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Interview with an Author Featuring Poppy Minnix

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Poppy Minnix! Her debut book, My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1) released on August 31st 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I had a scene that had spun around in my mind for years until it bugged me so much, I had to write it down. That little bit, a fight between two vastly different characters trying to figure each other out, turned into a chapter, a backstory, a novel, then a series.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I cannot keep the emotions of what I’m writing off my face. I scowl, grin in utter giddiness, and will write scenes with tears streaking my cheeks. People who see me working at my laptop often ask what the heck I’m looking at.

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Sometimes writing really kicks you in the bad place, but for me, that’s usually helpful. If I’m being bold and not reining myself in through a tough scene, that emotion is going to land. But if things get overly dark, which happens, I’ll go to the happy land of romcom. Same with deliciously zany happiness novels. That can be trying in a different way and needs some drama to counter-balance. I also listen to a lot of music and have vast playlists for each novel to harness tone and get into an emotional state that the writing deserves.

  How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written eleven rough drafts and edited three novels to completion. My favorite book is my first one, though it’s not complete. I’ve been planning the series it belongs to and am looking forward to hopping into edits soon. First works tend to be dumpster fires, and mine is no exception. Years of studying and writing later, I think I can do the story justice.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have the most incredible group of author friends I chat with daily. We encourage each other with brainstorming, beta reads, and talk about writing non-stop so they are the most inspirational, influencing writers and authors for my work. Other than that, my influence comes with new reading. This year, S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad series has me drooling over world building and vibrant description. Catherynne Valente’s prose is a pure delight and Imogen Keeper has the boldest, perfect voice for romance.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I have a handful of dedicated readers that I adore hearing from. They poke me about the next book, ask questions regarding the future of characters and if certain sidekicks will have their own books. I cheer every time a beta reader curses me for making them cry or tells me they laughed out loud through a chapter.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

 I have two. Hex, Love, and Rock & Roll by Kat Turner and The Empire of Gold, by S. A. Chakraborty.

 Do you have any new series planned?

I do! I have plotted out a contemporary romcom trilogy following three women when their truffle shop moves into a casino and have been firming up my next paranormal romance series involving reinstating the Olympian muses.

  If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

 Oh geez, so many amazing actors and actresses to choose from for My Song’s Curse. Dove Cameron would make an enticing siren if she took the role as Lula. I’d cast Luke Bracey as demigod, Alex. Brandon P. Bell would bring life to Comus and Thomas Doherty could be a phenomenal Rath.

What advice would you give to other authors?

No book is perfect to everyone because art is subjective. No matter how beautiful your prose is, how real your characters are, or how flawless your plot, someone will dislike your work. It’s the joy of differences in humans. But if you write something that you love, put your heart into it and be brave when you bring it to the world, others will love it too.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I’m an optimist but also a realist and that travels to my writing. No matter how horrid the world, or dangerous the situations, good will always prevail and a happy ever after will happen. The road won’t be perfect though. My characters are flawed, but fit each other as they figure out that life can be painfully difficult. The way those moments play out as they either trudge through grasping at hope or they break completely, is what makes happy endings so fulfilling.

Thank you Poppy Minnix for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, My Song’s Curse today!

~Synopsis~

Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance. But will it be enough to keep them together?

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.

When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod cannot be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible…and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better or destroy it?

If you like Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, and Shannon Mayer, you’ll love this fun paranormal romance steeped in mythology!

Poppy Minnix is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance novelist. She has a penchant for writing strong men and women who are already awesome but find that together they can conquer their inner demons, or actual demons. Before her fall into an utter obsession with writing, she was a conference manager and also dabbled in veterinary science, corporate sales, waitressing, and was captain of a roller derby team. 

When she’s not frantically tapping the keys, chasing after two young kids, or playing board games with her hubs, she’s plotting and possibly scheming about her next writing project. 

You can find her in Maryland coffee shops that serve cinnamon rolls and also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

www.poppyminnix.com

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Interview with an Author Featuring Skye McDonald

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Skye McDonald! Author of the Anti-Belle series!

How long have you been writing?

Off and on since I was a teen, but I really began writing with Not Suitable for Work in the fall of 2014.

Describe a typical writing day.

Wake, cram writing into the morning over coffee for as long as possible. Take my dog for a walk, jump into work clothes to go teach all day and daydream about writing. Come home, write before dinner…

Basically I cram it in whenever I have a minute, when I’m inspired!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My hometown, Nashville, was a big inspiration for the Anti-Belle Series. But the plot of each novel and novella can spring from my imagination, an event I attended, or even songs.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I think my 2 faves are likely Olivia “Liv” Milani (MC in Nemesis, book 3) and Jesse Storms (SC in Off the Record, book 2; gets his own story later). These two are dear to me because they both started out as flat side characters, but then they grew and developed their own stories and a rich personality. They’re also very different from me, and super fun to write.

How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Whiskey (LOL). 

No, seriously, sometimes I have to take a break and do something else to get out of the story for a bit. But then again, sometimes I just have to power through and fight/cry/hurt along with them.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

Yes, absolutely! I love hearing from readers. You can connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, BookBub, and Medium.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Since my series are standalone stories, they don’t get “stale” to me. It’s so much fun taking a side character and bringing him/her into the spotlight, discovering the story of their own journey. Then you get to re-read earlier books and really appreciate how they’ve grown!

