Author Emma Luna #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

So my name is Emma and I have an addiction. No wait…that’s the opener to something different – a very bad joke. Apologies, there’s a reason I don’t write rom-com. But actually the start is very true because I am addicted to books; writing, reading, editing – you name it and I like to do it.

I am in my early thirties (can’t stress the importance of the word early enough here!!) and I am originally from East Yorkshire. So yes I do have a northern accent, but I wouldn’t say I have a gravy obsession. Now I live in Cambridgeshire with my long suffering boyfriend, Mr Luna. He is my biggest support and he also helps out with anything technical because that’s not my area of expertise. He created my website as a surprise – I know that’s relationship goals right there!

I have an obsession for buying novelty notebooks and they are scattered all around the new house, filled with book ideas. I use adult colouring books as a way to relax – currently I am completing Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror colouring book and it is frickin epic. It’s filled with page after page of gorgeous horror graphics. I have the next two in the series to complete too. But I also have the Disney colouring books to do too. That tells you everything you need to know about me; I love things dark and scary, but you have to have a bit of romance with it. That’s exactly what my books are like. I also drink far too much diet coke, have an amazing yet crazy family and am obsessed with Harry Potter!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

This is a hard question because there has never been a time that I haven’t been a writer but at the same time, I’m not entirely sure I ever saw this as a realistic option until it happened.

When I was a small child and my dad would take me into bed, I would always make him read me a story and pretty soon we had gone through all the stories and so I asked if we could make up our own. We took it in turns saying a line each and creating these funny books. Pretty soon that became my routine and Mum joined in too. Now, this is something that I watch my dad do, and I get to do with my nephew! So creating stories is just in my blood, but I never thought I would be able to publish and be an author. Instead I went down the traditional job route and became a midwife. I worked as a midwife for years and then started doing extra training to teach because that was an area I loved doing. Whilst doing this training I did some editing courses and that sparked a love in me that I didn’t even know I had.

Meanwhile, in my spare time I started integrating into the community and I started my own blog. I met some amazing people; readers, authors and Pa’s. But a couple of them particularly took it upon themselves to push me to do more and so I did.

Unfortunately for health reasons I’m not able to practice midwifery as much as I would like to do and so I threw myself into both writing and editing. I loved it so much that I began to wonder why the hell I hadn’t been doing it all along. But fear and lack of self-confidence can be a real evil and it held me back for too long, until now. And the rest as they say is history.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Honestly, I have no idea. I wish I could tell you some elaborate story as to how I came up with the characters and the plot but I don’t have one. They were just the voices in my head that were shouting the loudest when I sat down to start writing. When I write I have a rough idea of what I want to happen but mostly I just let the characters have free reign and do as they please, which they do love to do.

What are you working on now?

Ohhh, shush, it’s a secret. I am working on a super secret project that I am not allowed to tell anyone about just yet. But I can promise you that when you do find out you will love it. You won’t have long to wait either because I’m going to be dropping hints in The Asylum very soon.

Do you have any quirks while you work?

Yeah, doesn’t everyone haha. So because when I start to write I can go for a while, I like to be comfy because my body does not thank me for it afterwards if not. So, I sit on the sofa with my legs up all relaxed and use a laptop tray desk. It’s not the most conventional desk but it works for me. Then I eat far too many white chocolate chip cookies and drink lots of Diet Coke, while I ignore the world around me.

What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly, right  now I feel so incredibly blessed that I am in a position where I am able to write and edit at home, full time. Mr Luna is so supportive of my goals and he works so hard so that I can stay at home and concentrate on my writing and my health. So I want to make him proud and keep writing. I aren’t going to sit here and say I dream of becoming a USA Today Bestseller, although that would be nice. Hell, I would take just an International Bestseller badge and be grateful. But all that I want is for people to read my books and enjoy them. When I read I get transported into a whole different world and I love escaping my own. I want to be able to write worlds that people want to escape into. I would also love if my editing business Moonlight Editing continues to do as well as it is at the moment.

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

My biggest piece of advice would be to keep writing. There will be times when you get despondent and times when you think that you can’t do it, but ignore that voice in your head and just keep writing. Don’t publish because you want to make money or because you want to be famous, publish because you want people to read what you have written.

