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Interview with an Author Featuring K.L. Kolarich

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is K.L. Kolarich! Her debut, House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1) released on January 19th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

Long before the whisper of Orynthia graced my ordinary ears, I had embarked on a much different project, writing a non-fiction exposition. A different tale from a different lifetime, after curating a good deal of material, my sister-in-law challenged me around the halfway mark in my progress. She said, “why are you writing something you would never read?”, a seemingly harmless statement, but it really rocked me… because she was absolutely right. That huge project of mine would never blend in on my bookshelves, amidst my tales of wonder and old. Therefore, in probably one of the scariest endeavors of my life, I trashed it, figuratively, and set out into the unknown. I opened my laptop one night on a plane and let myself dream. The first to meet me there was the Figure, who opens the prologue in House of Bastiion. On his mysterious shoulders, the entirety of The Haidren Legacy series was born, and in a sense, I with it. That was over five years ago. So to answer the question, I’ve been trapped in an alternate world for half a decade, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Describe a typical writing day.

At present, my writing is wedged in the pockets of the day not allocated to work or familial commitments. Be it by the light of a flickering, nearly dead Edison bulb late at night in my office, or beside a fresh bloody mary on a Saturday morning, I try to schedule time with my imaginary friends whenever possible. Thankfully, my calendar will start to allow for more routine in my writing regime in the coming months.

Aside from actual hours available to traverse the Other, my writing sessions are always scored. I usually need the assistance of a musical escort to voyage me away from the rigidity of my tasks, deadlines, ever-growing laundry pile. I will cater the instrumentals to the scene, much like how the HOB playlist is framed for readers. As the entire book is already meticulously plotted, for the most part, I ease my way into the draft, moving from my plotting to the chapter outline, then to an expanded outline, and finally to the outpour of words on the page. I wish I could say I was a “panster”, but the truth is I’m pretty neurotic about my method. Apart from my characters, and their story, I find beauty in the literal puzzling. When we step back, after the entire series, and are able to see how all these threads come together to create a pictural tapestry we never saw coming – it’s breathtaking. In that sense, I aim to lose my breath during my work. I want to look up at the end of it all to find a luminous web of intricate chaos and completion. Pouring out my very essence, I wish to see it multiplied into something I could never become within myself. And doing that, certainly requires ignoring the laundry bin…

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

One major theme in The Haidren Legacy series, is a full cast of contrasting characters, each coming from their own corner of the map. Growing up in a very diverse area of the country, I wanted to grant each House their own culture, dialect, customs and cause. If every player comes from centuries of particular practice and priorities, their motivations are seasoned with a history that extends beyond the personal. The dialects, specifically, are inspired by my own experience in Metro Detroit, where my family would often try to learn bits and pieces of the language of our neighbors. This became a privileged way to meet them where they were, and in a humbling transaction, be welcomed into their lives a little bit more. There is something magical about language, how it sounds, how it conveys. The symphony of vowels and consonants, in fluid tandem, moves us just like music. When it came to my characters, I wanted us to know them and their House of origin, just a little bit more intimately, and language is the perfect vehicle to deliver that distinction.

Thematically, The Haidren Legacy is laden with crumbs of my own reformation. The most wonderous aspects of my life have been transformative, therefore transformation as a theme plays a major role in the telling of this story. I purposely wanted the reader to meet our characters before their finest. Intentionally regressing them, was a way to emphasize the need for redemption in us all. We are so imperfect and ever malleable. The loveliness of our humanity is the strive to transform, in various ways. That calling, above all, is the central anthem to the series.

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

While most readers connect with Luscia, our highlander protagonist, she is not so much my favorite as she is my mirror. I’ve given her specific elements of myself, while also gifting her the attributes I wish I had. But to be honest, more than anything she harbors my deepest fears and my interpersonal shortcomings. Writing her is revealing, and that vulnerability is less enjoyable at times as compared to the others.

Like nearly every reader, I adore Dmitri, the quiet leader and subsequent “glue” to our cast of bickering, influential misfits. In him, I planted much needed reprieve amidst the battle of wills. Many times, Dmitri imitates some of my favorite people. My own friends who soften my hard exterior, or who still my need to perform, to excel, to punish myself for not being more. Friends like this are the critical antithesis of bold personas, because they remind us that strength is not always imposing, courage is not always loud, and that leadership is rooted in service to others, rather than service to self. Dmitri, in his own imperfection and flaw, offers Orynthia hope. Hope that people are born for goodness and can choose it still.

Out of all of my characters, it is Zaethan who is my favorite to write. He is my exact opposite, and in a way, is completely unapologetic about it. I framed Zaethan off my own spouse, were he emotionally unhealthy that is, and so I probably favor him for that reason. Like my husband, Zaethan is boisterous and brave, ferociously loyal, and wields a rebelliously wit at the most inopportune times. Where these two men differ, is their backstory. Zaethan carries many scars under his skin that drastically affects the way he relates to others. This realistic depiction of him as a victim emerging from an abusive upbringing was essential to his character development. I hate how in books, it is often portrayed that victims of abuse easily bypass generational patterns, never exhibiting these behaviors themselves. When the reality is, individuals who battle those generational patterns must do the hard work to weed certain habits out of their own instinct and practice. It’s painful and arduous, but it’s necessary. This is why I love Zaethan so immensely—he is unequivocally, uncomfortably real.

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

Cry in the shower. Just kidding—well, kind of. 

