Author L.A. Wayward #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author L.A. Wayward

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a lover of dark romance, with an even darker edge of smut and taboo. I also love “I’ll hold your hand” romance books. It depends on my mood.
I love my stories with a whole lot of action, romance and lots of steam.
I try to write pull at your heartstrings books filled with scorching brooding Alpha men and badass women in search of a HEA.
Because let’s face it—who doesn’t like to spend their time fantasizing about hot guys?

Have you always wanted to become an author?

From the first moment I saw the movie Almost Famous I knew I wanted to be a writer. During my years at UVA I started writing for a music magazine and different music websites, and went on tour with a band for the last leg of their UK concerts. I got to interview countless bands, and spent most of my time going to concerts for free. For years I got to see, and interview some awesome artists and bands. I also got a job as a script reader for a movie production company, I even sold a treatment that never hit the big screen:) I’m a nomad and love to spend my time on the road, I traveled throughout my life with my parents, but after graduating University I bought a big backpack and embarked on an adventure around the world with my best friend. We spent months traveling through Asia, Australia, New-Zealand, Canada and ended the trip with an epic road trip through America. 

I had about three half-completed manuscripts and when I came home I knew I had to finish them. I published my first book Make It Burn in 2020 and spent 2021 reading and writing about six books that I hope to release in 2022. 

What was your inspiration for your current book?

I’m a sucker for a good dark romance novel. Ranger Danger is a little bit spicier than Make It Burn. I love forced proximity, instant lust/love books where the main MCs have to overcome their own demons. I believe there is someone out there just right for you, who brings out the best in you, and loves you for all your flaws and demons. Who likes you for you, not because of your job or how much money you have in the bank. Inspiration comes at random times for me, I always write my thoughts down to work on them later.

What are you working on now

I’m working on Thirst, a dark romance “touch her and you die” kind of book. The MC scares me shitless and sets my heart on fire. It’s going to be another quick read, that I really hope people will like. Writing is an adventure, it has brought me in contact with so many great writers, bloggers and bookstagrammers. My dream was for just one person to read my words, having so many people actually buying my books is mind-blowing. Every day I try to work harder, and make myself and the people around me proud. Success for me isn’t measured in how much money I make as long as I’m happy and healthy, can travel, am able to keep writing my stories, and give people an escape. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a ton;) I can only write when music is blasting in my ears, mostly K-pop. I’m a chaotic mess, so I have to stick to a strict schedule. I usually start with social media and emails in the morning, and write the whole day. There are post-its everywhere with quotes or scenes I still have to write. When I’m in the zone everything around me disappears, I get obsessed and need to finish it even if it means I don’t get a lot of sleep or forget to eat.  

What are your hopes for the future?

My ultimate dream is to get a book in the Amazon top 100 list and an orange banner. I want to keep traveling the world, write more books, stay healthy, be at peace with myself, be a good friend and make myself and my family proud. We all have our dark days, but it’s what we do with adversity that makes all the difference. I just want to go with the flow, keep growing, keep changing, nothing lasts forever so I try to do a little better every day. Try to find happiness in the little things, happiness doesn’t mean having a lot of material things for me, as long as I can pay my bills I’m happy. I write about love every day, and I do hope there is someone special waiting to share a life with, to enjoy the little moments with. I’m really lucky though, I have a place to call home, friends and family I love and a little success with my books. I really want to go to an NBA game, a Liverpool match, and spend some time in Seoul. And I’m learning Korean at the moment, at a snail’s pace but I’m making process. It’s good to keep dreaming, and challenge yourself even if it scares you. And don’t compare yourself to others, everyone is on their own path, that’s what makes it beautiful. 

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

Just start writing, don’t compare yourself to others and read as much as you can. With every book you learn something new. It’s easy to get discouraged when you see people having more success than you. But you never know when your big break is going to come, keep going, keep growing and the rest will follow. And reach out to people, I’ve found everyone wants to help you along the way. Ask for help, or a little guidance and pay it forward. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for reading my words and buying my books. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and TikTok. I love to interact with new readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out! Thank you for giving me a chance and making my dream a reality, big virtual hug!  

