Author Eileen Troemel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eileen Troemel

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Eileen Troemel – I’m an author… I’d rather talk about my characters than myself.  I write in a variety of genres.  I like the different challenges of different formats.  I’ve got scifi romance, fantasy romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance… I like romance.  Give me the magic of falling in love and I’m happy.  I also produce crochet patterns, a self help book and poetry. I grew up on a farm which makes me independent and determined.  I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for forty years.  We have three wonderful adult daughters.  

I write under two more names as well. 

RJ Stone – writes children’s books.  When I started writing, I wanted to start with children’s books.  So many ideas for them but my stumbling block – I’m a horrible artist.  But I returned to this and have two items out and will have more soon. 

Ava M Taylor – write erotica.  I’ve written in many of the sub-genres from contemporary to scifi and fantasy.  I like the sexy stories and find it challenging to write.  In fact, I started writing erotica because I needed a break from a current work in progress.  My head needed to think on a plot point in one of my other stories and so I wrote a rather explicit sex scene.  From there it grew into a story. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

In third grade our teacher assigned us to write a short story.  I wrote something silly but it was the first time I realized you could make up stories.  From there, I knew I wanted writing to be part of what I did.  I’ve done a lot of business writing in my life but I took up writing again in my late thirties and found myself again.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Current – well okay so I write in multiple books at a time so it’s hard for me to limit this to one.

 

Celtan Dilemma – out next year – this all started with a conversation about some current event (no idea which one) and the person was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  My female main character was given an order (in the military) and if she carried it out, she would become a war criminal.  If she didn’t carry it out, she was a traitor.  So she had to choose.  This is a science fiction space war story. 

The Moon Crossing – due out in November – is a co-write with Jan Selbourne.  She’s a lovely author from Australia.  I read her book Perilous Love.  She kept me on the edge of my seat.  We talked and I thoroughly enjoy talking to her. She writes historical fiction and she said she had no idea how to write in scifi.  So we landed on an alternate history of the moon landing.  We talked through a good portion of the plot – which is pretty amazing because we are both people who write off the cuff.  Once we got started it took off and the ideas and collaboration was wonder.  The premise is during the moon landing the astronauts found something that advanced our society technologically.  But now in 2030, scientists were disappearing.  Our two main characters are looking for their missing family members and end up in a pile of intrigue and mystery as they track down their family.  

On the Line – due out in January – is a contemporary romance in the K Bromberg world of Everyday Heroes.  Allison is a 911 operator and Chandler is a computer programmer.  His parents called 911 and were so grateful for the help, they wanted to meet the operator who helped them.  Chandler works with the cybercrimes division so he got an intro to Allison.  From the moment he met her, he wanted to spend more time with her.  Allison is recovering from a bad marriage.  She wants to do her job and have a quiet life.  She’s older than him and has two adult daughters.  She was injured in a car accident, leaving her with some mobility issues.  He doesn’t care about that.

Ava M Taylor just published Captain’s Companion.  This is book two in the Sexy Sinivite series.  Prospecting is the first book.  Cade is tired of sex bots.  He’s off prospecting in space and he wants a real woman to go with him to all the remote locations while he works.  Sheridan needs money to help her family so she hires out essentially as a sex toy.  Cade is part Sinivite and well they have a way with their women.  In Captain’s Companion, Ulrik is a captain of a ship and has met his mate – sort of.  He’s required to have a companion.  He doesn’t really want one but it’s required.  So when he looks through those available, he find Gwynn.  He knows.  When he finally meets her, he knows as well. He’s mostly Sinivite so his pheromones go into hyperdrive with his mate.  These are two stand alone books but share a theme and world. 

RJ Stone wrote a short story for the anthology To the Moon and Back.  Princess on the Run is a short story geared toward 8 to 10 year olds.  She’s run away to visit her dragon friend Nuria.  But Nuria reminds her of what happens when a princess visits a dragon… trouble. 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a scifi romance which is a little darker than I normally go.  The working title is Escape the Gray.  These men were dumped on a planet as prisoners of war and struggle to survive.  Then a ship of their enemy crashes and they discover a woman.  It’s an RH scifi romance.   

I’ve also got about four other projects I’m working on.  I move back and forth among the projects until one of them takes off.  Then I just write.

Under Ava M Taylor I’m working on a sea monster story.  I bought a cover that inspired me and I’ve been building the story.  The title will be Sacrificed to the Sea Monster.  There’s a bit of adventure, humor, and a lot of sexy time. 

Under RJ Stone, I’m working on Dragon of Frendur 2 – lots of ideas for this one but nothing solid for a plot. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know about quirks.  I am usually in my recliner with only one light on and classical music playing.  If the words are flowing, I can write as much as 10 to 15,000 words. Most often I write anywhere from 500 to 5000 words.  Even though I work in Word on my computer, I use my phone to research topics that come up while I’m writing. 

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope my stories will bring readers enjoyment and escape from their world.  If they find a lesson in there – great.  I hope I continue to produce stories which people find engaging, sexy, and fun.  

