Author Spotlight – Q&A with Anna Edwards

We got a chance to catch up with Anna Edwards. We love being nosey and getting down and dirty, so we did a little Q&A. Let’s see what she had to say!

Q & A Questions

What made you decide to become an author?

I was originally part of a role playing group on Twitter, I met Charity Hendry, who at the time worked for Carrie Ann Ryan, she persuaded me to write a book and the rest is history.

What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

My brain works too fast for my fingers. Most of what I type at the start is a complete mess. 

Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book?

I have to plan my story fully before I write it, ok, the characters often go off on a tangent but I need to have a plan in front of me. 

Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most?

There are so many wonderful authors who’ve helped me over the years but I have to say Carrie Ann Ryan, Kristen Proby and Donna Grant to name three.

Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

My favorite character is William from Tainted Reasoning. He’s autistic and that is something close to my heart. He was hard to write but at the same time liberating. He’s not the typical hero but I just let him go with what he wanted in the story. 

Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with?

I’ve collaborated with several authors already, Dani Renè, Claire Marta, Lexi C. Foss and Maria Macdonald. My unicorn author would probably be Pepper Winters. I’m a big fan. 

Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

I can’t give you just one, I have so many. Donna Grant and Pepper Winters are two of my top ones though.

What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Learn to be yourself on social media, that is the most important part. I’m very shy as a person and I’ve taken some knocks over the years I’ve been writing but I’ve always been honest and kind. The truth will always show through in the end. 

If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

Long or thick? You know what I mean. ;->

What is your writing kryptonite?

My kids at the moment but thankfully they are hopefully going back to school in a few days. 

Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go?

I always plot, I was an accountant previously so I have a fancy spreadsheet. 

Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other?

I always build universes with my books because I hate leaving characters behind. After I finish that series I always seem to bring the characters into the new books I write.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

Trust your instincts with your story. You may get criticized for something you write but you can’t please everyone all the time. Trust in your story. I once had a reviewer tell me I know nothing about autism. My son is autistic so I think I do, my experience was different to hers. You can’t please everyone so don’t try. 

What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

Don’t be afraid to ask other authors for help, some may say no but the majority will love to help you.

What is a guilty pleasure?

Wine!

What is your favorite movie?

I don’t really watch movies, I’m more of a documentary person. 

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Florida where my best friend Charity Hendry lives. 

What’s an Item on your bucket list?

To visit Salem where the witch trials happened. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding rings

Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it?

It has to be a snow leopard, I adore them and even wrote a paranormal romance with once as the lead character.

What is your favorite holiday & why?

Anywhere I can sit back and chill out. I need it.

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

Teleportation. I would love to travel the world without the airport experience.

What would be your theme song?

I’ve absolutely no idea, something about being quiet on the outside but twisted on the inside. 

What is the funniest thing someone has ever said to you?

The innocent ones are always the worse. I think I’ve said funnier things lately. I’d had a couple of glasses (bottles) of wine the other day and my daughter asked me to turn her fan on. I told her no because the chickens would do it. We don’t have chickens so where that came from I have no idea

What’s your favorite candy?

Sour cherries. 

About Anna Edwards

Anna Edwards is a British author from the depths of the rural countryside near London. When she has some spare time, she can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzo. She’s an avid reader who turned to writing to combat her depression and anxiety. She has a love of traveling and likes to bring this to her stories to give them the air of reality. She likes her heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, her heroines demure but with spunk, and her books full of dramatic suspense.

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Author Spotlight – Q&A with Kaylee Ryan

We got a chance to catch up with the amazing Kaylee Ryan. We love being nosey and getting down and dirty, so we did a little Q&A. Let’s see what she had to say!

What made you decide to become an author? I’ve always loved to read and wanted to tell the stories of the characters in my head. I never imagined I would be publishing.

What is the hardest thing about writing for you? It’s a lonely job. You miss out on a lot of events with family and friends to get your stories down and out into the world.

Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? Not really. I do listen to music when I write. I also have a notebook for every book. I like to write notes and ideas. It helps me work out the plot and keep track of the characters.

Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? There are so many. I can’t’ choose just one. Recently, I would say my writing partner Lacey Black. It helps to bounce ideas and not feel like you are isolated from the word when you write.

Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why? I love them all. Each of them holds a special place in my heart. The hardest would have to be Unexpected Bond. I can’t tell you too much without spoilers, but that story hit close to home for me.

Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? Just my writing BFF, Lacey Black. We have a very similar writing style, and overall outlook on life. I couldn’t imagine writing with anyone else.

Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?  Lacey Black, Catherine Cowles, Kelly Elliott, my list is long. I one-click so many of my peer’s books to support them knowing it will be hard to ever be able to read them all. 

What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? Write for you. Don’t write to the market. Write what you love, hire a good editor, and cover designer. 

If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? Names. My reader group always helps me out with new names for characters.

What is your writing kryptonite? Babies and single dads.

Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go? Both. I have a loose plot and make notes in my notebook as I move along. Sometimes I go off the path and change what I thought the story was going to be, and sometimes I stay on track. It’s different with every book.

Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? I’ve done both. The books can be read as standalone, but the world-building is strong. I love the strong family and friendship dynamics that it brings to each story.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not everyone is going to love your work and that’s okay. There are millions of stories out there, which means there is something for everyone.

What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? Everyone gets bad reviews. Don’t take them to heart. One person may love what another hates. You have to learn to roll with the punches and accept that.

What is a guilty pleasure? Reading! When I have time.

What is your favorite movie? Sweet Home Alabama

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? The mountains!

What’s an Item on your bucket list? Visit Australia

What is your most treasured possession? That’s a toss up between my Kindle and my laptop. LOL

Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it? No.

What is your favorite holiday & why? Thanksgiving. It’s a time for everyone to get together. You don’t have to stress about gifts, or how much money your spending. It’s just a day to eat, catch up with family, watch some football and chill.

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose? Be in two places at once.

What’s your favorite candy? Peanut M&M’s

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Author Spotlight Q&A – T.S. Woolard

We got a chance to catch up with horror author and poet T.S. Woolard, the Southern Tale Spinner himself. You know that the TroubleMakers like to be a little nosey & get down & dirty so let’s see how the Southern Tale Spinner held up under the harsh lights of the library. Did he keep us on our toes, surprise us a little and maybe have a little fun at the expense of a Trouble Maker…maybe. You’ll need to read to find out.

What made you decide to become an author? The simple answer is The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Reading that as a kid changed my life.

What is the hardest thing about writing for you? Bleeding out in front of the world. I know it is a bit cliché, but I put so much soul into my writing. There is so much emotion behind each thing I write that it’s difficult to do that constantly.

Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? I always listen to music. The type of music varies from story to story, and sometimes even scene to scene. Funnily enough they tend to be very juxtaposing in nature. If I’m writing a super gory scene, I tend to listen to classical music. Something slow and brooding. More narrative-driven writing I listen to faster, fast-tempo metal.

Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? So many people I could think of for this that I know both personally and only as a fan. There are typical ones horror authors say, like Stephen King (we all have that King story that we love), Joe Hill, Jack Ketchum, Thomas Harris, Edgar Allan Poe. Then there is Lewis Carroll. And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who I think had the best writing style of any author whom ever lived. And peers whom I think are incredibly inspiring. Dona Fox, John FD Taff, Alice J Black, Essell Pratt. There are so many that I pull inspiration from. It’s like asking, “Who is your favorite band?”

Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why? My favorite character I’ve ever written is probably Ashley. Ashley the Doll Doctor. He was so deep and just plain messed up. He scared the shit out me, and I wrote him. The hardest to write was Vince the Healer from Heaven’s Healer From Hell. His story was so tragic and painful. It was like siphoning happiness out of my very soul to write that story.

Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? I would. I’ve talked to a few people about collaborating before. My unicorn author would be Joe Hill, if I’m picking still alive. Doyle if picking all-time

Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking? Joe Hill, Michael Scott, and, yes, JK Rowling.

What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? Be you. Don’t try to “tell the story like…” Tell it like you. Learn all you can, but be yourself.

If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? Why do they like my writing? Seriously… why?

What is your writing kryptonite? Playing music. I suck at playing music, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I’ll be going along good with a story and catch the guitar in the corner of my eye, and the rest of the night is gone.

Do you plot out your books or do you write as you go? Both. I will outline a book, even short stories, and they’ll even be detailed. But if the characters decide they don’t like that direction as I write their story, I won’t hold to the outline. They change over time. Their story does. So do we as authors and people. I don’t try to make them fit a mold they may have been in 6 weeks ago.

Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? All should stand on their own, unless are outright tied to another story. Like, The Meaning of Hell has two companion shorts. But the idea of standing alone doesn’t mean they’re not taking place in the same universe. Each and every story I write has a character somewhere in it that is in another story. Sometimes they are simply mentioned. Sometimes they are bigger parts of the story. They all exist in the world I create, though. Woolard’s World: What a Wonderful place.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? Write for me more, not the editors.

What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? Learn better grammar, because my country ass was not good at all.

What is a guilty pleasure? I love to read The Notebook about once a year. I also love the Pitch Perfect movie.

What is your favorite movie? Tombstone. Hands down.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? North Carolina/Tennessee mountains is my usual answer, but after going there last year, Montana may be where my heart lies.

What’s an Item on your bucket list? Going to a Wrestlemania. And RKO’ing Antonette Santillo.

What is your most treasured possession? All the notebooks I have with all my stories and poems written out longhand. Yes, I wrote a novel longhand, first.

Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it? I don’t know. I feel like someone else should answer a question for me rather than me doing it myself. Like, I feel like all answers would be flattering whether they mean to be or not. How many people would answer this with something real, like, “a pissed off donkey with dwarfism and a bad leg.”

What is your favorite holiday & why? Halloween. Because I love the fall and creepy things.

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose? I would control the weather, and there would be a love of chilly rain.

What would be your theme song? I think this is another situation where someone else would have to answer this for you. Ain’t no one gonna pick a song like Barbie Girl or Wannabe by Spice Girls. No one that looks like me, anyway.

What is the funniest thing someone has ever said to you? My mom told me a lot of funny things. Follow my page for installments of “Shit My Mother Says.” an example of this was the time she asked what a surprise I had for the group was in the comments. I asked did she know what a surprise was. In public comments, she says “I sure do, but me and your daddy loved you anyway.”

What’s your favorite candy? Reese’s Fastbreak, almost anything gummy.

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Author Spotlight – Aaron L. Spear

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20 Questions with Aaron L. Spear

  1. What made you decide to become an author?

It’s really the only answer to the fact I daydreamed so much as a kid. I get extremely bored and my mind wanders to far off places and creates different people, action scenes with heroes and villains etc.

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

Editing. The time between finishing the draft and publishing. It’s super important, but I hate it with every fibre of my being. I really wish I could blink and it would be done for me.

  1. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book?

I listen to movie trailer music when writing actions.

  1. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most?

Probably my PA, Jo. She was one of the first to really believe in me and think I was worth anything as a storyteller. All through the ups and downs she’s been the rock I needed to keep going. And she’s still there to hold my hand and give a little ego stroking during the rough times.

  1. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

Kinda hard to pick, as its like choosing between your kids. But in my vampire series, probably Lee Nightingale. He is the absolute worst person possible, but most fans love him coz he just tries to have sex with everything. In my MMA series, I’d say Fiona, as she is the smart ass best friend we all need. She’s not the main character but basically steals every scene she’s in.

  1. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who? 

Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? Definitely Jaymin Eve. She’s incredible with world and tension building, and her character skill is amazing.

  1. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

Unfortunately they are all dead. Puzo, Blatty, Dahl.

  1. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Believe in yourself, and grow a thick skin.

  1. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

Just how awesome is Speerzie?

  1. What is your writing kryptonite?

Netflix and chill.

  1. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go?

A little from column A and a little from column B. I used to plot everything but now I’m leaning towards more pantsing. It’s fun and scary.

  1. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other?

I’m building my Speerverse with every book. Everything is connected in some way.

  1. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

Get on FB earlier and learn from those that came before. You’ll save yourself a lot of trial and error.

  1. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

MARKET! MARKET! MARKET! ADS! And learn to input these things subtly into groups and conversations, to learn how to do it better.

  1. What is a guilty pleasure?

The music of Aqua.  

  1. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Gold Coast

  1. What’s an Item on your bucket list?

To have writing as my full time job.

  1. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it?

The Australian wombat. Chubby, sleeps all day, eats when he’s awake and has sex. That’s their life.

  1. What is your favorite holiday & why?

America. Love the food. Love the people. Most of my fans are there lol. Why wouldn’t I?

  1. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Snickers. You’re just not the same monster without one.


