A Limelight on Debut Author: Lu Groblebe

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

A: It was something I always had a knack for so it was always in the back of my mind growing up. It was never my first choice though. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I had other talents I wanted to pursue. Those were my priority. It was always an outlet for my angst as a teenager. I filled notebooks full of poetry and fanfiction stories a my old 80s model Mac too eventually. I didn’t take it seriously until adulthood. I’d say I was close to my mid twenties when I finally decided to go to college for writing. Even then though, I wasn’t confident I had a chance to make it. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I may eventually regret not trying but I’ll live with it. If I invest in something, I give it all I have and I don’t settle for anything but the top.


Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends but I’ll admit I’m a slow writer. I have spells where I can whip out a chapter a day, but then I can go months without touching the book. I will say my speed has improved though since I entered the indie community. Having them just be there, on my friend’s list, knowing they’re watching me holds me accountable. It reminds me I have something I need to be working on, so I’ve been more proactive in doing it whereas before I never really had a reason. It became a case of, “I’ll finish it when I finish it.” I didn’t feel rushed to do something no one even knew or cared about. Being apart of the indie community really changed the game for me. Just being there, watching others talk about their books is motivation enough.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: It really varies on my mood and personal life schedule. I do have other commitments. I run my own makeup distribution as a day job and I’m a mom. There are periods where I will write a chapter a day when I have the chance. There are others where, if I write anything, it isn’t more than a few paragraphs.

 

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’ve honestly never thought about it. When I plan to write, I plan to do so nonstop until I reach whatever goal I’ve set. I have a bad habit of getting distracted easily though so I enclose myself in a room alone, get a stock of drinks and snacks handy and I shut all notifications off on all devices. Otherwise I will be pulled away from writing when one from Facebook goes off. I loathe repeating words too much so I keep a dictionary site open in a new tab and I usually just let the story carry me in whatever direction it wants to go even if it goes against the outline I have. When you have the situation mapped out in front of you, it becomes different than what you preplanned in your head during the outlining phase.

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Q: How do books get published?
A: Initially I intended to self published but I took a big chance and I was able to get a publishing deal with Bella Tulip Publishing who now publishes my work for me.

Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I spent almost ten years in text based roleplay that gave me a stock pile of ideas. That isn’t to say I don’t have or will never get new ones but it was an outlet for a long time that sparked my creativity.


Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I got the idea for it in 2009 so I was 23. I didn’t start writing it though until 2012. I ended up shelfing the story for a later date when I went back into editing and found some large plots holes.


Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Honestly, not much. I’m a big introvert, I’m easy going and easily amused so that combination makes me very boring. (Laughs) I’d go along with about anything that is suggested to me entertainment wise as long as it doesn’t scare me or is harmful. However, I don’t do much without a reason. I’m truly a workaholic. I spend most of my time either working on my writing/make business career or organizing and planning ahead for them. I like to karaoke on occasion but rarely do. I like to be at home alone but I don’t want to go out alone. What’s the fun in that? (Laughs)


Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: Honestly, none of them care about it or are supportive, which is fine. It’s something I’ve grown used to and learned to accept. I’m not expecting a single family member to purchase any of my books.


Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Outlines are a helpful organizational tool for the beginning stages but the story rarely ever sticks to the outline as the book is being written. Either by your own choice or the characters’ it just doesn’t happen.


Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: Technically, two but only one is in the process of being published. However I’m already in the beginning stages of another novel series project I’m gonna be doubling up writing on while writing the follow up to my current WIP, but the new project will be under a new pen name.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Make the dictionary your best friend.

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: I don’t have readers yet actually since the book I am waiting to release is my debut. I have heard from people who have beta read for me and enjoyed the story so much they have insisted on purchasing it when it is released finally.

Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I consider myself a multi-genre author so I don’t like to rule anything out. I believe my career will lead me into every genre at some point down the line. By adult as in sexual? I know I can write erotica but it isn’t my forte. It isn’t what I’m best at or most comfortable writing, nor my preference. I do know that I can though. I’d say because of the level of profanity and the progressive speed of the relationship between the two leads my current WIP has in it, it’s more than likely considered “adult.”

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Believable character development (arcs) and the unexpected. There are only so many ways an outcome can be used before it becomes predictable and bland. I try to incorporate that spirit into my own work.


Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A lot of things. At one point an ice skater, at another a singer, another a dancer, and in my early adult life, a police officer/detective.

You can learn more about Lu by connecting with her via social media at the following links:

Luminary Edits

Lu Groblebe – Bella Tulip Publishing Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Lu Groblebe Website

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads

Author Spotlight on Lara Bernhardt

 

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are: My name is Lara Bernhardt and I live with my family in Oklahoma. I have 5 biological children, 3 step-children, and two doggies. I’m a life-long, avid reader and writer.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? Some day I would love for writing to be my full-time job.
Which writers inspire you? When I was younger, I read all the Stephen King and Dean Koontz books I could get my hands on. Their writing surely influenced me.
So, what have you written? During my college years, I wrote a number of papers published in science journals. My first award was for a short fiction piece, which took first place. Some of my poems have also won awards in writing contests. I contributed a novella to the Shine series (Cassandra). And now my full-length novel The Wantland Files has been published by Kindle Press.
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Where can we buy or see them? Cassandra and The Wantland Files are available on amazon and in independent bookstores in the Oklahoma City area.
Who is your favorite character, and why? My favorite character to write was Kimberly Wantland – I had a rough year and found respite in writing about a celebrity with none of the issues I was dealing with. Plus, I enjoyed creating her abilities and imagining how she would interact with spirits.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public? I am currently writing the second book in The Wantland Files series and I hope it will be ready in the next 6-9 months.
What genre do you write in? The Wantland Files is paranormal suspense. I also write women’s fiction but have not yet published those manuscripts.
How much research do you do? Writing paranormal suspense, I have the luxury of using my imagination a lot. But since Kimberly is a paranormal investigator, I research to insure that aspect of the books is believable.
Have you ever co-written any of your work? Though Cassandra belongs to a shared universe (Shine) I wrote the book entirely myself. I have not co-written anything.
When did you decide to become a writer? I have written stories as long as I can remember – even back in elementary school. And before that I made up bedtime stories for my little sister.
Why do you write? I love to read and immerse myself in a good story. Writing is similar, but I invent the story I immerse myself in. I write because I love it. I get grumpy if I go too long without writing.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, like most writers. I have lots of children and consequently lots of bills. Three of my children suffer from a chronic medical condition and that contributes to our stack of bills.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? How much I’m able to write depends on other demands on my time. I try to write something every day.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? I don’t set a goal. When I have time to write, I make the most progress I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I write longhand and then type it on my computer. Some days I simply write on the computer.
Where do you draw inspiration from? The Wantland Files is inspired some by The X-Files and Ghost Hunters. These stories also incorporate some interesting and unexplainable things I’ve experienced myself.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I start with jotting down ideas, overall plot points, and character points. Then I outline. Then I start writing the story.
What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face? For me, the greatest challenge is finding time to write. And now that I’ve published, marketing the book.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? Including the initial preliminary work of researching and outlining, plus final work revising and editing, The Wantland Files took me a year and a half. I hope to cut that time some on subsequent manuscripts but it depends on time.
How do you handle Writer’s Block? I don’t much encounter writer’s block. I think outlining before writing helps combat this.
Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block? The times I find myself needing help, I run a very hot bath and make a hot cup of tea. I think the lack of interruptions allows my imagination to take over. This technique has never failed me.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books? I will read books in any format. I just love a good story.
What book/s are you reading at present? Haunted by James Herbert and a book on marketing
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? When I think I’m finished, I send my manuscripts to trusted readers for feedback. When I’ve revised as thoroughly as I possibly can, then I send it to an editor.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed? I used a cover designer but was very involved in the process.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is a nice saying but I think covers very much draw in readers (or don’t) and a good cover is vital to a book.
How are you publishing this book and why? Kindle Press accepted and published my eBook and I published the print edition myself.
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
How do you market your books? I’m exploring a number of marketing options available. Primarily letting my publicist handle it for now, but taking notes for later as well.
Would you or do you use a PR agency? I am using a publicist’s services currently.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Authors love to hear readers enjoyed their books, but not every book is for every person. Unfortunately, if people read your book, eventually someone will not care for it and leave a critical review.
Which social network works best for you? So far, Facebook has worked best for me.
received_10158107246725654Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I have a book release party coming up. I hope it will work.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? One of my daughters offered to make a trailer for me, but she is a full time student and also works full time. So we will see if she’s able to do that.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days? Since I didn’t publish the book myself, promotional deals are out of my hands. But I do expect at some point to see a $.99 promo.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Plan ahead and be prepared to work hard for your book.
How can readers discover more about you and your work? My Facebook author page and my Amazon Author page will keep you updated on new releases.
Facebook:

