Lady of Embers by Erin O’Kane #amreading

A Lady of Embers: Fires of the Fae series: Book One by Erin O’Kane

After a long war between the elves and humans, Morrowmer is a land full of divided people.

Finally free from decades of captivity, Annalise, a high elf, is on the run.
Moving from refugee camp to refugee camp, she keeps to herself. These places are dangerous, especially for an elf. One night, the camp is attacked by strange, ferocious beasts. She should flee, but when she stops to save a human, she alters her fate forever.

Stolen and taken to a new land, she discovers there is so much more going on than she first thought. A great darkness is about to descend on the Fae Lands and she might be the only one who can save them all.

Can Annalise rise from the ashes of her past and become the person she was born to be?

This is slow burn reverse harem and is aimed at readers 18+. There are some scenes that some readers may find upsetting.

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.

Author KC Freeman #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author KC Freeman

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m KC Freeman, contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance author. I live in North Carolina, USA with my husband, 5 kids, and fur baby, Harley. Before returning to my first love of writing, I did the usual – college (University of Maryland grad school), career (government mostly), marriage (married wonderful man 5 years younger so he can keep up with me), kids (5 – 2 in college now, 3 in high school).

I am grateful I finally have time to dive into all the stories bouncing around in my head since … forever.

My personal interests have always hovered within the realm of the supernatural, particularly angels and guardian angels. But there was not a lot of books to quench my interest so I decided to write them myself.

In my sparetime (ha! that’s few and far between), I like to read paranormal fiction, historical fiction, and have just started research into the ancient texts that were excluded from the Bible – there’s a lot of interesting stuff there. I also enjoy hiking but no one else in my family likes to join me so I don’t go too much. However, once a year my daughter and I participate in the Princess Mud Run (a 5K obstacle race where – true to the name – we come out covered in mud…everywhere).

My favorite authors are Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Sarah J Maas, Cassandra Clare, Philippa Gregory, Michelle Moran, and Danielle Trussoni (who fueled my interest in angels with her book “Angelology”).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Always. Always. Always. When I was a small child, I would peck out stories, plays, poems on my mom’s electric typewriter. Probably would have stuck with it, but was pushed to choose a college degree and career that was “safe and secure” financially so I became an accountant/auditor (hated every second).

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve always been interested in angels, particularly guardian angels. The story has banged around in my head since I was in my teens.

What are you working on now?

I’m wrapping up the edits to the third book in the GREYLYN THE GUARDIAN ANGEL series. I am also contributing a dragon shifter short story to a new anthology due to be released in the fall. However, I am most excited about my new series about a suburban mom who unsuccessfully keeps her “woo woo” psychic abilities in the closet. The best I can come up with a category to describe it would be paranormal cozy mystery.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really. I’ve written in my office (now claimed by my husband since COVID shutdowns so I’m now writing in a corner of the attic living room), in the car waiting on my daughter to finish swim practice, on the back patio, etc. I prefer my office and quiet (I can’t be creative if my son is playing Xbox in the next room or my husband is on a client call in the office). I do like to keep my crystals and visual inspirations nearby.

What are your hopes for the future?

My dream is to have the entire GREYLYN series in a boxset by the holidays with a couple short stories or novellas next year. However, my main focus is to make the new series, The Memoirs of a Mystic Mom, into a series where I publish two or three a year.

I also hope to travel more in the near future as I had just renewed my passport for a trip to Ireland before COVID hit.