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Yes and no! I can’t say much right now, but I have a very exciting venture in the works that should release in April. It is a rom-com and not part of the Anti-Belle world, but that’s all I’ll say for now!

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write whatever you want. Let the story come out. Then, figure out if and how you want to share it. But first, just tell the story.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

Everything I do, from the books to podcast to articles to personal training/life coaching, is designed to light you up and make you shine a little brighter. If my books make you smile, then I am humbled and honored to have brought that delight to you. You deserve it and so much more.

Thank you Skye McDonald for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Anti-Belle Series today!

~Synopsis~

The competition is stiff, the stakes are high… and what happens on Halloween night is definitely not ‘suitable for work’.

Celeste and Ben were thrust into a fierce competition for the web design position each of them desperately needed. Rivalry they can handle, but the smoldering chemistry and intensifying passion between them is quite another story. Is the risk worth the reward for a broken ice queen and a tall, dark and handsome musician, who cares more about friends and music than cutthroat office tension? Find out in the first volume of the Nashville based Anti-Belle series.

Skye McDonald is the author of the Anti-Belle series, contemporary romance novels set in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. She is also a podcaster, an English teacher, a fitness instructor, and a life coach. Skye’s Anti-Belle series are standalone books featuring sassy GRITS (Girls Raised In the South) learning to love themselves before they can claim their happily ever after. (Spoiler: they always do!) Her classes and blog content seek to teach individuals to do the same.

When not writing sexy books or cheering for you to live your best life, Skye can be found out on a new adventure, wherever that may take her.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Benjamin S. Schofield

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Benjamin S. Schofield! His debut book, bifurcation point… survive the night, papua (survive the night series Book 1) is celebrating a publiversary on December 17th!

How long have you been writing?

I wrote some when I was young, but I didn’t start writing until I created the origin of Bifurcation Point, 9 or 10 years ago.

Describe a typical writing day.

My creative process has me daydreaming stories before finding what clicks. Most of the big ideas are created in my head before being written. During the writing process is where I start to brainstorm to figure out all the smaller details in between.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I’m interested in most genres, but I aim to capture a realism approach. That’s why I tried to make the story and prion to be as scientifically accurate as possible. I’ll also gain inspiration from cinema or other books.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Tess is my favorite character, no question about it. My main source of inspiration for the character is my sister. She’s a proud mother of 3 and served in the Military Police. I have nothing but love and respect for her and I wanted to emulate her strength so others can be inspired as well.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

I’m an emotionally sensitive person so it is relatively easy for me to feel a character would feel. When creating an emotional scene, it’s not difficult for me to be invested in how the character is feeling.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Eccentric. Nerdy. Imaginative.

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

I empathize with the characters and connect with them emotionally, however, it’s not really draining.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

I will just say I have some plans for Tess in the future.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Everyone’s creative process is different, just make sure the story is yours.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

Family is the most important thing to me and without them, I never would have been able to make Bifurcation Point what it is today.

 

Thank you Benjamin S. Schofield for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his debut book, bifurcation point…  survive the night, papua today!

~Synopsis~

One verse. One plague. One night. One hero. The question is not, could it happen? The question is, when will it begin?

See how scientific facts combine with prophecy to reveal a possible future where humans have reached the tipping point for their survival. Read about prion diseases. Read about gene editing. Read about the apocalypse in Zechariah 14:12. And then read bifurcation point, survive the night, papua.

Tess Camon has a genius level IQ and a biomedical engineering degree. She served in the Army and deployed as a medic with Special Forces units. She achieved “Expert” certification in the Army Weapons Qualification Course requiring hits on 36 of 40 targets. She hit all 40.

Now she is following in her parents’ footsteps, continuing with their research on a new prion discovered in the Papuan rainforest. It doesn’t take long before she finds this research is destined for much more than she ever anticipated. In the wrong hands, this research can lead to devastation, and her own government can’t be trusted to help her. With time running out, can she save the world from an outbreak of the most devastating bioweapon ever created for which her family is responsible? Who will survive the night?

As a millennial, Benjamin S. Schofield, has spent his entire life on the cutting edge of technology, particularly e-sports and video games, which helped mold the storyline for his debut novel, Bifurcation Point.

His life’s philosophy is to avoid growing old with regrets, living the best life possible. It’s his goal that his readers can do the same.

He lives in Tennessee and is engaged to be married.

Website – https://www.bifurcationpoint.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Benjamin-S-Schofield-100789201337904/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Ben_S_Schofield

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/benjamin.s.schofield/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19525589.Benjamin_S_Schofield

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Ryan Southwick

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ryan Southwick! Author of The Z-Tech Chronicles.

How long have you been writing?

Angels in the Mist was my first serious attempt at writing a novel. The original file was created in 2010, so it’s been 10 years now! I wasn’t sure at the time I would even finish 1 book, let alone 8.

Describe a typical writing day.

3 years ago, I started getting up early to create a few hours of productive time before my day job starts (the “5 am club”, I think they call it). After I get up, it’s straight to the espresso machine to start it warming up, check a few news sites to see what’s going on, then fix my wake-up juice (mochas are my preferred poison), open Scrivener, and hit it.

