Author Debbie Cassidy #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mum of three, full time writer and multi-tasker. I’m a total homebody who loves reading and gaming. The Xbox and board games are my go-to pastime activities. My ideal night out would be a yummy meal and a movie. Ideal night in would be to curl up with a book or gather around the huge dining table for a game of Lords of Waterdeep or Cutthroat Caverns. Basically, I’m a total geek, and so are my family.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, but back in the day it felt like a dream. I didn’t believe it would happen. I spent my spare time writing short stories and reading voraciously. The birth of independent publishing gave me the hope I needed to get my stories out there.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I watch a lot of supernatural dramas and shows, and I love mythology. I have a huge collection of books on mythology. I also tend to have very vivid story-like dreams, and I draw inspiration from all of these sources. My current work in progress is no different.

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What are you working on now?

The Deadside Reapers is a series about…you guessed it, reapers. But not your typical reapers. These reapers are demons born of Lilith’s bloodline. You’ll find fallen angels, loup garou, witches Grigori, a talking python and a sassy ghost.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Oh gosh, yes, although I didn’t know this until my daughter pointed it out. I was wincing super hard the other day and she asked me what was wrong. I’d literally just wrote that the heroine was wincing. So apparently, I make faces based on what I’m writing. Thank god she hasn’t caught me writing a sex scene!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just want to continue to write stories that take readers on wonderful journeys. It makes me so happy when readers enjoy my books and it makes me happy to write them.

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

Do your research before you hit publish. Make sure you know the market you intend to write in. Don’t just hit publish and expect your book to sell. There are way too many great books languishing on Amazon unseen due to lack of visibility. Write a great book but do the work to make sure it gets seen. Best of luck!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading my books. Thank you for supporting me with your kind words and your encouragement and thank you for being as crazy about my characters as I am. I love you.

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Author Zoe Parker #interview @zoeparkerauthor

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a pretty average person, really. I have my eccentricities of course, lol. But some basics are that I live in a very small town in the country. I spend too much time on the computer and I love video games when I have time to play them.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve written stories since I could write, about 4 or so and it’s always been my dream to publish. So a lifetime.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series was started because of a cheapy movie I saw on Netflix about Sin Eaters. That started the wheels moving.

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What are you working on now?

Since of Sora series, about a Sin Eater who discovers she doesn’t have to save the world and suffer the pain on its sins. So I guess her making a big life change for her own happiness.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have lots of quirks, lol. I have a small obsession with notebooks and I still hand write a lot of my notes and stuff. Putting pen to paper lets me think clearer.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly, I just want to be a better author. I’m working on improving my style. My goal is to one day write that book that people remember.

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

For new authors, the biggest thing is actually writing the book. There’s a bazillion self-help books on what to do that focus on outlines, character bibles etc. While the most important thing of it is to finish the manuscript. That’s my best advice. THEN worry about editing, covers, etc.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I love my readers. Honestly, I think they’re some of the most intelligent, witty people I’ve met. I’m honored that they read my books and hope one day I can show them how much.

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A Year of Blogging 2019

This year has certainly been one big surprise that kept going. 2018 was the year I fell madly in love with the reverse harem genre. 2019 was the year I decided to start interviewing some of those amazing RH authors. Well that snowballed quickly. I have interviewed over 231 authors, cover designer, models, bloggers, formatters and so on. I’ve also started two groups Soe Delights which is all about RH and menage, and Soe Book Bliss which is every genre. I started the same on Instagram.

I met another blogger, Ira Myriam. We started talking and suddenly we were working together. She is an amazing, generous soul that I consider myself very lucky to know, love you babe! Now Josie Cross PA have joined our madness and I couldn’t be happier *whispers: she’s organized* love you sweetie!

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My TBR list grows every day and I know I’ll never be able to catch up. My swag addiction is flourishing and my shelf with signed paperbacks is my pride and joy. Oh and let me just fangirl for a moment, I actually did an interview with Darynda Jones, yes THE Darynda Jones *squeeeee*

In 2020 I hope to find new and amazing people to interview. There will of course be cover reveals, pre-orders, reviews, giveaways, book parties and much more.