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

In this career, we have a not-so-hidden syndrome we all suffer from. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. It’s called “imposter syndrome”. It is brought on completely by our subconscious negative beliefs about ourselves. Find a group/tribe of fellow authors who can support you during your bouts of doubt because it is completely a figment of your imagination. You are worthy of being successful as a writer. Trust yourself, your talent. Trust your story. Be true to your story. I found a wonderful group of supportive friends within the Scribophile community so I highly recommend the website for new and existing authors. I just wrote a post in my Facebook group, Soul Scribes about “embers in the wind”. It’s great advice for not withholding your story, your words, your fire from the world due to fear, or the monster imposter syndrome. If you do, the words, the fire suffocates and dies. Release your words, your story, your light to the world to fuel the light/fire in others. This is our purpose as authors. Not to keep something clutched tightly to ourselves but to release it so others may benefit from its energy.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hang tight. We had a huge delay with the release of the 2nd book in the GREYLYN series when the publisher suffered economic setbacks last year and has now closed its business. Now, with the story rights in hand, I am relaunching the first book (3/23/2021) with some tweaks and revamped cover; and the rest of the series (Book 2 – Revelations; Book 3 – Redemption) WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR. Thank you for your patience and support.

(I will be forming a street team in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for that as well)

Author Scarlett Philips #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Scarlett Philips

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Let’s see… I’m a 33 y/o mother of 4. Three girls, ages 12, 7, & 5, and a boy also 5. Yes, I have twins. Lol The youngest 3 all have autism, so I spend my days driving them back and forth to therapy. About 4 years ago, I decided I needed a hobby. Other than mindlessly watching tv. So, I started reading, and haven’t stopped, also haven’t really watched tv since. lol My longest weekly streak on Kindle was 122 weeks. Sadly, I broke my streak when I started writing and took a break from reading. I know some of you will understand the heartbreak. I write books that combine the real world with fantasy, currently, that’s in the form of a magical small-town reverse harem.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

No. I have wanted to be many things in my life: a singer, an actor, a model… a marine biologist, a lawyer. That one I actually started going to school for. I have a BS in legal studies. It’s completely useless to me lol but I had planned on continuing to law school when I graduated. Unfortunately,  or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, kids and life got in the way so, after a couple of years, I decided to turn my love for books into a career. Or that’s the goal at least. Let’s see how everyone likes my writing first 😉 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Hmmm, I don’t know that anything specific really inspired me to write. I was minding my own business reading a book, as is normal for me lol, and I just all of a sudden thought “hey I should do this. I should write a book.” So I put my book down and started writing about a magical town named Everton and a single mom who decided to move back home to her long-lost friends after her husband died. That was this past November. My first book is set to release Feb 26th and I’m currently writing book 2 in the series. 

What are you working on now? 

Oooops I kinda already answered that lol. I’m working on book 2 of my Everton Ever After series, Surviving in Everton. Book 1 was SUPPOSED to be a standalone, but the characters didn’t listen to me, so it ended on a cliffhanger. Book 2 will answer some unanswered questions from book 1 and will… hopefully lol end in a hfn. I plan on having this series be a continuation series. So, while it’s not going to be several cliffhanger books followed by one hea as the last book, future books will follow the same characters as they deal with different things. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

Hahaha I was literally just talking about this to my BFF last night! Sooo yes. Lol I tend to talk out loud when I write. Sometimes, that’s literally just saying what I’m writing out loud, and sometimes it’s spelling the words as I type them. It’s supposed to help me not make typos, but I have been known to say the correct letter then STILL write the wrong one. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

Oh God, my hopes? I dream small lol my hope is just that other people like my books and read them. That’s really it. I mean I think that’s what all authors want right? For people to like their books? 

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

Don’t be shy. Make friends with other authors, PAs, and readers. If you don’t know something or don’t understand something, ASK FOR HELP. This community is amazing and most people would gladly help new authors. I’ve been lucky enough to come into this community with an amazing PA and through her met some awesome authors and other PAs that truly want me to succeed. So just don’t be afraid to take that step and find your people. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you! To everyone that’s read my book or plans to, it really just means the world to me. I can write as much as I want, but without readers like you, it wouldn’t mean near as much. So, thank you again. I truly appreciate your support.

