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Interview with an Author featuring Loni Lynne

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Loni Lynne, author of Immortal Heat (The Guardians of Dacia Book 1)!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

My 7th grade English teacher introduced me to writing when there was a Halloween writing contest for a $50 Savings bond and 2 tickets to the local haunted house with the top three winners stories posted in the local newspaper. I won first place with a very macabre, horror story for a 13 year old. But hey, kind of cool.  It was at a crucial, awkward time in my life (middle school pre-teen) with a lot of angst and issues going on. Writing became my sounding board. I started writing what was considered ‘fan-fic’ now, dreaming of one day writing movies for Steven Speilberg or George Lucas. Yeah, Geek! I still have some of those old five subject notebooks with ‘oh-my-God-I wrote-that!’ in my files.

What time of the day do you usually write?

When I first started ‘professionally’ writing, I was a stay at home Mom and could set my own schedule. A few years ago I had to go back out to the workforce (after 20 + years) so now it’s whenever I can, after work on the weekends. The COVID-19 era has created a situation in which I have had to stay home (along with many others) so I’ve been able to dedicate much more of my time to sitting down and actually spending quality time writing again in the evening after my teleworking, day job. When God gives you lemons—I’m trying to make lemon meringue pie.

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

I try to have an idea of the ‘character world’ when I start to work on a new novel.  The great thing right now is that I am still working on my two series that I have out–The Crossroads of Kings Mill and The Guardians of Dacia series so both of the worlds are more or less created. But as I introduce new characters with each book (or focus on a character I might have cameoed) I can really elaborate a bit more.  Truthfully, I’m what the writing world would consider a pantser–my stories are character driven. I have index cards of very basic ideas of where I want to go and then my characters take over and I just end up along for the ride. It’s when they come to a fork in the road and they look at me that I go, “Oh crap–you want me to think of something? Okay–give me a few days. I’ll get back with you on that.”

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

My most enjoyable book to write? I will have to say I really loved writing all of them (they are my babies).  But I will admit the first ‘book’ always stays with you. Wanted One Ghost was just so easy. James and April were my best friends. The story was fun, spooky, loaded with History, metaphysics, humor with the Wilton women (April’s women folk). I loved the research (yes, I’m weird and I love researching for the little tid-bits of information to make it realistic) and as the storyline developed with my characters direction, I loved it more. I felt they had a story to tell. I was just interpreting it. I hope that’s what all of my stories do. I want my characters to tell the story, I’m just the interpreter.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

There are so many authors I admire. Where to start? And each one for a different reason or some for the same.  I’ll name a few: Anne Rice (thanks to my sister-in-law, cut my teeth on her), Sherrilyn Kenyon-Dark Hunter series, Lynsay Sands, Katie McAlister, Cindy Miles…the characters, the humor, the realism even in a fantasy/paranormal world. They have a way with their characters, the dialogue.

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

I hear from my readers once in a while.  I wish I could hear from them more. I would love to hear what they think of my books, the characters. Or just to see how they are doing out there with life being so crazy right now.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

Favorite book as a kid? World Book Encyclopedias, my Mom had a set and every Saturday morning while I waited for the household to wake up, I would get one out and go through them. No kidding. Yeah. Did I mention…Geek! Nerd? Other than that? Loved the Little House series, Charlotte’s Web, later it was Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of Baskerville along with anything by Charles Dickens and Poe…oh and guilty pleasure, bonding with my older sister over, V.C. Andrews,  Flowers in the Attic series. (I know–right.)

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

Momma, Hugger, Eclectic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Advice–Speak/write from your heart…what you say will inspire someone to think about something today, tomorrow and in the future.  If your book were to become a classic, would it still resonate within the heart and minds of those who love and dream in the future?

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

See question # 8. Consider my books an eclectic or weird moment that you might take for yourself in which you realize a long, Momma-like hug was needed. Even if you didn’t expect it in the least. But once you got that hug, it made you feel better.

 

Thank you Loni Lynne for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Immortal Heat today!

~Synopsis~

Dacian Historian…
Determined to study ancient Dacian folk lore abroad, Marilyn Reddlin’s plans are cut short when she is abducted by a dark haired stranger who insists she’s in danger. The only danger she’s in is losing herself to her abductor’s inexplicable seductive energy. Draylon Conier teaches her there is more to Romania than myth and fairy tales while sweeping her into a wild adventure of paranormal mystery and intrigue.

Dacian History…

Thousands of years trying to pay back a debt, Draylon Conier is finally able to do so. Sent to capture a young, American student who is in danger while in Romania, he just has to send her back home. Easy enough for him. Unfortunately, Marilyn Reddlin is determined to thwart his every attempt—even telepathy. But there is more to her than meets the eye and the closer he gets to her, the more danger she is in, not only from the ancient immortal Dacian clans he’s trying to protect her from, but also his own sexual need.

History just got a lot harder.

They must find out what connection Marilyn has to Dacian history before Draylon destroys her when she succumbs to Immortal Heat.

Born in north-central Michigan, Loni Lynne still loves the quiet woods, lakes and rivers in Otsego County and the Victorian era bay side houses of Little Traverse Bay. But after decades of moving around the country as a child and twenty-five years of marriage to her personal hero, she calls western Maryland her home.

Serving in the United States Navy didn’t prepare her for the hardest job ever, being a stay at home mom, to her two wonderful daughters. After years of volunteering as a scout leader, PTA officer, and various other volunteer positions, all while still writing snippets of story ideas, her husband decided it was time for her to put her heart to finishing a story. He gave her a laptop, portable hard drive and his blessings to have a finished manuscript, ready to be sent out to the masses in one year. He created a writing monster.

Immortal Heat was her first idea six years ago and has gone through many revisions since then. In the meantime another story took hold, Wanted: One Ghost and it became her first published book in 2013. Now with the help of her friends, family and friends of the romance writing community, she’s pursuing her love of telling stories written from her heart.

