#ASI: Elizabeth Cash

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

-I was born in Lake City, FL but moved to St. Augustine when I was six. I’ve lived here since then and have grown to love it, and I consider it my hometown. I am 23-years-old, married to a crazy, wonderful man, and I have two wonderful kids. Aaliyah, who is 5, and Bentley, who is 2. They drive me insane and keep me whole. I’m extremely goofy and kindhearted.

Discuss your newest book.

-The Only Way Out is my debut novella. It is about a girl named Wednesday Emmerson, who struggles with depression and anxiety. She has been dealt a really bad hand in life. She is constantly having traumatic things happen to her. The final straw was Brian. Her boyfriend of three years. When he leaves her, she makes a decision that will change her life. And in the words of Rein, everything else is “Just another day in paradise.” I don’t want to give away too much because this is a short book, so you’ll have to read it to find out. I must read it to find out!

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

-I found that I truly loved writing when I was in my high school ENG 3 class. We had an assignment to do on The Catcher in the Rye, and we were prompted to create an alternate character for Holden. It was a lot of fun, and ever since then I would make alternate characters for characters I would read about to see if it would fit them or I would write a short story to finish a book that felt unfinished to me. Cool, #GOSCHOOL!

What are your current projects?

-At the moment I am working on a psychological thriller/horror. It is still in the baby stages of planning and plot twisting, but it will be gruesome and awesome. Sounds scary.

What books have most influenced your life most?

-Every book I have read has impacted me on some level. The one that influenced my life the most I believe would be Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. It was a very emotionally raw and traumatic book. It took me forever to pick up another book because I didn’t want to feel all the feels like I did reading that. It was also one of the very first books that introduced me into the amazing book-hangover world.

What inspired you to write your first book?

-I have seen first hand what depression and anxiety can do to someone you love. My mother suffers from them, and my husband does as well. I wanted to give insight on what depression can do and how hard it is to overcome. It’s not just a get over it type of thing. It’s a constant pull, a constant battle to stay alive when all you want to do is curl up and wither away. That is great, I know a lot of people out there struggle with depression, it sounds like this book could be an inspiration for them.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

-Wednesday is a sweet girl but has been dealt a very sharty hand in life. She struggles with depression and anxiety. She does her best, but it seems like life has other plans and wants to keep her down. In the end, she finds out what it means to have a happy ending. Love the name, and she sounds very down to earth. I hope she gets her happy ending.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

-You are never alone, no matter what struggles you are going through. Even if you need to talk to a stranger, there are people who will be a listening ear and friend to you in your time of need.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

-I’d love to see Anne Hathway play Wednesday. She is an amazing actress and kills every role she has played.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

-It wouldn’t go away lol I have always loved to write short stories, and this was originally a short story that I had written and put away, but it wouldn’t leave me alone. In the back of my mind, the story kept growing, and eventually I sat down and finished it. All the good ones do that.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

-I wish I could write full-time. But I am a mother, a hospitality worker, and a full-time student at Ashford University. Between all that and adulating, I write half-time. Sometimes, none. I’d give my left leg to be able to be an author full-time and still have all my bills paid lol Wouldn’t we all? lol

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

-It was hard having to write such a broken character. I love Wednesday and she is an awesome person, but she has some serious demons that are truly heartbreaking.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

-Tori. Her bubbly personality made things a little brighter and a little easier to write.

What book are you reading now?

-I am in the process of reading CoHo’s Never Never series. I love her books and the way she writes.

What is one random thing about you?

-I am a weirdo who loves all the lacy and black things. Oh and I am a huge procrastinator. I am a ‘wait-last-minute-then-stress-out’ type of chick. Some times procrastination turns out to be very helpful.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

-It depends. If I’m at home, my computer is my go to. But I always keep a pad and pen just in case a good scene or plot twist decides to pop up in my mind.

What does your writing process look like?

-Very sloppy. Most authors like to have everything planned out, but I just go with the flow and take notes as I am writing. It can get confusing, but once I have everything written, I organize it and go from there.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

-I have to have background noise. Silence is such a buzz kill for me. If it’s quiet, I can’t write or concentrate.

How important are names to you in your books?

-They are very important to me. I want for the names I use to be unique and memorable. They have to match the character as well. Wednesday was originally Shelby, but it didn’t live with my character at all. So, I changed it and created Wednesday Emmerson.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

-I will never format my books myself, ever again. I used Calibre and messed up so many things. My awesome author friend fixed everything for me and formatted it. It was horrible.

What is your favorite book and why?

-The Fish Tale Series. I read the whole series in three days, and it wrecked me and molded me and then killed me again just to tape me back together. It packed a huge punch and that’s what I love about it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

-Do no give up. It can get hard at times, but it’s worth it in the end.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

-Eat. I’m a big foodie. I am always eating. I even dance a little while eating because it makes me happy.

From where do you gain your inspiration?

-It comes from all over. The book I am working on now was a dream I had. Or more of a nightmare. The Only Way Out was inspired by my loved ones who struggle with depression. I have another book partly planned that was inspired by a photo my friend took. For me, inspiration comes from all over.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

-I love the freedom the self-publishing gives me. I make my deadlines, and I get to pick and choose who my editor will be or who will design my cover.

How do you market your books?

-Social media mainly.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

-I would, but at the moment, I enjoy doing things on my own.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

-SHARE! On any and every social networking place you can. #SpreadtheLove!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

-About half of it goes to marketing. I want people to get a feel for it before it comes out. I want them to become interested in my work and want to get it when it is released.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

-I have been using promo pages on Facebook and Twitter. I try to share my book as much as possible for people get it and leave a review. Since it was just released, I do not have many reviews, but I will continue to do what I’m doing until the reviews grow.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

-If someone wishes to review my book, I’d be more than happy to give them a copy. I also use promo pages for that as well. Some of them have a place you can submit your book for review. I have submitted my book to a few places already. I’m waiting to hear back.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

-Since I’m new to all this, I don’t have one. I wish I did, though.

Which social network worked best for you?

-Facebook. There are so many people that use Facebook, and a good portion of them read. I’d say over half of my friends are authors, reviewers, and just book lovers in general.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

-I did not. I just shared my little heart out on all of my social media pages.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

-I would love to meet either Edgar Allen Poe or Tim Burton. I have loved their work since I was a kid and it’d be amazing to meet someone I’ve looked up to since I was a kid. They are two of my favorites as well.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

-That’s a tough one. I’d go with SNAP by Tara Dawn. It is a series, but SNAP is the first book, and it is amazing. It’s one of those books that leaves you wondering what kind of world we live in and it takes you a while to figure out how you are gonna review it because words just don’t seem to do it justice.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

-Keep writing. No matter what. If you love it, keep going. I promise, in the end, once you upload it or have the print in your hands, you’ll feel so complete. Total euphoria comes from seeing your blood, sweat, and tears on the screen or in your hands.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook lol I am a social media whore and I am on there all the time promoting an sharing my work.

#ASI: Ellen Chauvet

Hi Ellen, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

 Discuss your newest book. My newest book is also my first book and is titled “When Darkness Falls”, The First Vampire Redemption Story. It is the first in a series of at least 3 books. It tells the story of Lexie, a vampire executioner who doesn’t know she is one. When her best friend is murdered by vampires, she is thrown into a five-hundred-year-old secret and meets her Amant de Sange or Blood Mate, Etienne Benoit. She chooses to step into her legacy as a ‘Chosen One’ and begins her journey into a dark and dangerous world. Lexie and Etienne fall in love and when he betrays her she vows revenge. Read it recently, loved it!

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 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been an avid reader and thought that ‘someday’ I would write a book. I’ve loved all of the Anne Rice novels and when a friend introduced me to Buffy, The Vampire Slayer I became intrigued by the idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad vampires’. I started reading as many vampire books as I could get my hands on including Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Pike and Stephanie Meyer. They were my research, and when my work commitments changed, I decided it was time to write. I wrote the first draft in 9 months, took a year off when my husband became terminally ill, and then pursued the dream when he died. I found a great writing coach and the next 4 years were spent in rewrites, editing, and polishing. A great publisher found me and we published the book in March of 2016 on Amazon’s Create Space and Kindle. I’m sorry for your loss.

What are your current projects? My current project is writing the second book in the series.

What books have most influenced your life most? When I was a teenager I read a lot of Hemingway and loved his style of writing, so definitely Hemingway. Probably most of all though would be Anne Rice.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? I have two main characters.

