a well-rounded artist. I didn’t wish to rely on anyone to become the writer that I envisioned in my head. I love everything when it comes to creating something. I like doing research, marketing, graphic, and web design. I enjoy the entire process of turning a piece of art, including a novel, into something incredible.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I grew up in the artistic world. I went to acting school for thirteen years of my life, and that included classical ballet, along with singing and various types of acting and dancing styles. If someone asked me why I love to read and watch the most, it would be Dracula or vampires in general. To me, the comic book is the most accurate form of art when it gets closer to acting. Some would argue, of course, debate it to the contrary, but acting has many faces.

Time passed, I needed something more, and that was to gain writing experience. The Geek Initiative became the first professional blog I worked for, and it was epic. I enjoy the geeky environment and the opportunity they gave me. The founder, Tara M. Clapper, and editor in chief became my first novel editor.

She gave me the backbone I needed to find my way as an artist and author. I am now the proud creator of Gothic Bite Magazine. I write paranormal suspense novels in the horror genre. It took me some time, but now I know that I am proud to be a monster nerd, and a hundred percent living in her twisted mind!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration most of the time in music, books, research, and whatever is online or on television. I love to use research and other forms of art as inspiration. It is quite amazing what one can find in the most transparent or subtle places.

I also enjoy walking outside with my dog. We live in a country town surrounded by woods, so walking is fantastic around here. It’s like being lost in nature, and I put on my music and wait for inspiration to strike.

Of course, I have my secret weapon, which is going to the esoteric stores in our small and old little country downtown. It’s peaceful and quiet. It has perfect energy all around. I enjoy it, and most of the time, it leaves me with many ideas.

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What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a personal comic book project as the penciler and colorist as well as scripter when it comes to my art. The inspiration is from one of my novels. My inker is Kendra Hale, as well as my editor and beta reader for the script.

As for writing, I am working on the new release of Lord Impaler Series #2, The Gravedigger. It comes out on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, free on Kindle Unlimited. I do my own graphic design, of course, and create the marketing merchandise for it as well.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I forget the time, and my dog must remind me to stop and eat. I’m often in my own little bubble, and the world around doesn’t exist anymore. I must listen to music while drawing; otherwise, my work doesn’t flow well.

I listen to relaxing music such as Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Disturbed, Exit Eden, and Dance Macabre. I know people don’t consider those relaxing, but they are to me. I love them!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I would love my webzine, Gothic Bite Magazine, to become LLC and accessible enough so that we can support causes such as 4Oceans or Bats QLD. GBM is a webzine created by monsters for monsters so that gothic people have a place to go and feel welcome. We try to help the indie community as much as we can. Again, this project is possible because of my #1, Kendra Hale.

I guess, for the future, all I want is to be happy and be capable of helping people achieve their dreams. I want to be able to live off my art and writing, so I can help others. That is literally all I want.

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

I grew up in the art and publishing world. Books surrounded me since I was born. Raised by my grandparents and mother, my grandpa worked for a binding & printing company. He would often come back with boxes of books and encyclopaedia worth so much money but didn’t “make the cut” because of small printing errors.

So, my advice would be if you wish to become a graphic/web designer or illustrator, do not be afraid to stand out. I mean by that to not fit in any cookie cutters. Look at the latest trends yes, but also; don’t be afraid to find inspiration in the past. Myself, I am more of a European stylist in design than American simply because I prefer certain aspects of it. Put together your portfolio and a professional website. Don’t be afraid to pay for a professional website if you must. Graphic and web design require a certification because of the complexity of the rules and printing industry as well as online industry.

When it comes to authors, do not stop writing because people tell you that you cannot make it. It is NOT true. Do not listen to those voices. Keep writing and again, stand out. When everyone goes right for the style of writing or book cover, don’t be afraid to go left. Do not settle for anyone but yourself and how much you believe in your story. Another common mistake, do not do everything yourself. Do not fear your limits and hire a graphic designer or illustrator for your book cover. The phrase “do not judge a book by its cover” is a good lesson to learn but sadly, every one of us bought at least one book just because the cover was amazing. So, investing in editors, graphic designers and web designers are crucial parts of being an indie author. It is in those details that one can stand out from the sea of indie authors.

