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Interview with an Author featuring Ophelia Lockheart

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ophelia Lockheart! Her debut book, Songbird in a Storm: A captivating 1920s time travel romance (Songbird Series Book 1) released on February 27th 2022.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Ophelia Lockheart, a British author from the south coast of England. I write suspenseful, angsty time travel romance set in 1920’s London, and my debut novel: Songbird in a Storm has just released!

Congrats on your new debut release! How has the new release been going for you?

It has been so incredibly exciting! I’ve been engaging with the writing community and they’ve been so welcoming! I’ve made a bunch of new friends (here’s looking at you Vixen 😉) and I’ve also received a ton of great reviews. Life is so good right now and I can see releasing books becoming very addictive!

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since childhood. My mum was an avid reader and while she’d sit in her reading nook, I’d compile stories to read to her.

Describe a typical writing day.

I start everyday tending to my three completely bonkers children and then while they’re at school I write. I tend to write most of my words in the morning while my brain is at its most creative and then spend the afternoon researching, reading and learning about craft, and also indulging in way too much social media—it’s my vice lol!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Songbird in a Storm is set in the 1920s and I’ve loved this period since a school GCSE art deco project I did way back in… (well, a very long time ago 😉   

I draw inspiration from everywhere. Songbird has been likened to Outlander and Peaky Blinders which are both shows I love (though my youngest watches a lot of Peppa Pig so I’m really hoping that annoying piglet doesn’t infiltrate my creative brain lol!). 

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

The importance of family and community is a thread that runs deeply throughout Songbird in a Storm. When Roseanna finds herself thrown back to 1921she is something of a lone wolf but, as was common in the 1920s, she learns that community can become family. There is a strength in togetherness that runs deeper than only blood.

What is the significance of the title?

Roseanna becomes a pub singer in one of Daniel Alderman’s businesses. The idea is that she’ll help him look for his brother’s killer, and this will place her where she might be able to identify the person responsible. Danny ends up nicknaming her Songbird. Roses is caught up in a storm as soon as she arrives in 1921. She witnesses Danny’s brother’s murder and there are other problems that were prolific at the time such as drugs and organised crime. Not to mention Danny is London’s most ruthless gangster.

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

Introvert, caring and a bit morbid!

What was the highlight of writing this book?

I just loved learning about the customs and details of this period. Like, where the saying ‘piss poor’ came from. Funeral customs… did you know a person would actually watch over the dead until they were buried? Or, as a self confessed foodie, the things people  would eat. Tongue sandwich anyone? Lol! I feel like I’ve learned so much and have tried to make this book as richly detailed as possible while still delivering a romance that will make your heart swell.

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

I just finished the second book in this series, Captive Songbird, which will release next month 🙂

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep going! Holding the finished book in your hands is like no other feeling.

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

They’re angsty! This book is crammed full of tension on every page. If you have a heart condition… don’t say you weren’t warned 😉

Thank you Ophelia Lockheart for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Songbird in a Storm today!

~Synopsis~

“If you loved Peaky Blinders and Outlander then you’re in the right place.”

Enemies become lovers when a modern woman is ripped from her life and thrown back to the roaring twenties where she must learn to navigate gangsters and organised crime if she is to survive.

London paramedic, Roseanna Chapman, has her hands full. But when she is cast back in time and witnesses a murder, she finds herself stranded and in danger.

In 1921, Daniel Alderman’s a feared and ruthless gangster. He must rely on Roseanna to find his brother’s killer, but with her hiding so many secrets, can he trust her?

The two connect as a race against time ensues, but as their feelings intensify, so does the threat against Roseanna’s life.

Can they navigate time and tragedy together or will their love become another cautionary tale of days gone by?

** A perfect book for fans of Diana Gabaldon, Mariah Stone, Trinity Dunn, and Diana Knightley. **

One click now to enter a riveting world of romance, secrets and the quest for home.

Ophelia Lockheart lives in south England with her two dogs, husband and three children.

She’s a huge fan of powerful, cranky men with hearts-of-gold and chivalrous values who’ll do anything for the sassy, independent women who own their hearts.

With plenty of suspense, swoon-worthy storylines, and enough sizzle to set your hearts on fire, you can rest assured that if you’re reading one of Ophelia’s books, you’re putting your time into just the right tale!

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Interview with an Author featuring Shari Nichols

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Shari Nichols! Her series, Ravens Hollow Coven is available now.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

First off, thank you so much for having me here, Laura. 

I live in NJ with my husband near a beautiful 50,000 acre park. We’re now empty nesters so we enjoy going there whenever we can. It’s my sanctuary. We do a lot of weekend trips with friends now. Take me out for a nice dinner and a glass of wine and I’m good to go. I can’t wait to start traveling again.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes and no. I’ve always loved to create stories, but I never imagined I could have a career as a writer. I wrote for the school newspaper in both high school and college. But I went to school for business. It wasn’t until I took some time off from work to raise my family that I decided I wanted to write.

What time of the day do you usually write?

I like to start first thing in the morning, but when I’m deep into the story, it’s whenever I can get the words on the page. I like to do sprints.

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

Quite a bit. Okay, Laura, I may be breaking the fourth wall, but here goes. The first thing I do is create character charts to find out more about who my characters are, when and where they were born. Their sun signs, what they look like, their personality traits. I also ask what they want. What’s their conflict? What happened in their childhood and what wounds did they endure? What about past loves? Then I tie their wounds into the plot and do a short chapter by chapter outline. I include turning points like the first time they kiss, when they learn to trust each other, when they realize they’re in love. I include the black moment and the climax that leads to the HEA. 