Lexie is a Southern Belle from Atlanta, Georgia and was brought up in a strict Southern Baptist household. She’s rebelled against the suppression of her Mother and lives in Paris working as a translator for the United Nations. She’s attractive, sassy, a bit promiscuous and wonders if this is all there is to life.

Etienne is a 500-year-old vampire who was turned against his will and has created an organization to fight against ‘dark’ vampires. He’s sophisticated, handsome, ruthless when he needs to be and resigned about ever finding his Amant de Sang (Blood Mate). He falls hard for Lexie and when he is forced to turn to the ‘dark’ side, vows he will find a way back to her.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  The message is that there is good and evil in all of us and it’s ok. It’s part of being alive (or undead as the case may be). Every day we have a choice between good and evil.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I’d like to see Olivier Martinez play Etienne and Jessica Chastain play Lexie.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had the time and the dream.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I’m lucky enough to be able to write full-time. I don’t write every day full-time, but when the story or the characters are demanding my attention, I’m disciplined and write 3 to 5 hours every day.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The rewrites. Then I realized they are the key to honing my craft and producing something that people want to read.

What is the easiest thing about writing?  Creating the story.

 What book are you reading now? I’m reading “Find Me When The Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen.

What is one random thing about you? I love horses and music

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Tablet and computer

 What does your writing process look like? My writing coach trained me to do a lot of what she calls “laying on my bed writing”. In other words, really thinking about where I want to go in a particular paragraph or chapter and making sure my characters are always in character. Also doing the required research – I’ve learned to love research. When I’m on a roll, I’m always in my office by 9am anxious to discover what my characters have been up to overnight.

 Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? No

How important are names to you in your books?  Names are very important as they have meaning.

 Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m still in the marketing process and so far so good.

What is your favorite book and why? I gave this a lot of thought and I don’t really have a favorite book. I have favorite authors.

 Do you have any advice for other writers?

  1. Never give up – just keep writing.
  2. Don’t listen to the little voice in your head saying you can’t or you’re not good enough or no one wants to read what you want to write about.
  3. Don’t edit your work as you go – get that first draft done and then edit.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? See friends, listen to music, watch TV, travel – in many ways I’m never not writing. I’m always thinking about writing even when I’m not sitting at my computer.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Everywhere – but particularly other authors who write about vampires.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I don’t have an opinion about that – I’m traditionally published and I love my publisher.

How do you market your books? Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, author interviews, pod casts

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I would and I don’t.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Authors need to also be entrepreneurs. Writing is not only creative it’s a business and I think many authors are not business people. I’m lucky in that regard as I was a business woman first and then became an author. Create a marketing plan and stick to it and keep talking about your book – to anyone who will listen.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

Right now a lot. The book is newly published and it takes time to build an author platform and develop one’s readership. I’m willing to put in the time and energy to get my book known.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? My publisher has been extremely helpful in that regard. She discovered a tool we’ve been using and it’s been extremely productive. We’re still working on attaining reviews and know that it takes time and energy on both our parts.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? No

Which social network worked best for you? At present Facebook seems to be working well. And I’m also creating a presence on Twitter.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

 

I did a press release for the Horror Writer’s Association – not sure how successful or productive that was. I did a book launch here in Vancouver and it was extremely successful. Sold out of books I had on hand and could have sold more. Launch was promoted through Facebook.

 

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I’d like to meet Bram Stoker. Fascinating mind.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 

Sit down and write – don’t critique – just write.

Everything I said above

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

 

I have a blog – ellenchauvet.wordpress.com

Website – ellenchauvet.com

Find me on Facebook

#ASI: Nadine Travers

Hi Nadine Travers, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  I got a lot of titles. I’m an accountant by date, wife and mother 24/7 and a writer for the rest of the time.

Discuss your newest book.  My new book, Unbind, will be released May 3rd. This book is the first book of ten. This is a group, Supernatural Intelligence Agency or call SIA, that will have to investigate in the Paranormal Facility. They will discover an ancient evil wizard that was banned in dimensions, tried to get back by killing witches.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  I always did it. I got a story idea that it’s not written yet, which I was sixteen years old.

What are your current projects? I got book 3 of my Scotland Lovers, time travel series that will be out this fall, also the other book of SIA and an angel series, which will start this fall too.

What books have most influenced your life most? Lord of the ring (3 books) that was the biggest story that I read not only once but 5 times in each different age.

What inspired you to write your first book? For SIA series, I wanted to have a group that was investigated, I love paranormal and it’s easy for me with all those creatures. That give me latitude to write more intense scene.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Her name is Azura, she’s a witch and can control the 4th elements. Well, she tried too. She’s very powerful but she needs her lovers (which she didn’t want him) to bring her magic at the powerful level. Rook is the commander of the SIA team. He is a werewolf; he dedicates himself to his work. Until, his mates (Azura) show up and his world became to be upside down. Sounds interesting.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? If we are not perfect but clumsier, in a way. We can evolve and transform to be better but with the help of the right person in your life.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? For Rook: Kurt Urban, for Azura: Amy Adams but with red hair

When did you decide to become a writer? Secretly I always want too. But since my first language is French and that I wanted to write in English. That give me more difficulties and still do.

Why do you write? I need it, I got too much story in my head not to get out of it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I was turning in circles for many years. I was looking at the RWA website at least once a day. I wanted to be part of it. I decided in to join in April 2014, and I was in the learning process. I took so many workshops; it’s been like a brainwash.

Do you write full-time or part-time? For now, part-time but in a very close future I want to do it full-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Editing, to be honest. Working my world build and do the first draft. It fun for me.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Plan my 10 books with the main story of the villains and each book individual story.

What is the easiest thing about writing? My first draft.

What book are you reading now? Mostly, historical, paranormal, MC bikers, new adult too. I have recently discovered the MC books myself.

What is one random thing about you?  I love to help other.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computers? Computer all the way, Scrivener was my lifesaver.

What does your writing process look like? Usually, I do mind mapping of my story, series or individual book. After, I work my character, they bring other aspects in the story but also strong villains. World build if we need it or at least the basic. After I write my first draft.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I write in my commute time, in a train that I took each day.

How important are names to you in your books? They are, they mean something that is close of the story. Unbind was for the starting release binding of the evil wizard.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I love my imagination; I never know most of the part my muse will bring my character to be in this way. I discover during my writing process.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? Tried to put my pre-order too close. I have to wait at lease to have my book comes back from my editor.

What is your favourite motivational phrase? I got a lot, but one is never give up your dream.

What is your favourite book and why? OMG! I got too much. But I will think that Lord of the ring series is want of my favourite of all time. Why? Because this is pure imagination and this brings you in other countries.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up. We have to try and learn. Make mistakes and learn from them. But if this is what you wanted to go for it. I means I have three books in my second language. Editing is rough, but it’s very possible.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?  I love to read, also to play video games.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Anywhere, it could be some news or someone talks about a situation, I could say that I good ideas for a book. I look around, taking the train, you see a lot of people talking to each other. That could give you ideas.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Both had advantage and disadvantage, the only good question to ask is this one. What do you want in your writer life? Do you want to write only and others took care of everything or been in control and decide, even, with small experience that you have, or you could have both too?

How do you market your books? I got my newsletter for my fan, I put my release of Facebook and Twitter. I will try to do a Facebook Party and also Facebook Ads and to see how it work.

Why did you choose this route? I didn’t have the patience to wait for the answer to be honest. I discover that I love the manage project like the cover design.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I got a VA which it helps me. Working full day, family time during the day. My social media was poor at the beginning. For me it’s an investment, he is able to do other work that I’m not able either.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? I think it’s learning and mistakes. I don’t think that you could have a step-by-step guide and to give you magical readership. I think you need to try different ways but also to be comfortable in those ways too.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? When I’m in my first draft mode. I don’t have a lot of time to do. Maybe 1 hour per week. But when I’m waiting for my book to come back from my editor, I got more time to work those and to set up automated processes, to promote my book but also to promo book that it’s coming.

What do you do to get book reviews? Now, people do it without me asking them. I think that an honest review from someone you don’t know, it’s like candy for children. Even, bad review is good, if they are constructive.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? I could say so-so, with Unbind I will do more and experiment more with it.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? None so far, but I plan to contact blogger and other reviews in this case.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I think that if it’s constructive is good. Even a bad one. You can’t please everyone and that’s fine too.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Yes, I set up a Facebook party, for my book, which will be May 15th. I didn’t see this even was private. I invite everyone but until I saw my mistake and I got to redo another even and reinvite everyone.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? Good, I think this is the way to be close of your reader. They love to have a portion of your life, it means a lot of them. It’s like they are part of the family in a way.

