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Interview with Morgan K. Wyatt
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Regina

Let's give a warm welcome to Morgan K. Wyatt who is in the hot seat today! Thanks so much for being with us today, Morgan, I can't wait to hear more about you and your books. :-)

You mention superheroes in your bio, who is your favorite superhero? What do you think of all the new superhero movies coming out?

I always loved Wonder Woman because she was a strong woman and charted her own path.

I enjoy anything with Thor in it, but find his somewhat evil brother strangely attractive.

Which authors inspire you the most and why?

As a teen, I read a lot Victoria Holt and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Both authors combined menace and a touch of darkness. Ironically, none of my books reflects this.  James Herriot may have influenced me more with his ordinary people and endless animals.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

Time. I spent a lot of time waiting for an editor to release my book back to me. (Talking years here.) I also spent equal amount of time with an agent who never returned my calls and went quietly out of business without notifying me.

What advice do you have for newbie authors trying to get published?

Write at least 1000 words every day. Keep writing, even when rejected. All that said; occasionally give yourself permission to hang out with family and friends without writer guilt. Keep reading. It’s important to see what is out there and to keep up with trends.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am a Jackie Chan movie fan. I have a Pinterest issue too. It’s like hoarding without any of the clutter.

Which character of all your characters has been your favorite to write about?
Jackson from Unexpected Cougar is a favorite because my husband helped me co-write the story and did Jackson’s dialogue and character.

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Josie, from Act Your Age, which is my current WIP. The story starts with her being depressed about turning forty. Her life takes a sudden nosedive with her husband leaving her, but she takes the bad and reinvents herself. It takes a resilient woman to do that. There’s romance and humor in her future too.

What do you love most about saving money and being frugal?

My grandmother grew up during the Depression and knew many ways to save money. I took her hints and added my own. My daughter used to joke that we didn’t have any groceries without the orange manager special sticker.
I like to share my thrifty ways on http://thefrugaldivatellsall.blogspot.com/.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Other people’s blogs/website. Sites like yours. Some people think the blog is dead, but I’ve had huge responses guest blogging, especially in other countries too. Most people would love to have someone guest blog. I know I do.

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I recently returned from Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together. It’s $100 for authors and $50 for readers, but that covers meals and parties. Authors get a chance to interact with readers. It’s a lot of fun too.

Looking for something cheaper, I’d go with a blog hop. The author can give away a couple of books. Sometimes, all the participants might put in ten dollars for a grand prize.

Love Or Deception Blurb:

Amy awakes to find her husband Mark missing, along with her memories. Her recollections of Mark include a whirlwind courtship and a beach wedding. Amy is determined to uncover what happened to her husband. How could a man who loved her so intensely just walk away?

The police have no interest in finding Mark. They reason he wasn't ready for marriage and he walked.

Ryan, a close friend and co-worker, assists her in piecing together her missing memories. As the pair work together, they find that Amy's actual past reveals a scenario that is so horrifying that it forces them on the run, not knowing whom they can trust.

Will Amy's newly recalled memories prove fatal to both her and Ryan.

 

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Interview with Author Lucy Felthouse
Sep 5th, 2014 by Regina

 

 

What is your favorite kind of chocolate (we think every kind of chocolate is the best LOL)?

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – I love it!

What do you like most about creating websites?

I’m a creative person—so writing makes sense for me, as does creating websites and knitting. It’s great to have a finished product at the end of it.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

I wouldn’t change anything. I’m not saying my career so far has been perfect, but things that have gone wrong, mistakes I’ve made are things I’ve learned from. So hopefully it’s all made me wiser and more cautious going forward.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

My ideas come from absolutely anywhere and everywhere. People, places, overheard conversations… the list goes on. I have an awful lot of muses—this is where my love of hot male celebrities comes in handy. At the moment I’m rather inspired by Tom Hiddleston.

Who are your top 5 most loved erotica authors?

Portia Da Costa, Saskia Walker, Janine Ashbless, Sommer Marsden and my fellow Brit Babes.

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

I really loved writing Alice Brown from Stately Pleasures. Part of that is down to the fact that it was my first novel, and part of it is down to the character herself. She’s just a normal girl, bigger than average but mostly happy in her own skin. Then these two gorgeous guys give her a sexy ultimatum… what’s not to like?