I’ve always been easily lost in whatever I’m working on, be it programming, reading, or story writing, so once I start writing, I sometimes forget to have breakfast or lunch, and will write straight through to the afternoon. Unsurprisingly, those are the chapters that tend to flow the best. My workstation is in the kitchen, so I do get to see my wife and kids throughout the day, but they’ll usually steer clear if they see I’m in “the zone.” =]

By 3 pm, my creative energy is spent, so that’s when I usually pack it in and spend more time with the family, do chores, etc. I’m in bed by 8:30 pm so I can get up early and do it all over again.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

The Z-Tech Chronicles was inspired by characters my friends and I used to play in college, combined with a desire to tell a fantastical tale in an accessible and believable way.

As for my other series, they’re random thoughts usually that come up from watching a show, or even writing my current works. Sometimes I’ll see a character or scenario that isn’t well-explored. It’ll rattle around in my head for a while. If I stop thinking about it, then I’m probably not excited enough to write about it, but if it sticks, the only way to get it out is on paper, and that’s when I start writing.

For example, the idea for another series I’m working on, the Timeless Keeper Saga, came after watching a few shows and reading books about characters who’ve lived for a very long time. Every author has a different way of portraying how time has affected them, but they’ve never settled right with me, so I decided to write my own in a dystopian setting.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Happy to say that’s a tough choice! There are several characters who stick with me. If I had to pick one, though, it’s probably Zima from The Z-Tech Chronicles. She’s a complex, walking contradiction: logical yet unpredictable, affectionate but deadly, soft-spoken but intimidating, naïve yet worldly, a natural leader who’s completely lost. Her mind works differently from everyone else’s, which makes almost any interaction with her awkward, but her innocence gives the awkwardness an endearing tone. Writing (and reading) from her perspective a ton of fun.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

It’s not hard at all. I have a pretty vivid imagination and high empathy, so slipping into the character’s shoes and really feeling the situation comes easily. I also tend to write about scenarios that interest or move me the most, which helps.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Empathetic, obsessive writer. =]

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

First, I make sure the plot and characters don’t resemble anything I’ve read or seen before. The Z-Tech Chronicles has vampires and cyborgs in it, as well as some paranormal, but all three have their own lore and style that make them unique to other series, and they play together in a way that builds something greater than the sum of its parts.

Second, as I’m writing, I keep a mental tally of what subjects, scenarios, conversations, etc. I’ve already presented to the reader. If it’s relevant but hasn’t been discussed, I may throw a few words in to remind everyone what’s going on, but I’ll keep it very brief. Likewise, when I’m writing a scene, I first look for elements I haven’t covered yet (conversations between 2 characters who haven’t spoken much, relationship complications, combat that explores a character’s strengths or weaknesses… the list is endless). This ensures every scene and chapter is truly a new adventure, and every book a fresh story that stands apart from the rest.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Several things! To date, only the first book of the main Z-Tech Chronicles series is published. The rest of the series is already written, so I’m working on editing the other 5—yes, 5!—books leading to the series conclusion (it was originally 3 books, but they were way too many pages each for my publisher’s taste, so I’m splitting them up). Book 2, Angels Lost, is due this coming March, which I’m really excited about.

I’ve also just completed the first draft of the first book in the Timeless Keeper Saga, which is a light dystopian / science fiction series with elements of fantasy to keep things interesting. I’m really happy with it so far and am in the process of tightening it a bit. Look for more information soon. My guess is it will be a three-book series. It centers around a half-blind farmer in one of the few remaining agricultural domes on a wrecked earth, whose world is turned upside-down when a strange outsider enters his life and challenges everything he and his entire dome considered true. She has a few more surprises, too, that keep things interesting. =]

Last on the current roster is a science fiction / planetary romance series with elements of fantasy, tentatively called Starcrossed. The protagonist is a young woman who is also an accomplished ambassador to other human colonies who are just coming back into contact after 10,000 years apart. Things spiral out of control, and she’s soon stranded on a strange colony world with unexplained phenomena that threaten her life, made more difficult when she loses the ability to speak. Her salvation comes from an innkeeper with issues of his own. She has to figure out how to get off of a technologically-bereft planet to prevent her own from breaking into inter-stellar war.

There are a few more ideas in the works, but I’ll leave those for future articles. =]

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up.

Don’t wait for your book to be published before you learn and use social media (you may hate the idea, but you’ll need to get over it, otherwise don’t expect to sell many books).

Your first draft will suck. Always. That’s what second and third drafts are for, so don’t be discouraged.

Get feedback early. Yes, showing someone the pages you’ve poured your soul onto is hard. Yes, it will suck (see above), but the right reader will understand that and give you advice based on where you are—advice that will take years to learn otherwise. Find that person. It could be a friend, a writing group, whatever, just make sure you have eyes on it other than your own of someone willing to give you honest feedback.

When someone offers criticism, don’t argue. Don’t defend yourself. Don’t convince them to your side. Say “thank you.” Afterwards, aggregate their feedback with others’, then decide offline whether the feedback has merit and is something you want to pursue.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I write from the heart. It’s the only way I know to create anything worth reading. If you read my books, I hope you find as much joy (and laughter, and sorrow, and heart-pounding adventure) as I did when creating them.

