Author Mercy DeSimone #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author

Mercy DeSimone

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hmmm…. what would someone really want to know? I’m from the East Coast of the US.
As a kid, I lived for my weekly allowance when I was able to go to the bookstore and buy a brand new book.
The name on my Starbucks card is Caffeinista and I like drinks that have 5 shots of espresso. I’m a foodie and have a Pinterest board dedicated to Food Porn and Budget Wines for Wine Snobs. My pen name is derived from 2 of my cats – Mercy and Simon. In my former career I traveled extensively for business. Consequently, I’ve visited at least 44 of the 50 contiguous United States.
I’m a bit of a chameleon and I’m constantly trying to reinvent myself. And in the private sector I run a high end salon and have been nicknamed “spellcheck”. Oh, and I have a passion for music and can usually be tracked by my incessant humming.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I don’t consider myself an author so much as a storyteller. In my previous career I spent much of my time as a verbal storyteller. I have no fear of public speaking. I had joked for years with people about writing a book just about the ridiculous things that have happened to me during the course of my life and careers. In my senior year of high school I took four English classes to avoid having to take Chemistry. Despite all of that, I think I was as surprised as everyone when I sat down one day and actually put words on paper, and then kept adding more.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My first book was a crime of opportunity. Chloe Gunter and I met when we acting as betas for a new author. She wrote a one chapter short that she shared with a few of us from a funny RHRA thread, and I wrote a follow up chapter as a joke to continue
the story. I really expected someone else to pick up the next chapter after mine. Instead, Chloe demanded that I write the book with her and I agreed to try it as an experiment. As someone who used to travel a lot on business, I had a special affinity for our MC, Katie, and the lifestyle of a woman who lives for her work and has to navigate the games of the corporate world.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently in the midst of writing a sci-fi RH story which is taking me longer than anticipated. Normally I’m more of a pantser… but I’m feeling compelled to really outline a story that depends heavily on world-building. And sometimes it’s difficult
to find time to write while juggling a demanding full-time job. But if all goes as planned, this will be a three book arc, with the first book dropping this Spring. I’ve reserved a table at PennedCon for 2020 so the pressure is on to be ready and finish
all three books by then.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

There must be music when I write. My life has a soundtrack: in the car, at work, at home, there is always music. It heavily influences my mood. I prefer to write on my MacBook and I usually start off with coffee to get the ideas flowing. I’m really trying
to learn how to become more disciplined at getting the work flowing in a way that I’m more consistent and productive with my writing time. Some people create mood boards for their stories – I write playlists. In fact, I’ve been known to write playlists for
other writer’s books as well.
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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to turn out stories that I’m proud of, and that people enjoy reading. My biggest goal right now is to finally meet in person my inner circle of writer friends. And I really want to hold a formal print version of a book I’ve written in my hands
and smell the pages.

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

1. If you have the opportunity, beta for another writer first. It will give you an inside peek at the process and help you understand what it takes from not just the writing side, but the business and marketing side as well. Be sure to be respectful and
bring value. Which brings us to…
2. Find mentors. I’ve been blessed to have amazing mentors, who incidentally were writers I beta’d for. ‘K’ was a new writer who is now a true rising star. ‘A’ was an established writer who I harassed until she let me on her team. I now get to alpha
and beta for people I admire and in turn, I get advice and a master class on writing.
3. Find your tribe! You must have a support group. My immediate tribe consists of other betas and writers at different stages of the process. Some are truly on the fast track and some are building slowly, but everyone is incredibly supportive with ideas,
advice, technical info. And the craziest part is that most of us are purely virtual friends and have never met in person. The bulk of our interactions occur through Messenger or Discord. But we hope to remedy that very soon.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Keep reading! Anything and everything. Reading has always been one of the greatest pleasures of my life and if there’s anything that thrills me, it’s watching people fall down the rabbit hole of a great story, whether it’s mine or someone else’s.
And to the amazing readers who follow my group, thanks for hanging out with me! I hope my words give you even a fraction of the thrill I feel reading stories by my favorite authors. Remember, we’re all stories in the end…

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Authors Jade Oliver #interview

Please give a warm welcome to authors Jade Oliver

Tell us a bit about yourself

Kendall Oliver is the Oliver of Jade Oliver. She is a southern transplant from a young age and refuses to live where it gets too cold. She’s married to her “it’s never too late for a happily ever after” husband. They have a preteen and little that are affectionately called her little monsters, though usually, it’s just in her head.