My husband, Aaron, and I use an analogy in our relationship that also applies to the relationship I have with my society of imaginables. We relate our capacity to give (be it emotional or otherwise) to tokens at a carnival. Each of us, in our individual wiring, are given a certain and differing amount of “tokens” to spend each day, week, etc. To that end, we know from experience that I have a pretty limited number of tokens in my own bucket, as opposed to the average person. In life, I deplete rather rapidly from social engagement, and it is no different when it comes to the emotional impact of my writing. While my characters aren’t real… they are real to me. Their feelings are wonderfully burdensome, and the energy to knit them together has a cost. So, to deal with that cost, at the start of every week, Aaron and I chart out time allotted for each other, as well as those in our life, real or imagined. Just like when there are less dollars in my pocket, it’s my responsibility to budget my tokens wisely and honestly. In addition, the time to recover and “replenish the tokens” I’ve spent. This is normally achieved by adequate periods away from others, doing absolutely nothing. Like a socially awkward robot, who must go into sleep-mode to recharge. Preferably, with a large pizza in my lap.

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

I am! Though don’t judge me too hard in terms of my socials, I’m still learning the reigns and for the sake of my aforementioned tokens, am not always active. But I love chatting with readers, especially in our THL forum! Fair warning, I really like cat GIFs…

*Links to follow are down below*

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

Since THL is my first attempt at fiction, as opposed to my previous projects, I can only say that for me personally, I just keep going down that rabbit hole. As the series is not yet complete, I don’t have a need to freshen things up yet, but I look forward to that day! At present, my paws are full trying to finish this tale. It’s haunted me for half a decade, and I can’t wait to get it out into the world as a complete saga. 

Because this leaves readers waiting on the sidelines, I love recommending works by my literary heroes in the Indie community. Off the bat, some authors whose tales are similar to my own would easily be Sarah M. Cradit, Angelina Steffort, Cameo Renae, and so many others.

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

Why, the second installment in The Haidren Legacy series, of course! Book 2 is coming along, on pace, and while my fear of a sophomore slump is real… it’s already proving to be such a delight as much as it is a challenge. 

In this sequel, readers will begin traveling the Orynthian map, which is exciting in and of itself. Out of all overarching stories, since THL engages multiple at once, this installment zones in on Zaethan, our male MC. Journeying to the Andwele mountains, we get a harsh and thrilling glimpse of his backstory on a new level. In addition, more time with his pryde of militia, who are by far my most ridiculous band of personalities. Yet, even though book 2 centers around Zaethan a bit more than the others, readers should rest assured… they get plenty of Luscia, her Sight of the threads, and the most important character of all, her wolx, Aksel.

What advice would you give to other authors?

A newbie myself, whenever asked this question, I tend to give the same response as it pertains to my own authorship: Write your favorite book.

Yes, we want to write for our readers, naturally. But if I get lost in trying to imitate those I admire, keep up with their progress, or change the story because someone doesn’t like one facet… I will no longer be writing for me, the first fan.

No one will love my characters as much as I do. How could they? We know the page can never hold all that they are, and so it’s my job to do them justice. If I sacrifice them to the demand of anyone else, I’ve diminished what makes them special. I think as authors, we must hold onto what initially made us fall in love with our story, our characters, our very worlds. Usually, that’s something no one should alter. And to shield it, sometimes we need to step away and give ourselves room to create, freedom to flex our imaginations away from the mainstream. Otherwise, we just end up becoming second-rate versions of everyone else.

No one will love your characters like you do. So, love them well. Love them by protecting them from your own comparisons. Love them by getting your sleep. And most of all, love them by first loving yourself.

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

The Haidren Legacy is definitely a niche read! Hefty on worldbuilding, I always say THL is for anyone who loves a fat, healthy glossary. Additionally, House of Bastiion, the first installment, does not harbor a heavy romantic side-plot, though as promised to many, romance will develop in time throughout the series.

Perfect for fans of Sanderson, Rhodes, Hobb and other epic fantasy sagas, THL wrestles with some difficult themes, namely, the dichotomy of joy and sorrow. And in that vein of joy and sorrow, everyone at court is wearing a disguise, each for their own end and agenda. For after all, behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

 

Thank you K.L. Kolarich for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The House of Bastiion today!

~Synopsis~

House of Bastiion is the first installment in the series, The Haidren Legacy, an intricate epic fantasy adventure loaded with political intrigue, sharp objects, and complicated characters, packing an epic punch for NA and upper YA readers. Fans of Brandon Sanderson, Morgan Rhodes, and Robin Hobb won’t be able to resist!

The Series
Dive into the alluring world of Orynthia by exploring additional THL references online. For a more immersive reader experience, visit http://www.TheHaidrenLegacy.com today!

House of Bastiion (THL, Book 1)
Behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.

Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.

Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Luscia when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.

Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.

K.L. Kolarich is a debut New-Adult fantasy fiction author, based out of Nashville, TN. Growing up in Metro Detroit, Kolarich developed a deep love for eclectic variety as well as the underappreciated. Both themes readily present throughout her series, The Haidren Legacy.

An individual plagued by sarcasm, conviction, and an ever-present distraction of fable and lore, K.L. Kolarich dreams in the day and writes through the night. Often hearing her characters argue in the background, Kolarich stifles the daily temptation to abandon reality and lose herself in the realm of Orynthia.

When fully present in the real world rather than another, Kolarich explores local waterfalls, habitually frequents the same Thai restaurant, adds to her ever-growing spice collection, and maintains a thoroughly messy kitchen for the sake of colorful vegan feasts.

With too many cats and not nearly enough wine, Kolarich resides in the woods away from the noise, happily married.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Casey L. Bond

The Literary Vixen presents…

Sessions April 2019 438

Joining us today is Casey L. Bond! Her newest release, Gravebriar released on March 17th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been published for seven years, but have been writing for 8-9-ish!

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically, I try to write as much as I can during a writing session of an hour or so, then take a break to walk around or do something that has nothing to do with writing. It’s a refresher to get away from the screen for a bit. Then I go back to writing after a break. I repeat this process until I run out of creative juice or other obligations need my attention.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Music is a heavy influence, but I guess I get inspired by many things. Art. Pinterest. Life. I enjoy bringing many elements into my work.

