Author Lilly Griffin #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

By day I’m a bookkeeper and by nights and weekends I’m learning to be a writer. So, not telling you my age, but will say I have two wonderful adult children and a husband that supports my foray into the writing world, although he refuses to read my books. Lol

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, but never really had the courage until a year ago. Before I lived to read now, I live to both read and write.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My love of Sci-fi started many, many years ago but it was authors like David Weber, Michael Anderle, and Wendie Nordgren that had me wanting to try my hand in this genre.

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What are you working on now?

The fourth book in the Koci Hybrid Series.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Other than I prefer writing at my desk instead of on a laptop or iPad.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full time writer.

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

Get an Editor. Yes it cost money but so worth it in the end.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you! Without readers we couldn’t share our stories.

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Author Samantha Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Samantha Rose

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hmm, where do I start. I’m a Sci-fi author. I plan to venture out to other genres in the near future. I’m actually writing two contemporary romance novellas that will be out this summer. I’m originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. After meeting my husband I moved to the USA. Flash forward 8 years. I currently live in Alabama with my husband, two sons, four cats, and my fish. We move around a lot. I live a quiet lifestyle of housewife, and stay at home mom. My life is a bit norm, so I don’t have any crazy stories to tell.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Surprisingly no, I recently wanted to become one — I want to say within the last 4 years. I adore so many great authors. I’d have to give them all credit for me writing today. If it wasn’t for new authors creating new worlds and books, I likely wouldn’t have been inspired. So, I’d like to shout out to all the wonderful authors out there, thank you for being my inspiration!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration was fear. Having fear is healthy, but what if you wrote about that fear to help overcome it? So, that’s what I did. I have a huge fear of snakes. HUGE. Alabama has a lot of snakes in its green wonderland. Often times, when I go for nature walks with my boys, we see snakes sunning themselves. I usually walk (run) by them, I have respect for them. Meaning, I keep away from them. Though I fear our serpent friends, I know a good amount about them. I decided to write about them to help myself. So far, it’s not working, at all — but the experience has been a blast!

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What are you working on now?

Well, I just finished book two in my Sky Serpent Clan series. I’m doing two contemporary romance novellas, it’ll be part of a Forever safe series which will feature many other amazing authors. After that I plan to write about Tara. She’s the next in my Sky Serpent Clan series line. That’s what I’m currently working on right now.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Possibly? I always have one of my four cats, tea, and some form of candy within arms reach.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I know I’m not perfect, but one day I hope my writing will grow, and get better with time. That people who read my books, will continue to enjoy them.

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

As a newbie myself, I want others out there to know — don’t be afraid to take that jump. Take the first step, you can do it! Write what makes you happy and don’t stop. Surround yourself with other authors and support one another. Having author friends are wonderful. Lastly, don’t take bad reviews to heart. Not everyone will enjoy your book and that’s okay, that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy your book. I’ll be cheering you all on from the sidelines.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

A huge thank you to everyone that has read my first book, and my second. To those that helped me spread the word around, and those that have supported me, it helped a lot. To the spectacular readers that have posted reviews stating they loved my book, and gave me tips. You make writing worth it. You’re all truly appreciated!

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Heart Of The Sovereign

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Author Stacy Jones #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy Jones

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m terrible at this! I can talk about my books and characters all day, but talking about myself always feels awkward. Suffice it to say, I’m an extroverted introvert with an endless love of writing books, my family, animals, sexy yet awkward men with a hilarious lack of game (which is why my heroes always end up fitting this mold to some degree LOL), snacks, and coffee.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t, actually. It never occurred to me that I would one day write books. I went through an extended period of postpartum after the birth of my son. One day, mostly out of boredom, I picked up one of the old ‘bodice-ripper romance’ books my grandmother had sent me as a perhaps odd welcome to motherhood. I was instantly addicted. Something about the emotions the book fed me helped me to control my own messy emotions from the postpartum. I devoured every book in that box, then the library, then Barnes and Noble online, and finally amazon. Years pass and one day I’m lamenting to my husband that I cannot find that one book I desperately want to read. His response- so write it. And I did. It took me a solid year, and mostly in the Notes app on my iPhone, but I wrote Chosen and haven’t stopped writing since.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for The Arena was the strange dreams I occasionally have. I may have snippets of memory of what happened in those dream, but never anything clear. What makes them stick with me is the soreness or tiredness I wake up with. Overactive imagination led me to wonder exactly why I was sore upon waking with no marks to show for it. Aria and The Arena were born, wherein she experiences those same kinds of dreams… but she follows them to the other side.