Author K.R. Hall #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Karen Hall

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I grew up as a Navy child. My dad was transferred about every two years. I was terribly shy, and it was hard to make friends. I was in the Air Force from 1984 to 1992. I moved to Colorado with my then three-year-old son. 

I was a single mom for 14 years. I met my soulmate in 2003, and we married in 2004. I have three adult children. Hubby and I had our dream home built in 2015. We live there with our two chihuahuas. 

I’m addicted to chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, I enjoy milk, but I hate white. I love Cherry Coke Zero Sugar. I drink iced tea and hot tea. In the winter, I drink dark chocolate hot cocoa with Reddi-Wip whipped cream. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I wanted to be a writer in the third grade, but my dad said I needed a job with a guaranteed income. December 2009, I quit my job due to health issues. My first six months of being unemployed were great. I still got up early to see my husband off to work then I cleaned the house. It was just the two of us, and it was easy to keep clean. I read a lot from my favorite authors, Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz, and Stuart Woods. I also read romance novels. My first Paranormal Romance (PNR) was VA Dold’s Le Beau series.

I met Vickie at the Reader Appreciation Weekend for the Denver RomCon in September 2016, and she changed my life. I remember being very nervous. When Vickie came around the corner, I tried to calm down. Her smile lit up her face when she spotted me. 

We hugged, and my husband took a photo of us. Vickie is so down to earth. She could tell I was nervous, and to help settle my nerves, she said to me that she put her pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else.

We spent the weekend getting to know each other at the event. I told Vickie about my ideas about writing a book about bear shifters. She told me that I should write it and she would love to help me out. I called her and emailed her a lot while I wrote my first book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Many things inspire book ideas. A lot of them have been inspired by photos. My newest book, Project X-Force: B.E.A.R. – Bravo Echo Alpha Romeo, was inspired by the cover model’s image. 

What are you working on now? 

I am starting to write my first RH (Reverse Harem). Just as a harem comprises one man with multiple women, a reverse harem consists of one female protagonist and three or more male love interests. However, this is not a situation where the woman must pick her one true love by the end of the story; instead, she enters into relationships with … several (if not all) of them.

Vega: Stargazers’ Prophecy is the sixth book in a twelve-book series with other authors. Author Gina Manis saw the movie Stardust and had the idea for the series. The other authors joining us are Jewels Arthur, Jade Waltz, Skyler Andra, Quell T. Fox, J.R. Thorn, Krystal Pena, Ciara Skye, Hanleigh Bradley, Zelda Knight, Naomi Panthera, Kenzie Graves, and Eve Bradley.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

My office is full of stuffed animals (mainly bears). I have bear figurines and wall art. I must have silence when I write, but sometimes I turn on my bear water fountain. I tend to nibble while I write. I sometimes will have nuts, string cheese, and beef jerky. I also have chocolate candies.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope to make it to the USA Today’s Bestsellers list one day. I would also like to have a little orange flag from Amazon Bestsellers. In the meantime, I will continue to write and hope readers will enjoy my books.

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

Just keep doing what you love. I rewrote my first book six times before it was published. I have only been an indie author. It would be best if you did what feels right for you. Don’t let anyone tell you how or what to change. 

An editor told me to change the lead character’s nationality in a book. I explained that I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. My book was written a certain way, and the people who have read it enjoy the book.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for trusting my books. I’m thrilled that you like them. I enjoy writing and have loads of stories that are bursting to come out of my head and onto paper. I will continue to write and self-publish.

Author Rowen Black #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rowen Black

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My Name is Rowen Black and I am 33 years old with a male cat that i have had for years, I come from a large family who is very close to one another. My cousin is actually a RH author.. not naming names 🙂

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes i just wanted to make sure i could write an entire book before i got excited.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Knightwood Academy my MFC beat it into my head.

What are you working on now?

Monster Kisses and Vicious Queen

Do you have any quirks while working?

Music I love to listen to music.

What are your hopes for the future?

To continue to grow as an author and publish more books.

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

Just write what you want and never look at reviews.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you all so much it warm my heart that you all love my characters and books so much and i love your theories.