Lara Bernhardt – Facebook
@Lara_Wells1
 Lara Bernhardt – Amazon Author Page
Wantland Files – US Amazon
Wantland Files – Amazon UK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16308048.Lara_Bernhardt

Author Spotlight Lu Groblebe

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

A: Well, simply put I’m a multi-genre author, an entrepreneur and a mother. I’ve been writing everything from original stories to poetry to fan fiction since I was in school and up until I took a year of Creative Writing in college I was self taught. I’ve also taken Media Communications in college and gotten heavier into graphic design because of what I learned and I’ve made it the focus of one of my businesses.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

A: I know so many talented writers in my personal life that would never be given a chance or taken seriously because they never went to college and learned how to write correctly. Yet, they are talented all the same and I want to help those people get recognized. I want to help those people break into the business and do what they love. As for myself, I only want to full time, make a good living doing what I love and for people to love my creations. My biggest dream is to see one of my novel series turned into a movie franchise. To be able to see my characters on screen portraying my ideas and my story well, as a writer there is nothing like it. It would be like the kid from the ghetto who loves football growing up to be in the NFL and winning the Super Bowl. That is how it would feel to me.

Which writers inspire you?

A: Ted Dekker, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth.

So, what have you written? 

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Where can we buy or see them?

A: Since nothing is published the best option is to follow my Facebook pages, Author Lu Groblebe. It will have the latest updates on the novel release date as well as exclusive material like teasers and book trailers. As a follower, you’d be the first to know. But there is also a couple of chapter previews posted on the page as well.

Who is your favorite character, and why?
A: Favorite character of another person’s work I would say would be Katniss Everdeen. I admired her nobility despite some of her darker traits and I actually loved her more because she was a very notably flawed. She was more relatable for me, seemed more human and not romanticized. Also, her battle with PTSD struck home with me, as I suffer from it also. It isn’t often we see a character suffer from mental illness. Favorite character of my own would be really difficult to answer. It would be a toss up between my current WIP lead female Circe, and a mother and a daughter from another series I plan to release in the future. All my characters have a little of me in them and each is a different part. These three characters though are probably the closest to my own likeness but exaggerated versions but still can be admired for who they are, what they endure and how they serve those around them along the way.

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?

A: Orion: The Dhantri Chronicles introduces a three-four novel series which begins in Washington, DC in 2058. Twenty eight years before a peaceful, non violent alien race called the Dhantri landed in the United States and some were taken captive for testing and interrogation while a group of five escaped. Government officials who became aware of the landing acted quickly to mask the event from the public as nothing but a meteor crash. Right after though, a secret government Bureau of alien hunters was created as a branch of the FBI. Felipe Cisneros now heads the EXT Bureau with his son Marcin, Marcin’s best friend Marshall and Marcin’s childhood friend/fiancé Violet as his star employees.

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    Since that first landing twenty eight years ago, other Dhantri groups have landed secretly with the help of Nelieve—the Dhantri’s princess turned Queen—who’s given them new identities and the means to blend in as just another human. They are capable because of their ability to adapt their appearance to resemble the humans. Seir’ska Sve’ta was one of them, fifteen years ago. When she and her parents landed when she was five, they were ambushed and her parents were taken captive by the humans. Seir’ska narrowly escaped with Nelieve’s help and as a friend to Seir’ska’s parents, adopted her as her own and raised her.

    Seir’ska—renamed Circe after her identity change—is twenty when the story opens. She is a socially awkward college student in her senior year of college in nonprofit management. Circe doesn’t allow herself to get close to anyone for fear of them discovering her secret and exposing her. She fears more for the others of her kind though than herself. However, for fifteen years she has been haunted by her parents’ abduction and wants to find them. Although Nelieve—now called Nelle—shares in this experience with her as her parents—the Dhantris’ leaders—were the first to be taken. However, doesn’t share in Circe’s desire to find them.