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

Listen to those who are better at writing than you are but always make your own choices and decisions about your writing.  Write often.  The more you write, the better you’ll get.  But don’t just drop words on a page.  When you edit, pay attention.  What words are you overusing?  What phrases are you repeating? Analyze your work so you become a better author. Know you’re not done once it’s published. From there you have to promote and market your work.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you.  Thank you for picking up my books and reading them. Thank you for connecting with me.  You’re key to my story telling process. 

Preorder Type 2 by Ben Ditmars #amreading

Type 2 by Ben Ditmars

Type 2 is a journey from being diagnosed to living each day with diabetes. If you feel shocked, if you feel angry or need healing for yourself (or loved one) there is a poem within these pages.

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“The evolution of a poet is seldom pretty. We pull from lifewhat is frightening, terrifying, painful and sad, doing our best to rewrite our tragedies so perhaps others will catch the metaphor and learn from ourmistakes, with never once breathing the words, “I told you so”, out loud.
 
In Type-2, poet Ben Ditmars evolves. And though the words he writes are beautiful, this is not a pretty maturing.  It is gripping to watch a young man come face to face with his mortality. It is more than impactful to have his words lead you to questioning your own.  I have watched family member after family member struggle with adult-onset diabetes. I’ve had friends carry snacks just in case and watched them jab at their fingers. I have never had anyone make me really think about this kind of life, let alone my chances of ending up living it, the way this collection of poems has.”

– Natasha Head, author of Nothing Left to Lose and Pulse

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Author Tirza Schaefer #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tirza Schaefer

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Tirza Schaefer and I am a mother of three children and one cat, a romance author and a spiritual Goddess coach who also writes articles about Goddesses, Gods, Power Animals and so on. I have just finished writing my 32nd book and am very excited that it is the longest I have written so far, there are lots of interesting characters in it and that I have incorporated some archetypal themes as well.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve been telling stories to my sister at night even before I could read and write, so it’s always been part of me. However, the explicit dream of publishing a book one day came in my teenage years when I thought it would be the coolest ever when my children could one day say, our Mama wrote a book. Fast forward 35 years and here I am on book 32 and loving it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love reading contemporary biker, military and badboy romance novels and because I also love reverse harem (most of which seem to be in the fantasy realm), I decided to write a standalone novel on a biker gang falling in love with one woman. The book is called “Her Badass Bikers” and will have to go through editing still before publication. There is also a slight reverse age gap in it because I write for mature women, no cheating and happily ever after guaranteed. So listening to an audiobook of a single biker love story, I decided to write a biker reverse harem story and also because I needed a break away from the series I am working on as well, the two current ones being Seals in Spain, of which Book 1, Tank, is already published and The Milf Diaries, of which Books 1, Izzy, and 2, Ria, are already published. Book 3 will have the characters of the Seals in Spain trilogy in it for a guest appearance.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished writing the rough draft of “Her Badass Bikers” and it’s been a wild ride to create this book. Nothing went according to plan and character showed up all over the place, hijacking the story and extending it from a planned 45-50K to a currently 104K file. However, throughout the writing process (including going bananas at times), I have really fallen deeply for this story, the characters and the journey I have travelled on to bring this book into being. It is richer, more complex and vastly more beautiful for the characters’ meddling, so I will be eternally grateful for their continued interference, no matter how unnerving it may have been at certain stages in the writing.

Do you have any quirks while working?

My greatest joys for inspiration will always be travelling and comfortable cafés with a real character but as this is mostly not my daily routine. I sit at my desk, on the patio or even at night in bed and type. I love drinking ginger-orange tea and for nobody to disturb me. Sometimes, I like to listen to music as well, Nicky Jam or Daddy Yankee mostly but I also love 90s hiphop, but mostly I like peace and quiet. And when I need a break from being creative, I may just bingewatch a Netflix series like Vampire Diaries, Vikings, Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Big Bang or a European historical drama, whatever strikes my mood. I’m pretty open that way.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want my books to be made into movies or Netflix series, depending. Other than that, I just want to be close to my family and friends and spend quality time with the people I love when I’m not writing.

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

That is quite complex but there are a number of social media platforms you should be on and I have a list you can access for free when you sign up to my newsletter on my website tirzaschaefer.com

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am an approachable person and you can email me, ask about my books, tell me how you liked them and even ask my characters questions. They’ll definitely answer, too. So I’d be thrilled to hear from you. And please feel free to follow me on social media. Due to platform specific restrictions I cannot always follow back or accept friend requests because I am at maximum capacity on most but that doesn’t mean I don’t care and am not happy to hear from you. And please, that is a general request for all authors, when you’ve enjoyed a book, please leave a positive review. You may not know about the various platforms restrictions on running campaigns and even showing a book when it doesn’t have a certain number of positive (4 or 5 stars) reviews but be assured, they are very real and hard to overcome for indie authors. So the more reviews you leave, even short ones, the more you help and support and author. And for you, that’s absolutely free. For an author, it means the world. Thank you!

