Author Alexis B. Osborne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexis B. Osborne

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in NY with my wife, step-son, and a small army of furry, deadbeat roommates. I love taro bubble tea and Thai food. My favorite book is If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony. I’m a big fan of villains, anti-heroes, and the morally gray. I adore monsters. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I’ve always been a writer. I started writing fan fiction in high school. My first fic was a terrible Escaflowne smut filled romance that I made my friends read. It has since been deleted. A college professor encouraged me to really think about writing. I always knew that if I wrote, it was going to be romance. He was… not encouraging in regards to the genre. I started to take writing more seriously about five years ago. After starting about 10 different stories without having a plan, most of them fizzled out. But I published my first novel last year. Since then, I’ve been learning as much as I can and as quickly as possible about the art of storytelling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have two series that I’m working on right now. One is a near-future sci-fi omegaverse series, and the other is a far future alien romance series. The latest novel that I just finished the first draft for is called Engineering Fate. I can’t pin point any one particular inspiration. I’d say that it was inspired by all of the works of the romances with aliens that look like aliens genre. I knew that I wanted my heroine to get stuck in a cage, and I knew that I wanted my hero to find her while he was working undercover in a smuggler’s ring. The story took off from there. Sasha and Ardalon were very bossy characters who told me exactly how they wanted the story to go.

 What are you working on now? 

Engineering Fate is getting alpha read and I’m working on writing the first draft of a novella that’s going to be in the Alien Embrace anthology which comes out in August. It’s called Ice Planet Prison, and as you can guess, it’s about a prison planet. The hero is an alien ice bear shifter. The planet might be cold, but their chemistry is going to he H-O-T.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I don’t let anyone look at what I’m writing until the first draft is done. A lot of authors have their alpha readers review each chapter as they write them, but I like to have a solid first draft done before I let anyone else look at it. I think it’s mostly because I’ve started so many stories that I never finished. I’ll run plot holes and snags by my author friends, but that’s it.

 What are your hopes for the future? 

My hope is to one day see omegaverse novels in a physical bookstore. I’m not sure that the traditional publishing world is ready for it just yet, but it’s becoming quite popular with indie publishing which is how I’m publishing my Omegas of OAN series.

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

You will have to do so much marketing. It can be very overwhelming at first, but I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. I had zero marketing experience before self publishing and I’m still learning something new every week. I’m so grateful to my fellow indie authors who are very supportive. It’s nice to be able to ask them questions and share information with each other.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you so much for reading my books and reviewing them. A review is an author hug and somedays reading your kind words is what makes all of the frustration and temporary set backs worth it. 

Author Cynthia Sax #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cynthia Sax

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Cynthia Sax. I am a USA Today Bestselling Author and I’m currently writing very steamy cyborg romances and alien romances, building a huge fantastical combined world. 

The romances I write tend to feature love at first sight/instalove/fated to mate storylines because that’s the only type of romantic love I’ve ever known. The Dear Wonderful Hubby and I fell in love at first sight over 20 years ago and we’re still very much in love today. 

I also adhere to common ancestor theory in my writing. That is the belief that all humans and humanoids originate from common ancestors (which is why they can have babies!). That means I often use variations of existing Earth languages, customs and myths in my stories. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories since I could hold a crayon. I was a daily diary writer when I was a kid until blogging became cool. Then I moved to that format and I remain an enthusiastic blogger today.

I didn’t realize writers actually earned a living until a newspaper asked me to cover an event for them while I was in high school and they PAID me. (grins) I wrote for a daily newspaper and a weekly newspaper covering things like town council meetings. It helped pay for a few books at university. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wrote Releasing Rage, the first book in my cyborg series (it should be FREE everywhere), purely for myself.

Two of my all time favorite cyborg romance authors (Eve Langlais and Laurann Dohner) were taking a break from their respective series at the same time. I know! That is a disaster for any reader. And it certainly was for me. 

I bellyached about the lack of new cyborg romances for a while. Finally, the Dear Wonderful Hubby told me I was a writer. I should write my own.

So I did.