But I also cannot stress the importance of finding a good team to work with. You cannot produce an amazing book all by yourself, you need to have people who can help you. You need alpha or beta readers to go over your words and make sure that a reader will interpret it the way you want them too. You need a kick ass cover designer because people do judge books by their covers. You need to use an editor and/or a proofreader. This is often the step that a lot of people miss out because it can be one of the more expensive steps. But it is also one of the most important. If your book is not grammatically correct with good flow and readability then it doesn’t make a difference how great the plot is, people will not read it. Then you need a team to help spread your name and get people knowing who you are. Having all of these people in place are what will make you a massive success! I am lucky to have a great team and the reason I am here producing this interview is because of all their love and support.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I don’t think that there are any words that can accurately describe how grateful I am that you would be interested in following me and my work. It is so humbling to me that you have either read something I have written, seen one of my takeovers, or maybe just stumbled into The Asylum and have decided that you saw something in me that you liked. I hope that I can live upto your expectations. I can promise you that I will continue working hard to bring you lots of new stories that you will love. So the only thing that I can think to say, which by no means is enough, but thank you. Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author and for listening to me ramble on. Thank you for reading my big, big book and hopefully loving it. Thank you for being a kick ass LUNAtic!! I am very lucky to have each and every one of you as followers.

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When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

Emma Luna is a midwife and lecturer who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes, her gorgeous Nephew who lights up her world and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

Author R.L. Caulder #interview

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I am a native Floridian but you’d never guess it by my pale ginger complexion! I am engaged and getting married in August, 2020. I have a full-time adult job as a property manager of rentals but I hope to become a full time author within the next few years! I have two fur babies, a ginger kitty named “MeowMeow” (My fiance named her) and a staffordshire pitbull named “Winrey”.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always had a passion for reading, but honestly never thought I had it in me to write a book! The fear of putting out something that just flopped is what stopped me from doing it prior to now. It has been a struggle to push through that mentality of not feeling as if my work is good enough, while completing my first book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t even know where any of my ideas come from! I was sitting on my couch one day when the idea for Desolation struck me, so I began typing out a small outline in the notes app on my iPhone. It only grew from there and before I knew it, I had wayyyy too many notes to keep up with and had to transfer it to a google doc. The characters and the world had my mind in their clutches and they wouldn’t let go!

What are you working on now?

Book two, “Detonate” in my Darkness Rising Series! I also have a pending co-write on the side.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to be listening to music in the background and the genre changes as my scenes do! I feel so much inspiration while I write from the emotions certain songs give me.

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full time author by the time I’m ready to start having kids!

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

I’m still quite new myself, but I would absolutely say, make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who want you to genuinely succeed. You will doubt yourself enough, without having the whispers of negative people in your ear.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m not sure I have many followers yet, but thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey of putting the voices in my head onto paper! It’s been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Author Duo Octavia Kore #interview

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Born in the Sunshine State, Hayley Benitez and Amanda Crawford are cousins who have come together to write under the name Octavia Kore. Both women share a love for reading, a passion for writing, and the inclination toward word vomiting when meeting new people. Ecstasy from the Deep (From the Depths anthology version) was their very first published work. Hayley and Amanda are both stay-at-home moms who squeeze in time to write when they aren’t being used as jungle gyms or snack dispensers. They are both inspired by their love for mythology, science fiction, and all things extraordinary. Amanda has an unhealthy obsession with house plants, and Hayley can often be found gaming in her downtime.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Both Hayley and Amanda have always wanted to be authors. Hayley has spent most of her life writing starting as early as elementary school. We started out by Hayley asking Amanda to read the book she was working on and give feedback. She was supposed to be an alpha reader, but after asking Hayley if she could edit some lines Hayley decided she was much, MUCH more. And so bloomed the two authors under the name Octavia Kore.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our current series Venora Mates came to Hayley in a Dream. The species Venium was something that her and her husband created back in 2016. She decided she wanted to write a book using Amanda as the heroine as an extra thank you for being part of her writing team. The Grutex started out as our villains who we, of course, fell in love with. And so birthed Gulzar and his village.

