Author Interview with Quinn Loftis

Today on the blog we are featuring Quinn Loftis, author of the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Sure! I’m 36, been married for…let’s see. It will be 17 years this December. We have 3 amazing boys. A 9yr old, 2yr old and 13 month old.

I was a nurse before I published my first book and although I enjoyed nursing. I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life.

When I learned about e-publishing and realized that the possibility of actually publishing a novel could be reality I decided to give it a go. I’d always wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember but never thought I was good enough. I don’t handle rejection well so I never submitted my work to any agents or publishers. I wrote Prince of Wolves, published it expecting to sell a few copies to my friends and family. Never expected it to take off. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

You now have 18 published books on Amazon. Congratulations! As your list of publications has grown, how have you pushed yourself to keep your writing fresh and new?

I’m constantly looking for new plot lines and new characters to bring into the plot to add depth. I love interesting characters with curves and sharp edges. I love getting in their heads. I listen to my readers when they give me ideas or their opinion and hopefully I’m giving them a little if not more of what they want.

 

What have you learned during the publication process? What has been your biggest challenge?   

It never goes smoothly, no matter how you try to iron out the kinks, or get everything just right. There will always be a bump in the road and believe me I have had some MAJOR bumps. I try not to flip out when the bumps come but I don’t always succeed. My biggest challenge is formatting. I hate formatting. There I said it. Acknowledging you have a problem if taking the first step to recovery, right? Well I have a major problem with formatting…it seems to hate me too.

 

How would you describe your writing style? What makes your work stand out?

I’m very character driven. I thrive and my writing thrives on relationships. I have over 110 characters in my Grey Wolves Series, and counting. I like to see the dynamics between relationships not just love interests, but best friends and parents and children and leader and follower. All the good bad and the ugly that make relationships work. I wrap those up into a story and hope that people can relate to the characters even if they can’t relate to the story. I think that is what makes my work stand out. My characters are dominant in the story. I have a TON of dialogue almost on every single page. I think readers have grown to really know my characters and feel like they know them.

 

What’s next for your writing career? What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book in a Viking Series that I signed on to do with Clean Teen Publishing. Very excited about it as it’s not like anything I’ve written so far.

 

You mention in your bio that you love to read. What’s one five-star book you recommend to everyone?

A Wrinkle in Time

 

How do you balance your writing career with the demands of being a mom?

It’s hard. I find that there are times when I feel guilty for writing because I haven’t spent time with my boys and yet I have deadlines that have to be met. Sometimes it’s a matter of writing when I can. That might mean late at night or on a Sunday afternoon. I try to do it all on weekday mornings until 2ish, but that doesn’t always happen. I love being an author, but I’m a wife and a mother first. There are times when I’ve just had to close the lap top and say no, you aren’t more important than my family. The books will always be there, my kids won’t. One day they will be grown and moving on to their own careers, homes, spouses and children. I don’t want to miss out on what is going on NOW. Because I can’t get it back.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

www.quinnloftisbooks.com

Twitter: @AuthQuinnLoftis

Facebook: Quinn Loftis Books

Instagram: Quinn Loftis Books

Pinterest: Quinn Loftis Books

Most active on FB and Twitter. Trying to do better on Instagram.

 

Is there anything I haven’t asked you yet that you would like to share with the Book Buddy readers?

Top 5:

Favorite candy: Peanut butter M&M’s

Favorite food: Chinese (Fried rise with sesame chicken)

Favorite dessert: Ice cream

Favorite Color: Lime green

Favorite Season: Fall and Winter tie.

 

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Author Interview with J.A. Low

Today on the blog we are catching up with J.A. Low, author of the Dirty Texas series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I live near the beach in Australia, with my wonderful husband and two little boys. I have always written and come from a family of writers, poets, creatives. I used to write screen plays for my friends and we would act them out and tape it on cassette. I was lucky enough that my script was picked up for my year 12 drama production. My teachers liked to tell me I wasn’t good enough so I kind of gave up on my writing dream after school. I headed into the travel industry and spent most of my life traveling the world, until I became pregnant with my first son and the writing bug hit me again and I couldn’t stop.

 

I love the cover for Suddenly Dirty! Who does your cover art?

My super talented friend Jemina from Booknerdfangirl, she is brilliant at being able to take what is in my head and bring it to life.

 

One of the reviewers for Suddenly Dirty wrote: “From the first page I was captivated and didn’t come up for air until the final word was written and the pages stopped turning.” How did you come up with the idea for the first book in the series?