Amazon Page for Immortal Heat, Book 1 of The Guardians of Dacia series: http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Heat-Guardians-Dacia-Book-ebook/dp/B00NHDED50/

Facebook Page for The Guardians of Dacia series: https://www.facebook.com/TheGuardiansofDacia

Loni Lynne’s website: http://www.lonilynne.com

Loni Lynne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lonilynne

Loni Lynne’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LoniLynne1

Loni Lynne’s Goodread Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7115619.Loni_Lynne

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Interview with an Author featuring D.C. Gambel

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is D.C. Gambel! She also has a story in the Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set that is set to release on October 6th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for just under 6 years. Wow that seems long when I think about it.

Describe a typical writing day.

I’m a mom, so first thing is getting the kids situated. I either wait until nap time, or when they’re occupied, to sit down and get some writing done. Some times I even have to do it on my phone because if my youngest sees my laptop she wants to play.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. TV, other books, listening to people talk. I got the idea for the Horsemen Chronicles from reading an alien book. Makes no sense but something in it triggered the idea and I was compelled to write. Took two weeks to finish that first draft.

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

One? No. One in each series? Oh yeah. My most recent story, Huntress in the Thorn Court which can be found in the Once Upon Another World boxset, my favorite character has be the sex on stick alpha werewolf, Gideon. He’s absolutely delicious. He’s my favorite because he gave me a chance to write a different type of character and I love how he came out.

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

The sexy scenes come very easily to me. A lot of the times I have to take a step back and take a cold shower so I can write with my head instead of other parts. The others are harder, but nothing a tearjerking movie can’t fix.

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

Determined, compassionate, and self-reliant.

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

I like to add new characters and create new problems to overcome while still sticking to the original premise. There is always a big issue that will spread throughout the entire series, but it’s not always the center of attention. Sometimes it takes the backseat to a new conflict.

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

Oh yes. I’ve recently started a new pen name Isabella Knightly and am currently working on my debut novel The Rise of the Cursed Mage. It’s a dark fantasy. I’m enjoying the change from my regular writing style. 

On my D.C. Gambel pen, I’ve two upcoming releases both from the series The World of the Hunter Order, which is my Beauty and the Beast retelling. It takes what you love about the story and morphs it into something adult friendly.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Your cover is to entice readers. Make sure it fits your genre.

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

I write sexy stories, but it isn’t all about sex. My characters are strong women, that may be shy at first, but come into their own to kick some ass.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Awakened: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Horsemen Chronicles Book 1) today!

~Synopsis~

Are the Horsemen destined to destroy the world, or save it?

Evie’s never been much for danger, but danger has a way of finding her. After two years living as a shut it, afraid of the slightest human contact, one random night she finds herself face-to-face with fate.

Derek is the first person Evie’s ever met who can survive her touch, but he’s not the only one. His roommates are immune as well. Matching horse-head birthmarks reveal who they are and why they’ve been hunting for her. They are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To prevent the world’s end she has no choice but to put her fears aside and step into the destiny she was born to fulfill, to become the Horseman of Death and embrace the power she’s spent a lifetime hiding from. If she fails, she risks the final seal breaking and ending the world along with it.

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.

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Interview with an Author featuring Jaclyn Roche

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Jaclyn Roche! Her newest release, Curse Breaker (Dark Legends) released on March 15th 2020.

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

I first realized I wanted to be a writer in Third Grade. Mrs. Gobetz was my teacher and she encouraged me to write and create the stories that were floating around in my head. From then on I always wanted to be a writer, but the words left me for many years. It was worse than a bad case of writer’s block. I stopped writing in my twenties not from a lack of desire, but the words wouldn’t flow. I thought that I had lost my gift of storytelling for over a decade.

However in 2015, after I heard another author tell a tale of how she got started, I had the courage to try to make something of the stories that continued to bob around in my mind.  It was then I decided to take it to the next level and try writing again. The first novel I wrote I won’t publish. It was like pulling teeth for each word, but over time it became easier.

Describe your writing space.

At the moment my desk is in the room we should be using for a breakfast nook or kitchen table. I don’t have a door to the room and it’s right next to the great open entertaining area of our kitchen/dining/living rooms. It is wonderful to be connected to the family, but there are many interruptions. Because It’s hard to refocus after each one, I do have plans for an office space in our next house. I secretly cannot wait to get there and unpack all of my office belongings I’ve missed so much.

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

I have written 6 books, but only one is published. I am working on my seventh book now. Four aren’t worthy; they have so many plotting and character issues as some were written when I was a teen. But they were my practice novels. I’m pretty sure every great writer must have one or two of those.

Choosing a favorite would be like choosing your favorite child. It just can’t be done. You love each one because of their individual uniqueness.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I find inspiration all around me. Mostly in my dreams, but often my husband or sons will say something that will spark an idea. Sometimes we will be out at the grocery store shopping and I have to pull out my notepad from my purse or take notes on my phone for an idea.

My inspiration for Curse Breaker came from myths and legends as well as another author friend. I wrote 5,000 words and shared it with her and she threw out an idea that I ran with. That first 5k was never published.

My inspiration for Charming Elle has come from the original fairy tales. Those dark twisted ones where feet are cut off to fit into slippers. I have also been inspired by images I have cultivated for characters. When I find I am stuck or things aren’t progressing how I would like I hop onto Deviant Art or Pinterest for inspiration.

This world I am creating is super fun and I cannot wait to get through the series. As of right now I have nine books planned for this series with a potential for twenty-one or more.

What are you reading now?

I am reading the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole. I’m on book 5, Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. I like to read this series when I’m between books of other series that I am reading, which happens often. I can read an epic fantasy 800 page novel in just two to three days and then I opt for something lighter like Cole’s series.

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

Oh my, this is a hard one. I don’t like to use actors and actresses as my inspirations because they are already walking talking people. I find it limits my imagination. I do find pictures of models and other people on the internet to cast in my character roles.

I think if I were to cast Curse Breaker:

Viktor: Michele Morrone

Seth: Raoul Bova

Kali: Jenna Dewan

Charming Elle would require a larger cast than listed below, but some of the main characters would be:

Elle: Felicia Day

Annabelle – Denise Vasi

Han and Hel: Alex Høgh Andersen

Raynor: Jack Reynor (I just had to!)

