Author Rachel Angel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rachel Angel

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Rachel Angel, and I like writing bold romances and thrillers that has a lot of steaminess, hot men, and strong sassy women.  My books have tons of twists and turns, and usually contain a mystery that is solved at the end.  My neurologist even says that she recommends my books that are especially steamy  because they are a great way to escape and use the imagination. It helps with pain relief and also Alzheimer. 

I am so grateful for my books being used as a way of escape and treatment.  

Also, one thing about me is, I am really the pen name for a million-selling author who writes in many genres. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes, I have since childhood.  I wrote fantasy adventure stories with animals as lead. Like Watership Down, but with squirrels.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have several series going on right now. For the Ruthless Reign Series, which comes to a close at the end of June, the inspiration is cartel/drug tv shows like Ozark, but here, the lead is a young woman who suddenly becomes the head of her family’s cartel, which had been kept a secret from her. My other series that recently ended is the HOUSE Series, which was inspired by classic murder mysteries, but with a hot Reverse Harem, a will, and a mystery that has to be solved within the will.

What are you working on now? 

I am working on an urban fantasy called Fae-B.I. Series, that has a reverse harm of fae men, with the FMC is a FBI trainee who is trying to solve the crimes around Las Vegas, which seemed paranormal. This is a spin-off series from my Fallen Fae Academy Series with the same characters. The first book comes out in July and is a juicy one, called Fae-ther Issues.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I tend to write in spurts so I will sit for hours on end to get a lot written at once. This means I have all my snacks, drinks, and even music near me while I write.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To keep on coming out with addictive books for people who love reading steamy romances/thrillers!  I also have a few book series being adapted into tv series or films so we’ll see how that goes. I have some really good producers behind the adaptations so most likely it would happen, even if it takes a while.

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

Write what you love and even if it doesn’t fit the mold of a certain formula with a genre, do it because it may become a new way of telling the story in that genre. My books are a mixture and blend of different genres and don’t necessarily fit into one genre, but the readers who have discovered my books and loved them, it brings them a new enjoyment and escapism. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Yes, thank you for your support and love!  I appreciate you all!  Because of your support, I have continued writing the kind of books I write. 

Bio:

A USA Today and International bestselling author, Rachel Angel writes stories about Strong Feisty Women and the men they tame in RH, Bully Romances, Dark Romances, Fantasy, PNR, and sexy billionaire Romances.  Rachel Angel is a pen name for a million-selling author who worked as an executive at Fortune 50 corporations, in legal and production at cable television channels and at the Walt Disney Corporation. Beside being a full time author with various pen names, she appears in front of the camera as a television host, voiceover artist, and is a frequent guest on top 15 National Radio as an authority on women’s issues, the entertainment industry, and women empowerment. Her non-fiction books have been number one bestsellers, used by organizations such as the US Mental Health Association.  Pushing the edge of romance, books published under Rachel Angel explores the hidden, dark, and even deepest desires of human romances, while featuring strong female leads.

Author Vivienne Hart #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I have my MFA in Creative Writing, and I write all things magical and mysterious. Captivated by fairy tales from a young age, I gradually began to create my own worlds filled with fantastic creatures and monstrous beasts, and it’s my great joy to now share those worlds through my books.

In addition to spinning a good story, my loves include chocolate, reading good books, and taking as many bubble baths as I can. When I’m not writing, you can find me roaming around the southern U.S. with my husband and two very fluffy cats. I’m the redhead in pajamas.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes. I love making up characters and worlds, and I think writing is the thing I’m best at. I’ve had a series of boring jobs, and I’ve also worked with books in various other capacities, including publishing, but none of it really spoke to me. My favorite thing is getting out a pen and paper and playing around with weird ideas, mashing up things that seem like they don’t go together, and finding ways to use my favorite words. I really love words, and I have a lot of fun molding them into tales.

I’m an only child with two creative parents: my dad made up endlessly hilarious bedtime stories when I was little, and my mom was great at helping me with unique homework projects, like creating board games and building dioramas. So I think I inherited that creative spirit, and because I was the only kid in my house, I spent a lot of time in my head, making up stories and worlds. I also saw a UFO when I was about eight, and I think that instilled a sense of possibility in the fantastic that has stayed with me. (I’m not saying I had an alien encounter, but I definitely saw something weird, round, and unidentified hovering in the sky!)

