Author Cynthia Sax #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cynthia Sax

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Cynthia Sax. I am a USA Today Bestselling Author and I’m currently writing very steamy cyborg romances and alien romances, building a huge fantastical combined world. 

The romances I write tend to feature love at first sight/instalove/fated to mate storylines because that’s the only type of romantic love I’ve ever known. The Dear Wonderful Hubby and I fell in love at first sight over 20 years ago and we’re still very much in love today. 

I also adhere to common ancestor theory in my writing. That is the belief that all humans and humanoids originate from common ancestors (which is why they can have babies!). That means I often use variations of existing Earth languages, customs and myths in my stories. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories since I could hold a crayon. I was a daily diary writer when I was a kid until blogging became cool. Then I moved to that format and I remain an enthusiastic blogger today.

I didn’t realize writers actually earned a living until a newspaper asked me to cover an event for them while I was in high school and they PAID me. (grins) I wrote for a daily newspaper and a weekly newspaper covering things like town council meetings. It helped pay for a few books at university. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wrote Releasing Rage, the first book in my cyborg series (it should be FREE everywhere), purely for myself.

Two of my all time favorite cyborg romance authors (Eve Langlais and Laurann Dohner) were taking a break from their respective series at the same time. I know! That is a disaster for any reader. And it certainly was for me. 

I bellyached about the lack of new cyborg romances for a while. Finally, the Dear Wonderful Hubby told me I was a writer. I should write my own.

So I did.

When Releasing Rage was completed, I thought fellow cyborg romance reading buddies might enjoy the story also. They were enduring the same cyborg romance dry spell as I was. I self-published the story and it is, by far, my bestselling work. 

What are you working on now?

I am just about to start B Free, the fourth story in the Rebel Cyborgs series (likely releasing in November). B is an early model cyborg. He’s primitive and less humanlike and he’s the last of his kind. His loneliness, his secret dream of belonging pulls at my heartstrings. 

Rebel Cyborgs is the third subseries in the greater cyborg series (Cyborg Sizzle and Cyborg Space Exploration are the first two). All the series can be read on their own and all of the stories, unless noted otherwise, can be read on their own. Each story features a different couple (or more).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t have many quirks. I like to write at home because I tend to act out some scenes, move while the characters are moving, and that is often unappreciated in coffee shops and other public places. (laughs) 

What are your hopes for the future?

Cynthia Sax – I hope to write in the cyborg world forever and eventually write the next generation’s stories. I also have many alien romances I’d love to write.

I maintain a list of my top 100 story premises. Ideas are added and dropped from that list all the time. I would have to live forever to write them all. My quest for immortality has been unsuccessful thus far but I haven’t given up on it! (grins) 

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

All we can really control about this wonderful career is our happiness levels. Write stories that feed your soul, that make you feel good about yourself. 

Those stories can be marketable. That’s often best. We can feed our stomachs as well as our souls. If you have a list of 10 story ideas and 1 of those ideas involve, say, a vampire, and vampires are all the rage in Romancelandia, consider writing that vampire story next.

And not all parts of the publishing process will bring us joy. Revisions are necessary, for example, but they make me cry. I complete them because readers deserve the best story possible, because it makes me a better writer, and because it is part of this awesome job. It is the broccoli I have to eat to warrant the chocolate (which, for me, is that exciting first draft). 

Something, however, in the writing/publishing process should give us pleasure. It should light us up, make us happier to be alive.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you. (big hugs) I truly do. There’s a deep connection that happens between writers and their readers. It is special. It is wonderful. It is to be cherished. 

I’m always only an email (or blog comment) away. I read every message I receive (when the computer deities allow me to view those messages). Contact me if you have comments or issues or you feel like chatting. 

I might not answer the same day. Sometimes I’m deep in the writing cave, the words are flowing and I can’t immediately escape. But I eventually answer every legit message I see (and, by legit, I mean you’re not contacting me about enlarging male body parts – grins).