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

That would be Alice, because of the reasons above!

What do you like most about writing Sapphic erotica?

I love variety—so writing different genres and pairings keeps me interested and on my toes. I started writing lesbian stuff just to see if I could, but I find I enjoy it. It can be tough at times, especially trying to keep body parts in the right places, but I like how different it is to write a story with bodies with dips and curves, and soft places. Equally, I like writing gay stuff because penning naughty books with lots of angles and hard places is great, too!

What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

To read lots in my chosen genre—and I always pass that on to any newbies that ask for advice. It applies across all types of writing and makes perfect sense.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Social media—love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Readers are already on social media, so get out there, find them and show off your fantastic books!

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

Blog tours. They’re a great way to really engage with your audience. There are lots of ways to do this, of course, but I find blog tours, depending on the types of post you write, to be very personal and unique, and hopefully the stuff you write about will really draw readers in and make them want to buy your books.

 

Thanks so much for having me!

Thanks so much for talking with us, Lucy! :-)

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Interview with Author Joyce Humphrey Cares
Sep 3rd, 2014 by Regina

Why time travel? What intrigues you about the idea of being able to travel through time and experience the past or future?

I love history. So this is my way to go back in time and learn about how things were.  My first book Beyond the Mist is about a woman who travel to France and meets a ghost, who wants her to help with something that happened during the French Revolution. So the story goes back and forth from today and the eighteenth century.

What do you do with the doll houses you build and decorate once they’re finished? What do you enjoy most about building and decorating doll houses?

I haven’t completely finished the three I have started. It’s a long process. I like to decorate, so this way I am able to do it with a small investment.  I will probably give them to my daughter-in-law.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

I would start earlier. I would not change anything. SCP is the best publishing Company. Everyone is wonderful to work with.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

I try to travel every year. I look back into the history of the country I visit, then invent a story in the time period that interests me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

The heroine in Degrees of Wickedness.  Her life is the one I wish I had had.

If you could meet one of your female characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Same as above

If you could meet one of your male lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Quinn in the novel I’m writing now. It takes place in Ireland.  He had blue eyes and black hair, just the type of male I dream about.

What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

Keep writing.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Have book marks, post cards, magnets to give out to people. 

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I do very well at craft fairs and the fees aren’t very high.

 

Blurb:

Vicky Amari, an attractive and spirited FBI agent, has no idea her life will change when she visits Italy on vacation. Her first evening in Rome, she meets Tony Vega, a handsome and charming detective with the Italian National Police. She tags along when he is called to the scene of a murder at the Colosseum. When she comes back in the morning to search for clues, she is pulled into the first century. As she returns to 2013, she is followed by a gladiator, who helps her with her investigation.

Intrigued with Vicky, Tony enlists their help in solving the murder and its connection to stolen Etruscan artifacts and drug smuggling in Tuscany.

As Tony and Vicky explore the secrets and criminal activities of well-known citizens in a hill town, there is a union of their hearts and minds. They develop a closeness neither wishes to give up.

 

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Interview with Stacy-Deanne
Aug 31st, 2014 by Regina

1. Tell us a little bit about Alvin and Madeline from Worth The Risk, your upcoming book. What inspired you to write this story?

The book takes place in my city, Houston, Texas. Alvin is a music critic who meets Madeline, who is a violinist, while reviewing a performance. It is love at first sight for him, but she refuses to go out with him. What Alvin doesn’t know is Madeline has a good reason for playing hard to get. She is HIV positive and because of her failed attempts with relationships, she believes no man would truly love her. She begins to develop a curiosity for Alvin, which leads to an attraction on her part. The story centers on how much Alvin wants Madeline, and Madeline’s willingness to confront his attraction.

I wrote this book because my cousin has HIV, and has struggled with finding love because of it. I don’t think society comprehends how difficult it can be to have relationships with HIV. It’s sad that people are still ignorant about this disease. I also wrote it because I believe characters in romance especially should reflect all kinds of people and situations.

