Author Gina Manis #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself 

I live in the south, where I have a small farm. I have been married for eighteen years, and we have four kids (two teenage boys and two little girls).  I love anything that has to do with art. I like to paint and draw, take pictures, gardening and of course writing. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I always wanted to be but never thought that I could. I had so many problems in language and reading when I was young. I told myself stories every night as I went to sleep. My imagination has always had so much potential, and so when I decided to give it a try, the words have been flowing ever since. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I was writing another series and building this world and this legend kept coming up. I decided to write it in its own series and The Water Princess was born. At that time, also, I had discovered reverse harem and wanted to give it a try. Reverse harems, I think, are harder to write because you have to find a connection with many characters. It has been a challenge, but I have so much enjoyed it.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually working on that other series that got me unto The Water Princess. It is written a few hundred years in the future and the world has changed. The elementals have died out and now you have the Elemental Mages. There will be four mages with standalone stories, and each of them will have to choose their kings. They will intertwine in places for one overall story for those who enjoy longer series. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t really but I do often work around chaos. I have a large family, and people are always around. I do try and do most of my writing in the night and have nodded off while writing.

What are your hopes for the future?

I always have a goal and not just one but many. I am a dreamer. Writing will keep me busy for a few more years, and then I plan to slow down a bit. I have several series I am working on publishing now and a few more I am looking to write.

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

To make friends with others in the industry. You can’t do it alone, and it is always great when you have someone to turn to and ask questions. It also makes you feel good when you can help someone else.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for reading and for giving me a chance. I am a very outgoing person and would love to chat with anyone who would like. I always say I am an open book and you can ask me anything. I would also say that I like to surprise people so you can expect that from me in the future. I have some really great books coming out soon, and I think you are all going to like it. 

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Author S.A. Mackenzie #interview

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I’m S.A. Mackenzie, the S is for Sara. I am a mom to a one year old little rascal and a furbaby mom to a silly rabbit. I’m married to a big ol’ bearded man who likes to act tough but is really a huge softy. I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. I love to meet people but I also would rather curl up in my room reading a book by myself. I’ve always had an imagination that was far bigger than anyone else I knew. I would lay in bed and just day dream different worlds and lives that I wanted to live.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not really. I had thought about it from time to time since my imagination is always getting away from me but I always had an excuse about why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. It took having a baby and losing myself in being a mom before I looked up one day and realized that it was something I needed to do. I needed to write my stories and give myself an identity outside of being a mom. My excuses no longer seemed relevant when I realized that nothing was holding me back but myself.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Seven Sins and Saints series was first inspired by the song Hallelujah. I became obsessed with the story in the lyrics and listened to every version I could find. The song always made me think of Lucifer and his fall from grace, especially the part with the broken throne, the cut hair and being forced to say Hallelujah. It made Lilith a villain in my head and the story blossomed from there. I dreamed about it for weeks and then it came to life on my computer.

What are you working on now?

I have book two to Saintly Virtues in the works, so Belle and her Saints are getting ready for more steamy sex and world saving. I also have a dark contemporary RH about finding love after deep loss and building yourself up when the world is out to make you a victim that is in the works. I’m also playing around with a novella about Lucifer for a prequel to Saintly Virtues but it’s been put on the back burner for now.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m very musically driven so depending on the scene, book or character I’m working on I have specific music I will listen to. It gets me in the right mood and the words flow easier.

What are your hopes for the future?

I really just hope to get my stories out there and have people find the same love and enjoyment from these worlds that I do. I don’t necessarily need to be an international bestseller or anything like that. If I can touch or move even one person with my writing then I’m happy. Books have always meant so much to me, they brought me out of depression or anxiety attacks and if I can even make someone laugh when they’re down or give them a world they want to disappear into then I’m winning. That’s what I want to do.