☆Keep an eye out for Tempest Trio

Below you can see the names of all the frigging amazing people I’ve gotten to interview.

Ann Swan ~ Ivy Asher ~ Poppy Woods ~ Raven Kennedy ~ Auryn HadleyK.A. Knight ~ Dionne Lister ~ Katie May ~ Erin O’Kane ~ H.A. Wills

Adell Ryan ~ A.K. Koonce ~ Steffanie Holmes ~ Ellabee Andrews ~ Loxley Savage ~ Scarlett Snow ~ A.C. Wilds ~ Blake Blessing ~ Sadie Moss ~ C.M. Wright ~ B.L. Brunnemer ~ Jarica James ~ Rowan Thalia ~ Nora Ash ~ Trina Bates ~ Nicki Boop ~ Serena Akeroyd ~ Ripley Proserpina ~ Crystal Ash~ Autumn Reed~ Helen Scott ~ Lana Kole ~ Mila Young ~ Kathryn Moon ~ L.A. Boruff ~ Jade Waltz

Bea Page ~ Elle Cross ~ Isobel Carmichael ~ Laurell Chase ~ Kaydence Snow ~ Wendie Nordgren ~ Amy Sumida ~ Kristen Banet ~ Avery Thorn ~ Renée Shearer ~ K.A. Morse ~ Laura Greenwood ~ Chloe Gunter ~ Melissa Adams ~ Eve Bradley ~ Rhiannon Lee ~ Ophelia Bell ~ Ann Denton ~ Eva Delaney ~ Brook Warren ~ Mary Martel ~ Arizona Tape ~ Rinna Ford ~ Regine Abel ~ Jade Oliver ~ Renee Rose ~ Ivy Fox ~ Stacy Jones ~ Drea Shane ~ Julia Clark

Rebecca Royce ~ K.B. Everly ~ Lyla Oweds ~ Darynda Jones ~ Savannah Skye ~ Kalia Duff (indie services)~ Adrienne Blake ~ Mercy DeSimone ~ Reese Copeland ~ Nikki Landis ~ R.A. Steffan ~ Jenee Robinson ~ CY Jones ~ Elena Grey ~ A.J. Macey ~ Emma Dean ~ Tyranni Thomas ~ Bella Claire ~ Eva Chase ~ Lily Harlem ~ Eve Langlais ~ Imaginary Rosse (cover designer) ~ Samantha Rose ~ Darcia Helle ~ Sariah Skye ~ Madeline Faye ~ Courtney West

Maya Daniels ~ Misty Malloy ~ Maria Savva ~ Carrie Whitethorn~ Miki Ward ~ Joanne Ganci ~ Lilly Griffin ~ Ben Ditmars ~ Rainy Day Artwork (cover designer) ~ Albany Walker ~ Jacquelyn Faye ~ Victoria Schaefer (cover designer) ~ Maria Spada (cover designer) ~ C.A. Storm ~ Maya Reily ~ Tamar White ~ K.B. Wheelock ~ Inked Imagination (indie services) ~ Aster North ~ Christopher Coyle (cover designer)~ Lisette Brody ~ Susi Cleaver ~ Raven (cover designer)

Selfpub Design (cover design)~ Ugo Arimo (male model) ~ C.L. Raven ~ Eve Newton ~ Lux Karpov-Kinrade ~ Robyn Peterman ~ MJ Marstens ~ Bo Reid ~ Erin Thornton ~ Kamayama Design ~ Briana Michaels ~ Tessa Tempest ~ Wendy Potocki~ 2nd Life Book Covers ~ Candace Woodrake ~ Sarabat (cover designer) ~ L.L. Frost ~ Rebecca Morman ~ Avdal Design (cover designer) ~J. Edwards Stone ~ Rozie Marshall~ WJ May ~ Aspen Marks

S.A. Price ~ Skye MacKinnon ~ Amelia Oliver ~ Melody Calder ~ Ava Mason ~ Jodie Szarmach ~ Lucy Smoke ~ Rosmary A. Johns ~ Cassandra Trussell ~N.J. Adel ~ Erin Bedford ~ Graceley Knox~ Erica Petit illustrations (cover designer) ~ L. Starfyre ~ Georgia Carter Mathers ~ A.C. Wilds ~ Helen Gadot