I change as I go because sometimes things come up. I never stick one hundred percent to the outline. And when I get stuck, I call a writing friend and ask for help, which is more often than not.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Wow, that’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. I can’t! I loved writing each book for different reasons. My first book, HAUNTED is loosely based on my friend’s real life experience with a ghost. I was riveted by the story and found it compelling, I knew I had to write about it someday. I did quite a bit of research for that book and learned so much about the spirit world. As for my Raven’s Hollow series, it’s all about the witches, the vampires and he demons. Think Practical Magic meets Supernatural. I love anything to do with magic. I’m a huge HP fan so these books have been thrilling to write.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Do I have to name just one? I love Kresley Cole. She’s a genius world builder. I got to meet her at an RWA conference in NYC. She was absolutely lovely. I also love Christine Feehan. She’s an amazing writer. I love Nora Roberts. I also got to meet her at an NJRW meeting and loved her humor!

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

I do hear from my readers, but of course I’d love to hear more! Maybe you can help me out with this, Laura! ☺I’m humbled beyond words when I get an email or a FB message from a reader that says they loved a book or a character and want to know about my next release.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

I loved all of the Nancy Drew books. I read everything from Judy Blume. Her books are honest and raw. They got me through those awkward middle school years.

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

Curious, goofy, passionate.

What advice would you give to other authors?

I’d say join a critique group. Send your work out to beta readers. Submit to publishers, agents and contests. Get feedback. Don’t reinvent the wheel by creating a genre that no one has ever heard of. You always want another set of eyes on your work before you submit. You want to make sure you’re putting out the very best work you can. Go to writer’s conferences and meetings. Talk to other writers and network. Enter contests. Read books about writing and read everything in your genre. Keep striving to get better and try not to compare yourself to anyone else. You’re on your own journey. Be consistent. Try to write every day and put the distractions aside. Use a timer and have fun.

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

All of my books are loosely based on real events and inspired by real people. Book one in my RH series, MIDNIGHT DESIRE is loosely based on a chilling crime story that took place in London, England in the nineties. I set it in a paranormal world, made my heroine a witch and turned the story into a romance. In book two, MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION, my hero’s a vampire and was inspired by my grandfather’s struggle to get out of Europe after he awoke from his funeral and climbed out of his coffin. In book three, MIDNIGHT CRAVING, (out this July), my heroine’s backstory is based on a childhood friend who suffered sexual abuse. Book four in the series, AFTER MIDNIGHT (out in October) is a novella, and the only book in the series that doesn’t have a suspense element. It’s just a light, whimsical, sexy read. 

As for me, I’m starting an MA program in creative writing this summer and looking forward to this new adventure. I’ve outlined a three book contemporary series, Love in the City about three best friends from college navigating friendships, careers and love while living in the Big Apple. I’m excited to get started on book one. 

Thank you for having me, Laura! This was so much fun!

Thank you Shari Nichols for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series today!


~Synopsis~

When tarot card reader Gillian Howe hosts a supernatural speed dating event, she’s hopeful to discover her chance at love.

Making the perfect match is her passion. Too bad she can’t find one for herself.

A chance encounter with a wealthy vampire soon finds her plunged into a secret society of trancing, blood bonds, and human escort rings. She’ll need help to survive, but the vampire detective is the last person she wants…even if he is scorching hot.

Garrett Mulroney has dealt with his share of the supernatural. His sire tried to force him into a life of debauchery, but he chose to uphold the law.

The fact that the one woman he can’t seem to get out of his lust-filled dreams is at the center of his investigation doesn’t bode well. It’s a good thing she hates his guts, because it helps douse his growing desire for her and focus on the case.

But when Gillian’s cousin is kidnapped into the Du Sang Brotherhood, she becomes the prime witness.

Now they’re forced to put their differences aside and go undercover by pretending to be a couple. The more time they spend together, the more Garrett wants her in his life—and in his bed.

Will they be able to develop the love and trust needed to take down the Brotherhood or become its next victim?

If you like Hailey Edwards, Lisa Edmonds, BR Kingsolver, or Jennifer Blackstream, you’ll love this paranormal romance with mystery, magic, and suspense!

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Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common places, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends. 

Shari’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers. Shari’s new series,   Ravens’ Hollow Coven, is an urban fantasy with City Owl Press. 

Awards:  New York Book Festival Honorable Mention, Reviewers Choice Award for Best Book, Reviewers Choice Award for Best Series, Beverley Award, Golden Leaf Finalist For Best Book, Golden Leaf Finalist For Best Book by a New Jersey Author, HOLT Medallion Finalist, Literary Titan Silver Medal Winner.

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Interview with an Author featuring Wren Michaels

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Wren Michaels! Her newest release, Thunderstruck (Thunderbird Brotherhood Book 1) released on March 10th 2022.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a daydreamer and loved to just listen to music and envision scenes in my head. I also loved books and often times didn’t want the stories to end, so I took to writing my own, so I didn’t have to leave those worlds if I didn’t want to.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Whenever possible! LOL It varies, really. While I was working full-time, I would try and squeeze in time at night. Now that I am only working part-time, I can devote more daytime to writing.

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

I storyboard with Pinterest, so that can lead me down a whole rabbit hole which can last for days.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

All of them were enjoyable to write, or I wouldn’t have written them! LOL But, I had the most fun with one of my first books, VEXED and my Christmas RomCom, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. Vexed has a sassy, take no crap heroine, which I love to write. She was my first. And It’s a Wonderful Lie was my first RomCom and I just love to write banter.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

That’s tough, I admire a lot. I love Darynda Jones though. She’s a phenomenal writer, nails witty banter and sassy heroines and is a genuinely awesome person. I got to meet her at a con many years ago and walked up to her with a friend of mine and just asked if we could interview her and she’s like, yeah, sure. And she was so down to earth.