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

It’s so hard to pick just one. I’ll say that the ones I’ve felt the most connected with were Sable from When Wishes Bleed, Liv from With Shield & Ink & Bone, and Noor from a book I haven’t announced yet. ❤

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

Always music. I’m usually really hyped to write it but have to walk away from an intense scene. If it’s emotional, I get drained easily. With Shield and Ink and Bone was one I had to take breaks from. The book made me cry many times while writing it.

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

Happy, Smart, Kind.

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

I have been writing more standalones lately but just dove into a small series and I think the key to keep things fresh is not to re-hash what was in previous books. When you write series, you have to remember that there is an overall plot arc for the entire series and not lose sight of that while writing one book at a time.

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

Smiles…. I’m writing a duet/ duology. It’s YA Fantasy. I can’t tell you more because I really like to do fun things with my readers, like sending stickers for title reveals. I’ll be hosting sign-ups for one of those in the next couple of months. Hint. Hint. Watch social media for my posts as spaces are limited.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up. Never quit. Never stop. Don’t limit yourself. If you want this, make the time. Put in the work. Do the thing. If I can do it, anyone can.

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

I write from my heart and soul and want the reader to feel what the character feels, experience what he/she experience. I want the book to be an experience and one that you’ll remember. I want my books to be re-read! ❤

Thank you Casey L. Bond for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Gravebrair today!

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~Synopsis~

Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, Things That Should Stay Buried, and With Shield and Ink and Bone.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Angelina J. Steffort

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Angelina J. Steffort! Her latest release, Shadow Rule (Shattered Kingdom Book 3) released on February 28th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

It has been over ten years since I started that first book. Honestly, back then I had no idea what I was doing. I only knew that I had needed to get it out. White (Wings Book 1) was never meant to be published. But when I reached out to readers almost seven years later, feedback was great, so I took a leap of faith and published. Since then, I have completed fifteen more novels in four different series and am working on number seventeen (Lost Towers, book 4 in my Shattered Kingdom series) at the moment.  I can’t imagine one day waking up and not wanting to write.

Describe a typical writing day.

There is no such thing as a typical writing day for me, even though things have become more routine since that first book ten years ago. I write whenever I get the chance; between meals, when my son is at kindergarten, at night, when my son is asleep. In coffee houses, on trains and busses, and basically everywhere I can fit a laptop for a couple of minutes.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My first book came from a dream. As for the rest, I am not sure where it comes from. When I start a new series I often have no clue what I’m going to write until I start. The words just flow and it never ceases to surprise me that it actually works. I do have a great team of alpha readers who give direct and unfiltered feedback, as well as a wonderful editor who has my back. That helps immensely to polish things once the initial creative phase is over.

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

That’s a mean question, because there are so many. Let me try to narrow it down. The first character I loved was Jaden in my Wings series. He isn’t the lead character there, and most of the characteristics why I love him so much only come out in book three of the trilogy, and some of them will remain hidden until I write that prequel to Wings that I have been promising. Then, of course, I love Heck and Jemin in Two Worlds; their friendship, the way they are like two opposite ends on the scale of coping mechanisms. Sunshine and brooding clouds. Gandrett in Shattered Kingdom is my favorite female character so far. She has endured so much in her short life and still hasn’t turned bitter. Her journey and the way she discovers who she truly is (because she couldn’t during those most important years of her life when she was held at the Order of Vala) is a thrilling ride for me as a writer. And her chemistry with Nehelon–who is another favorite of mine, of course–is something that keeps hitting me in the gut. Then, there is Cas in my Breath of Fate series who sometimes makes it hard to find sleep, that’s how upset he makes me.

So, you can see, there is no one single answer. It’s probably like trying to determine who your favorite friend is. There are many, and each of them for a different reason, each of them with their own unique strengths and flaws, and you need each of them in your life. Don’t make me choose 😉

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

Music. Music. And more Music. I have a playlist for almost every book I write and listening to certain songs brings the mood right on. Also, I studied acting when I was still in high school, so I learned to step into different roles. If all of that fails me, those characters all have a mind of their own and simply bring in their opinions on how things should go, no matter what I have in store for them.

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

Daydreamer, multidimensional, enthusiastic.

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

Things never get boring. Since I hardly ever plot out what I’m going to write, I rely solely on the characters’ ideas of how the story should be going. Even though I have a story to tell, it is not mine, it is theirs. So writing is like watching and documenting a TV show where characters pop up out of nowhere and introduce themselves, love and fight and do all the things I never planned for them. It is like drawing my sword with them to defend them on a battlefield. Like being hung over when they party at the solstice celebrations. It simply never gets boring.

However, it can get draining. Sometimes those characters are faster than my fingers can type and I need to hit pause in order to catch up. But no matter how difficult it gets, in the end it is always worth it. Even with the seven books series I am working on right now. It has never occurred to me to write a stand alone.

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

After the release of Shadow Rule at the end of February, I am right in the middle of writing Lost Towers. This will be midpoint for my Shattered Kingdom series, and I can’t wait to reveal some of the tangled political and personal relationships in Neredyn. Also, I am editing Unraveled, book two in my Breath of Fate series, the one with said Cas, who sometimes won’t let me sleep. Release date April 30, 2021.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write what you love. Read. A lot. And all kinds of genres. Then, read some more. Write some more. Never cease to be curious. Write because you have a story to tell. Listen to your characters. Listen to your readers. Understand that a story idea doesn’t make a book, that there is so much more to the process until you hold the finished product in your hands. And yes, it is a product. Treat it as such. Be kind to those who criticize you–there might be truth to what they have to say. Don’t let one opinion change the direction you are headed. You may be the one who comes up with the story, but what it becomes in the end happens in the reader’s mind. That’s where your story comes to life.

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

I am grateful for how my work has been perceived over the past years and humbled by the countless emails and messages I get from readers and fans. Thank you for your incredible support.

Thank you Angelina J. Steffort for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Shadow Rule today!