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have a deep and abiding love for and interest in fairy tales. When I was getting my MFA, I did my graduate project on fairy tales and the enduring nature of retellings. Then I had the opportunity to explore alien romance, so I thought it would be really interesting and fun to take traditional tales we all know and give them a science fiction spin. Hence, my Interstellar Fairy Tales series was born. The first book, Aura Awakened, is out now. The second book in the series, Zella Unlocked, will be in Alien Embrace. It’s a space retelling of Rapunzel, complete with a xenophobic colony, a detention tower, and an alien military force. There are more books to come in the series, so interested readers should stay tuned to my newsletter or social media for updates.

What are you working on now? 

A few different things. Zella Unlocked releases in August 2021, so I’m busy putting the finishing touches on it and gearing up for promotional stuff. I’m also working on the other books in the Interstellar Fairy Tales series, as well as some non-SFR fairy tale projects and some standalone SFR books. I have years’ worth of books planned; I wish I could write faster so I could release them all right away. I’m working on epic fantasies, paranormal mysteries, urban fantasies set on other worlds, different kinds of retellings, and so much more!

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Do you have any quirks while working? 

I almost never work at a desk. I’ve always been this way, and I don’t really know why, other than I find desks/tables inherently uncomfortable. Instead, I make work nests. I’ll settle on the couch or bed with a bunch of pillows, my favorite throw blanket, and some water. I snuggle into my nest and get lost in worlds and words.

I also can’t write to music. I know a lot of authors like to create a playlist for each project to help them set the mood and tone of the book, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m so connected to words that I immediately get distracted by the lyrics, which interfere with the words I’m trying to write. I suppose I could write to instrumental music, but honestly, it’s just not for me. I will write to rain and storm sounds, though.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope that I can continue to do this as my career for many years to come, that I continue to find new readers, and that my books resonate with people. I love telling stories, and I genuinely hope that more and more people discover my books and love reading them.

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

When it comes to indie publishing, authors have a lot more control than they do in the traditional publishing world. You don’t have to get through the gatekeeping of agents, editors, and publishers, and you can (mostly) control royalties, covers, release schedule, and more. All of that is really alluring. However, indie publishing comes with its own challenges. You may have all the control, but you also have to do all the work. There are no agents or PR teams backing you and spreading the word. 

A career in indie publishing is about so much more than just writing. I was naïve when I started and thought that as long as I could tell a story and had solid writing mechanics, I could be successful. But if you want to truly succeed and make a living, you have to learn how to run a business. There are so many behind-the-scenes business factors to consider: popular trends, writing to market, bookfunnels, how and when to offer freebies and giveaways, newsletter networking, social media, marketing and advertising, and more. I’m still learning about the business part of the indie publishing industry every day. New authors should be aware of how much work it really takes!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

First and foremost, thank you for sticking with me and reading my books! I wouldn’t be able to write for my job if it weren’t for my readers, and I’m so grateful to them. I’m always encouraging readers to sign up for my newsletter, because I don’t spam and I do offer news, updates, cover reveals, giveaways, freebies, and more! I try to make sure my newsletter always has something valuable for the subscribers, to serve as a thank you for supporting me.

I’d also ask readers to take the time to review their favorite books, especially on Amazon. Positive ratings and reviews help authors immensely; conversely, three stars or fewer can be very damaging to an author’s career and visibility on the platform. If you don’t enjoy a book, that’s more than fine, but if you genuinely like it, I encourage you to go give it four or five stars. It’s more important and beneficial than many readers realize, especially for indie authors. Also, if you find errors or typos in a book, it’s best to reach out to the author privately. Reporting it to Amazon can get the book permanently removed from the site, which is something many readers don’t realize. They’re trying to be helpful, but might inadvertently damage the author’s platform. 

That’s part of what I meant before when I said that indie publishing as a business is more complex than many people realize. Authors can’t just write whatever they want and expect it to sell, and they’re often forced to rely on factors outside of their control — like reviews — to be successful. The relationship between authors and readers is a symbiotic one, so I always try to give readers the best bang for their buck, but also ask them to be aware of how their actions — even small ones! — can help or harm indie authors.