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Then 2020 could be the YEAR for YOU! You lucky sons of bi… erm, book event hopping babes lucky enough to be Down Under in 2020 have 3 chances to meet our Favourite Aussie Bloke AND get his signature on his books, his merch, a grocery receipt… basically, if the organizers of the events won’t faint over it, he’ll sign it! 

 

February 1, 2020: McTeasey will be getting his fancy on at BABE!

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August 1, 2020: You can see Aaron and his books at Books In-Sight Melbourne! 

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Author Spotlight – Lynn Mullica

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20 Questions with Lynn Mullican

  1. What made you decide to become an author? 

I’ve enjoyed writing since the age of 7, so I’ve always enjoyed writing poems, short stories, scripts, etc. In high school, I decided I wanted to start sharing my stories with my friends and with the world.

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing for you? 

I would have to say the editing portion of it. The writing comes easy.

  1. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? 

I usually start out writing in my office with a cup of coffee by my side. Most of the time, I like the room a little dimmer. If it’s been raining out, I open the blinds a little bit so I can see out. Another ritual, I have, or I should say we, is my cat, Murray likes to jump on the desk and help me edit. Needless to say, I have to shoo him off. I don’t generally listen to music as I’m writing, but once in a while I’ll turn some on to help with the mood, depending on the story or the scene. If I’m the only one home, I might move to the dining room or the living room and write in there.

  1. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? 

Stephen King

  1. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why? 

Crystal Bouchard aka Crystal Dragon was my favorite character to write. I consider her an extension of me or you might say my alter ego. She’s a strong woman who has endured a lot in her life and she comes out stronger through every conflict she’s been through. If I could be as strong as her, I would be her. The hardest character I’ve written so far is Father Sands in my upcoming book, The Shadow of Evil. It was easier to write his character from the beginning because he has goodness in his heart, and he has a motivation to help people, and lead them. His heart was true but due to circumstances, some that could have been avoided had he stuck to his true intentions, was led along a different path, an evil path. I have to delve into this character’s heart, mind, and soul to really bring forth what he’s going through and some of the things he’s going to do. I have a hard time relating to him and his actions because of the things he does. There were a couple of scenes I had a hard time writing due to their nature but Father Sands told me to write the scenes, so I did. The Shadow of Evil delves into a different type of horror, one that I don’t normally write, it’s more of a religious horror novel and deals with everything from religion, death, hypocrisy, to devout religious antics and more.

  1. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? 

I have considered it, even though it’s never been discussed with this person. I think Rowena Rede could be my unicorn author for collaboration.

  1. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

Out of all of the authors I enjoy reading, I would have to say it would be Robert McCammon. He’s the only author I’ve read that I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he’s written.

 

  1. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? 

Write, write, and write some more. Don’t give up. Don’t edit while you write. Write first and then, edit after you’re done writing your story. Also, remember every author gets rejection letters. You are not the first.

  1. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? 

What was your upbringing like?

  1. What is your writing kryptonite? 

Interruption, primarily the phone.

  1. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go? 

I have a general plot already lined up for all of my stories and a rough ending of how it will end but I generally write as I go. I let my characters tell me where we’re going.

  1. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? 

Each book is a stand alone but I do have a couple of series that will interconnect with one another.

  1. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

Don’t be afraid of criticism.

  1. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? 

Listen and learn from constructive criticism.

  1. What is a guilty pleasure?

Soda and chocolate.

  1. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? 

Payson, Arizona

  1. What’s an Item on your bucket list? 

I’m considering skydiving but that’s a maybe?

  1. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it? 

My spirit animal is the black panther.

  1. What is your favorite holiday & why?

I love Halloween because you can be whatever you want for a day.

  1. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Candy corn

 

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Author Bio

LYNN MULLICAN was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  She is married to Patrick Mullican and has three adult children, Cassandra, Bridget and Joeseph. She also has three grand-daughters and two grand-sons.  

 

Starting from the age of 7, she began to write short stories and developed a love for the art. At twelve years old, she submitted a short story to her school for a Creative Writing competition and took 1st Place. Throughout her teenage years, she continued to write short stories. At the age of 14, her love of the art took a turn towards the theatrical when she started writing scripts, plays and poetry. In high school, she attended Drama and Journalism. It was then that she wrote her first screenplay, in which she received high praise from a local playwright, Dorothy Seiffert.

