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. 

Author Lizzy Bequin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lizzy Bequin

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Lizzy Bequin, and I write sci-fi, reverse harem, and omegaverse romance. I’m an only child, which probably accounts for my overall weirdness. And I’m also a southern girl. I was born in Alabama, and I’ve moved all over, but now I’ve settled back in the South in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a city that I absolutely love. It’s a fairly small city, and it’s surrounded by mountains and woods which is nice for me because I enjoy having fun outside–hiking, paddle boarding, camping when the weather is nice.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much. Even when I was little I was always making up crazy stories, and I’ve loved to read for about as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved both romance and sci-fi. My mom used to read romance paperbacks, and my dad read sci-fi, and I would steal their books and devour them. But it was only recently that I discovered sci-fi romance, and that’s when I found my calling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The book I just published is titled Alien Meat Market, which is kind of a crazy title for a romance, right? I was brainstorming titles for a separate series, and that was one of the titles I came up with. Well, it didn’t quite fit that other series, but something about the title stuck with me, so I just had to write a story to go with it. I came up with the idea of a woman who gets abducted by aliens and auctioned in a literal meat market, but luckily the highest bidder wants her for reasons other than food. And the story just kind of flowed from there.

What are you working on now?

So, I just published Alien Meat Market, which is a reverse harem alien romance, and I’m planning to follow that up with a sequel. But in between that, my current project is an enemies-to-lovers alien prison romance titled Brute Force (I like my hard-hitting titles).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often cackle loudly whenever I’m writing a particularly twisted or dirty scene. Sometimes so loudly my poor cat bolts away into the other room in fear. Oh, also, I’m addicted to LaCroix sparkling water, and by the end of my writing day I usually have a little pyramid of empty cans on my desk. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer.

What are your hopes for the future?

Mainly just to keep doing what I’m doing, to keep growing as a writer, and hopefully to sell even more books. It’s taken me about two years, but I’ve finally been able to go into writing full time, and I feel really fortunate for that. I guess my big dream would be to hit the bestsellers lists some day. But in the meantime, if I can just bring entertainment to people, then I feel pretty good about that.

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

In terms of writing, I would say, just don’t give up. Writing and publishing can be really scary, but you can’t ever let your fear or self-doubt stop you. I’m a big fan of the author Dean Wesley Smith, and he has this motto: “Dare to be bad.” I really like that. Even if you do write a bad book, that’s not wasted time. It’s an opportunity to grow and improve and write a better book next time.

In terms of the business and promotion end of things, I would say, prioritize building an email mailing list. I have two short novellas which are free for my newsletter subscribers, and that has brought a ton of readers to my list. There was an investment of time in writing those stories, but it has definitely paid off in terms of helping me build my fan base and get more sales of my books whenever I have a new release or run a promotion. I also use a service called Bookfunnel to build my mailing list.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you! My readers and followers are like my entire reason for being. If nobody was reading my books, there would be no reason for me to write them. I get emails and Facebook messages from my readers, and it’s always incredibly gratifying. 

It’s so strange to think about it. I imagine these stories in my head, then I turn that into a bunch of squiggly black marks on the page, and someone I’ve never even met before can read those squiggly marks and experience the story and be entertained. It really is a kind of magic.

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