 

Thank you Ryan Southwick for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out The Z-Tech Chronicles, today!

~Synopsis~

An ancient, powerful evil is loose in San Francisco. The heart of Silicon Valley must fight back the only way they know how — with compassion, unwavering determination, and, of course, super-technology.

Anne Perrin is resigned to a life driven by an adolescent trauma: a strict routine, no socializing (outside of the safety of her waitressing job), and no romantic relationships. When her cautious lifestyle lets the perfect partner slip through her fingers, Anne vows she won’t let it happen again and ventures into San Francisco to find happiness.

Her first night out in a decade becomes a nightmare when her date turns on her with sadistic intent. But his nefarious plans for Anne are unexpectedly interrupted by a mysterious savior. Valiant, smart, compassionate … Charlie is exactly the partner Anne has been looking for. And best of all, he likes her too.

Things go well between her and Charlie until an assailant with unexpected strength plunges Anne into a world she didn’t know existed — nor could have imagined — where super-science and an eclectic group of extraordinary individuals may be the solution to Anne’s lifelong loneliness … and humanity’s only hope against an ancient threat.

Ryan Southwick decided to dabble at writing late in life, and quickly became obsessed with the craft. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

His technical skills as a software developer, healthcare experience, and lifelong fascination for science fiction became the ingredients for his first series, The Z-Tech Chronicles, which combines these elements into a fantastic contemporary tale of super-science, fantasy, and adventure, based in his Bay Area stomping grounds.

Website: https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryansouthwickauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanSouthwick

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17971367.Ryan_Southwick

Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/ryansouthwick

And to The Z-Tech Chronicles:

https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com/z-tech-chronicles


Interview with an Author Featuring Sonya Jesus

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Sonya Jesus! Author of Thirty-One Kisses: New Adult Romantic Thriller (Beneventi Family) and her newly released book, Shook which released on September 30th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I started off writing poetry in my pre-teen years, ventured into songwriting, and then expanded into novels. In 2006, I wrote my first full length (which has not been published yet). Eleven years later, I published the Knights Series. There’s about fifteen books in between, which will one day come to the public. It took me a long time to get the courage to publish. My friend, Cam Johns, showed me the ropes.

Describe a typical writing day.

I get my best writing down in the mornings. When I start my day, I sit at my desk in silence and do some morning pages, where I write down every thought that pops into my head for one or two pages. This is the brain dump to get the real world down on paper. After, I do my writing warm-ups (these often lead to some of my favorite chapters in books). Then I get into the fictional world of whatever project I am working on.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Oh, good question. It’s different for each one. Like for The Bullet Theory, it started with those three words and a theory. I sat with the idea for a few months before Nolan Mills and Eleanor Devero formed in my mind. For Brutal and Raw, I wanted to do a Mafia book and add psychological elements to it. The point was to be dark; I didn’t intend for it to come out quite so dark. But I love it. It’s emotional, twisted, and touches on some horrible things that happen in the world.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

HAWK! Because his profile captures the evolution of a stalker into a serial killer. He’s the ultimate bad guy: manipulative, cute, secretive. You don’t see it coming. To be honest, I really enjoy writing my villains. Their desires drive my plots. The love comes in between.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

 My favorite scenes are the emotional ones. This is where I connect to my characters at a cellular level. I feel their pain, their loss, their hate. I get so wrapped up in their world that it usually ends up with a lot of empty tissue boxes in the real world. Aside from some unreleased books (the tear jerkers I have saved for a later time), “Brutal and Raw” made me cry the most. It’s probably why book two has taken me awhile to write. It’s dark and devastating.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Unicorn, Strong, and Stubborn.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

The suspense… But it takes me a bit to think of innovating twists (those are my thing). Unless it’s on purpose and essential to the plot, I try not create characters with similar characteristics and back stories. I rather have characters cross over between seires. To me, my characters all exist in the same world at the same time. So, for example, Kelsie from “31 Kisses” crosses over into “Six Deadly Steps”. Dr. Nolan Mills hints about Breaker’s world in “The Bullet Theory”. You don’t need to read these books to enjoy the story, but it helps me keep my characters fresh on my mind.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Hmm. TZE. Is all I can say for now. The second instalment to Dr. Nolan Mills.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t get bogged down with social media and stop comparing yourself to other authors. It holds you back.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

That I appreciate the people who read my books and/or follow me online. I check in often and love to get to know new readers

Thank you Sonya Jesus for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Thirty-One Kisses today!

~Synopsis~

Kelsie Salvatore
After his right-hand man, my father, was murdered, Costa Beneventi took me in and adopted me. He gave me a home when my life was falling apart and promised me vengeance when my heart was breaking. I’m not the little mafia princess my dad raised anymore. I’m the assassin the Beneventis created. The mafia might have saved my life, but it sacrificed my heart. With every life I take, there’s a little less of me left… The only thing keeping me from losing all of myself is #31 on the Beneventi hit list.

