Artist/Author Alexa Wayne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to AW

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Alexa Wayne, aka the OCD Vampire. I’m obsessed with Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler. I am an introvert, and I do not hide it anymore. I even believe it to be an asset for someone who is like me. I am writing and drawing all day long with my little dog, Carey, by my side.

I studied graphic and web design a decade ago, along with 2D and 3D Animation. I also took online Sequential Art | Inking & Rendering | Anatomy and Comic Book Art classes with Comics Experience. I then went to Syn Studio and studied Digital Painting | Storytelling & Design | Character Rendering | Comic Book. I own a diploma in WordPress with TechUComp. I have various certifications and qualifications in Proofreading & Editing | Creative Writing | Novel Writing | Successful Self- Publishing | Social Media Marketing | Blogging Business | Virtual Assistance | Ufology | Astronomy | Cryptozoology | Wicca | Hoodoo with Centre of Excellence.

I took many art classes to help me in my development as a well-rounded artist. I didn’t wish to rely on anyone to become the writer that I envisioned in my head. I love everything when it comes to creating something. I like doing research, marketing, graphic, and web design. I enjoy the entire process of turning a piece of art, including a novel, into something incredible.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I grew up in the artistic world. I went to acting school for thirteen years of my life, and that included classical ballet, along with singing and various types of acting and dancing styles. If someone asked me why I love to read and watch the most, it would be Dracula or vampires in general. To me, the comic book is the most accurate form of art when it gets closer to acting. Some would argue, of course, debate it to the contrary, but acting has many faces.

Time passed, I needed something more, and that was to gain writing experience. The Geek Initiative became the first professional blog I worked for, and it was epic. I enjoy the geeky environment and the opportunity they gave me. The founder, Tara M. Clapper, and editor in chief became my first novel editor.

She gave me the backbone I needed to find my way as an artist and author. I am now the proud creator of Gothic Bite Magazine. I write paranormal suspense novels in the horror genre. It took me some time, but now I know that I am proud to be a monster nerd, and a hundred percent living in her twisted mind!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration most of the time in music, books, research, and whatever is online or on television. I love to use research and other forms of art as inspiration. It is quite amazing what one can find in the most transparent or subtle places.

I also enjoy walking outside with my dog. We live in a country town surrounded by woods, so walking is fantastic around here. It’s like being lost in nature, and I put on my music and wait for inspiration to strike.

Of course, I have my secret weapon, which is going to the esoteric stores in our small and old little country downtown. It’s peaceful and quiet. It has perfect energy all around. I enjoy it, and most of the time, it leaves me with many ideas.

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What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a personal comic book project as the penciler and colorist as well as scripter when it comes to my art. The inspiration is from one of my novels. My inker is Kendra Hale, as well as my editor and beta reader for the script.

As for writing, I am working on the new release of Lord Impaler Series #2, The Gravedigger. It comes out on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, free on Kindle Unlimited. I do my own graphic design, of course, and create the marketing merchandise for it as well.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I forget the time, and my dog must remind me to stop and eat. I’m often in my own little bubble, and the world around doesn’t exist anymore. I must listen to music while drawing; otherwise, my work doesn’t flow well.

I listen to relaxing music such as Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Disturbed, Exit Eden, and Dance Macabre. I know people don’t consider those relaxing, but they are to me. I love them!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I would love my webzine, Gothic Bite Magazine, to become LLC and accessible enough so that we can support causes such as 4Oceans or Bats QLD. GBM is a webzine created by monsters for monsters so that gothic people have a place to go and feel welcome. We try to help the indie community as much as we can. Again, this project is possible because of my #1, Kendra Hale.

I guess, for the future, all I want is to be happy and be capable of helping people achieve their dreams. I want to be able to live off my art and writing, so I can help others. That is literally all I want.

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

I grew up in the art and publishing world. Books surrounded me since I was born. Raised by my grandparents and mother, my grandpa worked for a binding & printing company. He would often come back with boxes of books and encyclopaedia worth so much money but didn’t “make the cut” because of small printing errors.