I have been working on this idea for years but in many various different versions, but this version with rock stars would have been about 18 months ago. The story just popped into my head one day, I’m just not sure how it happened.

 

Suddenly Dirty is the first book in the Dirty Texas series. What can readers expect next?

They can expect lots of love, laughing and craziness from Derrick. I have so much planned for the Dirty Texas series as well as the spin off series for the Sons of Brooklyn, The Paradise Club and the California Bros. guys.

 

In your Goodreads bio you mention being a wife and mother. How do you balance being an author with your responsibilities at home?

I am still trying to find that balance, lucky my husband is amazing and even though my kids are little they understand if Mummy is on a deadline. My oldest is six and everyday he jumps out of the car to go to school and he wishes me luck with my book and hopes I have a great day. I want to show them that they can always follow their dreams.

 

Being an author can be tough work. What have you learned in the time since you published your first book?  What advice would you give someone just starting out?

My advice to people starting out is research, research, research and talk and become friendly with as many authors as you can, join new author groups or associations because being an author is a very lonely place sometimes as it’s just you trying to figure it all out. Most authors in the community are more than happy to help answer any questions, we love to pay it forward. I would also suggest reading heaps, I still find time to read because it helps me learn how to write better.

What I have learnt since publishing is to have thick skin and to just keep my head down and write, because social media is a very big distraction. (I still fail at this)

 

What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

Bossman by Vi Keeland, I loved this so very much it was an easy read and I had a smile on my face the whole time.

What I am looking forward to is more from Vi Keeland, the last installment of the Royals by Erin watt, Neighbours by Stylo Fontome, Max Monroe the rest of the Billionaire series, anything Tessa Bailey. I am trying to think who else is on my list I am waiting for…. I am a one click addict.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

You can find me on FB: www.facebook.com/jalowbooks or you can join my fan group where I am most active which is https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682783088643205/

I post a lot on Instagram as well. www.instagram.com/jalowbooks

 

Any parting words for our readers?

Take a chance one a new author they might surprise you.

 

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Author Interview with Giana Darling

Today on the blog we have Giana Darling, author of The Evolution of Sin series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I have been writing every day since I was in fourth grade and my teacher assigned us a creative writing assignment for Hallow. I wrote a story about kids going into a haunted house, losing their memory of the night and waking up the next morning as various mythical creatures (I’ve always had a thing for vampires). Since that day, I have written across many different genres but it wasn’t until I stumbled over Giselle and Sinclair’s love story, and Giselle family as a whole, that I knew I needed to take the plunge and publish my first book.

 

You mention on your blog that The Secret gets at the crux of your motivation for The Evolution of Sin series. Can you tell us a little bit more about that inspiration? How did you come up with this storyline? Why did you need to get this series down on paper?

It essentially boils down to my belief that all love is difficult and all the more beautiful for it. People talk about ‘timing’ and too many obstacles but in my experience, if you love something there really is nothing that can eviscerate it. The kind of love that takes your heart by storm is beautifully rare and it shouldn’t be taken for granted, no matter the consequences.
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Being an author can be tough work. What pushes you to keep writing? Was it more challenging to write the second book in the series?

Honestly, I just finished writing the third and final book in the series, The Consequence, and that was by far the most difficult to write because I had to find a way to neatly and poetically say goodbye to characters that both myself and the readers have invested so much time and emotional energy in. The Secret was basically a breeze to write because it explored my original idea for the series as a whole.

Writing in general isn’t a chore though. If I don’t write every day, I feel physically unfit as if I haven’t taken my vitamins or had enough water to drink. My life is incredibly busy as I also own a pie company and am doing my postgraduate work but I can always find a few minutes to write even if it is on the corner of a pie box!

 

One reviewer wrote, “I LOVE THIS SERIES!! … But I think each one of these characters needs a book…” How many books can readers expect in the series? Do you have any books planned where the other characters take the lead?

I love that the readers are interested in Giselle’s family members because I’ve always planned to write Sebastian, Cosima, Elena and Cage’s love stories as well. It surprises me how involved people are in even the more tertiary character’s lives so I have also been toying with the idea of a few novellas too.

How is The Evolution of Sin series different from other romance novels? What makes it stand out?

