#BookReview: Loki (Highland Clan Series Book 1) by Keira Montclair 4/5 Stars

Loved it, but about halfway through I began to lose interest. It just seemed like the book should have been split into two but kept going, which is why it took me so long to get through it. Still worth a good read.

#BookReview: When Darkness Falls by Ellen Chauvet

Amazing! Honestly, I have fallen a bit out of love with vampires, but this book has brought the love back. Poor Lexie has a week from hell, from losing two best friends and the love of her life, and now she is prepared to kill and gain a sense of normalness to her life. There is a hint of Buffy in the heroine, but the author manages to eclipse the show and surpass it with ease.

#BookReview: Craving the Alpha by Kate Kent 5/5 Stars

Overview: Kristin has just finished her camp counselor job for the summer and is hanging back to clean up with Beverly and Todd when the camp owner drugs them and feeds them to a pack of wolves. A second pack, in need of child-bearing aged women, save them and bring them into their home. Upon waking, Kristin learns that werewolves are real and two have chosen her as their mate. Under the gun to choose now, she picks one with the assistance of a natural pack member. Now she is regretting her choice as the first night of her turning is upon her and he is nowhere to be found.

Review: I love it. I hate that it is so short, but can’t wait to read the next book! It keeps you on your toes, wondering if she made the right choice and if she is going to stick with it. It’s full of suspense, comedy and steamy.

Recommend: Yes

#BookReview: Highland Repress by Riley Morano 3/5 Stars

Overview: Ashley and Tristan celebrate the arrival of their first child, but the day is soon turned dark when the clan tart appears to badger them about her child being his. She persists and later insists that Ashley’s father is the father of her child instead. A battle is stopped before it is begun and a second almost takes the life of brother and sister.

Opinion: Way too fast paced. You almost get whiplash from all the action. It is just go, go, go without a break in between one child being born, to a wedding, then almost death and sudden premature labor.

Recommend: Maybe.

#BookReview: Lass of the Ley Lines by Kate Screen 4\5 Stars

Overview: Millie Canvers just quit her job, squatting in an abandoned house and gave her last bit of food to a girl worse off than she is. The only thing she has going for her is a strange pull to an old castle and the original family’s ancestors wanting to help her. An old man gives her a crazy mission, to cross time and save his family from ruin. Knowing that he is probably crazy, she listens and goes for it. Making the jump she lands in the 1300’s with no clue how to complete her mission, with out falling for the enemy.

Review: Pretty good. The girl is down on her luck and you feel so sorry for her, but admire her fight to survive after everything she has been through. It’s a short and sweet story.

Recommend: Yes

#BookReview: Hot Mess by Madeline A. Rosenberg 2/5 Stars

Overview: Anna is your regular popular girl that everyone either loves, hates, or loves to hate. Her boyfriend is a recovering drug addict. We start in the present but bounce back to the past and back again, each time adding more details of how Anna’s decisions affect her friends and family.

Opinion: Though the story seems to take place in the present, there are references that make me think it happens in the eighties; but then there is so much texting that maybe not. Some of the flashbacks meld and telling the difference is difficult. Anna and Trevor seem like the perfect couple, but as we are inside their heads it’s as if they are still in high school instead of college and everyone is a spoiled rich kid. It may just not be my usual cup of tea, but personally I don’t care for it.

Recommend: Not really

#ASI: ErinTrejo

Hi Erin, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  I’m a stay at home mother of 4. I was born and raised in Illinois before my parent’s moved us to Georgia. I’m happily married to an amazing man. For the most part I’m a goofball that just enjoys writing.

Discuss your newest book. My newest book is Tank Fallen Angel’s MC 2. It’s the second book in the series. Tank is your typical alpha but has a heart of gold. His family means the world to him but his definition of family is different than most peoples.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was listening to some music and an idea just kind of popped into my head and I went with it. It helps calm me to be able to write. Music is great inspiration!

What are your current projects? My current projects vary. LOL. I have a few I’m working on that are a little more dark romance than my normal books. I hope they turn out well!

What books have most influenced your life most? I don’t read a lot surprisingly.

 What inspired you to write your first book? Music. I think that music is a huge factor in my writing. It’s very inspirational. lol true!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Tank is an alpha male. He views his family as the people that mean the most to him. His family isn’t always blood-related and he knows that.  He plays a big role in the MC world.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There is! It would that family is what you and who you make it.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Vin Diesel! He would be amazing! Definitly Alpha male material!

When did you decide to become a writer? About a year ago.

Why do you write? Writing helps me calm my brain. At times I feel like my head spins in circles and writing helps me calm it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I thought that I’d try it one day. It helped a lot and it gave me a freedom to write whatever came to mind. I loved that.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  In between! Lol. I don’t have a regular job so I guess full time!