~Synopsis~

Breaking the curse will break her heart

Gandrett can no longer hope that she has a dying chance to save the Prince of Ulfray nor the friend the Dragon King has taken from her. But she won’t give up—even if it means she has to travel to the forests of Ulfray first to help the Prince of Fae to wake his people.

Gandrett leaves behind the ruins of the future of Sives and embarks on an adventure of her own—where she gets more than she bargained for.

Venturing into Ulfray with brooding Nehelon is a challenge in itself, now that she has seen what lies beneath the harsh and cold shell he so very much likes to wear. But waking up the Fae is a whole different thing—especially when the path to lifting the curse is woven from secrets.

Gandrett can only pray to Vala, the goddess she no longer serves, that she look over her friends and brother until she can get out of Ulfray. And she needs to act fast. Because in Neredyn, forces are brewing that will change the course of history.

In this third installment in Angelina J. Steffort’s Shattered Kingdom series, Gandrett must fight the yet biggest battle of her life—the battle of her heart.

“Chocolate fanatic, milk-foam enthusiast and huge friend of the southern sting-ray. Writing is an unexpected career-path for me.” 

Angelina J. Steffort is an Austrian novelist, best known for her Wings series, a young adult paranormal romance about the impossible love between a girl and an angel. The bestselling Wings series has been ranked among calibers such as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and Lauren Kate’s Fallen, and has been top listed among angel books for teens by bloggers and readers. Her young adult fantasy series Shattered Kingdom is already being compared to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series by readers and fans. 

Angelina has multiple educational backgrounds including engineering, business, music, and acting, and lives in Vienna, Austria with her husband and her son.

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Interview with an Author Featuring J.R. Walden

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is J.R. Walden! Her co-authored debut novelRose Bound: The Rose and King series Book 1 released on February 14th.

Congrats on your newest release! Tell me a bit about your book?

This co-authored book is a mix of crime and supernatural. You get to take a journey of self discovery with a damaged vampire prince to learn who murdered his parents and how he played a role in it. Mob bosses and wolf fighting. Lust and love. I think this book has a bit of it all. 

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I READ! And watch tv show. If I can visualize but verbalize I draw the scene or character.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I started writing when I was very very young. I’ve always loved it!

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Early on Twilight and Harry Potter we’re big influences. But I’d say I began writing before I had even discover my love of reading.

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

Oh Lordy. Ian (Damon from VD) would have to be someone! Hmm I’d say Chris Hemsworth would be an amazing Ollie! Voice and all. For Gavin I envision someone like Christian Grey from the movies. 

What is the best part of your day?

Whenever I get a pic of someone who has enjoyed our book baby! It’s always a highlight.

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

Artistic, shy, animal lover

What are you reading now?

I’m currently listening to The Bone Witch. I’m enjoying it so far!

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep going! Don’t let your doubts or reservations keep your words from the page. I almost did.

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

My books come from my heart. Every character and every scene is felt and thought over countless times. I want my readers to feel with the characters. To me, that’s good writing. 

Thank you J.R. Walden for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Rose Bound today!

~Synopsis~

Ousted for being a human sympathizer, Prince Gavin has found himself in the belly of the Underground, a world where ghouls rule and werewolves fight to the death.

After learning of his parent’s murder, Gavin is called upon to endure the Rose Bound ceremony and claim his covens throne with a wife.

Forces are rallying against him, some closer to home than he anticipates. Finding a murderer, leading a coup and himself, proves to be a journey that will change his kingdom forever.

But, when Gavin’s soulmate goes missing, none of that matters. Nothing will stand in his way to find her, not even his own demons.

Wolves, fae, vampires and witches are only a few of J.R.’s favorite things. She also enjoys riding horses, beach trips, and spending time with her husband and fur babies.

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Catching up with D.C. Gambel

Catching up with D.C Gambel! Her latest story, Huntress and the Splintered Court: An Urban Fantasy Shifter Romance (The World of the Hunter Order Book 2) went live this week.

Congrats on your newest release!

Tell us more about your about your newest release!

This is the conclusion to my Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don’t want to give too much away, especially if you’ve not read book one, but the rebellion spills into the Hunter Order leaving Isabel with a difficult decision.  

What did you enjoy most about writing it?

This is a story that’s been on my mind for years and I just hadn’t had time to get down. So I enjoyed finally removing it from the space it occupied. It’s freeing…freeing up space for other ideas. 

What did you hate most?

How short it is. I hadn’t planned on it being a series but there was just too much to tell.

What can readers expect from this book?

Steam, betrayal, and a surprising twist. 

What’s next for you?

I am finishing up my Horsemen Chronicles then I’d like to start a new series about a demonic FBI agent.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Huntress and the Splintered Court: An Urban Fantasy Shifter Romance (The World of the Hunter Order Book 2) today!

~Synopsis~

Is she a Beauty or the Beast?

Isabel knows her place in the world and falling for a werewolf was never a part of her plan, but the universe doesn’t care about her plan. With her mind and heart at war, she is more confused than ever over what her destiny truly is.

As the alpha, Gideon isn’t use to hearing the word no, so falling for the smart mouthed huntress, who tests him at every turn, is more than he bargained for, and yet he’ll risk death itself to keep her.

As a rebellion brews within the preternatural community, Isabel must decide. Take her rightful place in the Order to which she was born? Or stand at Gideon’s side to become the next Luna of the Thorn Court?

Huntress and the Splintered Court, is book two in The World of the Hunter Order. Book one, Huntress and the Thorn Court, is currently published in the USA Today Bestselling Boxset, Once Upon Another World. If you enjoy enemies-to-lover romances, filled with conflict and steam, then you’ll love this Urban Fantasy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast.

~Synopsis~

What happens at the Thorn Court stays at the Thorn Court.

Isabel is not your average princess. All she wants to do is keep peace among the preternatural community, but when she mistakenly kills an innocent werewolf, the cost of peace may be a steeper price than she’s willing to pay.