Jade Ryan is the Jade of Jade Oliver. She is southern born and currently missing her roots while living where it stays too cold. She has a loving husband of many years and two teenagers that test Momma’s patience but can do no wrong. An avid reader and supporter of all things books.

Have you always wanted to become authors?

Kendall: I have, though I never imagined it would actually happen. Publishing a book has been on my bucket list since I made my first construction paper covered book in kindergarten. My life has always been a world filled with words and I would not be me without all the worlds I’ve journeyed to through books. And now, I’m immeasurably grateful I am able, with Jade, to create worlds for others to find their own journey through.

Jade: Actually, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, which I am. I used to make up stories, even entered some contests as an elementary student, but the writing was always second to playing teacher with my younger brother. However, when I started writing academic papers for my BA and MA degrees, I loved it. I loved the development of the paper, the research, the creation process, even the editing (to a certain degree! LOL). I’m really glad I found Kendall because it allows me to do both!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Our first series, The Heart of Andros, was born of us sitting around bouncing ideas one day while we were deciding if we were actually going to write. We wanted to try new things and push preconceived ideas of a reverse harem. We knew that no matter what, we both wanted a female with an intellectual but nontraditional job. We knew we wanted something research-based and we went from marine biology to cultural anthropology after researching the rich cultural heritage on Andros that we could pull from. We super spiraled from there into a super complex and twisty plot outline. You’ll see more of the heavy action-based and more traditional storyline in the next book but we wanted the first book to be a love story. The first book is how they fell in love and how their story started. We attempted to blend genres in a way that allowed for a more traditional love story in a reverse harem w/other sub-genre elements too.

Our current project was inspired by a cover made by Nichole Withholder of Rainy Day Artwork!

What are you working on now?

We were hard at work on the second book with Adair and her haram in Andros. But it was coming together a bit slower than we anticipated due to some unfortunate life events. Although we managed to complete book one under some tough circumstances too this one has been a challenge and it’s not coming organically. Since we want to make it the best it can be and do the story justice we are taking a break for now.

We did take some time out to do a short story for the My Bloodiest Valentine anthology. The title of it is The Heart of an Assassin, which is also set in Andros, but you meet new characters that you’ll definitely see again.

We also wrote a short for Luck Between the Sheets Lucky Shot. These are all new characters and it’s a super spicy shot of yum and fun. Light-hearted and also characters we hope to bring back in the future.

Our current project is a secret. We will make an announcement in our group soon.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

So Kendall has to have a clear picture in her head while Jade can just sit down and let it flow. We’ve always talked before we start so that helps. Kendall listens to music and writes better late at night or at really random times. Jade generally just writes. Where and whenever. LOL.

What are your hopes for the future?

We hope we improve as writers and that we are able to continue to bring everyone the stories of our hearts. We love that people read and get what we’re saying. It’s a feeling that can’t be described when someone says something about a character or that characters anything and you know they understood your words. Even if it’s only one person, it makes it all worth it.

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

Go for it! Even if your first attempt isn’t popular or you see after where you made mistakes, still do it! You never know what may happen.

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thanks to everyone that has always supported us – publicly and privately. It means so much to know who the truly good ones are and we love you! Thanks for all our readers that have been patient the last few months as life kicked our ass.

Book links

The Heart of Andros (Andros Island Book 1)

Lucky Between the Sheets: Lucky Shot

“My Bloodiest Valentine” featuring the short story “The Heart of An Assassin”

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