Author Charity Parkerson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Charity Parkerson

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Charity Parkerson and I’m best known for my MM romances. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve written over 200 books. It’s my addiction.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write, but like most people, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I just started writing one day and never stopped.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Since I’m currently working on the 15th book in my Sugar Daddies series, I honestly can’t recall what inspired me to write the first one.

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What are you working on now?

I have two books going at the same time: Sugar Enforcer and Salty Baby.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like for it to be completely quiet. It’s possible I get distracted easily, lol.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to see my books become a movie. That’s my dream.

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

This is a business. You have to treat it like one or you’ll easily get lost in the sea of books available. If you love writing, take it seriously.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I love you all SO much! You’re the reason I’m allowed to keep doing what I love every day. Thank you.

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Sugar Sentry

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Author Arizona Tape #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Arizona Tape

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Ari, I live in the UK with my girlfriend, and I’m heading towards my mid-twenties. I spend most of my time working on my author business, but between those, I like taking video game breaks, whipping up some tasty food, and binge-watching whatever has
caught my attention.

A couple of fun facts that people might not know about me:

– I like drawing and painting

– I can play the piano and harp

– I love singing, even if it makes all the cats sing along

– I adore manga, anime, and anything Japanese. I’m dreaming of visiting Japan.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

My love affair with authordom has been a slow one.
The one thing I’ve been doing my whole life is telling stories. As a child, that would be in the form of drawing little stick figures with text balloons, I wrote a couple of stories here and there throughout school,
and I made up stories in my head all the time.

It wasn’t until my grey years hit in college that I started using my writing as an outlet to channel my feelings. Often, I wouldn’t understand what I was going through until I could look at it through the eyes of my characters. It took me another year or
two before I realised I could turn these stories into real books and try my hand at a career. As if bitten by the bookbug, I became obsessed overnight.

I published my first book, The Love Pill, started working on the next one, and about twenty books and two years later, here I am.

The Love Pill

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Not Today is based on my own experiences as a student in the rainbow world. I was a very active member of my student club and enjoyed all type of shenanigans that come with that. There were so many highs and memories I fondly remember, but overall, it was quite a dark time for myself emotionally. Almost all my friends were either depressed, suicidal, or had lots of issues they hadn’t processed yet. I was no different.

Years after the fact, I’m much more stable, but lots of young people out there aren’t. The aim for this particular book/series is to tell a tale that’ll resonate with them. To maybe spark some hope that it does get better?

And of course, for those after their student life, for a fond look back.

Not Today

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Valkyrie 101, an Urban Fantasy Academy series that explores elementals as guides for human souls to the afterlife. Ylva, my main characters, is training to become a Valkyrie and help the departed reach their desired destination.
In her case, Valhalla.

But there are many other types of Afterlife Assistants, and each of them have their own rituals, courses, and a different afterlife to serve. Purgatory, the World of Darkness, the Underworld, … It’s going to be an exciting ride with a lot of mythology,
an apocalypse, and a forbidden lesbian romance.

Valkyrie 101

Do you have any quirks while writing?

To really get in the writing zone, I like to put the same song on endless repeat and just hammer away at my keyboard with the same tunes blaring for hours on end. Next to that, I find it hard to write when someone else has view of my screen. I like my laptop
a little turned away.

I guess it’s my own version of the writing cave.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I never run out of stories to write. My imagination is my greatest asset and I hope it’s a well that never runs dry. I want to keep fantasising, I want to keep making up characters, and I want to take people on a journey they’ve never been on before.

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

The threshold to become an author is really low, but the threshold to real success is incredibly high. I think that’s one of the things that people might not know when they start out.

It’s easy to start and easy to think you’ve made it when you hit publish on your first book. But if you’re looking for a steady stream of income, if you’re looking to make this a career that can sustain you, it’s a long and hard climb. Only hard work will
get you to the top and keep you there. There are no short cuts, no matter what anyone says.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. Without the support of my readers, I would never be where I am now. I have an incredibly supportive group of close readers and authors that mean the world to me. They’re the unicorns of the publishing world, the gold at the end of the rainbow,
and what makes being an author a worthwhile use of my time.