2. You mention Kay Hooper as being a huge influence on your writing, what is your favorite book by this author?

I can’t name just one. I’ve loved many of her books. What attracts me is her ability to weave a solid romance with a great mystery. That’s what I try to do with my romantic suspense work.

3. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

When I first got started, I got suckered into a vanity publisher. I was 19 and didn’t understand how the business worked. Even though it hurt at the time, my desire to write was too big to stop me from fulfilling my dreams. I used to say I would change that moment in time to where I hadn’t gotten suckered, but I feel like if it hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be the strong person I am today. I wouldn’t have buckled down and learned everything I could about the industry if that hadn’t happened. In a way, it was a good thing because it taught me an invaluable lesson. Sometimes bad experiences affect us in positive ways.

4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

My muse is an invisible, female entity. LOL! I come up with ideas all kinds of ways. Sometimes an idea just hits and I have to jot it down. Other times, I get my ideas from movies. I might see a movie that really resonated and I’ll try to switch up the plot and idea to something others wouldn’t think to do. There is no such thing as a new idea, but there are ways for a writer to put their own spin on anything.

5. What is your guilty pleasure?

I’m too embarrassed to say my main one. LOL! Let’s just say I love fantasizing about a certain celebrity I’ve become obsessed with. Ha, ha!

6. Which character of all your characters has been your favorite to write about?

Wow. Hmm. That seems to change as time goes on. I’ll say Lisa Swanson from the Bruised series. She is a detective and domestic violence survivor. I love how she is vulnerable yet strong. She’s a powerful character and I created her to show people that domestic violence can happen to anyone no matter their lifestyle or status. She’s a great role model.

7. If you could meet one of your male lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

I’d say Cross Evers. He is a hero from a novel I’ve just finished. He is so positive and supportive of the heroine, and I think all women long for that. I love people who bring good energy. I can’t stand negativity or negative people because they bring you down. Hopefully, I’ll introduce audiences to Cross sometime soon.

8. What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

Research and watch your back!

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Do what you enjoy doing and pay attention to your genre. What some authors don’t seem to understand is that just because something works for others, it does not mean it works for them. Every author and every book is different. I also tell people to keep writing and releasing books regularly. That’s the most rewarding thing you can do to promote. A big backlist is what keeps sales going.

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I don’t pay for promotion. There are many free options that I don’t feel it’s necessary to pay. Many times authors pay for promotion and it does nothing. I’m not into wasting money so I’d need some type of guarantee before I paid. LOL! There is an abundance of free promotional opportunities. You just have to be dedicated to finding them and creative enough to come up with new things. Most authors who’ve sold very well have never paid for any promo. Once again, this is where a big backlist helps.

Worth the Risk Blurb:

Houston music critic Alvin Zak becomes smitten with violinist Madeline Deever from the first moment she lays her bow to her violin to perform a concerto. Sent to review the orchestra, Alvin becomes so enraptured by Madeline that he asks her if he can do a feature on her. The polite, yet elusive Madeline agrees to think it over while declining Alvin’s invitation for coffee. Alvin does not understand Madeline’s abrupt refusal to his invite and it makes him even more interested in getting close to her.

The last thing Madeline is looking for is love since she is harboring a secret that has the power to ruin any potential relationship. Convinced no man would love her enough to accept her situation, she fights off Alvin’s advances, but begins to fall in love with him.

Can Alvin convince Madeline to trust him and give into her feelings or is Madeline destined to spend her life alone?

Release Date: August 30th from Secret Cravings Publishing

Excerpt:

All eyes were on the caramel-toned black woman with the light-brown, shoulder-length hair. She illuminated in the middle of the stage in a red gown that hit just above her slightly knocked knees. With her head tilted, she played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 as if she’d composed the piece herself.

     Alvin Zak sat in one of the middle rows with his gaze glued to the striking violinist. He glanced at the program in his hand then back up just as she struck the last chord of the piece. The audience rose around him but he remained mesmerized. It wasn’t until everyone had migrated from his or her seats that he realized the performance had ended. The songbird lingered on the stage, chatting with other musicians from the orchestra.

     “Al.” Brayden tapped Alvin’s shoulder. “Come on.” He put his blazer back on and fixed the collar. “Al?” He snapped his fingers in Al’s face. “Hey.”
            “Huh?” He couldn’t tear his gaze from Madeline Deever.