What are you working on now?

We just finished Ecstasy from the Deep and are moving on to a few projects we had in the works. One of which is a very secret project that we are very excited to be working with some other authors on.

Do you have any quirks while working?

We need our coffee and talk on the phone with one another while working.

What are your hopes for the future?

That we write things people enjoy, and can continue to produce those things. It is a scary world and publishing something that is very close to your heart is terrifying.

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

It’s a crazy business, be prepared for anything. Write what you want and ignore the rest.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

We love you and appreciate you guys more than you could possibly know. Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this crazy ride!

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Author S.C. Winters #interview

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My name is S.C. Winters. I am 31 and from a small town in Arkansas. I am a lover off all things anime, critical roll and flowers. I love hanging out with my nieces and enjoying the sunshine.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I always wanted to do something creative. I have always been good at stories and entertaining my siblings, cousins and friends. My father and sister are the artists and I tried but I am only good at stick figures!! lol. So I started writing down what I thought would be entertaining and once my family read it, they encouraged me to move forward.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

As a young adult I went through something traumatic and it is a situation that doesn’t have a voice. I want to bring that voice to life in my books. I know that it wont be the same, but if my one story shows someone out there in the world that it is okay to express yourself and what happened then I will feel accomplished.

What are you working on now?

I have a couple of series that I am currently working on. They are theraputic for me and I am in LOVE with these characters. They are a bit twisted and full of trigger warnings, but will end up with a happyish ending.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I always have music going, chips, dip and cantelaope. I know its a totally strange combo, but it helps me focus. Plus my PA and Dream Team are always a message away if I need help.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to write books that help people. Whether they know they need it or not. I want my books to show that not all stories are the same and some are there to help you heal. Even if the characters aren’t real.

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

Write it and go for it. You will never know what you can do until you try. If you need help, ask. There are a TON of PA’s, Authors and readers that will help you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you. Without you I would not be able to keep writing and making beautiful worlds for you to enjoy.

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Author Eva Blackwing #interview

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My name is Eva and I like long walks on the beach! Just kidding, kind of. I do love going to the beach, but I’m more of sit with a whisky and lemonade. I love being outside, whether it’s in a forest for a hike, hanging on a lake, or chillin at the beach. Spending time with in nature with my family is very centering. 

I love reading everything from epic fantasy to erotica, as long as there is a fun story behind it.

I’m also a super nerd – or geek? I love Star Wars – Leia defines ‘Princess’ for me! – Marvel, Harry Potter, and all the fun in between.  

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have wanted to be a an author since about age eleven. Before that, I could barely read, but it was right around then that my mom gave me a copy of the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Ever since then, I’ve been a voracious reader and have been wanting to tell stories to others.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m not totally sure what inspired my current series, but it felt like an important story to tell. It’s all about how you can find yourself and really reach your own potential, even if you think you are stuck in a rut. Retrospectively, I think it had a lot to do with my day job. I love my day job, but I was feeling a little bit stagnant. I also really wanted to show my kids that you can absolutely follow your dreams!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a book called Shield in Time. It’s part of the Women of Time Collection, book 8 coming out July 31! It’s a fun book about a woman who gets tossed back to the Viking age, meets some hot Vikings, stirs some shit up, and then finds out her truth. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love watching movies while I write, but it’s always something comfortable. Something I’ve watched lots of times over and feels like an old friend. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I’d like to eventually be able to write full time. I love telling stories and have so many on my WiP list, and I love the flexibility it gives me. Being able to work every day from wherever I am doing something I love? Literally my dream come true! I’ve also gotten to start my own publishing company, so I’m going to keep working on that too!

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

Be patient with yourself and study your genre! It’s important to tell your story but you also want your readers to be happy.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

I LOVE YOU ALL! Seriously, I know all authors say this but I really don’t care – I truly care about my readers, and some of them have become friends. I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be in this job, and it’s because of the amazing readers. 