I think romance novels generally steer clear of portraying the hero or heroine as confused, flawed or even morally wrong. Traditionally, heroine’s are supposed to be sweet and innocent, the hero ‘bad’ but only in superficial ways that makes them hotter. Authors are beginning to delve more into the underbelly of romance and sex and I love it! The Evolution Of Sin Trilogy is about a couple who find themselves deliberately lying and betraying both themselves and the people in their lives because of their taboo love. They make stupid choices, give in to temptation and could even be considered selfish and amoral. What makes Giselle and Sinclair beautiful and unique though is their growth as individuals across the series and how they learn from their mistakes (hence the trilogy name, The Evolution Of Sin 😉

 

The book cover for The Secret is hot, hot, hot!! What level of steam can readers expect? And who designed that awesome cover?

The trilogy is definitely erotic, particularly the first book as it explores a seven day no-strings-attached affair. My enigmatic Frenchman, Sinclair, is ‘hot, hot, hot’ so I needed a cover to match his steaminess and the incredible Najla Qamber from Najla Qamber Designs created the perfect cover for him!

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Your author bio mentions extensive travel. Where have you been lately? Any trips planned to celebrate the release of The Secret?

I just returned from a quick trip to Hawaii to soak in the sun and float in the salty blue waves. It reminded me of my trip to Cabo San Lucas when I was inspired to write Giselle and Sinclair’s holiday affair there, which was fitting because I was just finishing up the last book in their story. I have plans to visit Costa Rica at Christmas too because I always need to have a trip on the horizon or I get itchy feet!

What have you read lately that knocked your socks off? What’s coming up on your TBR?

I am full blown in love with Marianna Zapata and her slow burn romances. I just finished Lingus, which was her first book and the last one I read by her. I literally reccomend her books to anyone who will listen. Alessandra Torre is also my idol and she has been so kind as to give me advice throughout my entire journey as an author thus far so when her newest book, Moonshot, released two weeks ago, I read it in under four hours! Next up is Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy because somehow I haven’t read that series by her yet!

 

Where can readers find out more about you or The Evolution of Sin series?

Website: gianadarling.com

Blog: gianadarling.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gianadarling/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GianaDarling  |  @GianaDarling

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14901102.Giana_Darling

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BR0QFI2

IG: https://www.instagram.com/gianadarlingauthor/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/b0qnPr

 

Any parting words for our readers?

The Consequence (The Evolution Of Sin #3) released on September 8th. Also, I post fun things on Facebook for cover reveals and releases so make sure to head over and give me a like ❤
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Author Interview with D.B. Kennison

Today on the blog we are featuring D.B. Kennison, author of Still Life.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Having published my debut novel only a year ago, I’m a total newbie at the author thing. I started writing in ‘08 when the economy tanked and I suddenly had time on my hands. Over the next six years I worked to develop a sense of what this writing thing was all about, taking classes along the way, and then putting what I learned into practice on my story. Now I’m addicted to story telling.

 

One reviewer for Still Life wrote, “I don’t usually read cop and private detective stories, but WOW this one really broke out of the mold for that genre.” How did you come up with the idea for Still Life?

I grew up in Denver and later moved to a small Midwest town. Life here is vastly different from the big city. Everyone knows everyone and your business is not your own. So I thought…what if a murder took place in a small town and the detective in charge is from the city. The ametuer slueth who gets caught up in the mystery is making headway faster than the cops because she’s got the scoop via her community grapevine. At every turn the detective and she butt heads and fight mutual attraction. Viola, the story began.

 

Can readers expect more books in the Randi Lassiter series? What are you working on now?

Yes, there will definitely be more books in the series!  In fact, I’m just finishing a re-write of book two called THE DARK SIDE. From there, I’m already penning book one in a separate series featuring the FBI  crime analyst that appears in STILL LIFE. She’s a bit more hard-boiled and the series will be stronger in the suspense/thriller arena. I am so excited with this first storyline in the Becca Howell Series and I can’t wait to start writing it!

 

What will you do differently when publishing your next book? What worked well the first time?

Back in February my publisher announced a winding down and impending closure. It was sad and sent numerous authors into a tail spin (me included). I asked for my rights back on #2 and will be Indie publishing the rest of the series. With the new spin-off series I’ll try querying agents to see if I can get a bigger publisher to pick up the books and just go from there.

While it was a hair plucking exercise to prepare queries, it worked well for me the first time and I have to start somewherel. Writing and publishing is such an adventure and I’ve learned to just go with the flow, take it a day at a time.

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What would you say is one of your biggest writing challenges? Biggest source of success?

The biggest writing challenge I have is finding a balance between writing and everything else. I have a family. I have a day job. It’s hard to make it all work effortlessly when I’m neck deep in a story and I have to give it up for something else. All though the story is never far from my thoughts It’s hard for me to pick up where I left off.

