Author J.L. Madore

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a busy wife, mother, grandma, sister, daughter, and friend, like so many others. I live in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and work full-time with my writing. As well as adventures on the page, I enjoy adventures in life. I’ve worked with lions and tigers and bears in private reserves, hubby and I moved the kids to a rainforest in Panama, Central America for a year, and when the world allows it, we travel and collect memories. 

I write what I enjoy reading, which means, fantasy/paranormal, low/medium angst, fast burn, and for the conflicts to come from obstacles more than people mistreating one another and being shitty. My characters swear and make rude comments and are quite often inappropriate. I want my books to be sexy and fun… oh, and they’re funny too. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?     

Actually, no. I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was fortunate enough to be able to do that for twenty years and about twelve years ago, while taking a year away from the bustle of north American pressures to always keep moving, pushing, taking classes, joining clubs, I learned to love a good book. 

Having not been a huge reader up to that point, I didn’t take any books when we moved. My daughter, Abbey, was thirteen then and she brought a copy of Twilight. I must’ve read it 15 times (being the only book we had) and eventually, I started wondering about alternative plot directions. I thought, ‘If I wrote a book, my character would’ve said this and done that.’ My muse found me lying in a hammock in a rainforest.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?   

Currently, I’m writing 2 series under 2 pen names. I have the Guardians of the Fae Realms polyamorous reverse harem under JL Madore and the Chronicles of the Urban Druid urban fantasy adventure series under Auburn Tempest. Same writing style, same storytelling, but JL has vivid sex and adult content, and Auburn has teasers and fade to black.

The inspiration for my RH series was being part of the FB group Reverse Harem Readers and Authors. There is a fun bunch of crazy ladies in there who aren’t shy about telling you what they like and want in a book. I was reading RH and wondered why there wasn’t more MM. It seemed to me that if there is one woman and four guys, having them all focus on their female was limiting the sexual pleasures. I watched and when I saw women asking for more MM and more of a polyamorous romance series, I decided to write it.

What are you working on now?   

I alternate between pen names, so right now I’m finishing book 10 in the Urban Druid series A Dragon’s Dare (no sex) and then am starting book 9 in the Guardians series Honor Restored (lots of sex) lol. Book 9 will be the first book in Honor’s harem and the beginning of her story. She’s the third woman in the series to get her mates.

Do you have any quirks while working?   

Not really. I sit. I write. I watch Netflix and Marvel at night to glean ideas. And the next day, I sit and write again. I do have a bit of an obsession about eating M&Ms while I do that, though. Which I’m trying to curb… because hello, I turned 50 this month and my metabolism seems to have forgotten to come with me over the hill.

What are your hopes for the future?   

My biggest hope for the past decade was to retire my hubby from his high-pressure corporate job and be able to support us with my writing. He worked his ass off for the twenty years I stayed home and focused on the kids and now it’s his turn to enjoy freedoms. Goal achieved. At the time of writing this, it’s Thursday, and he’s been retired for four days. Yay! He’s an avid mountain bike rider and is looking forward to spending more time on the trails. I’m so thrilled that my fans loving my crazy stories means I can take the reins for the next twenty years. Also, we have our first grandbaby and are looking forward to spending oodles of time playing with her.

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

Take classes and learn the craft. It doesn’t have to be university creative writing classes but find a guild or critique group and really learn how to craft a great story.

Read tons in your genre of interest. Know what you love to write and know what readers are looking for and find a way to make those two things intersect. 

Drill down to a sub-niche you think is underserved. For me, I love writing paranormal romance, then I looked into reverse harem, then specifically MM/poly, and also low/angst and fast burn. 

Really think about what your brand is… Mine is found family and finding the place you belong. To my fans and followers, I’ll say what I always say. It thrills me to know that my stories resonate with you. I’m thankful 

Join the 20BooksTo50K Facebook group and learn how to make money with your stories. Writing for passion and muse is great but making a living at it is better. 20Books changed everything for me and gives the indies the power to succeed.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?  

To my fans and followers, I’ll say what I always say. It thrills me to know that my stories resonate with you. I’m thankful for your support and read every review, taking comments to heart. Thank you for all the amazing feedback and for engaging with my characters.