Gideon is a beast of a man. As the pack alpha he has to be. When an opportunity practically lands in his lap, he’s driven to seize it, even if it means taking Isabel, a princess of The Order, as his prisoner.

When attraction blooms, Isabel has no choice but to resist the sexy alpha. If she doesn’t, her very future at the order could be in jeopardy.

Huntress and the Thorn Court, originally published in the USA Today Bestselling Boxset, Once Upon Another World, is book one in The World of the Hunter Order. If you enjoy enemies-to-lover romances, filled with conflict and steam, then you’ll love this Urban Fantasy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast.

D.C. Gambel is a mother, army wife, and a hopeless romantic. Romance has always been her genre of choice whether it’s contemporary, historical, paranormal, or even pushing towards erotica in both reading and writing. When she first decided to try her hand at writing, romance was the obvious choice. Getting lost in a different world, living unimaginable lives is something she strives for even if it’s just a temporary enjoyment.


Interview with an Author Featuring Kim Alexander

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kim Alexander! Best selling author of the New World Magic and The Demon Door series.

Hi Kim! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Okay! I’m originally from Long Island NY, but I spent my growin’ up years in Fort Lauderdale, back when it was the center of the world for hot trash during Spring Break. I went to the University of Miami and majored in Communications, which qualified me for a job at Radio Shack. Instead, I went to work at a bunch of radio stations up and down the Florida Keys, and I finally settled in Key West, where, according to the police report, I had a great time. After that it was off to Washington D.C. where I do not work for the Feds (neither do any of my friends–D.C. is a real city with real people!) I worked at Sirius XM Radio for many years, helping to program Book Radio, where my only job was to read books and interview authors, and go to places like Comic Con. Did I like my job? <sob> it was okay...All good things came to an end with a generous severance package, and for the last seven years I’ve been writing full time. I live across the street from the National Zoo– I can see into the Children’s Zoo from my window, and we can hear the lions and monkeys! I have a fabulous husband, two weirdo cats, and despite <flails around at, well, everything> life is pretty good. (I sure wish the zoo would reopen, though.)

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, I began writing stories about animals when I was just six or seven. It never occurred to me it could be an actual job until fairly recently.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Because I am desperately lazy, I wake up late and usually write from noon to four or five. I find diminishing returns after that, and usually have to do a lot of repairs. And even though it doesn’t involve sitting at my desk, I do a TON of work while I’m waiting to fall asleep. Something about that relaxed state allows dialogue to flow, and I just do my best to remember it the next day. Pages I write in my head at night are almost always the best parts of my books.

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

Oh, you mean the all important staring-out-the-window phase? A lot. But I find that I learn so much once the actual writing has begun, and I start to ask the interesting ‘what if’ questions, which you really don’t know until you learn more about the characters. I guess that makes me a world building pantser?

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I had just completed my epic fantasy series The Demon Door, which ran four books and something like 455,000 words. It had over 40 named characters, two vastly different worlds, and two timelines (NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS.) My follow up was Pure, a first person, contemporary, fast paced paranormal romance, which felt like a cool drink of 35,000 word water. Of course, the follow ups to Pure keep getting longer–I can’t help myself!

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Too many to name, and I’ve gotten to meet and interview so many of them. But I have to mention Peter Beagle (see question 7!) I was working at Wonder Con in San Francisco waaaay back in 2011, doing my author interviews. To my amazement and delight I managed to score a few minutes with Peter. Five minutes before our meeting, I got a call that my mom, who had been quite ill, was going into hospice. I was on the opposite coast and there was no way to get a flight, so I stayed. I told him what happened (because I was obviously distraught) and he put his hand over mine and told me she knew I would be there soon. I have so much love for him, not only for his immense talent, but his kindness.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Funnily enough, it was The Last Unicorn. I’ve said elsewhere I have the copy I got when I was a kid, from like 1968. It’s utterly in tatters but I pretty much have it memorized. This book (along with the tapestry of The Unicorn in Captivity) became the inspiration for Pure.

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

That they are all reasonably priced and available now! Also I did the narration for Pure and The March Effect, and I’m very proud of them. And when I say I would love to hear from you (YOU!) about my books, other books, cats, food, gardening, etc, etc, I am not kidding. Let’s chat!

Thank you Kim Alexander for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her books today!

~Synopsis~

‘A unicorn walks into a bar….’
That is not a joke.
Look, I’m a bartender, I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire–as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons–you can see them in the scars on my neck.
I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old–old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try. I also made a friend when I decided to help March. He’s only been a human man for a day. I’m responsible for him now. He’s my friend…and maybe something more. Maybe a lot more.
It doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t magical anymore. I don’t care if he’s not PURE.
But he does.
From best-selling author Kim Alexander, a modern fairy tale of magic, love, and redemption.

Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband who tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Rebecca L. Garcia

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Rebecca L. Garcia! Her newest release, The Fate of Crowns released on January 5th 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved reading since I was a little girl, so I always felt a calling to books. I never thought I’d write one, however, until 2014 when I was working in a phone store and I felt like I wasn’t really happy with my career. I had a story in my head and wanted to get it down. So I did.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have one (I’m a little disappointed in myself). I guess the only thing I do that * could* be considered quirky is sometimes I say the sentences aloud as I’m writing them.

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

I probably have a weird reaction, but I usually end up smiling, knowing that if I could feel that much emotion from a scene, then those reading my book could feel the same. If it’s a really strong scene and it hurts my heart then I will step away for a while, have a cup of tea, and feel those feels.