So, my advice would be if you wish to become a graphic/web designer or illustrator, do not be afraid to stand out. I mean by that to not fit in any cookie cutters. Look at the latest trends yes, but also; don’t be afraid to find inspiration in the past. Myself, I am more of a European stylist in design than American simply because I prefer certain aspects of it. Put together your portfolio and a professional website. Don’t be afraid to pay for a professional website if you must. Graphic and web design require a certification because of the complexity of the rules and printing industry as well as online industry.

When it comes to authors, do not stop writing because people tell you that you cannot make it. It is NOT true. Do not listen to those voices. Keep writing and again, stand out. When everyone goes right for the style of writing or book cover, don’t be afraid to go left. Do not settle for anyone but yourself and how much you believe in your story. Another common mistake, do not do everything yourself. Do not fear your limits and hire a graphic designer or illustrator for your book cover. The phrase “do not judge a book by its cover” is a good lesson to learn but sadly, every one of us bought at least one book just because the cover was amazing. So, investing in editors, graphic designers and web designers are crucial parts of being an indie author. It is in those details that one can stand out from the sea of indie authors.

In conclusion, do not let fear and peer pressure dictate what you wish to become or do with your creation. Just keep going and you won’t regret it.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I don’t know that I have any fans. Haha! But, to anyone reading this, this phrase helped me a thousand times over, “Because you are afraid doesn’t mean that you’re not strong.” Whatever it is you dream of is worth your time and effort, and if you feel anxious, do not worry, your anxiety is lying to you, and you are going to be okay.

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A Year of Blogging 2019

This year has certainly been one big surprise that kept going. 2018 was the year I fell madly in love with the reverse harem genre. 2019 was the year I decided to start interviewing some of those amazing RH authors. Well that snowballed quickly. I have interviewed over 231 authors, cover designer, models, bloggers, formatters and so on. I’ve also started two groups Soe Delights which is all about RH and menage, and Soe Book Bliss which is every genre. I started the same on Instagram.

I met another blogger, Ira Myriam. We started talking and suddenly we were working together. She is an amazing, generous soul that I consider myself very lucky to know, love you babe! Now Josie Cross PA have joined our madness and I couldn’t be happier *whispers: she’s organized* love you sweetie!

Check out my year in books on Goodreads

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My TBR list grows every day and I know I’ll never be able to catch up. My swag addiction is flourishing and my shelf with signed paperbacks is my pride and joy. Oh and let me just fangirl for a moment, I actually did an interview with Darynda Jones, yes THE Darynda Jones *squeeeee*

In 2020 I hope to find new and amazing people to interview. There will of course be cover reveals, pre-orders, reviews, giveaways, book parties and much more.

☆Keep an eye out for Tempest Trio

Below you can see the names of all the frigging amazing people I’ve gotten to interview.

Ann Swan ~ Ivy Asher ~ Poppy Woods ~ Raven Kennedy ~ Auryn HadleyK.A. Knight ~ Dionne Lister ~ Katie May ~ Erin O’Kane ~ H.A. Wills

Adell Ryan ~ A.K. Koonce ~ Steffanie Holmes ~ Ellabee Andrews ~ Loxley Savage ~ Scarlett Snow ~ A.C. Wilds ~ Blake Blessing ~ Sadie Moss ~ C.M. Wright ~ B.L. Brunnemer ~ Jarica James ~ Rowan Thalia ~ Nora Ash ~ Trina Bates ~ Nicki Boop ~ Serena Akeroyd ~ Ripley Proserpina ~ Crystal Ash~ Autumn Reed~ Helen Scott ~ Lana Kole ~ Mila Young ~ Kathryn Moon ~ L.A. Boruff ~ Jade Waltz

Bea Page ~ Elle Cross ~ Isobel Carmichael ~ Laurell Chase ~ Kaydence Snow ~ Wendie Nordgren ~ Amy Sumida ~ Kristen Banet ~ Avery Thorn ~ Renée Shearer ~ K.A. Morse ~ Laura Greenwood ~ Chloe Gunter ~ Melissa Adams ~ Eve Bradley ~ Rhiannon Lee ~ Ophelia Bell ~ Ann Denton ~ Eva Delaney ~ Brook Warren ~ Mary Martel ~ Arizona Tape ~ Rinna Ford ~ Regine Abel ~ Jade Oliver ~ Renee Rose ~ Ivy Fox ~ Stacy Jones ~ Drea Shane ~ Julia Clark