The biggest source of any success I’ve had is the encouragement and support of my husband, close friends, and my street team. Writing is a journey of ups and downs, a roller coaster ride of celebrations one minute and a plummet into self-doubt the next. I’ve been lucky to have superb cheerleaders to rally me back into action.

You mention in your bio that you live in Wisconsin. When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?

I love doing anything creative. I make jewelry, sculpt, paint, woodwork, quilt, garden, and just about anything else that inspires me. My creative mind is hard to shut off, which is why it’s better when I’m writing. The voices in my head are more at peace *wink.

 

What have you read lately that knocked your socks off? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

I recently finished reading THE GIRL IN THE MAZE by R.K. Jackson. It’s a psychological thriller set in a Southern coastal town. There was an unexpected twist in the middle that caught me off guard and made it a memorable read. My TBR list is massive so it’s always hard to choose a new read.  I’m tempted to start Katherine Ramsland’s CONFESSION OF A SERIAL KILLER. It’s the untold story of Dennis Rader–the BTK killer. The multi-published Ramsland has spent a lifetime learning about the psychopathy of a killer and this case study will be homework for my first book in the Becca Howell Series. But…I’m also toying with starting a Lisa Unger book–INK AND BONE.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I’m probably most active on Facebook. Here are my links:

blog: whispersintheair.com    website: dbkennison.com      

twitter: @dbkennison             Facebook: DBKennison

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Author Interview with Claudia Connor

Today on the blog we are featuring Claudia Conner, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The McKinney Brothers series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi there. Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to be here.

Okay, my background as an author is that I have no background. Really. I’ve always been a big reader, but I was never interested in writing, never thought I was particular good at. In fact, before my first book, I’d never written so much as a short story. BUT, I’ve always made up stories in my head, I see them like movies, I just never considered writing them down because I didn’t see myself as a writer. I mentioned this to a friend, thinking everyone made up stories, not true I found out, and she encouraged me to try. That was four years before my first book was published.

 

One reviewer wrote, “This debut mixes passion and compassion in a contemporary story that has emotional depth.” How did you come up with the idea for The McKinney Brothers series?

Matt and Abby and all the kids lived in my head for years! Like maybe seven years before I began trying to write down their story. It started small and grew with the emotional scenes coming first and the rest filling in. It grew until I spent almost more time with them in my head than I did in the real world. They got louder, the conversations more exact. There were many nights I cried myself to sleep so deep in Abby’s head, during that scene…I don’t to ruin it but…if you’ve read Worth The Fall you that scene.

 

The third book in the series released in April, 2016. Can we expect more from the McKinney Brothers? What are you working on now?

I’m almost finished with the first in a spin off series, The Walker Brothers. These were the super swoony men who raised the heroine in book two of the McKinney Brothers. The series will begin with Nick and Mia, whose story was originally included in Worth The Risk, but my editor and I decided they deserved their own book. I love them and I’m so glad their story is getting justice. Can’t wait for you to read it!

 

I love that you have a playlist to accompany Worth the Fall! Do you listen to music when you write?

Thank you! Music does aften spark a story line or at least a scene, but, no. I do not listen to music when I write. Ever. Chances are I know the words and if I know the words my brain can’t help but sing along and I can’t sing words and write other words at the same time. I’m amazed by people who can.

 

What would you say is one of your biggest writing challenges? Biggest source of success?

My biggest challenge is making decisions. I see scenes in so many different ways, different points of view, different settings, that I often create a mess of pieces to sort out. LOL My process is ugly. My greatest success is probably just finishing the book. The last book in particular was it was extremely difficult, so that was a huge win for me.

 

You mention in your bio that you went to Auburn University. Are you a big football fan? 🙂

Huge. HUGE. I grew up in Alabama and if you know anything about college football, you know that one of the biggest rivals, if not THE biggest rival, in the coutry is between Auburn and Alabama. Serious, serious business down here. You did not say R*LL   T*DE  in my house. My dad was dead serious. He once sent home one of my friends who thought he was joking. Both of my parents went to Auburn, my husband and I went to Auburn, and we have a daughter there now. :))) WAR EAGLE!

 

How did you end up in England for your studies? Will you ever draw on that time for one of your books?