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

Under Rebecca L. Garcia, I’ve published two and a half (the half being a novella), and am currently writing The Court of Secrets and a secret project releasing in September. I think I loved The Princess of Nothing the most.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

When I first started writing, J. K. Rowling was a huge inspiration to me, but in recent years it’s been all the indie authors who’ve succeeded and worked hard and shown me that we can do it! I feel inspired by all of them and by reading their books, it has of course influenced my writing. I try harder. I read more. The more I read, the better writer I become 😊

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

I do and I love talking to them. Some of them just like discussing certain characters or scenes from my books and those conversations are my favorite. I enjoy talking about the world I created and get all gushy when they’re just as excited as me! Some have messaged me telling me how their books helped them through a tough period or quotes they related too which is really warming to hear.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

The Queen of Nothing.

Do you have any new series planned?

I have a new release coming this September. The title and cover haven’t been released yet but I am in love with this world. It’s very different to my current series, but still falls under the YA Fantasy genre.

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

I actually posted a recent casting to who I’d want for each character. I’d love for Kaya Scodelario to play Winter and Wade Poezyn to play Blaise.

What advice would you give to other authors?

It’s age old advice, I’m sure, but simply it is to keep writing. Every book you write is more and more practice. Don’t get so stuck on the details of publishing so much that you forget to write the damn book.

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

I also enjoy writing the darker side of things. Whether it is really flawed characters or complex villains. I love getting in their heads and understanding the gray area between simply good and bad. I like to look through the lenses of the morally gray.

 

Thank you Rebecca L. Garcia for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Fate of Crowns today!

~Synopsis~

With my brother’s death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it. Now, my father–the most dangerous man in Magaelor–seeks to control my future.

But fate has other plans.

Thrown into mer-filled waters, I’m dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage could bring peace to a century’s old division between the fae and sorcerers. But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny.

I must make the choice between my duty, family, and truth before it’s too late.

Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?

The Fate of Crowns is a fast-paced YA epic fantasy about a sheltered princess who travels between magical kingdoms, discovering a world vastly different to what she’d been led to believe.

Get book one now. The anticipated sequel releases February 2nd 2021.

Rebecca lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and son. Originally from England, you can find her drinking tea, writing new worlds, and designing covers. She writes young adult fantasy. She devoured every book she was given and fell in love with magical worlds, and when she got older, her imagination grew with her. She implements royalty into her books because she adores historical monarchies.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her traveling, and hosting book signings with Spellbinding Events.

The Fate of Crowns, Book one, releases January 5th 2021 with the following four books releasing between February and June.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Carrigan Richards

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Carrigan Richards! Her newest release, January Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 1) released on January 25th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was 10.

Describe a typical writing day.

Wake up late…lounge around…finally get to my computer or notebook and start writing. Write until the wee hours of the morning.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life – everything and everywhere. Books, movies, music…

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

 I love all my characters honestly – even the bad guys. I love how strong they are, yet how much they grow through all they’ve experienced. They all make mistakes which is human, and I love how real they are.

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

When writing Pieces of Me and another contemporary, both made me cry. They deal with such deep and dark issues, but they are issues that people deal with on a daily basis. After writing both books, I have to step away and focus on something much lighter. Sometimes I listen to music or watch TV or watch a bunch of puppy videos.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Nicholas Sparks’ The Return

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

 I keep reading what’s out there. What’s new…what’s exciting. Sometimes I’ll go into my vault of old ideas that could still be used. Each book is different in the series, as they face new problems, but the overall problem is still there.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loyal, determined, kind.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up! If writing is something you love, keep writing no matter what. It isn’t easy, but nothing worth having is easy.

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

That my books are meant to be fun, yet somewhat educational. I want them to know that while life is hard and frustrating, there are good things in life.

 

Thank you Carrigan Richards for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, January Dreams today!

~Synopsis~

Love is the last thing on seventeen-year-old Megan Devereux’s mind. The only thing she wants to focus on is continuing her good grades to get a scholarship so she can leave her stressful home.

She starts having dreams of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt. But in real life, she hates Casper. She wants nothing to do with him, but that doesn’t stop him from suddenly paying attention to her, claiming he likes her.

When Megan meets the brooding and handsome Vincent, they start dating and quickly fall in love. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place.

Consumed by the dreams and visions, Megan’s determined to learn the truth about them, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.


Carrigan is the author of Pieces of Me, a young adult contemporary romance, and the Elemental Enchanters Series, a young adult paranormal romance. She was born in Cullman, Alabama, but grew up in Birmingham, and moved to Atlanta at 18. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. For as long as she can remember, she was always making up stories and characters inside her head, sometimes using her dolls to act out the scenes.

When she’s not writing (which is rare), she’s spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, playing with her two furbabies, or cheering on her Atlanta Braves.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Mike Adams

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Mike Adams! Author of the Fierce Girls at War Series.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve thought about writing on and off since high school but I really wasn’t ready to actually do it until much more recently. It takes time that I didn’t have before and you have to overcome the anxiety of having other people read and critique your work. Now the kids are grown up and out of the house, money isn’t a problem, and I can work when I want, or not (substitute teacher).

What time of the day do you usually write?

That would depend on which aspect of ‘writing’ you are referring to. During the mornings and afternoons, I often write longhand on pads of paper the basic scenes that I know I will need although often not in the order they will appear. Then I’ll talk them into Dragon Speaking Naturally software, checking to make sure what it shows on the page is what I said (not always successful there!). Later in the day, or evening, I’ll flesh out and edit the scene or chapter. Then I’ll put it aside for awhile and work on another piece.

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

You have to have some general parameters to work within although you can always tweak things as you go along. 

For the Fierce Girls At War series I had two worlds to build in rough outline before I could really start writing down the story. I spent quite a bit of time, a couple of months on and off, daydreaming the basic story, carrying it forward and backwards, and thinking about how it needed to start, where it would go, what kind of people would fit in it and what things required some research.

Initially, the story I wanted to write took place on an Earth-like world that was Earth’s first colony. If it was to be ‘Earth-like’, then the air needed to be breathable, the water drinkable, and the gravity within a comfortable range. That was the easy part. More complicated was deciding how such a colonization project could come about, who would be involved, who would pay for it, what kind of technology would be used, what situation the characters would be put in. And, what was the planet like – length of year, size, the local solar system, the weather, animal and plant life etc.