In conclusion, do not let fear and peer pressure dictate what you wish to become or do with your creation. Just keep going and you won’t regret it.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I don’t know that I have any fans. Haha! But, to anyone reading this, this phrase helped me a thousand times over, “Because you are afraid doesn’t mean that you’re not strong.” Whatever it is you dream of is worth your time and effort, and if you feel anxious, do not worry, your anxiety is lying to you, and you are going to be okay.

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Author/Poet April Bock #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a California girl living in the cold tundra that is Minnesota state, the summers are so beautiful here though. I love gardening, especially tomatoes. I grow multiple kinds every year. I love all things creepy and have a big makeup obsession.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually no, writing was just something I dabbled with although I have been working on a memoir for years, it was a few close author friends that told me if I didn’t publish my poetry, they’d kick my ass. They are taller than me, so…

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Theda Valle, Brenda Britton and Ira Myriam were my inspirations. Their love and absolute faith in my writing ability really have me the crave too open up my mind and write some amazing poetry. Seriously I couldn’t have done it without them.

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What are you working on now?

A few things actually. My memoir and then my brilliant writing partner Elizabeth Ellis and I are working on a collection of short stories. If you follow us on Facebook you’ve most likely seen them started as “story fuckery time”. We live write when we do those.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I HAVE to have music on, so my headphones are pretty much permanently attached to my head. I don’t have an office, I have a certain spot on my sofa where I sit. I have certain pens I use and only them, and I suppose my biggest quirk is I write EVERYTHING by hand. At least my solo work I do.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To write, have a huge yard and adopt all the doggos! And other animals lol

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

It’s not as scary as you think it is. Especially with a great support system.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your live and support!! I’ll keep serving your beloved Pocket Fairy Fuckery!! I love you all xoxoPoems of a Phoenix (Pocket Fairy Poetry Book 1)

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Author Jodie Szarmach #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

So, I’m terrible at these lol, but here we go. I’m twenty-four, almost twenty-five and live in beautiful New England. For actual career stuff, I’m an EMT and I’m looking to move into 911 dispatch after having reconstructive shoulder surgery this year. I also ran a pony party business for several years and worked with police and military K9s – including dogs that were in tv shows like person of interest and movies. I’ve been an equestrian for the last twenty three years and I’ve had my horse for almost twenty!

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written stuff but I never thought I would ever publish a book but here we are!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Right now I’m working on my book series called Seeking Salem – the first book is releasing on July 11th and I saw the cover and HAD to have it. I didn’t have an idea lol then I started to spitball with some friends and my standalone turned into a series.

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What are you working on now?

Book two, Wrath of Salem!

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Yes, I can’t write with music and I have to challenge myself to word goals or sprints or I struggle bus real hard. I write best in dead quiet.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to become so successful writing that it becomes a full time job but with everything that’s gone on the last eighteen months, I just want to be happy – that’s it.

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

Listen, listen, listen. Make friends and let them help. I jumped into the deep end and there was SO MUCH to learn. Don’t be cocky, don’t be rude, and ALWAYS remember you were once and unpublished word maker and you were scared too, respect goes a long, long way.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Honestly? I love and appreciate all of you. I couldn’t keep writing on the hard days if you wasn’t for you guys.

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Author Susie Clevenger #interview

Please give a warm welcome to poet/author Susie Clevenger

Tell us a bit about yourself

Goodness, I’m not sure where to start. I’m an author, poet, writer, amateur photographer, and a music junkie. My husband and I have a lot of friends who are musicians so we spend as much time as we can attending live music performances, even if it means we need to do some serious traveling to get to one.I also have a deep nature connection. I grew up in a small house surrounded by woods and lived most of my life outdoors. I learned the beauty of solitude, observation, listening, and the wonder of wildlife. In many ways it’s those early experiences that keeps me grounded now when life gets tough.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was a teenager, I thought about it, picked up the idea again in my late twenties, but I didn’t publish my first book until age 61. Ironically it was a car accident in 2006 where I suffered brain damage that brought me back to poetry, and serious consideration of writing a book. I entered an intersection on a bright sunny day as one person and was changed in seconds. A lot of me was/is still present, but memory gaps, personality changes, and ADD became the soup I’m forced to live in. Thank goodness I have a husband who has and continues to love me through all of it. As part of my self-rehabilitation I began writing poetry in 2009. All things writing blossomed from that point.