     She leaned on the piano, conversing with the pianist as the other musicians left the stage.

     Brayden bent down. “Earth to Al.”

     “Huh?” Alvin shook from his trance. “What?”

     “Duh.” Brayden gestured. “The concert is over and it’s time to leave. You got enough for your review?”

     He stared at Madeline as he stood.

     The pianist seemed to bid her goodnight and walked off the stage.

     Madeline laid her violin in the case and closed it up.

     “Come on.” Brayden walked into the aisle. “I’ve just wasted four hours I won’t get back.”

     “You should be ashamed of yourself.” Alvin climbed out of the row, still staring at Madeline. “Don’t tell me you didn’t feel every inch of that performance down to your soul.”

     “Look, I’m not the music critic. You are.” Brayden checked his watch. “You’re not the only one who has a feature due at the end of the week. I came here as a favor to you when I should’ve been writing my story.”

     “She’s amazing.” Alvin folded his program. “Simply amazing.”

     “Who?” Brayden glanced at Madeline. “Oh, here we go. Anything with a dress—”

     “No, she’s different.” Alvin slipped his hand in the pocket of his slacks. “I’ve been to a million performances and none have touched me like hers. She stole the entire show. She played Tchaikovsky as if she were born to do it.”

     “She’s a violinist.” Brayden shrugged. “I’m sure she wouldn’t be playing at one of the most prominent opera houses in Houston if she weren’t good.” He pulled on Alvin’s sleeve. “Can we go—”

     “Wait.” Alvin headed to the stage. “I wanna talk to her.”

     “Why?” Brayden rushed in behind him. “I’ve gotta finish editing my article that’s due in a day in case you’ve forgotten.”
            Alvin strutted up the stage steps.

     “Al?” Brayden scoffed.

     “Excuse me?” Alvin approached Madeline. “You’re Madeline Deever.”

     Her brown eyes looked him up and down. “And you are?”

     “I’m Alvin Zak.” He held out his hand. “Maybe you’ve heard of me? I’m the music editor for Houston Pride Magazine.” He dipped his head to her. “The Arts and Entertainment Magazine.”

 

Website: http://www.stacy-deanne.net (sign up for mailing list while there!)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacy.deanne.5?ref=tn_tnmn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=Stacy-Deanne&src=tyah

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://www.secretcravingspublishing.com/

Interview with JoAnne Tucker
Mar 29th, 2014 by Regina

Today we have JoAnne Tucker in the hot seat! Welcome JoAnne, we look forward to learning more about you and your books! :-)

HFP:  What is your favorite thing about painting?

JT: Making a beautiful picture to hang on a wall.

HFP: If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

JT: I wished I had been published thirty years ago, because it is a long path to success. I hope to see my books turned into movies.

HFP: How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

JT: My muse would be the characters themselves. One book is about ghosts, and one is about monsters such as the Mothman, the Chupracabra, Mermaids, werewolves, an Egyptian love curse, reincarnation, and etc.

HFP: What is your favorite food?

JT: steak

HFP: Which character has been your favorite to write about?

JT: F.B.I Agent Walker Harmon. He is not only dangerously handsome, but fearless and determined to solve the crime.

HFP: If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

JT: Walker Harmon, because of the answer in question #5.

HFP:  If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

JT: It would be Jackie Reeves, my heroine, in Murder Most Foul. She is not only gorgeous, but a registered nurse, and like her lover Walker Harmon, she is upstanding and determined to make the bad guy pay.

HFP: What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

JT: To never give up.

HFP:  What is your favorite free promotions tip?

A: Never give up. If you keep trying, you will see your story in print…someday.

HFP: What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

A: Get your story out to as many places and people as you can. The more that see the story, the more that might buy it.

Interview with Alicia Sparks!
Jan 28th, 2014 by Regina

Today we have the very talented author Alicia Sparks in the hot seat! Welcome Alicia!

 

1. What is your do you like best about being a southern girl? What’s not to like? We have a cute

 

Southern drawl and a heart of gold. And though I don’t personally, a lot of the Southern girls I know can absolutely kick ass. They hunt and fish with the best of them and are just really genuine. I like that I have such a strong heritage of wonderful women around me.

