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

FORBIDDEN LOVE

Do you Love an Alpha male?

How about a Badass female?

Enjoy a sexually driven relationship with off the charts chemistry?

If you do, then Forbidden Love is the book for you!

Get your copy today!

#ShifterErotica #OneClick #FreeOnKU

🖤Blurb🖤

Devon Hathaway finally has a chance to have the life she’s always longed for.

A pack.

A family.

An alpha she’s crazy about. But she’s naïve and unsure, entering into a world she’s been shielded from her entire life.

When secrets from her past threaten to tear her world apart, can she overcome them? Can she keep her Alpha?

Jared Stone is an alpha heir. His future has already been decided, but his whole life changes when a new female comes to town.

From the moment he sees her, he wants her.

The moment he touches her, he needs her.

The moment he tastes her… all bets are off.

Jared will do anything to make her his.

Secrets can be deadly.

But so can he.

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ADVISORY:

This book is for adults 18+ only. It contains sexual content and violence.

 


COMPLICATED LOVE

#PNRromance #TheAngstisReal #FreeKU

🖤Blurb🖤

Following her abduction, Maiya’s life is turned upside down. Her only wish is that death will come calling her name soon, but instead she’s left with an addiction she can’t shake…and is stuck in a life she never even knew existed.

And then there is Brad…

When Brad is given babysitting duty, he does everything in his power to keep Maiya safe. But he didn’t bargain on what he would get in return. His world is tilted on its axis when he starts to fall for the bi**h taking over his space. And no amount of trying will make his feelings go away.

Can Love really conquer all? Or is that just a foolish sentiment?

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ADVISORY: 

This book is for adults 18+ only. It contains sexual content and violence.


FATED LOVE

#fatedLOVE #Unforgettable #CantFightFate #PNRomance #FreeKU

🖤Blurb🖤

Howard Clarke is the enforcer of the pack,

he’s second in command,

and the pack has always come first.

Until her…

Willow is new to the Stone Pack,

their chemistry is off the charts

and their feelings mutual…

Howard has given up fighting the inevitable,

realizing that he’s just fighting fate… but can it last?

Fate brought them together, but is HIS Love strong enough for the two of them?

Add to FL to your TBR

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ADVISORY: 

This book is for adults 18+ only. It contains sexual content and violence.


ALWAYS AND FOREVER

#DevonAndJared #SurprisesAwait #PNRomanceNovella #FreeKU

🖤Blurb🖤

Devon is the alpha female, mated to the man of her dreams.

With a wedding to organise, and a baby on the way, things are looking better than ever.

Everything is perfect until they get an unexpected surprise making Jared throw a wrench in the works.

Will they make it down the aisle? Or will all those best laid plans go to waste?

Add to A&F to your TBR

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ADVISORY: 

This book is for adults 18+ only. It contains sexual content and violence.


DARE TO LOVE

#TieMeUpHarrison #DarkPnrRomance

🖤Blurb🖤

Harrison has never been your average guy. He just didn’t fit the mould.

His past is behind him and now he has purpose.

A job.

And he does it well.

He lives for it and is prepared to die for it.

He’s damaged but finally accepted. He has everything he needs, or so he thought.

Grace is broken, vulnerable and on the run. Carrying a piece of her past with her, a past she’s desperate to leave behind.

But as the past and present collide she turns to Harrison for help.

Could he be the man for her?

But more importantly can she tame the wolf?

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THE STONE PACK SERIES

~What reader’s are saying~

“Harper has produced another story that holds your heart and just makes you fall in love with all the characters.” -Tracy W.

“Book 3 in the Stone Pack series proves that Harper Phoenix is just getting better and better with her storytelling.” -Sharon J.

Stone Pack Series

~Forbidden Love (Stone Pack Series # 1)

~Complicated Love (Stone Pack Series #2)

~Fated Love (Stone Pack Series #3)

~Always and Forever (A Stone Pack novella #3.5)

~Dare to Love (Stone Pack Series #4)

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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 – Robert Lee Johnston

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20 Questions with Robert Lee Johnston

1. What made you decide to become an author?

I always wrote stuff, I love sentences and used to just play with words. I love a dictionary and also for some reason phrases always stuck in my head.