    Marcin is a foul mouthed, ill tempered, workaholic, engaged to his childhood friend Violet, who he isn’t in love with and constantly fights with. His entire life has been mapped out for him by his father, the only parent he’s had to raise him since he was ten when his mother was taken and killed by the Dhantri. He mercilessly hunts them due to this.

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    His father is a tyrant and an over achiever and has fought to make Marcin in his likeness. Marcin has been a winner, and had the very best in life, thanks to his father but with no say of his own. This includes his circle of friends and his fiancé. Marshall, who has always been second to Marcin in everything they’ve done together and more like a brother than a friend and Violet, a grade A beauty who could easily have passed for a supermodel with an entitled attitude to match.

    Everything in his life is going right except where his feelings for Violet are concerned. He spends countless nights reading over a file from the EXT bureau that is a recount of the first landing. As with many of those nights, he is confronted for his workaholic tendencies by Violet who is badgering him about their upcoming nuptials and lands him on the couch for the night.

    We also meet Nelieve, Circe’s adopted mother and the newly inaugurated Queen of the Dhantri who has a lost many loved ones in her selfless acts of bravery to help her people land safely on Earth and adjust to their new lives. It’s because of her courage that she personally is wanted by the EXT Bureau and there is a reward for her capture. She dyes her hair to match Circe as a disguise and has reservations about taking any action to save those that have been captured, including her own parents.

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    A normal day catapults both sides into the beginning of an altercation.

What genre do you write in?

A: All of them. I’ve written as a hobby in a variety of genres already and I have an open mind so I never rule anything out. I would say my strength and interest lies most in fantasy/sci-fi but all my stories center around a romance of some sort.

How much research do you do?

A: Tons. I consider myself thorough and interested in making my stories believeable and legitimate. It’s a peeve of mine when I read something that isn’t.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

A: When I wrote as a hobby, I did a lot of it. An actual novel though, no.

When did you decide to become a writer?
A: I had been back and forth with the idea for a few years. It was always something I was good at and enjoyed. I tended to get lost in it. I made the actual decision in late 2012, but I lacked the confidence I’d have any success as even an indie author. Last year, I got serious and there’s no turning back for me now.

Why do you write?

A: I write to create what isn’t possible or doesn’t exist in the real world. I write to express what no one will listen to when I speak. I write for happily ever afters that don’t happen in reality. I write to be a better version of myself. I write to stand up against injustice. I write to send a message that needs to be heard. I bleed ink. Sometimes it feels there is more of me in my writing than in the physical version of me. I can open up and be myself more on paper than anywhere else.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

A: Currently part time but if I could write full time, I would without question. I hope one day, it will be possible.

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Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

A: As often as I can which is generally every day even if only editing or not for long periods.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

A: No. When I began writing Orion I was hitting a chapter, to a chapter and a half a day. But then life got busy with work and school so I slowed down quite a bit but I still make sure to accomplish something every day even if it’s just editing.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

A: I typically write on my iPad or laptop but occasionally I write on my phone. Rarely though as it isn’t entirely easy with the model of the phone. It just depends.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A: From the same place I write recreationally. I began writing in school, but in adulthood I started text based roleplay where I learned to write stories and develop characters and that’s whers most of my work comes from.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A: I tried just winging it and it worked for awhile but it started to become a problem when a particular part of the story needed to be changed. I felt like clutter to me and it became overwhelming. I had started an outline already too but I hadn’t finished it when I began writing. When I got to the point I couldn’t wing it anymore, I went back to my outline and began working on developing it so that I knew the direction of the story. My next novel will undoubtedly follow an outline.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

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How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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How do you handle Writer’s Block? Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?

A: A few different things actually. First choice is always to try and write myself out of it. I’m a firm believer that writing is the best solution. Many great writers have encouraged writers to write their way out of writer’s block. It usually works for me. Even if it means I put down the project I’m writing on and write something different. It gets the creative juices flowing. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to make you write and more importantly, think. But at times, I’ll step away and maybe research on a topic my book covers. Also, story generators are helpful. They get you thinking too. Anything that makes me think will be beneficial.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

A: Either, I don’t have a preference between physical copy and ebook. However I will choose paper back over hard back every time.

