Author Stacy-Deanne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy-Deanne

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Well, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have always had a great imagination, which fuels my love of writing. I am also an introvert, so I live in my head, which is also why I love writing so much. I’m a simple person and a homebody, so I just love writing and when I’m not doing that I’m watching TV, surfing the net, or researching.
I grew up loving mysteries and suspense. Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe are my biggest creative idols. I write interracial books (black women and white men coupling) among different genres. I write romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, women’s fiction, historical, erotica, erotic romance, and paranormal (just starting with this one). I also write books of all lengths, but mainly novellas and shorts.
I am a USA Today Featured Author and have been interviewed by USA Today many times as well as have had several books reviewed by them. They also made my book The Seventh District a Recommended Read. I am also the nominee of two African-American Literary Awards.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

No. I never thought about writing professionally until I was 19 and that’s when I started. I always enjoyed reading and always had a talent for writing as a child, but I never thought of it as an avenue to make money. Back then, I was just happy to write and wasn’t thinking about sharing my work. Then, when I turned 19, the dream of being an author hit me and I got into it. I started back in 1998 and back then you didn’t have the options you have now. You had to be trade published or you’d have to sell books out of the trunk of your cars. There was a huge stigma against self-publishing, so it wasn’t a valid way to be published then. Also, there wasn’t even KDP, so you didn’t have the option to publish through Amazon and ebooks hadn’t become popular yet. You had to be with a publisher and have books in stores to get anywhere. So after years of struggling to be noticed, I finally got a two-book deal from Simon and Schuster in 2007 and 2008. Unfortunately, right before the first book was released, my mother passed away. So needless to say, the experience of first being published wasn’t the happy time I thought it would be.

What was your inspiration for your current book or series?

Me. LOL! I just write the stories I want to write and whatever idea that pops into my head. I get more ideas from movies and current events than anything, but most times the idea just comes from me. I’ve always had a powerful imagination. I also get ideas while exercising and riding in a car, too.

What are you working on now?

Working on billionaire romantic thriller serial. As well as reworking some previously published standalones I’d published under a now defunct pen name.

Do you have quirks while working?

Nah. For me, I don’t mess around. I just turn the TV on mute and get to writing. I don’t do any special rituals outside of outlining my work. I just get out the laptop and get rolling and try to be as productive as possible for each session.

What are your hopes for the future?

Even though I’ve been in this game, for a long time, I just want to keep growing. Growth is constant. I also just want to be healthy and to remain in a position where I can keep writing and meeting my creative and financial needs.

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

The most important is to research. Don’t expect anyone to spoon feed you every bit of advice. You’re gonna have to take the initiative yourself. Course, it’s fine to ask for help, but you also need patience and to be realistic about expectations. This is not something to get into if you expect to be rich or leave your day job. Only a tiny percentage of authors are living off their book income. Most are not. So make sure you know what the real publishing life is like and don’t fall for the facade you see on TV. Being a writer in real life is nothing like it looks on TV. It’s hard work and I suggest not even trying unless you love writing. If you don’t love it to your core, then you won’t last.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Of course! Thanks so much for always buying my work and supporting. I appreciate all the love and you can be sure that I’ll never cheat you and with every book I give 100% because I know you guys deserve nothing less! I always got something new for you, so continue to keep up with me!

Graphic Designer Secret D’artiste #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Evelyne aka. Secret D’artiste

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

My name is Evelyne and I am a freelance book cover designer based in Belgium (Europe). My fantasy adventure started when I laid eyes on the first Lord of the Rings movie in 2001 (I was 14 years old at that time). I was mesmerized, fascinated and loved the epic concept art so much that I started experimenting with Photoshop on my own. Until this day I have developed my own magical style, trained and improved my skills. My works are a combination of photo bashing/photo manipulation and digital painting, combining several stock photos and 3d renders into unique and finalized book covers, with a touch of magic! 😉 Besides design, I love nature, traveling (especially outside of Europe) and discovering new cultures, animals, places, etc … 

Have you always wanted to become an artist/cover designer? 