So, then I had to give the main characters a reason for going there in the first place. I had to imagine what Earth would be like 100 years in the future. For this, I chose not to think about all the ways things would be different, but how much might be the same, more or less. Look back 100 years and you can see much that is similar to today – Marines sent to ‘hotspots’ overseas, people often resided in houses that were built decades before, there were families with generations of service in the police or military, people went to school, drove vehicles, and there were children raised by single parents due to pregnancy outside of marriage, or because of divorce or the death of a parent. And there were political rivalries, chauvinism and sexual violence, and there were fanatics dedicated to some cause or other, that drove them to violence. 

I think these attributes will still exist 100 years from now regardless of whatever else is going on. Technology is more advanced, of course, but human behavior itself hasn’t changed that much. I simply carried today’s familiar attributes forward, adjusting for further advances within those attributes such as more female Marines and soldiers in combat overseas, the commonplace use of artificial intelligence in the home (think ‘Alexa’ but much more advanced), and so on. 

Add in the standard future technology that allows sci-fi to go to other worlds – anti-gravity lift and the ability to use hyperspace/jump space/folded space to cross interstellar distances in a short period of time. In both cases, as the story evolved other elements of these worlds would be incorporated as needed.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Books 10 and 11, Death By Water and Death By Fire, and Jacks Company, were the most fun to write. They were really the climactic installments of the first half of the series. They required complex battle scenes in different locations going on almost simultaneously with all the different groups of characters involved. A lot of characters had been introduced in the earlier books and I got to make use of many of them, and I got to kill a few of them off, too. They were fun to write but had a lot of moving parts so the process took a while.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I’d have to say that David Weber has been my favorite author for over 20 years with Elizabeth Moon and John Ringo a close second and third. Weber, especially in his Honor Harrington series, writes great female heroes whose lives evolve with very interesting stories over many years. His books also often have multiple storylines that come together at points but could stand independently from the main story. Weber’s series, and there are quite a few of them, tend to be long with a dozen or more volumes in each, and each has a lot of details and many characters. That does tend to result in rather long installments. While 23 books in my Fierce Girls At War series (so far) might seem like a lot, it would take at least 2 or 3 of mine to match any one of his in length. Even so, his books are hard to put down once you start one.

Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

I can’t start writing the beginning without knowing where the story is going, so starting with page one or chapter one doesn’t work for me. I‘ll make an outline of a portion of the story arc then I’ll start writing scenes that I want to be in there somewhere. I’d pretty much written the first eight books in the series and portions of books 9-20 before I was ready to finish Book 1 Fierce Girls in late 2017.

In retrospect, Fierce Girls is really more of a prequel to the main story of the Fierce Girls At War series. It introduces the major characters who are central to the series – a group of strong-willed, intelligent, and brave women and girls in the Cassidy/O’Brien family led by retired police weapons trainer Kelly Cassidy. whose son Rick is the father of Kelly’s only grandchild, Ciara, and is the main male protagonist, and the main female protagonist, Molly Bennett, a courageous Marine whose life will becomes intertwined with this family. Heroic actions result in their being hunted until they have to flee off-world under new identities to the New Hope Colony on Tau Ceti 4 where Earth’s first extra-solar colony is being developed. There they will join the Colonial Rangers and become important to the future of the colony. They will also meet and become friends with some of the female Rangers who will play important roles during the alien invasion of the colony that begins in books 2 ‘Threat on the Horizon’.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Hard to say. I was big into Andre Norton when I started reading science fiction so probably Witch World or Beast Master. Also, The Dragon Riders of Pern books by Anne MacCaffrey.

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

Curious, open-minded, creative.

What advice would you give to other authors?

  1. If you haven’t written before, assume that your first effort or first two or three, will not be very good. Think of it as practice, not failure. There’s lots to learn, just keep writing, that’s how you get better.
  2. Ask people to read some of what you wrote but not a whole book (they probably won’t want to invest that amount of time so they won’t even start it). Don’t ask someone who won’t tell you what’s wrong with it. Constructive criticism is a good thing!
  3. Write about what you know.
  4. If you are stuck at home during these covid times, the silver lining is having the extra time to write, re-write, jot down ideas, edit, work on marketing, develop your website, read other authors’ works, and do research. You can send stories to other people stuck at home who now have time to read your work and give you feedback. On the other hand, if you’ve got company in lockdown, you may have even less time than you had before. Been in both situations over the last 8-9 months. Either way, do whatever you can to move forward.

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

I’ve read lots of books where I knew that I could have done it better and I needed to prove that to myself and I think I did.

 

Thank you Mike Adams for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his series, Fierce Girls at War today!

~Synopsis~

Fierce Girls At War
This series is dedicated to the female soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen all over the world who are as capable and competent as their male counterparts but are often discounted by people who in reality are often not as smart, not as brave and not as competent as they are. It is also aimed at young, intelligent girls who given the chance to do so, or in this case when they have no other choice but to do so, are able to demonstrate their smarts, their courage, their determination and their ability to fight to survive in a difficult situation.

“I love being a Marine but there are days…We may have a lot of the same problems in 2122 we did a hundred years ago but back then the Gul brothers weren’t paying lots to see my head on a spike! Not that I was born yet but that’s not the point! So I’m a pretty good shot and Rick is even better. Did I ask daddy Gul and his boys to go on a rampage? No, I didn’t! But now we have to leave the planet and go to the New Hope colony where the locals like to eat people!”
-Staff Sergeant Susan ‘Molly’ Bennett, USMC

The story of the alien Rift invasion of the New Hope Colony begins on Earth in 2122 when all too familiar problems and events cause a chain reaction that will have repercussions on two worlds. Fleeing for their lives and to protect his family Navy, Lieutenant Paul “Rick” O’Brien and Marine Staff Sergeant Susan Mollison “Molly” Bennett will have to board a starship for the long voyage to Earth’s first extrasolar colony under new identities. There they will join the Colonial Rangers, the international military force designed to protect the colonists from the planet’s ferocious predators, not to deter an alien invasion.