Rebecca Royce ~ K.B. Everly ~ Lyla Oweds ~ Darynda Jones ~ Savannah Skye ~ Kalia Duff (indie services)~ Adrienne Blake ~ Mercy DeSimone ~ Reese Copeland ~ Nikki Landis ~ R.A. Steffan ~ Jenee Robinson ~ CY Jones ~ Elena Grey ~ A.J. Macey ~ Emma Dean ~ Tyranni Thomas ~ Bella Claire ~ Eva Chase ~ Lily Harlem ~ Eve Langlais ~ Imaginary Rosse (cover designer) ~ Samantha Rose ~ Darcia Helle ~ Sariah Skye ~ Madeline Faye ~ Courtney West

Maya Daniels ~ Misty Malloy ~ Maria Savva ~ Carrie Whitethorn~ Miki Ward ~ Joanne Ganci ~ Lilly Griffin ~ Ben Ditmars ~ Rainy Day Artwork (cover designer) ~ Albany Walker ~ Jacquelyn Faye ~ Victoria Schaefer (cover designer) ~ Maria Spada (cover designer) ~ C.A. Storm ~ Maya Reily ~ Tamar White ~ K.B. Wheelock ~ Inked Imagination (indie services) ~ Aster North ~ Christopher Coyle (cover designer)~ Lisette Brody ~ Susi Cleaver ~ Raven (cover designer)

Selfpub Design (cover design)~ Ugo Arimo (male model) ~ C.L. Raven ~ Eve Newton ~ Lux Karpov-Kinrade ~ Robyn Peterman ~ MJ Marstens ~ Bo Reid ~ Erin Thornton ~ Kamayama Design ~ Briana Michaels ~ Tessa Tempest ~ Wendy Potocki~ 2nd Life Book Covers ~ Candace Woodrake ~ Sarabat (cover designer) ~ L.L. Frost ~ Rebecca Morman ~ Avdal Design (cover designer) ~J. Edwards Stone ~ Rozie Marshall~ WJ May ~ Aspen Marks

S.A. Price ~ Skye MacKinnon ~ Amelia Oliver ~ Melody Calder ~ Ava Mason ~ Jodie Szarmach ~ Lucy Smoke ~ Rosmary A. Johns ~ Cassandra Trussell ~N.J. Adel ~ Erin Bedford ~ Graceley Knox~ Erica Petit illustrations (cover designer) ~ L. Starfyre ~ Georgia Carter Mathers ~ A.C. Wilds ~ Helen Gadot

E.M. Moore ~ Devyn Sinclair ~ Everlyn Taylor ~ Cate Corvin ~ BC Morgan ~ Sam Hall ~ Jewels Arthur ~ Michelle Hercules ~ Cassie James ~ Tiegan Clyne ~ Dani Black PA ~ Sosha Ann PA ~ Darcy Ray ~ Nichol Smith PA ~ Aleera Anaya Ceres ~ SJ Sanders ~ Mallory Kent PA ~ Ira Myriam (blogger) ~ KC Morgan ~ Jenee Robinson PA ~ Kat Quinn ~ K. Margaret ~ Elle Middaugh ~ Eva Brandt

Serenity Rayne ~ Laurel Jones ~ Kayla Erickson ~ Ariz Brune ~ Gloria HudsonEmily Dawn ~ Eerilyfair Design (cover designer) ~ Milly Taiden ~ Victoria Larque~ Alan H. (male model) ~ April Bock ~ Kell Inkston ~ Mo Day PA

Andrea Pryde ~ Indra Frost ~ Amir Lane ~ Elizabeth G. Ellis ~ T.L Christianson

M. Sinclair ~ Erica Woods ~ Suki Williams ~ Kelly Grimes PA ~ Gabrielle Ash ~ Aspen Black ~ Gina Manis ~ VB Gilbert ~ Erica Andrews ~ C.V. Guyer ~ Addison Cain ~ Mercedes Jade ~ Elizabeth Francine PA ~ Sarah Klinger PA ~ Scarlett Ross ~ Kendra Moreno

S.E. Isaac~ Elizabeth Clare ~ Callie Rose ~ Kaitlyn Michaud ~ Rory Miles ~ Takari Hunter ~ Yashira Rosado Ortiz~ Brandy Slaven

The Horror Emporium by @K_AKnight @poppywoods9 @KendramorenoA #newrelease

Happy release day, ladies 🎉🎉🎉

The Horror Emporium by Poppy Woods K.A. Knight, Kendra Moreno

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Welcome to the Horror Emporium…

We have something for everyone but choose wisely.