E.M. Moore ~ Devyn Sinclair ~ Everlyn Taylor ~ Cate Corvin ~ BC Morgan ~ Sam Hall ~ Jewels Arthur ~ Michelle Hercules ~ Cassie James ~ Tiegan Clyne ~ Dani Black PA ~ Sosha Ann PA ~ Darcy Ray ~ Nichol Smith PA ~ Aleera Anaya Ceres ~ SJ Sanders ~ Mallory Kent PA ~ Ira Myriam (blogger) ~ KC Morgan ~ Jenee Robinson PA ~ Kat Quinn ~ K. Margaret ~ Elle Middaugh ~ Eva Brandt

Serenity Rayne ~ Laurel Jones ~ Kayla Erickson ~ Ariz Brune ~ Gloria HudsonEmily Dawn ~ Eerilyfair Design (cover designer) ~ Milly Taiden ~ Victoria Larque~ Alan H. (male model) ~ April Bock ~ Kell Inkston ~ Mo Day PA

Andrea Pryde ~ Indra Frost ~ Amir Lane ~ Elizabeth G. Ellis ~ T.L Christianson

M. Sinclair ~ Erica Woods ~ Suki Williams ~ Kelly Grimes PA ~ Gabrielle Ash ~ Aspen Black ~ Gina Manis ~ VB Gilbert ~ Erica Andrews ~ C.V. Guyer ~ Addison Cain ~ Mercedes Jade ~ Elizabeth Francine PA ~ Sarah Klinger PA ~ Scarlett Ross ~ Kendra Moreno

S.E. Isaac~ Elizabeth Clare ~ Callie Rose ~ Kaitlyn Michaud ~ Rory Miles ~ Takari Hunter ~ Yashira Rosado Ortiz~ Brandy Slaven

Author Takari Hunter #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I want to state for the record now I’m really horrible about talking about myself. I never know what to say, but I’m willing to try if you’re willing to listen. I grew up in a small town in Midwest USA. Books have always played an essential role in my life. I loved them even before I could read. My parents would give me a new book for successful potty training (embarrassing baby stories lol). As I learned to talk, I began to make up stories to go with the pictures and “read” them to my very attentive stuffed animals. I taught myself to read at 4 or 5, with a little help from my friend Julie—who was a year older than me and was using what she learned in school—was the game-changer.

Fast-forward to the present day, I’m still an avid reader. I typically go through a book a day. I have lived all over the United States but settled back in my home state of Iowa after my divorce. Once my son started school, I knew I was locked in—at least until he graduated from high school. Now that he’s done with that, I’m free to move around again. I have a list of places I want to go to before making any significant changes. I may end up just staying put—it is where my family and my son is after all. Plus, I’m pretty sure my cat, BB, wouldn’t know what to do if he couldn’t police the neighborhood from his window perches anymore.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

It was definitely high on my list of possible career choices. All of my English type course professors encouraged me to write. I have always written short stories and poetry. It’s my way of journaling. I just never had any clue on how to get started, as far as where to submit a manuscript, finding an agent, etc. This was before the internet, and the unlimited information it provided, and LONG before Amazon came along to give self-publishing authors a platform. I shelved that dream for a really long time and focused on a career in business, until now. *evil laugh*

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I find my inspiration by watching people or from interesting pictures I find on Pinterest. Sometimes, I’ll come across an image that screams really loud at me, it demands to have its story told. The pictures that inspired this current book/series ate at me for months. It wasn’t as loud as others, but it kept pulling me back to it. I knew there was a story and that it would be good, but it just wasn’t forming a clear picture in my head right away. Here’s the original inspiration:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? ***NOTE: I have no rights to this artwork. I don’t know who the original artist is, I found it on Pinterest.

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What are you working on now?