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Author Duo Tiffany Roberts #interview

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We are a husband and wife writing duo who writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance. We met online when we were around ages 16 and 17. Rob lived in New York, and I lived in Idaho, and after three years of dating online and seeing each other a couple times in person, Robert decided to move to Idaho to live with me. Crazy, huh? We’ve been together ever since, and have three kiddos.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

We both wanted to become authors since high school. It’s always been our dream. We wrote off and on through the years and, well, life happens. We got busy with work and taking care of our kids, we ended up putting our dreams aside. We still roleplayed with each other through a text-based RPG (this was how we met), so we were still writing in a way, but it wasn’t until 2014 when we wrote a short story together for an anthology that it clicked that we could do this.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our current series, The Infinite City, is a combination of things we love from both sci-fi and fantasy. We have some fantasy races that we’ve always loved mixed with aliens, and a futuristic, cyberpunk kind of setting inspired by the show Altered Carbon.

What are you working on now?

We just finished the fourth book in our Infinite City Series, Savage Desire. Currently, we’re working on a secret project with a few author friends of ours. So we can’t say yet! But after that, we’ll be diving back into The Infinite City.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think we have any quirks…? We play music on occasion, but we’re pretty settled into our daily routine.

What are your hopes for the future?

We hope that we’ll be able to continue doing what we love despite the constant changes in the market. It was amazing (though scary) when we took the leap to work on our writing fulltime, and that’s all we’d like to do going forward.

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

Research. The indie market is constantly changing and there is so much to learn. But also…write, write, write. And read.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

We love you all so, so, so much! You all have no idea how much we appreciate you. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

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Author Dakota Haywood #interview

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My pen name is Dakota Haywood, I actually chose the last name because it was my late grandmothers last name. I’m twenty years old and currently a nursing student. My passion is to help people, but my dream is to share my writing with others. I am so proud and happy to be able to share my writing with the reader community and I can only hope I make others just as happy with my writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author. It’s been my dream since I was able to write.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for my book was actually a dream. I dreamed most of the plot and only changed up a few things. Almost all of my ideas come from dreams.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on the unnamed second book in the series called Secrets. I’m also working on a side project featuring Pandora, but that won’t be coming out for a while now.

Do you have any quirks while working?

One of my biggest quirks when writing is I always have to write it first using my lucky pen. It’s a pen that can literally be purchased anywhere but for some reason I attatched to it and now have a little freak out when I can’t find it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to be able to make my readers happy and to improve on my writing.

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

Being a new author myself all I can say is never give up. It took me four years to gather the courage to publish my book and I’m glad for it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

For all my followers, I appreciate and value you so much. You have gave me more inspiration and happiness that I can even begin to repay❤️

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Model – Actor – Writer Donny Lewis #interview

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Hello, my name is Donny Lewis.  I have been a professional model since I was 18 years old some 25 years at the top of the fashion industry.  My first big advertising campaign was for Guess jeans in 1996.  Since that time I have worked all over the world for most all of the major brands.  Levi’s, Valentino, Armani, Boss, YSL, Esprit, Zara, H&M, Dolce & Gabanna, Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, and many many many others.  I am probably known in the industry more for the number of men’s and women’s fragrances I have done.  Don’t think there are many people that have done 18 different perfumes and had a perfume contract for 20 years straight with various brands!  All of this is easy tot find with a quick google search if you want.  I suppose you are asking for something a bit more personal.  

So here you go;
I am from a town in what is known as the South Plains of Texas.  Our big claims to fame in the area are, Buddy Holly (from Lubbock, TX), and Waylon Jennings (from Littlefield, TX).  We also have oil, cattle, cotton, route 66, and sand storms.  There is not much else there to speak of and in keeping with that theme, my home town had a total of 216 people in it.  I graduated with a class of 12 in my high school.  So it is safe to say that I am from small town USA.  I was never a good student but I did have good grades. I have a very curious mind and love to learn, I just did not always care for what they were teaching.

We were a farming family.  We raised cotton, sheep and boarder collies, mostly.  I could drive a tractor at 8 years old. (Not at all uncommon). My first car was a 1990 white 5.0 mustang. 

Have you always wanted to become a model?

No. lol  I actually had no idea that it could be a job until a model scout saw me and explained a bit about the business. 

How did you get started?  