Actually not, it was something I rolled-in to. I practiced fantasy art for a long time as a hobby and was an active member of the photo manipulation community on Deviantart (before the change to Eclipse). I met some amazing people across the world, sharing interest in the same hobby. Only there I was introduced to the art of cover design and in 2015 I started my halftime freelance business. It’s actually until now, September 2021, that I have quit my main job and decided to become a fulltime book cover designer. And also now, I am still learning new things and that makes it so interesting 😉

Where do you find inspiration for your work? 

My source of inspiration comes from fairytales, myths & legends, fae & fairies, fantasy warriors, witches, assassins, etc … I love watching TV-series and movies in those genres and even in nature (when hiking) I can find the necessary inspiration to fill my creative bank account. I also love concept art books and magazines like ImagineFX to gaze upon epic and breathtaking art from other talented artists from all around the globe. 

What are you working on now? 

I am currently preparing lots of new premade book cover designs (especially trilogies) which I will launch in my Facebook-group in the next couple of weeks. You are all welcome to join if you want Secrets D’artiste premade covers  and you can also join my newsletter.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I always need music when I work. I can’t work without it … Let’s say, to get into the ‘zone’ I need to close the door to ‘reality’ and open a much more fascinating door to this fantasy world in my imagination. And that’s not always easy … and there comes music into place. Music helps me in the process to allow ideas and concepts for my art. I am quite a fan of movie and game soundtracks, or any other whimsical voice/band that can feed inspiration.

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

Yes, for beginning cover designers I would really recommend always purchasing the resources you need through legitimate stock sites and/or 3D render sites, due to copyright regulations. I know that’s not always easy because subscriptions for paid stock sites could be quite expensive and are a big cut in your budget (especially when you are a beginner), but in the end it really pays off. Not only can you make more ‘out of this world’ designs, it also helps you cover possible issues with copyright. One of my favorite 3D shops, where I shop for lots of my resources, is this one (and I can really recommend it due to good service and excellent quality): Fantasy Background Store

What are your hopes for the future? 

To be honest, I really hope I can do what I love doing in life. You only live once and you have to be carefull with the time that is given to us.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

If you are interested in going on an epic journey together, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Or if you want to treat yourself or one of your loved ones with fantasy/gothic bookmarks or prints made by me, you are always welcome to check out my Etsy shop here (I would be so grateful for the support).

Author Alice Ivinya #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alice Ivinya

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in wet and soggy Bristol, UK, with my husband, toddler and dog (oh and an immortal goldfish).

I have loved fantasy all my life. My favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Holly Black, Amy Harmon and Robert Jordan.

When I’m not off gallivanting in other worlds, you can normally find me climbing trees with my young son, working as a small animal vet for a charity that treats the pets of people who struggle to make ends meet, hanging out with my church family, or walking the best dog in the world. (And as a vet I feel qualified to say that!)

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. My first book series was about a group of kids who ran away from home and became rulers of all the sharks in the sea. Worryingly they all got married at the age of 12-14 but that was old to my 8 year old self! 

I wrote my first full length novel at 11. It was about a magician’s apprentice who was bad at magic. 

Throughout my teenage years I wrote epic fantasy after epic fantasy that my poor parents had to read, even when they went over 200,000 words! As a child I was badly dyslexic and struggled with sentence structure and spelling to the extent that many of my early stories were illegible until I typed them up. It took me much longer than all the other children in my class to both write and type, but I just loved to write and have never been able to stop telling stories. Slowly, wth the support of my parents and teachers, I developed techniques to get around my dyslexia and now it never holds me back.

I now have ten published full length books and seven short stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series starts with Feathers of Snow and is inspired by the German fairytale, The Goose Girl. I always loved how the original tale coupled gentleness and beauty with brutality and ruthlessness. To me, it is a very powerful tale of the power of goodness and perseverance. Though my tale flips the characters on their heads!

What are you working on now?

I am currently putting the final touches on Feathers of Blood which is the sequel to Feathers of Snow. This book has a lot more action and angst and has been great fun to write!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often feel the need to pull the expressions my characters are making as I write them to try to work out how to describe them. I must look very strange, so it’s probably a good thing I don’t write in public!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep on doing what I love, which is being a mummy, writing and saving animals as a vet! It would be my dream to be able to earn a little more through my writing so I can devote whole days to it once my son is old enough to go to school.