Which social network worked best for you? I could think Twitter so far, second Facebook.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? You need to be real, fake writer it shows very fast. In the same time, you keep your private life private, you show them only portion that you want to show.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I will do my first Facebook Party May 15th, I will probably try Goodreads too. I will see what I could find and work it.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? OMG! So much for different reasons. Tolkien to ask him tricks how to create a big saga, Lee Child to ask him about to write good tension and action in a story and JK Rowling how to make a powerful series.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?  Harry Potter, because you don’t need a big degree to write a success worldwide.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Never give up! I think that writer stop writing to trying to when they think it’s going nowhere, give yourself time to learn and to write. But also, have other writer friend, even it’s online. To talk and to other when the other people wonder why you still doing it.

How can readers discover more about you and your work? They could find me here:

Website: http://www.nadinetravers.com

Twitter: @NadineWriter

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/NadineTraversWriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nadinetravers

#ASI: Krihstin Zink

Hi Krihstin, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Thanks, Courtney! I’m Krihstin Zink: the bestselling author of Scarlet’s Torment (a dramatic romantic suspense) and the owner of Heliotrope Editing. When I’m not editing, reading/reviewing, or writing—I’m making memories with my family. For the most part, I’m a homebody who loves to escape into books. Love your name!

Discuss your newest book. My latest release, Scarlet Unleashed, is the continuation of Scarlet’s Torment. In SU, Scarlet Rodrick is hurtled into her own personal hell. While Scarlet’s Torment is a dramatic romantic suspense, Scarlet Unleashed is an erotic thriller—and only for mature readers.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? As a child, I enjoyed journaling and spinning telltales. I found comfort in books because, at that time, I found the escape I needed from my childhood hardships.

What are your current projects? At the moment, I’m completing the rough draft of 3 Grams: it’s Ophelia Santos and Lena Avila’s survival from their horrific experience as victims of human trafficking.

What books have most influenced your life most? To be honest, I couldn’t just pick one or even five. I believe every book I’ve read or edited has changed my prior perspective to the premise depicted.

What inspired you to write your first book? I completed Scarlet’s Torment’s rough draft during a difficult time in my life. Writing had become a therapeutic outlet, which allowed me to distract myself long enough to not worry about the things that kept me up at night. Who needs a spa day when we have writing!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Scarlet Rodrick is a twenty-four-year-old with a tormented past: she endured years of childhood neglect and was later abandoned, and then adopted by a loving and wealthy family. She used her childhood as fuel to achieve her career goals, but severely neglected her love life. Because of her childhood experiences, Scarlet became a materialistic workaholic. Once she’s introduced to Dr. David Jensen, she’s quickly forced to evaluate what’s truly important and what’s worth letting go.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, the impact that one’s childhood has on overall adult behavior. Although Scarlet’s Torment is a romantic suspense—and most readers focus on the romance—I had hoped to introduce how damaging a negative childhood could become. With Scarlet Unleashed, my intent had been to showcase the dangers of negative choices.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Honestly, I’m not sure . . . I’d be happy just to have my books made into a movie.

When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided to become a writer, it just happened. I picked up a pen and released my thoughts onto paper, and then never looked back.

Why do you write? In the past, I used writing as an escape, but now, I write to entertain.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Starting anything is the easy part, completing a project is where things become tricky. I started Scarlet’s Torment as a distraction, but I completed ST as a way to prove to myself and those whom didn’t believe in me—that I could accomplish what I had aimed to do.

Do you write full-time or part-time? At the moment, I write part-time because I’m also a stay-at-home-parent and my children are my main priority. However, I do make time to write—every day. Once my youngest starts full-time school, I plan to make more time to write. Well, if my editing schedule allows it.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Finding time to write for prolonged hours at a time.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I would rather leave those experiences in the past, however, I’d say the hardest thing about writing any book is working with a book team whom believes in you. An editor should be a guiding mentor who sees your strengths and helps you succeed. Too often, especially within the self-publishing industry—authors are forced to work with freelance editors whom aren’t as experienced as they claim to be, and that can lead to disasters. Nonetheless, my past experiences influence my drive to be the best editor I can be.

What is the easiest thing about writing? Creating characters: I enjoy fostering characters that induce readers to reflect on their own behavior and past experiences.

What book are you reading now? With my editing and writing schedule, I do not leisure read as much as I would like. However, I am slowly making my way through Shadows of Jane by Amy Hale—I highly recommend it.

What is one random thing about you? Typos make me uncomfortable to the point that if I don’t correct them, I’ll become mildly anxious.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I’m old-fashioned: I enjoy pen-to-paper. Old School, I like it!

What does your writing process look like? Long! Haha! First, I long-hand write my rough draft. After a few weeks/months, I return to the draft and type it out. Following several rounds of rewrites and self-editing, and once the story feels ready—I email it to my editor.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Well, sometimes I take breaks and do yoga—but I don’t find that strange.

How important are names to you in your books? Vitally important—like I will research to make sure no other character has the name I selected.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I’d say, finding more time to write.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? Yes, I would avoid trusting individuals whom say that they are professional—but are far from it.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

What is your favorite book and why? Honestly, I do not have a favorite book. As mentioned earlier, I learn from every book I edit or read. I’m a bibliophile whom finds the good in every book.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Never rush a book: take time to pour all the love and attention you can offer—into your stories. Readers expect stories that will keep them flipping pages, and thus, stories that succeed are those that show time and effort.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Edit. Ha! If I’m not editing, I’m reading/reviewing or spending time with my family. I’m a bit of a workaholic.

From where do you gain your inspiration? My writing reflects my life experiences: every character I’ve created steams from my past.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-publishing is an investment of time and money. It should never be tackled by any person whom just expects to hit publish and then become famous. Unless your story is spectacular and unique—it doesn’t happen that way. Self-publishing is a sacrifice and a job that never ends. Independent authors have to be their own everything: publisher, agent, marketing guru—etc.

How do you market your books? Fanatic Review’s by Jess promotes my books on social media, and when I have the time I also use social media to promote my work.

Why did you choose this route? Because it is a daunting task to promote myself. Also, I once paid for Facebook ads, but someone hacked my credit card and tried to charge a trip to India. So now, I have to depend on a promotional agent to help.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? If I reached the caliber to need a PR agent, yes—definitely.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Yes, take the time to prepare a well-edited book before you self-publish. Also, focus more time on writing than promoting. Readers want to read, and authors who continuously publish well-edited books are the ones whom have the largest fan base.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Honestly, it’s sporadic—as in, whenever the time presents itself.

What do you do to get book reviews? I have offered books—for free—in exchange for a review, however, some readers just take my books. So now, I periodically market my books as free and just hope for the best. Be kind, review it!

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Disappointing. I try to focus more on writing and editing than reviews, otherwise, I’d lose hours to worrying about why people make promises they can’t keep.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? In the past, yes—but now I just hope for the best.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Reviews are for customers . . . however, I do value readers’ input and do apply what I can to improve my writing.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Besides Facebook banning me from posting in groups—for two weeks—no.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? Honestly, social media can be a great outlet to connect with readers. However, only authors who write what’s trending succeed with social media.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Keep your opinions about negative reviews to yourself and avoid being banned from sharing.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? No, I just shared on my social media. And yes, I believe it has.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I’d want to meet Jesus, and ask what he did after birth/before his death.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Hm. I’ll have to get back to you on this one.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Find an editor whom believes in you, and everything else will work out as it should.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Through my like page: Krihstin Zink

#ASI: Amy Dawson

Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I live in South Dakota, originally from Iowa. I’m pretty much a goof most days. Always trying to be the funny girl and probably failing miserably. 😉 I went to school for video production and have worked in television for over ten years now. The last two years is when I just started writing books!

Discuss your newest book. My last book is called That One Moment. It’s book 5 in my London Lovers Series but reads really well as a standalone. It’s about a broken damaged hero who had a tragedy happen in his family over five years ago. He spiraled down a dark and twisty path and this book begins one year after he gets out of rehab. So he’s just finally starting to feel confident in himself again…and then of course a girl has to come in and shake things up for him! 😉

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have a bit of a unique start in writing. It’s always come easy for me…with college papers, letters, etc. But it wasn’t until I had a story to tell that I thought I could maybe write a book. My first book is called Chasing Hope and it’s my true story of my struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss. It’s super emotional but inspirational at the same time. I’m so so proud of it. My fiction work blossomed from that basically! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad that you could take something like that and see the light in it.