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

I’d love to hear from them more! Whether in reviews or just on social media.The one that really sticks with me the most is someone who read my Christmas Rom Com and said it inspired her to go out and do something nice for someone else. I never thought I’d write a book that inspired someone else, let alone for them to want to go out and do something as a result. I bawled like a baby to my husband. It was magical.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Bridge to Terabithia, I will never ever forget that book and how it made me feel.

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

Humorous, Loyal, Daydreamer.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Perseverance is the key. 98% of the time, things won’t happen overnight. It’s a long-haul business. LOTS of ups and downs but hang in there. Don’t compare yourself to other authors, everyone’s road to success is different because everyone’s definition of success is different.

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

I will always have sparks of humor and a happy ending in them, along with an adventure and of course romance. In the end, it’s the characters that drive me and I’m just telling their stories.

Thank you Wren Michaels for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Thunderstruck today!

~Synopsis~

Reseda Juarez is dead.

Though she functions as a human, inside she’s an emotionless weapon, trapped between the living and the undead. Cold and unrelenting, she’s used as a super-soldier by the government in a special task force to hunt preternatural beings to the brink of extinction.

One night, five years ago, Kane killed an innocent and his brother lost the love of his life. The aftermath forces Kane to become the alpha of the legendary Thunderbirds. He now must protect what’s left of his family from the tribe of wolf shifters who ripped them apart.

When Reseda’s mother is bitten by a wolf, she and Kane are forced to work together to find the Mayan Pul Yah stone to heal her—the same stone that gifted Reseda to the life she now lives. But the journey is riddled with more than the wolves, also searching for the stone.

Something strange happens to their powers when they’re together, and they struggle to fight the intense attraction between them. The deeper they go, the more secrets unravel, until love is the only thing that can defeat an enemy no one saw coming.

Wren hails from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin where beer and cheese are their own food groups. But a cowboy swept her off her feet and carried her to Texas, where she promptly lost all tolerance for cold and snow. Fueled by coffee, dreams, and men in kilts, Wren promises to bring you laughter, heart-fluttering romance, and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Interview with an Author featuring Leslie O’Sullivan

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The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Leslie O’Sullivan! Her debut book, Pink Guitars and Falling Stars (Rockin’ Fairy Tales Book 1) released January 6th 2022.

What inspired you to start writing?

I adore stories. I’ve been a bookworm my whole life as well as a huge movie fan. Imagining myself in the stories I loved set me on a course to create my own characters and journeys.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I am a Post-it notes hoarder. Color-coding the scenes, beats, turning points, etc. for each book is my happy place. I create a new color palette for every new story. Full disclosure, I’m also a journal collector, and yes, they are color coordinated to match each individual Post-it palette.

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

I wrote and queried four YA novels which were fantastic learning experiences, before switching to adult romance. PINK GUITARS AND FALLING STARS, my Rapunzel/Romeo and Juliet mashup, started out as a YA novel and then “matured” into an adult romance. I have a soft spot in my heart for PINK GUITARS AND FALLING STARS since it is my debut novel. As of now, I’ve written four adult romances with four more in the works, all of which will be published by the awesomeness that is City Owl Press.

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

World building is one of my favorite aspects of storytelling. I come from a theatrical design background and use the same design process as I would to create scenery or a lighting design for stage when I craft my worlds. Tapping into subtext and character motivations are a large part of my process when creating an environment and its moving parts. The emotional response of color and texture are an integral part of my world building as well. I will sketch images, locations, and create mood boards to find the right tone and synergy for the story I am telling. I even draft floor plans if I want to dig specifically into the lay of the land. If it’s a fantasy or sci-fi world, I work to embed connections to the now, so readers can build relationships with the new reality I present in my stories.

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

I am a debut author, so I’ve just begun forming relationships with readers. I’ve had a blast meeting people at virtual launch parties for other authors and through contests. It’s been a thrill to see sweet reviews pop up from folks I’ve never met. I’d love to hang out with some book clubs and chat. I’m really looking forward to this being the beginning of lots of future interactions with readers.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Fairy tales and myths have always been at the top of my list for inspiration. I’m a happily ever after kind of gal which makes writing and reading romance such a joy. The Lord of the Rings is my favorite saga of all time – Aragorn and Arwen SWOON. I’m a huge fangirl of the Outlander series as well – Jamie and Claire DOUBLE SWOON. My theater background sparked my love of Shakespeare.

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

I love the challenge of peeking into every corner of a fictional world to see what gold nuggets are waiting for me to discover. Any character in a novel’s world has their own story to tell that can lead to delicious surprises. Writing romance is always a fresh hug to me. I indulge my hopelessly romantic side, exploring the many different ways, likely and unlikely of people falling in love.

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

The next book in the “Rockin’ Fairy Tales,” series out this summer is GILDED BUTTERFLY, a King Midas and the Golden Touch/King Lear mashup, centered around a reality television show, starring a musical trio of Hollywood influencer sisters who happen to be witches. The first book in my “Behind the Scenes” series, HOT SET, will release in the fall. It’s the story of a fashion catalog copy writer who lands an assistant’s job on the writing staff of a television drama based on a wildly popular series of period romance novels and happens to catch the amorous attention of the show’s super heart-throbby star.

What advice would you give to other authors?

This one is easy peasy. NEVER give up. The writing journey as well as any creative endeavor requires a thick skin and patience. Surround yourself with friends and co-authors who can relate to your path, support you, and share in your successes. Never lose sight of joy in the writing itself.

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

At the root of all my stories is a fairy tale vibe, whether it’s an actual fairy tale retelling, or a real-life fairy tale flavored journey. It’s an honor and a dream come true to have my stories out in the world. I so appreciate readers, reviewers, and the new friends I’m making on social media. Thank you all so much. Let’s keep this party going! Huge hugs to The Literary Vixen for this opportunity to chat for a spell.

 

Thank you Leslie O’Sullivan for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her release, Pink Guitars and Falling Stars today!