Author Bella Shay #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Bella Shay

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I’m a 31 year old social worker at a psychiatric hospital. I live in a little town in West Virginia with my husband and two puppies. I’m an introverted extrovert. I love meeting new people and learning things about each other but I’m also incredibly shy and awkward. I, often, use memes and gifs to have full conversations. I have a new obsession with collecting signed paperbacks of my favorite books. I, also, rarely ever read the same book twice. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I haven’t. I’ve always wanted to be so many things. When I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist because I loved sharks but I never learned how to swim. I changed my college major SEVEN times before I finally gave in to the calling of being a social worker. 

I had always had a knack for developing stories. As a coping mechanism, I used to disassociate and live out these made up lives in my head. It wasn’t until recently I had the idea of writing them down and fell in love with it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

My childhood was pretty rough and I experienced a lot of trauma. My brain tried to cope with it in so many different ways. One of those was through repressing memories. My main character is dealing with repressed memories coming to the surface and is re-experiencing her trauma in a way.

I wanted to tell a story about how trauma can affect you and what the aftermath looks like of trying, not only to survive, but to fight for a life you feel you deserve. I wanted to convey the message that what happens to you doesn’t make you a stronger person. You survived what happened because of the strength you already possessed. 

What are you working on now? 

I’m still working on finishing Darkest Lies.  It’s growing into a bigger story than I ever anticipated and I’m so excited to share it. It releases June 12th. After that, I’ll be working on a short story about domestic violence for an upcoming anthology that releases in October.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Hmm… My favorite thing to do while writing is to play something in the background that I’ve watched before or music that doesn’t have lyrics. I find I get too distracted and want to sing along or something like that. So, usually I’ll have SpongeBob playing or instrumental versions of songs. Occasionally, I’ll play disco music or classic rock when I’m tired and trying to push through because the music energizes my brain. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

My first hopes when I started writing was to be widely successful and retire from my day job. Now, after experiencing how incredibly difficult it is to write a novel, I just want to share my ideas and hope that enough people love it to help pay for the next release. 

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

Oh man! I am such a baby author, I’m still in the writing womb. That probably sounds really weird. 

Let’s see. Things I’ve learned so far:

• Never do a pre order unless your book is 90% finished. Don’t. Do. It.

• Self-doubt is the enemy. Never stop believing you can do it.

• Keep writing.  You can’t edit an empty page!

• Find your tribe & pay it forward. Find people that will support you in your losses and successes. When you get the chance, help the person that was once where you were.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’ve been amazed at the incredible people that have supported me so far, without even releasing my book yet. I’ve experienced nothing but love so far and I am enormously grateful and appreciative of the way I have been welcomed into the community. Thank you all so much!

Author Kira Stanley #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kira Stanley

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am the oldest child of 4 and an Aries which means I am a super go getter as well as my own worst critic. I have always been an artsy kid growing up and my parents always encouraged me to do what I was happy doing. I play a few different instruments, am an avid movie watcher and occasional drawler.  I graduated Arizona State University with a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture because I found I really liked making things with my hands and saying, “Look – I made that. . .this is why. . .now what do you think?”. I love all different mediums of art (painting, music, writing, performance, etc.) and find that I enjoy most of it because it’s a different point of view I never thought of. I think it takes incredible courage and bravery to be in these kinds of creative roles as you are putting a piece of yourself out there that people will judge you on solely based on this ONE thing. 

I am a mother of 2 children under four which makes life. . .interesting. LOL  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for the past 12 years and I am very close with my family and siblings so I do most things with them. I am up for most any adventures (not camping . . . never camping *internal shutter*) and find that life is better if you laugh, A LOT. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

To be honest, No. At first I wanted to be an artist in drawing and graphics but I couldn’t make hands and faces well. Then I wanted to be stunt woman so I took martial arts and knife throwing. Then I wanted to be a hairstylist. Once I got into the real world after college I figured I could do artistic things on the side while working an 8-5 job to pay the bills. I actually stumbled into the author world because I had stories that had been building in my mind for the past couple of years and I wanted to get them out. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have a lot of people around me that range from severe to mild mental issues. My husband has severe PTSD and my sisters and friends have varied versions of depression, anxiety and paranoia. I am constantly surrounded by these people but because I love them I see them differently than others do. 

I found it fascinating that people like psychopaths and sociopaths can be running free around the world and no one second guesses it but people who are depressed or have social issues are thought of as weird and crazy. 

I then thought what it would be like for someone of higher academia, a “smart” person, to being forced into a mental institution. What it would be like for that person to have structure and goals for their life to then turn around and have it blow up in their face. Would they crumble? Would they lose hope? Or would they find a different side of themselves that they never knew? 

