Author Blake Blessing #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Blake Blessing

Tell us a bit about yourself

Ugh. I’m the most boring person ever. I’m a working mom, trying to raise my family and follow my dreams all from Denver, Colorado. I’ve always been addicted to reading from a young age. If I wasn’t drawing or painting, I was reading. So much so, when I was grounded, my aunt would take my books away. I remember one time, the fourth Harry Potter book had just come out. She took my book away when I was grounded for two weeks! It sat on top of the fridge taunting me lol.

I also love to laugh and hang out with my kids. And I have a penchant for chocolate milk. See, boring.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do growing up, I just knew I wanted to be good at it. Looking back over my adult life, I only held jobs for about two years before either switching to something else or getting promoted. I did do a year of art school and found myself. Then I found I needed an income and went back to work.

It wasn’t until the last year or so where I really started to entertain writing my own stories. One of my close girlfriends practically strong armed me into it because she thought I’d be good at it. So I did. I sat down and grumbled through the first two chapters, then I realized just how much fun it was. It also works really well with my limited attention span. The different plot and character ideas satisfy my need for scenery changes.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Ooohh… So I could talk about Mazza. Orr….. I could talk about a secret project I’m working on.

I think I’ll do that!

Going back to my art school stint, I also love a little side photography. When I was on vacation in Jackson, WY, I just minding my own business, taking pictures of the kids and the snow. And I started thinking about how photos only show people what the photographer wants them to see.

That’s it! That’s all I’m sharing. ♡

What are you working on now?

Hmm… I answered this above. But my current works I’m either working on now or planning to work on soon are Secrets of the Mazza (3), A Secret-Secret YA/NA Contemporary RH, and The first in a fantasy RH trilogy that’s connected to my short story that dropped in December.

You’ll get no other secrets from me!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Ha! Actually there is one. It’s really strange and I don’t know why I do it. If I get distracted or lapse for a second in what to write, I type “I can’t believe”.

I don’t know what it is that I can’t believe, but that always makes its way onto the page. I just laugh at myself and delete it lol. Don’t judge me.

What are your hopes for the future?

I feel like you just asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up! LOL.

I have a big girl job I really enjoy, and I love crafting stories.

That being said, if one day I’m able to stay home and write full time, I would jump on the opportunity in a heartbeat! There’s a rush that comes with authoring, from creating something that others value and genuinely love. That’s important to me.

I wrote a book about PTSD called Full Glasses and Burju Shoes and one woman reached out to me after she read it. She told me that she has PTSD and that she had never read a story written quite like mine, and how incredibly touching it was. That right there made me legit cry.

So short story long, I’d love to author full time. ❤

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

Yes! I waited until I was about to publish before I started developing relationships because I didn’t feel legit. Don’t do that! Build relationships and a following now. It can be done and there are people that will care about what you have to say. You have to kill the doubt that strangles your self-worth (That’s totally an Avett Brothers lyric).

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Yes! A million times yes! For my fans that love what I write and experience the emotions my characters feel as if you are living their story, you are the reason all the editing tears are worth it. And for those that encourage me and make me want to keep writing with kind words and sweet actions, thank you from the bottom of my soul. I’ve been blessed with the best circle of readers, ARCers, BETAs, and author friends. The whole damn community is pretty freaking amazing.

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Author Raven Kennedy #Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself

Oh shit, talk about myself? Okay. Let’s see… I’m admittedly not that cool. I’m the awkward wallflower chick who has always fit in better with the misfits. I was shy for most of my life, and honestly, if I ever met a reader in real life, I’d probably blush about ten shades of red. I’m a mom and a wife, but I’m just me, too—the pale girl from the desert who drinks creamer in her tea, listens to alternative music, and hates working out but probably should do it, anyway.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes. Always. I know that’s a boring answer, but it’s true. I’ve been writing stories since I was little. I’d fill notebooks with bubbly handwriting that had heart dots over my i’s and j’s. The stories were bad, but they were an escape I could create for myself when I wanted to be in a different world and be a different person.

What was your inspiration for the Heart Hassle series?

At the time, I’d been writing a heavier book that was very difficult for me emotionally to write. So difficult, in fact, that I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. So I needed a light-hearted escape. I’d had this idea for a cupid character for a while. So I thought, I’ll just write it‚—it’ll be a nice break from the heavy. Originally, Signs of Cupidity wasn’t going to be a reverse harem, but the story sort of demanded a #whychoose approach. I wanted it to be fun, funny, and a total escape for readers. Granted, I never thought anyone would actually read it, but I loved Emelle too much not to publish it.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think I really have quirks while writing. Sometimes I like to listen to music, sometimes I like silence. Sometimes I like to write at night, other times I do well during the day. Sometimes I enjoy writing in the hustle and bustle of my small town hipster cafe, other times I’m just in my leggings on the bed. Really, when I can get any time to myself, I’m writing. Even when I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking of new ideas or scenes for books. It’s a tad annoying when I have to get up at 3 AM to jot down a note in my phone!

What are you working on now?

I have a few projects going on simultaneously. I just finished writing the third Cupidity book, I’m working on a psychological thriller-ish story that is nearly ready, and I have a few surprise releases coming out soon, too. I also have some awesome co-writes coming up, as well as more books in my shifter Misfits world. I’m also doing some darker themed books, to balance out the funny rom-coms. I never want to get stuck pigeon-holed in one type of story, because I love writing all kinds of genres, and I hope my readers will tag along with me.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes are to just enjoy the ride. I’m fucking lucky to be able to write and have people who actually care enough to read my stuff. I have all of these stories in my head, and my hope is that I can get them out and do them justice. My hope is also that people will connect with the characters I create, whether that means I make someone laugh or cry, think, or escape.

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

Write. Just fucking write, man. It’s hard. Sometimes you don’t want to. Sometimes you doubt yourself. Sometimes you think your words and your ideas are utter shit. But if your soul is in it, and the story is calling to you, just write it. Get it down, and then find people who will be your solid support system. Find your squad. Those beta readers and writing partners who will give you constructive criticism and push you to be better. That makes all the difference. I tried to get a literary agent for years, and I was always rejected. But that’s the beautiful thing about today. Writers can take a chance on themselves without agents, and self publish instead. I was nervous as hell to do it, but I’m so glad I did!

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Fuck, yes I do. Readers: You guys have blown me away. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to realize that this is real. Particularly the people in my reader group….I’ve never met any of you in real life, but geez, I love you crazy beautiful chicks. I try to read each and every comment and post…even when I’m supposed to be writing and not be on Facebook. Lol. But honestly, you guys encourage me, make me smile, and I love it every time I read that you’ve enjoyed reading one of my stories. Author to reader is a beautiful connection, and I’m so fucking grateful. I hope to meet some of you guys in real life at upcoming book signings. I’ll be the one with the obnoxious red cupid wings. Just kidding. Maybe. Probably.

XOXO—Raven Kennedy

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Signs of Cupidity

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The Girl Who Cries Colors

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Crimes of Cupidity

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Signs of Cupidity

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