~Synopsis~

Zeli’s signature pop diva sound and image are nothing short of magical—literally. Her fame comes with hidden costs, a curse that could ruin her voice forever.

Aspiring indie musician, Justin MacKenzie, is determined to kick it to the top of the Rampion Records’ Summer Number One professional vs. amateur singing competition.

The favorite to beat in the annual televised contest is none other than the label’s smoking hot superstar, Zeli, whose crazy extensions flow the length of a football field. Those ridiculous extensions, coupled with her bubblegum brand of pop, are an affront to everything Justin loves about music until a stolen kiss blazes into a romantic encounter.

Once inside Zeli’s world, Justin discovers things are not as they seem. In their quest to allow the real Zeli, to step into the spotlight, the pair must confront the mysterious force behind the dazzle of Rampion’s success. If these star-crossed lovers can’t rally their own magic to defeat the darkness, they will lose everything—including each other.

Leslie O’Sullivan is the author of Rockin’ Fairy Tales, an adult romance series of Shakespeare/fairy tale mash ups set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s music scene. The first book in the series, PINK GUITARS AND FALLING STARS, a Rapunzel/Romeo & Juliet story is available now from the Mystic Owl imprint of City Owl Books. Coming this fall is her Behind the Scenes contemporary romance series that peeks into the off-camera secrets of a wildly popular television drama. She’s a UCLA Bruin with a BA and MFA from their Department of Theater where she also taught for years on the design faculty. Her tenure in the world of television was as the assistant art director on “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” Leslie is a California girl who loves to indulge her fangirl side at cons.

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Interview with an Author featuring Faith Marlow

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Faith Marlow! Her debut book, Being Mrs. Dracula (Being Mrs. Dracula Series Book 1) released on February 12th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I first began writing in the fifth grade but I have been writing professionally since 2013.

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically for me, I do as much researching and note taking as I do writing. While I do plan ahead and often (not always) outline the story before I start, I end up doing a lot of web surfing and reading while I write. Very often, my books are set in specific historical times, such as Medieval Europe, an ancient Mediterranean island, or New York City in the Roaring 20’s. I feel that obligates me to be as historically accurate as possible when setting the scene and still write stories about vampires and other mythical beings.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration comes from so many places. I wrote Being Mrs. Dracula because I wanted to know more about the Brides of Dracula and couldn’t find a book that had been written about them. The story of Medusa always seemed cruel and unfair, so I wanted to emphasize that she was first and foremost a victim and not just a mindless creature for the hero to slay. I also wanted to bring her happiness. I have a soft spot for characters that would be considered monsters, like vampires, Medusa, ghosts, etc. and enjoy examining their human aspects- and how their existence reflects us as humans.

My short story in Unbreakable Ink, Based on a True story, was based on a dream. My psychological horror “Couples Therapy” (which is currently unavailable as I rework and improve the story) was also based on a dream.

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

Valeria from Being Mrs. Dracula will always be my favorite. She is the main character of my first published book and we share a lot of personality traits, some good and some that could use some improvement. We are working on this together!

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

Many of my stories involve heavy subject matter. Being Mrs. Dracula was very emotional to write because I wanted the readers to empathize with these women, so I had to process a wide range of emotions writing them. While I may not have experienced such things first hand in my own life, ruminating on how it would feel to experience them can still be very heavy. We as authors become very attached to our characters and sometimes we have to put them through terrible events, or even write them out of the story. We mourn those characters misfortunes and deaths just like readers do. 

       Sometimes you just have to take breaks from certain stories. I am currently writing my next Scorned Women book and some of the subject matter became very heavy and was wearing on me, so I had to sit it down and start working on another project for a while.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I don’t keep my Kindle on my beside table because my tiny panther Teddy will step on it, but I just read a Beta copy version of Carmilla Voiez’s work in progress and adored it! I can’t wait to see the finished version. I also have Rue Volley’s latest “The End of August, book 2” queued up next.

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

With a series, I think it is important to have an overall goal and purpose for the series but you also need clear goals to accomplish in each book of the series. Making them all work together is what makes a series fun to write, even if the reader doesn’t know where the goal posts are at for the end of the series when they are reading the first book. In my Being Mrs Dracula series, I think the main goal is for Valeria to have a life beyond that of her association with Dracula, to step out of his shadow once and for all. We see how she is ultimately going to accomplish this (or at least she thinks) by the end of book three, Being Dracula’s Heir.

The Scorned Women series is a bit different. Each book in the series is about a different woman but united by an overall theme. Each woman in the series has been done wrong and deserves to have a second chance or a more to her story than she had the first time.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Restless. Loyal. Curious.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write the story you are afraid to write. Tell the story the way you know it needs to be told. You will always be pleased with your finished project if you are true to yourself. Your authenticity and dedication will show in your work.

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

The first thing I would like people to know, before they even open the book, is that I have done my absolute best to make the story the best I can on publishing day. I have devoted hours (which adds up to months or more for longer stories), to produce quality work and I hope that everyone who reads them finds something they can enjoy about them. I know it’s impossible to please everyone, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.

I would also want them to know that the gift of their time is not lost on me, and I appreciate that they have chosen to spend some of that time with books I have written. I am very thankful that I am able to tell people stories that they enjoy. I appreciate their reviews, words of encouragement, and sharing my work with others more than they will ever know.

 

Thank you Faith Marlow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series, Being Mrs. Dracula today!

~Synopsis~

When Valeria Karjan’s hand was given in marriage to the handsome and powerful Count Vlad Dracula, she dreamed of happiness but, instead, her life was filled with longing for her absent husband, their country ravaged by war.

When Vlad a last returned from the battlefield, he was a changed man, an alluring and dangerous creature with a thirst for her blood… and more wives.

Discover their stories, their secrets, and find out what it would be to love and be loved by history’s most powerful vampire.