And that’s were Crazy People was born. 

What are you working on now?

Crazy People just came out on 4/20/21, so I am currently working on book 2 and outlining book 3. BUT I do have a WIP that I am working on about a fantasy world where the people believe that the color of your hair determines how light or dark your soul is. So for example a person with white blonde hair is a symbol of beauty and grace while someone with black hair is ugly and evil. This thought processes lead to what kind of life you lead and such. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

Let’s see. . .I have to have it quite and I enjoy the click clacking of the keyboard while I work. It makes me feel like I am getting a lot done. I also talk to my characters. Like I will be making breakfast for my kids and I will say something in my head and my character will respond and I will laugh out loud or when I am by myself, turn to an invisible character and talk to them while a scene is playing out in my head. It’s kinda weird. LOL

What are your hopes for the future?

Truly I just want to get my characters and stories out there . . . even if everyone hates them and only one person loves them I am fine with that. I will write for that one person. It’s more important for me to show my kids that art has many forms and that you just need to be brave enough to do it. 

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

WOW that’s a loaded question. I am just a little baby author myself but I would say to start building an inner circle of authors/PA’s or avid book readers before your book is even done been written. 

I have recently met some authors that have taken me under the wing and it has been amazing. Just to have another person to talk about the highs and the lows with as well as to bounce ideas off of. I wish I would have been more vocal about writing my own book so that I would have had that support earlier on instead of just trying to build it once my book came out. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you, really I do. If you follow me I truly do appreciate you having your faith in me as a writer, having my back online and supporting me while I learn and grow on this author journey. No matter how strong a person is it’s very easy to feel alone and unappreciated but those of you that follow me remind me that I am not alone. 

Author Lauren Ellis #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lauren Ellis

Tell us a bit about yourself…

So I am a 29 year old book-lover. I currently live on the US east coast with my husband and two Siberian cats. I’m a home-body and introvert, I’d rather drink a margarita on my couch with a book in my pajamas than go out. I buy all my favorite books in paperback, even though I mostly read on kindle, just because I want to hold the pretty books and look at them on my shelves. I’m awkward AF and speak mostly in GIF or meme form.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

So, writing isn’t my day job—but I always loved reading and creative writing. I didn’t think I’d ever actually write a book, but around thanksgiving this past year I kind of just said, why the heck not? I’ve been obsessed with reading #whychoose/reverse harem books for the past few years, so I’m writing what I love to read.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m working on about three different WIPs right now, with my main focus being Masks & Mayhem: The Hannover Heathens Book 1. This is a contemporary #whychoose, enemies to lovers, with some dark themes. The first few chapters are pretty intense—almost thriller-vibes. The first scene idea actually stems from when I worked at a mall in high school. I was a cashier at one of those large department stores, and how creepy it was to be closing the store, in a basically deserted mall, on a weeknight. It always seemed like a recipe for a horror movie. Other than Masks & Mayhem, I’m also working on an emotional, angsty, contemporary RH stand-alone called “A Breath Between Notes.” As well as a sweet, contemporary, sports RH stand-alone called “Offside Princess.”

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’ve recently discovered I work so much better with a standing desk. It allows me to dance around to the book playlists to get in the mood for a certain scene, or even to pace around while I’m thinking. I have Spotify playlists in my link tree so anyone can see the vibes of the different things I’m working on.

What are your hopes for the future?

To just keep writing what I love. I’m excited to keep going in the Hannover Heathens series—there’ll be a bunch of crossover characters and we’ll see multiple harems get together, with interconnected plot lines.

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

Not really, since I am a new author! Masks & Mayhem: The Hannover Heathens Book 1 will be my debut novel. But I can say this, don’t be afraid to reach out and make friends in this community. We’re all—for the most part—very nice people, happy to answer questions, and enjoy building each other up.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my followers—Masks & Mayhem is pretty intense from chapter 1. Really—there is no breathing room or fluffy intro, you’re kinda just thrown on in there into the deep end. There will be a cliffhanger, there will be m/m in the series, and you may want to scream and curse before it’s all said and done. Just hang in there, ‘cause I think you’re going to end up loving these characters as much as I do. 🖤

Author Lizzy Bequin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lizzy Bequin