About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured on TV, in Star Magazine, and numerous top ten lists.

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Reviews… Part 3 #reviews

Hi everyone. Today I’d like to talk about reviewing books. I’m not an expert in reviewing, but I often read reviews. Sometimes I don’t think readers understand how much reviews mean to the authors and other readers. Here are some responses from authors and readers. (Everyone is anonymous)

Reader about a review they saw:

2 stars
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK IT WAS SO GREAT IM DYING UNTIL THE NEXT ONE COMES.

….
Ok.. but why 2 stars then?

Author: I don’t mind getting a low review, but I would love to know why. If there’s something I could fix or do better it could help me grow.

Author: 1 star with no explanation Or just “DNF”

Was it just not to your taste? Or were there legitimate issues?

This is actually an issue I have as an author and reader. No explanation doesn’t help me as either.

Author: “Honestly? Any DNF that leaves a review, period. Even if they explain why, 9 times out of 10, the reason they DNFd is resolved if they would have continued reading (this is excluding grammar/editing complaints which my books don’t generally receive anyway). I often feel like a review isn’t justified if they haven’t read ALL of the book.”

Author: The dnf with no explanation.. or the best one is when characters not even in my book gets mentioned and situations that didn’t happen.

Author: The reviews that spoil the plot. Idc If they are negative as long as they are honest and don’t contain spoilers.

Author: When they lower the rating due to something you have labeled in the warning 🤦‍♀️

Author: “I love this book so much I’m only giving it four stars instead of five because the sequel isn’t out yet”

Author: Have so many.

1) Saying they didn’t like something that was CLEARLY stated that was part of the book. Blurb says “reverse harem werewolf story”, review says, “I hate werewolves so one star.” Uhh… no. That’s on you.
If a book is truly misrepresented: okay.

2) DNF but I only read 5% of the book so I can’t actually say why this happened I just know I don’t like it.

3) Glowing reviews that are 2 or 3 star. People, you realize this actually HURTS authors, right? 3 stars and below Amazon considers negative. Might be ‘good’ on your watch, but that’s not how it works on Amazon. This isn’t goodreads. These ranks matter. They affect sales. You want more books? RATE. ACCORDINGLY. Stop being stingy!!!!

4) EXTREME spoilers. Come on!

5) Taking ARCs and not leaving reviews OR not communicating that you need more time/aren’t able/whatever. Your time is valuable! We know this! Just say “Hey, something came up, I might not be able to get to this for a while!” Cool!!!!

5) Bitching about cliffhangers. Some of them suck, and you get no resolution at all. I get that. That’s not a good cliffhanger. But unless it’s a series of standalones, or a standalone, EVERY BOOK WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF CLIFFHANGER. Recognize this!

6) And probably the worst one of all: 1-star because of a handful of typos.
EXTREME editing or story issues: okay. But saying it was unreadable because of a misplaced comma or something is just dickish, and bullying. You expect perfection: write your own or read traditional with their $50k editing budgets.
Indies have $1k-0 to spend on editing, and charge under $5 for a book. I understand when something is so poorly edited it’s unreadable but a couple of typos are going to happen. Period. RECOGNIZE.

I could go on but these are the worst. lol

Author: When they review the book without reading the blurb…and then they complain about what the book was about, even though they should have known going in based on the blurb!!!

Hanna Wenna PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Hanna Wenna

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Hannah ←←← not actually my real name 😂 I love love love to read! I’m married and have 2 demonspawn. I really love to stalk authors when, you know, I’m not reading books or talking about books… I totally don’t have a problem. 

How long have you been a PA? 

I’ve been a PA for about a year and a half probably closer to two years.

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How did you get started as a PA? 

I became really interested in the PA side of things when I started beta reading. I really wanted to give it a try to see if it would be something I would like to do. I was at home on maternity leave so figured, why not? I reached out to another PA and asked her so many questions and she helped me get started. But stalking was a definite key aspect to starting out.