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

Sacrificing every other part of my life and mind is the hardest, constantly analyzing.

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, but i only get creative at around midnight.

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

I don’t know anyone in the profession, so, Greg Shilton, because he is not in the writing business is a big part of my writing business.

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

I love some of the women i wrote, and they are the hardest for me to write,,,, cos I’m a bloke.

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

No. I am to slow and am hard to write with and don’t play well with others.

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

Henry Lawson

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

Write a lot.

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

Did you tell ya mates how good I write?

10. What is your writing kryptonite?

Working ….

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

I have to see the ending in my head then I’m fine.

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? I dislike sequels and prefer to get my book fix in one hit.

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

Write better! Be normal! Hahahaha.

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

I learned that writing is the easy part.

15. What is a guilty pleasure?

Drums

16. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Amsterdam

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

The biggest item, success

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

No, I’m just me

19. What is your favorite holiday & why?

Any holiday is a good one, the best ones are with music and mates.

20. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

I’m Australian and it really isn’t a thing here yet, but i love a Tim Tam.

Robert Lee Johnston 

Robert enjoys writing challenging, villainous characters and subjects. He loves the Australian humour, in good or poor taste, that is born from those places of darkness. It is his belief that the deeper, more painful the situation, the funnier and better Aussies become. 

Australia is a nation of fair fighters, with a proud sense of humour and humility. That combination is unique and rare and continues to inspire and supply him with many characters, brawlers, squealers, pelicans, cowards, galahs, absolute bloody champions and the down- trodden to choose from. 

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Author Spotlight – Lucy Smoke/Lucinda Dark

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20 Questions with Lucy Smoke/Lucinda Dark

 

 

  • What made you decide to become an author?

 

I’ve literally wanted to be an author since I was a child. When I figured out that acting would probably be a really hard to get into, I decided to be “safe” and go for being an author. HAHAHAHAHA BOY DID I NOT THINK THAT THROUGH. 

 

  • What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

 

I don’t know if I have something that’s “hard” to write about per se. I have one book (that’s non PNR/UF) that is partially based on real experiences (though I would argue that it’s completely fiction) and I guess putting so much of myself into a character/storyline isn’t hard, but it takes a lot out of me and it is a much longer process. 

 

  • 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. Each book and each character is different. While I do have a general writing playlist, I do end up creating playlists specifically for each series/book. I also switch back and forth between pantsing the hell out of a book and outlining to the nines. I’m really all over the place as a writer. One thing I’ve done in the past, though, that a lot of people don’t do is that I’ve outlined on my bathroom mirror with dry erase markers. 

 

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

 

That’s an incredibly difficult answer and I’m sure I’m not the only person that will say I can’t choose. There are so many people who have inspired me. There’s not really one that’s gone above others. Although, I would say that author Jex Lane is the one that (unintentionally) inspired me to self-publish. She writes UF/Fantasy M/M. I was lucky enough recently to meet her in person and I could not be more grateful to call someone as amazing and down to Earth a friend. She’s truly a wonderful person. 

 

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

 

I’m torn between favorite characters—my favorite character changes based on what I’m focusing on writing. Right now? My favorite character is Barbie Steele from my upcoming series Barbie: the Vampire Hunter (yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking). She’s sarcastic. She’s kind of a bitch. And I just love stabbing her because she’s always got some witty retort to throw my way. 

As for the “hardest” character to write. Like I said before, Idk if it’s “hard” so much as it’s draining. But that would be Love from my dark angsty contemporary, Expressionate. And the reason is because I wrote Love’s story when I was a sophomore in undergrad at the height of my depression. The following year I finally decided to seek therapy for my depression (where I was later diagnosed), but writing her story really made me see myself in an objective manner. I saw a lot of unhealthy coping mechanisms and I shaped her as I once saw myself when I rewrote it years later. I gave her the happy ending I always wanted. 

 

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

 

I would and have! Lol. I have a coauthored series with Kel Carpenter that’s dark high fantasy. The Dark Maji series. I’m also working on an RH Urban Fantasy series with Carysa Locke. But if I were to choose someone else… I’m not really sure. I still suffer from imposter syndrome, so anyone I’d choose would be someone that probably doesn’t even know I exist lol. 