Griselda, Elle’s Fae Godmother – Paola Núñez

Riona the Fair, Elle’s mother – Rochelle Aytes

King Ignatius – Luke Hemsworth

Kuth Uther – Alexander Skarsgård

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

I find it more challenging to write the first book because that is when all of the world building happens. From there you have your world and characters set.

Do you hear from your readers? Have you experienced a weird fan girl moment?

I signed my first in person book and they raved about it. I think I was blushing the whole time. It was super exciting.

My readers email me all the time and I have a reader group on Facebook to chat.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing. Don’t give up.

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

I listen to custom created playlists on Spotify while I write.

https://open.spotify.com/user/jaclyn.roche

I have one’s I listen to for each Book and work in progress as well as a general #amwriting playlist.

 

Thank you Jaclyn Roche for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Curse Breaker today!

~Synopsis~

A Fated Mates, Insta-Love, compelling dark fantasy that fans of Sarah J. Maas Assassin’s Blade novellas will love.

Sit back and enjoy this compelling dark fantasy novella by International Bestselling Author, Jaclyn Roche.

A reincarnated goddess…
An unrisen long-dead god…
Only she can bring him back to life.

Excerpt:

“You’re mine for now and eternity,” he rumbled against her.
She ignored the voice telling her this wasn’t real. The niggle of doubt reminding her she was sick still and released not because she no longer a foster child that had happened at eighteen, but because she had served her time in the hospital rather than go to jail for the accident.
“Tell me you’re mine,” he demanded ceasing his exploration of her.
His lust-glazed eyes captured hers in their gaze. She could see the outline of the minotaur against his body. The beast simmered at the surface, a layering over Viktor’s form.
“I’m yours. All yours.” Kali’s words, a panted whisper against his ear. That couldn’t be me. Her voice husky.
Viktor’s mouth reclaimed hers, beginning his feast with the flesh of her breast. His tongue darted out, licking her hardened nipple and teasing her other bud with the pad of his thumb. He tore off her clothing, pausing only to consume her with his olive eyes. There was no one else in the world who looked at her the way he did, as if she were the only woman he needed or wanted.
Kali moaned, leaning into him. Her core became molten as they tasted each other. Her hips moved against his groin of their own accord. Tension wound with every draw of his mouth and flick of his thumb. Her fingertips traveled down the sinewy planes of his back, tracing the Egyptian tattoos she’d seen covering his torso. Kali clutched Viktor to her as they tumbled to the inky ground of the between. Her hands entangled in the wild mop of waves atop his head. His body felt airy rather than solid as he removed the rest of their clothing. She fought to remain submerged in the between, unwilling to leave, as Viktor didn’t escape his beastly curse often.
“Don’t go,” she cried wrapping her legs around his waist. “Please.”
**************
Curse Breaker is an Insta-Love Stand Alone Novella of the Dark Legends series. It includes dark themes and fated mates.

Jaclyn loves to write stories with a bite; sometimes literally!

Her Dark Fantasy Romances are packed with paranormal delights.
She is inspired to pen novels that bewitch her reader’s hearts and souls. You can usually find her in her writing cave weaving together those remarkable tales. She hopes they are ones you will think about long after you read, The End.

She lives in the middle of the woods in Maine on a mountain across from a lake. Sharing wonderland is easy when it’s with a loving husband, wild children, goofball dogs, fat toads, and a naughty cat who hasn’t learned her lesson and still tries to eat them!

Jaclyn’s a recovering English teacher who digs in the garden but kills everything she plants and burns almost everything she cooks! Good thing she knows how to write!

Stalk her on social media!

https://www.jaclynroche.com/follow-me

 


Interview with an Author featuring Cam Johns

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Cam Johns! Her newest release, Midnight Princess (Modern Princess Collection Book 7) released on June 3rd 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing most of my teenage to adult life. Now, have I been writing erotica that long, NO! LOL I started with mainly poems and short stories about my life, which definitely had it’s challenges.

Describe a typical writing day.

I mainly start with listening to my “Writing Mode” playlists. I listen to the first few tracks which are Secret by Maroon 5, Silhouette & Pastel by Kenny G, Getting Late & Say Yes by Floetry then ends with Closer by Nine Inch Nails. Obviously by the time I get to that song my characters are exhausted from having sex LMAO!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Hmm… I really never know how to answer this question. What inspires me to write about alpha males who love to fuck… no clue. It just happens.

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

Jackson Turner, my first alpha, will always be my favorite. He brought the Arousing Series to life, and me quite honestly. It was the first time I realized I might actually be a decent writer!

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

Okay, there were some emotional moments in the Arousing Series that brought tears to my eyes as I wrote them, as well as in the latest book release, Midnight Princess. The only way to move on from them is to watch a comedy or my favorite movie. Like I love Bridget Jones’ Diary. Renee Zellweger is funny as hell in that movie.

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

Are you kidding? I wish my readers would interact with me more!! IG, Twitter, Facebook Page & Group. Email me for all I care!

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

I have only written one series, but I try not to build my characters too closely. Like I don’t want my alpha from Midnight Princess to be like Jackson from the Arousing Series. But there will always be an alpha!

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

Right now, I’m working on another anthology set to release in August. The name of the anthology is Internet Famous and the title of the book is Seconds. I am also putting together a short story book as well as a spinoff from the Arousing Series.

What advice would you give to other authors?

The biggest thing is to please do some research before you release your first book… or any book! Know your demographic, what covers work, what keywords work, how much your spending so you’ll know how much you need to earn, GET EVERYTHING PROFESSIONALLY EDITED! Last, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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

I guess that I put a lot of hard work and time into what I write and publish. Just like any other indie author, we all just love a little support and encouragement along the way.

 

Thank you Cam Johns for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Midnight Princess today!