Author Zoe Ashwood #interview

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Well, I’ve always been a reader. I also have notebooks and little scrap pieces of paper scribbled with terrible snippets of never-finished stories and angsty poems dating back to the 90s when I was in elementary school. But I didn’t set out to be a writer until I had a book blog for a couple of years – and then I heard about NaNoWriMo from another blogger and decided to give it a try. That was in 2015 – but it took me until 2019 to publish my first novel. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Ooh, I’m so glad you asked. The Nora Moss series is inspired by my love of action-adventure movies and ancient civilizations! It’s a love letter to Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and Atlantis, as well as a steamy love story about a woman who fights for the people she loves. Cursed in Love, the first book in the series, takes place in Egypt – because the Ancient Egyptian civilization is my absolute favorite ancient culture. I had so much fun writing it!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing Captured in Love, which is Book 2 of the Nora Moss series. Nora and her guys are heading to Iceland next! 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I plot my stories obsessively because I hate editing! I also drink a lot of barley coffee with almond milk – I’ve trained my brain to have a sort of a Pavlovian response to it! So now barley coffee means work. It’s a strange but effective little ritual.

What are your hopes for the future?

Well, I’m about to become a full-time author, so my goal is to grow my author career to the point where it’s the primary source of income for our family! I’d love for that to become our reality. I want to write beautiful stories that my readers will enjoy.

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

I would say: be kind. Don’t engage in drama (there’s always drama in the author world) and be a source of kindness and motivation instead. And work on your mindset too! I just started with that – and it’s so important! Other than that, just finish your book and/or series. If you don’t finish the first draft (which will invariably be crappy), you can’t edit it and polish it and make it into a finished product. You can do it! Take that story you love and make it shiny.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Oh yes! Thank you for being here! Another blogger recently asked me about my greatest writing success – and I said it was having actual readers! I fangirl over my favorite authors a lot, so having someone tell me that they loved my books is the best feeling. It’s so awesome to know that my stories are read by real humans. 🙂 

Author Julie Morgan #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling Author, Julie Morgan, holds a degree in Computer Science and loves science fiction shows and movies. Encouraged by her family, she began writing. Originally from Texas, Julie now resides in Central Florida with her husband and daughter where she is an advocate for Special Needs children and can be found playing games with her daughter when she isn’t lost in another world.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not necessarily. When I was younger I enjoyed writing poetry and songs. I used to sing them for my grandparents. They pretended to enjoy them. LOL! I actually started writing novels about 17 years ago. Before that, it was short stories and the like. I’ve been published now for 8 years.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m writing two different series right now, both paranormal. One is grim reaper and the other is fallen angels. I’ve always had a love for the darker side of paranormal that involved vampires, shifters, demons and angels. There’s no real inspiration behind it other than my love for it.

What are you working on now?

Dead to the World series and Speed Dating with the Denizens of the Underworld series

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to have music playing, a snack nearby, and a drink.

What are your hopes for the future?

To reach someone, to give them hope through one of my stories. I’ve had readers reach out that a story brought them out of a dark place before, and it completely touched me to hear that. That’s my goal, is to reach as many people as I can through my words.

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

Take your time and don’t rush. Find yourself a great editor, not someone who claims to love English. Also get a professional cover made. You can go indie, you don’t have to sign with a small press to get your books out there. Figure out what you want to write (contemporary, paranormal, historical, etc) and follow your dream. And never be scared to ask for help.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love each and every one of you! You are why I continue create adventures and different worlds for us to dive into.

Lady of Embers by Erin O’Kane #amreading

A Lady of Embers: Fires of the Fae series: Book One by Erin O’Kane

After a long war between the elves and humans, Morrowmer is a land full of divided people.

Finally free from decades of captivity, Annalise, a high elf, is on the run.
Moving from refugee camp to refugee camp, she keeps to herself. These places are dangerous, especially for an elf. One night, the camp is attacked by strange, ferocious beasts. She should flee, but when she stops to save a human, she alters her fate forever.

Stolen and taken to a new land, she discovers there is so much more going on than she first thought. A great darkness is about to descend on the Fae Lands and she might be the only one who can save them all.

Can Annalise rise from the ashes of her past and become the person she was born to be?

This is slow burn reverse harem and is aimed at readers 18+. There are some scenes that some readers may find upsetting.

Author Rachel Angel #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Rachel Angel, and I like writing bold romances and thrillers that has a lot of steaminess, hot men, and strong sassy women.  My books have tons of twists and turns, and usually contain a mystery that is solved at the end.  My neurologist even says that she recommends my books that are especially steamy  because they are a great way to escape and use the imagination. It helps with pain relief and also Alzheimer. 

I am so grateful for my books being used as a way of escape and treatment.  