What are you working on now?

As I’m writing this, I’m working on The Arena

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Oh yes LOL Many! I write almost exclusively at my favorite local coffee shop, I’m always listening to music while writing, and I inevitably go through five phases over the course of a book.
1. This is AMAZING!! This is the best story ever! I love it so much! I think readers will devour this!
2. Oh shit! Deadline is approaching!! Hurry up it’s been 95 years since you released the last book! Ppl are going to forget your name!
3. I’ve made an egregious error. This is the worst book ever. Ppl are gonna hate it. Vocally. They’re going to leave horrible reviews and never read my books again!!
4. OMG it’s not going to sell. We’re gonna starve. ‘Babe! We need to plan out a starvation budget! Get The Notebook Of Shame ready!!’
5. OMG THEY LIKE IT!!! This is the best job in the entire world!!! I need to do that all over again stat!! Best. Feeling. Ever.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to continue writing stories I love and that readers love. I would love to be successful to the point where I can take care of my family because family is the most important thing, for me.

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

The best advice I was ever given- Write what you want to read! Yes trends play a part and the market is ever-shifting, but you have to love your book before anyone else can. If you love it, that shines through the story and people will love it as well.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

It’s still odd to consider that I have fans LOL, but yes, I do. Without each and every one of you, this journey wouldn’t be possible. I published my first book on nothing but hopes and dreams. The second book was published because of you, because of your support, your messages of encouragement, the love you had for my characters. I appreciate you, all of you, more than I can say. I hope you continue to love the worlds I build and the characters whose stories I tell.

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Chosen Series:

Chosen

Tribe Outsider

Tribe Protector

Khargals Of Duras:

Gravel and Grit

Co-written:

A Kiss Of Madness

(co-written with K.B. Everly)

Saving Merritt

(co-written with CoraLee June)

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Author Renee Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Renee Rose, a USA today bestselling author who writes steamy kinky romance with alpha males and hot domination. I’m probably best known for my bestselling mafia romance series Vegas Underground, the Bad Boy Alphas series (sexy alpha shifters!) and Zandian Masters /Zandian Brides series (alien slave domination).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Always! I was an avid reader by kindergarten and always always wanted to write my own books, it just took me a while to get here. 🙂

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I adore dangerous men– bad boys, super spies, etc. My new mafia series Vegas Underground features tough, dominant, scary men and the feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a bad boy alpha book, Alpha’s Prey. It features a bear shifter mountain man and the curvy scientist he has to rescue from a storm.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t have an orderly brain, so this doesn’t make sense, or maybe it’s why I have to write this way, but I really prefer to write a book linearly. Otherwise I feel like I lose the story and emotional threads.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to keep growing my readership and launch a YA paranormal series.

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

Write what you love. Love what you write. That’s all it takes, really, but it’s easy to get into doubt and judgment, which kills your creation.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I f-ing love my readers. I am so grateful every day that I have an audience for my books. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Author Regine Abel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Regine Abel

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a sci-fi and paranormal romance author. My day job is Design Director in video games. Yep! I torture game designers all day long lol. I’m a Canadian turned globe-trotter as my career has taken me pretty much all over the world. I currently live in Europe but planning on returning home in the not too distant future to start writing full-time.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

The desire to write professionally frequently popped up in my mind over the years. I was always quite the storyteller growing up. I actually wrote my first book at the age of 13 and sent it to a publisher. Surprisingly, one of the editors took the time to read and comment the whole thing before sending back the manuscript with a gentle rejection letter. The amount of work required to fix it overwhelmed teenage me, half of which I didn’t fully understand, such as character development lol. So, while I gave up the idea to become a writer then, the urge to write never left me until I finally decided to take the plunge again two years ago.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Xian Warriors series was first inspired by a stock photo image of men in fetal position that looked like they were being incubated in giant glass spheres. It made me think of The Matrix, the pod inside which Neo awakened when he first exited the Matrix. That made me want to write a story involving the transfer of consciousness. Sprinkle in some insectoid aliens partly inspired by the movie Starship Troopers, and the Xian Warriors were born.