~Synopsis~

After the untimely death of her grandparents, Cynthia was propelled into becoming a guardian to her younger half-sisters, Penelope and Charmaine. As they all lived under the tyrannical rule of their drunken mother, she constantly felt that this wasn’t the life that she was meant to lead. She dreamed of one day her mother becoming sober enough for her to remember that she once loved her children. Unfortunately, that day would never come, and her heart would harden with each cruel comment from her mother.

It wasn’t until her freshman year in college that she would find someone who did love her, as she deserved. Who would liquefy her hardened heart, to find the giving soul that has been hiding from her mother’s tirades. It was then that Cynthia would investigate her mother’s past, to find answers to who her mother has become. The answers that would come in the dead of night. Midnight Princess.

A standalone, opposites attract romance that will have you ready to turn the next page.

Cam Johns began her career as a published author in 2016 with the release of her first book – Arousing Consequences – to the trilogy, The Arousing Series. However, actually publishing wasn’t part of her plan. After her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she found that writing became a great way to relieve the tension and mounted pressures that come with watching someone she loves suffer from such a harsh diagnosis. It was her husband that pushed her to share her voice, regardless of how erotic that voice would become.

Live. Love. Laugh. A well-known mantra that has become her way of living. Live, by accepting the things you cannot change. Love, the ones closest to you as if there’s no tomorrow. Laugh, each day because sadness will get you no where!

https://linktr.ee/thecamjohns


Interview with an Author Featuring Christine Lee

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Christine Lee! Her debut novel, Wolf Bound: A Lupi Di Notte Book 1 released on May 31st 2020.

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

Wolf Bound is the story of an Alpha Werewolf & an Alpha shapeshifting Tigress meeting, mating, & clashing!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

It just seems to percolate in my imagination and demands outlet!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

As long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. I got my start in short story contests in High School.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I love the Urban Fantasies of Yasmine Galenorn, Patricia Briggs, and Ilona Andrews. There are so many more I could list!

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

Wouldn’t you love to see Alexander Skarsgard and Scarlet Johansson opposite each other?

What is the best part of your day?

Pretty much any morning I can wake from a good nights sleep!

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

Reading, writing and kitty cats!

What are you reading now?

I’m just starting Kristen Painter’s newest Nocturne Falls book.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing, keep working, keep going.

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

Simply that I’d be extremely honored to have them read my book!

 

Thank you Christine Lee for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Wolf Bound today!

~Synopsis~

One day, Earth self-destructed. The next day, Faedress was born, the Fae, having saved Earth, locked all portals between dimensions, and suddenly, the Humans found they were not alone in this new, wild world.
*This book contains graphic violence, language and sexual situations. It includes physical/sexual abuse. Please be aware of possible triggers.

Christine Lee has lived in many places; several states and cities, even a couple of countries! But she currently makes her home in Central California. She may or may not share space with a cat. Or two, or…okay, it’s only two (for now!).

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Lee/e/B087CCKQX9%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christine-lee-6e97987b-8562-4345-9b09-54ca7d713380


Interview with an Author Featuring Ellie Sandoval

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ellie Sandoval! Her debut book, Carnal Sanctuary: Savannah’s Awakening Part I – An Erotic Paranormal Romance release on February 14th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I started really young. We immigrated here from Argentina when I was just a baby. My parents fed me so many books when I was young to help me learn English. I started writing basically fanfic of my favorite books in about 5th or 6th grade. I took Hermione and Draco on some crazy side quests for a while… 

I started writing original fiction and normal stupid teenager poetry in high school. That led to some scholarships and college opportunities as a Lit. Major.

Describe a typical writing day.

Oooh. Good question. I stick to a very rigged routine. I wake up pretty early to feed my kitties. Once I clean up and make some coffee, I sit down and write a minimum of two-thousand words before I do anything else. That usually takes me to lunch. After lunch I scan my email inbox and Facebook messages to see if there’s something I need to address on the business side of things. If not, I try to write another two-thousand words. I do that six days a week. That changes a little if we are inching towards a book launch or, like right now, where I have three stories being produced into audiobooks for Audible. I have to jump on audiobook approvals right away to “keep the trains moving on time,” as my editor DK loves to say. I copied this routine from Stephen King. He’s pretty frank about just sitting down and writing everyday like it’s just a normal job.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I think my black cat Kiki whispers them to me in my sleep. Honestly, I have no idea. It just starts flowing. Sometimes little trickles. Sometimes like a dam burst.

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

Great question. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but the two that have been easiest for me to write are Savannah from the Carnal Sanctuary series and Mak from The Dragon-Shifter Diaries. Maybe because they are both awkward yet ballsy like me.

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

Usually some music or ambient sounds that help transport me to that place, to help build that energy in me. I have playlists on my YouTube channel.

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

Heck, yes! I’m responsive on GoodReads. I don’t really use my personal Facebook page. Also, the Cleo Press newsletter is a great thing to sign up to, especially with all my book and audiobook releases coming out this summer. Oh, and omigad! I’m starting to put teasers of my audiobooks up on my YouTube channel. Please, please, please subscribe! *Links down below*

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

Well, Carnal Sanctuary is my first series and I’m only half way through the second novel… But what works for me so far is to not have an outline written in stone. I didn’t use an outline at all for Savannah’s Awakening, the first Carnal Sanctuary book. I’m a pantser. I prefer to write by the seat of my pants. I literally had no idea that the fae characters were even fae until I was nearly finished with the book. But now that all that is established and I have loose outlines for books 2 – 4, I do give myself permission to explore paths that don’t line up with how I thought the story was going to go. I’ve just started the third part of Carnal Book 2, so I’m more than 40k words into it. I thought I was going to stick to a very tight outline throughout the entire story. But that’s not going to happen because Savannah decided she wanted to kick over the apple cart and a few other ideas that work better materialized. 

That’s how I keep things fresh for me. We’ll have to see how the readers react to it. I think they’ll find that this isn’t a cookie-cutter series that always uses the same ingredients. These characters are going to grow and change and often they will die.