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

Write your story how you want it. If it sucks well at least you have something, you can work with it. Look into formatting steps before you write the manuscript so that you can get the basics like specific indenting and line spacing done ahead of time. Changing your entire manuscript formatting sucks hard. It’s also never too early to start building a name for yourself. You don’t have to wait to have a book released, do it early so that you have someone to release your book to. Last, it’s okay to ask for help, whether that’s a PA, some Alpha Readers, whoever. You don’t need to struggle by yourself.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I appreciate every single one of you. I celebrate every time someone joins my group or follows my Instagram. It means more to me than you can imagine just knowing that someone is out there and I’m not just talking to myself, haha. I love when you guys chat with me and I love hearing everything you have to say. Without you guys, authors would be weirdos writing stories because the voices tell them to and then hanging them on our walls as art. The readers are the ones who make us seem not so crazy.

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Author Cilla Raven #interview

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I’m Cilla Raven, an indie author that published my first book back in July of 2019 and just launched the preorder for book 2 in that series about 2 weeks ago. When I’m not writing, I’m a homeschooling mother of 5 who’s been married for 15 short years, and all of them mean everything to me. I obsessively read anything I can get my hands on and write basically anything that pops in my head. However, my favorite genres to read and write are fantasy and paranormal reverse harem romances. Some other weird facts about me: if I could live in shorts, tank tops, and flip flops, I would; I don’t think there’s any such thing as too many tattoos (I have 6 so far); good music and food are essential elements for keeping me happy, and I absolutely love naps.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written when I could, but the idea of becoming an author was never really on the table until my husband pushed me toward it. He’d read some of my writing before and always said I could do well as an author, but I’m prone to self-doubt on a large scale, so for the longest time, I ignored his suggestions. Then, one day I just got it in my head that even if no one read what I wrote, I’d enjoy the writing, so what harm could it do? Publishing my first book was one hell of a task (well, many, many tasks, lol), but I loved every minute of it, and in doing so, I realized that being an author was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

To be real, I’ve got a lot of demons in my closet. Some of which are extremely hard to deal with. My first book tackles some of those demons, as well as explores a fantasy I can only dream about in real life. It was inspired by what I wanted to read, my past, my desires, and let me imagine for a while what it would be like to live in a world with magic. Honestly, all of my stories are like this, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on finishing up book 2 in my Beholden to Balance Series, and starting a whole different series as well. I’ve got some big plans for 2020! Releasing book 2 is the top priority, followed by the surprise series I’m working on, and finally wrapping up the year with Beholden to Balance book 3’s release in December. So, a total of like 6 books I’m planning for the year… whew, that seems like a lot when I write it out, haha. 

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Yep. I have twinkly lights above my bed (where I write because sitting at a desk drives me nuts), a diffuser that releases smelly good stuff into the air around me, and I’m almost always wearing a hoodie. I like to have grabbable snacks that won’t get on my laptop within reach, and I love having the lights out while I write (it lets the twinkly ones create mood lighting, lol). Basically, the better and isolated the atmosphere, the better I write because it makes escaping into these different worlds that much easier.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future include short- and long-term goals. Fully attainable goals as well as best-case scenario goals. Short term, I hope to finish up book 2 within the next few weeks to have it ready for release in April, as well as building up a community in my Facebook group. Long term, I hope to become a USA Today or NYT best-selling author or to see one of those orange tags on Amazon next to my name. And even if those are hefty aspirations, a girl can dream, right? Really, what it comes down to is that I want to tell all the stories that are swirling around in my head and even the new ones that pop up on almost a daily basis. 