Here’s the book trailer of the first book in the series: Legion (Xian Warriors 1)

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Raven (Xian Warriors 2). In the first novel, we learn about the Xian Warriors, genetically engineered soldiers that are essentially made immortal by their Soulcatchers. What’s a Soulcatcher? A psychic human female able to capture the soul of a fallen warrior and transfer it back into a new copy of his body grown in an incubator. Together, they fight against the Kryptid invasion, insectoid creatures hell-bent on dominating the galaxy. If you love sci-fi, action, and a steamy romance, this series is for you!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m only comfortable writing in one of my three writing pajamas while listening to epic movie music.

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full-time writer within the year. That possibility is very likely. And after that, to keep growing my fan-base and hopefully for them to continue to enjoy my books.

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

Do you. Write what makes you happy, not what others tell you to write. Take reviews with a grain of salt. You will never please everyone and some readers will completely miss the point. It’s okay. Just keep going. Build your social platforms. It’s painful when you are an introvert like me, but it will make things easier down the road. Get yourself a writers tribe and support each other. Going at it alone is brutal. Making it doesn’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you write with love, then readers will love your work right back.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting indie authors. Thanks to all of you who picked up my first book and helped spread the word two years ago when I was completely clueless. And a particular thank you to those who take a second to post reviews. It only takes a moment but makes a huge difference for authors.

Let’s finish this post with a surprise cover reveal

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Debut Author Eva Delaney #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eva Delaney

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m from Toronto, but with my head in the clouds all the time, I feel like I belong in space or in a fantasy kingdom. So I started writing stories. I live with a cuddly, lazy dog and a playful chubby cat.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! I started writing when I was in Kindergarten. Back then, I needed an adult’s help because I didn’t know how to spell yet. Things go a lot a faster now.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series is All the Stars in the Sky, a space opera reverse harem A friend introduced me to RH last year. So I picked up Pirate Nemesis by Carysa Locke and loved it. I thought I could do something similar by combining two of my fave things: romance and space opera. The main inspiration for this series in Star Wars, along with a mix of Firefly.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book two in All the Stars in the Sky. This one will focus on the main character falling in love with her best friend: A nerdy, shy boy.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can only write in bed or at a cafe (it’s terrible for my back!)

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to turn writing into a full-time gig. I kind of hate my day job and look forward to the day when I can focus on writing instead.

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

Make friends with other authors! They make all the difference. They can help you through rough patches in your writing, help promote your work, and answer questions. Author friends are everything!

Thanks for giving this newbie a chance!

I can’t describe how much it means to me that you like my series.

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Author Wendie Nordgren #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Wendie Nordgren

Hi Helle!
Me? You want to know about me? Well, okay. Actually, I’m kind of quiet and predictable except in my imagination. So, this shouldn’t be a surprise. I’ve always loved to read. Libraries have always been sanctuaries for me, and I love everything about them, the hushed silence, the order, the hidden worlds and new friends just waiting on the shelves. Escaping into my imagination was a way to free myself from unpleasant realities. One day, I asked myself a question. Why not?

After teaching for sixteen years, I needed a new path. A woman can only spend so many Thanksgiving holidays grading research papers. Since my husband was letting me try out one of my dream jobs, being a housewife, I had time. Did his socks really need to be color-coded in the drawer? Why not write down the story I played in my imagination?

So, I did. I wrote in secret. I was scared that I would start my project and not have what it took to finish it. You asked if I’d always wanted to be a writer, and the answer is yes, but I lacked the belief in myself to try. However, what did I have to lose? Nothing. What did I have to gain? What I had to gain was a belief in myself and in my ability to actually make my dream come true. I didn’t think anyone would read it. I’m still surprised when a reader tells me that she or he liked one of my books. For those of you who have given me a chance to amuse you, thank you.

Currently, I’m writing the next book in my Space Merchants Series, Ensign Probus. Teagan is dear to my heart. She came about because I asked myself a question. What would happen if a regular girl with nothing, no one, and a limited education got the chance to leave Earth behind? I keep answering that question with each new book, and I’m truly enjoying this one.
I start off every story I write with that question. What if? Then, I can’t help but weave touches of history or mythology into them. I majored in English and history, so it’s just me. I can’t help it.