There’s no turning back…

Brought to you from the minds of the 3way, your Halloween is about to be a little bit scarier. Fate is controlling. Things lurk below. The devil wears a pretty face.

Are you afraid? You should be…

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Howls and Horrors #charity Anthology @Mission22

Howls and Horrors Anthology Is Now Available For Preorder

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K.A. Morse Brandy Slaven Jenee Robinson Rinna Ford April Bock Elizabeth G. Ellis Alexis Taylor AC Wilds Isobelle Carmichael Rhiannon Lee Candice Wright Katie May Loxley Savage Miki Ward Aspen Marks Everlyn Belle

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Howls & Horrors: All Hallows Night Anthology

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Did you hear that howl? Are you ready for a fright?

Some things go bump in the night, and that’s how it should be.

Join us as we spin you stories of Halloween delight. From the ghastly to the oh my gawd you’ll find what you’re looking for between these pages.

So what you guys might not know is this book is for Charity! All proceeds will be going to Mission 22! What is Mission 22 you ask..it is a organization that helps veterans because every 22 minutes a veteran commits suicide. So there mission is to get them the help save one! You can find your copy here for pre-order for $.99

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#Preorder Land of Nightmares Anthology

Land of Nightmares

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Alexis Taylor, Darcy Ray, Nikki Bopp, Candice Wright, A.C. Wilds, Amanda Cashure, Everly Taylor, Deborah Alexander, Jewels Arthur, Isobelle Carmichael, A.C. Pontone, Arden M. Ward

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Is your pulse racing? If it isn’t, it will be soon.

They say the line between arousal and fear is paper thin. Never has this been truer than with these fourteen stories from a group of amazing authors. These tales will leave you sweating, but whether it’s from the steamy romance, the monsters, or the serial killers, only you’ll know for sure.

And we won’t tell. Promise.

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Is your pulse racing? If it isn’t, it will be soon.

They say the line between arousal and fear is paper thin. Never has this been truer than with these fourteen stories from a group of amazing authors. These tales will leave you sweating, but whether it’s from the steamy romance, the monsters, or the serial killers, only you’ll know for sure.

And we won’t tell. Promise.


Author Wendy Potocki #interview

Please give a war welcome to author Wendy Potocki

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yup, sure did!

It was a secret desire and I never told anyone because I never thought I would never be good enough—or have the ideas that spark good stories. Since I was a booklover, I thought authors were magical in their ability to keep me spellbound. So for more than half of my life, it remained a dream … something tickling my fancy … but nothing more. Then one day, my muse whispered an idea in my ear. Once started, I’ve never stopped.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Okay, so this is actually kind of interesting. I wrote a short story for a writing competition hosted by J. Ellington Ashton Press. The short was entitled “Fate Worse than Death,” and was about zombies. The lead character was a teenager who had to write a story for her English class using stream of consciousness. That method of writing has always fascinated me as there’s no filter on what comes out. One night, the concept got the better of me, and I decided to give it a try. I sat down and just wrote the first thing that came into my head. It was:

A liquid night.

A lucid dream.

A one-eyed girl buried in the rain.

I loved the words and the mood struck, and before I knew it, the three lines burst into an entire novel. It’s what I’m working on now and I hope it’ll be finished by Halloween. At least, that’s the plan.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think so. I do like to write in the daytime which is always a surprise to me given that I’m such a night owl. I guess the only things that would pass for quirks are: (1) I do not like to talk about ideas I’m working on, and (2) I design covers for any new work I’m about to write. The cover allows me to establish a mood and feeling. It also helps consolidate or ground the visualization so there’s a tangible representation of the creative process going on in my head. I suppose one could liken it to a mood board, but for me, it’s designing covers.