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

I’m still a baby author, and I’ll probably never know everything about this business, but I’ve learned a few things that might help others: Just go at your own pace and stay true to who you are, writing what you want to write. Don’t let others tell you what you should be writing, only you know the stories you want to tell. Sometimes, going hard and writing fast is excellent, but there are also times when letting the story ruminate can lead to some of your best ideas. Don’t underestimate the importance of cover art and editing! And lastly, get organized. I am not usually a very organized person, but when I started writing this series, it was painfully apparent that I needed some way to keep track of not only all the things I had going on in my schedule, but also just to keep the story correct, and on track. With a series, there are a ton of small details in those pages that readers will know by heart. You don’t want to be three books in and get somebody’s hair color wrong, lol.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

Yes! I’ve got a lot planned out for you, and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Also, I freaking love you guys! You’ve given me so much encouragement and love, it makes my heart swell! You guys are what make it possible for me to keep writing and living this dream I didn’t think I was good enough for, and for that, I will never, ever be able to thank you enough for taking a chance on this baby author! But I’ll forever keep trying anyway: Thank you so very much!



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Author Arden M. Ward #interview

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Hello! I live in New England, (north of Boston), and just started writing and publishing my work just over a year ago. It is still unbelievable to see my books out in teh wild! I spend my days teaching high school English and Film courses. I love animals and spend a lot of my free time working with horses and horseback riding. I enjoy reading fantasy, mystery and romance. And of course in between all of that and feed my television and film binge watching addiction!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always loved writing and wanted to be a writer. I finally found the courage to share my work for the first time over the last year.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my current series (Team Blaze) was learning a lot about the decrease in honeybees, and the environmental repercussions of that. The world of magic that the characters live in is is strongly influenced by different versions of mythology and classic religious figures, which I have always found fascinating, specifically when looking at different perspectives from different cultures.

What are you working on now?

I am currently wrapping up the end of Team Blaze, and have three books slated to come out over the next few months that are the start of three new series. One is a paranormal academy series The Academy of Order & Chaos that centers around a main character who is developing new powers. One is a fantasy based PNR centered around a mystery following a powerful witch who begins to uncover a male witch trafficking ring. And the third is PNR about a female assassin and her adventures with her hellhound companion.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I find I do my best writing either while listening to classical music, athough I do most of my plotting and general story development while in the car, or in the shower. Once I have a basic idea and characters fleshed out, they tend to come to life and start to play out different scenarios in my head. It is both wonderful and exaspperating, sometimes they want to go in a different direction then I originally planned.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to find more time and continue writing. I love hearing from readers and have had some wonderful discussions over my books and characters, which is so exciting and surreal for me. I hope to have more opportunities to interact with my readers.

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

My advice to writers that are publishing for the first time, is to not be afraid your work isn’t good enough. Put it out there, be excited and proud of your work. Although there is always more to learn and grow with every book you write and publish, your tribe will find you, and they will be incredibly supportive.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my readers, thank you for taking a chance on a new budding author! I hope you enjoy the new stories and characters that have been living in my head over the last year!

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Author A.M. Wade #interview

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Hi! I live in Boston and am an extreme sports fanatic! I love skydiving and am working to be able to jump on my own. I love rock and punk rock music and have attended more concerts than I can possible remember.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have not always wanted to be an author, although I have always enjoyed creating stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

This is going to sound silly, but my current book Dirty Laundry, is about two rock bands. Although the characters and situations are completely fictional, I found a lot of inspiration from bands like Green Day and lead singers like Billie Joe Armstrong.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a four book series I am very excited about, called Risky Games, which is a reverse harem PNR about our heroine stopping the four horsemen of the apocolypse.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not too many quirks while writing, except for stopping to research random facts and hitting up my BETAs about sexy scenes. Is it hot enough? Is it too hot? Is that even possible?

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that people enjoy reading my stories and that my stories continue to bring the heat.

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

My advice is to read a lot, write what you love and seek out like minded individuals. There are so many supportive people out there, don’t let yourself get bogged down by those who think your stories aren’t their cup of tea. But DO always strive to learn from your mistakes and use them as a platform to get better.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love to know what characters my readers love, and how they picture them. That is so fun for me.

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Author Belle Harper #interview

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Well, I’m Belle Harper. And I live in a little semi-rural town about an hour from Melbourne, Australia. I love mint chocolate, all types of office supplies. I’m married and have three children.

Have you always wanted to become an author?