When Releasing Rage was completed, I thought fellow cyborg romance reading buddies might enjoy the story also. They were enduring the same cyborg romance dry spell as I was. I self-published the story and it is, by far, my bestselling work. 

What are you working on now?

I am just about to start B Free, the fourth story in the Rebel Cyborgs series (likely releasing in November). B is an early model cyborg. He’s primitive and less humanlike and he’s the last of his kind. His loneliness, his secret dream of belonging pulls at my heartstrings. 

Rebel Cyborgs is the third subseries in the greater cyborg series (Cyborg Sizzle and Cyborg Space Exploration are the first two). All the series can be read on their own and all of the stories, unless noted otherwise, can be read on their own. Each story features a different couple (or more).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t have many quirks. I like to write at home because I tend to act out some scenes, move while the characters are moving, and that is often unappreciated in coffee shops and other public places. (laughs) 

What are your hopes for the future?

Cynthia Sax – I hope to write in the cyborg world forever and eventually write the next generation’s stories. I also have many alien romances I’d love to write.

I maintain a list of my top 100 story premises. Ideas are added and dropped from that list all the time. I would have to live forever to write them all. My quest for immortality has been unsuccessful thus far but I haven’t given up on it! (grins) 

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

All we can really control about this wonderful career is our happiness levels. Write stories that feed your soul, that make you feel good about yourself. 

Those stories can be marketable. That’s often best. We can feed our stomachs as well as our souls. If you have a list of 10 story ideas and 1 of those ideas involve, say, a vampire, and vampires are all the rage in Romancelandia, consider writing that vampire story next.

And not all parts of the publishing process will bring us joy. Revisions are necessary, for example, but they make me cry. I complete them because readers deserve the best story possible, because it makes me a better writer, and because it is part of this awesome job. It is the broccoli I have to eat to warrant the chocolate (which, for me, is that exciting first draft). 

Something, however, in the writing/publishing process should give us pleasure. It should light us up, make us happier to be alive.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you. (big hugs) I truly do. There’s a deep connection that happens between writers and their readers. It is special. It is wonderful. It is to be cherished. 

I’m always only an email (or blog comment) away. I read every message I receive (when the computer deities allow me to view those messages). Contact me if you have comments or issues or you feel like chatting. 

I might not answer the same day. Sometimes I’m deep in the writing cave, the words are flowing and I can’t immediately escape. But I eventually answer every legit message I see (and, by legit, I mean you’re not contacting me about enlarging male body parts – grins).

About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured on TV, in Star Magazine, and numerous top ten lists.

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

Author Erin O’Kane #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Erin O’Kane

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Erin and I live in the UK with my husband. I’m always reading, writing or napping, and have an obsession with cake and other baked goods! I write RH fantasy and paranormal romance, and also co-write with K.A Knight and Loxley Savage.

What has happened work wise since our last interview?

Since our last interview I’m now writing full time! I used to work part-time in health care, but last year in July, I quit and I’m now a full time author.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Fires of the Fae came about as I was finishing my War and Deceit series (fantasy RH). Although the character’s story arc came to an end, I knew that I wasn’t ready to let this world go yet.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on finishing up A Lady of Embers

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often speed through the dialogue, jotting down the words and then coming back and filling in the actions and the ‘he said’ ‘she said’ parts. I have a very short memory, and I can almost visualise the scenes, so I have to jot it down quickly!

What are your hopes for the future?

Ooh, that’s a deep question that I don’t have an answer for! Instead I can tell you what I’m looking forward too? I can’t wait for book signings to start again and meet some of my readers.

What have you learned about publishing since our first interview?

Oh gosh. I feel like I learn something new everyday! I’ve learnt it can be a pretty harsh place, and very isolating. However, if you can get a good author tribe with other indie authors and amazing readers, it can also be so rewarding.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Yes, thank you! Without all of you, I wouldn’t have this amazing job. Your support allows me to get lost in my fantasy worlds, so thank you ♡

Hanna Wenna PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Hanna Wenna

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Hannah ←←← not actually my real name 😂 I love love love to read! I’m married and have 2 demonspawn. I really love to stalk authors when, you know, I’m not reading books or talking about books… I totally don’t have a problem. 