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

Well, Carnal Sanctuary: Savannah’s Temptation is the main thing I’m actively writing. That’s book 2 in the series and it should be out Fall 2020. I squeeze in new Chapters of Lord Primcock on days that I need a break from Astoria OR. I really want to rotate in a few more Dragon-Shifter Diary chapters too, but there are only so many hours in the day. Maybe after some of the audiobooks are fully approved I’ll have a bit more time to go visit Mak and Drake.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Read everything. All the time. And not just the stuff that’s in your genre. Write everyday. Even if it’s only a couple hundred words. And let your work suck until it stops sucking.

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

Gosssssssshhhhhh. I don’t know. Maybe that I try really hard to create three-dimensional characters that are as flawed as real-life people? And that like me, my writing is a work in progress? Eeek!

 

Thank you Ellie Sandoval for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out

Carnal Sanctuary: Savannah’s Awakening Part I today!

~Synopsis~

Savannah Taggart always knew her beautiful body was a gift, but even she didn’t think it was blessed enough to survive a car accident. She definitely didn’t expect to wake up afterwards in an opulent mansion overlooking Astoria, Oregon, completely healed from her mortal injuries and surrounded by sexy shifters and fae servants who want to be naughty with her.
Savannah had fled San Diego, running from an ominous threat to the mansion, into the arms of Roman, an immortal billionaire. She knows she’s safe in Roman’s strong arms. But for how long before her supernatural hunters track her to her Carnal Sanctuary? Will her ability to quickly heal save her from them?

Do you like shifters, fae, vampires, werewolves, and the paranormal mixed in with your erotica and romance? What about BDSM and first-time-female lesbian scenes? Yeah? Then join us for Carnal Sanctuary: Savannah’s Awakening Part I!

Savannah’s Awakening is a 4-part serialized ebook in the Carnal Sanctuary series, written by first-time novelist Ellie Sandoval. Cleo Press is fortunate that our first publication is also Ellie’s first. Like what you’ve read? Please consider joining our newsletter and Facebook community; leaving a review; and recommending to a friend. With your help, we’ll publish a lot more in the Carnal Sanctuary series. And more!

CAUTION: Carnal Sanctuary explicitly describes intense sexual encounters hot enough to start fires and induce heart attacks!

When Ellie isn’t watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer or reading mountains of Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, and Erotica novels, she’s writing her own stories with all those elements! Ellie began writing at a very young age and has won several awards and scholarships for her stories–but what she really wants to write is the type of paranormal erotica you are now holding in your hand. Carnal Sanctuary: Savannah’s Awakening is her debut novel. She can’t wait to give you more.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Melanie Smith

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Melanie Smith! Her newest release, Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends: A Life Lessons Novel released May 19th 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I wrote my first “book” when I was six about how I wanted to “make sex” with my cute PE teacher, Mr. Brown. I probably wrote so early because I started reading early, and it really sparked my creativity. And I’ve always been boy-crazy, so writing romance was inevitable.

Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.

I must have characters who are just truly good people. I’m not a fan of alphaholes or the like. Even good people can act poorly enough in bad circumstances. If they’re not good deep down, there’s not much redemption or satisfaction to be had in the happy ending, which is big for me.

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

They each have their own challenges. The first book is hard because you have to establish characters and their world. But the longer it goes on, the more you’re bound by the elements you’ve put in place, and you really have to work to keep true to the characters and situations you’ve created. Thankfully, each has its own feeling of success that goes along with it.

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult.

My longstanding favorite is The Hobbit. I first read it in my early teens, but I reread it so often and it’s always stuck with me. Besides just being a fantastic story, it contains themes that are just so applicable to life and stepping out of your comfort zone, something I always try to push myself to do.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Spending time with my family, reading, cooking, watching a little tv. Nothing too crazy – I’m getting too old and more introverted every day, so I don’t travel or go out as much as I used to. Though honestly, on top of the writing, managing the business aspects of being an author takes a lot of time. It’s not glamorous or exciting to most people, but I actually enjoy it!

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

Oh man, that’s the dream, isn’t it? So the heroine and hero of Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends are the sassy Becca and the withdrawn bad-boy Vincent.

For Becca … J. Lo, but (since this is all pretend anyway) a young J. Lo back when she was still rockin’ her curls.

For Vincent … again, I’m going to have to go imaginary and smoosh together some dudes to make this sexy guy. So I’d mix Milo Ventimiglia’s dark, Italian hunkiness with Stephen James’ tattoos and insane bod.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

How about a few somethings? Hmmm …. The “A” stands for “Anne.” I’m a chocolate snob who will only eat dark (preferably Lindt or Ghirardelli). I’ve got four tattoos. And I’m a socially awkward introvert that won’t shut up once you get to know me.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?

Songs definitely occur to me as I write, but I can’t write with any noise at all. I don’t typically make full on playlists or anything, there are just certain scenes that often either remind me of a song, or sometimes a song will inspire a certain feeling I want a scene to embody.

That said, I did have someone ask me to make a playlist for Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends. So I did. And here it is!

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland – SexyBack

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Christina Aguilera ft. Redman – Dirrty

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

Alicia Keys – Fallin’

Destiny’s Child – Say My Name

Goo Goo Dolls – Let Love In

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Eat the elephant one bite at a time. There’s so much to do, so much to know, that being an author is going to take constant learning and growth. Don’t expect that to happen overnight.

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

My main focus is on writing dimensional characters that have heart and react in a way that’s authentic. So if you’re looking for real and raw with a great story and plenty of super steamy sex scenes, give my books a read!

 

Thank you Melanie Smith for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends today!

~Synopsis~

NOW A MEDICAL ROMANCE TOP 50 BESTSELLER

“I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down.” -Lisa, ARC reader

From award-winning and international best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.

Melanie A. Smith is an award-winning and international best-selling author of steamy contemporary romance fiction. Though she spent most of her life living on the West Coast, she now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

Website: https://melanieasmithauthor.com/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18088778.Melanie_A_Smith


Interview with an Author Featuring Erin McFadden and K.L. Bone

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Erin Mc Fadden and K.L. Bone! Their upcoming release, Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set is set to release on October 6th 2020. 

