Author Courtney West #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Courtney West

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

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I am a mother first and an author second. I love Starbucks and I hate hominy.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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Always. I used to have issues on how to get the story started.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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I was just sitting outside thinking and the story started as just an idea for a character.

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What are you working on now?

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I have seven different books I’m working on.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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I blast music and drink coke.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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I just want to write someone’s favorite book.

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

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It’s never too soon for marketing.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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One piece of advice my mom gave me. “If it makes you happy. Do it.”

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Rouge State

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Author A.J. Macey #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author A.J. Macey

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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I’m addicted to caffeine, cats, and I swear all the time. I have a toddler who’s a handful, but I love dearly as well as two cats who are very ‘mama’s babies’. My husband is my other half in every sense of the world and has really helped me make this dream a reality. I don’t people or socialize well, I’ve mastered using GIFs and memes to communicate on social media. I have a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, master’s work in Cybersecurity, crime scene investigation, and forensic psychology, and I was a Correctional Officer before my husband joined the military!

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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I never knew what I wanted to be growing up, but I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I have old composition notebooks and computer files of all of my books I’ve started. I never actually finished a book with the intention of publishing until my book Smoke and Wishes that I finished in September 2018 and released March 1st, 2019.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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The Aces was honestly just a plot/collection of characters that just came to me one night when I was half asleep. Best Wishes was the fact paranormal romance has been one of my go-to favorite categories to read for as long as I can remember! High School Clowns & Coffee Grounds was because I wanted to have a contemporary YA series that would be more relatable to teenagers and young adults but still was considered an RH.

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What are you working on now?

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Editing for my upcoming releases: Lads & Lattes (High School Clowns & Coffee Grounds book 1) as well as Smoke and Survival (Best Wishes book 2) and writing the second book of my The Aces series, Adversary.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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I make the facial expressions my characters make, like if my character is smirking or narrowing their eyes, I’m doing it too!

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What are your hopes for the future?

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To be able to continue releasing books that people love! I’m not too concerned with getting reviews or anything, while they are very nice, I write because I love it and I want to share these little pieces of me with the world.

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

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It can be hard, some days you’ll doubt yourself and others you’ll feel like ‘hell yes I got this’. Don’t let those bad days, doubts, bad reviews, or negative people bring you down, your work is your art, your creation, and that is beautiful. Get people hyped for your book with a takeover (if you’re writing reverse harem, there is a very large community on Facebook!), teasers, interactive games, your inspiration, or facts about the writing process!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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Thank you so much for all your support through the process and launch of my first book as well as the interaction in the facebook group afterward! I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on my future books, hope you love them!!

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Smoke and Wishes

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Author Savannah Skye #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Savannah Skye

Tell us a bit about yourself

Let’s see, I’m a full time self-published author by day and by night I’m mostly on the hunt for a great craft beer and some delicious tapas. I’m single (don’t jump all at once, boys!) and I like it that way most of the time because I get the whole bed to myself.

Guilty Pleasures: If there is a Real Housewife, I’m all about it! I know it’s bad, but it’s also so so good and it gives my brain a much needed break. I’m also obsessed with Nutella. I’d bathe in it if I could.

Favorite book: Hunger Games, the series. Love those books!

Favorite musical artist: Florence and the Machine.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No! My dream job was to be Willy Wonka (I’m still gunning for that one some day. A girl’s gotta dream!) But in my teens, I started writing and it was sort of something I couldn’t NOT do. I kept at it, and soon enough I realized that I needed to start letting other people see my work.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I knew I wanted to do vampires, and I knew I wanted them to live underground. Once the undercity came to mind, it all sort of unfolded from there.

What are you working on now?

The next set of books in the Undercity Chronicles! I love this world so much and can’t wait for readers to meet all the amazing characters I have in store for them. I’m especially excited for Jack’s story. I’ve been itching to get to that one since I first introduced him to the series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmm, that’s a good question. Not a quirk so much, but I try to ensure that the music I have going in my headphones creates the same emotion I’m trying to convey in the scene. So if I’m imagining a huge vampire battle scene, I’m listening to something intense and loud and chaotic. If I’m coming up to a big, emotional break up or death scene, I’m probably listening to Evanessence or something lol!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that the Undercity Chronicles becomes as big as Twilight 🙂 But seriously, I really just hope readers love the books and connect with the world and characters so I can do this job forever.

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

Read. Read read read lol! Whenever I’m struggling and the words just won’t come, I try to put it aside and clear my mind. A lot of times, just taking that break to dive into another world for awhile get’s me back into creative mode.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thanks so much for choosing my books! I know there are SO many out there, and I’m honored every time you guys pick mine.