How long have you been a PA? 

I’ve been a PA for about a year and a half probably closer to two years.

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How did you get started as a PA? 

I became really interested in the PA side of things when I started beta reading. I really wanted to give it a try to see if it would be something I would like to do. I was at home on maternity leave so figured, why not? I reached out to another PA and asked her so many questions and she helped me get started. But stalking was a definite key aspect to starting out.

What do you do as a PA? 

I do so many things, it’s crazy! I’m an office worker and a babysitter←←←← authors are so needy!! But for real, I manage a lot of reader groups and I read a lot. I find ARC readers and bloggers for releases. Some days I live in photoshop and canva. I manage ARC & Street Teams. I format books. I do a ton of promo. I also organise anthologies and shared worlds with my partner in crime, Sarah Klinger. I live for google docs. I really don’t know what I would do without it. There’s so many other things I do, but basically I’ll do anything, even sell my soul….

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Not really, I work from home so I try to work around my 2 & 4 year olds, also known as the devil spawn. When they aren’t home though, I have to have my music on to jam to while I’m working. I get really distracted while I’m reading so I’m always switching to puzzle games every other chapter. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I would love to set up a publishing company. Do more formatting because it relaxes me. But this job, it’s not really a job, it’s more than that. I love helping authors and so many of them have other jobs so being able to help them achieve their dream is just the best feeling ever.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Immerse yourself in the indie community. Join reader groups, find out as much as you can. Stalk authors, read as much as you can. Talk to PAs and find out from them how they got started and what they do. And seriously if you think it’s something you want to do, talk to an author you love and have a relationship with and ask them if they need help. Go from there. I’ll never regret taking that leap. It’s the best non-job ever and it’s changed my life.  

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I do have some availability depending on the author’s needs. I’m always happy to help out an author who has questions – I’m on all the social medias and you can find the full list of what I offer on my website. 

Spanish Translator Cinta Garcia #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Spanish Translator Cinta Garcia

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an international award-winning writer who lives in Spain with my wonderful American husband (he’s also a writer). When we take a holiday, which is rare, we sometimes vacation in the States, other times in lovely Europe. Apart from writing, I’m a full-time translator and proofreader. I typically spend my days typing like I’m crazy, totally submerged in whatever work is at the top of my task list. When not working and writing, I read. I’ve loved books since I was five years old, and currently average over one hundred books a year.

My BA is English Studies, and my field of expertise is Literature. Much of my Creative Writing Courses occurred at Oxford University in the UK. I rather miss England. But why wouldn’t I? I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen.

An unbridled passion for Literature is what makes me successful at literary assessments and proofreading, whereas my love for English and Spanish is what makes me a success at translating. Initially, I learned English on my own as a child. Later, I studied it throughout school, including university. I was so adept with English by the time I met my husband, his family had difficulty believing I was Spanish. 

How did you get started as a translator? 

Back in 2003, I was working as a private tutor of English for kids and teenagers. Although I enjoy teaching, it was never my passion. I had always wanted to work as a translator, but it is very difficult to get work translating books if you are not well connected with publishing houses and editors. One day, a family member told me that an acquaintance of hers was looking for someone to translate into Spanish several medical articles and she had recommended me, since I was quite proficient in the language pair. So I did that job, and then that led to me translating several medical textbooks.

From there, I started advertising myself as a translator and, with the boom of Indie publishing around 2012, a brand new world opened in front of me. Authors wanted to explore other markets and I had the key to the huge Spanish-speaking market. Slowly and steady, I have been able to build up a business around my passion for books, and I feel very happy and accomplished every day.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Hmm… I don’t really think so. I need to have my desk arranged in a certain way and I always have a cup of tea handy. Are those quirks? I don’t know. I don’t really do anything crazy or weird. I have more quirks when I write my own stories, to be honest.

What are your hopes for the future? 

Well, it would be wonderful if one day I can collaborate with a big publisher and translate the works of some of my favorite authors. Mainly, I just want to be able to make myself a name in the freelancing world so I can truly save for the future.