I’m still working on the Masquerade of Myths series. I need to get Betrayals & Broken Promises as close to perfect as I can before I release it out into the world, but I’ve also started outlining and plot the scenes for books two and three. This is just the first series that will be housed within the Hell on Earth World. There are currently, at least, three more series planned that will pick up the world story arc (it’s a big one) but will showcase a different heroine in each, with lots of crossovers involved. There’s always a possibility there will be additional series added to the world. It all depends on how many it will take to tell the story(stories).

I’m also working on, in the background, an epic fantasy series. It was actually the story that got me back into writing and started this journey for me. I finished book one a while ago but wasn’t happy with the scope of it, so tore it apart. I’m really working on the world-building and character development for the entire cast (there are A LOT) before I start again. Don’t expect to see this one for quite some time. I’m only casually working on it when I have writer’s block for my current WIP.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmmm, that’s a good question. I sometimes need music and other times I need absolute silence. The one thing I can’t have is somebody in the house talking. My son has learned to either use his inside voice while I’m writing, or he escapes the house completely when he sees me sit down and pull up my laptop. I don’t think I have anything really quirky though. If something pops into my head, I’ll get back to you.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I want to make this into a full-time endeavor. I’m willing to put in the work and time to make that happen. I’m more concerned with the quality of my stories versus the quantity I put out right now. I want to get to the point where I’m reliably publishing four books per year, one every three months. I’m excited and altogether nervous, but even failure can be a success if you can learn from it and get back up to try again.

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

Well, I’m new myself, but I’ve been around the community for a while. I think my best advice is:

DON’T GIVE UP. This is a skill that needs practice and lots of work. Nobody starts off perfect, nobody ends up perfect either. There’s ALWAYS room for improvement.

FIRST DRAFTS ARE NOT PRETTY OR PERFECT. They’re not supposed to be. Every time you revise it, the words will come together more, and it’ll look better and better.

EDIT. Hire an editor. Yes, this will be one of the most significant expenses you’ll incur on your book, but if you find a good editor, it’s worth the cost. Self-editing is essential, but you won’t get it as clean as a professional editor. You read what you think you wrote, not what you actually put on the page. Find an editor who is knowledgeable and interested in helping you grow as an author. Ask them questions.

Ok, that’s enough advice from me for now. 😊

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To all my future readers: Thank you! Thank you so much for taking a chance on me by reading my book(s). When I write, it’s with the hope that I’m able to tell you the story well enough that you join the people in each book on their journeys.

I love hearing from people about anything: send a picture you think could inspire a story, how you related to something I wrote, even constructive criticism (don’t be an asshole) is welcome; tell me what I’ve done right or what I could use improvement on, tell me about your day. I’m a tad socially awkward, and small talk is not a skill I’m good at, but I’ll do my best to form a connection so I can speak more freely with you.

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Takari’s Hunters

Betrayals & Broken Promises (Masquerade of Myths Book 1) by Takari Hunter

Being a chameleon demoness already made things tricky, but did it need to be this difficult?

All Dahlia wanted was her freedom, but first, she needed to buy out of her promised bonding, a promise that was made for her before she was even born. Almost a century of trying had taken its toll, and she’d done things she wasn’t proud of. Lost parts of herself along the way and flirted with the darkness inside her.

And it flirted back.

She told herself it would all be worth it in the end, but before she won that battle, everything in her life systematically blew up in her face—one piece at a time. Blaming it all on the beautiful, egotistical vampire who showed up in her life would be easy, but it started long before he arrived. With his help, she might succeed, but Dahlia wasn’t sure she could trust an outsider—not even one sent by Lucifer himself.

Dahlia was standing on the brink of having everything she’d ever dreamed of, but she also risked losing it all.

Was her freedom really worth the cost?

#Free Shale City by Dani Smith

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Shale City: Fox and Faun by Dani Smith

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Welcome to SHALE CITY, a derelict punk rock metropolis populated by the fey creatures that overrun our mythological dreamscapes. A place where magic and technology run thick side by side…sometimes with devastating consequences.

Twinglader swordsman Ashe sacrificed his freedom in exchange for his grandparents’ lives. Now torn away from his faun tribe, he finds himself in the service of Drake, a cunning and powerful satyr chief known for his insufferable cruelty.