Also, one thing about me is, I am really the pen name for a million-selling author who writes in many genres. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes, I have since childhood.  I wrote fantasy adventure stories with animals as lead. Like Watership Down, but with squirrels.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have several series going on right now. For the Ruthless Reign Series, which comes to a close at the end of June, the inspiration is cartel/drug tv shows like Ozark, but here, the lead is a young woman who suddenly becomes the head of her family’s cartel, which had been kept a secret from her. My other series that recently ended is the HOUSE Series, which was inspired by classic murder mysteries, but with a hot Reverse Harem, a will, and a mystery that has to be solved within the will.

What are you working on now? 

I am working on an urban fantasy called Fae-B.I. Series, that has a reverse harm of fae men, with the FMC is a FBI trainee who is trying to solve the crimes around Las Vegas, which seemed paranormal. This is a spin-off series from my Fallen Fae Academy Series with the same characters. The first book comes out in July and is a juicy one, called Fae-ther Issues.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I tend to write in spurts so I will sit for hours on end to get a lot written at once. This means I have all my snacks, drinks, and even music near me while I write.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To keep on coming out with addictive books for people who love reading steamy romances/thrillers!  I also have a few book series being adapted into tv series or films so we’ll see how that goes. I have some really good producers behind the adaptations so most likely it would happen, even if it takes a while.

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

Write what you love and even if it doesn’t fit the mold of a certain formula with a genre, do it because it may become a new way of telling the story in that genre. My books are a mixture and blend of different genres and don’t necessarily fit into one genre, but the readers who have discovered my books and loved them, it brings them a new enjoyment and escapism. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Yes, thank you for your support and love!  I appreciate you all!  Because of your support, I have continued writing the kind of books I write. 

Bio:

A USA Today and International bestselling author, Rachel Angel writes stories about Strong Feisty Women and the men they tame in RH, Bully Romances, Dark Romances, Fantasy, PNR, and sexy billionaire Romances.  Rachel Angel is a pen name for a million-selling author who worked as an executive at Fortune 50 corporations, in legal and production at cable television channels and at the Walt Disney Corporation. Beside being a full time author with various pen names, she appears in front of the camera as a television host, voiceover artist, and is a frequent guest on top 15 National Radio as an authority on women’s issues, the entertainment industry, and women empowerment. Her non-fiction books have been number one bestsellers, used by organizations such as the US Mental Health Association.  Pushing the edge of romance, books published under Rachel Angel explores the hidden, dark, and even deepest desires of human romances, while featuring strong female leads.

Author Jayce Carter

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a desert dweller, born and bred in Southern California. Before becoming an author, I was a stay at home mom, and still manage to keep my kids alive even while writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I know this seems odd, but I didn’t. I’ve always written, but the idea of becoming an author didn’t occur to me until I was in my early twenties (after a few years of college where I thought go into every job possible and switched my major enough for my parents to needed to sit me down). This is funny, because when I looked back at my awards from school, I got compliments constantly on my writing. It seems I was headed that way even when I didn’t know it. Of course, the path to becoming a romance and erotica author is an even stranger one, since I went years thinking I could never write sex. I thought I’d never be good at it. It was fanfiction that enlightened me there, that taught me I was not only capable of it but good at it! Then, my interest in female sexuality, in wanting to portray a positive view of it, really pushed me into focusing on erotic romance!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t know if I have inspiration. I tend to play with what-ifs a lot, and when I’m driving, I enjoy thinking about storylines. This one spawned during one such time. I will share, at the end, a face claim for the characters! It helps to show readers how I view the characters, the images I used before writing so I could ‘see’ my characters. It’s always fun to have a face to put with the name.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the edits for Grave Concerns 3, Saving the World and Other Bad Ideas. It’s so much fun to get back into Ava’s world, but wrapping up the series has been a lot of work. This is my first ever trilogy, as opposed to stand alone stories, and tying up all the threads has proven to be a big undertaking. I am so excited to share it in September!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have ADHD, which means focus is difficult for me. I really need routine to be successful (well, and Adderall). This means I’m very regimented. I also get up and work at 5am, so the house is quiet! Even with that, I love my noise cancelling headphones and my touchpoints to help keep me focused. I am a huge fan of lists, and I keep a bullet journal to keep myself on track. My favorite thing, though? My freewrite. It helps me to write, to stay focused and is much easier on my eyes for long hours than a regular screen.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to grow as an author, to learn more about how to reach readers (marketing is hard and scary!), to get to branch out and try to write different types of stories that are outside of my happy little rut. I’ve enjoyed writing my Grave Concerns Series so much because it was such a departure from my Alphas series. I want to keep doing that, to not be satisfied with what I know so I can try out new things even when they’re scary.

