Author Jodie Szarmach #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

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 Don’t be cocky, don’t be rude, and ALWAYS remember you were once and unpublished word maker and you were scared too, respect goes a long, long way.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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Poem: Night of River Bones

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Author Aster North #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Aster North

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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

Please give a warm welcome to author Adell Ryan

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 😉

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.

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.

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.

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 😀

What are your hopes for the future?

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!

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.

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

Please give a warm welcome to H.A. Wills

Tell us a bit about yourself

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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Author Katie May #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to

author Katie May

Tell us a bit about yourself

*I am twenty-years old and a senior in college. I’m studying political science and legal studies. Originally, I planned to go to law school but now I’m not so sure. Writing is definitely my passion so if I can make a career out of it that would be surreal. Oh and I love animals! I have like fifteen rescued pets at home. Cats, dogs, bunnies, turtles, birds, Guinea pigs.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

*I always did want to be a writer, but I didn’t always want to be an author. See, I love writer, but I don’t like being in the spotlight. As an author, you have to deal with so much stuff that it sometimes feels as if you’re head is exploding. I had planned to only write for myself when I lost a bet with my sister. As such, I had to publish my first book. I literally did it in a day. Got the covers, uploaded it to Amazon, etc. I didn’t have any experience nor idea of what to expect. I didn’t think even ten people were going to read my book. At the time, I didn’t have an ARC team or betas or even an editor. It was just me. I still can’t believe how it just blew up.

What was the inspiration for your current series?

*My inspiration for Gangs and Ghosts is actually kind of funny. I was watching a horror movie and I was like “wow, that chick could totally start her own harem.” And then I started thinking of my own experience. Gangs and Ghosts is actually loosely based on my old house I used to live with. I don’t remember it because I was very young, but my parents told me that it was haunted and I would talk to an imaginary friend called the Shadow Man (creepy, I know). I don’t know why I decided to add the gang. It just came to me with their behaviors. And thus, Gangs and Ghosts was born!

What are you working on now?

*I’m working on the third Together We Fall series and a contemporary RH through a writing class I need to take. Ohh and a short story for an anthology I am. So probably more than I can handle haha

Do you have any quirks while writing?

*I always write on my phone. Every story has been completely written in notes. My author friends call me a heathen because of it.

What are your hopes for the future?

*I hope to be able to continue to do what I love. I also hope that my stories will somehow resonate with the readers the way they do for me. For the most party, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. As long as people keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

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

*Do it. Just bring yourself to do it. I keep thinking of how things would’ve been different if I hadn’t lost that bet. Probably still writing stories that no one but me would read. Don’t be afraid if you can’t afford a fancy cover or an editor. As long as you have a story, people will read it. And join groups! I am currently in a group with a few authors that have been my rock. I don’t know what I would do without those ladies.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Oh gosh. I could write a whole novel on that haha. Thank you for supporting me and believing me even when I struggled to believe in myself. This has definitely been a journey full of ups and downs, but you guys have made it all worth it. I don’t know who I would be without you and your support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Awakened and Betrayed by Ivy Asher #Review

Review of Awakened and Betrayed

I received this copy as an ARC.
I LOVE IT!!!!! The author freaking blew my mind. I’m ready to reread it again. *insert positive swear words* I stayed up all night reading, I couldn’t put it down.
I have waited since December with baited breath to get my hands on this *Gollum voice* precious book. Well let me tell you, this book was even better than the first one.
I was nail biting, sitting on the edge of my seat nervous, exited, appalled, angry, giggeling and so much more. Not to forget that book one was hot, but book two was scorching.
It’s going to be pure pain waiting for book three, but I know that it’ll be worth it. So hurry up and check out this amazing series.

The Lost and the Chosen by Ivy Asher #whychoose

I’d like you all to welcome to debut author

Ivy Asher of The Lost and the Chosen

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Aw man I never know what to say to this question. I took days to write my Author bio and it’s like 4 lines…lol. Hiya I’m Ivy Asher: I’m a writer, reader, mom, wife, friend, woman, human, and not always in that order. I love books, animals, people who make me laugh, or just love to laugh In general. I like to be real about life, the good, the bad, the brutal, and I value people who feel the same way.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I am one of those people who just kind of floated around, not really sure what I was meant for. I have always been creative, but I never thought being a writer was an option for me. I grew up a bit rough and it forced me to focus on basic needs and not so much goals or dreams. It wasn’t until I became a mom and I was isolated, a bit lonely, and reading a lot… that I just felt this story sitting inside of my soul. So I wrote down what was there in a note book and I started researching programs to use when writing a book.

What was your inspiration for The Lost and the Chosen?

I had this idea about a story of a girl who was tough, but empathetic, and owned who she was. I wrote the kind of girl I wish I could have read more about growing up. The kind of woman who isn’t just one sided but encapsulates all the incredible things that I think most women are comprised of; our mother hearts, and get shit done attitudes, our resilience, and unique compassion. I wanted to write about a raw, bruised but not down kind of girl, because those are the women I know, and what I’m all about. I knew who Vinna would be and then the rest came as I wrote. I personally love Paranormal and RH, so I knew those would be key elements. I just wrote and then I would go back and edit and then write some more, and then one day I typed, the end, and I had a book!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I listen to music. Not always, sometimes I need quiet to focus, but for all the badass scenes and fights, I have music on. When I wrote the final scene with Talon I had this one song on repeat. I see things like a movie in my head and then I write it down. I’m very visual in that sense. I need to see it and how it plays out and the soundtrack and all of that, and then I put it all in the computer how it plays out in my mind.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book three, getting merch sorted, and putting a website together… all things other authors have told me I need to have…lol. I’ve been approached about the audio rights to this series, so I’m working on that, and I have two other projects in the works. One is a secret and for the other I was asked to participate in an Anthology for charity so I’m brainstorming ideas for that. Mostly I’m getting ready to publish Book 2 and legitimately terrified that it won’t live up to Book 1. So I’m wrestling with some worry and self doubt, and hoping I don’t shit the bed or let any of the amazing readers down.

What are your hopes for the future?

So I’ve never been a big dreamer or goals kind of girl, but I’ll finish Vinna’s story this year, and then I have some other things planned for that world and stories that I see playing out in it. I have some new stories sitting in my soul, waiting to be written, and I’ve started notebooks for them but they’ll have to wait their turn. I’m going to keep writing and hope that people want to keep reading. I never want to do anything else. It fulfills me and calls to me in ways I never knew “work” could. It was what I was always meant for, but never knew to hope for.

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

Oh man advice…Write… if it calls to you or you have a story sitting inside of your soul, go for it. I didn’t go to school for this, I throw commas around like glitter, most days I feel a little bit like a fluke to be honest, but I had this story that I needed to write. I don’t outline or pre-plan I just sit down and go for it and one thing that has helped me in that process is that I write something that I would want to read. Last but not least I would advise, not to hire people to do anything with your book without a contract; I learned that the hard way, but it was a very valuable lesson. Make sure what’s agreed on is in writing, so that you, your work, and your reputation is protected. A lot of this indie publishing business is referral based and not everyone is trust worthy. Be smart, trust your instincts, and protect yourself with a contract.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

There are no words that truly express just how grateful and humbled I am by your support. You’ve made my dreams come true and I will never be able to repay you for that! I love and appreciate all of you so much, and I’ll work hard to be worthy of you! Thank you to all of you for reading, for reaching out, for the laughs, and the heart felt words. You’re fam now and I fucking love each and everyone of you!!

And now to you Helle…Thank you for your support…seriously I see you recommending the book and showing me so much love and I just want you to know how much it means to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

About Ivy:
Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she’s lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

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