Hayden Masters
The Beneventi family killed my mother in front of me, put a hit on us and savagely killed my father, incriminating me. They orphaned me, tore me away from my life, and forced me into an endless lifetime of pretending to be everything I’m not. After all the fake identities and countless friends I never made, I’ve finally set down roots. Now, I’ve grown attached to this new life—to these new people—but I messed up. As long as I have the one thing that can bring the Beneventis down and clear my father’s name, no one is safe around me, especially not the girl I have fallen for.

Sonya’s a science nerd who decided to give into her creative fictional side in order to balance out the non-fictional scientific side of her PhD. She doesn´t have much free time, but she spends it enjoying her family and friends, watching Netflix and playing with her dogs.

Website: https://www.sonyajesusbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSonyaJesus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sonya_Jesus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorsonyajesus/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17177935.Sonya_Jesus

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sonya-jesus

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HntdVj


Interview with an Author Featuring M.K. Moore

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is M.K. Moore! Her book, Trolled (Internet Famous Collection Book 8) released on September 30th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

3 years!

Describe a typical writing day.

Every day is a writing day. I try to write at least one chapter per day, weekends I can get more done but during the week I have two full time jobs!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life. Love is everywhere, you just have to be open to it!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who?

And what makes them so special. Trista from Madame President. She was a bad b*tch!

How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

I have to take frequent breaks. I watch The Office on repeat!

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Pride and Prejudice. It’s my yearly re-read.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

For my readers, I hope I am giving them a different kind of love story. For myself, I write other books in between so I don’t get burnt out!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Fun. Shy. Loud. (I know those are contradictory, but it’s true, once you get to know me, I’m loud as hell)

What advice would you give to other authors?

Be true to yourself. Don’t try to write what sells unless that speaks to you.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I love writing and I have lots of books to choose from!

 

Thank you M.K. Moore for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Trolled today!

~Synopsis~

Jensen
Getting trolled is usually a bad thing, but when she does it, I want more.
Moreover, I want her, whoever she is, to belong to me.
Suddenly, she’s at my house and it’s game over.
She makes me feel like permanent God Mode has been activated. She’s younger, wiser, gorgeous and she’s all mine. I’ll never give her up.

Jessica
Trolling him just kind of happened. I didn’t mean to do it, I swear. He looked so good as I watched him play my favorite games, it was easy to fall in love with the idea of him. Now that I actually know him? It’s a million times easier. He’s older, wiser, tattooed, bearded, and he’s all mine. I’ll never give him up.

Gaming nerds unite in this player vs player safe and sexy romance by M.K. Moore. This is a modern retelling of Snow White. Buckle up, this isn’t your typical fairytale. This book is part of the Internet Famous Collection.

MK is married to the love of her life. She lives in Tennessee with her husband.  She is an avid reader and loves telling steamy stories she deems filthy contemporary.  She loves meeting readers, so come hang out with her!

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Interview with an Author Featuring Tasha Lewis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Tasha Lewis! Her newest release, Deserted (An Enemies to Lovers ) released on October 30th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. I was 12 when I fell in love with the feeling books brought on. So, I started writing my own, about four high school friends. My friend started doing it with me, but writing her own. And I read her story, and threw mine away. I told myself that I’ll never be good enough. 

However, a story has been running through my head since. I might not have pended anything until about 5 years ago, but the burning desire and thread of what if, never stopped.

What time of the day do you usually write?

It depends. I work full time and have two doggo’s so, I fit in time when I can. Sometimes it’s early mornings, if I can talk myself into getting up early. Other times it’s late at night. And others, just weekends. With 2020 being what it’s been, it’s just been a when I can. But with Nanowrimo this month (where writers strive to write a book in a month), I’m trying to be better about having planned time and sticking to it.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

Ooh! I’m a thinker, so loads. I think out the town, the map, the placement of everything that is needed. Then I add in little things into my head as time goes on. I try to leave my world open enough to fit in what the characters spring on me! And usually it works. But I’m a thinker first, and then I’ll sit and write.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

All… I mean, each has it’s own joy tied to it. My most recent novel, Deserted, was fun write out the first draft, I had NO plot planned. And that’s not like me, I plan everything! But with this one I just lept and trusted that Easton would show me his world. And boy did he! It was all from a male’s perspective too, which was fun!

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I admire so many. Currently, it’s Jennifer Probst. I’m currently reading her news novel, Write True, and it’s exactly what I need right now. It’s like she wrote this book for me as a big sister and is trying to give me all the guidance and wisdom that she can.

As for other authors, Katrina Marie, she’s my author bestie for sure. She can craft stories that just bring you in and treat you as if you are apart of the circle. She writes amazing friendship connection. Another is Mel Walker, he’s a male romance writer, and I for sure think people need to know about him. You can’t tell his a male author! He’s words aren’t overly objectified, he brings you into the world, makes you feel allll the emotions, and then sends you on your way. I could keep going on and on. I think that’s one of my favorite thing about being an author, talking about other’s books! Dee Lagasse, Kelsie Rae, Ashely Erin, Hollis Wynn, Andi Jaxon, Staci Hart, Kandi Stiner, Rachel Van Dyken, Jessica Marin, Kira Berger. Like for real, I love books!