Author Addison/Adara Wolf #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Addison/Adara Wolf

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi everybody! I’m Addison/Adara Wolf. My dark MF works are under the name Addison Wolf, my dark MM stuff under Adara Wolf. I primarily write, well, dark romance. Protagonists who are unredeemable and relationships that are extremely toxic. I wouldn’t want to date any of my main characters IRL, but they sure are fun to write and read about!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have been writing for fun since I was around 14, but if I’m honest, I didn’t consider it as a full time profession until I was in the middle of my first real job and absolutely hating it. I wrote Under His Heel (dark m/m) for fun, not really intending to monetize it, but it grew extremely long! And things had gotten very sour at work, so publishing this book allowed me to leave a toxic situation.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Raissa Donovan (my now co-author) and I were chatting about branching out into a new genre. We knew we wanted to write dark, and reverse harem sounded very fun, especially since it allowed us to include some bisexual men in our story. We chatted out ideas, throwing in all the fun kinks we definitely wanted to add, until we got to Breaking Lucia.

What are you working on now?

We just finished Book 2 in the Spoils of Victory series, Taming Lucia, and we’re gearing up to start writing the third one. We have it planned out, but as always things will probably change while we’re writing. On the m/m side, I’m working on a spin-off for Under His Heel, Leashing His Heart, featuring a rich young man out of his depths and a criminal who is finding out just how hard he can push the boundaries.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not so much quirks, but I can’t work with music playing, most of the time. The lyrics distract me! If I think it’s too quiet, I’ll pop on some instrumental music.
… Oh, and anybody who knows me can tell you, but I spend way too long researching tiny details that will often never make it into my books.

What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to be able to make this my full time job. I’m not there yet, but I changed day jobs mid-2021 and my goal for 2022 is to grow my author business. If I can figure out how to juggle my day job with my author job, I want to get back into painting, as well. I did a few paintings for my home office and had so much fun with it.

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

If you’re self-publishing, the most important thing is to have a plan! Plan out what you’re going to write for the next year, and stick to a schedule. Marketing is important too (don’t skimp on covers) but the best thing you can do is be consistent.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much to everybody who has supported me these past few years. I appreciate everybody who has read my books. I love reader comments and seeing people’s reactions to my characters really warms my heart. Thank you so, so much. 💖
As a thanks to all our readers, Raissa and I have written a little holiday extra story, titled Giving Lucia.

Teasers –Taming Lucia, releasing on Dec 28

The last dress I’m holding is black, knee-length, with a wrap design. It shows a bit of cleavage, but not as much as the white dress, and it still has thick straps and a covered back. Elegant, but still appropriate for work without being completely sexless.
“This one,” I say, pulling the dress off the hanger. “Raise your arms, Lucia.”
“I can dress myself,” she tells me, reaching out for the dress instead of obeying.
I unzip the back of the dress and shrug. “I’m sure you can. You can wear it by yourself too. I just finished clearing out one of the closets for you, we could hang you up there with the rest of the dresses.”
Angelo smirks.
All the color drains from her face. She quickly raises her arms in the air. “That won’t be necessary,” she says.
I pull the dress over her head and shoulders and nod at her. “Good girl.”
I don’t miss her quite tangible reaction to the words. A tremor runs through her, and her breath catches. I don’t think she even realizes she’s responding so beautifully to the praise.
She lets me pull the dress down over her body, hiding the bright red lingerie, and I zip it up in the back before circling around her to inspect her. It’s a good fit, just like I knew it would be, and it’s perfect for the meeting. She’s quiet, glancing at me uncertainly.
I let my hands roam over her body while I pretend to inspect it. I cup her breasts, trail soft touches down her stomach, and squeeze her ass. She tenses, her lips trembling, but she doesn’t move away from me.
There’s a certain thrill I get, knowing that I’ve molded my partner just to my liking. Lucia isn’t quite there yet, but she looks good in the clothes I picked for her. I have jewelry for her too, and I look forward to brushing her hair.
Then Angelo wolf-whistles. “Looking very, very nice, Princess.”
She startles, obviously having been caught in the moment I was where it was just the two of us. She glances over at him, rolling her eyes. “You’d think that no matter what I was wearing. You’d even find something you liked about the nun clothes.”
I give Angelo a cold glare. “If you can keep your mouth shut, you can stay and masturbate. Otherwise, leave.”
Angelo’s eyebrows rise. “So far, I haven’t seen anything worth jerking off to.”
“And there won’t be anything worth jerking off to,” Lucia says. “Right, Victor?” Like that’s going to make me agree with her.
A quick glance at my alarm clock shows there’s still twenty-five minutes before the meeting. Plenty of time. I brush my thumb over Lucia’s lips. “Mouth or cunt?”