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

My main advice is: WRITE. In personal training, there’s a concept known as “ exercise specificity.” What it means is that if you want to swim, at some point, you have to get in the water and swim! Running, lifting weights, eating healthy all might contribute to conditioning the body to swim, but swimming is the key in learning to swim. And it’s the same with writing.

Just write. Write anything, everywhere, and anything. If you write novels, try a short story … or poetry. If a friend needs to write a letter, write it for them. Also, write for blogs or other outlets that require you meeting a deadline. It’s the only way you’ll get good at firing out a paragraph or two. It comes in handy when you get an opportunity—like this one, for instance.

The next piece of advice would be to continue to hone your craft. Don’t get stuck in the notion that you can’t improve or that there’s a limitation on what you do. The best way to accomplish this is to distance yourself from what you’re doing, and be as objective as you can about your work. It may require putting your work away for a few weeks or months and looking at it with a fresh eye, but stagnation is the worst sin so don’t stay where you are. Continue to flex your muscle—and wings. Yes, they’re there waiting for you to use. Never be afraid to fail; it’s in the failing you’ll learn and eventually transform.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes, thank you so much for supporting me and my work. I love writing so much and I hope that it always shows.

I’m also very happy to announce that, after a long absence on the horror scene, I am coming out with two new chiller-dillers so please look for it them this fall. In the meantime, love to you all.

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Authors C L Raven #interview @clraven

Please give a creepy welcome to C L Raven

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Tell us a bit about yourself

We’re identical twins from Cardiff, Wales and we write horror novels and short stories. We’ve just started writing comics and film scripts and are enjoying the change. Most of our time is spent looking after our animal army, who are all rescue or rehomed pets. There is currently 15 of them. In our spare time, we love doing polefit and are training to become instructors. We also do gymnastics, but the less we say about that, the better. We somehow ended up with lead roles in our friend’s horror film, School Hall Slaughter, so we’ve been rehearsing stunts for that. We’re hoping to start directing our own short horror film after summer. We love travelling and find the creepiest places to visit. We’ve just returned from a book signing in Sweden.

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Have you always wanted to become authors?

Originally, we were obsessed with horses and wanted to be either professional showjumpers, or riding instructors. But not being able to afford a horse was quite an obstacle. We started writing novels when we were 12, so as we became teenagers, we decided we wanted to become authors and nothing else. By then, our depression had forced us to give up horse riding so we needed a new career plan! Our teachers were less than happy, and we often got detention for not doing our homework – we were too busy writing!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our most recent release, Empty Graves, is about the body snatchers in Edinburgh in 1828. We love history, and learning about body snatchers Burke and Hare (they were really murderers, not body snatchers) made us interested in Edinburgh. We were fascinated that it’s two cities in one – Old Town and New Town. We fell in love with it before we visited. Now we go back every year and get inspired by each visit. We now have three historical books set in Edinburgh. The Malignant Dead is about the plague in 1645, and The Devil’s Servants is about the witch trials in 1649. They are a series, in a way, as they’re linked by minor characters, or descendants, and are all set in Edinburgh. Edinburgh itself inspired them, as all three are based on true events. We have plans for a fourth one, based on the legend of Sawney Bean and his cannibal family.

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What are you working on now?

We’re currently writing a new novel about a woman who gets possessed by a demon, but she likes the effect the demon has, so allows it to stay. Her demon is after an object that will give it ultimate power, but it’s not the only demon that wants it, so together, they exorcise other peoples’ demons to stop them from getting the object first. We’ve just finished writing a gothic novella about a cursed castle that drives people to insanity, and we’re editing a novel about a necromancer who helps the police by resurrecting murder victims to interview them. Our first comic is due to be published at the end of the year.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Does falling asleep at the laptop count? If not, then no. We usually have the company of a cat, Theo. He’s not ours, but every time his owner collects him, he returns after a few days. Before Theo arrived, our tortie, Mina, would sit on our laps. She also isn’t ours but has been living here for a year now. Before Mina arrived, our youngest cat, Ripley was our writing buddy. So we guess having a feline writing buddy is our quirk. The other cats. Storm and Phoenix have no interest in helping us.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To be successful, and to make a proper living from our writing, so people will stop telling us to get a ‘proper job’. Not sure they think teaching polefitness counts as a proper job either! Neil Gaiman is our inspiration and we’d like to switch between books, comics, and other projects with the same success that he has. We once tweeted him to tell him it was his fault his publisher turned our book down (they loved but it didn’t want another funny apocalypse book). Neil tweeted us back, apologising.