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Author Brooke Warren #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Brooke Warren

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Well…where to start? 🤔 I’m a Social Worker by day. I work in an outpatient cancer clinic helping cancer patients and their families. I love what I do!

I’ve also learned over the years that I need an outlet for myself to help take my mind off my day job. Most people are surprised to know I’m a gamer girl. Yup! World of Warcraft is my addiction and has been for the past 13ish years. I’m also
a die hard Fallout fan!

I’m married to my bestie. We’ve been together for 15 years and this year will be 5 years of marriage. My hubby is my rock. Love him to the moon and back and then some. We also have 3 dogs.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

To be honest, no. In school, I was really good at writing papers but I never pictured writing for fun as something I would do.

I’ve always had an overactive imagination. I’ll even admit to making up stories or scenarios in my head and watching them play out. It just never occurred to me to put all my nonsense on paper. 😂 I kick myself in the butt everyday for not doing
this sooner but I feel my journey started at the perfect time.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

So….I always laugh when people ask me this question. For my Alpha and Betas series, I legit was inspired by a music video I randomly came across on YouTube. Dirty Minds by Boy Epic to be exact.

As I watched the video, this crazy detailed dance scene popped into my mind and played out like a movie. Oddly enough, the dance scene that inspired the book didnt make it into the book. 😱 *gasp* I know! I’m holding onto it for a special moment.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on edits for book 2, Bonded By Fate, in the A&B series. It due to release in June. I’ve also started working on book 1 of my motorcycle club series that will release by end of year. And I’m working on an amazing secret co-write project. I do believe my other half was even interviewed by you recently. 😊

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Yes! I totally write better while at work. 😂 I also need to have music blasting in my ears. It doesnt matter the genre, I can tune it in and out. But, if I’m writing a sex scene, I try and pair the scene up with a song then I put that song on repeat till I’m done with the scene.

What are your hopes for the future?

Gosh, I dont know. I hope that my future self is still writing. I have some ideas for more series in my head that should take me through the next 3 years at least.

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

Find an editor you mesh well with and who you can trust. My editor has become an important person in my life. Without her guidance, I shudder to think where I would be now.

Also, talk to other authors, make friends. I was so scared to do this but I’m glad I did! It’s nice to have people who understand what you’re going through and to ask questions so you dont feel like your drowning in a sea of new information.

In the end though, just write. Go where the muses take you and find a system that works for you.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To my readers: I LOVE ALL YOUR FACES! True story. All the support I’ve received since the launch of my book has been amazing. Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author. For the bottom of my heart, you guys are the best ever!

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The Chase Is On

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Lost In Shadows by Erin O’Kane

Lost In Shadows (Shadowborn) by Erin O’Kane

Release day March 15th

Blurb
To save the ones she loves, Ari drew on her Shadowborn powers at great cost to herself, making the ultimate sacrifice for those who have become like family to her.

With attacks increasing on shifters, and strange disappearances happening around the city, everyone is on alert. Tensions between the shifter packs and the magical community start to build as traces of magic are found at the crime scenes.

With Ari’s mind trapped in the mysterious shadow realm, but her body left behind in the real world with the men who love her, she needs to find a way back. Ari has always rejected her Shadowborn powers so this is easier said than done. Until a mysterious man arrives in the shadow realm claiming he can help her.

Will Ari trust the stranger and finally embrace her powers, or will she truly become Lost in Shadow?

This is an 18+ reverse harem story. Contains dark themes that some people may find triggering.

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Hunted By Shadows (book 1)

Lost In Shadows (book 2)

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Author Nikki Bopp #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Nikki Bopp

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, my name is Nikki and I am a single mother to one adorable little girl. I work days at a job I love and I now work nights writing all the fantastical things that run through my head. I am a huge fan of supernatural and all things book related.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have wanted to become an author since I started to really get into reading in middle school. I wrote a lot of poetry and fanfiction and honestly had never even thought of sharing it with someone else until becoming involved with a couple authors in a group on Facebook. They inspired me to try and that was enough for me

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my current series was the fact that I was sick and tired of reading about werewolves and dragons. As much as I adore them, I felt like someone needed to write the little guys story. And what’s the opposite of a dragon? A mouse.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am currently finishing up the second book in my Shifter Tails series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I dont know that I have any quirks but it has to be completely silent and I have to type with my legs crisscross applesauce.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to continue writing of course. I would really love to expand my reader base and maybe get to do a couple signings so I can actually meet the fans that message me. This isn’t about money or fame, it’s about sharing my stories with everyone else and experiencing the thrill of a riveting book.