Interview with Author/Poet @Helle_Gade !! #books #poetry

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Author Renee George #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Renee George

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a USA Today Bestselling authors of paranormal mysteries and romances. I live in the Midwest with my husband of 31 years, and I have a grown son who is 27. I am an animal lover, and I’m happily owned by my pit bull/ lab mix Kona the princess, and two cats, Simon and Ash. I served in the Army from 1986 – 1994, I became a nurse in 1991, and did that until my first book was published in 2005 by a small press, and that was the first time that I thought, “Hey, I can really do this.” I have never looked back.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, but when I was growing up, I never thought it was a possibility. I was always writing stories. My mother still has a few that I wrote for her, but we were poor, and my parents had five children. Writing for a living seemed like a pipedream. That’s why I joined the military and went to nursing school. When I was 30 and my son was getting ready to go to kindergarten, I went back to college and worked for a degree in Creative Writing. I was doing the mom and wife thing, working full-time as a nurse, and going to school part-time. The same year my first book was published, was the year I graduated with my second degree.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My Nora Black Midlife Psychic Books was inspired by my own life. I love writing a heroine who is older, but still has a lot of adventure left in her.

What are you working on now?

I just finished Spice and Prejudice (A Nora Black Midlife Psychic Mystery Book 5), so I am in the “in between.” I won’t be starting my next book for a week or so. That will be Pits and Pieces of Murder (A Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery Book 7) coming at the end of 2022.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Is coffee a quirk? LOL. I drink lots of coffee, but otherwise, I have no habits when it comes to writing. I hate routine. I write at various times throughout the day and night, and I move around to many locations including my desk, in my easy chair, out on the deck, in the car, the guest bedrooms, my bedroom, the living room, on vacation…Okay, I can see how that might be a quirk.

What are your hopes for the future?

To write a lot more books, and that more readers find my books. LOL. Isn’t that always the goal.

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

Write your books. Get your friends and family to read it before you do anything else. Do a lot of research. Google is a great place to start. Be professional. Hire an editor and cover artist. Properly format your books. Take advice but trust yourself when it comes to the stories. There is no magic bullet for success in this business. What works for one person may not work for you. Be prepared for that. Writing books, publishing, marketing, basically running your won business, is a lot of work, but if you have the stamina to carry on even when things look dire, it is also really rewarding.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You guys make the whole wild ride 100% worth it. Thank you so much for loving my characters and stories as much as I do.

Author Bre Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Bre Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a mother of three boys, all grown now. I love to travel and visit new places. I love to spend time with family and friends and of course read. I consider myself a bit of a nerd. I am a pediatric physical therapist assistant in my non writing life.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I always had stories in my head, but never thought that anyone would want to read them. I honestly did not know how great of a story writer I would be. I received a lot of encouragement over the last year and decided to give it a try and I am glad that I did.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Reverse Harem is my favorite to read, and I love MC and there were limited books out there that involved both. I have traveled through Memphis many times and when I was looking for a place for the story to take place it was what popped into my head.

What are you working on now?

Currently I am working on book 2 of the duet. I am also dually writing a paranormal reverse harem which more information will come out later about.

Do you have any quirks while working?

No quirks with writing other than needing to have some background noise. I have found that I am a punster with a tiny bit of planster mixed in when I am writing.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to release all the books in my head. I also want to plan some merchandise centered around the books and I also have my first book signing scheduled for 2023 in Salem. Honestly, the biggest thing I want is for the readers to continue to love what I write.