What book/s are you reading at present?

A: Four. The fourth, bonus book of the Divergent series.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A: I do my own proofreading and editing at the moment but when I am able to have someone do those for me, I will. It’s not something I believe I am well suited for, being my own writing. I always fear I won’t catch an error.

Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?

A: The cover for Orion was designed by someone, Alora Kate. I intended to design my own and had been playing with a few design possibilities when I ran across a premade cover she had and it called to me. I couldn’t turn away from it. Though I do know how to design covers and like to make my own, I’m not opposed to using someone else’s work. I believe in supporting the indie community as much as possible. I will probably have Alora design the rest of the covers for The Dhantri Chronicles to ensure they work together as a unit.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

A: I do. I know that color is everything. Certain colors are eye catching, as we were taught in the Media Communications course I took. I know my cover doesn’t fit the eye catching criteria, but it fits the story and that means the most to me. I cannot sacrifice what I truly want to represent my book and my story, just to fit into a mold. I think my story stands well enough on its own and speaks for itself.

How are you publishing this book and why? 

A: That is yet to be seen actually. At this moment I intend to publish independently. However, that can change as I am submitting a query to Orion this week. It really just depends on what they say and how long it takes them to answer me. If I finish the book before they answer, it will be published independently.

How do you market your books?

A: Mostly Facebook at this moment but I’m looking for other outlets.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

A: No. I’d like to but I don’t have the means.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

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What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

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Which social network works best for you?

A: Facebook for sure. It’s where I have the largest network of authors and spend the largest amount of my social media time there.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

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Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

A: I don’t have a press release yet but I am considering one when I release the book.

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?

A: No but that is definitely something in the works.

What do you think of “trailers” for books? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? 

A: I love them. I actually make them myself.

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Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

A: I fully intend to after the book is released.

What is your favourite motivational phrase.

A: One that I came up with myself during a really dark period a few years ago. “You have to fall before you can fully stand. You have to hit rock bottom before you can ever climb a mountain.”

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A: As cliche’ as it sounds, don’t quit. Hone your craft as often as you can, network with other authors and watch them, engage with them. Whatever crumbs of advice and guidance they are willing to give you, take it and apply it. Also, don’t be discouraged by negative reviews, they happen to everyone. Some of them will be down right hateful but that’s a reflection of them, not you. Keep going, and don’t let negative words sit in your head. Get rid of them and stay focused.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

A: I am mainly on Facebook so it will be the quickest route to connecting to me. I do have other social media accounts elsewhere but Facebook is where I spend the most time.

Lu Groblebe Official Site

Luminary Literature Official Site

Lu Groblebe on Facebook


Luminant Literature – Lu Groblebe

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@lugroblebe

Lu Groblebe on LinkedIn

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads

 

Author Spotlight: Lindy Hudis

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Lindy Hudis
Photo Credit: April Massirio
Can you tell us where you are from?
I am from Los Angeles, California, but I grew up in Tennessee. I also lived in New York City for a few years to attend NYU. I guess you could say I’ve been around. 
When and why did you begin writing?    
I have been writing all of my life, actually. Even when I was a little girl, I used to love to make up stories and write them down. I was obsessed with the Judy Blume books – what little girl of the 70’s was not? One day I thought to myself, “I can do that….” So I started writing some short stories, ghost stories, stories about kids – it just snowballed after that. Writing is just a passion one is born with. I am constantly writing stories in my head. I guess that either makes me a fiction author or a loony!
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What inspired you to write your first book?

“Weekends” was my first book, and that is a romance suspense set at a luxurious beach hotel in California. Jackie Collins is another author who I just adore. She is excellent at what she does! So, I became inspired to write something suspenseful and romantic that takes place at this gorgeous, sexy location. So, I wrote the first twenty-two pages on a lark just for fun on an old rickety typewriter many years ago. I stuffed them into a drawer and forgot all about them. Then, when I got married and moved in with my husband, he found them in an old box. He asked me what it was and I said “oh…nothing…just me fooling around…” or something like that. Then I got pregnant with my daughter and had plenty of time on my hands, so I decided to put those twenty-two pages on my computer for the heck of it, then I kept on writing it, and kept on writing it, until I have a completed novel. So, I sent out query letters, got a book deal, and the rest is history!
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Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really, I just let my characters tell me what they want to do. Not sure what that style is called, but that is how I write. I just get very involved with my characters on a personal level, and they lead the way. I just type.