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What was your inspiration for your current book?

Ben Ditmars presented me with the idea of co-writing a poetry book that focused on how the experiences of our youth formed a foundation for who we are now. Our book Splinters is a bit humor, a bit survival, and a bit sarcastic. Our hope was/is when people read it, they realize some splinters go deep, but they don’t have to live in their wounds.

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What are you working on now?

I’m going back and forth with what I want to do. I am considering an anthology of poems taken from my blog, Black Ink Howl, as well as including new poetry. My tag line under the blog title speaks my reason for creating the blog, “Venting the Orwellian Hand Maid’s Tale Psychotic of the current American Dream”. Also, I am tossing around the idea of turning my Twila series poems into a book. She is a thirteen-year-old who lives along the Atchafalaya river in Louisiana. Her generational gift of spirituality is a sort of dark coming of age story. This is a quote from one of the poems in the series, Night of River Bones,” The moon won’t come near the river when the Wailers rattle their spines against the cattails.”

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can’t write if there is any human noise, like talking, television, music with lyrics, etc. I need to be secluded in my tiny claustrophobic corner of a bedroom. I usually light incense, open the window shade (day or night), and sit down to a desk my father built. Oh, and on the right side of the desk is always a pile of poetry books.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I could go off on religion and politics, but that is a dead-end history always reaches. I hope we humans wake up, stop destroying life, and learn war never brings peace.

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

It is a tough place to get a shoulder in. Dreams take hard work, but there is no expiration date. Believe in yourself. Always be willing to learn, appreciate critique, and keep a light on when those rejection letters roll in from publishers. If you choose to self-publish, there is a huge family in Independent publishing who are willing to help guide you through the process.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I appreciate everyone who reads my work. You are such a blessing to me, such a well of encouragement. I don’t know where I would be on this journey without you. Thank you so much.

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Author Aster North #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a brand spanking new author, a mom, a wife and have a small farm full of animals.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually, no. I’ve always loved to read but I never felt “author-y” so I just devoured other people’s works. Then one day, I realized I had been telling stories for a while, so why couldn’t I write them down? Some of the best people I’ve met said go for it and here I am.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I really don’t remember. It’s a story that I’ve been telling for years in bits and pieces. The RH component came after my intro into the book world of RH.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on book two of the Anomaly series (with more Willy!) as well as the first book of a new series which is going to be called Box of Puppets.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need music or I will get distracted by everything. Oh and snacks. I need snacks.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just hope people like what I write. As long as someone enjoys it, I’ll be happy!

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

The first piece of advice I got when I was hesitant to try was to “just write it” and go for it. You can always fix something later, unless you never put it down to begin with.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. To every single person who reads it, whether you love, hate it or somewhere in between, thank you.

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Author B.L. Brunnemer #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author B.L. Brunnemer

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m honestly just a crazy sarcastic woman with a computer. Lol. I’ve been married to my best friend, Robert, for eight years, together thirteen. Have two dogs, one cat. The cat is currently sleeping in her heated bed in front of the heater vent. (Yeah, they’re spoiled.)

Have you always wanted to become an author?

It never occurred to me that I could until I was older but yeah. I’ve always been writing something but never finishing it. I was always coming up with stories in my head. Getting them down on paper or on the computer was always the challenge.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

With Veil Diaries, I actually was watching a show, Dead Files. I wondered what growing up seeing the dead would be like. How it would affect a person. And the idea went from there.

What are you working on now?