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

Advice? Do it. Even if you think you cant, that you’re not good enough or that you are afraid of failure. You may fail but we can only learn from failure. Take criticism with a light heart. It is meant to help you, not bring you down. Grow from it and learn.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you! For every single page, you make my heart so incredibly happy. I am nowhere near where I would like to be but you make it all worth it.

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Christmas Bells (Shifter Tails 1)

Murder Save Me (Shifter Tails 2)

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Christmas Bells

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Author Erin O’Kane #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Erin O’Kane

Tell us a bit about yourself

Erin O’Kane is my pen name. I Work full time in the health care industry. I have a wonderful husband and no children yet, but we have one fur baby, a rabbit named Jethro!

Have you always wanted to become an author?
I never thought it was an option for me until recently, so I have never considered it. I have always written stories, but it’s only recently that people have started to listen to them.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

A lot of the main character from Hunted By Shadows is based off me, she is also a nurse which speaks to me! I can’t say that I had a eureka moment with this, I just created the characters ans they started talking to me. The story develops from there.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a couple of things. Lost in Shadows- Shadowborn series book 2, The Wild Interview- co-author book with K.A. Knight, and a secret project!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can’t write without music, it can be anything, but I can’t stand silence. I also drink a large amount of caffeine when I write. I don’t usually drink caffeine, but writing drives me to do it!

What are your hopes for the future?

I had never thought that writing was an option for me, and it has taken me completely by surprise that the book has done really well! So until recently I had no plans! I am hoping that the books continue doing well and I can go part time at work so I can spend more time writing!

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

Don’t give up! It’s so difficult as a new self publish author to get your name out there and get people to take a chance on you. Keep going, get a good group of authors as friends to help and encourage you!

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Yes! Mostly just Thank you so much for all your support and for taking a chance on me!

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Hunted by Shadows

Circus Save Me

Circus Save Christmas

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A Call To Pride by Poppy Woods

Please welcome debut author Poppy Woods and her book A Call To Pride

* Tell us a bit about yourself

Ahhh, I’m terrible at this. I’m Poppy… I’m short, southern, and swear like a well educated sailor? I’m a mom. I have two evil day jobs in addition to arguing with fictional characters (quite frequently *while* I’m at my evil day job, much to my boss’s dismay)

* Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to write. I don’t know that I always wanted to publish anything. I used to write a ton of poetry… probably from the time I was like 7-20. I have those in a binder somewhere, they got me through hard times.
A Call To Pride is the first story I’ve actually finished. I’ve started writing it and a hundred other stories a million times and just never had the willpower to finish. I’d try to edit it while I was still writing and get discouraged and scrap everything.

* What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Liza’s story is a little bit of everything to me. She has parts of me in her and parts that are completely organic, a product of my weird and twisted imagination.
The series as a whole (Unsung Veil) will focus on other characters throughout the series. My inspiration for the series is honestly a combination of reading works like The Damon’s Mountains series by TS Joyce and the Wings of Artemis series by Rebecca Royce and wanting to create a book world like that. A book world where there is a single universe that all these characters share, and maybe some of them know each other, but everything comes back to a single plot thread. Eventually. I guess we will have to see if I pull that off.

* What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing Unsung Veil Book 2 – A Call To War. It’s the conclusion to Liza’s personal part of the story. She will still pop up as a side character in at least a few books, but her personal plot will be done.

* Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t know… lol. I get frustrated and close my laptop a lot. I smoke cigarettes religiously during sprint breaks, or when I get to a point in the story where I need some space to think about my next move.

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

I haven’t done traditional publishing and probably never will. I like the indie world. I like being in control of my career and setting my own deadlines. If I had any advice it would be just to write the damn thing. Don’t try to stop to self-edit it. Just get that first draft out onto paper/screen so that you have somewhere to start. If you stop writing it to do anything else, you probably won’t finish it. At least, that’s been true for me a million times.

* What are your hopes for the future?

I have several things in the works. Once I finish writing ACTW (Liza’s second book) I’ll be doing a totally new, secret project with another author, in a completely different universe. Once I finish that secret project, I’ll come back to the Unsung Veil and play with the characters there.
My overall goal is to eventually be a full-time author so that I can focus on my little terrorist at home instead of splitting my time four ways: Momming, Evil day job one, Evil day job two, Author.

* Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you! I realize there may not be that many of you yet, at least not compared to some of the big names in this business, but each and every one of you are important to me. You make it possible for me to chase this dream of mine and I couldn’t possibly be more grateful! Every book, every page read, matters more than you know.

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