What are your current projects? Right now I’m starting a British soccer romance series. Sexy Harris brothers. They were the siblings to the heroine in my last book and they all play professionally. They were too cute not to get their own series!

 What books have most influenced your life most? British chick lit. It’s what made me fall in love with reading and probably hugely why I based my series in London!

What inspired you to write your first book? My own true story of how I got my daughter.

 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? The hero of my last book is special because he’s broken…and there’s just something about a broken man laying it all bare…putting it all out there for the world to see that is sexy as hell. You want to be the woman to fix him and when you get glimpses of him being strong…raar baby! Sounds like a great read!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I always seem to include some sort of message in my novels. For That One Moment, it’s really about loving yourself and trusting yourself to be okay. To not be afraid of your own shadow and to still continue to take risks because the payoff in the end can be magical.

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I totally see Robert Pattinson as my hero. He’s sexy, but in the dark, smoldering and complicated sort of way. For my heroine, Vi…Imogen Poot would be perfect I think! Maybe just a bit blonder though!

When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided. LOL. It just sort of happened. And even then I denied calling myself a “writer” for a long time. But with eight books out now, I’m starting to finally believe! Sometimes it just happens like that.

Why do you write? Because it is fun! I get to play God and make all sorts of decisions. And I get to have people read what I write and squeal with me about this world I created. So amazing.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My miscarriages. I had my daughter and it was so wonderful but I was terrified I would forget all the bad stuff that led up to her…and I didn’t want that. Because the bad got me to the good.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I currently still have a day job at the TV station. I work soooo many hours. Maybe someday I’ll just write full time, but for now…I’m juggling both.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Finding time to do it all. It’s so much all the time.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The stakes were high because it was HAYDEN! My readers were calling him #MyHayden for months before I even wrote the book. I was intimidated that I wouldn’t write something to live up to all they were  making him out to be. In the end…I think I just might have nailed it though. J

What is the easiest thing about writing? Writing is all a tremendous amount of work. But having fun with readers…that part is hella easy!

What book are you reading now? Marry, Screw, Kill by Liv Morris!

What is one random thing about you? I like to eat Doritos and Cottage Cheese together. Me too!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer! I edit as I go…pen and paper would be awful for me!

What does your writing process look like?  Ear buds, kleenx (I cry a lot when I write), snack, Diet Coke fountain pop…44 ouncer. 🙂

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t write in the shower but I get my best ideas in the shower!!!

How important are names to you in your books? Sometimes important, not always. Sometimes I come up with names and I’m like…this will work for now, but then all the sudden I get attached to the name and I just can’t bring myself to change it. Makes me mad b/c it was just a filler name that stuck! Sometimes the first choice just …works.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  I want every book I write to be better than the last. On book #8, that is getting so hard and so intimidating.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m sure there’s TONS of mistakes I’ve made. You learn as you go though.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? “Success looks a lot like hard work.”

What is your favorite book and why? A Girls Best Friend by Samantha Young. It’s just light and frothy and British and sexy! I want to reread it right now!

Do you have any advice for other writers? Networking is huge in this industry. Meet other authors, make friends, make contacts. It all opens doors one way or another.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love TV. I watch a lot of TV. Oh..and family. I have a husband and daughter I spend all my free time with…I probably should have said them before TV. EEK. Maybe I should revisit that with a therapist at a later date. Lol

From where do you gain your inspiration? Real life. I’m a watcher now. Everything around me is potential inspiration for a story. You’re never safe in my presence!

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-published you get to have all the power…muhahahahaaaaaa.
Traditional…you can give up some of the power…and maybe have more free time! :O What is this free time you speak of?

How do you market your books? Social media, Facebook ads, newsletter, fan club.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Go for outside the box ideas. Don’t get lost in the sea of authors. Stand out!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? A lot. Probably 50/50.

What do you do to get book reviews? I try to network with bloggers and then as I gain fans I find ones that want ARCs in exchange for a review.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Good I’d say!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I’ve learned a lot from good and bad reviews. I learn my strengths and weaknesses and try to apply them to the next book.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I feel like Anne Hathaway would be really interesting. I don’t know…I’ve always loved her and I love a lot of things she says. I think she’d be fun and inspiring.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Potter!!!! I want the Potter franchise to be mine.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? You won’t write a book until you just DO IT. Stop talking about doing it and just DO IT! 🙂

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website! www.amydawsauthor.com

#ASI: Nicole Strycharz

Hi Nicole, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Well first off, thanks so much for having me on your magnificent blog!

I’m from NJ and I now live in VA with my three crazy ass toddlers and my wonderful parents! I’m a tea-aholic and my love of history fuels my inspiration.

Discuss your newest book. My newest book, “Meadow Creek,” is about a sassy New Yorker who moves herself and her young son Oliver to a farm in Oklahoma. Sloan’s husband died in Iraq in active service but she’s kept this truth from her son, whom she believes to be too sensitive for the news.

The farm that Sloan insists on using as a tool to move on however, is settled on land that matters dearly to a Mr. Joseph Two Blood. It’s been said his ancestors had village settlements there and he wishes to utilize the land for his people.

To do that, Joseph attempts to run Sloan off Meadow Creek, but Sloan Bradshaw wears big girl stilettos and running isn’t in her blood. The two clash but with time an attraction forms that might require one of them to buckle.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Very clearly. That was my Mom’s doings. My mother has stoked the fire for my love of writing since I can remember. When I was three I remember drawing her a picture while she was working. She flipped over it like mom’s do, then asked me to tell her the story behind the picture. She actually wrote down the story I made up and I drew more pictures until it was a book. I seriously remember it.

Then all through my school years she tended to my passion and developed my skills. Term papers, reports, essays, those were my strong points and I always went above the expectation. I was always telling stories and she demanded nothing less from me than intense imagination.

When I was twelve she bought me my first ‘clean’ romance book and now I owe her that too. That was how I discovered my genre. Great moms are wonderful.

What are your current projects? Oh I’m so excited to share! I have two. ‘The Divorce,’ and ‘Bealtane; Tales of the Fae.’ The Divorce’ is a full-length novel that has become the beat of my heart and Bealtane is another Novella that continues my first novella ‘Nollaig Shona Duit; A Christmas Tale.’  Sound wonderful!

What books have most influenced your life most? Well, the first romance book my mother gifted me was ‘The Proposal’ by Lori Wick. I read almost all her books and that was what led me to my perfect fit in genre.

The other is ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. Jo’s love of storytelling made me feel understood and few people understand me besides my mom.  

‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ by Jean M. Auel. I love stories about early time, they make me feel inwardly strong.

‘The Odyssey’ by Homer and all other Mythologies, they kick-started my imagination full force and it hasn’t stopped since.

 What inspired you to write your first book? I wanted to write about a love triangle that was realistic and honest. I wanted to explore the fact that the human heart might want more than what society allows. Monogamy is ideal but is it always obtainable? I wanted to write the struggle of loving more than one person but under the pressure of an era like the 19th century. Hence ‘The Duke of Golden Shire; King of Heart’s’ was born.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? In ‘Duke of Golden Shire; King of Hearts’ Nicholas Knight is 100% man. He may disappoint or earn imaginary slaps from readers but his “true man heart” is what made me fall in love with him.

His journey in discovering which woman to choose and his development as a character was fun to write.  

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Just that love doesn’t have boundaries and living under your own rules and choices should always outweigh society and it’s expectations. It’s better to risk a bad decision than to live for the opinions of others that don’t have to walk in your shoes.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Ahhhh in ‘Meadow Creek’ if I could get Jason Momoa to play a Native American, I’d be too much happy. YUM!

For Sloan, I’d want Phoebe Tonkin!!! She has the sass and class.  

When did you decide to become a writer? I’ve been writing forever since I first held a pen, but officially when I was ten. Everything else was fleeting or didn’t fit me. Early bird!

Why do you write? I literally have to. I’ve taken long breaks or talked myself out of trying but in the end I have too many voices in my head and they don’t quiet unless I put them on paper.

 What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My brain felt clogged with voices and ideas.