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

My advice to authors who want to write fantasy is to read loads in your subgenre and keep writing. Never give up! Get as many fantasy lovers to read it as you can before you try to publish. Also start simple and master basic concepts in shorter books before your epic 12 book masterpiece!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you all so much! Every time I gain a follower or reader, I do a little happy dance. I couldn’t do it without you!

Deena Rae eBook Builders #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Deena Rae Schoenfeldt from Ebook Builders

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a stage 3 cancer survivor, mother of 3. I have started doing ebook adaptation for my Mom’s publishing business in 2009 then opened up to independent authors and publishing houses. I have taken over all of the book – print and ebook – design of my mother’s business.

How long have you been a book designer?

I have been doing ebook adaptation – aka ebook building – for almost 12 years and have book doing the complete book design – paperback/hardback typography/layout and ebook adaptation for 7 years with a 2 year break while I underwent cancer treatment.

Have you always wanted to be a book designer?

Heavens, no. I wanted to be a lawyer, a dictator, a serial killer….anything at all to be different than my mom. But I am good at making a book fit with the author’s vision. Plus, I have a really bad temper and if I was a lawyer I would end up punching the opposing side.

What do you do as a book designer?

I take the author’s manuscript and flow it into InDesign. If the author wants the book to be branded to the storyline, I add page graphic backgrounds, images, etc to make it stand out from the majority of other books being sold. I then export it to epub (ebook) and tweak it so that the ebook and print editions are as similar as possible.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I cannot work in silence. Usually I have Fox Business on (during stock market hours since I also swing trade the market). But I have been know to work while I stream Law & Order. I also do not read the manuscript as I am doing the design. If I did it would add hours to the time it takes me to do the layout.

What are your hopes for the future?

World domination, always. I will settle for staying busy.

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Do you have any advice for new book designers?

For people wanting to do what most people call ‘formatting’ learn the industry specifics. Know about rules to paragraphs and headings.  Nothing irritates me quite as much as seeing a book that has been ‘formatted’ by someone who is just out to make a buck. Chicago Manual of Style is your friend. Always be learning more and improving your skills so your clients are thrilled and don’t get ‘dinged’ in reviews on the finished product. My advice for authors and really everyone is to have a tribe of professionals you can go to for advice or help. I have a group of people involved in publishing – authors, cover designers, book designers, editors – that I go to when I need help, advice or to bounce ideas off of.

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

My schedule is flexible. I can usually have 10-15 book projects in the various stages of completion during a week. I can do up a draft for an author then send it to them for approval then immediately start on another while I am waiting to hear from the previous author. I usually have no problem working in a rush job.

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Author Roseyk Klayborn #MoonlitFalls

Please give a warm welcome to author Roseyk Klayborn

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Roseyk Klayborn lives in Colorado with her dog Bella, who loves to go on long walks in the woods. She also whines a lot when her human doesn’t walk fast enough.

Roseyk prefers staying inside working on one of her many hobbies, often reading or writing.
She spent most of her childhood with a book in one hand, a notebook in the other, and a pencil in her ear.

Ballroom Dancing took over much of Roseyk’s later teenage years before she rediscovered her love of writing and entered into a life changing contest to become an author in the Moon Dust Library world.

Now, you will find Roseyk trying to write like crazy, researching, doing a ton of procrastinating, and sharing lots of random memes.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was around eight years old, my brother and I took some writing classes. After that I hardly went anywhere without a notebook and a pencil stuck behind my ear. I don’t know that I really thought about becoming an author, it was more that I had all these friends in my head who wanted to come out and play.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Umm. My Book Bestie and I were tossing out ideas when I found out they were looking for authors. I don’t really know what my inspiration is for this book.

What are you working on now?

So much! Moonlit Danburite is my main focus, plus I’m doing a charity anthology in September, so those are the main two. But I have several ongoing series that will eventually be published.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not that I know of? I haven’t really thought about it.

What are your hopes for the future?

To write lots of books. I just have so many ideas, and even if nobody likes them, I still want to get them out in the world.

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

Learn as much as you can, find other people who you can get support and encouragement from, and try not to stress too much. You’ve got this.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me. I hope you enjoy the ride.

roseykklaybornbooks@gmail.com

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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.

Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled monthly newsletter and visit her on the web at http://www.CynthiaSax.com

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!