What inspired you to start writing?

Erin: I have always been a reader. Even as a young child, I wanted to tell stories and carried books around with me. It didn’t occur to me then that I could be an author. Mostly, I told myself stories to pass the time on the school bus and such. Eventually I began writing stories down. It wasn’t until after I became a wife, mother, and established in my profession that I realized something was missing and began writing as an outlet. A co-worker’s wife published a series of books about magic and suddenly it clicked that I could do that too!

K.L.: I began writing when I was a teenager. I had to write a short story for an assignment in high school and it ended up winning a collegiate writing competition. The short story, many years later, would be expanded to a full-length novel, The Indoctrination,  and became my first published work. I also have a Master’s degree in literature and am working toward a PhD in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. I hope to one day teach writing and help others find their love for this field as a professor.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Erin: I like to slip references to my favorite pop culture icons into my work. Sometimes in Easter Egg fashion, or obvious nods.

K.L.: I write to music and I tend to give each main character their own playlist, which evolves and expands throughout writing a series.

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

Erin: I laugh, cry, talk to myself, and snack a lot. Basically all the things I hope my readers go through after I’ve finished!

K.L.: I do tend to connect emotionally to the characters. As I write dark fantasy and dark romance, this often includes heartbreak and the trials of forbidden love. There have been some days where this can have an impact on me, as I experience these ranges of emotions, at least on some level, alongside the characters. I tend to make my way through them in a similar way to my readers do: taking breaks, having treats and an occasional glass of wine.

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

Erin: I’ve written seven. Four are published and the fifth is a co-write with K.L. Bone for the Once Upon Another World Box Set. Two will never be seen again (I hope) but were wonderful practice. I have several nearing completion as well. As for my favorite, I’d have to say Confess because I feel like that world has really gelled for me and is my best to date. I hope to top it soon!

K.L.: I have written 13 full lengths book to day, including the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series and the Flames of Kalleen, paranormal romance dragon-shifter series. I have also written numerous novellas including several in the multi-author midnight coven series, featuring vampire romance and numerous twisted fairytales. 

Hard to pick a favorite, as I love various aspects of each story for different reasons. However, among those favorites would be Releasing the Dragon, book 2 in the Flames of Kalleen series. 

The novel includes a back-story of a dragon knight accused of betraying his kingdom, and the princess who attempts to clear his name. It’s a forbidden love story which explores the trials of heartbreak, the depths of love, and the power of eternal devotion.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Erin: Everything I read influences my writing in some way. I don’t read purely for enjoyment as much as I once did, because now I find myself looking at everything as educational material and inspiration. How was this scene effective? How did it convey sensory information to pull me in? I love learning about writing from other writers.

K.L.: I am a fan of mythological tales. Stories of King Arthur and his knights, particularly Sir Gwain, as I have a character in my dragons novels partially based on the Arthurian knight. 

Tristan and Isolde, along with Lancelot and Guinevere, inspired my Black Rose Guard series. I enjoy epic romance blended with fantasy elements and tend to write in a similar style to those myths. 

I was also greatly influenced by the writing style of Anne Rice, George Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Each are brilliant in their world building and ability to vividly bring ancient or fantastical scenes and lands to life.

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

Erin: I don’t hear from readers very often, but the ones who have reached out have been wonderful. I enjoy talking to them. It’s nice to see reviews and get that validation when your efforts actually reach an audience.

K.L.: I enjoy interacting with readers through various social media channels. I’m always pleased to hear their reactions to new book releases and their opinions. I try and make myself approachable as an author and like reading through various debates and opinions they have as they journey through the fantasy lands I have created.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Erin: I just finished Poison Study by Maria Snyder. I haven’t decided what to pick up next, but I’m open to suggestions!

K.L.: I’m currently reading Karpov-Kinrade and Gaustad’s novel, A Werewolf a Vampire and a Fae Walk into a Bar. So far the novel is fantastic!

Do you have any new series planned?

Erin: I have three series going right now and a stand alone coming soon. That being said, I’m not very good about staying away from new ideas, so I’m certain there are new worlds coming. Right now I plan on playing in the ones I’ve already built!

K.L.: Yes! I am working on a co-write series called Starbound with fellow author Greg Wilkey. The story is a fantasy-romance investigating the mystery of why stars are vanishing from the sky. Book 1, Fallen, is in the process of being written and Greg and I are both very excited!

In addition, I am working on what I hope to be the first of several twisted fairytales with another author, Erin McFadden. The story, Shattered Moonlight, recently became available for pre-order in the Once Upon Another World Twisted Fairytale Boxset.

I also have plenty to finish in my current series, including book 3 in my Flames of Kallen and book 7 in the Black Rose Guard series.

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

Erin: For Shattered Moonlight, one character is an easy casting choice. Arawn the Huntsman definitely has a Henry Cavil as Geralt vibe, so I would pick him. Celine, our heroine, seems like a great fit for Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who). I would love to see Chris Evans (Captain America) for Prince Stephen. Ghost from Game of Thrones can step in as Fenrir, our white wolf!

K.L.: When I write stories I tend to picture characters as individual people with unique personalities and appearances. This makes it difficult to say who might play them. 

There are only two characters I clearly envision as a particular actor or actress. The first is Queen Clarissa, the villainess of my Black Rose series. If the book were ever a film, I would love to see Eva Green’s interpretation of her. 

The other is in my upcoming release, Shattered Moonlight. We were inspired somewhat by Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher. Erin and I would love to see him play our huntsman one day! 

Also, any dream film adaptation would have to Hugh Jackman. I don’t care which role, as long as he is in it!

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Erin: Keep writing what you love!

K.L.: When I was a young author I asked this question to one of my own favorite writers, Laurell K. Hamilton. Hamilton told me the same advice which was once given to her. Choose a wall in your house and cover it with rejection. Only when it is completely full, can you begin to find success.