 Do you write full-time or part-time? I’m a single mom of three so part-time but all the time. I write through the noise and the interruptions. I fail miserably at domestic chores when I’m on a writing roll. You’re doing great. Keep it up!

What is the hardest thing about writing? Research. If I’m doing historical books, research is distracting for me. I might come up with ten more stories while looking for an answer to one question. I desire to be as accurate as possible, I hate being sloppy but that means read till you bleed.

Writers block too. If my people aren’t talking I get anxious, depressed and bitchy.

Having too much inspiration, the opposite of Block. Then you can’t type fast enough and get annoyed. I start to hate my hands haha. “Bloody type faster!”

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? ‘Meadow Creek,’ is based on my mother. Sloan’s character is my mom, and even the outrageous awesome acts she does are real. I didn’t make them up so honestly…nothing. Meadow Creek, aside from The Divorce, has been the easiest book to write. I had no blocks and was done with it in two weeks.

My mother kept my character breathing so my muse didn’t go out to lunch on me, I was lucky.

What is the easiest thing about writing? Mmm, the idea. Thinking it up while driving or showering, that’s easy and fun, everything else is delicious torture.

What book are you reading now? “Someone to Come Back to,” By Roisin Black. I’ve read all her books and this one is as epic as the others. She’s not only a close friend, she’s a badass author.

What is one random thing about you? I like someone to sit on my feet while I watch TV. Like I need my mom or my best friend to sit on my feet, I like tight spaces. I’m like a worm. Or a cat…

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I wrote my first book entirely by hand! That was a trip. A great experience, but never again. I prefer computer only. My sad little lap top. I did that once…didn’t work for me either.

 What does your writing process look like? Sloppy as hell! I don’t do anything right really. My outline is really just a notebook full of notes. Then toward the end, I number the notes and yeah…sloppy.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I need tea to start in the morning, and music, my Pinterest board and that’s it. I can write anywhere, anytime, and I’d say my weirdest habit is acting out the scene before writing it. I have a dramatic, private play out. Yes people have walked in on me, yes it’s awkward and yes I try to lie that I was on the phone or something, which doesn’t work.

How important are names to you in your books? Very. It MUST fit or I won’t use it. The character will act wrong till it’s right. I’ll ask them for hours, “What’s your friggin name?” Been there, done that.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Editing. I hate it. I hate it always.  I know an editor who would love to help…

 Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? First time around I think I thought they would market themselves. (Insert laughing like a pycho.)

It takes leg work, but it’s worth it.

 What is your favorite motivational phrase? My Mother always says, “When you get overwhelmed, just remember Nikki…How do you eat an elephant? One Bite at a time.”

She’s morbid like that but it works. She sounds fun!

What is your favorite book and why? I can’t. I just can’t. Books are like body parts, you need them all.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Find other writers! My book family is my life line. They motivate me, understand me, and support me. If I climb the rock first, I pull them up. When I slip, they pull ME up. It’s beautiful and special and I call them my “write or die,” crew.

Find your “Write or Die” crew and power each other forward. This isn’t a competition. There’s enough room on a reader’s bookshelf for all of us.

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing? READING! Antique stores. Coloring. Watching shows with my mom. Cuddling with my babies.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Music, my mother, my Daddy Joe, and my Best friend Jon. Those are the main places but I can get inspired over a tea cup.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I like the control Self-Publishing has given me and though I have to juggle it all on my own it’s worth it.

How do you market your books? Social media and local shops have been best for me. Networking is important. Making friends and sharing a little life creates readers that become as precious as rubies.

Why did you choose this route? I trust myself. If I wrote it I can publish it.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I don’t but I’d love to try one day. The PA’s I’ve met are incredible. I’m just always broke haha.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Foot work, and networking. You can’t stay an introvert.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Not enough probably. It should be more like 50/50 but I run out of day and funds sometimes.

What do you do to get book reviews? Make friends and meet new people and peddle. I walk around with business cards and a tote full of my books.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Somewhat steady now! YAY

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really. It’s a hit or miss.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I welcome them all. A review is a review. As long as it’s honest, I’m happy. I don’t write any book expecting everyone on earth to like it. I write to entertain myself, and my hope is to do the same for others.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Not really. I’ve made a book live in the amazon store before I intended to but…shrug**

What’s your views on social media for marketing? It’s a must. It’s where you meet people and connect. Events and Giveaways, and release parties are where I see sales spike.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook no doubt.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Don’t turn down constructive criticism, but don’t change your story based on opinion. It’s a delicate balance. You have to really trust the people you share with in early stages.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? Mostly Facebook events. I’m still learning Goodreads…

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I can’t pick one. I’m a history nut. That’s as bad as the favorite book question.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? None. I’m happy with the ones I made up.

 What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Don’t give up obviously, but more importantly like I said before, don’t make this a competition. Tearing another writer down won’t make your work better. We’re like stars in the sky. We light it up and make it beautiful together. One star wouldn’t make the sky that epic.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? My books are on Amazon in paperback and eBook.

You can also keep up with me and my books on the following sites.

www.nicolesbooks.wix.com/authorpage

FB:@nicolestrycharz

IG:@nikkiwrites2

TW:@asag4jupiter

Pinterest:@nikkiwrites2

And my email is: nicolesbooks@yahoo.com

#ASI: Jillian Jacobs

Hi Jillian, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Discuss your newest book. My latest release is Air’s Vision. The third and final book in a paranormal romance trilogy about four peri-mortal beings who use their element-air, water, earth, fire- to protect the Earth and its inhabitants. I would suggest reading them in order: Water’s Threshold, Fire’s Field, Air’s Vision.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’m an avid romance reader, and thought, I can do this. It’s not as easy as it seems. I had to learn basic grammar all over again. Grammar can be a pain.

What are your current projects?  I have a novella waiting to be run through a second draft. I also am finishing the first draft of my third romantic suspense in the O-Line Series, Maude’s Score.

What books have most influenced your life most? I get asked this question a lot. I think reading in itself has influenced me. Influential books are ones like Night by Elie Wiesel.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Main character, Nodin has the ability to become all forms of his element, air. Interesting.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? A lot of messages, take care of the earth, good wins over evil, believe in yourself, and sometimes you have to make sacrifices to find love and happiness.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Both characters are Native American, so I don’t have anyone in mind.

When did you decide to become a writer? In 2013.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I thought I’d make easy money putting out a book. It does not work like that…at all.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time

What is the hardest thing about writing? First draft, second draft, third draft, edits, final draft… Another hard thing is finding new readers.  So everything? Sounds about right.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The female lead is blind, so that presented challenges in showing the reader versus telling.

What is the easiest thing about writing? I’m drawing a blank other than when you just set your mind free on that first draft and tap out what’s in your head.

What book are you reading now? I’m reading entries for a contest.

What is one random thing about you? I like moose.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? No, but sometimes, when I’m driving or walking on the treadmill, ideas come to me, so I have notepads everywhere.

How important are names to you in your books? Crucial, especially in the paranormal series. I used names that meant their particular element.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I don’t believe in making marketing mistakes. I’m a contract media buyer by day, so I believe in all forms of advertising. Anyway you can get your name or your book seen can help keep you at Top of Mind Awareness.

What is your favorite book and why? Yikes, I don’t have a favorite. Well, if you held me down maybe, Until You by Judith McNaught.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Take your time, know it’s expensive, befriend other writers, join writing groups, attend writer events, and just write.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Being an author encompasses so much of my time. I started a boxing class last fall, I enjoy that.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Use the sale sites like Bookbub or Book Gorilla, Boost ads on Facebook, attend author signings and national conferences like RT (Romantic Times), support other authors

What do you do to get book reviews? I read them and like them, regardless of the readers comments or the number of stars, I’m grateful someone took the time to register their thoughts.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Stay away from drama by being careful about what you say.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Elvis, because he is The King! Agreed!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Outlander.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Use an honest and well-educated editor

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work? Visit my website at www.jillianjacobs.com

#ASI: Angela Roquet

Hi Angela, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi there! A little about myself… I’m an urban fantasy author from Missouri. I’m happily married to my best friend, and we have one very awesome son. We recently relocated to Lake of the Ozarks, where my husband and I both enjoyed our summers as kids, and now I feel like I’m on permanent vacation. It’s magical here. As far as background goes, I was actually more drawn to art growing up, and my degree is in art, too. I wanted to be an animator for Disney or Cartoon Network, and I was constantly drawing up storyboards and writing scripts for shows I wanted to create. A high school English teacher nudged me toward writing novels, after I showed her one of my script notebooks. It was at that point that I realized it was the storytelling element that really spoke to me. Before I made enough from writing to call it a career, I learned on my artistic talent and did a lot of freelance graphic design work. I miss my home state!