Author Nicola Rosa #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Nicola Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in the UK with my husband and two sons. I’m a total boardgame geek. I collect tarantulas, we currently have 10! Mostly, I love to stay home reading, writing, and playing – but I do also love to get the family out into the countryside for walks and mountain-biking. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve certainly always been creative and enjoyed writing stories, but I wanted to be a professional photographer. And I was for a while, until the children came along and I found that staying home to write stories was much more agreeable than traipsing around at all hours with my camera!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my latest book came from the cover! I saw a premade cover that I loved, purchased it, and the entire story flowed from there. All I knew was that the heroine would be a genie and that it would be my first reverse harem. It’s such a striking cover!

What are you working on now? 

I have two projects on the go at the moment. Firstly, I’ve been accepted to write in the shared world of a well-known author (but I can’t say who just yet as it’s not been announced!) so I’m working on that. I can say that it’s my first contemporary romance, full of angst and steam, and a second-chance at love.

 I’m also plotting a fae reverse harem! So excited to finally dive into faery realms!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really, other than the endless battle to avoid procrastination and actually write, but I think that’s a shared problem for all authors! 

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing! To make it big. To have my books made into movies. You know, the usual…

I’d also like to write some traditional mainstream fantasy.

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

Find your tribe! The author and reader communities on social media are amazing. Interact and find your people. Learn from them, keep striving for better. Always support other authors, spread the love, and avoid all drama and negativity like the plague. Oh, and keep writing 😊 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Massive thanks for your support. I’m constantly blown away by the love. Every single review, interaction, and message all mean the world to me. I can’t ever thank you enough!

Author Valerie Mars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Valerie Mars

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, world! I am 29 years old and hail from Alaska, where I graduated with a BA in Japanese before teaching in Japan for 3 years. Upon returning home, I became a barista on the Alaskan oil fields. Currently, I write while readying myself for motherhood this summer.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

This all feels like a prank that went too far. When COVID shut down my coffee shop in March, I was able to find work in the same facility cleaning toilets and vacuuming hallways. During those long, repetitive 12 hour days I discovered a story taking shape within my mind. I started listening to writing podcasts, taking notes, and in May began writing Ferrous. I figured it would flicker out by June, but for some reason I kept going. You have toilets to thank for this book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I think I was in a reading rut at the time, horribly craving something reverse harem with a rich fae world. I wasn’t finding what I was looking for, and decided to craft my own. A bit of a fever dream, maybe.

What are you working on now?

I ought to be working on Zealous, the next book in the Fae’s Folly world, but I’ve been reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series instead! *guilty look* I discovered her books during my research phase last spring, but swore them off until I had developed my own world. They’re my reward for releasing Ferrous.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to eat Skittles, but they can only be the green ones. I’m currently searching for a PA to take up the task of sorting them for me. But, nah. In all seriousness, I’m pretty boring. My favorite place to write was in my room on the oil field, because it was dead quiet. And dinner was always prepared for me! When at home, I prefer Ghibli instrumental soundtracks or something related so that I don’t get distracted by the soundtracks of my neighborhood or family. There’s a Ghibli cello one with a HEADBANGING rendition of the Totoro theme song, I tell ya.

What are your hopes for the future?

To push out a healthy baby this summer and to see my husband discover his own fever dream. In the short term, I hope to discover my readers and create a great sequel for them. :3

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

[The End] is only the start for indie authors. Unless blessed with full pockets and friends in convenient places, you will not only be a writer, but an editor and entrepreneur as well. The good news is, there are resources out there. It will be a journey of discovery you must take on your own, but you are 100% capable of taking it. And when you do, be proud of yourself. You earned it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am horrible at taking any sort of praise. 5 years into my marriage, I STILL struggle to accept the love of my in-laws. So while I may be stoic most times, know that your kind words and enthusiasm have brought many tears and giddy spurts of energy over the creation and release of Ferrous. I’ve said this too many times already, but I am so glad to hear Ferrous may have made you laugh or read past your bedtime. ❤ Thank you for telling me.