What do you do as a PA? 

I do so many things, it’s crazy! I’m an office worker and a babysitter←←←← authors are so needy!! But for real, I manage a lot of reader groups and I read a lot. I find ARC readers and bloggers for releases. Some days I live in photoshop and canva. I manage ARC & Street Teams. I format books. I do a ton of promo. I also organise anthologies and shared worlds with my partner in crime, Sarah Klinger. I live for google docs. I really don’t know what I would do without it. There’s so many other things I do, but basically I’ll do anything, even sell my soul….

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Not really, I work from home so I try to work around my 2 & 4 year olds, also known as the devil spawn. When they aren’t home though, I have to have my music on to jam to while I’m working. I get really distracted while I’m reading so I’m always switching to puzzle games every other chapter. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I would love to set up a publishing company. Do more formatting because it relaxes me. But this job, it’s not really a job, it’s more than that. I love helping authors and so many of them have other jobs so being able to help them achieve their dream is just the best feeling ever.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Immerse yourself in the indie community. Join reader groups, find out as much as you can. Stalk authors, read as much as you can. Talk to PAs and find out from them how they got started and what they do. And seriously if you think it’s something you want to do, talk to an author you love and have a relationship with and ask them if they need help. Go from there. I’ll never regret taking that leap. It’s the best non-job ever and it’s changed my life.  

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I do have some availability depending on the author’s needs. I’m always happy to help out an author who has questions – I’m on all the social medias and you can find the full list of what I offer on my website. 

Author Kyra Alessy #interview

Give a warm welcome to author Kyra Alessy

Tell us a little about yourself…

Well I’m pretty boring tbh! I grew up in NJ and moved to the UK for a one-year study abroad and I loved the UK so much I decided to never leave. (Don’t worry, it was legal, I had dual citizenship!) That was like fifteen years ago and since then, I’ve worked in London for awhile, got married, had a couple kids and I got back into writing about two years ago when I had a pretty popular series on Literotica, and the feedback I got from that was what made me decide to start publishing. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yeah, ever since I was about 11 or 12. I’ve always known that was what I really wanted.

What was your inspiration for current book/series?

I don’t even know. The Dark Brothers was meant to be a short story what came to me in a dream, but then I started writing it on Lit and it just snowballed into ideas for 6 standalones.

What are you working on now?

I just finished book 3 of the Dark Brothers, Kept to Kill, which is being published on the 20th May (I think you’re the first to know the date!) so I’m just starting the plotting for Book 4 which is called Caught to Conjure and follows a witch named Vivienne in the same world.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I need absolute silence, which means no writing during the day since my kids are not silent! When I can’t get the quiet I need, I have to listen to ‘airplane cabin’ white noise otherwise I just can’t focus. It’s ridiculous.

What are your hopes for the future?

It would be amazing to be able to earn enough from indie-publishing that don’t need to go back to a full-time job with a boss and stuff. I never liked it and writing in general is my real passion. I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve never put so much effort into anything ever!

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

Do your research before you start. There are a lot of free resources to learn everything, or at least be knowledgeable enough to not make costly mistakes that will break you before you’ve even started. Also, if you can’t afford a proofreader, get two or three Beta Readers and ask your ARC peeps to look for typos end errors. It’ll help you in the long-run!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just thanks so much for following me and sorry I suck at posting on Facebook, Twitter, and IG – although I am heavily into TikTok right now ( I love it!)