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Mind Games Anthology #newrelease #free

Darcia Helle is the brain behind this anthology. I’m lucky to be included. It’s free!

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Oak Anderson

Jaleta Clegg

Charles Colyott

Ben Ditmars

Ellie Eich

Helle Gade

Maria Haskins

Darcia Helle

Jen Hilborne

Jason McIntyre

Patrick H. Moore

John Nardizzi

Julie Elizabeth Powell

Charles Salzberg

Maria Savva

Joe Schwartz

Author – Poet April Bock #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a California girl living in the cold tundra that is Minnesota state, the summers are so beautiful here though. I love gardening, especially tomatoes. I grow multiple kinds every year. I love all things creepy and have a big makeup obsession.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually no, writing was just something I dabbled with although I have been working on a memoir for years, it was a few close author friends that told me if I didn’t publish my poetry, they’d kick my ass. They are taller than me, so…

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Theda Valle, Brenda Britton and Ira Myriam were my inspirations. Their love and absolute faith in my writing ability really have me the crave too open up my mind and write some amazing poetry. Seriously I couldn’t have done it without them.

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What are you working on now?

A few things actually. My memoir and then my brilliant writing partner Elizabeth Ellis and I are working on a collection of short stories. If you follow us on Facebook you’ve most likely seen them started as “story fuckery time”. We live write when we do those.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I HAVE to have music on, so my headphones are pretty much permanently attached to my head. I don’t have an office, I have a certain spot on my sofa where I sit. I have certain pens I use and only them, and I suppose my biggest quirk is I write EVERYTHING by hand. At least my solo work I do.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To write, have a huge yard and adopt all the doggos! And other animals lol

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

It’s not as scary as you think it is. Especially with a great support system.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your live and support!! I’ll keep serving your beloved Pocket Fairy Fuckery!! I love you all xoxo

Poems of a Phoenix (Pocket Fairy Poetry Book 1)

Raw, hard hitting poetry that will leave you wanting more.

Sinful Confessions (Pocket Fairy Poetry Book 2)

Sexy poetry that will make you melt.

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Author Susie Clevenger #interview

Please give a warm welcome to poet/author Susie Clevenger

Tell us a bit about yourself

Goodness, I’m not sure where to start. I’m an author, poet, writer, amateur photographer, and a music junkie. My husband and I have a lot of friends who are musicians so we spend as much time as we can attending live music performances, even if it means we need to do some serious traveling to get to one.I also have a deep nature connection. I grew up in a small house surrounded by woods and lived most of my life outdoors. I learned the beauty of solitude, observation, listening, and the wonder of wildlife. In many ways it’s those early experiences that keeps me grounded now when life gets tough.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was a teenager, I thought about it, picked up the idea again in my late twenties, but I didn’t publish my first book until age 61. Ironically it was a car accident in 2006 where I suffered brain damage that brought me back to poetry, and serious consideration of writing a book. I entered an intersection on a bright sunny day as one person and was changed in seconds. A lot of me was/is still present, but memory gaps, personality changes, and ADD became the soup I’m forced to live in. Thank goodness I have a husband who has and continues to love me through all of it. As part of my self-rehabilitation I began writing poetry in 2009. All things writing blossomed from that point.

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What was your inspiration for your current book?

Ben Ditmars presented me with the idea of co-writing a poetry book that focused on how the experiences of our youth formed a foundation for who we are now. Our book Splinters is a bit humor, a bit survival, and a bit sarcastic. Our hope was/is when people read it, they realize some splinters go deep, but they don’t have to live in their wounds.

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What are you working on now?

I’m going back and forth with what I want to do. I am considering an anthology of poems taken from my blog, Black Ink Howl, as well as including new poetry. My tag line under the blog title speaks my reason for creating the blog, “Venting the Orwellian Hand Maid’s Tale Psychotic of the current American Dream”. Also, I am tossing around the idea of turning my Twila series poems into a book. She is a thirteen-year-old who lives along the Atchafalaya river in Louisiana. Her generational gift of spirituality is a sort of dark coming of age story. This is a quote from one of the poems in the series, Night of River Bones,” The moon won’t come near the river when the Wailers rattle their spines against the cattails.”

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can’t write if there is any human noise, like talking, television, music with lyrics, etc. I need to be secluded in my tiny claustrophobic corner of a bedroom. I usually light incense, open the window shade (day or night), and sit down to a desk my father built. Oh, and on the right side of the desk is always a pile of poetry books.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I could go off on religion and politics, but that is a dead-end history always reaches. I hope we humans wake up, stop destroying life, and learn war never brings peace.

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

It is a tough place to get a shoulder in. Dreams take hard work, but there is no expiration date. Believe in yourself. Always be willing to learn, appreciate critique, and keep a light on when those rejection letters roll in from publishers. If you choose to self-publish, there is a huge family in Independent publishing who are willing to help guide you through the process.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I appreciate everyone who reads my work. You are such a blessing to me, such a well of encouragement. I don’t know where I would be on this journey without you. Thank you so much.

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Poem: Night of River Bones

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