But when Drake returns from a raid with a new prize: the intensely beautiful Iona, a fire-haired fox maiden trained in the magic arts, Ashe will begin to question his loyalty… and his own heart. Swearing to protect and free Iona from her captor, Ashe will be forced to risk both of their lives–and a life unborn–for a chance at freedom.

Written and illustrated by bestselling comics artist and creator Dani Smith, SHALE CITY is a dark, gritty, and ultimately gorgeous journey into an urban fantasy world with no boundaries.

Publisher’s note: This illustrated novella contains adult themes including gore and violence, foul language, graphic sex, nudity, slavery, and dubious consent. It is intended for readers 17+ ONLY.

Author Amir Lane #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Amir. I’m a Canadian author specializing in urban fantasy featuring LGBT+ characters. I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, and I started publishing in 2016. I was very influenced by Holly Black and Darren Shan. Right now, I’ve been doing a lot of cop procedurals with magic.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I think I’ve wanted to be a lot of things. For a while, I wanted to be a paramedic, and then a lawyer. Apparently, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a bus driver. But for a very long time, I wanted to write. I just didn’t realize it was a thing that anybody could do until I was in about sixth grade. Since then, it’s become more of a real aspiration instead of some arbitrary, ‘you know what would be cool?’ sort of thing.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my most recent Barrier Witch series actually came from a dream I had. I was a witch cop undercover during a prisoner transfer, and the van got hit. I had no access to my powers, and I couldn’t tell anybody who I was. There’s this line in the second book that came right from this dream, where me and the person I’m supposed to be keeping tabs on are talking to this stone dragon, and it says, “You are a killer of men.” It was so vivid, I think I might have actually accidentally dropped into another universe for a bit.

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on editing the third book in my Barrier Witch series. It’s the culmination of a three-book arc that I’ve been working up to for a while, and I’m very excited about it.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have a really bad habit of starting sentences with And, But, and So. Especially So, and especially in dialogue. It’s something I do in real life conversations, too. I swear, half my text messages start with So. I always have to go through and edit them out.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can keep writing. I hope I have the time and energy to keep doing it, and that it still feels worth it to me down the line. Writing has always been a way for me to deal with and process the real world, and it’ll suck if there’s a day when it just doesn’t work for me anymore.

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

Take your time. It’s a fast industry and once you get into it, it can get overwhelming. Spend some time learning as much as you can and refining your craft before you hit publish. You can’t just write or just market, you have to do both. Learning what you can beforehand will make it way less overwhelmiing.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Don’t drink or text and drive, always tip your waiter or server if applicable, and leave a review if you liked a book.

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Shale City: Fox and Faun by Dani Smith #newrelease

Shale City: Fox and Faun by Dani Smith

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Welcome to SHALE CITY, a derelict punk rock metropolis populated by the fey creatures that overrun our mythological dreamscapes. A place where magic and technology run thick side by side…sometimes with devastating consequences.

Twinglader swordsman Ashe sacrificed his freedom in exchange for his grandparents’ lives. Now torn away from his faun tribe, he finds himself in the service of Drake, a cunning and powerful satyr chief known for his insufferable cruelty.

But when Drake returns from a raid with a new prize: the intensely beautiful Iona, a fire-haired fox maiden trained in the magic arts, Ashe will begin to question his loyalty… and his own heart. Swearing to protect and free Iona from her captor, Ashe will be forced to risk both of their lives–and a life unborn–for a chance at freedom.

Written and illustrated by bestselling comics artist and creator Dani Smith, SHALE CITY is a dark, gritty, and ultimately gorgeous journey into an urban fantasy world with no boundaries.

Publisher’s note: This illustrated novella contains adult themes including gore and violence, foul language, graphic sex, nudity, slavery, and dubious consent. It is intended for readers 17+ ONLY.

Author Victor Larque #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! *waves*

My penname is Victoria Larque, but people call me V. I write Urban Fantasy with a dash of Paranormal Romance. Those are the genres I love reading and I combine them in my writing. My books always have a heavy romantic element, and there will be smexy scenes, but they are essentially plot driven—just to explain what I mean by that. ☺ My first series is called The Myre Series and currently has two books out. I am up to my ears in edits and rewrites of the third installment.