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Author Alisha Williams #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alisha Williams

Tell Us a bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Alisha. I’m 28. I live in Canada with my hubby and two daughters. I love to read and write. Something a lot of people don’t know about me is I had a lot of learning disabilities growing up. I always struggled with reading and spelling. The first real book series I read was twilight at 16. I’ve come along way since then and never in a million years thoughts I’d be able to write my own books. My books may not be perfect, but I won’t let my disabilities be a disadvantage and hold me back anymore.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t always wanted to write books, but around 14 I started making up all these ideas for movies in my head. Due to life getting in the way, I never made anything of that. But years later, when I realized I could take some ideas and make them in to books, I saw a chance to make a new dream come true.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Emerald Lake Prep started off as a dream I made up to help myself go to sleep. After reading Academy Of Misfits by Bea Paige, I did what I normally do to fall sleep every night, and made up my own world within that book. After while, my own ideas started coming forward, and I made my own little world loosely base off the reform school idea but added my own twist. 

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Emerald Lake Prep book 2, Into the unknown. I’m also working on a new dark contemporary romance that is a bit of a spin-off of a new character that shows up in ELP 2. It takes the readers a few years back and tells Harlow’s story. And if those books ever give me writers block, I have a supernatural series started I’ll be working on.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I do. I can’t be around anyone while writing. Every little sound distracts me. I write in my bedroom, with a fan app on my phone for white noise to drown out the silence and keep a consistent background noise.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep writing books that readers will love. I have tons of ideas for books and series of all kinds of genres, so I’m hoping to write a little bit of everything.

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

Don’t compare your self or your work to any other author. Write what you want, and trust that it’s enough. No book is meant for everyone, but ever book is meant for someone. Every book will find its right audience.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for giving a new author a chance. Thank you for loving my book baby, and wanting more. Please stick around, because I have so many more stories to share with you, some may just take longer than others to be born. Without you all, none of this would be possible. You all rock!

Author Golden Angel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Golden Angel

Tell us a bit about yourself

Golden Angel is a USA Today best-selling author, Amazon Top 50 bestselling author, and self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.

She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.

She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, actually, I didn’t think it was possible as a career for me, even when I first started publishing. I’ve always loved reading and writing and maybe there was a time when I was a kid that I wanted to be one (in between wanting to be a dolphin trainer and an Olympic swimmer) but deep down I always thought my most-likely career path was as a teacher. This is not a place I expected to end up, but if I’d ever thought it was actually possible, it would have been very high on my list.

What was your inspiration for your current book /series?

Well, I’m in the middle of writing three series right now, all of which are spinoffs of other series. 

The first book in my Deception and Discipline series, which is set in my Bridal Discipline series’ world, released back in January and was inspired by my love of Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster and Bastion Club books as well as my love of combining historical romance with kink and spankings. 

In April and May, the first books in my Masters of Marquis and Dungeon Masters series are releasing, and they are both connected to each other as well as my Stronghold Doms world. Bondage Buddies, the first Masters of Marquis book, came about because I love a good friends-with-benefits turned to love romance. Mitch and Domi were introduced in the Stronghold Doms series and I knew eventually they’d be getting their own story. The hero of Dungeon Master, Gavin, first appeared in Logan, my Dad Bod Doms book, but he also appears in Bondage Buddies… as Mitch’s dad. Then in May he’ll get his own book.

The Dungeons and Doms series was inspired by a meme I kept seeing go around, saying it was possible to tell the difference between a nerd and a kinkster by asking them what a Dungeon Master was. The issue I have with that meme is that I am a nerd, and I know that there’s a lot overlap between D&D players and kinksters (also cosplayers and Rennaissance Fair goers…). So I wanted to write a book with a hero who was a Dungeon Master in both sense of the words, and I’ve also had a lot of requests for romances with older heroes / heroines and this seemed like a great opportunity to really dig into that.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am neck deep in Dungeon Master, though I’m getting close to the end. After this, I’ll be jumping into writing the third Tsenturion Masters book (sci-fi romance) with my co-writer for that series, Lee Savino.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need constant feedback, so my poor beta readers are more like alpha readers. They get a chapter almost daily from me (except on weekends), sometimes two, and are often fielding question from me like “Is this too slow?” “Is it boring?” “Do you think things are happening too fast?” “Does this whole thing suck?”

What are your hopes for the future?