Yes, for as long as I could remember I would be reading, making plays for my sisters to act in or just telling my parents made up stories and entertaining them. When I was 12, I told my parents I wanted to be an author and that stayed with me into my teens. But I never knew how to go about it, so the dream died and I went into aged care nursing. Which was a job I loved, but not my dream.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?


My current series out is Brides of the Aashi. I just fell in love with Alien romance back in 2017 when I first read a Ruby Dixon book. And I slowly built my Alien world and all the worlds around them over about a six month period. It was a lot of fun, but I gave my Aliens a little twist, most books have Alpha males. And in the Aashi world they are not, it’s a female run world.

What are you working on now?


I’m currently working on a paranormal series. Book one is Twice Bitten and will be out March. (April the latest.) It is Young Adult/ New Adult. With Shifters and Vampires as her love interests.

Do you have any quirks while working?


Mmm… haha. I eat chocolate when im editing. Every chapter I edit I give myself 5 M&M’s. I have now started writing “The End” at the start of all my manuscripts. Then as I am typing I’m chasing the end. Because there is no better feeling than a finished book.

What are your hopes for the future?


I hope that readers still enjoy my books and I will continue to produce stories. I have great support from my husband and kids. I’m a full time author, and this is my dream job.

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


Join all the craft and author FB groups you can. Books, podcasts, YouTube videos. I go to the supermarket and listen to the Self publishing show every Friday. So its easy to learn new skills when there is so many authors sharing knowledge… I love learning.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


My amazing readers and followers. I love you all. You always have your pom poms out when I am writing or when I release a new book. I wouldn’t be here without you all, so thank you all for taking a chance on me. It keeps me going, and wanting to better myself as a writer.

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Author Josslyn Leach #interview

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I’m Josslyn Leach I am a mother to two amazing little monsters, and a fur baby. I’m also married to a wonderful, sexy, annoying asshat. Don’t worry I really do love him. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Utah. I grew up helping my grandparents on a farm, running wild on our family mountain property and camping and going on adventures with my other grandparents. Aside from that it all gave me my love for adventures, camping and exploring new places. Adding fuel to my imagination and writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No but its always been apart of my life. I have a natural talent for coming up with stories mixed with a wild imagination. I actually wanted to become a great deal of other things but when I had my first heart surgery and was on bedrest for a month, I decided to write story. Nothing to crazy but just for fun my daughter helped me pick out what we’d right about and what the main fmc would look like. That was it…… after that I knew that it was part of my destiny to write stories. Write about the crazy dreams I have or the daydreams I come up with. And I don’t regret a thing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current story is a many rewrite and figuring out how I wanted the story my daughter help start many years ago. The current version is basically a full rewrite with a few of the characters names and looks placed into a setting about a Goddess instead of the original idea of a wolf who finds a necklace and becomes a savior of her world. (Don’t worry I’ll be using that idea for something later. These characters just decided it wasn’t for them.)

What are you working on now?

I am working on three projects Unknown Destiny coming out July 2020 (Sorry everyone I needed a bit more time to perfect it.)

A secret co-write with Clover Payne. The release date is still undecided.

And last but certainly not least A Cupids Salvation coming 2020.

Do you have any quirks when writing?

Well when I start writing out my story, I write it out fully or mostly with a paper and pencil. I then type it up adding more details and repeat the process several times.

What are your hopes for the future?

I think my goals are like many authors goal being able to fully support myself with my books and able to write all the time.

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

First- Find yourself an amazing pa. believe me they help, so much even if they are just reminding you to eat, got to sleep, and that you can do this.

Secondly- Start saving so you can pay for editing, covers. (these are the most important things needed for your book.)

Third- Don’t give up even if you have no support, not sure who will want to read your story or just unsure about everything. Keep going I promise you there is one person waiting to read your story and that one person can grow into more, and more. You’ve got this we’ve all been there and are still going through it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Yes, I want to thank you all for your support and patience. You all keep me going and inspire me to write more. I love you all, I am so thankful that you picked me even when I didn’t have much to share.