 

In 1985 she met her husband and married him two years later. She became a stay at home mom after the birth of each of her children. It was during this time Lynn wrote several poems, which were published; In Memory and Waking Up One Morning in 1987, A Baby Poem in 1989, 1990 and 1996, The Violent Mind in 1993, The Demon of Love, Mother!, and Night of Intrusion in 1996, and Possession-Obsession in 2000. During this time, she took a Creative Writing course.

 

Lynn’s writing was put on hold while she raised her children, worked a full-time job, and also went to college.  

 

She also studied Chinese and American Kenpo with the Red Dragons Arizona Self Defense Systems under the direction of Sifu Denis Wooten. She has taken 1st and 3rd Place for Kata in Arizona State Tournaments. She also studied American Kenpo under the direction of Dennis Conatser Sr. She has years of extensive knowledge in self-defense and martial arts under her belt.

 

Currently, Lynn works a full-time job and writes part time. As of 2018, Lynn has eight published short stories, four of which were published in anthologies, and three published novels; Bad Elements series, Crystal Dragon, Blood for Blood and The Hybrid Unleashed.

 

 

Author Spotlight – Harper Phoenix

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20 Questions with Harper Phoenix

1. What made you decide to become an author?  

I don’t think I ever did decide, it just happened… I wrote a story and sat on it for years not knowing how to publish, then I stumbled across the indie world… and the rest is history!

2. What is the hardest thing about writing for you? 

For me its not the actual writing I find hard, it’s finding the time in my busy life to actually get quality time with my characters and write the words. My life is BUSY!

3. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book?

No I don’t think I do, I like to write when its quiet, sometimes I will listen to music if it suits the scene/chapter I’m writing. Like my most recent book that I’m in edits with atm, I listened to Lewis Capaldi on repeat.  Sometimes though the music can be a distraction and I’ll find myself singing along and writing the lyrics instead. But I’m not really superstitious.

4. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most?

Ohh this is a tough one. There are so many people that I really respect in the community to choose just one would be too difficult.

5. Which character is your favourite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

I think from my series my fave character is Brad, just because he came from nowhere and demanded my attention, and he has a sense of humour much like my husbands. So I adore that about him.

I think Maiya was a difficult character to write just because of what she suffered but that book to date still remains one of my faves to write. Also Harrison’s book was hard because of his history and it is the darkest book I’ve written so far.

6. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with?

I have collaborated with Eva Jones and I loved the whole process, and we will be doing it again sometime very soon!

Unicorn collaboration… hmmm… Jordan Marie (she’s hilarious) or JR Ward.

7. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

Other than the two above I one click TM Frazier without reading the blurb.

8. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Get an editor! Lol

9.  If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

Who is their fave character and what would they like to see from me next? I know technically that’s two but… in one sentence its okay haha

10. What is your writing kryptonite?

Time! Plain and simple there aren’t enough hours in a day for me. So writing often takes a back seat.

11. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go?

I start with an Idea and a character or maybe two. The character always develops first in my head, then I let them tell the story, I may have wanted it to go one way, and it ends up in a completely different direction. But I’m a pantster for sure. Sometimes I finish a chapter and I’m like wow I didn’t see that coming.

12. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other?

My series is paranormal but set in the normal human world. That series will stand on its own, I have written contemporary more recently, and there will be no crossover.

13. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

I would say pay more attention in business class! Marketing is the worst aspect of publishing for me.

14. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

That its not an easy career choice, and I’m a small fish in a huge ocean. And you have to work your ass off to get noticed.

15.  What is a guilty pleasure?

I love coca cola. I’m addicted. I need to quit it but I have no willpower.

16. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Not really I like to see different places so we don’t tend to go to the same place more than once.

17. What’s an Item on your bucket list? 

Travel the world.

18. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it?    

Hell yeah! A Wolf!

19. What is your favorite holiday & why?

Christmas, because I love the faces of the kids on Christmas morning and I love that everyone is together.

20. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

My fave sweets to have on Halloween are haribo’s. But I’m from the Uk and think our candy is inferior in comparison to the USA. lol

 

About Harper Phoenix

I was born and bred in East Yorkshire England, and I still live in my hometown, with my husband and children.

My journey with stories began when I was just a child, I would often scribble down wherever my dreams or imagination took me.