Discuss your newest book. “Ghost Market” is the sixth novel in my Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. War in Limbo City has been thwarted, but there’s still a period of adjustment everyone is going through, including the now leaderless rebels. Some of those rebels have fueled the ghost market (like the black market, except they deal in poached souls) into a prominent problem that Lana is assigned to fix. If that wasn’t bad enough, the council, who are now fully aware of Lana’s unsanctioned special abilities, have decided that if she doesn’t fix the problem, her past transgressions are enough for them to vote her out of existence. Sounds ominous!

What are your current projects? Right now I am working on “Death at First Sight” book 2 in my Spero Heights series.

What books have most influenced your life? There are so many… but “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn and “The Age of Spiritual Machines” by Ray Kurzweil both come to mind first.

What inspired you to write your first book? It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the macabre, and the grim reaper is a just such a fun character to play with. I’m also fascinated with world religions—their similarities, differences, influence on history and art. The question of how an all-inclusive and modern afterlife might look and function was such a natural angle for me to approach with my writing. “Graveyard Shift”, my first Lana Harvey noel, began as a short story with a female grim reaper transporting a soul to the other side, through the harbor of Limbo City (the capital of the afterlife) and over the Sea of Eternity, where all of the heavens and hells waited on the outlining coast. I had a friend read that story, and they quickly informed me that it needed to be a novel, and not just a novel, but a series.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Lana Harvey doesn’t appear special at first. She’s a standard, low-risk soul harvester at Reapers Inc. That all changes when she’s assigned to collect a very special soul. The hazards of the new job end up revealing that she was not cast from the same mold as other reapers. She was given something extra that made this particular job something only she could do when the time came. She can see the importance of a soul—the very aura that determines their value, and whether or not they’re an original believer of a particular faith, something that is of the utmost value to Grim and the structure of Eternity.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? As a fantasy author, my main goal is to entertain with a good story, but, like many other authors, I do believe that my values shine through to some degree. The message in my Lana series is aimed toward religious tolerance. People tend to fear what they do not understand, so slipping in bits about other religions and mythologies is something I hope will lend readers insight into faiths they are unfamiliar with. Knowledge is power, and it is also a means of compassion.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? My answer for this one is constantly evolving, but at the moment, I think Ellen Page would make a fantastic Lana. Her sense of humor is totally on point. I think Christina Ricci would be awesome too though. Both great actresses in my opinion.

When did you decide to become a writer? I think I’ve always been a writer. I can remember stories that I wrote in 5th grade. But professionally, I believe that happened when I was 16. I went on to get an art degree, but my first novel was actually published before I finished that degree. Writing has always been part of my personal story.

Why do you write? Because I can’t help it. lol.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? The first time? That might be too long ago for me to remember. The one week mark after editing for my latest novel is complete is what makes me sit down and start something these days.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Full-time for the past year. : )

What is the hardest thing about writing? Scheduling my writing sessions. I am a serious creature of habit, and having my daily routine disturbed is a big challenge that I still struggle with constantly. The trick is to block out more sections of time than you actually need, so if you have to forfeit one or more for any number of reasons (doctor’s appointment, school play, funeral) you’re not totally thrown off track and miss deadlines. I have not mastered this yet. Maybe by book 10 I’ll have it figured out.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Scheduling my writing sessions. For real. This one kills me.

What is the easiest thing about writing? Dreaming up stories. I have more story ideas than I will ever be able to flesh out into novels. Unless science unlocks the secrets of immortality in my time. Fingers crossed!

 What book are you reading now? “The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black. I love her.

 

What is one random thing about you? Hmmm. My favorite band is Our Lady Peace.

 

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I’m good with whatever I can get my hands on, though I can type faster than I write by hand, and it’s definitely more legible that way too.

 What does your writing process look like? I outline everything with large post-it notes on a poster board, and then I type up a document with all of my chapter headings and add a typed chapter summary under each one. Then I go from there, occasionally jumped from chapter to chapter if I feel like working on something in particular that day.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t think so. Like I said, creature of habit here. 95% of my writing is done in my office, and the other 5% is done at the island in my kitchen, usually only if something on the stove or in the oven needs to be watched.

How important are names to you in your books? In my Lana series, many of the names were already determined by the various mythologies and religions I employed. Others were just names I liked, but there were a few that I researched for something more meaningful.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Challenges change day to day. There are certain times that I find writing angst and sorrow hard to do, or writing a death scene for a character that I like.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’ve made my fair share of mistakes along the way, but it’s hard to say, when it comes to marketing, what will work tomorrow or next year. It could be vastly different from what works today, so mistakes will happen. What I have learned to do differently is not beat myself up over them. The most productive thing I can do is keep moving forward.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? In with the Buddha, out with the Hitler. LOVE IT!!

 What is your favorite book and why? The Wizard of Oz. Always has been, always will be. ♥

 Do you have any advice for other writers? The internet is magical, and it’s a good place to find or form your inner circle. You’ll have access to thousands of like-minded writers all across the globe. This is how I found my critique group, the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse. Having a circle of friends all on the same path, who are dedicated to helping one another along the way, is such a wonderful thing. When I feel lost or unsure about something, I turn to them. And when I find something useful, I share it with them. Writing can be a lonely career, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll want someone to share your ups and downs with.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I enjoy a lot of things. Mostly, I like spending time on the lake with my family. But I also enjoy painting and drawing and singing. And of course I LOVE to read, so I do a lot of that too.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Everything. There’s so much in this world. I try to be a sponge and soak it all up.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-publishing, like I do, can be challenging. I think it helps when an author has some experience in something other than just writing. I was lucky in that I had graphic design experience. I’m able to design a lot of my own promotional materials. I also have a bit of marketing experience, heavily linked into my freelance graphic design work. Not having this experience doesn’t mean an author can’t adequately tackle self-publishing, it just means that it might cost them a little more up front if they want a professional looking book.

Traditional publishing allows an author to turn over all other aspects of book publishing to a team of professionals, but that also means they’ll be turning over a larger chunk of royalties. Is it worth it? Sometimes. I’m happy with my self-published novels, but I can definitely see the appeal in letting someone else handle all the extra details of the job. It’s something I would still consider for future novels.

How do you market your books? I use a lot of different methods, but lately, I prefer BookBub and hosting Facebook parties.

Why did you choose this route? It’s fun, and readers seem to enjoy the silliness and prizes. : )

 

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I have not used a PR agency before. I think if it was something my budget would support and the company had plenty of testimonials from familiar authors, I might give it a try.

 Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Do your homework. A quick Google search can save so much time and money.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? It seems to take up a larger part of the pie lately. Maybe 30%.

What do you do to get book reviews? I include a short, polite request in the back of all my books. I also send out a handful of ARCs to readers who have been following my series from the beginning. It’s a great way to get a few early reviews on Goodreads.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Considering I have over 800 reviews for my first novel, I think it’s going pretty well.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? I just have a short mailing list for the ARCs, but I did try something new with my latest book. I hosted a Facebook party and gave away about a dozen extra ARCs as prizes.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Reviews are great! I try to read them all, even the bad ones. Sometimes the bad reviews will have good points that I’ll consider in future novels. Sometimes they’re just flat out mean and I try to chalk it up to that person was probably just having a bad day or my book wasn’t their cup of tea. Not everyone will like what you write. There is no writer who pleases 100% of readers. Take the last Sookie Stackhouse novel for example. I rather enjoyed it, but there are over 1000 1-star reviews on Amazon alone. : /  Even Harry Potter has negative reviews. It’s part of the business. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that negative reviews will at least make your good reviews more credible and should assure readers that more than just your friends and family have read your book.

 Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Erm… I once tried to set up a signing at what I thought was an indie bookstore in state I would be traveling through soon, only to find out that it was actually an “adult” bookstore. The name was very misleading, and it was quite awkward explaining that my book was not a picture book of that nature. lol lol

 What’s your views on social media for marketing? I think it’s great if you use it right, and more of a noose if you use it wrong. Blasting “buy my book” non-stop is a great way to turn off potential readers. Social media should be used to connect with and entertain fans. Think like a writer, not a telemarketer.