Originally from Namibia, I now live in Germany—in a charming house in the woods—with my very grumpy, antisocial husband, who I love more than anything.

In my spare time I love gaming, watching TV shows and movies, archery (I just started), and sleeping. I can’t emphasize the ‘sleeping’ part enough. Love it.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Well… I have always been a storyteller. From the moment I could talk I told wild tales. My imagination was always a vibrant and very alive place and when I went to boarding school, it was the thing that got me friends. When you’re little and far away from home, stories can help the homesickness, especially late at night when loneliness hits. Being the one who told the stories got me lots of friends very quickly, and I have never stopped telling them.

So, in a way, yes I have always wanted to be an author. But it took a long time until I actually worked up the courage to try it.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

A dream. I dreamt of my MC roaming the nightly streets of a big city, searching for something. There was a sense of hunger and desperation she felt, and that was it. I had to write her story, had to find out what she was looking for and get to know who she was.

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What are you working on now?

The third installment of the Myre Series. It follows a different character than the first two books do, but fits into and continues the same storyline. It has action, romance, demons, shadows and a volcano the inside of which is a city.

Other than that I am working on a project with another Author that might, or might not see the light of day. Currently we’re working out how to write and plan together, and so far it’s been great fun. I’m not used to writing with another person, but we also beta-read for one another, so we know how the other person ticks, which makes it an awesome experience.

And I am working on an idea for a duology that has been floating around my head for a while now.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I listen to music, specifically hour-long melodic dubstep mixes. It’s not a music genre I’d normally listen to, but—for writing—I need it. ☺

Other than that… not really, no.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to sustain writing books by selling books. I don’t dare dream of it sustaining my entire income… that would be crazy. At least not right now. I take time publishing my work, about a year per book. In the indie community that is tortoise-level slow. People expect a new book every three months (at least). So the sell-through isn’t what I’d like it to be.

And I’d love to be able to actually publish more than one book a year. That would be awesome!

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

Talk to people and find your tribe. Ask questions, no matter how stupid you think they are. Get a writing buddy, listen to their feedback and criticism. Don’t let the sheer vastness of information and rules overwhelm you, just go through one thing a time.

And finally: Write what you love.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You are amazing, kittens! I thank each and every one of you for picking up Daph’s story and coming on a ride with me. I would not, and could not, have done any of it without you.

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Author Ariz Brune #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Oh, dude, this is weird. I don’t like talking about me. But let’s see what I can come up with that won’t bore you to death. Haha. I write steamy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I’ve gotta say, though I’m an author, I’m a reader first. I love to read. What I read varies with my mood. I may be in the mood for Stephen King or Anne Rice one day and Genevieve Cogman or JK Rowling the week after. Whatever I pick up almost always has to have some sort of fantastical element (with or without romance): magic, mysticism, and far-fetched creatures. Oooh! And I love a well -written gorefest and action scenes.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have, actually. I was the odd kid that liked school. If the teacher announced an essay, I was the weirdo in the back internally squealing for joy. Well, unless I wasn’t allowed to be creative with the assignment. Life just made me wait and grow up a little before I could reach that dream, but dammit, I did!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Life. My current series is about a group of family and friends who each have their own problems to deal with and a bigger problem that affects more than just them. And as life goes, when you find your click, your tribe, you know that you can handle whatever comes your way—even if you don’t necessarily get the results you wanted.

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What are you working on now?

At the moment, I have a couple of things going. I’m working on book 3 in my series, The Coverton Chronicles. I also have a side project going that may or may not ever see the light of day. Ha. It’s a co-written work, and we’re still trying to smooth out the details. The other author and I wanted to see if we could actually write something worth a damn together, and so far, so good. We’ll just see how everything goes between now and then.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t know that they would be called quirks, but when I write, everything has to be set just right. For example, my coffee cup to my right, a bowl of mixed nuts or cashews to the right, music for the mood, and no one else around or my brain just stops. I can’t focus, and the brain will enjoy a long walk in the woods all by itself—or some other random “WTF, where are you going” adventure.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep writing and creating characters that people can resonate with on some level. I know the feeling all too well of connecting with a book, a character, a problem and thinking, “Holy shit! I know how that feels.” Those emotions, that connection, they’re profound, and they reassure us that no matter what happens to us individually, someone, somewhere can see the deepest, darkest parts of who we are, even if they didn’t know they were looking.