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

My advice is to follow you dreams and give it a shot. Always write the story you want and don’t settle for less than that. And know that there will be bumps along the way, I had many, but everything will work out the way it is meant to be.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I want to thank them for taking a chance on a new author. Thank you for loving my story and all the amazing feedback I have gotten from you. I hope to continue to bring you stories for years to come. I love hearing from you so you can always drop me a message, a gif or a an amazing tik tok

Author Annabel Allen #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Annabel Allen

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Well, I’m a full-time author/freelance writer living in Ontario, Canada. I write under my birth name as well as Annabel Allan, though I keep the spicier subjects more for Annabel! Haha. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I actually have not! I always enjoyed writing, but for most of my life, I wanted be a scientist, a Palaeontologist. Dinosaurs were always my jam! Once I hit high school though, I wanted to tell stories, turning more towards film. Then I discovered I really can’t tell a story successfully through visuals…so I fell back on writing. I just fell in love with it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Goode Pain series has an interesting past. I wrote the core of the book as a different novel, meant for a different type of series. It was rejected, so I shelved it. Then I was asked to write short stories for a friend, which he mentioned he wanted one about a kick ass Dominatrix. I actually started on the short story (which was titled “Goode Pain”) and by the time I finished what is now the first chapter, I thought man! I need to make this a novel. Then I remembered what an instructor in film school said, that I should flip the dynamic to make things more interesting. So, I took the old manuscript and rewrote it. I then retitled it “Edgeplay”. 

What are you working on now? 

Right now, I’m doing rewrites on my original vanilla series Smoke Chaser. The first two books are released, but I felt the third book was the weaker link, so I’m doing rewrites and edits on it. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

It depends on the manuscript as well as what time it is during the day when I’m writing! Haha. If I’m writing at night, I tend to put on music while writing, which isn’t very quirky. But if I’m writing during the day, I HAVE to put on a movie. And that movie…is usually Jurassic Park! Weird to write BDSM when you have people running from escaped dinosaurs! Haha. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I think like most authors, I hope for the bestseller status. I went a long while without my writing supporting me, but things are finally working out in that area. But I would love that little orange banner on Amazon saying “Bestseller”! 

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

Do your research! It’s super important to either find someone who can mentor you OR do your own research on how publishing works. I love to answer questions about publishing and writing, so if anyone wants to reach out to me, they definitely can!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just that I appreciate them! I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my work. AND please leave a rating and review! Reviews feed authors! 🙂

Author Larae Mitchell #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Larae Mitchell

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and many of my ideas come from the lore of different native tribes in and around the United States. I have kept my sense of wonder by trying to see the world through the imaginings of my grandchildren. Nerida Kai and Shattered Reflections were born from a desire to normalize feelings after the loss of my twenty-three-year-old son in 2017. I often judged or felt judged during the period of grief. Believing there is no right or wrong way to grieve I sought to show grief as a necessary part of life. Laughing, crying, sitting quietly or even screaming into the void, in the aftermath of loss, does not alter the love you share with the departed. I wish love and light to all who share this journey. I look forward to sharing many more stories with you in the future.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I actually wanted to be a librarian. Unfortunately, education is expensive in the United States. I’m pretty sure writing has turned that frown upside down. I had no idea I would enjoy sharing stories as much as I do.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Nerida Kai was inspired by a day spent with my granddaughters. The story contains little pieces of each of them. I wanted a way to portray grief to the young without judgement. We don’t speak often enough about what loss looks like and everyone feels awkward as they go through it for, he first time. Being able to open a discussion on the topic, even with the young, is very important to me. Shattered Reflections is a fictionalized version of my journey through pain to enlightenment. The women in the story were inspired by my mother, myself, and my daughters.

What are you working on now?

I’m very excited to announce, right here right now, that I have a new YA Fantasy series coming soon. I’m currently developing a modern-day fantasy based on ancient Egyptian beliefs and magics. I look forward to revealing more in the months to come. For now, it’s your exclusive!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I work very early in the morning (3-5AM) because I need absolute quiet and no interruptions or what I write is a disaster. Editing; however, requires music with a beat.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue writing and finding an audience for my work. This life may not have been my first choice, but I love it. I’m fortunate to be married to a wonderful man who encourages me to write full time. I’m living the dream.