 

2. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

 

During my career, I actually took several years off from writing. I was suffering from depression and had a lot going on personally, so I didn’t write a single thing for four years. It’s hard to believe I ever walked away like that. So, if I could change one thing, it would be that hiatus. I really wish I had kept plugging away at it.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about writing erotic romance?

 

I like the fact that erotic romance is a safe place for people to indulge their wildest fantasies. I am happy to oblige.

 

4. What is your favorite food?

 

I love Greek food! I first ate it when I was pregnant with my oldest son, and I fell in love with it. I love stuffed grape leaves, hummus, pita bread. All of it.

 

5. Which character has been your favorite to write about?

 

I know it’s cliché, but I like them all. If I didn’t, they wouldn’t make it as far as they have. In my earlier writing, I wrote about a larger than life dragon shape shifter, Damon, whom I always said was my first love. I don’t know why, but there’s something about him that made him my favorite. Of course, now that I’ve been working with the Maddux family in my Primitive series, they are really becoming some of my favorite men, too.

 

6. If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

It’s funny that you ask that question. After Better than Ice Cream came out, I received an email from a man who was stationed overseas. His name was Ryan LeJeune (my character’s name). It was really strange to see his name in my email, and he told me that my book had been passed around and that I described him to a T! It was funny to hear that. He asked if I minded if he told everyone he was my inspiration. I told him not at all. So, in a way, I kind of did meet one of them!

 

7. If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

I love Becca Bramlett from my upcoming hockey book, Penalty Kill. She’s been through a lot of the same things I have (go figure) and I really think she and I have a lot in common. She’s loyal and honest, and I like that, plus her brother, Austin, is a character in himself!

 

8. What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

 

Keep going. I really should have listened to that more closely, but there are a lot of growing pains as a new writer, and it’s easy to get discouraged. The writers I know now who are just now starting are facing the same things I faced when I started several years ago, and the advice holds. Just keep going.

 

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

 

I love promoting with different blogs and networking with other authors. I’m such a picky reader that when I can network with other writers, it really helps me find quality stories to read. I’ve found some of my favorite authors that way.

 

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

 

I don’t know if this counts, but go to conferences! I have been to several different writer’s conferences through the years, some big and some small, and they have always provided invaluable information. There are great opportunities online for promotion, but there’s nothing like meeting with people in the industry and meeting with fans face to face. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s definitely worth it!

Interview with Author Katherine Rhodes
Jan 12th, 2014 by Regina

Welcome to In the Hot Seat, Katherine!

 

1. What genres do you most like to write in?

         

I love paranormal and erotic romance! Sometimes, I even combine the two and that’s like a dream come true.

 

2. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

         

I waited so long to get into the small publishing houses? I probably have about 120-150 rejection letters from the big houses and agents. And the instant I started learning more about the small houses, I was—why didn’t I do this before?!

 

3. Name 5 authors that have most influenced you.

         

Stephen King (has way too much influence- he could qualify as two!), Nawal el Sadaawi, Anne Rice, Frank Herbert, and Anne McCaffery.

 

4. What is your favorite food?
         

Pasta. I could eat pasta at every meal in every shape that exists.

 

5. Which one of your characters has been your favorite to write about?

 

Franz Dorn. I love him. I can’t wait to tell everyone his story.

 

6. If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

         

There are so many… but right now, I would probably have to go with Franz again. He’s the kind of guy that just draws people in because he’s mysterious and yet generous and open. I would love to have a conversation with him over a good scotch. 

 

7. If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

         

Emmy Westerly is the obvious answer! I would love to go shopping with her. I love her quiet strength and cool demeanor- and no BS!

 

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Read. Read read read. Not just in your genre, but about the industry- design, marketing, the craft, the history. Make it your business to know everything there is to know about what you want to do.

 

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

         

I’m still a pretty fresh author, so I’m kind of just learning the ropes, but if a reader tells you that they loved your book- ask them for a review. Doesn’t need to be a book report, just a few lines and rating. Does good for the book and wonders for your ego.