My journey with writing stories, began much later when I became ill and housebound for a period of eighteen months. I decided I would escape real life and become immersed in a story of my creation. With the support of my husband and family my first real story was born. I would stay up night after night tapping the keys of my trusty laptop, while my husband lay sleeping beside me. I was hooked. But it wasn’t as easy as that. My story needed work. A lot of it. And it sat on my computer for some years after that. Later on I decided to embark on another journey. I went to university, where I studied Creative writing and english literature.

I then decided with a new wealth of knowledge that I would once again delve into the world that I had created. I had never forgotten the characters and would often think about what I would have liked to have done with them over the years. I had grown to love them for getting me through a very difficult period in my life, and I wanted other people to read all about them. And so I began to rewrite my book.

It wasn’t until I delved into the ‘Book world’ on facebook that I discovered the ‘Indie book world.’ It’s amazing! So many authors are now being heard publishing this way, and I can only hope that my books will leave a lasting memory for some or all of you readers too!

 

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Author Spotlight – Kitka Buchanan

 

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20 Questions with Kitka Buchanan

1. What made you decide to become an author? 

I generally write for fun for myself.  It’s a way for me to escape to my own fantasy world and be whomever I want to be…I can be fierce and strong.  I finally decided that if I was writing so much, I might as well put it out there for the world to see.

2. What is the hardest thing about writing for you? 

Finding the time to do it.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done first.

3. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? 

I usually put Supernatural on TV.  Mostly because I’ve seen all of the episodes so often that I can listen to it without feeling the need to watch it and it makes great background noise. 

4. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? 

Jim Butcher.  I want to write characters like his.  They are snarky and funny.  They are true to themselves and their emotions bleed onto the page.  You don’t just read his books, you immerse yourself into his world.

5. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

I love all my characters, but I think Natasha from Spellcasters was my favorite.  She is such a cute little pixie on the outside, but could literally rip you apart if you cross her.  I haven’t come across a character that is difficult to write yet.  Some of them have been obstinate and didn’t want to cooperate when I wanted a story to go in a certain direction.  But we always seem to work it out. 

6. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who? Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? 

I have.  My first book was written with my best friend, Kat Ries. We also wrote a sequel to that book and have a novella coming out for Christmas.  She is my favorite author to collaborate with.  However, my unicorn would probably be to write a suspense or horror novel with Jay Bonansinga.  He’s amazing.

7. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking? 

Jim Butcher.  I buy everything he writes the minute it comes out.  

8. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? 

Always keep writing.  Even during those times of writer’s block.  You may think what you put on paper is meaningless, but it may turn into something exquisite.  And it keeps your mind active and moving in the right direction.

9. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

I’d like to know what they’d like to see more or less of in my books.  I write for myself.  My books flow as I’d like to read them.  So I sometimes feel like I may miss something that someone else would like to read. 

10. What is your writing kryptonite? 

Description.  I am terrible with it.  I want to get right into the action…he did this, she did that.  But describing a room or them walking down a hallway bores me to death.  So it is very difficult for me to write, even though I realize the importance of it.

11. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go? 

I’m trying to get better about plotting them out, but I generally just write as I go.  I usually start with a plan in my head, but seldom end up on course.  The characters take me off track and lead me down paths I didn’t expect.

12. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? 

Yes.  Right now, I have two series started.  Spellcasters and Obeying the Rules.  I have other books in mind for the Spellcasters series, including individual books about various characters.  I have two other books due out for the Obeying the Rules series.  They are their own separate worlds.  But I also have a couple standalone books coming out as well.

13. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? 

Always listen to your intuition.

14. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? 

I’m stronger than I thought I was and I learned to have some faith in myself.

15. What is a guilty pleasure? 

Shhhhh….I love John Denver!  I even have a box set of his music.  I also love the Spice Girls movie.  It’s hysterical!  I wouldn’t buy one of their albums, but the movie is a riot!

16. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? 

I don’t vacation a lot, but I would go to Los Angeles in a heartbeat.  I used to live there and miss it.  And I desperately want to visit Morocco one day.

17. What’s an Item on your bucket list? 

Seeing Morocco…the food, the beautiful scenery, the music.  Everything about that country calls to me.

18. Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? 