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Lizzy Bequin, and I write sci-fi, reverse harem, and omegaverse romance. I’m an only child, which probably accounts for my overall weirdness. And I’m also a southern girl. I was born in Alabama, and I’ve moved all over, but now I’ve settled back in the South in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a city that I absolutely love. It’s a fairly small city, and it’s surrounded by mountains and woods which is nice for me because I enjoy having fun outside–hiking, paddle boarding, camping when the weather is nice.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much. Even when I was little I was always making up crazy stories, and I’ve loved to read for about as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved both romance and sci-fi. My mom used to read romance paperbacks, and my dad read sci-fi, and I would steal their books and devour them. But it was only recently that I discovered sci-fi romance, and that’s when I found my calling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The book I just published is titled Alien Meat Market, which is kind of a crazy title for a romance, right? I was brainstorming titles for a separate series, and that was one of the titles I came up with. Well, it didn’t quite fit that other series, but something about the title stuck with me, so I just had to write a story to go with it. I came up with the idea of a woman who gets abducted by aliens and auctioned in a literal meat market, but luckily the highest bidder wants her for reasons other than food. And the story just kind of flowed from there.

What are you working on now?

So, I just published Alien Meat Market, which is a reverse harem alien romance, and I’m planning to follow that up with a sequel. But in between that, my current project is an enemies-to-lovers alien prison romance titled Brute Force (I like my hard-hitting titles).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often cackle loudly whenever I’m writing a particularly twisted or dirty scene. Sometimes so loudly my poor cat bolts away into the other room in fear. Oh, also, I’m addicted to LaCroix sparkling water, and by the end of my writing day I usually have a little pyramid of empty cans on my desk. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer.

What are your hopes for the future?

Mainly just to keep doing what I’m doing, to keep growing as a writer, and hopefully to sell even more books. It’s taken me about two years, but I’ve finally been able to go into writing full time, and I feel really fortunate for that. I guess my big dream would be to hit the bestsellers lists some day. But in the meantime, if I can just bring entertainment to people, then I feel pretty good about that.

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

In terms of writing, I would say, just don’t give up. Writing and publishing can be really scary, but you can’t ever let your fear or self-doubt stop you. I’m a big fan of the author Dean Wesley Smith, and he has this motto: “Dare to be bad.” I really like that. Even if you do write a bad book, that’s not wasted time. It’s an opportunity to grow and improve and write a better book next time.

In terms of the business and promotion end of things, I would say, prioritize building an email mailing list. I have two short novellas which are free for my newsletter subscribers, and that has brought a ton of readers to my list. There was an investment of time in writing those stories, but it has definitely paid off in terms of helping me build my fan base and get more sales of my books whenever I have a new release or run a promotion. I also use a service called Bookfunnel to build my mailing list.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you! My readers and followers are like my entire reason for being. If nobody was reading my books, there would be no reason for me to write them. I get emails and Facebook messages from my readers, and it’s always incredibly gratifying. 

It’s so strange to think about it. I imagine these stories in my head, then I turn that into a bunch of squiggly black marks on the page, and someone I’ve never even met before can read those squiggly marks and experience the story and be entertained. It really is a kind of magic.

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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 Alexandra K. Martin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexandra K. Martin

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

If I could use one word to describe me it would be quirky. I love to snuggle when it’s cold, surround myself with animals and have a family that I couldn’t live without. My sense of humour is either dark and dirty or lame Dad jokes, with nothing in between. 

I’m an Australian full-time author and I love it every single day. So far I have written fantasy, paranormal and contemporary RH but I plan on always pushing my limit and evolving my skills. With my husband and 3 kids by my side, I can trudge through anything and refuse to give up when life gets hard.

Unfortunately, I have a rare chronic disease that can push to lower my quality of life but I use it as the fire to remind me to enjoy every soft breeze on my face, the colours that fill the sky and the joy to get older. Never wasting an opportunity to help a person in need, and never bring anybody down or waste my time with idle gossip. 

I am a true believer that kindness does make all the difference.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Actually I went to university and studied 2 degrees in the hopes of becoming a federal officer or work in intelligence. The motivation to make the world a better place, driving me to success. However those plans never reached fruition as I got diagnosed with my illness and those jobs were then no longer a possibility for me.

So I spent my time doing what made me the happiest – writing. Never once did I consider that my fondest hobby could become my dream career. I hadn’t realised that it was even an option. Even though my home is filled with the tales of countless authors from throughout time, from Homer, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy to the more modern authors Sherrilyn Kenyon (McQueen), Kelley Cole and Serena Akeroyd. 