Writing is not an easy task. It’s challenging, time-consuming and often discouraging. Rejection comes in various forms, from letters when submitting to publishers, to negative reviews to disappointing signings and booksales slumps. Authors should take each of these in stride and never forget that their stories and goals are worth fighting for.

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

Erin: I write fantasy, but I feel it’s important for my fictional worlds to feel realistic and my characters to be relatable. When you read something of mine, I want you to experience my world and wonder if you’ve discovered a hidden secret from your own.

K.L.: I am not always a Happily Ever After writer. I tend to take on darker aspects of writing and storytelling often steeped in ancient myths. This allows me to craft worlds with rich, vivid landscapes as I explore darker themes and characters. I’m a huge fan of writing complex villains within these worlds. 

Also my favorite way to experience a book is through audio versions. I grew up listening to audiobooks on long road trips with my mother and enjoy listening on long flights and car rides to this day. I am very excited to have my own novels available in audio format as well. Hearing the stories brought to life in the voices of my talented narrators is an amazing experience for me. I love hearing their interpretations of the story!

 

Thank you Erin McFadden and K.L. Bone for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their pre-order, Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set today!

~Synopsis~

Not all fairy tales are as they appear.

Was it actually Red who hunted the wolf? What if the prince was the one in distress? Did the straw really get spun into gold? How well did those glass slippers truly fit?

Where princesses do their own rescuing, princes aren’t who they first appear to be, and beasts are friends, not foe—and maybe something more…

With stories spanning from true love’s kiss to reverse harem, skyscrapers to ancient castles, sweet romance to steamy nights, these alluring tales will satisfy readers of fantasy and romance alike.

Grab your copy of ONCE UPON ANOTHER WORLD and discover 22 twisted fairy tales with a happily ever after unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Authors included in the box set are: Monique Singleton, Joel Crofoot, Zack Hacker, D.E. Chapman, Erin McFadden & K.L. Bone, Jaclyn Roche, L.R.W. Lee, JB Trepagnier, Silvana G. Sanchez, Cassidy K. O’Connor, Jude Cocaigne, M.L. Garza, Hunter S. Jones, Aldrea Alien, Amari Ara Dreamer, D.C. Gambel, Krista Ames, K.A. Fox, Christa Ann, Iris Sweetwater & Chandra Trulove Fry, and Lianne Willowmoon & Phillip Shadowdragon

Erin McFadden is the author of three contemporary fantasy series, Descended from Myth, Hollow Man, and Confessor. 

McFadden obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University in 2001. She is the mother of two daughters and works full time in law enforcement. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, developing new story ideas, arts and crafts, and spending lots of time with her children.

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K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination and numerous novellas.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Belfast. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites that have inspired storytellers for generations.

Erin McFadden Links:

Website: http://www.mcfaddenwrites.com

Facebook: 1,700 followers 

https://www.facebook.com/McFaddenWrites/

Twitter: 983 followers 

 https://twitter.com/ErinMcF_Author

Bookbub: 476 followers 

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/erin-mcfadden

Amazon:

www.amazon.com/author/erinmcfadden

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7182231.Erin_McFadden

E-mail: 

mcfadden.erin.author@gmail.com

 

K.L. Bone’s Links:

On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/klboneauthor

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/kl_bone

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/K.L.-Bone/e/B00EKEDIS8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793751.K_L_Bone

On Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/k-l-bone

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Haley Travis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Haley Travis! Her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door: A shy girl alpha male romance novella released on May 8th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I began writing poetry and stories when I was quite small. I’d always dreamed of writing novels,
but they ended up hidden in secret files. Then life threw a few wacky curveballs. I was forced to
see where what I loved to read intersected with what I loved to write, and just get writing. People
will always want to read for escapism, for love, for an enjoyable story. It’s incredibly satisfying to
create that.

 

What time of the day do you usually write?

I usually start off writing from around 9 am to 1 pm. The afternoons might be research, making
covers, more writing, reading, editing, groceries, or staring out the window for a bit. I’ll often pop
back to the computer and write a little more before bed. I always have a notebook, or randomly
dictate ideas into my phone. I’m likely pretty annoying when I’m out to dinner with friends and
have to take a note on my phone about how to fix a semi-break up scene.

 

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

I write contemporary romance, mostly set in my beautiful city of Toronto. That world is already
built. Yet everyone’s neighborhood is a bit different, and very personal. I like to picture their
homes and workplaces in great detail, even if only a shred gets written down. I accidentally
wrote a pirate romance, and that was a fun world to create. I also found out that a friend of mine
is a pirate expert – thank goodness! The book isn’t historically accurate, but at least I know most
of the ship details are correct.

 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Yikes. That’s a weird question. The one I’m in the middle of is always my favorite. But I’d have
to say that Love in the Darkness was extra special. I’m a very shy girl, who likes my space, and
likes a few things a particular way. The thought of having a stranger in my home rattles me. But
sometimes people need a good rattling to show them what they truly need.

 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Tricky. I read in a lot of genres. For contemporary romance, I bounce around reading a bit from
many people. At the moment, I’m loving Penelope Bloom – her banana books are a riot!

 

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

I usually have beta readers go through my books first. It’s great to see notes like, “That’s
hilarious!” or “Perfect joke here!” along with pointing out glitches. My ARC reviewers have a
knack for pointing out angles that I hadn’t noticed as much. I take every note to heart, and try to
learn and work harder on every book.

There are a few very enthusiastic reviewers that light me up when I’m having a lousy day. It’s
hard to write with air pressure headaches, concussion headaches, and stress. But I don’t want
to get behind, so I force myself to work anyway. Those are the days I skim the great reviews, so
that I push myself harder. I owe it to those nice people to keep giving them books they enjoy.

 

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Usually it was whatever was in my hand at the time. I lived in books. Not for them, inside them.
When I was maybe seven through twelve, I’d spend whole weekends reading in the basement.
Books are better than people. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but as a terrified, anxious,
shy little kid, that was the truth.
I loved Dr. Seuss, for making words come alive with sound. A bit later on, I adored Lost in the
Barrens, by Farley Mowat. It was about isolation, wilderness, survivalism, and taught me about
the wonderful world inside Mowat’s mind.