The female-loving Logistics officer O’Brien and superb marksman and the courageous Marine recon squad leader form an unbreakable bond forged under fire that will serve them well as events unfold around them. The circumstances that send them to the New Hope Colony will also have a profound effect on the other members of the O’Brien/Cassidy family and especially Rick’s daughter Ciara as well as on the colony where they find refuge.

‘FIERCE GIRLS’ introduces the lead characters and covers the events that force O’Brien and Bennett to leave Earth. Then as Lieutenant Commander Rick ‘Cassidy’ and Gunnery Sergeant Molly ‘Pickford’ the story will deal with their first months at the New Hope Colony. It also introduces the key members of Rick’s family, their embrace of Molly Bennett, and the repercussions on their own lives.

The Fierce Girls At War series beginning with ‘Fierce Girls’ is not simply about the bonds between the characters. It is about women who are smart, brave, quick thinking, resilient and who are good leaders. They are steady under fire, they are problem solvers and they are resourceful and creative thinkers. They feel fear when circumstances are frightening but they don’t panic. They are not dependent on their male counterparts and more often than not they outshine them. They feel lust and love but are not driven by either (most of the time). Many of them are experienced, competent soldiers while others are young students dropped into a perilous situation from which no one is coming to rescue them. Some of them are bound by bonds of family but by no means are they all. Book One ‘Fierce Girls’ introduces the main characters –Gunnery Sergeant ‘Molly’ Pickford, Lieutenant Commander ‘Rick’ Cassidy, his daughter Ciara and other members of his family, and Captain Naomi MacCaffrey, a Canadian officer captured by extremists and rescued by Molly in the African jungles. They must find it in themselves to fight battles against other humans before the coming desperate struggle against an alien invasion of Earth’s first colony in space that will arise in the following books of the series. Those books will show these women and others take the lead in fighting for the life of the colony.

Mike Adams is a native New Yorker who holds a degree in Business Administration from Wagner College and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is the father of 2 grown sons, a retired US Navy Supply Corps (Logistics) officer, a former small business owner, and a part-time substitute teacher. He has visited 6 continents and 36 countries, speaks Spanish, some German, a little Italian and less French. He currently lives in Chula Vista, CA with his wife Chris.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Victoria Monroe

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Victoria Monroe! Author of Lucky, in Love which released on July 12th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been writing—poems, ideas, thoughts… I’ve been writing to publish since 2012.

Describe a typical writing day.

That’s a loaded question (laughs). Most of the time, my days aren’t structured around writing. My days are busy… so when inspiration strikes, I write notes on my phone, hand write pages in notebooks—I’ve even filled a napkin with a conversation that came to me. When I dedicate time to writing—I play music, drink coffee and allow my fingers let it all out.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My two biggest muses are nature and music. Both of those things are essential to me as an individual. I’m outside as much as I possibly can be—it’s an interesting dynamic when my mind clears of daily static and inspiration emerges. I get a lot more from nature than I ever seek. Nature and music are also essential components in each of my stories.

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

Every character is screaming at me from somewhere in my writer’s brain, “Pick me, pick me” (laughs)! They are all special and for different reasons, but if I had to choose one it would be Ashe Bennett. Ashe… (dreamy stares) I always wonder if I did him right. His character was always caring and dependable. Ashe is as loyal as they come. But when it comes to romance, Ashe was a no strings attached guy. I painted him in a sexually raw light at first… that’s where I wonder if I should have done something different. Ashe evolves from the playboy with a hidden heart of gold into the rock of not only his life, but also a few other characters.

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

I’m a very sentimental person to begin with, and truth be told—my stories consume me. To me, and I hope to my readers, these characters are real—when pages are being read, these characters are working, talking, laughing, crying, dreaming, yearning, loving… if I do my job, and a reader feels that, the way I do… well, it leaves me rooting for them, and missing them when the final words are written and the book closes.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Technically, there are a couple hundred… my kindle rests there. (winks). I have all the romance!

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

In my Forever series, each book has a different H/h. I think that makes it fun and fresh for readers. The overall cast is there in varying supporting roles to make it familiar all while learning something new. As for me, these characters are always developing in my mind and wracking my brain with their personalities.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loving. Passionate. Funny.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write.

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

One thing about me: I may not be all over social media, but that doesn’t mean I’m not aching to interact with readers—I’m available. One thing about my books: don’t judge a book by its cover. Books, like people, are always so much more than a single glance can reveal.

Thank you Victoria Monroe for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book Lucky, in Love today!

~Synopsis~

Lucky
I’ve never wanted much, but what I want seems to be unattainable. I’ve lived my entire life right here in Ocean Creek, dreaming of making the abandoned island property mine. My dream never changed until I met Kace Donovan. We fell in love that summer, and promised each other everything. Suddenly, all my dreams included having Kace by my side. Weeks turned into months, months into years, and eventually I saw almost every one of my dreams turn into reality—almost. While I stand on the property that’s my dream come true, Kace Donovan is just a memory…

Kace
The movie I just wrapped is the pinnacle of my acting career. I’ve acquired fame and fortune. I’ve had starlets on my arm for decades. Through it all, I’ve kept almost every promise I’ve made—almost. I was in love once, and I promised Lucky MacIntyre that our goodbye wouldn’t be forever. I promised her I’d come back. I never said it would take twenty-one years…

Will they ever be lucky in love?

Victoria loves reading great romance! She writes steamy contemporary romance and loves sharing the stories she has written with readers! There’s nothing like knowing that her characters have nestled their way into someone’s heart, just like they’re in hers. She’s a daydreamer, star gazer, and loves watching the moon come and go. Victoria loves being an author, but her favorite job title is—mom!

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