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Interview with an Author featuring Felicity Brandon

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Felicity Brandon! Her latest release, Haunted By Desire: A Gothic Dark Romance (Wild Iris Book 1) releases on October 4th 2022.

How long have you been writing?

I have written since I was a child, but I started publishing my stories in 2012 when I finished my family and quit my 9 to 5. I’ve never looked back!

Describe a typical writing day.

I write everyday Monday to Friday, but honestly, I’m not complaining. It’s my passion! I usually write about 5000 words a day and try to enjoy every one of them.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration is everywhere! I once based a character on a woman I met in my gym changing room. That said, most of my antiheroes come to me in my dreams. I usually see specific scenes and wake up desperate to write them! 

What are some challenges that have come up during your writing and publishing journey?

Imposter syndrome has been my biggest challenge. For the longest time, I didn’t believe it when readers told me that they loved my books. It has taken me years to know that I am worthy. This is where I deserve to be.

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

I actually love those deep and intense scenes. I’m normally frantic to write them! When my characters speak to me, I’m already in the right headspace. Music also helps though. It sets the emotional tone.

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

Fierce AF (which is also the name of my reader group).

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

I totally immerse myself in my stories and want to create that same experience for my readers. I weep, pant and prance while I create, and then head out into nature to work off those emotions.

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

I’ve just finished the fourth book in my sexy and super dark Beautiful Deceit series. Enveloped By The Darkness releases February of next year.

I also completed my second pen name, Elodie Crowe’s first series! Shards Of Justice releases on December 31st.

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?

I love this question. It resonates! I’d say, believe, believe, believe. Write a little every day (or as often as you can) and don’t take reviews personally. If you receive a bad review (and you will) accept that person’s energy and don’t let criticism hold you back.

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

I write what I want to read and l always fall in love with my fiendish antiheroes!

Thank you Felicity Brandon for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Haunted By Desire today!


Lost in the wilderness and desperate for sanctuary,
Iris Parsons stumbles into the mysterious Aidan.
Brooding and enigmatic, he offers her security,
But Aidan’s help comes at a terrible price.
As she struggles with her growing feelings for her dark protector,
Iris realizes it could already be too late.
She might never find her way back to civilization,
But worse, she may not want to.

Haunted By Desire is the first in a new gothic dark romance series.

Felicity is a USA Today Bestselling writer that Writes about the dark, delicious chemistry that develops between alpha males, and their feisty, willful women! Think romance with bondage, submission and good old-fashioned, over-the-knee spankings!


Felicity’s Website: About – Felicity Brandon (

New Release · Review

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon – My Review


Title: The Drowning Kind

Author: Jennifer McMahon

Release Date: April 6th 2021

Genre: Ghost Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invited and The Winter People comes a chilling new novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

A haunting, twisty, and compulsively readable thrill ride from the author who Chris Bohjalian has dubbed the “literary descendant of Shirley Jackson,” The Drowning Kind is a modern-day ghost story that illuminates how the past, though sometimes forgotten, is never really far behind us.


Wow! This book was full of surprises. It had me guessing at every turn. This story is both heartbreaking and mysterious. The mystery and unexplained wonders of the springs was one of my favorite parts. I loved the relationship between Jax and Lexie. No siblings are perfect but they truly did balance each other out. Some scenes gave me the chills and there’s plenty of twists you don’t see coming. That ending had me heading towards book hangover town. 

This is a new to me author. I really enjoyed her story telling style. The book is well written and full of descriptive scenes that really brought the story to life. I will be checking out her other books! If you’re looking for a read with a little mystery that gives you the chills, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book! I give it 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*