I love animals so much that it could be just about anything.  However, I do know that rabbits seem to show up all the time around me.  They represent creativity and fertility…not just of the body, but of the mind as well.  So maybe it’s rabbits.  But my cat Cleo is my Reiki kitty.  She’s always at my side and will sit on me and purr to give me Reiki energy.

19. What is your favorite holiday & why? 

All of the holidays at the end of October…Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead.  I love them all.  Halloween is just fun.  Samhain and Day of the Dead are beautifully spiritual days to spend time honoring our departed loved ones.

20. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Sixlets and those little mini Twix bars.  Oh, and Whoppers.

 

 


 

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Author Spotlight – K. Ries

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20 Questions with K. Ries

 

1. What made you decide to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to write. A teacher encouraged me back in 5th grade. Then I wrote for a while but stopped. About 9 years ago, some friends were writing and I said, why not give it another shot.

I went on vacation with my bff and one thing led to another and we decided to publish the story we were working on.

2. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

Taking the time to actually write. I have ideas a plenty. Writing time, not so much.

3. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book?

I have to have coffee, nuts, water and a glass of soda by me when I am writing. Along with my cigarettes and my lighter. I used to love to write in bed but I can’t anymore. Favorite music to write to: Thirty Seconds To Mars or Fall Out Boy.

4. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most?

This one is tough. I look up to many people, but Author J.M Walker has inspired my inner thriller writer… she knows why 😉

5. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

Oh come on! Don’t ask me this. Now my head will be filled with arguments over who I like more. Dang it >.< As for who was the Hardest, Kendall, Wyatt and Ryder’s story so far.  It’s tragically beautiful. But I have more tragedy coming.

6. Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who? Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with?

I’ve published 2 books (soon to be 3) with my BFF I love her. And I have more co-writing projects planned. My unicorn collaboration… Hmm. Too many!

7. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

JM Walker. She is always my one-click no questions asked, I don’t even need the blurb just give me words author.

8. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Grow a thick skin, screw what everyone says is “Standard” Have a backbone, don’t forget where you’ve come from or who helped you, and most importantly : Reviews are NOT for authors so don’t Frickin read em!

9. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

Which character of mine do they feel most connected to.

10. What is your writing kryptonite?

Anything historical…and I recently found out YA! I tip my hat to all the YA authors out there. That ‘ish is hard freakin work!!

11. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go?

Plotting is a dirty word….

12. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other?

For my other works that aren’t Paranormal/Fantasy I want them to stand on their own. As for the Spellcasters Universe…well I created a world from air so…

13. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

Don’t worry about everyone else. Worry about you KAT.

14. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

People suck. And they’re all about community….until one of their own asks for help.

15. What is a guilty pleasure?

Are pleasures really guilty? Especially if you enjoy them.

16. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Madison, Wisconsin believe it or not. It’s so peaceful.

17. What’s an Item on your bucket list?

To see New Orleans.

18. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it?

The Tiger.

19. What is your favorite holiday & why?

Christmas. Because of the traditions.

20. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

I have a few. Vanilla tootsie rolls, Kit-Kat (which also happens to be my nickname) and Mini Twix bars.


 

 

Author Spotlight – Scott Clark

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20 Questoins with Scott Clark

1. What made you decide to become an author?

I’ve always had an interest in writing. I think my love of it came in my junior year of high school. One of my teachers, Ms. Saunders, wrote on an essay I turned in that I had a strong command of language. It took quite a few years of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, dropping out of college, and dead-end jobs before I realized how much I wanted to write for a living.

2. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

Taking criticism. I get defensive when a beta reader or someone makes suggestions about what does/doesn’t work. I eventually give in, though. I’m working on it.

3. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book?

Really, the only thing I can’t have is music with lyrics or a tv going. I get too distracted by what they are saying. I do most of my writing on lunch breaks or at night, when everyone else goes to sleep. No real routine or anything.

4. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most?

I think I’d have to say Stephen King. For one, I would love to make a living writing horror. There are a ridiculous number of movies based on his stories. He is a household name. That would be a dream come true for me.

5. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

I think my favorite character is probably Vincent in The Anura Incident. I don’t think I’ve really had any difficulties writing any of my characters so far.

6. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with?

I would consider it given the right circumstances. If I could write with anyone, it would probably be Phil Rossi, the author of Crescent and Harvey.

7. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking?

Again, I’d have to say Rossi. Well, him and Scott Sigler.

8. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Just do it. If you want to be a writer, just start writing. I joined a few Facebook groups of writers and picked up some good tips there. The more you write, you better you’ll get.

9. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be?

Do I scare you? Or rather, do my stories scare you?

10. What is your writing kryptonite?

The internet. I can be easily distracted.

11. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go?

I usually come up with a general idea and just start writing. I let it write itself, basically. I also get ideas for the storyline while doing other things and sometimes make short notes, but I don’t really outline or anything.

12. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other?

Both. I want people to be able to pick up any of my books and enjoy them on their own, but I also like to have little things here and there to tie them all together.

13. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be?

Write more. Get serious about it sooner.

14. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

That I need to learn more about marketing my work.

15. What is a guilty pleasure?

I don’t know if it’s exactly a guilty pleasure, but I’ve always really bad enjoyed those terrible, over-the-top, ridiculous horror movies.

16. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

I love the beach.

17. What’s an Item on your bucket list?

To buy a house out in the country, surrounded by farms and whatnot.

18. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it?

I suppose it would be a cat of some type. I need to be around people who care about me, but I also need my time to be left alone.

19. What is your favorite holiday & why?

I really like Thanksgiving for the turkey. But my favorite is Halloween. It’s the time when I can indulge in my obsession with zombies and monsters without being looked at as a freak.

20. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Anything Reese’s is always a plus.

About Scott Clark 

I’m an author who grew up in central Ohio. I had an aunt who got me into horror at a young (probably too young) age. I would like to be a full-time author, but I would most like to entertain people with something I love to do. I’ve always been kind of obsessed with zombies, even before it was cool.
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Author Spotlight – Quinn Slater

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20 Questions with Quinn Slater

  1. What made you decide to become an author? 

I needed to escape my mistakes in life. It allowed me freedom to experience the things I wanted to experience. I needed that outlet.

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing for you? 

Confidence. I really am my own worst critic. I have dozens of stories that have not been finished because I lack the confidence to do so, or I have written myself into a corner and I’m not sure how to get out.

  1. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? 

When I release a book I like to going hiking and get away from everything. Just be alone and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  1. Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? 

Probably my mentor in graduate school when I was working on my MFA. He famously told our class that I was the only student in class who could make two people fuck for three pages. We all got a great laugh. He has no idea I write under a pan name. He also called me out in class one day, saying, “Learn to use a fucking comma!”. He was awesome.

  1. Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why?

Probably Quin Slater (yes, a character named after my pen name) because he’s a guy that has experienced a number of people walking out on him in his life. People seem to overlook his damaged soul. I feel like I relate to him and his struggles.

  1. Would you consider collaborating on a book with anyone else? If so…who?  Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with?

If really depends on genre, since I write in several. Literary- Jonathan trooper, Horror-Robert McCammon, Thriller-Jonathan Kellerman

  1. Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking? 

Jonathan Trooper

  1. What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish?

Patience and thick skin. You have to understand that, like so many other parts of life, there are bad people in the business and they are more than willing to take advantage of you. Educate yourself on the business.

  1. If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? 

That’s a tough one. Maybe what they thought of my female characters?

  1. What is your writing kryptonite? 

Stresses in life. I have certain people close to me that can shut down my mood to write in only a couple of words. It’s too bad because they are close to me and there’s no way to rid myself of them

  1. Do you plot out your book or do you write as you go? 

Write as I go. I’v tried plotting it but I enjoy the discovery too much.

  1. Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? 

This is a huge issue for me. I have so many different things in my head that I have trouble writing a series.

  1. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? 

Honestly, writing was more important than the people who interfere with the writing.

  1. What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book?

No one believes in your dream more than you do. I thought family and friends would be all over my books. That wasn’t the case. And the more I published the less friendly some people became.

  1. What is a guilty pleasure? 

I’d love to do the things in my books.

  1. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? 

Hawaii was beautiful. I could live out the rest of my life there.

  1. What’s an Item on your bucket list? 

Visit Iceland. I’d also like to visit all the places I’ve read about in books.

  1. Do you have a spirit animal?  If so, what is it? 

An Eagle. I’d love to have the power of flight and fly free through the skies

  1. What is your favorite holiday & why? 

Christmas because I love to give.

  1. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?  

Wax lips J, although I’m not sure they make them anymore.