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I have a reader group, Tasha’ Kissable Krew, on FB, and we talk all the time. I LOVE knowing about their life and what’s happening. The new babies, the fun trips (until 2020), how they are finding ways to deal with life (colorstreet nails!), so much. We talk books, we sip tea, and just get real. Their support and words are what keep me going when my mind tells me to stop. I love my readers! And reading their reviews, yes, I read all of them, gives me the ability to keep doing what I love!

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Outsiders!

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Caring, and Inspiring.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. Believe in yourself, your words, and write. Don’t worry about everything else, it will all come! Just sit and write out the story. Without a story, you won’t get far. And seeing your baby in a paperback… GAH! It’s life. Seriously. It’s amazing! Keep at it. Message me and I’ll be your cheerleader if you need!

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

That with each story, you will feel emotions. I believe all emotions are good, and must be felt in order to process and move through this thing we call life. I’m not angst, but I write emotional books! As for me, Thank You, for believing in me and picking up my book. For allowing me to transport you to a different place. Sending you a big hug from Utah! 

Thank you so much Laura and Readers for allowing me to talk about my love of books for a few moments. Keep at it, 2020 is almost over, and know that I’m here if you ever want to contact me. I believe in you!

 

Thank you Tasha Lewis for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Deserted today!

~Synopsis~

Shipwrecked.

Deserted on an island with no social media, no fans following me around, and no uncle breathing down my neck.

I’d call it a vacation, if I weren’t stuck with the one woman who can’t stand me. Worse, she doesn’t talk, which has me focusing more on her body and not so much on the language. Despite a promise I made once upon a time, I can’t keep my hands off her.

Every day we’re alone together, I want her more, longing to be less of the player I used to be.

…But then life intervenes, reminding me of who I’ve always been.

A Little Mermaid retelling told from the point of view of Easton McCoy, the Internet Famous Blogger of the Sea

Tasha Lewis is a sweet contemporary romance author who grew up with her head in the clouds. Her passion for life has always kept her dreaming and moving forward. She believes in fate and is a true romantic at heart. Tasha is certain that anything can be solved with a good cup of coffee and a dog or two at your side.

When she isn’t reading, which isn’t often, she is usually working on a craft or three – she can never just stick with one. Join her on her journey of publication, crocheting, and any other craft she is working on.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Mel Walker

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Mel Walker! His latest release, A Small Town Christmas released today!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It was in elementary school, about third grade. My teacher gave us a writing assignment – she had cut out miscellaneous pictures from magazines. Each student picked a random picture and had to write a story based on the photo. My picture was a guy walking up the cables of a bridge high above traffic and the water. Immediately a story sprang to my mind about a detective chasing bad guys. I nearly missed my bus working on the story and was the last kid out of class that day. I continued writing on the bus ride home and kept at it until I finished the story.

Describe your writing space.

Currently, I’m fortunate that I have a home office. At the start of the pandemic I purchased a standing desk, best move of the year so far. Comfortable chair, a balance board for when I work standing, adjustable light with five different settings and lucky enough to have large windows. I love my writing space.

How many books have you written? Which is your fave?

Written vs. published, LOL. I now have 11 published either standalone or submission as part of collections/anthologies. You can’t ask a writer which is their favorite. They are all special. If I had to choose one which I’m most proud of it would be Ryan’s Kiss just because of the challenges it presented. It really pushed me and I’ve spent a lot of time working with flashbacks. I know a lot of people are not fans, but it is such an essential part of the story that I had to find a way to weave them in seamlessly. I’ve gotten great feedback about the flow of the story and that makes me proud.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I get inspiration from everywhere. Walking down the street, catching a snippet of a conversation at a restaurant, day dreaming, and music plays a large part of my inspiration.

How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

It’s always an emotional rollercoaster while I’m writing. I probably go through all twelve stages of writing – everything from this is crap to where do I pick up my trophy and everything in between. The hardest part is always when the characters don’t behave and you feel like you’ve lost control.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

With a series in order to keep things fresh I remind myself to stay flexible. I’ve realized over time that no matter what I plan I need to allow room for my characters to determine the next step, the next book in a series, etc. For example, in my latest release “Jason’s Hope” a novella based on my Lake Hope series and is part of the Small Town Christmas collection. The story features Amy, a movie director. When I started the Lake Hope series, Amy had been planned to have a small role appearing in “Aaron’s Heart”. Amy’s journey however had a natural intersection with Dana in Book Three, “Jackson’s Love” to the point that fans of the series wanted to see more of her. Hence her new feature status in “Jason’s Hope”.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

Absolutely – you can find me in all the usual places. *Links down below*

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

New York Romantic

What advice would you give to other authors?

Follow your heart and inspirations which bring you joy. It comes across in your writing. Never be afraid to ask and challenge yourself to continue to learn and grow. I would also tell them, they rock. Anyone who can get the end of a story is a winner.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

If you like romantic stories filled with smart and focused women that don’t wait for their HEA but chases it down grab one of my books.

 

Thank you Mel Walker for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his newest release, A Small Town Christmas today!

~Synopsis~

Enchanted Quill Press are delighted to present the small-town Christmas romance boxset.

This heart-warming collection is filled with bold heroes, spirited heroines and swoon-worthy kisses. All set in a beautiful small-town packed with memorable friends and family.

