Author Bo Reid #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Bo Reid

Tell us a bit about yourself

Well I’m 25, a mom to one little monster, and a wife. I was born and raised in California and we still live in the same small county we were born in. I have two dogs, who are my office assistants, which basically means they sleep under my feet while I write. Ha

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Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Not at all, it actually wasn’t even on my radar as a thing I could do. I have always been a huge reader, and my husband sarcastically said I should “Write a book or something” cause of how my I enjoy reading. I told him just because someone likes to read doesn’t mean they could be a writer, que major eye rolling. My mom has always encouraged my “overactive imagination” as she calls it. I was always making up stories and worlds when I was little, and even made my family refer to me as Pocahontas for a good week or so when I was little. A good friend of mine encouraged me to start a blog or something for over a year just cause my stories are funny, and I’m a snarky asshole that says funny things. All this added into me starting to sarcastically write a book to prove to my husband I couldn’t in fact do it. That didn’t work out and here we are.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

MURDER! Just kidding, kind of. I have always been obsessed with true crime and I’m constantly reading about cases, listening to podcasts and I even used to want to be an FBI profiler. When I sat down to write my first words on a page the crime and murder just flowed. It seemed like the most natural thing for me to be able to write about, and I’ve found I can’t actually finish anything if I can’t find a way to add murder.

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I have about a million projects in different stages of being finished, anywhere from 500-50,000+ words in any given doc. But I’m actively working on finishing The Reapers series, Betrayal book one is out. Deception book two is with the betas. Bloodlines book three I just finished rough edits and my alpha has it. And Redemption the final is a Work in Progress.

Broken Hart, book one in The Hart Duet is also with the beta and comes out in July, up for pre order now. Wild Hart, the second book in that duet is a WIP right now.

Other than that, I basically just have 2020 releases mapped out, but not working on them. I have a handful of surprises up my bloody sleeves as well for the end of this year.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I wouldn’t say I have any quirks; I listen to music but not always depends on my mood. I don’t have a certain drink I need to have, or anything like that.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly? I feel like I’m already living in a dream world, Betrayal has done better than I ever dreamed it would. I guess my only hope is to keep writing, keep putting books into the world for my readers. Maybe someday be able to do author signing events and things like that I think would be amazing.

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

I self-published so I guess I’d just say that doing that is easier than you probably think it is to do. Start building your reader group, and social media pages, and connecting with other authors before you even publish your first thing. Trust me having a small base of people that are excited for your first book will help you take off. and make author friends! Indie authors are an amazing bunch of people willing to help you out with questions you might have, advice, and just all-around being cheerleaders when you need a boost. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my author wifeys.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Just thank you guys so much for being around, for grabbing a copy of my book and falling in love with the characters as much as I did while writing them. Thank you for being a part of The Graveyard (my reader group) and sticking around through all the crazy! I wouldn’t be able to do this stuff without you guys; I really appreciate each and every single one of you!

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Author Darcia Helle #interview @DarciaHelle

Please give a warm welcome to author Darcia Helle

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Of all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, this is always the one that gives me pause. Why do I feel an uncomfortable, awkward twinge when I try to formulate a response? Help!

Part of me wants to give a silly dating site sort of answer: I love long walks on the beach, candlelight, and men who wash dishes. (All true!)

But, in all seriousness, I’m a total introvert, which is, in part, why I find this question difficult. I’m a thinker and a great listener, but I don’t talk about myself all that much.

Some things that make up the person I am: I’m fascinated by human nature, psychology, and madness. I have three dogs, one cat, all rescues, and all spoiled beyond reason. Each day is a battle against giving in to chronic health problems, most stemming from late-stage Lyme disease. Writing, reading, my furkids, my supportive husband, my family, and each and every reader who connects with me in some way keep me moving forward, one small step at a time.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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Oddly, becoming an author was never a career consideration. In my younger years, I didn’t even realize that what I did was different from what other people did in their spare time. I’ve always written. As soon as I was able to put sentences together, I wrote stories. As a child, I’d sit with a pencil and stapler for hours. I’d transcribe the stories in my head onto the pages, make a title page, and then staple it all together. In my teen years, I wrote a ton of dark poetry. Then I moved on to essays and short stories. Later, I wrote a lot of health-related articles for early websites. And, finally, I found myself writing a novel because it was the only way to stop the noise in my head.