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

It takes time. That’s my number one piece of advice. Too often, we writers are in love with our own work, and we go into publishing with this belief that our book will be the exception. We will write the next best thing, that it will only take that one masterpiece for the masses to recognize our brilliance. In my experience, reality is far more work and a much longer and rockier path. For most of us, success will come from the slog, from creating and putting out story after story. I don’t say this to be demoralizing, but to prepare authors, because I’ve seen (and been) an authors who puts out their first books and feels hopeless when it flounders. It is so easy to give up at that point, to feel like a failure and think writing isn’t for you. So, my advice is to stick with it, to go into it knowing your first book is just that–your first book. Keep at it to see the benefits!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much! I couldn’t do what I love so much if it wasn’t for my amazing readers who support me. Readers are precious creatures who deserve all the praise and love!

Author Vivienne Hart #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I have my MFA in Creative Writing, and I write all things magical and mysterious. Captivated by fairy tales from a young age, I gradually began to create my own worlds filled with fantastic creatures and monstrous beasts, and it’s my great joy to now share those worlds through my books.

In addition to spinning a good story, my loves include chocolate, reading good books, and taking as many bubble baths as I can. When I’m not writing, you can find me roaming around the southern U.S. with my husband and two very fluffy cats. I’m the redhead in pajamas.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes. I love making up characters and worlds, and I think writing is the thing I’m best at. I’ve had a series of boring jobs, and I’ve also worked with books in various other capacities, including publishing, but none of it really spoke to me. My favorite thing is getting out a pen and paper and playing around with weird ideas, mashing up things that seem like they don’t go together, and finding ways to use my favorite words. I really love words, and I have a lot of fun molding them into tales.

I’m an only child with two creative parents: my dad made up endlessly hilarious bedtime stories when I was little, and my mom was great at helping me with unique homework projects, like creating board games and building dioramas. So I think I inherited that creative spirit, and because I was the only kid in my house, I spent a lot of time in my head, making up stories and worlds. I also saw a UFO when I was about eight, and I think that instilled a sense of possibility in the fantastic that has stayed with me. (I’m not saying I had an alien encounter, but I definitely saw something weird, round, and unidentified hovering in the sky!)

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have a deep and abiding love for and interest in fairy tales. When I was getting my MFA, I did my graduate project on fairy tales and the enduring nature of retellings. Then I had the opportunity to explore alien romance, so I thought it would be really interesting and fun to take traditional tales we all know and give them a science fiction spin. Hence, my Interstellar Fairy Tales series was born. The first book, Aura Awakened, is out now. The second book in the series, Zella Unlocked, will be in Alien Embrace. It’s a space retelling of Rapunzel, complete with a xenophobic colony, a detention tower, and an alien military force. There are more books to come in the series, so interested readers should stay tuned to my newsletter or social media for updates.

What are you working on now? 

A few different things. Zella Unlocked releases in August 2021, so I’m busy putting the finishing touches on it and gearing up for promotional stuff. I’m also working on the other books in the Interstellar Fairy Tales series, as well as some non-SFR fairy tale projects and some standalone SFR books. I have years’ worth of books planned; I wish I could write faster so I could release them all right away. I’m working on epic fantasies, paranormal mysteries, urban fantasies set on other worlds, different kinds of retellings, and so much more!

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Do you have any quirks while working? 

I almost never work at a desk. I’ve always been this way, and I don’t really know why, other than I find desks/tables inherently uncomfortable. Instead, I make work nests. I’ll settle on the couch or bed with a bunch of pillows, my favorite throw blanket, and some water. I snuggle into my nest and get lost in worlds and words.

I also can’t write to music. I know a lot of authors like to create a playlist for each project to help them set the mood and tone of the book, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m so connected to words that I immediately get distracted by the lyrics, which interfere with the words I’m trying to write. I suppose I could write to instrumental music, but honestly, it’s just not for me. I will write to rain and storm sounds, though.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope that I can continue to do this as my career for many years to come, that I continue to find new readers, and that my books resonate with people. I love telling stories, and I genuinely hope that more and more people discover my books and love reading them.

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

When it comes to indie publishing, authors have a lot more control than they do in the traditional publishing world. You don’t have to get through the gatekeeping of agents, editors, and publishers, and you can (mostly) control royalties, covers, release schedule, and more. All of that is really alluring. However, indie publishing comes with its own challenges. You may have all the control, but you also have to do all the work. There are no agents or PR teams backing you and spreading the word. 