Christmas cookie-making, ice-skating over a frozen lake, peppermint hot chocolate and all your favorite holiday tropes make this anthology perfect for every Hallmark fan.

Enjoy reading from best-selling authors and discover new ones carefully selected by Enchanted Quill Press to provide the ultimate feel-good holiday boxset this year.

These wholesome stories are included:

Mistletoe Kisses, by Macie St. James
Elf Costumes and other Christmas Disasters by Laynie Bynum
Knight Events, by Sheri Richey
The Christmas Dance, by River Ford
and loads more

There is something for everyone to enjoy. Scroll up and one-click now to start reading.

Mel Walker has been writing fiction most of his adult life. Specializing in Short Stories and Contemporary fiction and Romance Novels. A native New Yorker and life-long frustrated NY Mets fan. He loves to write about ordinary people placed in difficult situations, especially as it relates to their closest relationships.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Ally Vance

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ally Vance! Her upcoming release, Wicked Dreams (The Reveries Duet Book 1) will release on October 27th 2020.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 8 I got hooked on reading and wrote my very first story, but I was about 13 when I knew for sure that’s what I wanted to be.

What about the horror genre interests you?

The freedom of it and the lack of limitations when it comes to writing and reading it. I expect to be scared or horrified and I love how it pushes all of the boundaries.

What was the first horror/story you remember reading?

I think it was Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

There have been a few moments for sure when writing when I’ve felt that way.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so who? And what makes them so special.

I love most of my characters but one of my current favourites is Maia from Mutatus (Carnaval Des Ténèbres #3). There is a lot that makes her special, but I think her strength and love for those around her stands out, as well as the fact that had Yolanda Olson not asked me to join the collaborative series she wouldn’t exist.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Occasionally I’ve done research to help with character development and get details on real events/legends.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

I have occasionally used my own experiences to write with, but not all. I have never written about one of my phobias, but that doesn’t mean I won’t someday.

What is one stereotype about horror authors is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?

It’s wrong that we are all as scary as our writing, but it’s true that we are all serial killers; no fictional character is safe from us!

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

I went to a Halloween party one year as a vampire with my boyfriend (now husband) and he went as a vampire too while his brother was a devil. I jokingly offered to mix glitter in with the white face paint so he could go as Edward Cullen, he found this less funny than me and his brother did.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing and don’t stop, and don’t let others control your creativity whether it’s other authors or readers, as you’re writing for you not them.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I’m not afraid to rip your hearts out and no character is safe when I’m at the keyboard.

Thank you Ally Vance for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Pre-order her newest release, Wicked Dreams today!

~Synopsis~

Even the most vile of nightmares are born from the sweetest of dreams.

Miles tempts me in a way no other has before; he’s no idea of the truth that lurks behind the handsome face of his dream lover. I’ll bide my time until I’m ready to reveal myself. Only when Miles is weak, compliant, and willing to sign his soul over to me, will I show him exactly who and what he’s given himself to.

I’m not often tempted to cross the boundaries and physically enter this world. When I do I feast until I’ve had my fill, extracting every delicious morsel of my lover’s pleasure and pain as I bend them to my will. I know what will happen if I manifest in their reality, what they’ll see…

Nightmares are just the blurred lines between dreams and reality. Sooner or later your demons are going to get you.

Warning: Contains graphic scenes of sexual violence and sexual situations not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Contains scenes featuring M/M & M/F couples. Cliffhanger ending no HEA.

Ally is an International Bestselling Author who writes in the Dark Romance & Horror genres. Ally has been writing since she was a teenager, and it had been a long time dream of hers to finally become a published author. Ally also co-writes with her close friend Michelle under the pen name Ally Michelle. Ally lives in Kent, in the United Kingdom with her husband, stepson and two cats.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Heather Elizabeth King

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Heather Elizabeth King! Her Bridgeport Mysteries series is available now.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a storyteller. I used to tell stories to my friends when I was a kid. I’d act them out and make them up as I went along. I wrote my first screenplay when I was around 14. It was a sequel to Goonies. I didn’t have the epiphany that I could choose writing as a career until I was 22. I wrote my first novel then, but it was awful. I’m a musician, too. I decided to give music a real try and stopped writing. I didn’t seriously pursue it until I was around 31. Crazy, I know. I wish I would have at 22!

What about the horror genre interests you?

I love scary stories. Especially supernatural mysteries. The stories you read where a family moves into a beautiful old home, fall in love with it, except…it’s haunted. Now they have to find out what’s haunting them and how to get rid of it. Those stories are my favorite. I’m a sucker for most mysteries, but give me ghosts, monsters, and a good mystery and I’m hooked. I started writing horror and dark fiction instead of straight mysteries because I love the freedom of horror. You can create anything and take your readers on whatever journey you want to take them on. You’re not limited by the real world. As a writer, that’s an extraordinary gift.

What was the first horror/story you remember reading?

I suppose Interview with the Vampire is considered horror, because of all the vampires. That was the first vampire fiction I read. That book made me a book lover. After that, I consumed Dean Koontz books. Dean Koontz had a gift for creating scenarios where you weren’t sure what the bad guy was. A supernatural entity, a human with dark magic abilities, a scientific experiment. That’s part of what made his books so much fun. You were never sure who or what the big baddie was. It really kept you guessing.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

I never wonder where they came from. I have five older sisters and have been watching horror since I was in the single digits! However, I have written scenes that legitimately scared me. I’ve had to stop writing at night and wait till daytime to finish some scenes. That’s usually a sign that I’m on the right track!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so who? And what makes them so special.