Showing sheep actually. 🙂
I still was not interested in being a model until there was no dreamed of Football career and the best academic scholarships I was offered were only 1/2 scholarships to Yale, Princeton, Emory, Rice and Austin College. They all offered based on my SAT and ACT scores (standardized test required for entrance into university), which I scored in the top 1%.  That was quite a big deal but alas, for a farm boy from a modest family, 1/2 off of way too much is still way too much!  LOL. So I did about 2 years worth of University over the 2 summer semesters at the local junior college (they gave me a full scholarship) and one fall semester (I had to pay for at West Texas A&M University), and tested out of every class I could.    Finally, I decided that I would see if I could take up that model scout guy on his deal to fly me up to NYC and sign on with Next model management. They took care of my flight, my apartment, my first test shootings, and a little pocket money.  All as a loan that would need to be paid back if I started working!  But, no strings attached if it did not work out. The way I saw it I had nothing to loose.  I would try it for an experience.  IF, it worked out then I would do it for no more than 2 years so I could save up enough money to pay for the rest of my education.  I had plans to get a law degree, and move into politics.  
I actually really enjoyed my time in the business and making some pretty decent money while traveling around the world.  So, I just kept doing it.  Having been to 89 countries so far!  I mean, I am a little farm boy from West Texas that gets to live on two continents!  


Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t think so.  The only thing that might be a quirk is that I almost always have gum in my mouth in every picture.  Can’t do it so much with the acting but for photo’s no one knows but me.

Do you have any advice for new models?

My standard answer for this question has always been find a good agent!  Though, the business has changed drastically in the past 5 to 6 years and there is a great deal of self promotion that is now required that was frowned up for most of my career.  I would still say though that having a great agent in your corner is the best way to advance in the modeling industry.  If you have say 1 million followers, then you will be just fine as well.  

What are your hopes for the future?

I have many plans in the works as I have always had.  I write, I have always loved books and wrote my first full novel when I was 14.  Also, short stories, poetry, and screen plays, I even created and wrote a TV series.  I will continue on that path, thankful that I have other means to keep the lights on!  Very hard to break into and become successful as a writer.  I applaud all that have and do!   Other than that I would say my hopes and plans for the future are much what they are for the present.  Do my best to be a good person and to be happy.  

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thanks for following along @donny7lewis instagram, FB, Twitter, pinterest and youtube as well as my donnylewis.com  website.  As I experiment with this new dialog, sharing more of myself than just what I look like, the comments, ideas, and encouragement has been very nice.  In the same way I did not know what to think about modeling before I got started in the business, I really did not know if I was going to enjoy putting myself out there in other ways.  It’s always nice to learn new things about yourself.  I have all of followers to thank for that.  

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Author Lucy Scott Bryan #interview

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I am a new author from Australia – my first book Door: Book 1 came out in March. I have two kids that are getting taller than me, two french bulldogs that I just adore, two cats and a husband who is my BF, and has been since forever.
I have been involved as a reader in the indie world for a while now, lurking on numerous FB pages and was a massive reader for a very long time before that. I started as a fan of Urban Fantasy and long drawn out epic paranormal reads and stumbled into the RH community. I have refused to leave ever since and have pretty much inhaled every book I have come across. So many sub genres to get lost in and too many favourites to list.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have read and read and read ever since I was young. I can clearly remember many birthdays unwrapping a book or two. The bookcase in my bedroom was jam packed, with piles of books spilling out of the book shelves.
I have a very vivid imagination and I suspect it was just the right time in my life for me to focus on something besides my kids. I finally gave into letting myself focus on something just for me and that was writing and books. My husband and family have been very supportive, which is pretty awesome.
I was/am also an alpha/beta to a few authors in the indie community and honestly it is such a privilege to be involved in the process with them. I love how different they are and how individual peoples writing styles are. There is no right or wrong. Writing a book is an amazing process.

What was your inspiration for your current book series?

I am a huge, massive, enormous fan of urban fantasy / paranormal / romance and have been in love with almost every vampire ever written about, portrayed in a movie or on TV. My husband and I have spent a lot of time talking about vampires and it honestly got to the stage where these vampires were haunting me. I was also pretty keen in maybe doing a RH a bit different, letting my characters make big mistakes, get angry, hurt. And then all of a sudden, someone said, um you just wrote a dark romance. And now the floodgates have opened, so to speak.