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

Don’t be discouraged. Your work may not be a fit for the mainstream and that’s okay. Keep pushing forward and be brave enough to put it out there anyway. You never know who you might impact. A graphic artist is an asset, Levi Pottorff really pushed Nerida Kai from prayer to vision. He can be found on Twitter @braskaranger if you like what you see.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Release your magic. Your feedback and encouragement keep me writing. We are doing this together and I depend on you. Reach out to me through my website or e-mail to receive a bookmark, signature plate, and backpack tag. First come first serve there are only thirty available. Thank you, for everything! 

Author Brooklyn Cross #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Brooklyn Cross

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a Canadian country girl through and through although I love to travel the world and experience other cultures, taste new foods and meet amazing people.
One place I have not been to yet and would love to go is Thailand.
I work a full time job, own a small business and write every free moment I can.
I am an animal lover and wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a small child, but never would’ve made it through that much school.
I rescue dogs and nothing brings me more peace then going for long walks with them.
I’m a little addicted to my coffee… okay a whole lot addicted.
I sing about as well as my dogs and my dancing is not much better so it’s a good thing I chose to write.
I like pretty much all music but have a thing for drums and bass guitar. I could listen to that all day.
My favourite food is anything in the dessert family 🙂
I love action movies but can’t watch horror.
If I could pick any one person I’d like to meet it would be Dwayne Johnson.
I like to make people laugh and have no problem doing crazy stuff to cheer someone up.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always enjoyed writing and reading for as long as I can remember, but no I didn’t consider a career as an author until much later in life. My goal was to be an Olympian and to one day stand on a podium for my country and to train and teach full time. That was my dream and it was my sole goal until my mid twenties when I had to give up the dream because of reasons out of my control. Once that dream crumbled, I was left drifting from one job to another feeling unsure who I was or what I wanted. I started writing again as a form of therapy and the idea to become an author continued to bloom from that moment.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I am currently working on book 4 in my series The Righteous. This series just sort of came to me when I was brainstorming for a dark and twisty short story. The characters started talking and I jotted down how I saw the entire story playing out and who I wanted my characters to be. My inspiration for any story comes from many locations. Friends, family to personal life experiences and real life issues in the world. I happen to work full time in an industry that I see the best and worst of people. That leads me to questions like what if? Such a simple question and yet so powerful.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Coffee, and music, I think that’s my only quirk. I like to have a coffee at the ready, even if I don’t drink it, and I have to have my headphones charged. Those two things that are my comforts while I focus.

What are your hopes for the future?

My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time. It’s a tall order but, I genuinely love creating worlds and characters that I can share and people fall in love with as much as I love them. As for what I will be working on over the next year. I have the remaining four books in The Righteous series to complete by the end of 2022. I have a joint project with six other very talented authors that I’m very excited about releasing in April 2022 and an anthology piece called Burn With Me that will launch in March. If I can swing it I will release the first book in my paranormal/supernatural series fall 2022. Lots of other projects that are on the calendar for 2023 as well. I may dip my toe in a few genres that are new and exciting for me to explore.

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

There are so many things that I have learned the hard way during this process. The first thing I’d say is if there is one thing to focus your money on, it would be editing. Make sure you pay for someone that is not only a copy text editor, but someone who you can work closely with. Someone that will do developmental editing, and give you honest feedback, it will only make you better at your craft. The second piece of advice I’d give, is write from your heart, and make sure that the emotions, character arcs and world building are as clear to those reading as they are in your mind. A beta or arc team is very helpful for this process. Lastly, I’d say to remember not to compare yourself to any other author or their journey. We are all on our own journey and our paths are all very different and that’s okay.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To those that have read my work and love it, I’d like to simply say thank you. Each one of you makes me smile, and keeps me going more than I can put into words. From the amazing reviews, to sharing my books on your feeds or creating spectacular edits, you blow me away. I appreciate each and every one of you and your support, it genuinely means the world to me. Being an indie author is tough, but it is because of followers like you that make all the blood, sweat and tears worth every moment of it.