Oh so many. I am thrilled that I was able to become a full-time author in 2020. I am hoping to be able to maintain that and keep living the dream of being an author. Last year I also became a USA Today Bestselling Author, but I’d love to add Wall Street Journal and New York Times to that. If I had to choose though, I’d choose being the full time author over the accolades.

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

It’s not easy. That’s the first thing. Some people go into this thinking that it’s easy money, and it’s not. It’s a lot of work, and (sadly) most of the work has nothing to do with actually writing your book. Which makes using a publisher look particularly enticing, but be careful because there are predators out there.

There is also SO MUCH information on the internet. Find the author groups on Facebook, read through the posts – and don’t try to do everything at once, but also take advantage of the epic amount of information that’s out there to help you. I also highly recommend David Gaughran’s Starting from Zero web course (it’s free, just Google it). I would have killed to have all this information available when I was first starting out, but you’d better believe I’m making use of it now.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Being a full time author is not a solo dream, it’s not something I could have achieved on my own. It literally takes a community. Anyone who reads my books, who takes the time to review them, to recommend them, to share my social media posts, to give them a rating… thank you, so much. You have made it possible for me to become a full time author and I will try to repay that by writing more books for you to read as quickly as possible!

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Author C. Rochelle #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author C. Rochelle

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a naughty but sweet, introverted Aquarius weirdo who belives a sharp sense of humor is the sexiest trait, loves shaking my booty to Prince, and has never met a cheese I didn’t like. Oh, and I write dark and dirty books, usually in the paranormal, reverse harem romance genre.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing but didn’t think about pursuing it as a career until COVID struck. I suddenly found myself stuck at home working full-time and trying to guide me 6-year-old through remote school. None of my usual creative outlets were helping me destress but one night, an idea struck for a paranormal reverse harem featuring angels and demons and a unique take on the usual mythology. I dove into writing head first and published all three books in my Wings of Darkness + Light trilogy. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else (although, I should really take a break every now and then).

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve always felt a connection to the wild woman archetype and who better to embody that than a forest witch? And who’s the baddest witch around? Baba Yaga of course! My family comes from Russia/Poland originally, so I was familiar with the legends of Baba Yaga. As I refreshed myself with her stories, one stood out as perfect to be turned into a reverse harem romance with fated mate…but you’ll have to read Rise of the Witch to find out more!

What are you working on now?

I am in the finishing stages of preparing my next release – Rise of the Witch. This is the first in a new PNR RH series and has been getting a lot of hype, so I expect my focus will be on this for a while. However, I’m also working on an M/F MC (motorcycle club romance) novella that will be featured in an upcoming anthology (and will eventually lead into a related RH), plus some goodies for my completed PNR RH Wings of Darkness + Light trilogy. Oh, and I have a secret co-write project in the works…I would suggest joining my FB reader group and subscribing to my newsletter for news on all of the above!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I wouldn’t call it a quirk but I’m a pantser who eventually plots, which means that first, I blindly plow ahead, intuitively writing from the loose plot points and bits of dialogue floating around my brain. When I hit a stopping point, then I go back and work on a loose outline (which changes by the day, and even then my characters love to surprise me). I also edit as I go instead of writing the entire first draft. So, when I sit down to write, I usually reread the last chapter (and edit) to get myself back in the mindset. While part of me envies those who can plot out an entire book and simply follow the plan, this loose format seems to be working for me – and my creativity – so far.

What are your hopes for the future?

Hopefully, I’ll soon find enough success to turn this writing thing into a full-time gig, and therefore bring my readers even more dirty deliciousness!