In a marriage that spans centuries, one man shared by three women, love may be eternal but happiness is not guaranteed.

Faith Marlow is a USA Today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.

Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow” and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir”. The fourth book is currently in development.

Faith’s “Scorned Women” series launched in 2020 with its first book, a retelling of the story of Medusa. Each book in this series will focus on a different woman in and seek to give them a second chance. She most recently co-wrote and published a Southern Gothic horror novel, “Our Fearful Roots”, with Carmilla Voiez.

Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple short story anthologies. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, sculpting with polymer clay, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.

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Interview with an Author featuring K. Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is K. Rose! Her debut, The Prophecy of the Water Sprite released on August 5th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I literally started writing my first story ever (The prophecy of the Water Sprite) as an April Fool’s Day Joke 2021. I never wrote stories short, long, poems, anything before that. Even in High School when the English teacher asked for a 1,000-word story I drew a picture and turned it in, since pictures are worth 1,000 words. She gave me a C for a grade, but I still consider it a win.

Describe a typical writing day.

I don’t have typical anything days. When I write it is whatever the muse wants me to write, which is why I don’t set pre-orders or deadlines for myself until I am in the editing stages.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I am not sure where all of the inspiration comes from exactly, I just have these ideas that pop in my brain and I run with them. If they come from reading other people’s books, or watching TV shows, or even listening to music; I couldn’t be too sure.

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

I have 2 published books, my Debut The prophecy of the Water Sprite is a Reverse Harem Fantasy standalone, and my second book is a series starter that ended up being a YA Adventure Fantasy, that will Glacially burn its way to an RH eventually. 

I really hate choosing favorites, and I love them both for different reasons, probably since they are so different themselves.

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

I do use a template to plot out my story. I would say that most of the world building and character development happens as I write.

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

Oooof, that’s hard… just three? 

Creative . . . Caring . . . Smart

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

So far my stories have been more light and not too emotional with the sadder or darker side of things. Though I would admit that I cry easily, and did find myself crying at times.

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

I am always working on something. Currently I have a short story that is part of a charity anthology with all the proceeds going to Breast Cancer research, it is a friends to Lovers M/F NA Romance. I have a satirical children’s book about diversity that has a LOT of innuendo. These two projects will be out in the next couple/few months. 

I have a secret shared world project that is mostly outlined and I am ready to start putting words down for that. It will be a PNR Urban Fantasy Academy NA Bully RH … Yeah I know that’s a mouthful. 

My newest release the Elven Prince (released FEB 3rd) will have at least 2 more books in the series, and each can be read as a standalone, or at least that’s the plan. The oracle is the title of the next book, and the third’s working title is “The Dragon” 

I have a SCiFi PNR RH that I have started, and also have a 6K prequel ready to go out into an anthology later this year. 

I also have an RH PNR rom-com that I have started that I hope to get done before the end of the year as well… and I do have at least a half dozen other stories that have partial outlines, that will be pushed out into next year or later depending on how much time I get this year. 

I also have some low content journals and diaries that I made up, just to alleviate my need to be creative, those are on the ‘zon now, and I have a few more that I haven’t finished yet too. But the best of them all is the 24 month reader’s journal that I created for people that like to keep track of things like reviews and quotes…and when there is just a need to meditate or zone out there are coloring pages mixed in as well.

What advice would you give to other authors?

The best thing I can say is “You are good enough” 

And it may have a bad connotation to it when others say Shameless Self Promotion … but do it! Everywhere you can and don’t be ashamed, because its that one more reader that finds your promo that tells everyone … or that one more promo that starts a viral trend . . . you never know when or if it will happen but you will NEVER know if you don’t try.

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

I write what comes to mind. I will not write what the market wants. I will not be apologetic with what I write or change it to fit what the genre or trope is “supposed” to be. This is Fiction, and as such my creativity is what feeds it. If I make things up, or bend the supposed rules that’s all in my originality, and I hope you end up liking me more for it rather than opposing the differences. Also, I will not be a single trope author. I will write in Reverse Harem, Male female, menage, Young adult, bordering on erotica (but probably never erotica), children’s books with silly rhymes, and whatever else my creative mind wants to spill out. So come along for an epic ride!

 

Thank you K. Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her release, The Prophecy of the Water Sprite today!

~Synopsis~

Our kind has been enslaved by the Fae for as long as this kingdom remembers. They need us to keep water in their kingdom flowing, without it, their kind would surely all perish, as not even the powerful Fae have control over the waters that feed life to everything. Somewhere along the line, they all lost that ability, as if that element revolted against them.

For over twenty-one years I’ve been kept in the dark about my true heritage, being raised as a witch, like my auntie, that can wield water with spells. Soon I would be old enough to leave my childhood home and go beyond the protection spell that has kept me safe all these years to seek out my destiny.

A vision—perhaps even a prophecy, in the castle where I was born caused my parents to secret me away under the cover of darkness. I was saved by an unlikely partnership.

For the first time in thousands of years, the elements are set to combine into the greatest power ever known, and somehow I am the center of it all.

The power of the elements are told to bring about peace in the lands and restore life in the realm to a greatness more than it has ever been before.

No more struggles for food, no more starvation. No more taxation with penalties of death. No more hatred and fear of the rulers of the kingdom. Only prosperity, health, and maybe even something more?

Please note: This is a Reverse Harem Novel. It contains explicit content intended for adults only. 18+

K. Rose has been a part of the Indie Author Community for years. Getting her start as a reader, her keen eye led to a wonderful career in Beta and ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reading. As a joke to her fellow Beta colleagues, she created a spoofed blurb and cover for a story and the feedback was so positive that it sparked her to run with it.

That stoked a fire that has her racing down a multi-genre freeway with no off-ramp in sight. K. doesn’t write to “market” and she is fairly certain that her humor and use of puns may cause an eye roll or two, but as she likes to say, “That’s how I roll.” and “Jokes are always welcome!”