Do I have any quirks while writing? Well, I do. I’m not the only one who does this, but I write every story down first in spiral notebooks. Then, I type it. I like for it to be quiet while I write and keep my white noise machine on to drown out superfluous sounds.

Thank you for your interest in my work!

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Omnes Videntes

Thunderdrop

Clue Tayler
Hungry for More
Cupid’s Playthings

Death’s Providence

Wendigo Redemption

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Debut Author Jade Waltz #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Jade Waltz

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a mother of two sons and three cats. I live with my husband in the Midwest, USA.

During the summer, I write marching band drill – which are the pictures marching bands make on the fields to music. I also help teach the drill to the marching bands at their band camps.

When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, playing video games, knitting, and acrylic painting (even though I am not that good at it).

The first part of my pen name is the nickname people who know me well call me in real life (and because I love the color green). Since music was an important part of my life growing up and is a part of my seasonal job, I wanted to have my last name that related to it. A lot of musical terms are hard to spell (being Italian or some other foreign language) – I wanted to make sure I used an easier word. Hell, half of the time I butcher spelling some of the longer musical terms myself. That was how “Jade Waltz” was born.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Sort of? I have written a lot of fanfics. Then I wanted to create my own worlds, so I have collected multiple notebooks of notes and outlines of universes I wanted to write someday. I finally got the courage to write one of universes and now I am here.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I am a huge Star Trek and Star Wars fan. Sci-fi movies/shows, anime and books are my jam. I wanted a diverse multi-cultured universe with multiple aliens and where humans weren’t the dominant species.

What are you working on now?

The initial series of the HUGE “Project” universe named “Project: Adapt”. It is space-fantasy RH/#whychoose series which will have the FMC travel through the galaxy, experiencing new things and meeting multiple aliens along the way. Her collection of males will grow throughout the series

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I always have to have at least two drinks prepared before I write (a cold drink to drink while the hot one cools off some), I have a Keurig and a pile of Lifesavers Mints always next to me so I don’t have to leave the desk.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would be happy to be successful enough to pay for the costs of creating the books and some debts — maybe even getting a nanny! ^.^ But mainly, I would love for the world to fall in love with my stories and the universes they are in.

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

Being a new author myself – my main advice would be to make writing a habit – even if it is only a thousand words a day. Get your first draft written before going back to butcher and edit it. It is better to get your story completed than getting stuck redoing a certain chapter/scene.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for all of your support. You help me want to push myself to write faster and grow as an author. I hope you continue to enjoy my stories as I write them.

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Oath Forger by Nia Mars @niamars_author

– Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a huge binge reader. If I find an author I like, I will read everything they’ve ever written. I read a book a night. I’m a total insomniac.
– Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes! LOL As a kid, I used to make up rhymes. I used to hide with books (so I wouldn’t get nabbed for chores), and make up my own stories. They mostly featured princesses, and heavily focused on the ball gowns.
– What was your inspiration for the Oath Forger series?
I ran out of sci-fi romance to read. LOL I wanted something quick and fun, with a kick-ass heroine and guys I could fall in love with. As I thought about it, a story came to life.
– Do you have any quirks while writing?
Not so much of a quirk, but a bad habit. Every time I get stuck with the story, I go and grab a snack. I keep thinking that getting up and walking away from the computer will restart my brain. My desk is by the kitchen door. Not good!!!
– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Write whatever makes you happiest. Be in love with your story. There will be readers who are looking for exactly what you’re looking for. You’re not alone. Put your best ideas out there, and your people will find you.
What are you working on now?
I’m outlining 3 different series. One is sci-fi, in the Oath Forger world. One is dark fantasy. One is contemporary. I love all three. At the moment, I’m worried about the new censorship law in the US. I’m not sure how that will affect romance authors. Will my books be banned because I write love scenes? That I even have to worry about this, is insane.
What are your hopes for the future.
I hope readers will connect to my books. That’s really all I want. I’ve already made a number of online friends who found me because of Oath Forger. The RH community is a wonderful, supportive community. I’m so grateful that I get to be part of it. I hope I’ll get to write more RH stories.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
A message to readers: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! You are the best. Thank you for reading my books! Thank you for the reviews! Thank you for sharing online. I’m grateful beyond words. Please, please keep reading. And, please, help us authors fight censorship, if you can.
Thank you for taking time to answer all my questions, Nia! 💓
—Thank you so much for interviewing me, Helle!!!

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