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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi #AmReading @hans_hirschi

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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Willem of the Tafel by

Hans M. Hirschi

Published by

Beaten Track Publishing

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult

194 pages

Release Date: May 28, 2015

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The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.

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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.

A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.

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The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize!

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Meet Author Tracy James Jones #AmReading @Hatchiekid

I’m delighted to introduce you to my wonderful friend Tracy.

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Bio: Tracy James Jones is a novelist, blogger, book reviewer, former actor & artist in Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas. In terms of genre, Jones writes interracial/multicultural romantic drama with an LGBT twist. Literary portfolio includes four novels, two original screenplay projects, and a collection of short stories. Her work has been featured on various online sites, including the Huffington Post & as teacher support material for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Her extended social media networks include a blog, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Muck Rack, Pinterest & Twitter.

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– What genre do you write?

Multicultural romantic drama with an LGBT twist.

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– Have you always wanted to be an author?

Not until high school.  I actually wanted to be a professional singer or actor. I juggled all three for a few years, but I found my happy place with writing.

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– Tell me 3 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

  1. I’m a complication of emotions. I suppose that helps with my writing. I’m also easy going, but true to my zodiac sign, I can be a fierce lioness when I need to be.

 

  1. Raised as an only child, most people assume that I was spoiled.   My mother wouldn’t allow it.  Over the years, I spoiled myself too much. Now that I am older, I think I do have that personality.

 

  1. I’m an introverted person who totally enjoys being that way. It takes a lot of courage for me to step out of my safety zone and into the public realm.  Being somewhat shy too doesn’t help me at all.

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Tell me about your books.

“Secrets & Lies”

~ A Different Kind of Love Story ~

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(Multicultural Romantic Drama)

 

“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…

Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”

 

“Secrets & Lies” is a provocative, uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters in a small Texas town.  At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman of color who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever.

Link: http://amzn.com/B005G5L36O

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 “Torn: Sixty days of Calaboose

~ A Fictional Memoir ~

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(Contemporary Psychological LGBT Drama)

Warning: Adult language, mild sexual situations.

“It is said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste…

For some, it is also a very terrifying thing to lose…”

 

Unjustly accused of a crime, a sensitive, feminine male struggles to keep his sanity while incarcerated in a small town jail inhabited by a variety of unpredictable strangers.

Link: http://amzn.com/B007WZHX4W

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The Crush”

 (Flash Fiction)

(Huffington Post & IBO Teacher Support Material)

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For Adults this is a little reminder of how innocent love can be and how long it can last. For Young Adults it is undeniable proof that emotionally, grown-ups were once exactly like them.

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Blog: https://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/the-crush-short-story/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/275214

Blog: “Let’s Talk About Book’s”– is a public forum used to showcase, promote, and support Independent & Traditional Literary Entertainment.

 Books/Events:

  • 1st Local Book Signing Event – “No Tears For A Hero” – 1995
  • 1st National Book Signing Tour – “Searching For Eden” – 2003
  • Local Author Appreciation Event – N. P. Sims Library – 2003
  • Guest Speaker – Italy High School Creative Writing Class – 2004
  • Writer’s League of Texas Member – Since 2007
  • “Secret & Lies” – Novel – 2011
  • “Secret & Lies 2 – A Family Affair” – Novella – 2012
  • “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park” – Novel/Screenplay – 2012
  • “The Crush” – Short-Short Story (flash Fiction) – 2013
  • “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose” – Novel – 2014
  • Book Signing – Oak Lawn Library – June 2015
  • Guest Speaker – Book & Brews Lecture Series – December 2015

Other Acclaim:

  • Guest Judge for the 2013-15 RONE` (Romance Novel) Awards (Las Vegas)
  • Featured in the 2013-15 Indie-Vengeance Day Author Event (Dallas)
  • Guest Judge for the 2014 HuffPost50/AARP Memoir Contest
  • Guest Judge for the 2014-15 Rainbow Books Awards
  • Featured Author in the Transcending Gender Project