One of my gradate professors had worked with the headmaster of a picturesque school in a little town in Sawbridgeworth. Highwych. Look it up if you’re interested in that kind of thing. The things they do there are INCREDIBLE. SO different than public school in America. I might draw from my travels for a book some day. I’ve traveled around Europe several times and there is a new adult story simmering in my mind right now.  🙂

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I have a new website that I’m excited about. That’s a great place to find information. I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram. I love pictures. I have a Facebook Page and also a Facebook private group.

Oh! Almost fogot!! Beginning in January, Newsletter Subscribers will receive Matt and Abby short stories each and every month! REALLY excited about these. So please, go sign up. You can never have too much Matt in your life! You’ll also get deleted scenes and release news.

 

Are there any questions I haven’t asked you yet that you’d like to share with the Book Buddy readers?

Um…have you read The Bronze Horseman? Or seen Gladiator with Russel Crow? I encourage everyone I meet to do those two things. LOL I’m very bossy.

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INTERVIEW WITH MARY ANNE EDWARDS

 

Today on the blog we are featuring Mary Anne Edwards, author of the Charlie McClung series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I am honored and thrilled to be here. Thank you so much! I’m married, 35 years and counting, to a wonderful man. He is the reason I became an author. I would read a book and say, ‘I could have written this book but better.’ My husband finally told me to just do it. I started off writing short stories and had a few of them published. Yes, I got paid for my stories! That gave me the courage to write a novel.

 

You seem to be very active in the writing community. How did you get involved in the different organizations you participate in?

I got involved with the special needs years ago. My heart has been with the community since I was in grammar school. Those who have read Brilliant Disguise will get a glimpse of how I got involved with the special needs. Yes, the school bus incident is loosely based on a true story. In high school, I was a teacher’s aide in a special needs class and I was a Sunday school teacher in the special needs class. Because of my work and my love for them, I was asked to be on the board of Rockdale Cares. I became member of Sisters in Crime about four years ago after we moved from my hometown and I retired early to write full time. I read a little blurb about Sisters in Crime in the local paper and decided to check them out. They welcomed me like a long lost sister. Great group of ladies and men!

 

I love the covers for your books. Who does your cover art? Do you design the general concept or give the cover artist free reign?

Thank you! The first two covers were designed by Jasmin Woodworth. The first and only covers designed by her. Brilliant Disguise won an Honorable Mention in the InD’tale Magazine Rone Cover Awards. Criminal Kind was designed by Michael James Canales and Sins of My Youth was designed by Theo Wasserberg. I give the designers a general concept, but with permission to go wild.

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You wrote on your website that your first manuscript was tabled so you could work on the Charlie McClung series. How did you come up with the idea for Charlie’s story?  

The storyline for Brilliant Disguise is based loosely on a true family situation. I got my inspiration for the other books from Tom Petty songs. The characters are my Frankenstein-like creations. They are based on people I know. I take a little bit of this person and a little bit of that person, and then stitch them together with my warped imagination.

 

You’ve now written and published four books in the series. What have you learned along the way? What advice would you give someone just starting out as an author?

I learned that I should have been marketing my books BEFORE I published the first one. I didn’t even have a website when the first one was released. So my advice would be, get a website and all your social media platforms in place, network with bloggers, readers, and reviewers before you release your book. You need to hit the ground running with your first release.

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What can you tell us about your next book in the series? How will it carry the storyline forward?

The timeline for the next book, Flirting With Time, picks up two weeks after Sins of My Youth ends. Flirting With Time will reveal who is the paper heart stalker.

 

What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

I love The Davis Way Crime Capers by Gretchen Archer. They wow me and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series. I have so many books on my TBR list. This past year has been difficult and has left me with little time to read. The next one up is a book one of my readers sent to me, The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I have a website, http://www.MaryAnneEdwards.com and an Amazon Author’s Page. I’m most active on Facebook and Twitter.

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Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like to share with our readers?

I love hearing from my readers and getting to know them. Drop me a line. I will answer your email. Also, I have a street team, Charlie’s Angels. My Angels are the best, very hard workers. They are my extended family, a tremendous support system.

 

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Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure.

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Author Interview with Martine Lewis

Today on the blog we are featuring Martine Lewis, author of Crossing the Barrier – book one in The Gray Eyes Series!

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I start writing when I was eleven years old, and have written on and off ever since. I wrote mostly fanfictions and some bad originals when I was younger, mostly inspired by people I knew. Fanfiction was a good way to hone my skill and when I tackled the writing of my own original fiction, I was ready.

Now, I write original fictions with no end in sight.

On a more personal note, I am an avid roller skater, I love the beach, and I adore cats. I also work as a Planner/Scheduler to maintain my writing “addiction”  🙂 

I saw on Twitter you are working on editing feedback for book two!! What can you tell us about it?