She has traveled the USA extensively, including Alaska, and lived in thirty-eight of the fifty states. Home is now the beautiful state of Wisconsin, where she dreams up her stories in the company of her guy of nearly twenty years, and their menagerie of furbabies, including five puppies, three rescue kitties, eighteen chickens, ruled by a Rooster named Chicken Parm, plus eight ducks, a ninety-gallon tropical fish tank and a chatty nineteen-year-old Cherry Headed Conure!

Life will always be interesting for K. Rose, which will fuel her works, and keep her muses singing, come join the chorus.

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Interview with an Author featuring L.W. Lowe

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is L.W. Lowe! Her book, Deal With Cupid (When Muses Misbehave Book 1) released on June 1st 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I wish I could say there was this one sparkling moment of inspiration. It actually was a slow and rebellious journey. There was seven year old me who directed my friends to re-enact the story of Beauty and the Beast in our backyard. I’d change the ending or re-assign the roles of Beauty or Beast to different kids. Then eleven year old me who got an old mint-colored typewriter from my parents, who didn’t realize what they started or how much paper and white out I would end up costing them. (Boy, doesn’t that date me!) For years, I had the compulsion to write. I would do it just to get the stories out of my head because everyone knows about the starving author. I never took it seriously until many years later; I was married and pregnant with my first child. My mom sent me a box of stuff where I found an old vocabulary assignment from my high school senior year. My English teacher had written in the corner that she enjoyed how I turned each vocabulary word into a story, and I should seriously consider being an author. It wasn’t so much a light bulb moment as getting hit upside the head with a sledgehammer.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

My first drafts start with outlines. When I get to the second draft, those outlines get rearranged, replaced, or thrown out by the end. The story always changes on me the closer I get to the end. I blame the characters!

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

I have to take a moment and step away to decide if an emotional scene is worth keeping to advance the story or for my catharsis.

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

In my early writing years, I wrote several long ‘books’ for fanfiction, but officially I have self-pubbed two books. So far Deal with Cupid is the favorite, but that could change to Book Three in the series because the outline introduces a Greek goddess that I feel doesn’t get enough attention. (Yes, I have the sequels outlined, all the way to Book Ten.)

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

Lots! So much bounces around in my head from the music playlists to the characters’ voices and their environments. I envision their happy places whether it’s their bedroom, office, garden spot, or coffee shop. I develop whole pages about these characters and their world order before I set up a plot, drop them in the middle of it, then document what happens.

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

It’s still early, so not much. Some like the crazy, nerdy quirkiness in massive quantities. Some not so much. It’s cool. Better for the readers to figure out how they feel about the series before investing too much of their time and energy.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I have a kindle tablet full of ebooks and five feet away a shelf full of books. So on my tablet, I am currently reading Bride of the Crimson Queen by Keri Moore. But the latest print book that I’m reading is The Author Estate Handbook by M. L. Ronn.

Describe yourself in three words.

Quiet. Loyal. Daydreamer.

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

So I’m weird in that I wouldn’t want any A-list actors. I want to see fresh faces, definitely actresses with Hellenic/Greek backgrounds, talent for comedic timing, and a genuine appreciation for all the arts, not just music.

What advice would you give to other authors?

That’s a very uncomfortable question for me because I’m still looking for advice. I guess the best I got is… Beta readers and editors are awesome, but remember the author has the last word.

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

The series When Muses Misbehave has an ensemble cast, aka multiple point of view and I tend to write long chapters. Can’t help it. That’s how my brain works. While there are romantic pairings being set up in Book One, Deal with Cupid reads more like a Galentine urban fantasy featuring more on the sisters of inspiration and how they survive and support each other, despite their differences.

 

Thank you L.W. Lowe for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Deal With Cupid today!

~Synopsis~

Sisters. Inspirations. Legends. Meet… The Muses.In between juggling their own dramas and romances, the nine sisters are paid to motivate souls and reignite passions. But never before have they faced a job like this. Hedone, The Goddess of Pleasure, hires the sisters to save the marriage of her parents, Eros and Psyche. Yet one misstep could provoke the wrath of Aphrodite. Join the Muses as they figure out how to clean up Cupid’s mess without causing one of their own!The first book has a cliffhanger ending and the entire series is intended for readers age 18+.

LW Lowe is the author of the mythic fantasy series When Muses Misbehave.

As a kid, she consumed all kinds of sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal entertainment from books to movies. Then she was gifted a dog-eared copy of The Return of Rafe Mackade, and romance had a new superfan. She currently lives in central Ohio with her husband, wrangling five kids, a cowardly guard dog, and two cats, one named Fluffy Evil and the other Vicious Little Panther. She wishes Eureka’s Global Dynamics was real, thinks Red Dwarf deserves all the fancy-schmancy awards provided they’re presented at a wine bar, and prefers her coffee with hot chocolate bombs.

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Interview with an Author featuring Heather McCorkle

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Heather McCorkle! Her newest release, Bared & Betrayed (Children of Fenrir Book 3) released on October 12th 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved diving into new worlds, and as a child I would make up my own stories to tell to my stuffed animals. It grew from there.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I like to write in pencil in a notebook while I’m out and about, then enter the pages into my computer when I get back home.

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

If I’m writing an emotionally charged scene, I end up watching or reading something light-hearted to balance it.

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

Eleven that are published, but eighteen over all.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

There are so many! To name a few: Anne McCaffery, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, whew, I could really go on, but I’ll stop. 😉

Describe yourself in three words.

Determined, dedicated, supportive.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

A Conjuring of Ravens by Azalea Ellis and Love at 20,000 Leagues by Lizzy Gayle

Do you have any new series planned?