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

Newbs. Ha. I am a newb. But yeah. I can go on a tangent. I won’t, but I’ve learned so much in the last year since I published my first book that I could. I’ll go for 3 quick things I’ve found to be in the rules, no matter what you write: One, being an author is a business. Treat it as such. Part-time or full time, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. And it is hard work, don’t let anyone lie to you, especially yourself. Two, writing is the easy part. There is so much to getting your work out to the public; editing, art (cover and internal graphic), marketing and advertising, platforms, TAXES (city, state, federal, and in some cases, international), and so many other behind-the-scene pleasantries that readers don’t see. Research and learn it all. And the third and possibly most important, is be kind to yourself. There’s a lot to learn. Your first draft will look like shit. You’ll sit and look at a blank or partially blank page for hours. You’ll erase and start over. Marketing sucks. Math and I don’t work well together, and so much math is involved. Some of your author friends will make this shit look easy, whereas others might cry out in desperation. Don’t let their successes or failures determine what YOU want to happen. Be a cheerleader for your fellow authors who are doing well (we are not competing for readers, there are enough to go around—I promise) and a listener to those who may be struggling but take none of it personally. Your hard work will be what determines whether or not you reach the goals you desire.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Oh. My. Gods. My dear and wonderful readers! You all amaze me. I have struggled with getting my work out to you. Life has thrown obstacle after obstacle in my way and yet, you have been patient with me. I want you to know that if you’re cheering me on from the back corner, all quiet and shy, I hear you. If you’re up in my face every day with exuberance, I see you. I adore each, and every one of you and I don’t think you can ever grasp how truly humbled I am that you’ve taken a chance to waste your precious time on me and my work. You’ve trusted me to bring you something that you can enjoy, relate to, to take you away from your daily stresses and that I will entertain you. All I can ever hope to do is live up to the challenge. You are the best part about this entire adventure I’ve taken on. Thank you so very much for allowing me into your lives.

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a USA Today bestselling author writing under two pen names. M. H. Soars for contemporary romance and Michelle Hercules for PNR, UF, Fantasy and SciFi romance. I was once a former avid reader/reviewer who decided to write a book about alien teens after a few glasses of mimosas. 🙂

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I’ve always liked to read since I was a kid, but growing up, I never believed that I could actually write a book. The limitations we give ourselves are scary. The indie movement was definitely a game changer for me.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Anime and manga for sure. I wanted to write an academy series featuring supernaturals, but divert a little from the usual vamp/werewolf/witch trifecta.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on two series. Gifted Academy which is a Paranormal High School Bully RH Romance, and Oz in Space which is a futuristic fantasy retelling of the Wizard of Oz. It’s also RH.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I usually hide the word count of my word document. It helps me write faster.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I want to see my books adapted to other formats (movie, TV, graphic novels).

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

Soak up as much information as they can about the craft and marketing, and write every day. But also be very cautious about service providers, especially the ones that claim easy fortune and quick results.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

My newest release is Wicked Gods, the first book in the Gifted Academy series. It’s coming on Aug. 8th.

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Blurb:

Nowhere is safe when the gods are wicked.

Since the beginning of times, there has always been two sides: Norms and Idols.

But never have the scales been so unbalanced as they are today.

I’m a Norm, which means, I grew up in fear of the Idols and their godly powers.

And now, I’m going to be surrounded by them, day and night. I’ve been offered a place at the prestigious Gifted Academy, an opportunity very few Norms get.

To survive, I must become invisible. But my hope to get through the academy unscathed goes down the drain when the most powerful boys in school set their eyes on me.

They hate me simply because I’m a Norm. If they knew who I truly am, they’d tear me apart limb by limb. But I’m done cowering away from Idols. It’s time for the Norms to fight back, and it all starts with me.

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