It would probably surprise people who’ve read my books that my favorite is not Remy from Doomsday or Zoey from The Bridgeport Mysteries. My favorite is actually Barb, the heroine from The Thing Beneath the Stairs. She’s the first mom I’ve written as a heroine. She was the first time that I was in the head of a character whose motivations did not revolve around herself. She has two sons and they direct every decision she makes. I loved being in her head and trying to figure out what she would do if given the deal she had been given.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Yes. That’s one of the things I love about writing. It gives you license to be a complete learning nerd. Right now, I’m researching monsters and monster folklore for the third Bridgeport Mysteries book. Zoey finds out there’s a whole monster society that exists on the fringes of society. I’m in the process of populating the monster society.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

No. I’m not at a point where I want to spend that much time with my own phobias. I keep them tucked away where I can’t see them. Same goes with scary childhood experiences.

What is one stereotype about horror authors is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?

Wrong – That we’re creepy, scary people. As a reader, horror authors are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I can only guess it’s because we don’t hide our darkness. We put it on the page and sell it! 

Right – I may kill you in a book/make you my villain. There are some very real people in my life who have ended up in my books. Some have even inspired villains.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

For years I wanted to go all out decorating for Halloween. I’d never been able to, though, because I’d always lived in apartments. I brought a house back in 2014. My first Halloween in that house was the Halloween of 2015 and I went all out. I put a graveyard in my front yard with zombies crawling out of their graves (or trying to). There was a bloody handprint path to my front door, and I transformed the nice table and chairs on my front porch where I ate breakfast in the summer into a spot for zombies. I made two zombies and sat them in the chairs. They were complete with clothes, scary faces, and missing limbs. That Halloween there were a few kids who wouldn’t come to my door. They sent their parents for candy. But I’ll always remember one little boy. He came to my door and was grinning at me. He said, “You look like you had fun decorating.” I laughed and said that I had.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t stop to edit until your first draft is finished. So many would-be authors never finish their books because they spend years trying to make the first three chapters perfect. Just finish the first draft. Just get the story down. You can edit it later.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I truly love telling stories. There are so many more stories in me. I hope readers keep reading.

 

Thank you Heather Elizabeth King for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Bridgeport Mysteries today!

~Synopsis~

An ancient manuscript. A dead ex. One last chance to take control of her life.

The only plan Zoey Matthews had that day was to take the first step in putting her life together after her husband left her for a younger woman. But her plans for a fresh start are sent spiraling out of control when the ghost of her murdered husband shows up in her swanky new loft. What would you do? If you’re Zoey Matthews, you don’t celebrate the fact that the philandering bastard is dead, you set out to prove you didn’t kill him.

The list of suspects seems endless. Was it one of the nearly adolescent girls he’d been sleeping with behind Zoey’s back? Maybe it was the sinister friend who dabbles in black magic? It could have been the pair of clueless thugs on the hunt for a missing artifact that they think Zoey has. A sexy and all too appealing celebrity artist new to town is on the suspect list, too. Last of all, the stuffy town mayor? If she doesn’t figure it out soon, she may be next.

Zoey Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon is the first book in an urban fantasy series that features surprising plot twists, dark supernatural entities, sexy male characters, and a female protagonist who may not kick ass, but you could totally see yourself having a beer with her.

Get your copy of Zoey Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon today to read about Zoey’s first journey into the supernatural.

NOTE: This book was previously released in 2015

~Synopsis~

Could you face your greatest fear?

The holiday season is in full swing and the only thing Zoey wants to do is get to know her new boyfriend better. But when a ghost shows up at her loft with the name of her killer on her lips, Zoey knows she’s being pulled into another mystery. This one is more puzzling than the last. According to police, the woman died of natural causes, but people who were nearby claim to have heard the victim screaming for help before she died. When a second body turns up, killed in the same manner, Zoey knows Bridgeport has another killer on its hands.

Helping Zoey get to the bottom of things are a meddling ghost, a paranormal investigator, and Zoey’s two best girlfriends. When Zoey finds herself in the crosshairs of the killer, she knows time is running out.

Zoey Matthews, the Unwanted Ghost, and the Cursed Manuscript is the second book in an urban fantasy series that features an engaging mystery, a cast of supernatural characters, a few alluring men, and a heroine who may be afraid of ghosts, but still manages to get the job done.

Get your copy of Zoey Matthews, the Unwanted Ghost, and the Cursed Manuscript today to continue your journey with Zoey into the supernatural.

Warning: Contains adult language, a bit of sex, and a few really creepy characters

Heather Elizabeth King is the author of dark fiction. She writes urban fantasy, horror, and paranormal romance. Heather has been a story teller for most of her life. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen.

She is a graduate of the Writer’s Digest class, Focus on the Novel and has been a panelist at several writing conferences. She’s also given presentations at various paranormal conventions.

Most days Heather can be found at her laptop working on her next book.

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