I do! It is a spin-off series set in the world of my Children of Fenrir series about the werewolf seeker. A novella coming out this spring will launch it, and the first full length novel comes out this fall.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Always strive to learn and improve. Times and writing styles change and being in the know is to your advantage.

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

That I love to entertain, to draw readers into a rich world they can get lost in, with characters they will root for and fall in love with. I’m all for girl power, healthy relationships, and adventure, but my books are spicy. Oh wait, that’s a lot of things. 😉

 

Thank you Heather McCorkle for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Bared & Betrayed today!

~Synopsis~

In this Montana town of Viking descended werewolves, there are secrets upon secrets.

In the name of protecting his family and his kind, Raul Anderson has made some terrible decisions, and even worse mistakes. Mistakes that got him bumped from First Verndari, to the bottom of the pack. Being blackmailed is no excuse, especially when he can’t prove it. Now he has to work his way back up to the top of the pack so he can challenge the werewolf he suspects is plotting to throw them into a war with humans.

But that isn’t his only problem. As punishment for his mistakes, he is sentenced to be a kennari—a teacher to newly bitten werewolves. His first charge is not only hotter than Helheimr, she’s also the new detective the police chief has partnered with him to solve who is behind the unsanctioned bitings.

Elexis Sandalius will do whatever it takes to catch the werewolf that attacked and changed her—even accept a job as a detective in a town full of werewolves, and partner with a guy who bit another woman in without her permission. She couldn’t dislike the sexy, cocky ex-quarterback anymore if he had been the one to bite her. Until it becomes clear he is not what he appears to be, and is certainly not what everyone thinks he is.

If they can’t overcome their dislike of one another—and deal with their growing attraction—a mass murderer will not only walk but will launch their kind into war.

If you like Patricia Briggs, Christine Feehan, Kait Ballenger, or Norse mythology, you’ll love this Viking inspired full-length paranormal romance!

Heather is an award winning author of paranormal, steampunk, and historical who is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.
Becoming a published author has been a life-long goal that she has known she wanted since she was twelve. At that age, she wrote her first book and has been writing ever since. The path to where she is now as an author has been wrought with detours and road blocks, but she stayed the course and finally partnered with two agents and ultimately signed with one of them.
When she is not writing, editing, or designing book covers and websites, she can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or paddle boarding. As a native Oregonian, she enjoy the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds she creates on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find her on her website and her many social networking sites. You can also find her the first Monday night of every month at 6:00 pm PT on the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter. She is the co-creator and moderator of the chat. Entertaining readers, protecting endangered species, and uncovering stories and points of view that haven’t been covered are her passions.

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Interview with an Author featuring Lizzy Gayle

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Lizzy Gayle! Her newest release, The Bleeding Heart (The Djinn Book 2) released January 25th 2022.

What inspired you to start writing?

Thank you so much for having me today! I’ve known since I was a child that writing would always be part of my life, but until about ten years ago, it was always on the backburner. My entire life, I’ve gravitated toward creative work, but that was when I decided to dedicate my time and learn the business side of things. I’ve never looked back!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Haha. I know I’m not the only quirky writer out there, but it’s probably my “pantsing” style. Yeah, that’s common, but when I write it’s almost like going into a trance and writing down the movie I’m watching in my head. The difference is, I’m also in my character’s head and that’s how I see things. So try as I might to plot, I’m always thwarted by my characters when they don’t do what I expect them to.

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

I feel like if I have a strong reaction as I write (or reread) that means I’m doing a decent job. My goal is to make the reader feel, whether it’s joy, worry, sadness, etc. So if I feel it, I’m on the right track. That said, I find it cathartic, but that’s also part of why I read in general. It allows me an outlet for my emotions.

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

Oh my goodness. I’ve lost count. I used to write YA under a different name, so if you mean published? Probably around 10. But written? Holy moly, I don’t know. I’m loving writing adult romance. It’s very freeing, and the spice is nice. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, it’s like choosing a favorite child. It could be just because it’s what I’m currently into, but I love book 2 of The Fantasy Resorts series. The working title is A Matter of Time. It’s about a time traveling resort that goes back to the Old West and…things happen. LOL

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

Like I said, I TRY to plan, but it doesn’t always take. I see a number of things before I start as I figure out the story and characters, but a lot of it I discover as I write. I don’t know if it’s my subconscious or what, but somehow things pop up that seem insignificant that always tie in later.

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

My favorite thing about writing is hearing from readers. It literally makes my day if someone enjoyed my work. I try to encourage that and always try to respond. One example that stands out is when a reader sent me a fan cover they made for a book of mine. That was an amazing feeling. Not only does it mean they invested their time, but also their thoughts and feelings on my characters.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

A stack of them! LOL Also the ones on my Kindle on my phone that charges there. Ha! The last physical one I added was Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper.

Describe yourself in three words.

Loving, unstoppable, weird. I embrace the weirdness btw, so I consider that a good thing.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Two things. 1. PERSEVERANCE. Don’t give up. If writing is something you NEED (and you’ll know if you know) then don’t let rejection stop you. If you put in the work, the time, and the heart, you CAN accomplish your goals. 2. As my hero, Libba Bray, once told me, write what scares you. It’s been something of a mantra to me, and I’ve really grown as a writer since that moment.

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

That they exist! LOL There are so many wonderful books out there, and I find that an AMAZING thing, but if you love fun yet dark, fast-paced, paranormal or sci-fi romance, give them a try. And by all means, please let me know what you think! It matters to me. I try to put in things to change up the usual. For example, this trilogy is about Djinn (genies) which aren’t your typical go-to for paranormal romance, but if you like vampires or demons, you’ll enjoy them as well.

 

 

Thank you Lizzy Gayle for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Bleeding Heart today!