At the moment, I’m working on the second book in my other series, Books of Stone. I’ve been dealing with a bit of writer’s block with this one. But we’re getting there.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Quirks… Since I do have ADHD, my office is usually quiet with my desk facing a wall. Lol. My husband knows that if I’m working to leave me alone. Lol. When I hyperfocus on work then I get really grumpy when something interrupts me. At this point, he asks if I’m at a place where I can stop. If I can, then I stop, if I can’t I tell him I’ll come to talk to him when I finish what I’m doing. We’ve got it down to a science now. Other then something crunchy to munch on while thinking, that’s the only one I can think of. I used to sit in the chair with my legs crossed under me but I can’t do that with my new chair. (Yeah, I kinda miss it)

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes are to honestly work hard to become a better writer, that I can make each book better than the last. And keep writing. I honestly want to write for the rest of my life. * Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world? 90% of writing is getting out of your own way. Turning off that critic in your head especially during the first draft. The rest is hard work.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you all so much for your support! Without you guys, I wouldn’t have the courage to keep writing. You guys are the best! Seriously, on bad days I’ll go on facebook and someone will have posted a picture that reminds them of the book or someone has a new theory. It gives me the jolt I need.

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Author Scarlett Snow #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Scarlett Snow

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Scotland with my wolf dog and kitty! I originally published under Katze Snow and those books tend to be dark MM. I think there’s something super erotic about two hunky men getting down and dirty with each other. Throw in some taboo? I’m a goner.

I decided to step into Reverse Harem after falling in love with the genre.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! I actually remember a teacher in high school asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told him an author, and he laughed at me, claiming writing was just a hobby. Take that, b*tch. 🙂 I’ve always been really creative, ever since I was around 7 years old. I’ve written stories that still to do this day shock my parents. I guess some things don’t change.

What was your inspiration for your current book?

Their Vampire Queen by Joely Sue Burkhart. This was my first reverse harem series and I loved it so much! Especially the kinky blood play. Damn, Joely. ❤

What are you working on now?

My second Rh novel, Saphyre: Enslaved by the Kings book 1. This book is DARK!! Not for those seeking rainbows and unicorns. The pre-order is actually available on Amazon now.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need to use my hand moisturiser before I start, then my lip balm, and a cup of coffee at my side. Otherwise, my routine get all wonky!

What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love a lucky break with my books. Just enough money to survive instead of scraping by, you know? I’d love to pay off my debts, my friend’s debts, and help support my family more. It’s the dream!

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

Please just write! Do NOT stop to edit. That will take up so much time. Remember your first draft is just that — a FIRST draft. It’s going to be messy with tons of typos and inconsistencies. You’re going to think it’s awful. But by the time it’d edited and ready to go, it’ll be like another book. Just keep going. Sit down and write. You’ll get there! Also, don’t check Goodreads. It’s where authors go to weep. 🙂

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Author Adell Ryan #Interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve always been quite partial to the way Georges Guétary, in the film An American in Paris, describes Leslie Caron’s character as a wonderfully multi-faceted woman: enchanting, beautiful, spiritual, exciting, lusty, sweet, shy, old-fashioned, vivacious and modern, yacky, incessant, wild, fun, moody, and happy — I too am multi-faceted; I’m a little bit of everything rolled into one! Same goes for my lifestyle, hobbies, and talents: In addition to being a writer, I am also a professional photographer, graphic designer, and homeschooling mother of three boys.

That’s Adell in a nutshell. However, Adell Ryan is a hubby/wife pseudonym. I am Adell, and he is Ryan. Ryan acts as a sounding board, beta reader, and schedule manager among other imperative things. He also plays a vital role in making sure my male characters act manly enough 😉

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written creatively for as long as I can remember. When I was in first grade I won an award for a special character’s story I had shared. This character went on quite the adventure; he dragged himself through a desert, bounced through a giant forest, and rolled around in a plush field of grass. At the end, he found himself quite stuck at the bottom of a lake. Why? Well because he was a golfball, of course.

I continued to write on-and-off throughout my life but never took it seriously. Then, when I gave birth to my first son, I would write him little poems… I even wrote him a song. The song thing became a tradition, and my next two boys earned their very own as well. These personal songs taught them how to spell their names and always reminded them how much they are loved. I also wrote a short children’s story at one point, but never thought I was much good at it, so it got set aside.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