A career in indie publishing is about so much more than just writing. I was naïve when I started and thought that as long as I could tell a story and had solid writing mechanics, I could be successful. But if you want to truly succeed and make a living, you have to learn how to run a business. There are so many behind-the-scenes business factors to consider: popular trends, writing to market, bookfunnels, how and when to offer freebies and giveaways, newsletter networking, social media, marketing and advertising, and more. I’m still learning about the business part of the indie publishing industry every day. New authors should be aware of how much work it really takes!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

First and foremost, thank you for sticking with me and reading my books! I wouldn’t be able to write for my job if it weren’t for my readers, and I’m so grateful to them. I’m always encouraging readers to sign up for my newsletter, because I don’t spam and I do offer news, updates, cover reveals, giveaways, freebies, and more! I try to make sure my newsletter always has something valuable for the subscribers, to serve as a thank you for supporting me.

I’d also ask readers to take the time to review their favorite books, especially on Amazon. Positive ratings and reviews help authors immensely; conversely, three stars or fewer can be very damaging to an author’s career and visibility on the platform. If you don’t enjoy a book, that’s more than fine, but if you genuinely like it, I encourage you to go give it four or five stars. It’s more important and beneficial than many readers realize, especially for indie authors. Also, if you find errors or typos in a book, it’s best to reach out to the author privately. Reporting it to Amazon can get the book permanently removed from the site, which is something many readers don’t realize. They’re trying to be helpful, but might inadvertently damage the author’s platform. 

That’s part of what I meant before when I said that indie publishing as a business is more complex than many people realize. Authors can’t just write whatever they want and expect it to sell, and they’re often forced to rely on factors outside of their control — like reviews — to be successful. The relationship between authors and readers is a symbiotic one, so I always try to give readers the best bang for their buck, but also ask them to be aware of how their actions — even small ones! — can help or harm indie authors.

Author K. Williams #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

Well, I’ve been married for way longer than I was single and most of my life. I have 4 grown daughters living in different places around the country. I write Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction and RH. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written. I decided I wanted to write a book a few years ago. 12 books and five and a half years later, here I am. I love doing it. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wanted to do a Rags to Riches, fish out of water type of book. Harlow spoke to me so much and I loved doing her book! It’s due out June 12!

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the first in a three book series about triplets. The first book is due out in August. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

They change. I used to make sure I have a slushie before I would start writing. Now, I tend to write in the mornings after my run and before I have to get ready for work. And I also do a little writing before bed too.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is to write a book that everyone wants to read. Or for someone to discover the books I’ve already written and tells everyone to read them. (Hey Oprah!)

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

You can’t write a book if you don’t start writing. You have to start someplace. Also, write what you want to read, if you want to read it, someone else does too. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you so much for reading my books!

Author Jade Thorn #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jade Thorn

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Well, I’m in my late 40’s (that’s kind of scary) and I’m married with three gorgeous children. We live in Sydney, Australia.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes, but I thought it wasn’t possible. It certainly wasn’t until the Amazon self publishing path became a possibility. Prior to that, I just wrote stories and ideas in notebooks and didn’t think about them again. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Most of my stories start with a dream, I wake up with a story, a scene or two replaying in my head until I write it down. Sometimes the characters just start talking to me, usually in the shower, or when I’m hanging out the washing. Either way, not when I have my hands free to start taking notes, lol. 

Jacinta’s story was a dream, but then I came across an image from NASA and things just started falling into place and I knew I had to write it. I wrote the first draft 18 months ago, and I’ve only just got around to rewriting it. (First one was absolute rubbish, lol. I like to think I’ve grown a bit as a writer since then.)

What are you working on now? 

I’m working on Book 2 of Jacinta’s story. I’m rapid-releasing her trilogy. Then I’m going back to my Brotherhood series. There’s another five books to come for that. I’m also working on learning JavaScript to help my eldest son with his homework, lol.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I need silence. With three kids and a husband who works from home, that isn’t easy. I live for the three days a week when my youngest is at preschool. Next year – next year… Just watch this space. 😉

What are your hopes for the future?

Personally, I want to do this for a living. At the moment, I’m earning a part-time wage, and putting in full-time hours. I even go all night without sleep when necessary (deadlines looming). I want to prove to my husband that this is more than a hobby. I want to be able to upload all the stories in my head directly into a computer, then sit and edit. LMAO.