~Synopsis~

Taj knows his revolving door of lovers won’t erase the past, but it helps pass the time. That is until his sister Leela’s boyfriend shows up in a panic. With Leela missing and a Djinn killer on the loose, Taj dives into trying to find both his vanished sister…and the murderer.

His quest introduces him to another Djinni named Brolach, new to his human form. Attraction blooms and Taj wonders if it might be worth the risk to try dating his own kind. His last relationship with a Djinni didn’t end well, but it has been almost two hundred years since he lost Cal.

When danger traps him and his loved ones, and everyone looks to him for guidance, Taj finds he’s thrust into a position he doesn’t want. Can he overcome the demons of his past to save the future and find his happily ever after?

Lizzy Gayle loves paranormal so much, she lives it. She is both an author and a psychic. Between mothering her three kids, attempting to understand her rocket scientist husband, and consistently attempting to declutter her home (that she is convinced is a secret portal to a clutter-creating dimension), she does her best to use her creative gifts and share them with you.

 

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Interview with an Author featuring Nicola Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Nicola Rose! Her latest release, Arrested: A Salvation Society Novel released today.

How long have you been writing?

I made a few half-hearted attempts at writing stories as a child. Then, when I was in my early twenties, I put a lot of effort into writing an epic adventure set in Ancient Egypt. But life happened and it was put aside. It wasn’t until I was on maternity leave with my first child in 2009 when I picked it back up.

However, I was soon sent spinning on an entirely new project after binge-reading the Twilight books! I’d always loved vampires (thank you, The Lost Boys) and I suddenly had a burning urge to write a steamy vampire love triangle (as did we all, haha!) I wrote about 90% of the first draft of Taste the Dark before letting the fear get to me and once again putting the book aside, focusing on my photography business instead.

Fast forward around four years to sitting at home with my second child and realizing what a waste it was to have written so much of a book and not at least try to publish it.

I haven’t looked back since and have just released my eighth book.

The vampire love triangle became a published trilogy (The Elwood Legacy). And I fully intend to return to that Egyptian mythology idea at some point, converting it into a new fantasy world.

Describe a typical writing day.

Procrastination. Procrastination. Procrastination.

I wish I was joking! I’m seriously bad at staying focused, but I’m trying to get better! All of my writing happens during the day when the kids are at school. It generally involves short bursts of writing followed by frequent distractions such as marketing work, TikTok, and household chores! Oh, and plenty of cups of tea!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. Nowhere. Some magical place that spawns them and then leaves me wondering how on earth I came up with it! 

Twisted Ginni was entirely inspired by the cover – I purchased the premade cover without any story idea and then came up with the plot afterwards. And I’m currently sitting on several other covers waiting for stories – so I guess that’s my method for the foreseeable!

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

Gahhh, don’t make me choose!!

I’ll have to go with the Elwood brothers. They were the first characters I wrote and fell in love with. They re-ignited my passion to write. They’re everything my vampire-loving heart dreamed of – dark and dominant anti-heroes who kill for food, and sometimes for fun, and would burn down the world for their woman.

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

I guess I just let the emotion take me. I go with it and pour it onto the page. My frequent procrastination breaks soon help me recover from anything too heavy!

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

I LOVE interacting with readers, I wish more would do it! Unfortunately, reaching readers on social media can feel like a massive uphill battle with no results. I do have a Facebook group and Instagram, but my real social media success came list year with the discovery of TikTok. Booktok is amazing!

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

For my readers, I try to throw out the twists and turns. I love those scenes that come out of nowhere and surprise people. For myself, I must admit, it can be a struggle when shiny new characters are calling to me! So those twists keep me going, too. It can reignite a stagnant writing day when some amazing new thing about a character comes to me! 

I also think that my writing improves with every book I release, so there’s that too!

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

Yes! I’ve always been very loose with my plotting, but I find that means I write slowly so I’m determined to plot the hell out of my next book! I’m currently plotting a Fae fantasy reverse harem and I’m SO excited about it. We’re talking brooding fae warriors, a delicious, wicked prince, and some epic adventure (plus, you know, all the spice with numerous men 😊

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write, write, write! Seems obvious, but sometimes the fear that it’s not good enough or that you don’t know where it’s going can stop you from writing. Don’t let that happen. You can’t fix a blank page. So just throw it down and new ideas will come to you as you go.

Also, be sure to connect with plenty of other authors, particularly the author groups on Facebook. Never stop being eager to learn and grow. There’s always so much out there to help if you just go looking.

Oh, and people absolutely DO judge a book by its cover. Get that right straight away!

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

To be warned that most of my books get pretty dark in places, and very explicit! Often the steam and darkness go together (blood, rough play etc). My passion is writing men who are dark, violent anti-heroes and villains, with all the angst and tension. 

That said, my latest release (Arrested) is my first contemporary romance, and whilst there are certainly some explicit moments, it’s nowhere near as dark as some of my other books. You bet your ass I still wrote a dominant alpha male though!

 

Thank you Nicola Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Arrested today!

~Synopsis~

Grace

10 years ago, Kane Walker stole my heart.
One night of passion and emotional revelations was all it took. All of my pain and turmoil shared with someone who actually understood. Or so I thought. The degrading video that he broadcast to the world the next day proved otherwise.
But if I want closure, I’m going to have to face him again. And this time it won’t be me on knees — it’ll be him.

Kane

10 years ago, Grace Clemente ran away with my heart.
Grabbed it and took off without so much as a backward glance. I could have followed the same downward spiral of my life into complete destruction, but I chose to fix my mistakes.
If I’m ever lucky enough that she returns, she won’t find the deadbeat she expects. She’ll find the town sheriff. And maybe this time I won’t let her go— even if it means locking her up.

Nicola Rose is from the UK, where she lives with her husband and two boys. When she’s not writing or reading, she can probably be found on family days out hiking and mountain-biking in the countryside, messing in Photoshop, and playing board games in her pjs!

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