Yes, book two is actually almost completed. It went through proofread in June then formatting in July, run the proofs and we should be ready for the September 20, 2016 release. I am very excited about it. 

And I just finished the blurb! So here is an exclusivity, just for your readers!!!

A girl stuck in her father’s mold.

Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.

A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.

Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.

 Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?

While the characters are new in this book, all the books are related, never fear. And of course, I am planning on having a lot of content on the internet for readers, including deleted scenes, new short stories, character bio and the likes. It’s still under construction but I want to get there no later than Christmas 2016.

You describe your work as contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist. What’s makes your work different from others in the same genre?

I have empaths. That’s the twist. My empaths deal with real life situations in a school setting (for most of them) and they have to go through life knowing (or believing) no-one else is like them. They discover love, they have adversity, they are growing up, and it’s painful. But after all, these books are also romance so you have to have a happy ending.

While some series take two characters and drag them through the entire series of books, I have decided to go the Tammy Faulkner way: take a group of characters with something in common and each book covers two characters. But don’t worry, the website will contain plenty of extra content for the characters that were in the previous books.

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On your blog you mention starting off writing bandfiction and fanfiction. Do you still write fanfic?

Unfortunately, not at this time. I do not have time as I spend all of it writing original fiction. My goal is to have 12 books out by 2020 (two series in the same universe)

And because you write Harry Potter fanfiction, I have to ask. Which book is your favorite???

Order of the Phoenix! Oh, yes, absolutely!

The blurb for Crossing the Barrier is very unique. Where did you get the idea for the series?

Believe it or not, the entire series, and my universe for that matter, was inspired by the first 20 minutes of the TV show Roswell. And no, I do not have aliens in my books. It’s another dimension of the show that inspired the books.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Are you inspired by any other authors’ work?

Mostly TV. When I write my own originals, I am not particularly inspired by other authors. However, I did take Tammy Faulkner‘s idea of having each title cover different couples.

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What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

Cambria Hebert #hashtag series is a total 6 stars out of 5 for me. I read her series three times in less than a year. I completely love it. And her next book in that same universe came out on June 3! This one is definitely on my TBR.

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I’m definitely the most active on Facebook, both on my profile and page.

Page is: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor

I also do some twitter at www.twitter.com/authormartine and a little bit of Instagram at www.instagram.com/martinelewisauthor

I try to keep my blog up to date but I’m very bad at it… but here is my website anyway www.martinelewisauthor.com

And of course, stay tune on the website as the new content will be posted there.

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you for being part of this great community of readers and thank you for buying books. Without you, we wouldn’t be successful 🙂

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

No problem! It’s my pleasure 🙂 

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Interview with Chick Lit Author Hilary Grossman

Today on the blog we have author Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea and Dangled Carat.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi!  Thank you so much for “inviting me” over.  As far back as I can remember I always loved to write and to read. Over the years I started writing many books but always ended up abandoning them.  Then six years ago I read Jen Lancaster’s book, Bitter is the New Black. I’m embarrassed to admit before reading it I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was.  But the book motivated me to stop dreaming about writing and actually start writing. I launched my blog, Feeling Beachie, just days after finishing the book.  Then about six month’s later I started to write Dangled Carat.

What have you learned from the publishing process? Were any aspects easier than you thought? More challenging?

The biggest lesson I have learned from the publishing process is you have to develop a thick skin (something I don’t really have).  Not everyone will love your work. Some people will be downright mean about it, and there is a lot of rejection in the business.  But there is also a lot of love and support. I have been blown away by how much other authors are willing to help a newbie out. I have developed so many friendships with other authors, bloggers, and readers.

The biggest challenge I find is figuring out how to market your work to reach new readers. It is funny, writing the book is way easier then trying to sell it. The part that I found easiest is being social and “talking” to others on social media.

Plan Bea released in October 2015 and has been getting great reviews. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I am about halfway finished with the sequel of Plan Bea – Plan Cee.  This book is story of Anna’s best friend Cecelia.  Twenty years have passed since she last saw Keith, the love of her life.  She is now married with twin boys and she must decide if she should abandon her future for a second change with her past….

Your bio mentions that by day you work in the booze biz. Sounds fun! What can you tell us about that? How do you balance your day job with your writing career?

Unfortunately my day job sounds much more glamorous then it really is (although I do get to do some tasting at work). I am the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and distributor. It is a very high pressure and high stress position.  I find my writing balances my two worlds and helps tame the stress.  But since I work very long hours I only am able to write early mornings or on the weekends.