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

Don’t forget about marketing, self-promotion & hiring help! I work in marketing in my day job and still didn’t do enough pre-promotion with my first book/series, and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. I’m also an introvert, so self-promotion can feel icky to me…but I’ve figured out how to do it in a genuine way, and in controlled doses so I’m not overextending myself. And on that note, I’m finally figuring out how to hire/bring on a team to help me with all of the above, so I don’t feel overwhelmed – a new PA who is passionate about my work and dedicated to helping me succeed and a superfan “hype girl” who can inspire my street team and early readers to help spread the word about my books. It’s important to have the right people in your corner.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

There aren’t enough thank-yous in the world for my readers (my little sinners)! As mentioned, I didn’t properly market my first series to start, so the people who did read and love it have been loyal (and loud) fans ever since, which helps new readers find my work. The ability to interact with my readers on social – especially in my C. Rochelle’s Little Sinners group on FB – has been invaluable. I truly feel like I’ve found my people! 

Jenny Bodle PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Jenny Bodle

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jenny and I live in Central Minnesota with my Husband, one of my kids, a cat and a dog.

How long have you been a PA? 

I have been a PA for about a year and a half now.  

Have you always wanted to be a PA? 

Actually, I didn’t even know what it was till Carissa Andrews found me.  I was working at a deli and she was one of my customers.  We became friends but I had no idea she was a writer till I was shopping at the local consignment shop when I picked up a book and found her picture in the back of it.  A while later she asked me to be her PA because she could not find one that was a good fit for her.  

What do you do as a PA? 

I do anything that the author does not want to do except write or edit the book. I help them as they write with ideas and things like that though. I do images, scheduling, market research, ads, uploading books to different platforms, newsletters.  I really can keep going but I think you get the drift. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

When I do graphics I like to listen to the book I am working with on audio.  It gets me in the frame of mind so that the images match the book better. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

When I started I wanted to be an all inclusive service.  I would have graphic designers on hand and all that jazz.  I have since found that I like chatting with the authors so my goal is to get very effective for the authors so that I can charge more and take less clients.  I love the relationship I have with them and do not want to have to give that up to take on more clients. 

Do you have any advice for new PA’s? 

Charge what you are worth, ask questions, and take criticism. Not everyone’s the same and will want different things. Be flexible.  Join a PA group chat and do not hesitate to ask them questions. We are all here to work together.   

Are you available for new work or booked solid. 

For the right client I would take them on but I have become a little more picky.  I do not mind helping out anyone if they need it and I can answer questions for anyone. 

Author Jeanette Lynn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jeanette Lynn

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live with my Incredible Hunk of a Neanderthal with our fur babies and Small Human Child. I am at the beck and call of a Hobbit doggo and eccentric terrier mix that acts more like a cat and basically owns my buns. I enjoy artsy fartsy anything, corny b horror movies, the cornier the better, good tunes, and writing quirky but relatable characters in out of this world stories.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. And I can’t say I’d considered it as a child or early adulthood. It wasn’t even on my radar. I’ve always loved to read, and sort of made up my own stories in my head, or changed them if I was disappointed in something in one, but my first love has always been art. I supposed I should have figured I’d lean towards writing. I didn’t see it myself, but talking with my sisters, a few of them have said they could totally see it. I was a Barbie girl, lol, and I lived in my own little Barbie world. Barbie dated G.I. Joes and New Kids On the Block dolls(Sorry, Ken!) and lived in her ginormous plastic beach house with a giant pink and orange plastic dinosaur instead of a dog, with a few Ewoks for roommates. I made up wild stories for the whole gang and spent hours setting the stage and playing it all out. If one of my sisters happened upon me working all this out, I’d prattle on about it for as long as they were willing to stand there while I chattered. I actually took the plunge in part because of something one of my siblings said while we were talking. I’d said something like, “Maybe I should try it,” jokingly, during a convo, about writing a book, (we’d been talking books, recent reads, likes, dislikes) and they made a comment, something like, “You could do it. You should try it. I’d read it.” I mean, hey, they’d offered, right? Eventually I did, they read it, they said they loved it, then asked when I’d be writing the next book, and that’s kinda how Stellar Proportions came about.