One day it just snapped in my mind that being an author should have been my dream all along and that my deep desire to make the word better, can be fulfilled by bringing stories of love, laughter and fantasy to those who need it. So, here I am, doing what I love and regretting nothing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I read A LOT, and it was getting to the point where I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t find any RH books of single mothers or women in their 30’s. Then I thought, I’ll just make it myself. 

The Rathe Chronicles began with that thought in mind and then grew from there. It’s my plan to have a place for all kinds of women to shine. I have created a world that will show all women; short and tall, big and small, strong and timid, dark and light, older and younger, with and without children, and with different sexual orientations from all walks of life. 

This series will be ongoing and continue to grow and unfold through every chapter told. Rathe is a whole new world of my creation and there is so much that I have to show you and share. It will cover RH, Ménage, M/F, F/F, and maybe even M/M. Each story is individual to the characters needs but they’re all spicy because everyone needs a little spice in their life.

A world for every woman is my inspiration.

What are you working on now? 

Currently I have my focus on Lust. Lust is an RH fairytale retelling from a sinner’s point of view, and it’s a part of a collaboration that I put together with 6 other amazing authors that I feel privileged to be working with. AJ Blackburn, Kira Roman, J. Kearston, Kat Blak, Kris Butler, and Jay Leigh Brown. Each one of us has our own fairytale and sin to tell.

Lust is book number 6 in the series and will be released on the 1st of August, but the book 1 ‘Gluttony’ comes out on May the 15th. 

The Golden Bird is the retelling that I’m focusing on, and I love that because it’s more uncommon than most and it’s exciting being able to create something unique from such a special story.

It’s a contemporary dark romance and could have quite a few triggers involved but it’s all relatable to the story and will have a HEA, I promise. All of the sinners books will.

It’s super fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. The series collaboration is going to be epic.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I have to be either laying down or with my feet up. I have no idea why. Haha. I like to have my main playlist playing in the background while I write, with a bottle of water by my side.

I also write my daily words in one document before I add it to my manuscript, so that I can go over it again in case I’m not happy with it. It’s way more time consuming but I’m a big critic of my own work and like to make sure that I’m doing the best I can at that time.

I have a quirky hobby of collecting names and have a journal filled with them. I use it to randomly pick names for each character and mark them off so that I never double up in the future. It’s weird, I know. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

My Biggest hope at the moment is to learn how to write quicker and for my life to give me more time that I can dedicate to my career. Writing is everything to me and I look forward to always evolving and I never want to be settled in my writing because there’s always more to be taught.

I love what I do, I just wish there was more time to do it.

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

Listen to the advice of those around you and then decide what works for you because everyone is different and that’s okay. 

Be kind and supportive of other authors around you because we’re all in this together and being competitive is a waste of time and the only person you’ll disappoint is yourself. 

Find your support network! Without my little team of people I’ve found in the book community I would be lost, a good group of people to give you honest advice and remind you that you’re doing great is everything and make sure to give that support in return.

Find an amazing PA. My PA’s are my life savers, they are under appreciated and deserve more praise than they get. They work hard for you and keep life easier to maintain, I couldn’t recommend them more.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

You are everything! I appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to enter my world. My main goal in life is to bring you a temporary sanctuary to become a part of. A place for your mind to call home when you need a break and I hope that you’ve found it within my world of imagination.

Terrifying Love: A Halloween Anthology

Happy release day ladies ❤

Enter the world of terror and chills as our amazing authors featured in this multi-genre anthology bring you stories like never before. A mix of tales that will put you on the edge of your seat, keep you guessing, and wish the things of your nightmares had stayed in your sleep. Each story takes a unique spin on the fear in our hearts as the characters push for their happy ever after, even amidst some of their greatest trials. Will they overcome their obstacles, or will the things that go bump in the night be too much? This collection is full of never-before-seen tales of romance that will make you fall in love and terrify you at the same time. Get ready for a glimpse of the darkness and things of shadows as these authors show you that sometimes the dark can make your dreams come true.

Featuring stories

Bringing Home by Serena Nova
His Dancer by Isobella Dunn
La Siguanaba by Everly Taylor
Reflections of the Past by Melody Calder
Runes and Fangs by Victoria Larque
Bloody Money by Annelie Janssen
A Patio and a Spade by Ada Rossi
Poems by Helle Gade