 

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

         

Again, I’m still fresh, but I’m finding that learning how to use the paid promo on Facebook is a very tricky but important skill. Take your time, learn from others. You don’t have to drop a lot on it once you start learning to use it.

 

Thanks so much Katherine! We've enjoyed learning more about you! :-)

Interview with Lyn Croft!
Jan 8th, 2014 by Regina

Welcome Lyn! I'm so looking forward to reading your interview. :-)

 

What is your favorite thing about living in California?

 

The sunshine! I’ve been here all my life and can’t see myself living anywhere else. There are so many beautiful places to explore here and I can’t complain about the weather. 

 

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

 

I would change my timing. I wanted to get into the publishing world sooner, but held back. I guess you could say I was unsure of myself at first. If I had known I’d be having this much fun…I would have pushed myself further years ago!

 

What is your favorite fictional fantasy world and by which author?

 

That would be the world created by Terry Goodkind in his ‘Sword of Truth’ series. I love the books and the characters he has created in these books. The imagery is vibrant and imaginative, and fascinating to follow.

 

What is your favorite food?

 

Sushi or Del Taco. Just depends on my mood.

 

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

 

I’d have to say there are two, but they always work together as one – Celeste and Estelle, my evil vampyre twins. I adore their evil personalities and the trouble they cause. I’ve had great fun writing their scenes, and love what they’ve brought to the story.

 

If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

Well, that would be Eamon, of course! Who wouldn’t want to meet a hottie half mortal/half fallen angel hero with a romantic side? Plus, he’s got a twin brother too!

 

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

Zillah. She’s legendary and evil. I’d love to sit with her to get her side of the story – as long as she promises not to turn me into one of her minions

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Keep writing, and don’t ever give up. Continue writing for yourself, for your enjoyment, not for anyone else. Get out there and share your work whenever you can, and submit! Don’t take rejection as a reason to quit doing what you love.

 

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

 

Get on blogs and radio shows, and do giveaways to the fans that attend. You can never go wrong with free books for the fans.

 

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

 

Placing your book on sale can help tremendously. Also, if you have a series, offering the first in the series for free with the purchase of the second, or even third, is a great way to get your readers hooked.

Author Interview with Emily A. Lawrence
Jan 2nd, 2014 by Regina

What is your favorite thing about living in Transylvania?

 

There are lots of things I love about Transylvania, from its beautiful landscapes to its fascinating history. It is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Braşov, Sibiu and Sighişoara—the latter adorned with a hilltop citadel, secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower. Transylvania has some amazing fortified churches and stunning castles, the most renowned being the Bran Castle associated with Dracula. As a lover of nature, I’ve always been fascinated by the Carpathian Mountains—a place of exquisite beauty and mystery, with ancient legends of mountain spirits along with 4,000 caves, or the Scărişoara Glacier which shelters the second largest underground glacier on the continent.

 

What is your favorite native food from Transylvania?

 

My favorite native food is sarmale, which are stuffed cabbage rolls. Traditionally, they are made with pickled cabbage, ground pork meat filling, and various herbs and spices.

 

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

 

To be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything I’ve done has brought me to where I am now, surrounded by extremely professional people who love what they’re doing and have their authors’ best interests at heart. I only regret not having tried sooner when I had more time to write than I do now. But I believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished so far. This has been my first year as a published author and one of the best, most exciting years of my life, and I’m extremely thankful to the people who have given me this chance.

 

What worlds did you like to write about when writing fan fiction? Do you have fan fiction posted anywhere that readers could visit online?

 

Last summer I stumbled upon Fifty Shades of Grey. I had no idea what the story was about. I only knew it was a Twilight fan fiction initially. So, as a Twilight fan with a few of my own Twilight fan fiction stories under my belt, I was intrigued and curious about it. I just had to read it. Once I finished it, I decided to try my luck with a Fifty Shades fan fiction and posted it on the same site where E L James had initially posted Fifty. It was the way people responded to it and E L James’ success going from fan fiction to the real deal that gave me the courage to try and do the same thing. So when I say that everything happens for a reason, I mean this too. I just needed that final push.