Author J.J. Dean #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author J.J. Dean

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an avid reader, a grade A goofball and I love to eat. Most of my characters are spawns from pieces of my crazy brain, I’m quirky on the best of days and have an unhealthy obsession with Charlie Hunnam. I spend half of my time writing, and the other half staring into the distance wondering why my characters won’t cooperate and why I decided to write the assholes in the first place. I cuss a lot without making an apology for it, I procrastinate so hard that it’s become a disease, and I’m full of random facts that have wasted a lot of brain space that I might have needed in the past.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

There was a long period that I didn’t even think about writing. At age thirteen, I tried to follow in my mother’s footsteps, deciding to take a pen to paper and see where the ink would take me. Only, what I wrote was utter gibberish and made me cringe so hard that I threw the entire notebook away. After that failed attempt I was more focused on art, photography, and design. I thought for sure I’d end up in a career field associated with those. However, a year ago found my love for writing rekindled and I’ve not looked back since. It’s strange how that happens, but perhaps it just goes to show it was meant to be, right?

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Pinterest. That app is a goldmine for inspiration, I kid you not. Many of my books were created based on a single art piece I found and fell in love with. One book was purely created from the love I have for my mother, wanting to put that feeling into a book with all the feels and emotions. I guess I find inspiration in all kinds of places, but my main go to is a cheeky little Pinterest board.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things at once. My main projects at the moment would be the third book in my series, The Fall, and a secret project I’ve only revealed in my reader group because I’m a sneaky tease like that. I have a whole bunch of other things tucked away up my sleeve that I’ve started, but I’m pretty sure they won’t see the light of day for a little while.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a whole bunch that have no doubt dubbed me a weirdo to my other half. My main quirks would be talking out loud, feeling out the way the sentences I write would sound before typing them. Pretty sure it looks like I have a split personality disorder since I have full out conversations with myself. Another one would be listening to music that suits the vibe of the book I’m writing, or doesn’t suit it at all and I’m forced to focus even harder to write a sad scene while Wham! plays in my ears. Guess I like a challenge LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes would be that I continue to write what I love for as long as I can. This is a career I never thought I’d achieve but wouldn’t change for anything. Continuing down this road and finding myself still loving what I’m doing, enjoying sharing my words with others, is the dream. If I find myself still writing the ideas that spring to my mind ten years down the line, I’ll consider myself a very happy nugget.

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

Honestly? It’s a tough world to delve into. I’m still no where near the level a great deal of authors are at, and I’ve been writing for a year. This job takes a lot of love, dedication and perseverance. You have to push through the hard days, grow a very thick layer of skin, go at your own pace and don’t ever compare yourself to others. You’re you, your words are yours, and it’s a unique thing to be proud of. Comparing yourself will only hurt you and hinder the progress you’re heading towards. Always do a whole lot of promotion. Don’t be afraid to push your book out there, to show the world how hard you’ve worked on something you adore. And one vital piece of advice I can offer that was passed down to me: don’t read bad reviews. If you see those review stars sitting low on the chart, avoid it like the plague. I’ve been burned by many a review already, and the heart crushing ache it leaves you with is not worth it. You won’t please everyone with your books, and that’s okay. Remember that.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

The only thing I can say is that I love my followers to the ends of the earth. Their support and encouraging words are always a thing of beauty and each follower makes me honoured to have them in my corner. I wouldn’t be where I am without them and, for that, I’ll always be humble grateful. I don’t think they’ll ever know how much I value them all.

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Author F. East #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author F. East

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. Originally, I started writing, just for the fun of it and because it gave me a safe space to express my emotions. When I was serious about becoming a published author, everyone told me that it would cost me thousands to publish my book. It wasn’t until I discovered the Indie writing community and KDP that I realized they were wrong and that I COULD publish. Plus, there were those few haters that told me I would never finish a book because I never stuck with anything I started. Well, two published books and one anthology later, I can safely say they were wrong. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m working on two series simultaneously. 