Which social network worked best for you? I’ve dabbled in most of them, but I still prefer Facebook 80% of the time. Twitter the other 20%.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? That’s a novel for another day. ; )

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I have a mailing list, and I have a few friends who blog and post to social media the week of the release. I also have a really awesome reader, Andrea, who does Twitter countdowns a couple weeks before release day. I think it all helps. I might try a Goodreads book launch in the future though, now that you’ve mentioned it. Thanks!

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Terry Pratchett. He was the king of world building and humor. I didn’t start reading his work until shortly after I published my first novel. A reader mentioned his grim reaper character in the Discworld series, and I immediately picked up the first book from the library. I’ve been smitten ever since, and it was a sad day when he left us.

 If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? That’s… a new one. Hmmm. Probably Peter Pan. It’s such a magical classic, and it has inspired so many other works: Hook, Pan, Return to Neverland, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and the Tinker Bell movies (which I love to watch with my son).I mean, my kiddo thinks I’m pretty cool as-is, but if I had written Peter Pan, I’d be the coolest!

How can readers discover more about you and your work? My first book “Graveyard Shift” is FREE on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and more. You can also connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Or find me at http://www.angelaroquet.com

#ASI: JD Carabella

Hi JD, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m 40-something, married with one child. I’ve been with my husband for 25 years and we live in the mountains of Maryland. I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and a large aquarium of fish. I’m a nerd and a geek. I love fantasy, sci-fi, comics, tabletop roleplaying and video games. As well as also being a computer programmer and IT Project manager in my day job. I’ve been addicted to books for as long as I remember. I’ve forgotten more books than many people have read. Welcome!

Discuss your newest book. Nocturnal Voyeur started as an idea of how to combine Lovecraft and Traditional Paranormal Romance. Which really should be enough of a warning for folks. The FMC, Fiona, has the power to control the Dream realm, but doesn’t know it. By controlling her, various evil supernatural creatures would be able to use her power. Mack, a Native American Bear Shifter, has traditionally controlled access to the Dream in Chicago, so he has an interest in her as well. But his desire for her isn’t to control her, his goes much further, as he feels they are fated to be together. Because Fiona’s powers were awakened in her sexually by a shadowy otherworldly being, her abilities start out with her being able to see into people’s sexual fantasies and are tied to her own sexual desire. Mack helps her learn how to control the very fabric of dreams, but in the end she has to learn to master it to save Mack’s life. Sounds very good.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always wanted to write, but was afraid to. Some people have inspirational stories of how their teacher mentored them, unfortunately I have the opposite. I was not a good student in school due to boredom. The one class I was excited about in High School was Creative Writing. I’d lived in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section of the library since I was 8. I already had Foundation and Dune under my belt by middle school. I wrote this wonderful story (at least to me) for my first assignment. After the teacher looked at it, she questioned me about words I’d used. As a reader, you know you end up with a rather large vocabulary. She didn’t think I knew the meaning of several of the words and accused me of plagiarism. After I defined all the words for her, I gave her the bird and walked out of class, never to return.

I realize this is somewhat of  the opposite of what you asked, but for me the struggle was overcoming that fear of rejection. When I finally got old enough to decide I’d rather do what I’ve always dreamed of doing instead of being afraid, I finally just started to write. Good for you! I hate when teachers put a student down instead of lifting them up.

What are your current projects? I have two currently. Both are being written as novels and not short stories, so that changes the format a lot for me. Lets me take more time developing characters and plot, and actually less sex.

Dorothy Surrenders is a companion story to Arrested by Passion and Nocturnal Voyeur. In the two previous books we encounter Dorothy. She was Kathleen’s old friend in Arrested and Fiona witnesses something horrible happening to Dorothy in Voyeur. Surrenders starts out nearly a decade before the other two stories and ends at the same time as AP and NV. That arc is set mostly in the 1930s. Dorothy’s story is going to be very dark, she suffers a great tragedy and becomes nearly a slave through part of it. But in the end it is a love story and Dorothy will be rescued.

I’m also working on an untitled Contemporary Urban Fantasy. Though the mythology between the worlds will remain the same. It’s the same universe, just further in time than the 1930s stories. There will still be a love story, the Paranormal plot will be the primary plot. The main character will be a monster hunter named Ash. His partner and eventual love interest will be a supernatural creature he rescues, who turns out to be a Fallen Angel.

What books have influenced your life most? I love old Sci-Fi and read so much of that in my formative years, it’s always stuck with me. Stranger in a Strange Land, More Than Human, Dune, and I Robot influenced me on an almost existential level. They explored the human condition above and outside the human. But my love for supernatural came from the Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse series. I started reading those back in the early 2000s.

What inspired you to write your first book?  The 1930s era stories are actually inspired by a roleplaying game, a movie called To Cast a Deadly Spell and Agent Carter. My favorite era, cool.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? I have lots of MCs, though the one that is nearest to my heart is Kathleen from Arrested by Passion. She’s a willworker ie; a mage in the 1930s. She’s also a reporter and uses a pseudonym to hide her sex from her readers. Her struggle to succeed in a man’s world and her conflict over accepting her sexual desires vs her strong independent nature resonates with me quite a bit. I like that she’s so strong on her own, but yet so submissive in bed. I dislike the stereotype that a woman is weak if she’s submissive.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? You can be weak and still strong and vice versa. That no one is perfectly good, everyone has flaws. Also, that sometimes, evil is just evil, it has no excuse.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?  Katheryn Winnick as Fiona from Nocturnal Voyeur, she plays Lagertha on Vikings.

When did you decide to become a writer? I have always wanted to, but was afraid of rejection letters. Self-publishing is why I decided to take the chance.

Why do you write? Because I have all these ideas bubbling out all the time. My problem isn’t coming up with ideas, it’s having enough time to write them down.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  Try not to laugh. A Cracked article. I was just so intimidated by the idea of trying to get published and if I could find an audience or not. I started out writing my stories as erotic shorts. They were easy – I like smut – and low-risk in that I didn’t spend months writing to find out that no one liked it. The article pointed out how easy it was to use Amazon to self-publish and the basics of writing erotic short stories. I did not make a ton of money with my shorts and the immediate feedback I got was that I should be writing full-length stories out of them.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Definitely part-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Getting the time to do it, plus staying consistent across books. I cross over a lot, and have character sheets and short descriptions so I can quickly remember their eye color etc.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Deciding how gross I want to go. I find I tend to go very graphic because that’s how I see it in my head and I want the reader to be able to see it and feel it.

What is the easiest thing about writing? The world building and mythology and ideas.

What book are you reading now? Oh, The Girl with All the Gifts. That story has been such a kick in the gut – wow. Totally new twist on the zombie story. I love Mike Carey.

What is one random thing about you? I love villains. My favorite is Maleficent, followed closely by Loki. Some villians you can’t help but love.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I jot notes down on pen & paper or notepad on my phone when I have an idea on the go. But for writing it’s my computer and Scrivener.

What does your writing process look like? Lots of brainstorming with my husband or my friends. Then long drives with music or soaking in the bath to think about character voice. Then I jot out outline cards in Scrivener, which match up to chapters. From then it’s more seat of the pants and what the characters what to do. Once I have a chapter written, I run it through some online tools to catch anything obvious. Then I have several editing partners review it, my husband included. Once it’s complete, I have some Beta readers take a go at it.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I think the bath is the weirdest. I’ll float there and listen to some instrumental music (can’t have vocals, they’re distracting) and run through dialogue and character reactions in my head or a loud.

How important are names to you in your books? I try to make them accurate to the time and culture of the character. I also try to avoid any other major books character name, though I don’t always do that.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I like to surprise people, sometimes that has led to misunderstanding about a plot or that a character seems too mysterious because I didn’t want to give something away. In Nocturnal Voyeur I wanted people to keep guessing about Mack – what are his real motives? My favorite though is Milady’s Command. It’s a short erotic story, but it’s a bit tongue in cheek, and that was missed by at least one reviewer. The whole 1980s Harlequin Romance vibe was deliberate and about half way through you figure out why. Better read it to find out!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? Oh. Well, I picked a really conflicting genre to start with. Paranormal, historical, erotic romance turned out to be a harder sell than I thought. Not just any historical, but 1930s. I love the era, but most people who love the era don’t mix it with paranormal. The fact that Agent Carter is tucked into the mid-season break of Agents of Shield should have been a big hint for me that the audience for that era just isn’t as big. Most historical romances are set earlier than that. I have a whole rack of reviews that start with, “I don’t normally read X, but …”  Most of them liked it once they read it, but it’s been a struggle to get them to pick them up. I should have started with straight contemporary PNR/UF, then once I had readers who loved what I wrote, I could get a bit more experimental.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be done. Strangely, this is from my endodontist who hits me with the shot as soon as I sit in the chair so I don’t just keep dreading it.