When it came down to writing for real, rather than me seeking out the writing life, the writing life found me. In August of 2017, I was very sick and bedridden for quite some time. Books became my escape and I had a budding love for Paranormal Romance. One of my many book searches during that timeframe led me to Trickery, the first book in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. I read that book and just completely and utterly swooned over the guy characters, then was like “What is this sorcery, and WHERE DO I FIND MORE?!” I got all grabby handy and desperate. Gimmie, gimme, gimme. Soon, I found myself in a Facebook group called Reverse Harem Readers with thousands of other women (and men) who were also obsessed with the genre. A story idea I had thought about in brief six years prior flourished in my mind yet again… this time with a Reverse Harem twist. From there, the story and the characters practically wrote itself. As far as the specific topic inspiration, after I got married and started growing my family, the naive little bubble I seemed to have grown up in, burst, and I quickly learned just how much it seems authority figures like to misuse their positions of seniority. While I like to live a very positive lifestyle, I also easily worry about the degradation of society as a whole on account of the many liberties these sort of people like to take. With that mindset and concern, it wasn’t at all difficult for me to weave a story in my mind about the government going as far as using our blood — the very blueprint of who we are — and capitalizing on that as well.

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What are you working on now?

Seems I’ve finally “leveled up” in the trade and I now have the ability and drive to work on more than one idea at a time! It’s so much fun and really keeps the creative juices flowing, which, in turn, makes the stories I write that much better. Right now I am most deeply involved in Her Reverse Genus Book Three, but during the down times (when Ryan has the manuscript and is going through certain scenes and I am awaiting feedback, for example) I’ve been hopping between a Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance, a Slow Burn Reverse Harem Contemporary Romance, and… shhh… a possible Reverse Harem Science Fiction Fantasy co-write.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmmm, writing quirks. No, I don’t think so? I do enjoying listening to music and playing 4thewords though! Those things get the job done best 😀

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In addition to leveling up in the trade like I’d mentioned above, our goals have also changed drastically. We were unfortunate victims of Hurricane Michael. Now somewhat displaced, we are sleeping in an RV with no near vision of a real house being available for quite some time. As a result, we’ve realized we can greatly benefit by turning my writing hobby into an occupation — and the hopeful income from doing so. Our new goals for the imminent future are to increase my working hours and work toward publishing more books while also learning the ins and out of marketing and advertising so we can increase my campaigning efforts. As far as the living situation goes, we’re still looking for the silver lining. In fact, how cool would it be to become a traveling homeschooling family and a traveling writer! The thought has definitely crossed our mind lately!

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

Go for it! But always try to embrace the hard stuff too; the challenges you’ll face — because you will face them. Find the lesson in every step along the way, and always try to “level up” even if you might think you don’t need to.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I was recently asked a question for a podcast interview that really brought things to light for me. The question was simple: How do you stay motivated? The answers go hand-in-hand. In the beginning, the words and the rush you get when those creative juices are flowing is what got me through. But as time passed, the dynamic changed and my ultimate motivator became the people around me who love, support, and appreciate what I do. My husband, my children, my family, my writer friends… and, since it all revolves around books, most importantly, my readers. I can write all day long and feel only somewhat satisfied… but touching the world with my words and impacting people’s lives enriches and empowers me. My readers are my rock and my muse rolled into one. So… thank you for taking this adventure with me… and pack extra supplies because we’re in for a long-term wild ride together.

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Author H.A. Wills #Inteview

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Tell us a bit about yourself
Gosh, I’m always awkward with this question, but let’s see what I can come up with. I live in San Diego, California with my other half, and in the near future, we’re looking to adopt a cat. I’m a nerd/ geek in every sense of the word(s). I enjoy video games, comic books, anime, television of the sci-fi/ fantasy/ paranormal elements, movies, music– pretty much all media in general. I love stories in any form I can get them, including playing D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) every other Wednesday– my dice collection is seriously something to behold.
I like collecting things that showcase my nerdery. Shelves full of figurines, art on the walls, t-shirts, and more all from different fandoms I enjoy. I love Bioware games, so I own quite a bit of merch related to Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

I enjoy traveling. Internationally, I’ve been to Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan—and made sure to go to their respective Disneyland’s while I was there. Humorously, I haven’t been to Canada or Mexico even though I could easily drive to either. My next international trip, I really want to make my way over to the UK and spend some time in both England and Scotland.
Mostly, I’m a homebody. I like eating good food, playing board games with friends, and while still planning for the future, enjoying what each day has to offer. I’m also extremely easy to amuse, so much so, that a bad pun can have me giggling.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so I had two hobbies because they didn’t require much in resources. Drawing and writing. Both only required paper and a pencil. My nose was also usually buried in a book growing up because we lived close to the city library, so words were always floating around in my head and I’d write them down. Technically, I wrote my first novel over a summer when I was 16. It was awful as one would imagine.

