Author Jeanette Lynn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jeanette Lynn

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live with my Incredible Hunk of a Neanderthal with our fur babies and Small Human Child. I am at the beck and call of a Hobbit doggo and eccentric terrier mix that acts more like a cat and basically owns my buns. I enjoy artsy fartsy anything, corny b horror movies, the cornier the better, good tunes, and writing quirky but relatable characters in out of this world stories.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. And I can’t say I’d considered it as a child or early adulthood. It wasn’t even on my radar. I’ve always loved to read, and sort of made up my own stories in my head, or changed them if I was disappointed in something in one, but my first love has always been art. I supposed I should have figured I’d lean towards writing. I didn’t see it myself, but talking with my sisters, a few of them have said they could totally see it. I was a Barbie girl, lol, and I lived in my own little Barbie world. Barbie dated G.I. Joes and New Kids On the Block dolls(Sorry, Ken!) and lived in her ginormous plastic beach house with a giant pink and orange plastic dinosaur instead of a dog, with a few Ewoks for roommates. I made up wild stories for the whole gang and spent hours setting the stage and playing it all out. If one of my sisters happened upon me working all this out, I’d prattle on about it for as long as they were willing to stand there while I chattered. I actually took the plunge in part because of something one of my siblings said while we were talking. I’d said something like, “Maybe I should try it,” jokingly, during a convo, about writing a book, (we’d been talking books, recent reads, likes, dislikes) and they made a comment, something like, “You could do it. You should try it. I’d read it.” I mean, hey, they’d offered, right? Eventually I did, they read it, they said they loved it, then asked when I’d be writing the next book, and that’s kinda how Stellar Proportions came about.

So I’ll just slip in a thank you for my big seesters here, my Valkyrie, for always being my biggest supporters and encouraging their not-so-pixie-sized-anymore baby sister to do the things.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I work on several series/books at once, but my most current series releases are set in Mordenne, Tales of Mordenne series and Brides of Mordenne. The series intertwine. Tales is Monster Romance with heart and a pinch of horror, PNR Fantasy, and Brides of Mordenne is monster matchmaking mayhem, Cyclops, Werewolves, Trolls, Men of the Marsh, finding their Happily Ever Afters. I was inspired to write them because of my love of monsters. Monster everything, I love it. Frankenstein, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, Swamp Thing, Big Foot, Yetis, folktales, mythology, I love it all. Those poor fellas never get the girl, though, right? And it was like, but what if they did? And what if their lady loves were curvy gals?

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on The Princess & The Ogre, the third book in Tales of Mordenne. Morgan and Theseus are finally going to hash this whole reluctant dragon princess thing out once and for all.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I like to listen to music more often than not. It’s not uncommon for me to make a playlist of songs that stick with me while I’m writing a book.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future would be to keep doing this words makin’ thing. I love writing, pulling the story together, sorting it all out in my head to get it down as I see it, watching it slowly turn into a book. It’s fun. I’d like to be able to make enough as an author to be considered a livable income.

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

Write.
Uhm, I’m horrible with advice. It’s like my brain stalls and smoke starts to slowly eep from my ears. Is that burnt toast? Why do I smell burnt toast?
From personal experience, I’d say keep writing, working for it, improving. There’s always room for improvement. Aim to write a series. Newsletters are important. See what’s out there, what works for you and what doesn’t, what you’d like to see done differently? I wanted more quirky reads with relatable, if oddball, characters, with romance and heart, and that’s what I set out to write starting all of this.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hello, podly peeps! Thank you for being freaking awesome and supportive, all around fantastic human beings. You rock. You make my weird little heart happy. Y’all make all of this possible and I’ll forever be grateful for that.

Author Aria Winter #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Aria Winter

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello! I live near Fort Worth, TX with my husband, 2 cats and 1 dog. In addition to reading and writing, I love biking, travel, and sitting on the deck drinking coffee or tea when it rains.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I love writing, but the idea of becoming an author always seemed like such a faraway dream. My husband was the one who encouraged me to publish. At first, I was full of so much self-doubt, it seemed impossible. But he and one of my sisters kept encouraging me until I caved and finally decided to go for it.

My husband learned how to do all the “behind the scenes” stuff so that I can focus on writing. He’s been so supportive, it’s amazing. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably still be writing fanfiction for myself.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The one I’m working on now is a cowrite with Jessica Grayson. It’s a fairy tale retelling series. With the crazy state of the world today, I’ve found myself drawn to fairy tales as an escape. Especially Disney movie fairy tales. So, we decided to do a series of retellings based on our favorites.

I love fairy tales, but I also love steam in my books. So, we decided to combine the two. Our fairy tales are full of love, have plenty of steam and smexy times as well as plenty of interesting twists to keep the readers guessing. We loosely follows the fairy tales, but we also wanted to make sure they could stand on their own instead of just being a rehashing of what’s already out there.

Our first one is already out on Amazon KU. It’s a Dragon Shifter Beauty and the Beast Retelling called “Taken by the Dragon.” I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with those characters while writing their story. They have a cameo in the 2nd book in the series “Captivated by the Fae: A Cinderella Retelling” that I think readers will really enjoy. 😊

What are you working on now?

I’m working on “Bound to the Elf Prince: A Snow White Retelling” with Jessica Grayson. I love Elvish Romance and I’m really enjoying fleshing out this world.

Each of the fairy tales are all in a shared world and loosely connected to each other. Characters from each story make cameos in the other books. I really love how it’s all tying together.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a different song that I choose as a theme song for each book. I write about 20k words/day. If I get stuck on one project, I switch to another so I can get my word count in. So, the theme song helps get me back in the head of the characters and also helps me really immerse myself in that particular world before I dive back in and start writing in it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I have a million stories in my head and I want to get them all out into the world as quickly as possible. I love writing and immersing myself in other worlds. I wake up each morning excited to begin and I can’t wait to share all these stories that I have in my head with my readers.

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

I know it’s hard, but do your best to silence the voice in your head trying to convince you that you cannot do this.

Jessica Grayson shared a quote with me that helped her with her writing process. It really inspired me as well. “I’m writing a rough draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”   

That is such a powerful quote. It’s also the reason I’m able to write as quickly as I can. It really helps silence my inner critic when I’m writing a rough draft so that I can produce it that much faster.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. It means so much to me when someone messages me about how much they loved a particular story and/or the characters. These books are really close to my heart and I love knowing that people enjoy them as much as I love writing them. 😊

Terrifying Love: A Halloween Anthology

Happy release day ladies ❤

Enter the world of terror and chills as our amazing authors featured in this multi-genre anthology bring you stories like never before. A mix of tales that will put you on the edge of your seat, keep you guessing, and wish the things of your nightmares had stayed in your sleep. Each story takes a unique spin on the fear in our hearts as the characters push for their happy ever after, even amidst some of their greatest trials. Will they overcome their obstacles, or will the things that go bump in the night be too much? This collection is full of never-before-seen tales of romance that will make you fall in love and terrify you at the same time. Get ready for a glimpse of the darkness and things of shadows as these authors show you that sometimes the dark can make your dreams come true.

Featuring stories

Bringing Home by Serena Nova
His Dancer by Isobella Dunn
La Siguanaba by Everly Taylor
Reflections of the Past by Melody Calder
Runes and Fangs by Victoria Larque
Bloody Money by Annelie Janssen
A Patio and a Spade by Ada Rossi
Poems by Helle Gade