 

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

 

I don’t necessarily have a favorite author, but I do have a few authors that I one-click without even reading the blurb. I love Lexi Blake and Lynsay Sands. Both write a combination of urban fantasy/PNR and contemporary. And both have great sexy times. 😉 😉 

 

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

 

Oh gosh, I’ve got a mixture of stuff I’m sure any hopeful writer/author has already heard and probably doesn’t want to hear again (but I promise, it’s the best piece of advice you could possibly follow). 

  • Finish your book. Whatever it is. Just finish it. Even if it sucks. 
  • Ignore what everyone else tells you (by that I mean, ignore what they say you SHOULD do with your book and focus on what YOU want to write). 
  • Have a plan. (I literally wish I had actually planned my releases. I wish I’d done more research) 

 

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

 

Hmmmmm. Okay, this is hard. Maybe … it’d be … “What about my books or any books in general makes you want to keep reading them?” 

 

  • What is your writing kryptonite?

 

Darkness. Even in my brightest series, there’s always a hint of darkness. Every once in a while I’ll get the urge to write a light fluffy romance, but when I try it out, I end up inserting something that’s not quite as fluffy as people expected it to be. I love sarcasm and witty characters, but I also like torturing them. Oh and I love characters that are different. Some of my MCs/FMCs are similar. But I think across the board, they’re also quite different. Some are youthful and naïve, some are hardened and tough, some are wild and free, and some are reserved and unsure. I like showcasing the differences in people. 

 

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

 

I flip back and forth. For Heart of Tartarus, my dystopian RH, I outlined book 1 to the nines and followed it almost exactly. But for many of my other books, the outline gets thrown out halfway through. Sometimes, I only outline 5 chapters ahead at a time. 

 

 

  • 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?

 

Neither? I’m not sure. I’m not planning on having all of my series connecting to each other. But I’m also not…NOT planning that, you know? #awardforvaguestanswergoesto 

 

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

 

Start earlier. Publish sooner. PLEASE for the love of GOD plan ahead. Don’t rush.

 

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

 

Ironically, the biggest lesson I’ve learned after I published my first book doesn’t necessarily have to do with writing. It has to do with the industry. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take everything in stride. There will be reviewers who hurt your feelings, readers, other authors, even family members who misunderstand you. I’ve gotten really angry at people and I’ve felt resentment for others. But others success has no bearing on my own. And vice versa.  

 

  • What is a guilty pleasure?

 

Erotic romance. *hides* I write romance. I even write sex, but I find it really hard to write romance that’s primarily about sexual aspects. I have to write a longer, more detailed plot (even if it makes me want to yank my hair out and scream). But every once in a while, I just want to sit down with a filthy book and pilfer through it and ignore the world. Whoever ends up marrying me is really in for a surprise bc as soon as I get married, I’ll be sending them screen shots of my favorite scenes and demanding we reenact them. LMFAO (okay probably not, but a girl can dream, can’t she?)

 

  • Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

 

Not yet. Let me finish traveling the world and I’ll get back to you ;-P

 

  • What’s an Item on your bucket list?

 

Get a trad deal? Have a book made into a (decent) movie? Those would be amazing. 

 

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

 

My spirit animal is Edna Mode from Disney’s The Incredibles. XDDD I don’t know, probably not her. She’s far too confident to be me. I’m incredibly random and weird. I’m also insecure as hell. #Storytime A lot of people watch my Instagram stories and at the last signing I went to, people would come up to me and tell me they loved watching me and they enjoyed my books and whereas a normal person would say “Thank you, I’m glad” my response was “Why?” Just think of the most awkward turtle in the ocean and that’s probably my spirit animal. 

 

  • What is your favorite holiday & why?

 

Other than my birthday, because let’s be real, it’s totally a holiday—HALLOWEEN. If Halloween could last all year, that’d be amazing. When I got to a writer’s retreat next year for Halloween, I’m going to wear a different costume every day for a week. 

 

  • What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

 

Alright. No one judge me. If we’re talking candy SPECIFIC to Halloween (and not like chocolate or something like that…) I love candy corn. It’s delicious sugary goodness #cannotchangemymind

 

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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.