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Author Elyssa Dawn #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, I’m the mother of two crazy fun boys who like to keep me on my toes. Married my best friend about 10 years ago. We met online, actually, because of a book series! 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to do something with books. It’s always been my passion. I used to spend the entire summer at the library pouring over the books. I’d take home the allotted 10 at a time and be back for more before the week was over. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Another author friend wanted to do a shared villain theme, and I immediately thought of Hook. My love for the pirate only grew with the show Once Upon A Time and Disney Descendants—yes I love Disney, I can’t help it! I wanted to twist it up a little and have it be about his descendants. I threw in quite a few things from the original, only with a slight variation. I’m excited to see what people think or if they pick up on those additions.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m picking my NaNo project back up and completely re-working it. I found an amazing developmental editor who is able to see my characters and their personalities, and I can’t wait to work through what I have of it! I’m also sliding back into a co-write that my other author friend and I planned almost two years ago. Life got in the way for us both, but we’ve got a planning session scheduled at the end of the month and I’m so excited!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm, well I actually sit with headphones on but I don’t actually listen to anything. It distracts me when I’m writing. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to publish stories people are excited to read. I want to continue to develop my craft and grow as an author.

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

Just get the words out. You can’t edit or fix words that you don’t have.

Don’t set a publish date until you’re almost completely done.

Find your tribe. That group of people who encourage you and make you want to do more. 

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

I hope you enjoy my first adventure into this world! Many more adventures from this fun group of characters will be coming. So stay tuned on my social media for any updates!



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Author Janie Marie #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Texas with my husband, three children, and our pets. I’m addicted to Dr Pepper and bad boys with pretty eyes.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Absolutely not. I was the girl who hated reading, and I nearly failed Senior English because I had anxiety about learning how to write. It’s honestly a long story about how I started to write, but I’ll just say it was a way for me to grieve the death of my best friend who told me to share my life with others.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Nearly everything I write is inspired by my personal experiences, my love for mythology and fairy tales.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m preparing Jane’s Team: A Gods & Monsters Bizarro Universe. It’s a high school reverse harem that happens to also be an alternate reality for my Gods & Monsters characters.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

My husband says I yell more than usual. He’s lying, obviously.

What are your hopes for the future?

Only to build onto the worlds I’ve created. I’d love to see how far I can go with them. A tv series would be a dream come true.

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

Never let anyone tell you that you have to change something you don’t want to. Yes, it may be what people think they want, but I think it’s more about what we as authors know our characters want that makes great writing. Plus, you can’t please everyone—someone is always going to be there to hate on your work. You might as well be happy with it because the person telling you to change will not be there in the future.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for all the support through the years. You’ve watched me through some dark moments, and you’ve stuck by me when I was ready to give it all up. You’re goddesses and warriors. I adore you. But, sorry, Ryder, David, Luc, and Tercero are mine. Haha

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Sara Gonzalez PA #interview

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Well, my name is Sara. I’m a Mom of three grown children, I’m and Author and a PA. My first published work was almost fourteen years ago. With more to come.
I’ve been a PA for almost a year.

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

Never even considered it until I had been hanging in a group of an Author i had come to respect. I had always had fun and then the opportunity came about and here I am.

What do you do as a PA?

These things vary, but schedules, editing, events, brainstorming, all aspects of admin. But also can’t leave out that we have an amazing admin team that helps as well and couldn’t imagine this job with out them.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m sure I do but nothing that stands out. Mostly certain things being done certain way. But again as a team we do this together.

What are your hopes for the future?

To see that my Author successfully succeeds as my Author will do the same for me. We all write and we all support each other. Its amazing!

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Insist on an open communication with your Authors. No lies no hold backs. A PA can not truly do their job well if their Author is not forthcoming with information needed and promptly. Create a bond, a good friendship even.

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

No, I’m committed to my work where I am. Totally booked. Two many hands in the pot creates a chaos not needed.