One reviewer for Plan Bea wrote: It is a very real story with very identifiable characters that we all have known. How did you get the idea for Plan Bea? From where do you draw inspiration?

One of my neighbors, who I was very close with, passed away a few years ago.  Soon after her husband started to date another woman.  And pretty much immediately thereafter they got married. Initially it was hard for me to see him with another woman so soon, but the more time I spent with the couple the more I saw how happy they both were. I also saw a lot of positive changes in him.  It got me thinking how powerful love is and how a second chance romance can really change a person.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I wish readers knew how much their comments mean to me.  Nothing makes me happier then reading a review where someone enjoyed one of my books. I also love to connect with readers and chat with them.  So many times the conversations move away from books towards real life. So many women have reached out to me after reading Dangled Carat to discuss their own commitment phobic men or ask for advice.

Just for fun — favorite spicy food? 🙂

Hard one! That is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.  I had to go to India this fall for work and I was able to keep up with all the locals.  The colleagues I was working with loved watching me eat all the spicy foods.

But if I had to pick one I would go with linguine with shrimp in a fra diavlo sauce.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

I am most active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts) , Twitter (@feelingbeachie) and my blog (www.feelingbeachie.com

As evidenced by Dangled Carat, my real life chick lit story, I’m an open book 🙂 

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you so much for reading this interview!   I’d love to connect…

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Interview with NYT Bestselling Author Eve Langlais!

Today on the blog we have romance author Eve Langlais. Her second book Gators Challenge released June 1, 2016!

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I am a Canadian wife and mother who began writing in her mid thirties because my husband dared me. I was finding myself very unsatisfied with some stories and he told me to write my own if I thought I could do better. I accepted his challenge! lol. Once I started, I couldn’t stop, and now more than 80 books later I thank him daily for having set me on this wonderful path.

How did your writing process change when you were writing Gator’s Challenge as compared to Reader Abduction? What aspects were easier? More challenging?

Each series has its own joys and challenges. With Gator’s Challenge, I had an over reaching storyline that spanned all the books in the Bitten Point series. In the final story I had to ensure that a resolution to all the threads happened as well as give the couple their happily ever after. Given the dark subject matter it became tricky to keep the lightness and humor that I’m known for. In direct contrast, writing Reader Abduction was a breeze. In that series it’s all about the comedy and over the top heroes from outer space. I find writing in my Alien Abduction world is a refreshing palate cleanser in between projects that might have darker subject matter.

What’s next for you afterGator’s Challenge releases?

Since I write hardcore Monday to Friday, I pretty much have a release a month. Some notable upcoming releases would be the new Lion’s Pride book coming in July, When A Lioness Snarls. I am personally very giddy about a new sci-fi epic adventure I’ve got releasing in August. The Space Gypsy Chronicles starts with Pirate. I’m working on the third book in that series currently. And then in September, my second anthology with St Martin’s Press releases. WILD is a massive book with 3 shapeshifter stories to tempt the paranormal lovers out there.

Your blog mentions that you are also a stay at home mom. What are your strategies for making time to write when you have the demands of being a wife and mother?

It’s easier now that all three kids are in school full time, but even with them around, I have learned to ignore the distractions and get the writing done.  With years of training, my children have gotten pretty good about ensuring mommy has her quiet time to work. And when they’re not so quiet and the words can’t flow then I chalk it up to real life.

Your blog also mentions “I’m writing romance, my way.” What makes your books different? How do you stand out as an author?

 I’m writing the stories the way the character wants them told. Sometimes that means heroines that aren’t perfect. They might be a little bitchy, or snarky and very rarely are they virgins. As for my heroes, they’re men’s men who like to cuss, and sometimes do things that aren’t quite heroic. I like their imperfections, which is why you’ll often find me playing with the bad guys. In my world, everyone should have a happily ever after. Another difference is I enjoy the challenge of making the non-sexy, sexy. LOL . A certain ornery moose and a snake shifter with a little Chihuahua come to mind. And then there’s Lucifer, the bad ass demon readers can’t help but love.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I’m a generally good humored, if potty mouthed person. I try to let that side of me shine in my work. I’m also intensely private about my work in progress. I only in the last year started running drafts by a beta reader of mine. I find it difficult to share while it’s in progress because I hate all my stories as I’m writing them lol. But then, once it’s all over and I send it to my editors, by the time it comes back to me, I’m in a better place with it.