So I’ll just slip in a thank you for my big seesters here, my Valkyrie, for always being my biggest supporters and encouraging their not-so-pixie-sized-anymore baby sister to do the things.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I work on several series/books at once, but my most current series releases are set in Mordenne, Tales of Mordenne series and Brides of Mordenne. The series intertwine. Tales is Monster Romance with heart and a pinch of horror, PNR Fantasy, and Brides of Mordenne is monster matchmaking mayhem, Cyclops, Werewolves, Trolls, Men of the Marsh, finding their Happily Ever Afters. I was inspired to write them because of my love of monsters. Monster everything, I love it. Frankenstein, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, Swamp Thing, Big Foot, Yetis, folktales, mythology, I love it all. Those poor fellas never get the girl, though, right? And it was like, but what if they did? And what if their lady loves were curvy gals?

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on The Princess & The Ogre, the third book in Tales of Mordenne. Morgan and Theseus are finally going to hash this whole reluctant dragon princess thing out once and for all.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I like to listen to music more often than not. It’s not uncommon for me to make a playlist of songs that stick with me while I’m writing a book.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future would be to keep doing this words makin’ thing. I love writing, pulling the story together, sorting it all out in my head to get it down as I see it, watching it slowly turn into a book. It’s fun. I’d like to be able to make enough as an author to be considered a livable income.

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

Write.
Uhm, I’m horrible with advice. It’s like my brain stalls and smoke starts to slowly eep from my ears. Is that burnt toast? Why do I smell burnt toast?
From personal experience, I’d say keep writing, working for it, improving. There’s always room for improvement. Aim to write a series. Newsletters are important. See what’s out there, what works for you and what doesn’t, what you’d like to see done differently? I wanted more quirky reads with relatable, if oddball, characters, with romance and heart, and that’s what I set out to write starting all of this.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hello, podly peeps! Thank you for being freaking awesome and supportive, all around fantastic human beings. You rock. You make my weird little heart happy. Y’all make all of this possible and I’ll forever be grateful for that.

Author E.L. Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author E.L. Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a mommy of five children and four fur babies. We are an active duty military family. I have a large family who I adore with all my heart and am thankful for everyday. I have parents that fully support my work and cheer me on everyday. I am married to my best friend who also supports what I do. For fun, I like to camp, hike, fish. I also do photography on the side, another passion of mine.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author, but because of my ADHD I never thought I could become one. It has been a learning curve for me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love shifters and I love women who learn to love, and trust again. Honey is one who has been so hurt by someone she thought was supposed to love her. I love how through the book she heals and trusts again. I like showing people it is possible, even in bad situations to still have a good heart and learn to love again.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a few different WIP, the main one is actually a Rockstar Harem and will be announced soon.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes, while writing I have a book bible that I use to write down different plot ideas, things to remember when writing, and any new book ideas, but it basically holds all my thoughts on my books and characters, and I have to have character in my head and their names before I even begin to write.

What are your hopes for the future?

The hope for my future is to continue to write books, enough to where people get excited to know that I am coming out with another book. I want to be a very involved author, so people can reach out to me and ask me questions, or just to chat. I want to create books that make lasting impressions on readers, and eventually I want to create a whole world.

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

For Authors coming up, my biggest advice is to not rush. Let your stories and characters come to you. If you get discouraged, take some time to yourself and then come back to what you were working on. If an idea pops up into your head, write it down, don’t push it back to work on just one WIP. You don’t want to miss an idea just because you are already working on something. Overall have fun, write what speaks to you, don’t try and conform to what others think you should be writing. Make friends, having true friends in the author community is something irreplaceable and I highly suggest making some ones who you can always ask for help and will give you honest opinions.

Secret project.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, I hope my books make you laugh and cry like they made me as I wrote them, I hope you fall in love with the characters like I do. I hope my books take you out of your own head for a while and into mine. I hope that you love the books so much that you are bursting at the seams to read the next book.
For my readers, every book is a journey and I hope you follow along this path with me. Without all of you, this would not be possible.