The Hartfire Saga was born from a high school creative writing assignment. We were to create a mash up of two different stories and make our own. I chose A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and Anne McCaffrey. If you’d like a giggle, the original essay from high school can be found at the end of The Ultimate Sacrifice (Book 1 of the Hartfire Saga). 

My gargoyle series originally started as an anthology/short story that took on a life of its own. Then, after a smart aleck remark by one of my beta readers, all the beta readers are now characters in the White Bluff clan. 

What are you working on now? 

Many, many books. I have a bad habit of bouncing from one story to another. If a scene pops into my head, I head to that document and write down that scene. 

The Hartfire Saga has taken on a life of its own. What was originally going to be a 2-book series currently has a total of nine books planned and may have more. 

In addition to the Hartfire Saga, I’m working on a series that I’ve dubbed “Gargoyles in Tulsa”. It’s currently a 12-book series, but it may also morph into a larger number.   

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I can never work on just one story at a time. At any given moment, there will be 10+ tabs open, each being worked on as an idea pops into my head. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

To keep publishing my books and to inspire others to chase their dreams. 

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

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and tell everyone how amazing your words are. Even if you haven’t published yet, tell everyone that they need to pay attention to you and that they’ll regret it if they don’t. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you. I got a late start because I mistakenly believed I had to have a book to wave around before anyone would pay attention to me, but my fan base is growing and the support and love I get is amazing. 

Hartfire Hotties 

Author Cait Marie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cait Marie

Hi! I’m Cait Marie, a multi-genre author who also offers a variety of author services. I published my first book, The Lost Legends, in March of 2020. It is the first in a YA/NA fantasy series, whereas my second book, The Last Summer, is an unrelated YA romance. I have a lot of interests and I’m indecisive, so I go back and forth between genres. I’m a freelance editor and graphic designer, I own/manage the book website Functionally Fictional, and volunteer work for YA Books Central.

Basically, I like to stay busy and books rule my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I actually never wrote outside of school, and I hated academia writing growing up. I started writing out of boredom and the need to “put everything I want into a book” in 2015, but I didn’t truly dream of becoming an author until a couple years later.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have multiple series happening right now, but for the sake of this, I will talk about The Nihryst series. It is a mashup retelling that includes bits and pieces from Robin Hood, Tangled, and King Arthur. I’ve loved fairy tales and fantasy my entire life, so that love of stories was my biggest inspiration, which is reflected in the story through Adalina’s own fondness for fairy tales. I got the idea from a dream about searching for fae with a group of pirates (I changed the fae to cursed immortals, but most of the original idea is still very much the same in book one), and I believe the dream was inspired by a number of other books involving pirates. That fall, both A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan and These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch were released, and I read them both back to back pretty much. Plus, I’ve always been obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, which I watch fairly frequently. I have pretty vivid, random dreams that are influenced by what I read and watch, so this series was a culmination of several things going through my mind subconsciously.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working getting the second Nihryst book, The Lost Prince, ready for its release in November. I am also writing my next contemporary romance, The Final Chance, which releases in January of 2021, and the third Nihryst book I’m aiming to release in March of 2021. But I have several other books started or planned.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know about quirks, but I HAVE to have music on or something going in the background. If I’m writing, editing, proofreading, etc., it’s music. If I’m working on school stuff, graphics, or website stuff, it can be tv or movies, but usually things I’ve watched a lot before so it doesn’t take too much attention away from the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can continue publishing books, but I am also working on building up my author services business. Specifically, I want to do more in marketing and graphic design.

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

Don’t give up and stay organized. Plan ahead, especially if self-publishing. If you want your book to sell, people need to know about it. Do not slack on the marketing. Build up a social media following before your book is out. Get involved in the book community so when it comes time for a release, people know to expect the book and it will be easier to find bloggers to help promote and reviewers to build up hype. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch on marketing, not if you’re active and getting the word out well. There are plenty of tools for you to do your own graphics and such.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for following! I have so many plans and hope you stick around to see them. Authors, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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