What is the hardest thing about writing? I would say the hardest thing would be how hard I am on myself. That self-doubt is horrible! I’m always asking for opinions when I feel like something isn’t good enough. I’m my own worst critic.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Deciding how to end it. I wasn’t sure which direction to take the ending. Endings can be tricky.

What is the easiest thing about writing? The easiest thing about writing for me is that I can make it into what I want it to be. I can twist the characters or plot into what I want it to be.

What book are you reading now? Sadly, I’m not reading anything at the moment.

What is one random thing about you? Just one??!! I’m a very random person. LOL. My favorite color is black. Always has been. Oohh! It’s a good color, so many things bring about its darkness.

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

What does your writing process look like? I usually write at night so after all the kids are in bed, I climb in too with my laptop.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Strange? No. I do yell at my characters out loud. LOL. Sometimes I have to send myself a random text to keep an idea.

How important are names to you in your books? Names aren’t really important. I think you can turn any name into a story.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? As I said before, I’m my own critic so I think that letting something go and moving on is a challenge for me.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I haven’t found any mistakes yet. Everything we’ve tried as seemed to be helpful in its own way.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? THE CROW! “It can’t rain all the time.”  It holds many meanings to me.

What is your favorite book and why? I couldn’t pick one.

Do you have any advice for other writers? The only advice I would give would be to not give up. If you love it and it means something to you that’s all that matters. You can’t please everyone so please yourself. You are the most important.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I spend time with my family. I also have 2 bearded dragons that are my babies!

From where do you gain your inspiration? Music. All kinds of music. There isn’t just one genre that I listen to.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? That’s a tough one. I was never published with a company so I’m not really sure about that. I think self-publishing is amazing though. You can choose your platforms and marketing.

How do you market your books? I personally use facebook, twitter, etc.

Why did you choose this route? Social media is a big industry. There are so many ways to connect with new people.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I haven’t! If I found an agency that worked well with indie’s, I may look into it.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Just share. Anywhere and everywhere. If you’re not sharing no one will see your books.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Not much. I’m more into my writing than marketing.

What do you do to get book reviews? To get reviews I sometimes give away copies. I hold random giveaways on my page and things like that. If I get a new like to my page I like to send them a book of mine, kind of like a get to know me sort of thing.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not too bad. I don’t have many but I’m proud of the ones I do have.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really. I will sometimes ask friends to ask friends and things like that.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? There all reviews! I think the bad ones help me to see what someone didn’t like. That way I can go back and look it over. Maybe it wasn’t working for that story. If I get a bad review I take it as a learning tool.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? NOT YET! LOL. I’m sure there will be in the future.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? I think it’s great. As I said early, there are so many ways to reach new people with social media.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook. Facebook has so many groups that you can get into and promote and meet new people.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Don’t be pushy. Don’t expect to get a hundred 5 star reviews instantly. It’s a hard long road to gain a few reviews. Be patient.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? As far as press release, I’ve only used facebook. I ask blogs for support on release day.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Kurt Cobain. I think he had a powerful mind and I’d love to pick through it.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I don’t think I could pick one. I wouldn’t want anyone else’s work but my own.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Keep your head up. It takes a long time to get noticed. I’m still working on that part. It isn’t instant success and it is hard work.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook! Amazon! Twitter! I’m kind of all over. A quick search of my name on any of those and you will find me!

In case you don’t, here’s my links 😉

Erin’s  newsletter sign up url: http://eepurl.com/bKFqqb

Erin’s website: http://erintrejo.my-free.website/

Facebook like page: https://www.facebook.com/indieauthorerintrejo/?fref=ts

Facebook friend page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009168797091&fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trejo_erin

Amazon url: http://amzn.to/1OLCYUm

 

#ASI: Kat Green

Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi thank you for having me. I was born in November 1979 into a military family and moved around a lot during my childhood. This shaped me into the person I am today. My family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I now live with my husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. I don’t pretend to be the best, I am still growing as a writer and having lots of fun along the way. I love books and have a busy imagination. My love for music plays a big part in my first novel called Strings. I love to watch live bands and can usually be found at gigs around the UK. In 2010 I lost my mother to blood cancer and it was time to put my words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say ‘Life is too short and precious to waste’ is my motto. Writing is my passion and my escape. I’m sorry to hear about your mom.

Discuss your newest book. I have two books out at the moment.

Strings & Encore, part 1 & 2 of my trilogy. It’s a rock romance with a twist of mystery, thriller and suspense.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always wanted to do it, always been in my head. I wrote a story at 11 but never showed it to anyone. Handwritten to and 150 pages and it was very similar to Strings just without the rock band side of things.