Do you have any advice for newbie translators? 

Work hard, be humble, and be patient. Very patient. No business grows overnight and the competition is fierce. I would also recommend them not to sell themselves cheap. It’s not good for them or for any of the other translators who are trying to make a living out of it. There are enough scammers out there who use Google Translate and offer cheap translations with zero quality. So don’t become one of them.

Are you available for new work or booked solid?

Covid-19 has been a disaster for everybody, and we translators are no exception. So right now I’m not as busy as I normally am. I am absolutely available for new work and I would love to get new authors to translate. If people want to know more about me and my work, they can visit my website:

 

Thanks a lot, Helle, for hosting me on your website! It’s been fun. 

Author Dakota Brown #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Dakota Brown

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mountain girl. I live at altitude and I ride horses and take care of my hobby farm. I write reverse harem paranormal romance, though I have some sci fi in the works, too. I might even hit some epic fantasy in the future.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I think the answer to that is yes, even though I didn’t actually know it was a thing I could do until the 6th grade. I didn’t realize authors were “real” people when I was younger, but creative writing was always my favorite subject. It’s been a long road, but totally worth it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Um, well, I’m writing about an 80’s obsessed exorcist who owns a pizza shop, so, I might also love the 80’s and pizza. I actually took some elements from a short story I wrote years ago but failed to sell, and turned it into my current novel. 

What are you working on now?

As I said above, I’m working on a series called Pizza Shop Exorcist. Chris Price is a sassy exorcist who somehow ends up ‘consorting’ with the demons she would normally be sending back to hell. She’s also got a vampire and a half angel for good measure. And maybe even more as the series progresses. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I like to listen to music, but it has to be music I’m familiar with because I don’t want it to distract me, and new songs will. I can listen to the same music for years and it’s fine. If I’m adding new music, I have to listen to it while I’m not writing first.

Also, tea. All the tea. 

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing full time. I’d like some big press contracts. Netflix maybe? LOL. The sky is the limit. My main goal though is to continue to make a living doing what I love, and putting out quality work that my readers love. 

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

It’s hard, but don’t give up. If you’re working with a publisher, make sure you’re completely comfortable with all of the elements of the contract. If you’re working solo, make sure you get a good editor. I’ve done both, and they both have their good points and bad. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading my books and loving them. 

Teaser for book two, Price of Exorcism. 

“Were you going to tell me?” I said, voice rough. 

“Yes, before we went to hell. Though I hadn’t figured out how I wanted to broach the subject. Most, except other demons, wouldn’t have been able to sense the binding, especially as readily as Azrael did. I should have known he would sense it. Azrael is exceptionally different, even by our standards.”

I let out a breath and tried to unclench my shoulders. Fuck. 

“If you will let me, I will improve upon these protections later.” 

“Why not now?” I managed to gasp out.

“Because right now,” he leaned closer. “I want to see if you taste as good as you smell.” 

This time I did whimper. The hand holding the mirror trembled, and Ezra took the mirror from me before I dropped it. Then he traced both of his hands up my back, fingers burning across my skin. His lips touched my neck and I forgot how to breathe. 

Photographer/Cover Model Alen Hasic #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Alen

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Alen, also known as Jack. Born in May, 15, 1994. Born in Trieste but having Bosnian rootes.

Have you always wanted to become a Photographer/Model?

– Have I? Not really no… Well I worked few times as model when I was younger, but I was never up to modeling honestly. Photography was always something I was attracted to. The problem is that I was always attracted to cars and speed also. When I traveled to Sofia I decided to merge photography passion and car passion. I am not really a materialistic guy, so I never wanted to do a job that would make me earn a lot of money. I always preferred to do a job – that is not a job, that would make me happy and give me the chance to share it with other people. About modeling, well that came out easily with photography. People as friends, clients etc.. they were all asking me: “Why you don’t pose on your own pictures? Your face is perfect, looks like an actors face”. That’s mainly the reason why I started “kinda modeling”.

Do you have any advice to give?

– Advices… Well there are some I can give for new models and photographers… But the best one is to live your life by your own rules. Don’t hesitate and always try something new. Never be afraid to change. Be kind always to everyone.