What is your favorite book and why? Snowcrash. I love the concept, the new cyberpunk, the banter and vision. So many neat things in this book, so many new ideas. Strong female character too, and the ultimate Alpha – he has a freaking nuke in the sidecar of his motorcycle. 🙂

Do you have any advice for other writers? Write what you love, it won’t be as much of a chore then.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I roleplay, read, play video games, watch movies – I’m an action movie addict, especially Asian ones –  drink beer and margaritas, cook, garden and try to get my son to do his homework.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Everywhere. Books, movies, mythology, roleplaying games, songs. The other day I was trusting Google maps to get me somewhere and I thought, “We just trust this thing to take us to where we want to go – what if it was evil?” I’m going to fit that in somewhere.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I hate the idea of rejection letters and being forced into a box. Having someone else do my marketing and editing would be nice – but by all accounts, the big publishers don’t spend much money on your marketing, so you still need to maintain your own social platform.

How do you market your books? I’m still boiling this down to find the most efficient way. I’ll tell you, Twitter is useless for marketing. Facebook blogs and the like might get some clicks. But the absolute best is via Newsletters. Not just your own, but big names with 10k+ subscribers in your genre. Don’t bother with the ones that aren’t targeted to your genre.

Why did you choose this route? Because I could do it myself. I’m the kind of person who buys a book on tiling and tiles their own bathroom. Literally did this. Same with painting, electrical wiring, computer building etc.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? Considering it. Because it comes down to time. I could build the network and take the time to post everywhere, but that means I’m not writing. Writing is the one thing that no one else can do for me. But I need that PR person or agency to not be a dick. No slamming other authors or being pushy – I hate hard sells. Plus I only spend as much on advertising as I made on books 3 months ago – ie; what I get from Amazon in that month I’ll spend on ads.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? If it’s ok if I name drop – Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains and Shameless Book Club have cost effective newsletters for steamy romance books at less than $20. I Love Vampire Novels and Romance Devoured newsletters are in the $50-70 range. The holy grail is Bookbub, but you’re talking $500 and up there, and they are very choosey. But I’d definitely stick with email newsletters, unless you’re ready to tackle Facebook ads. For a grassroots effort, if you are patient with Goodreads, it’s a great place to find reviews and beta readers.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Too much. But I try to not use writing time, but to use other moments. Like the Doctor’s office or waiting on hold on a phone call or while I’m cooking.

What do you do to get book reviews? I have a detailed spreadsheet of blogs that do erotic romance reviews and I use Goodreads and my newsletter. I’ve gotten some nice organic reviews as well though Goodreads recommendations and Facebook takeovers.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? It’s still about 50% of the ones I’ve sent copies of the books to. Which is about average.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Find groups appropriate to your book – ie; the BDSM group on Goodreads is great and has a fantastic review program. So does the Fifty Shades Support Group. Your newsletter subscribers are obviously a great resource, they already liked you enough to subscribe!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Ah. Other than trying to not let them keep me up at night, I try to look at them critically. Is there something to learn there? Or maybe that person just didn’t know what they were about to read. A lot of my current reviewers seem to have overlooked some of the book description or maybe I was too subtle in the description. “Amorphous shadowy lover” may have been too vague for some people.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Amusing, no. Painful, yes. I had a Thunderclap go out with half of the links to a typo on the cover (facepalm). No one noticed it though.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? People don’t click off of Twitter. They might for Facebook for a sale or freebie. Free or cheap Facebook takeovers are good and can net you some totally new readers, but don’t just spam them with ‘this is my book, buy it’. Hell, never spam anyone with ‘this is my book, buy it’ no one likes that. Engage on a personal level, be interesting, make friends.

Which social network worked best for you? I like Facebook, but I’m about to make some serious changes to how I do my newsletter. Lots of unique and interactive content will be exclusively available there.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Pick a popular niche, develop it, then get experimental and play with tropes. Get the readers comfortable with you before you try to get them to try a chocolate covered banana dipped in red chili.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I contact a bunch of Book bloggers that I’ve already established a relationship with and asked them to post, plus used all the free newsletter options. I need to re-look at this I think.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Kurt Vonnegut – I’d love to sit with him and drink beer for hours and just talk.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human. They were writing really new concepts back then, no one else had ever written anything like it before. How neat that must have been. Now it feels like there is nothing new under the sun, and we’re just struggling to come up with some new twist.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Start writing, find a peer review group to look over each other’s writing. You’ll learn so much by critiquing other writer’s work. Can’t find one, start one.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I’m all over the social media spectrum. My website is under development, but until then:

 

Mailing Listbit.ly/1oETKyy – I’ll be doing plot, name and other contests to include content from my subscribers in my books, as well as Beta and ARCs and freebies.

Amazon Author Pageamzn.to/1Qnf7NX – Currently I’m all in on Amazon, so all my books can be found here.

Goodreads Pagebit.ly/1T45NSY – I’m pretty active on Goodreads and accept all friend requests.

Pinterestbit.ly/24Doa4P – Pinterest is where I’d recommend after the Newsletter. I have a board specifically for pictures that have inspired me for a story or character.

Twitter – NSFW 18+: bit.ly/1Q8JZzj – I talk a little about writing on Twitter, including when I’m writing, but also like to share naughty or semi-naughty pictures.

Tumblr – NSFW 18+: bit.ly/1QAgVGt – My Tumblr has lots of dirty stuff.

Blogbit.ly/1QtYHRz – My Blog has all book announcements and some general ramblings. But these cross post to Facebook and Goodreads.

#ASI: Piper Davenport

Hi Piper, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Discuss your newest book. Road to Victory is Knight & Kim’s story and they’ve waited a long time to get their happily ever after, so I’m excited for them.

 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Ah…no…not really…I don’t know that I’ve ever had an interest. It’s been more of a burning need to write or die kind of thing.

What are your current projects? I am in the finished book coma at the moment, so it’s the “I will never write another book” phase. Ask me in a week or two and I might be willing to sit down and write again.

 What books have most influenced your life most? Christine Feehan’s Dark series, Julia Quinn (everything), and this really old book, called Timeless Passion by Constance Day O’Flannery.

 What inspired you to write your first book? I read a horrible one and thought I could do better than this…I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it now. Probably a good thing.

 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Kim is horribly emotionally wounded, having survived abuse in her past, but she also has an incredible confidence about her that draws people in. She’s loyal to a fault, and she’s easily hurt, but she’s also funny and smart, so it’s no surprise Knight fell in love with her. And he’s all alpha with a heart of gold who beats back her demons…who doesn’t love that?

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

I’m one of those die-hard romantics who believes there’s only one true love and when you find him/her, you treasure them…so all my books really have that message.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? No clue! This is one of the first books I’ve written where I have no one in mind.

When did you decide to become a writer? When I lost my job and couldn’t find another one.

Why do you write? Because I can mostly. Piper Davenport is actually my pen name, but I also write under my real name and it has afforded me the ability to do this as a living.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I write full time.

What book are you reading now?

 

Reading? What is this thing you call reading? Unfortunately, I haven’t got a lot of time to read, but give me anything from Amanda Washington or Geri Glenn and I’m in.

 

What is one random thing about you?

 

I’m married to an ex-pastor, but I swear like a sailor. I guess there is a reason he’s an EX-pastor. 🙂 Jk

 

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

 

Computer!

 

What does your writing process look like? I vomit onto the page….I don’t edit as I go.

 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

 

I write on my sofa with the television on most days.

 

How important are names to you in your books?

 

Not particularly, because they’re so subjective. One name might remind you of someone you love…or hate.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

Not being able to type fast enough!

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

GET AN EDITOR! I know one!

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

 

I ride horses every chance I get

 

From where do you gain your inspiration?

 

Everywhere!

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I keep all my royalties and I have total control over quality.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Abraham Lincoln…because I feel he’s the only decent president we’ve ever had.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

 

www.facebook.com/piperdavenport