You mention loving to read (don’t we all!!) – what’s been a five-star read for you lately? Who are your go-to authors you love to read?

I love, love, LOVE Darynda Jones and her Grave series. The world building and vivid character of the heroine never fail to enthrall me.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

My website is the best place to see a full listing of my books and to also read excerpts/see covers (www.Evelanglais.com)

 If you want to chat with me, then I am very active on Facebook at  bit.ly/faceevel

Any parting words for our readers?

Happy reading. May you snort your beverage out because the humor is so awesome.

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Author Interview with Angelica Kate

Today on the blog we have author Angelica Kate. Her latest novel Parallel Lives released April 2, 2016.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I am a busy working mom that has always written in journals, letters and books. A couple years ago I had a friend that had written all her life also but was starting to explore getting her book of short stories published, a lifetime goal for her, but she died unexpectedly before doing so and became the catalyst for me not having a similar regret. Four months after her passing I published my first book Loving Abby with a dedication straight from her mouth. I started with several already completed works that I had in files, and then grew the collection from there as an indie author.

You have over 20 books listed on Amazon. What’s your secret to success? How do you stay motivated to write?

I absolutely love to write, and I find that every news story or personal blog I read gives me fodder for my writing. Many of my stories are about contemporary issues such as foster care, cancer, domestic violence and the like but told from the victim’s perspective. I love to tell a great coming back from the edge story of perseverance, love and redemption. Writing provides an escape for me from the daily grind of my 9 to 5 job as an Inventory Manager and so I write nearly every day in some form.

What’s next for you as a writer? What are you working on now?

I am working on a new novel length book, whereas many of my stories are novella short stories. This one is about a young girl that witnesses the murder of her mother and becomes a selective mute tuning out the world around her until she meets a woman that has experienced a similar loss. These two broken souls bring each other comfort and a kind of camaraderie neither found elsewhere, and in the process both get a new lease on life. Out of Solitude is the name of it, and I’m very excited to see that one come to fruition ad get feedback, once published, from the readers.

What inspired you to write the Aging Out series?

We were foster parents for a number of years back in Oklahoma and continue to remain involved in numerous charities supporting this vital service by so many of raising other people’s children. The stories of the children we took care of were heartbreaking and yet so many of them were finding ways to rise above their history and do great things like graduate high school, college, and giving back in the community. In our home town a community had been started of homes for foster families much like that depicted in the series to allow community, family and support to the fearless families that took in foster children and provided them a second chance. I wanted this story to be told, not just of the dark side of this broken system, but the of the children that rise above their lot in life and the families they build in the non-traditional manner that this system brings to bear upon them.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I lived in a personal situation that was not ideal as a child, having a schizophrenic father that was abusive and many role models that were anything but for a child of growing up. I feel for the victim in every story, and want their stories, triumphs, loves and inspirations to come through in the stories I tell. I never want people to pick up the newspaper tomorrow and give more consideration to the monster being put forward, but consider the victim that will get up today and start over. If you know someone that needs a helping hand, be that for them and as a community we can change the world one tiny gesture at a time. That is what I hope they get from my stories is inspiration to get involved and look at everyone as the potential they hold not as the story that is told about them.

What’s the verdict – did your move to Sarasota increase your creativity? J

It definitely has increased the creativity by making such a drastic life change. You have to start over, build new relationships, find new places to worship, go to school, shop and meet new faces every day. For an author this is a smorgasbord of writing material and rips us out of the rut that life places us in when we do the same thing time and again. Besides going from the landlocked mid-west to this coast and so much water, politically, socially and in every way possible the viewpoints are different which causes you to look at things in a new perspective. I find my writing renewed and changed due to the move, and it was definitely a wonderful a catalyst for my writing.

What books are up next for you on your TBR list? Is there anything out now you can’t wait to read?

Wow, this list is expansive as I have over hundreds of waiting books on my Goodreads list of wanting to read. I love supporting indie authors and try to read books by individuals such as myself following their passion and maybe not popular by bestselling standards. I love paranormal, romance and inspirational style books and read about a book every other day or so making me a voracious reader.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

I am always on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. I love reading as much as writing and am always posting reviews, feedback for other indie authors as well as trolling for my next great read. Additionally, I respond to every email and post directed to me for information which has helped me connect with other readings my books in ways I hadn’t expected.

Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you want to share with the Book Buddy readers?

NO this is a pretty exhaustive list. I appreciate this opportunity to share a little about my books and myself with your readers. Thank you!

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