What are your hopes for the future?

I don’t really have any hopes for the future. I mean, I’m a guy who really lives the moment, the present. I just wish to share my passion with everyone as long as its appreciated.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Something I can say to my followers is: Thank you so much for your love! Stay humble and enjoy life 😀

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 Penn Cassidy #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Penn Cassidy

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not always. I used to want to be an archaeologist, but when I was in highschool, I started editing for the school newspaper, and then dabbled in fanfiction. Eventually I figured out that writing is what I loved to do. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for Noc City was a mixture of things. I love everything about vampires and have consumed every type of vampire media out there, but I’m also a fan of dystopian future settings. I sort of mixed the two and created a new reality to do what I wanted with it. l also love the dark, gritty subject matter. My MC has faced abuse, fear and uncertainty in her life that I am intimately familiar with, and it felt cathartic to get it down on paper, so to speak.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book #3 of the Noc City series, Hybrid Theory, releasing in June.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I always have to sit with my feet up on something, and I have to have a candle burning.

What are your hopes for the future?

I really want a best seller, or to sell steadily enough to convert my husband into a stay-at-home husband 🙂 But if that fails, I really want to eventually write a series that’s over 5 books long in the same universe. A big epic fantasy. 

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

Don’t let the haters get you down, and for the love of all that is holy don’t get sucked into drama. It’s not worth it. You won’t be perfect at first, so don’t expect too much of yourself. Part of becoming a writer is learning from your past self. We are always looking for ways to perfect our craft and better ourselves. Mostly, have fun with it and write what truly makes you happy.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I want to say thank you all for being here with me on this journey. You will never know just how much you’ve helped me through some of the hardest years of my life. This community is a beautiful family, and even though we are all far apart, each and every one of you I consider to be my very best friends.

Author Stacy Jones #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy Jones

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Stacy Jones. Ok, talking about myself… umm, basics! I’m 32, I live in the beautiful state of Arkansas with my middle school sweetheart and our rambunctious handful of a son, and I spend my days creating fantastical worlds and hanging out with my imaginary friends. Ha, that makes me sound crazy. I’m a romance author, which doesn’t mean I’m not crazy, it just means I’m productively so 😉

What has happened work wise since our last interview?

What’s happened work wise? Books, of course. Secret projects. 2020. Writing during the stress of a pandemic and the horrors that were virtual schooling was… interesting. Ha. I’m attempting to be diplomatic, but it was terrible. Being able to escape into my stories saved my sanity. I genuinely hope my books helped others cope with that dumpster fire of a year.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m working on the fourth book in the Chosen Series, Native. It was, as all the Chosen books have been, inspired by a dream. Lily, the FMC, surprised me in the epilogue of Tribe Protector (Chosen #3) by snagging herself a new love interest.
I hadn’t planned to write more in this series… and then I had a dream about Lily and Atuk. So, here I am, writing their book! Which releases soon!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Oh, yes. I still have many quirks while writing. I’ve upgraded from writing at my local coffee shop to a writing shed which is absolutely amazing and I recommend all my author friends get one. I still listen to music while writing and have amassed so, so many playlists, some specific to books some for particular types of scenes. I need one leg pulled up at all times. I have an unapologetic addiction to sticky notes. And I collect notebooks, some of which are just too pretty to ever be written in.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are, and always will be, to continue writing books people love, and supporting my family by following this crazy dream.

What have you learned about publishing since our first interview?

What I’ve learned about publishing since our last interview… it’s always nerve wracking. I genuinely thought it would become easier or less stressful at a certain point. I’m still waiting for that. Maybe someday! And, yet, that feeling of pride, accomplishment, and elation when I publish a new book is worth all the stress of release. Every time.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, whether you’re just discovering my books or whether you’re an avid fan, I couldn’t do this without you. The love y’all have shown and continue to show my books has been just… mind blowing. I’m so, so grateful. I hope you keep loving my stories. I hope you keep devouring my books so I can keep writing more. This has been one hell of an incredible journey so far, and I’m beyond excited to see what the future brings.