I’m starting up a blurb service, because I seem to be good at it. I write concepts for a cover designer (hi Tash! Shout out to DAZE-designs.com ), and doing blurbs is similar enough that I can do it with ease. (Easier to write for others than for me, lol). Anyway, I’d like for that to get off the ground.

For my family – my eldest has learning difficulties and has just started high school. He’s really struggling. I’d love for him to settle into a pattern and find his feet. I want my middle son to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s a sweet kid – when you can get him away from minecraft, lol. He wants to be an artist. And for my youngest, she’s struggling with speech. We’re making real progress this year, but it’s a hard slog. 
Hubby – I want him to not work so hard, he never stops. 

For the world – peace. I want peace, and more understanding, and less of the self-entitled attitude that seems to be spreading like a virus. It’s a sickness that’s destroying our planet as much as global warming is. Wow, this got dark fast!

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

Yes. 
Treat it like a business from the start. I know that sounds harsh, but hear me out.

Protect yourself. I’ve seen authors taken for rides because of their lack of experience. Get contracts for everything. I mean it, everything. Non-disclosure, confidentiality, expectations of service (PA’s/editors etc), Have an agreement with any volunteers you work with, to protect them as much as you.

Be professional at all times. Have a laugh in private, in public – you’re a persona now. Everything you do is noted and weighed. I’ve seen books plagiarised, files held for ransom, and friendships destroyed, because people found out they weren’t on the same page. Have friends, but keep it separate from what you do. 

I’m not saying become a corporate Karen. I’m saying, be sensible, prudent and most of all reliable. Have dignity, and give it to others.

Finally, reach out. The indie community, for all its flaws, can be an amazing resource. Reach out. There are very few authors who would not help you. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

You’re all nuts!

No, seriously, you’re all nuts. Ha ha ha. 

Ok, this time. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You encourage me, keep me going and inspire me. I can’t believe that people like my books. I keep waiting for the critics to come along and say “yeah, she’s really rubbish, here’s why”.  A few have, and it’s hard to keep going when I read what they say. So, for everyone who has reached out to me with a word, or a like, or anything positive – thank you. You are a life line and a godsend. 

Author Marie Mistry #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Marie Mistry

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a 25-year-old country girl from Kent in England, and I have a master’s degree in video games. I recently got engaged to my favourite adorable nerd, and we’ve been together for six years now. As a typical taurus, I love my food, my caffeine and my sleep, and I can usually be found curled up somewhere with a book or a game and a large cup of tea. My other hobbies include playing the violin, cross stitching, long walks with my dog, and baking cakes (with varying degrees of success).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Ever since I was old enough to understand that Indiana Jones and Lara Croft weren’t career options 😉. I’ve always been a writer, but I never thought people would actually buy the books, so it was always a kind of distant dream. It always feels surreal whenever people ask what I do and I can actually say, ‘I’m an author.’

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I was following the Rainy Day Artwork page for a while, when I saw the cover for Traitor Witch just sitting there and it was like a lightbulb moment. I bought the cover then and there, and started work on Nilsa’s book. I’ve always loved pirates ever since I saw DreamWorks’ Sinbad as a child, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a paranormal pirate reverse harem.

What are you working on now?

Too many things! I’m currently working on tidying up the last few bits of Liar Witch, ready for release day on June 16th. I’m also in the process of editing a novella which will feature in my Vice College for Young Demons box set which will be out in the autumn. On top of that I have a super-secret project that is the first in a new gothic paranormal reverse harem trilogy.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I talk to myself and sing along badly to whatever music is blaring in my headphones. I also can’t seem to sit at a chair correctly, so when I’m at my desk my legs are usually contorted into every position under the sun.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Write enough that I finally manage to get all of the stories out of my head and onto paper! Okay, so maybe that will never happen lmao. I’d like to become a full-time author, and give book signing a go. I’m also side-eyeing the USA Today list, but that’s a little way off…

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

If I can do it, you 100% can. A lot of my journey was stumbling around in the dark, and somehow I’m still holding my own! Keep soldiering on. Don’t give up at the first hurdle. Even if your first books flop (and mine DID flop at first – I have a series of four books under a different pen name that only sold ten copies–and one of those was my mother!) keep at it. Make bad decisions. Make mistakes. It doesn’t matter. Just keep going. Everything feels worth it when you hold your own real book in your hands.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. You have made my dreams come true, and I cannot thank you enough. Really. I’d hug every single one of you if I could.