 

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your
readers?

You’re asking me to share secrets with strangers from the interwebs? Okay!
The most recent novel, Whispered Curses, starts with Eden’s Nana whispering a prophecy.
Now, I don’t believe in psychic whatnot. Yet there have been several times in my life where I
have known what was going to happen before it did. Clear as day. So, believing in the
impossible, and knowing things, and seeing the proof in front of you… sometimes the lines get
blurry.

 

What is advice would you give to other authors?

It’s not really my place to give advice to anyone. But the one thing that I’ve learned for myself is
that I can’t see the eagle eye view of a story until the whole thing is sketched out. Once I have a
rough draft, even if sections are lousy or point form, then I can see what’s really going on.
Never get hung up on the perfect adverb when the whole book isn’t even sketched out. That’s
polishing the steering wheel when there are no tires on the car yet. What’s the point?

 

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

Every book contains pieces of my heart, my soul, and my real life. With Love in the Darkness, I
channelled the time I had to care for a roommate who had eye surgery. With Whispered Curses,
there is a bit of my own Nana in that character. With The Librarian and the Rock Star… well, I
was once a library assistant, and I may have dated a few guitarists.

I am in love with love. I adore the idea that weird circumstances can bring the right people
together when they least expect it. Life is quirky, and I want to show the joy and tweaky bits of
the world to people who love to read.
I have a great appreciation for the people who choose books, and the visions of their own mind,
as their entertainment. TV and movies and video games are great, but I’ve always thought that
people who read a lot have a more vivid inner world. Those are my people.

 

Thank you  for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door today!

~Synopsis~

A personal challenge. Some personal growth. And a hot guy who thinks she’s perfect.

Lindsay:
Those dark eyes – so seductive. Almost dangerous.
I forced myself to speak to him anyway.
Things flashed by so quickly, it was overwhelming.
If I wanted an amazing boyfriend, I’d have to learn how to deal with bumps in the road.

Dale:
I noticed her the second I walked in, but she was with friends.
Thank goodness she came to me.
Those sweet curves, that soft, pale skin.
Lindsay was my perfect, gorgeous doll.
But she’s fragile. Perhaps more shy than I’d realized.
I knew this was too much, too fast.
I just hope it’s also not too late.

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A standalone romance novella. No cliffhangers, no cheating, and a sweet HEA.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Marie F. Crow

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Marie F. Crow! Author of Abigail and her Pet Zombie and The Risen.

Where are you from?

  Summerville, SC

Tell us about your latest publishing news. Titles, release dates, cover reveals…

The wonderful team at Kingston Publishing is working very hard to release the first book of each of my three series’. We are on track to release a book almost every month and I’m so excited to see what their team is going to come up with for cover art and teasers! It all starts in April with the release of the first in the Abigail And Her Pet Zombie series to flow right into the release of The Risen – Dawning, Anniversary and followed by the siren series, The Crown of Betrayal. Fingers crossed the rest of the books will soon follow.

When and why did you begin writing? Did someone motivate you?

I began writing because of the time old dare – ‘if you think you can do better, do it’. I’m no where near to a point where I would say I’m doing it better, but that little nudge did wonders to spiral nine books and counting. I guess you could say my biggest motivation is the constant desire to ‘do it better’ with each book I release.

What inspired you to write your first book? Tell us about what makes that book special.

I was watching yet another horror movie filled the weak female cliches. After almost two hours of rolling my eyes into a migraine, I sat with my laptop and began the into to The Risen – Dawning.  

I often wish I could say I was moved by some one or some moment which set the dominos into place, but I wasn’t. As a mother of two girls, I just wanted to add to the collection of stories where women weren’t defined by their high heels in a forest, but by their ability to survive – whatever the personal cost. That’s what I like to think make my books special. The main characters aren’t damsels. They are just damned like the rest of us and having to figure it all out as it all falls apart.

Do you ever include personal events or people in your fictional books?

I’ve killed off the ex-husband a time or two, but I try to avoid making it too personal. The Abigail series though will feature important people in my life hidden among the artwork. For example, the next Abigail will have my deceased mother in a scene with all of the grandkids running towards her. She was so proud and in love with Abigail that the series will always have a special place in my heart.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Aimes from The Risen series. She is like my inner monologue; the things you wish you could say but known you probably shouldn’t. She holds nothing back and I love working with the character in each scene. She is also one of the few characters I keep ‘writing off’ only to chicken out and find some loophole to resurrect her.

Is there a specific genre you enjoy writing the most? Why?

No. The only genre I’m intimidated by is romance. The rest are fair game and bring their own enjoyments.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I don’t have one. This sometimes makes me sad when this question is asked because I imagine it’s a lot like having a best friend whom you know will help you escape the drama of the day and we could all use that in our lives.

Is there any advice or message you would want to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t compare yourself to others – not their reviews, their followers, or their sales. For every single author must start at the bottom before they can ever see the clouds. No matter how bad you think you are doing, there is someone, somewhere, wishing they were where you are at this moment.

 

Thank you Marie F. Crow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Abigail and her Pet Zombie today!

~Synopsis~

Abigail isn’t a normal five year old girl. She doesn’t have normal five year old pets. 

                  Abigail has a pet zombie. This is their story….

Marie F Crow weaves her stories around the human element of the horror verses the ‘monsters’ themselves. She believes that the real horror of life does not come from the expected, but from the unexpected responses of the human nature and what depths of trauma a person must survive in certain situations. She began writing The Risen series when feeling that the popular genre was slipping too deep into the realm of pure ‘slasher’ and forgetting what the horror of zombies can mean for a story.

Now, with her children’s series launched, Marie hopes to use her favorite ‘monster’ as a teaching tool to inspire children to understand that not everything that looks scary, is scary. With Abigail and Her Pet Zombie series, Marie hopes to further spread her love for all things “that go bump in the night” with small children showing them that it’s okay to be different and to embrace those same differences in those around them.

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