I was always an author, though I didn’t realize it.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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This past February, I published OUT OF THE DARKNESS, which is the second Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI novel. This is a series that wasn’t supposed to be a series. The first book, INTO THE LIGHT, was published several years ago and was meant to be a stand-alone. But my mind is odd, untamed, and undisciplined. Ideas randomly pop into my head, demanding attention, and that’s what happened in this instance.

One day, I was doing something completely unrelated to Joe Cavelli’s character and the subject of ghosts, when for no reason I can discern, I thought: Out of the Darkness! It was like a public broadcasting announcement in my head, loud and determined. Gus’s character immediately followed, as if he was shouting, “Here I am! I have stuff to say! Pay attention!”

I paid attention. Really, I have no choice in these matters. And so Joe Cavelli had to go back to work, like it or not.

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What are you working on now?

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As I explained, I don’t have control of these things. I wanted to write the next Joe Cavelli novel. I even wrote the opening page—before I was rudely interrupted. A different set of characters knocked Joe aside because, apparently, their story is more important. And so I’m writing a stand-alone psychological suspense novel. I have to admit I’m intrigued by this one.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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I’m a hodgepodge of quirks held together under a façade of normalcy. With regards to writing specifically, I have two quirks. Before I sit down to write, I have to brush my teeth. It’s weird, I know, which is why it’s called a quirk. I can drink tea while writing, but I can’t have any sort of aftertaste in my mouth from something I ate or drank earlier. A sensory thing? I don’t have a clue.

My other quirk isn’t as weird. In fact, I think it’s true of many writers. I do some of my best creating in the shower. That’s often where I figure out plot trajectory, get to know more about my characters, come up with plot twists, and have random ideas for new stories. I’ve considered buying markers to use on my glass shower doors, but for now I just keep pen and paper nearby.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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World peace. Barring that, inner peace. And a movie deal. But mostly peace.

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

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New writers today have an array of options and far more control than in the past. I think what many authors don’t realize is that, regardless of whether you sign with a major publisher, a small publisher, or you self-publish, it’s a whole lot of work. The writing is, for most of us, the easy part. The challenge comes with navigating the business of writing, whether it be working with an editor, graphic design, promotion, or marketing. I recently took a course to learn how to properly use Instagram as an author. That’s not something you find in a college curriculum, and yet it’s just one important aspect of navigating the world as an author.

Given all this, my advice would be to study the things that don’t come naturally. You can write a fantastic novel, but it won’t matter if you don’t know how to sell it.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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Thank you! I write the stories, but readers give them life. I am continually honored and humbled by the fact that, of all the books out there, someone chooses to spend time reading one of mine.

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Author Steffanie Holmes #interview & #review

Please give a warm welcome to author Steffanie Holmes

Tell us a bit about yourself

My real name is Steff Green, and I’m a 30-something writer living in New Zealand. My husband and I built our own home on a slice of rural paradise, and we currently live there with our horde of cats and our medieval sword collection.

When I’m not writing, I love to travel, tear up the mosh pit at a metal show, and brew my own wine and mead.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much! I was going to be a writer and an archaeologist from the age of about 7. I went to university to study archaeology, and even participated in digs and conservation work all over New Zealand, but because of my eyesight (I’m legally-blind) I couldn’t convince anyone to hire me. I turned to writing instead.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Books! I love all things books, so it’s been so much fun incorporating that into the Nevermore Bookshop series. My husband and I visited this beautiful old bookshop in York in England last time we were there that we still talk about, and I always thought it would be a great setting for a series. I’ve been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately and watching a lot of Midsomer Murders. And I kept seeing people talking about their “book boyfriends” online and decided it would be super fun to create a harem of book boyfriends and what it would be like if they came to life. Add a dash of Black Books-esque humour and you have the Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries!

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished the first draft of book 2 in the Nevermore Bookshop series, OF MICE AND MURDER. After that’s been edited, I’ll be starting book 3, which is themed around Jane Austen, and I can’t wait!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Because of my eyesight, I write with my screen contrast reversed – so black background with white letters.

What are your hopes for the future?

Selling millions of books, travel the world, learn how to pilot a plane… you know, the usual sort of thing 🙂

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

Your first book is your experiment book. It’s where you make a lot of your beginner mistakes. It’s perfectly okay that it’s not perfect – the important thing is that you write it and get it out there!

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

You guys are the best. Seriously. THANK YOU. Without you, I’d just be shouting into the void. Thank you.

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A Dead and Stormy Night

Briarwood series

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A Dead and Stormy Night