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

Don’t expect overnight success. It’s incredible tough to get success in writing. You have to have the courage to keep submitting work, despite all the rejections. (We’re nearing 500 with our short stories/novels/articles). We often feel like giving up, particularly when our depression is bad, and at times we wish we could quit. But we can’t. You’ll always see writers posting about their success and it will feel like you’re the only one failing. You’re not. They’re only showing you the highlights. Nobody likes to look like a failure, so nobody posts about their rejections. We do, because we want people to know how hard it is. Plus only posting about your success is like a kick in the boobs to someone getting nothing but rejections. But you have to keep going. If you don’t put your work out there then it can’t be accepted. It’s terrifying, but it’s worth it. And if someone tells you to get a proper job, punch them in the teeth. Seriously. Punch them hard. Then hit them with a book. Those same people would be the first to complain if there were no books, no comics, no TV shows, no films. For those things to exist, you need writers. Also, things change so quickly. A couple of weeks ago, we did a signing in Sweden’s oldest book shop and were on the front page of two newspapers and a large spread in a third. People came up to us in random places, recognising us and came to the shop just to meet us. This week, we’ve had nothing but rejections from publishers! It’s a fickle world.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading our work, and making what we do matter. It often feels like nobody cares, but then we’ll get a message from a reader, saying they loved one of our books, and it makes all the heartache worth it. So thank you. You’re the reason we keep fighting.

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Author Katie May #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author

Tell us a bit about yourself

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

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

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What was the inspiration for your current series?

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

What are you working on now?

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

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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

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What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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

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Author Dionne Lister #Interview @DionneLister

Please give a warm welcome to author Dionne Lister

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Sydney, Australia and am the happy mum of two boys. I have two Siamese cats, an associate degree in creative writing, and as well as working as an author, I’m an editor. Just over a year ago, I took up hapkido (Korean martial arts), and I love it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author since I was about eight. It took me a while to get there though…. lol

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I normally write epic fantasy, but the last book I tried to write was hard work. I’m at 43,000 words and still haven’t finished it. I will finish it, but that book and all it’s problems, plus some external factors, gave me writers block. I never believed in it until it happened to me. I didn’t write for a year and a half. Instead of writing, I read. A lot. One of the genres I discovered in this time is paranormal cozy mystery. I devoured so many books, it was getting to be super expensive, and eventually, I got to the point where I was inspired to write my own series.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I’m working on book 6 in my paranormal cozy mystery series. The book is called Killer Witch in Westerham, and the series name is Paranormal Investigation Bureau. It’s set in the UK, and the main characters are witches. It’s a fun series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have no quirks *thinks*. Well, no more than the usual author. I laugh and cry when stuff happens to my characters, and some days I think my work is the worst thing ever, and some days, I think it’s awesome.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is that I make so much money from my books that I can write full time :).

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

Advice for new authors. Do you have a week or so? Ha ha. Do it because you love it. If you want the chance to make a living out of it, prepared to be professional and to work hard for as long as it takes, which could be months, or it could be years. Learn how to write well. Join Facebook groups so you can get good recommendations for editor and cover artists. The work doesn’t stop when the first draft is done. That’s when the work starts. And don’t beg friends and family to buy your books: you’ll never earn a living out of it unless you reach people you don’t know, and a lot of them. Be prepared to learn about marketing, and know you have to risk money to make money. This is all if you want to earn a living. If you just want to write, then just write :).

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Fans? I have fans? *Looks around. May have noticed movement behind the pot plant.* If any of my fans are reading this, or just anyone who has bought any of my books and read them, THANK YOU! Some people say they write for themselves, and to an extent, we do because we can’t help it. But that’s only half the fun. I’m a storyteller, and I want my stories to reach other people, so thank you for being part of my journey. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to keep producing books. I love that you (whoever you are) are out there reading my books and laughing and crying along with me, or maybe just quietly enjoying them. Thanks for taking a chance on me :). And I love hearing from my fans. Getting an email or message from someone telling me how much they enjoyed my book is like the best thing ever, and it always makes my week :).

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