What are your current projects? I am working on book 3, the final part of my trilogy

What inspired you to write your first book? My mum was a massive inspiration. If she could smile through the pain of cancer. I could write a book. Self-doubt stopped me for a long time but when I lost my mum to blood cancer everything changed and I realized life was short and I didn’t want to have regrets. I decided to live life to the full and be brave.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Melissa Webb is a normal girl one minute, next she’s public property dealing with a lot of things that come with fame, but she never lets it change her. She stays strong and true to herself and her friends no matter what get thrown at her. She’s beautiful inside and out.

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, friendship, family and having loyalty can get you through any dark times. That no matter what happens you can survive.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? That is really hard because I have tried to put together a cast list so many times. I actually can’t decide as for me there isn’t anyone I feel is perfect for the roles. These are people who I’ve created and don’t exist.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? The loss of my mum. Once my grief had eased I decided to go for it.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-Time. I would love to be able to do it all day every day but with family life and a family business it isn’t possible right now. I write mostly in the evening.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? As it is the final part of a series, not letting my readers down and making sure they get the ending they’ve been waiting for.

What is the easiest thing about writing? I find coming up with a basic plot quite easy but it’s getting the whole thing to work and flow is the tricky bit.

What book are you reading now? I recently finished, Girl on the Train and I loved it.

What is one random thing about you? I’m scared of planes. It isn’t just about flying, it’s the actually planes that make me shudder. If we were meant to fly, we would be born with wings, is my thought.

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

What does your writing process look like? I write the first draft without worry too much about it being perfect. Then I read it through over and over, editing along the way until I am 100% happy with the finished the final draft.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t, boring I know.

How important are names to you in your books? Really important. My two main characters had several names at the start. I really think about the characters and the name has to fit.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? The only thing I remember at the very start was using twitter to gain followers, it worked really well but there were a few occasions where I did the ‘read my book’ mistake. People don’t like that and I quickly realized that the best way to get readers is to engage with them. Get to know people and once you’ve built up a relationship they will take a chance on your book. That has been the most important lesson. Your readers are important so make sure you treat them well.

What is your favorite book and why? I don’t really have any favorites. I like many different genres and styles of writing but I did go through a stage of reading Dean Koontz about 10 years ago. I loved Twilight and The Mortal Instruments. I also love horror and crime books.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Spending time with my family. Blogging for unsigned bands. Music is another passion of mine.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Music and life in general.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? It seemed the easier option. I wanted to get my work out there and getting a publisher is not easy. I like having control over my work and being my own boss, in a sense.

Any decisions can only be made by the individual and what they are looking for. Both options are great but if people decide on Self – published they will need to be ready to work hard to promote. It is time consuming and sometimes things don’t always go to plan. As long as you can shake it off and carry on you’ll be fine. When it does go well it’s the best feeling in the world.

How do you market your books? Social media and word of mouth.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I do everything myself. I self- publish and for the time being I am happy with how things are going.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Firstly, be brave and go for it. Join events online that are designed to promote and connect you with readers and other authors. Social media has been a major fact in getting my name out there. Book blog tours are really good for getting exposure and being active with readers.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? I try to market as much as possible with events etc. There are days where I am promoting which can mean less writing time but it has to be done.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? I have been very lucky with reviews so far, most have come from readers who happen to download my book. There have been some that have been from book blog tours where reviews have been part of the package.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? I don’t have a strategy, I feel that reviews are something that is down to the reader and I feel very humbled for everyone I get.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Everything has gone really smoothly for the most part, however there is an American author with the same name. We have on occasion been mixed up. I was booked in for a takeover at the start and hadn’t had any notifications, it turns out they’d been tagging the wrong Kat Green into things. It was quickly sorted out.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook has been amazing as this is where most of the events I have talked about take place.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I use my social media pages to make people aware of my work, although now I’ve gained more knowledge, for book 3 I will switch things up a bit. I have a street team now so I have more back up.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Marilyn Monroe. I would love to know who she truly was and what really happen.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I really don’t know, so many but maybe Twilight, only so could have hung out with Robert Pattinson. Ha ha

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Just be brave and write what is in your heart. Enjoy it and most importantly be at peace with the fact not everyone will like your work. Once that fear of criticism is faced you can do anything.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? They can follow me via the following links

http://bit.ly/1gjY7u1

 

https://www.facebook.com/KatGrn00/?fref=ts

 

http://bit.ly/1K7evq9

 

https://www.amazon.com/Strings-Black-Eagles-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00KZ6DO8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463347914&sr=8-1&keywords=kat+green

 

 

 

#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

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And my email is: nicolesbooks@yahoo.com