What are you working on now?

I have just released book 2 of Door, which is the final in the series. I absolutely love the Vernard Family, we have gone through a lot together!! They demanded a fair bit of my attention and I am all sorts of sad now that their story has come to an end.
Excited though for new opportunities. I currently have three anthology pieces coming out in the next couple of months – mafia / serial killer and teacher / student. I am also getting close to finishing a contemporary friends, or maybe enemies, to lovers hopefully out in July, along with a new series (two books at this stage) which is a play on fated mates and of course vampires. Next year I have a couple of projects that I am thrilled to be involved in. It’s an exciting time in the indie world.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Laughing I wiggle in my seat while I write. My hands flutter as my characters hurtle through the pages and I pull some pretty funny faces as they talk and feel. And then of course I have cried numerous times with them. My family is constantly asking if I am okay. It’s just my characters wanting me to type faster!!

What are your hopes for the future?

That I can continue writing and producing stories that I am happy to put my name to. If I don’t feel something for what I am writing, I am not doing it right. I would love to explore some diversity in what I write but at the moment paranormal romance / RH keeps beckoning me back into the world of vampires and shifters. Although lately Hunter (who is entirely human) has been yelling at me to get back in front of the computer.

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


Be okay in the knowledge that your books are not for everyone. Be true to your own goals and aspirations despite what is going on around you. Be humble, be confident and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And find your posse – fellow authors, bloggers, pa’s, readers, people that work for you, that encourage you to blossom, and hold on to them tight!

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Thank you and stay tuned.

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Author Tabitha Barret #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, I’m Tabitha Barret, a multi-genre Romance author who writes steamy fantasy, paranormal, academy and YA books.  I live in New Jersey with my supportive husband, two opposite personality teens and four insane dogs. There’s never a dull moment.

My main focus is on reverse harem and #whychoose stories.  Admittedly, when I read Twilight, I was annoyed that Bella had to choose between two different men who loved her.  Yes, you can argue that either Edward or Jacob was the better choice, but it’s a fantasy book. If we can pretend that vampires are real and sparkle, why not indulge ourselves in the fantasy of having two very different kinds of men be part of our lives?

Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was younger, I used to pretend that I was Wonder Woman or Batgirl and run around the house beating up bad guys.  As I got older, the role-playing stayed inside my head, even if I didn’t act it out anymore. I always had some kind of pretend world where I created different kinds of characters or lived out the lives of people from TV or movies.  I finally started writing down the story ideas in high school and actually finished a book. It was terrible, of course, and my mother thought I was crazy when she read some of it, so I put it away. When I took creative writing classes in college, I never dreamed that I would be a published author some day.  So, even though I never really decided to become an author until I was in my late thirties, I realized that I had quietly been working towards that unrealized goal. It took 4 years to complete the 1st two books in my original series.  Since then, I have been trying to hone my skills and improve my author business.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m actually working a few different books at the moment.

One of the books is a sequel to a Magic Academy anthology that was published last year.  I like doing anthologies sometimes because the theme is already set up. I just have to figure out how to write within the given perimeters.  It’s good experience and keeps me busy.

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When I write an anthology story or book, I focus on the genre and the type of story I want to tell.  I play around with different scenarios and characters to figure out what will work. I’m only ready to write when I get a strong image and motivation for my character.

My Third Throne series started off with a dream about Lucifer calling to a young woman, who kills herself to be with him in Hell.  It was a simple concept that spawned years of different scenarios in my head and ultimately led to a 12 book planned series rich with Fallen Angels, hot mortals and Hades, who is fan favorite.  (I’ve published 5 books so far.)

Hallowed Woods Academy started off with a young woman running through an ally, trying to escape men in trench coats who corner her and pull out wands.  She can sometimes do strange things, but never did she believe she was a witch.

Pearl: Jewels Café # 8 – I took my side character from Hallowed Woods and gave her a book of her own.  Celeste is witch who can’t do magic and is bullied because of it. I sent her home to deal with her overbearing mother and the dark wizards who were planning to do terrible things to her family and friends.