I didn’t really consider becoming an author, because careers like that just didn’t happen to people like me, you know? Authors were like actors or musicians for me. Unreal that lived lives that were different than normal people. I’m a pretty decent artist and good with computers, so the general consensus was that I’d do something with that, and I did. I went to college and got a BA in Art specializing in Digital Media and became a graphic designer. I worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years and would write stories for fun when I felt like it. Mostly a lot of fan fiction because it gave me an opportunity to engage with people on two fronts, geeky things I was interested in and my writing.
As much as I enjoy art, I found that my job drained me more than anything, so when I discovered Kindle Unlimited and a diverse community of Indie authors through Facebook, I decided to try it myself. The worst that could happen was it didn’t do so well, and at the very least, I could knock “write a book” off my bucket list. Lucky for me, my first book did well and now I’m able to do something I really feel passionate about.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

When I’m into something, I tend to focus and consume everything I can find related to it. In regards to my current series, The Bound Spirit Series, that something was the genre Reverse Harem (known in short hand as RH or WhyChoose?) Thanks to Kindle Unlimited, I was able to take in tons of different people’s works that fell under a genre that really isn’t served in the larger markets. I hate love triangles with a passion, so RH gave me an alternative to that.
Once I consumed pretty much everything I could that was out at the time, I decided I wanted to write one, because I wanted more stories. I’m of the “write what you want to read” demographic. Anyway, I was taking the train to visit some friends (which was about a six hour train ride) and decided to go through some old story ideas I had jotted down to see if any of them could work for RH.

I had an old idea about this teenage girl that found out she was a witch and had no idea that she lived in a town of supernatural creatures until her magic started to manifest. In it, her two best friends were attacked by vampires, one died (becoming a ghost that haunted her) and one survived (becoming a vampire). Ghost made friends with a Nephilim that was also the preacher’s son, and the vampire found out her boyfriend was actually a werewolf.
Deciding I could make all these characters into a harem, The Bound Spirit Series was born. It was originally only supposed to be a four guy harem, but my character Donovan just showed up and refused to leave, so that’s how I ended up with two Nephilim instead of one.
For each element in regards to the lore, I have many different places I can point to for inspiration, but this is how the core idea for the series came to be

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the third installment in The Bound Spirit Series, Save Spirit, which is expected to release Summer 2019.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I think my process is one big quirk, I suppose. Like I mentioned prior, I have a background in fan fiction and it shows. After I make a ridiculously detailed outline, I have to write each chapter in order (like I used to do when releasing chapters for my fan fictions.) I then have it go through different parts of my team, editing it as I go, until it feels finished and only then can I move onto the next chapter. It’s not what’s recommended, but it’s worked for me thus far.

What are your hopes for the future?
I love that I can write full time and make a living at it, so my hopes are that it stays that way and people keep enjoying the work I put out.

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

I’m an Indie author, which means I don’t have a publishing house. It’s all me, so for those considering going this route, it’s incredibly rewarding but also a lot of hard work and requires being very organized. Find a strong team of people to work with. Alpha and beta readers. Content and copy editors. Designers to create your covers and ads (unless you’re like me and can do it yourself.) Search out communities to help you. There are a wide variety of writer’s groups on Facebook filled with authors, editors, and PA’s that are happy to share their knowledge and experience.
Also, take your time with your first book. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and your best advertisement is word of mouth, so make sure everything is solid before putting it out into the world. Once it’s out there, stay engaged with your readers and your communities. It takes time to write books, and you want to make sure you stay relevant in the meantime.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Not going to lie, the idea that I have fans is mind boggling. I see myself as some dork behind a keyboard that is lucky enough that other people also want to talk about the imaginary characters in my head. So that being said, thank you. Time is a precious resource, and I’m eternally grateful to every single person that has spent some of that precious resource on my work. I hope that each subsequent work I put out continues to be found worthy. You’re all so amazing, and it’s only because of all of you that I get to do what I love. So again, thank you.

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