 

Now, the fan fiction is getting published this year and I am extremely excited about it, but this also means that I had to take the story down from that site, so it can no longer be found online. Christian and Ana are now Tyler and Ellie, the main characters of my second book in the Soul’s Desire Series, couple that has also appeared briefly in book one—The Guardian of My Soul.

 

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

 

I enjoyed writing about Kristen Mancuso, the female lead character in “The Guardian of My Soul”, and watch her grow and transform throughout the book until she discovers the real things that matter in life.

 

If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

I’d choose Alec Warner from “The Guardian of My Soul”. Alec is sexy, charming, strong and determined to get what he wants, but he also has a troubled past and demons he has to face in order to be able to move on and live the life he desires.

 

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

I’d choose Kristen Mancuso. I’ve enjoyed writing her story and she’s been through quite a lot until she got the freedom and happiness she so much craved.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

I could tell them to follow my example. Fan fiction is a good place to start. It’s a great place to interact with readers and find out their opinions about your work, what they would change, what they would add, see if you can surprise them, intrigue them, keep them interested and eager for more. If you can do all that, then there’s no stopping you.

 

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

 

Guest blogging—by developing supportive relationships with other authors and bloggers, you gain exposure and it’s a good way for other people to find your work.

 

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

 

Giveaways are one of the cheapest forms of advertising. If people enjoy the free book, they’re likely to be curious about your other work too.

Interview with Dilys J. Carnie
Jul 13th, 2013 by Regina

 

 

 

1. For those of us who have never had the opportunity to visit the British Isles, please tell our readers a bit about your lovely island Anglesey. 

 

Anglesey is a small island on the North West coast of the British Isles, just off the Irish Sea. The island can be driven from one side to the other in around thirty minutes. It connects to the UK by two bridges. The beaches are glorious (when we have the weather) which is rare. It’s very windy and rainy but that gives us green luscious land and a wildlife community like no other. It truly is a beautiful place.

 

2. What is your favorite part of living on Anglesey?

 

The peace and quiet. The views and the community life.

 

3. I noticed from your blog that you know a lot about what types of ingredients are good for the best skin care. What types of ingredients do you recommend for the best skin care? 

 

I used to run a skin care shop. I love experimenting with different skin care ingredients and I couldn’t possibly say which the best are because it depends on the individual. What I can say is stay away from chemical ingredients. Go paraben free, and use natural oils. Rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce the ingredient then it’s probably bad for you. Experiment; instead of using chemical sun screen on your face mix carrot oil on with your moisturiser carrot oil is a natural sun blocker. 

 

4. If you could meet one of your characters in real life who would it be and why that particular character?

 

Corey Fitzgerald from book number three in The Fitzgerald Series He is such an adorable man, bossy, cheeky, funny. He’s a giant but so gentle and passionate. 

 

5. What is the best thing for you about being a published romance author?

 

I get live inside my words. It’s like having another life that becomes part of me. Now I’m able to say yes I’m a published author when I go through customs on my trips to  America. I finally get to live the dream.

 

6. If you could change one thing that happened on your road to publication what would it be and why that one thing?

 

I wouldn’t have given up writing when I was younger. I let thirty years pass before I went back to it and now I can’t stop.

 

7. What has been your favorite story to write so far?

 

I have loved all of my stories that I have written so far but I guess book Number four of The Fitzgerald Brothers has to have been the hardest to write. There were some issues in that which needed sensitive handling so it has taxed me the most but I am so happy with the way it turned out.

 

8. Do you have any works in progress you can share with our readers? You know just to whet our whistles! 

 

Well the whole of The Fitzgerald Brothers series will be out by the end of the year. It was such great fun to write. These boys are so delicious that I wish they were real so that I could have them all to myself.

 

9. What are your top three favorite free promotions tips?

 

Okay for me promotion of any kind is hard. Social networking has to be one of the easiest ways to get your book out there. Word of mouth is always good. Blogging is an excellent way for people to see what kind of writer you are and actually they like to know about you so it’s a great way to communicate with your readers.

 

10. Share your favorite top three paid for promotions tips.

 

Blog tours are good…or just get someone like Heartfelt Promotions to take hold of the reins. They have been an enormous help to me.

 

Thank you for being with us on In the Hot Seat, Dilys, and thanks so much for the vote of confidence! :-)

 

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