My ideas don’t come from a scripted, planned out story.  They come from moments or scenes that play out in my head.  Once I feel that a character is strong enough, I write a story for them, or rather, her.  My main characters have all been women, so far, so I take a woman, put her in a bad situation and watch her fight her way out of it.

What are you working on now?

I have multiple works in progress: The Third Throne: Angel of Illness book 6, Hallowed Woods Academy Semester 2, Dahlia: Spell Library # 5 and Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School #5)

Dahlia is part of a world building series with other authors, as is Bloodlust.  I find that when I have a deadline that’s part of series, I write faster and actually publish the book instead of procrastinating.

Dahlia is about a psychic who doesn’t want to see visions of death and mayhem, or her future breakups, but doesn’t know how to control the visions.  Something is coming for her, something dark, but she can’t see who or what it is. When an unexpected love spell calls upon her soulmates, Dahlia finds that she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore and can focus on fighting the darkness.

Bloodlust takes place in Wicked Reform School.  The Mielcarek Coven is the prominent coven of the vampires after years of destroying any coven who opposed them.  Marianela was chosen to lead the Mielcareks upon her father’s demise, until she woke up chained to the bottom of the ocean.  She launched a campaign against her duplicitous brother in an effort to claim her throne. She’s captured by her brother’s army and sentenced to Wicked Reform, where her brother believes she can be brainwashed into loving him again and accepting a lesser role within the coven, if she survives the notorious reform school known to kill their student if they don’t redeem themselves.  Let’s just say that Marianela is a fighter who has proven herself on the battlefield and wants revenge against her brother at any cost, or so she thinks. 

As you can see, in my darker stories I really like to challenge my heroines and make them work for their happy ending.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like to write with headphones and music to cancel out the distractions.  It helps me set the tone and mood of what I’m writing. I like epic mixes for mood and love songs or badass empowerment songs depending on what I’m writing.

I also tend to eat at my desk when I’m on a deadline, which leads to messy shirts when I drop things.  Mad geniuses don’t really care if they spilled their soda down their shirts as long as it dries fast and they can keep working.  LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m always trying to improve my technique and my editing skills.  I take marketing and ads courses to sell more books. I’m always interested in collaborations with other authors.  Though there are times when I want to quit, I have a team of people who push me to keep going and remind me why I’m doing this.  So, my future goal is to keep writing stories that interest me and find readers who want to come along with me on this journey.

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

Know your genre.

Be able to add something unique to your stories that makes you stand out. 

NEVER self-edit your books, no matter how good you think you are.  

Ask for help when you need it.  There are so many nice authors who have helped me out over the years or believed in me enough to give me a chance.  

Always have someone who will read your books and give you an honest opinion about your stories.  If you want to punch them by then end, then they are your best resource to improve your book.  

Finish your story.  You don’t know how many people I’ve met who say they want to be an author but can’t find the time to write or they started a book, but it’s not finished yet.  FINISH YOUR BOOK! Your first book will never be perfect. Accept it. You will always want to go back and reedit it, which you can as a self-published author.  Almost every author I know has gone back to their first book to make changes. We learn new things every year of our lives. Being an author is no different. We need improve our sentence structure and storytelling abilities if we want to be successful.  We learn from our mistakes and adapt. You will also find some flaw in your previous books because as human we are always growing and maturing.

Believe in yourself or no one else will.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

I love my fans!  I interact with them in my Facebook group and in anthology groups.  My two biggest fans became my editor and my writing soulmate turned PA.  Without her, most of my books would never get written on time and I would have quit six times by now.

Tell authors that you enjoy their work.  Talk about your favorite books with other readers.  That’s the best thing you can do to support the books that you love to read.  

Every day I am grateful to the people who buy my books, whether or not they love them.  I’m just happy that they gave me a chance to entertain them for a little while so that they could forget about their stressful day.

Book links

The Third Throne Series

Pearl series:

Hallowed Woods Academy: Celeste’s first appearance as Sadie’s best friend. 

Pearl: Jewels Café #8: Celeste’s breakout book

Pearl: Wedding Bell Blues: Celeste’s final battle against the dark wizards

Dahlia (Spell Library # 5)

Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School # 5)

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