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What is your favorite genre to write in?
I consider myself a multi-genre author. I don’t like the term genre. I just like telling stories. I love romance, erotica and thrillers.
 
Bio:
Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University, where she studied drama at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of several titles, including her romance suspense novel, Weekends, her “Hollywood” story City of Toys, and her crime novel, Crashers. She is also the author of an erotic short story series, “The S&M Club” and “The Mile High Club”. Her short film “The Lesson” was screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She is also an actress, having appeared in the television daytime drama “Sunset Beach”. She and her husband, Hollywood stuntman Stephen Hudis, have formed their own production company called Impact Motion Pictures, and have several projects and screenplays in development. She lives in California with her husband and two children.
Goodreads Link:  Lindy S. Hudis
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Author Spotlight: BJ Wane

15416174_1803343319906556_1794868121_nFirst tell us a little bit about yourself, and your ambitions for your writing career?

When the huge influx of e-books saturated the market in 2013, I learned real quick not be too ambitious in my expectations of new releases.  I have a wonderful, steady following of over 2000 readers and am grateful and happy with where I’m at now.  My hope is to just maintain that success with each new title.

So, what have you written?

I have written twenty-two books ranging from novellas to full length novels, the last two still pending release.

Where can we buy or see them?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance, Kobo and Blushing Books

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Even though my one and only paranormal, Mate With Me has been my lowest selling book, I love my three vampires and the honorable way they lived their extended lives despite the temptations their powers and longevity afforded them

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?15423532_1803344489906439_1516550829_n.jpg

I’m finishing book one now of a three book erotic suspense series in which three cousins strive to solve the murder of a friend that occurred on their private island during one of their BDSM party weekends.  It will be spring before I finish the trilogy, but I have a Christmas novella out December 7 and another release in January.

What genre do you write in?

Erotic romance, most of them with an emphasis on erotic spanking

How much research do you do?

Not much-that’s my husband’s job!  He likes research and I much prefer saving my time for writing-it’s worked well for us so far.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

No, I wouldn’t know how!

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been an avid reader, but my interest in trying to write didn’t peak until I started reading erotic romances, over ten years ago.

Why do you write?

Since I am unable to work outside of the home, writing has been a wonderful past-time for me, a way to keep my brain active and do something enjoyably constructive with my days.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part-time as family always comes first.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

Usually six days a week, a few hours each day.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No, that would make it work instead of fun.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I come up with a plot, then a vague outline to start with and the story usually just takes off from there, as I’m writing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

With the number of books being published now, selling enough to make the time and effort worthwhile has become the biggest challenge.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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Depending on length, 2-3 months.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Ignore it until it goes away.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Print books only-I have a love affair with our library.

What book/s are you reading at present?

In For The Kill by Shannon McKenna and Designed for Submission by Maggie Ryan

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I do it then my publisher’s editing staff take over-they’re awesome!

How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

My books are published by Stormy Night Publications and Blushing Books.  Their editing and marketing resources are invaluable and save me the time and hassle of that side of writing.

How do you market your books?

Facebook, my blog and with ads.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

No

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews can be very helpful to both readers and authors and I confess I pick my reading material based a lot on other reader’s comments.  Of course, I love positive reviews.  If a negative review makes a valid point, I try to learn from it and move on.  What I, and most authors, really take exception to are negative reviews because the reader didn’t read the disclaimer on the books content and read something that offended them.  Those are unfair to us.

Which social network works best for you?

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Just Facebook and my blog as I’m a very reserved, private person.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

Yes, I recently did two giveaways featuring my Virginia Bluebloods series and both went very well.  I do plan to do more.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

BJ Wane Author Blog

BJ Wane Facebook Author page

  BJ Wane Amazon Author Page

BJ Wane on Amazon

BJ Wane at Blushing Books

BJ Wane on Barnes & Noble

BJ Wane At All Romance eBooks

BJ Wane on Goodreads

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Author Spotlight: Tabitha Black

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
My name is Tabitha Black. I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pen, and had my first erotic romance novel published in 2005. I’ve never looked back.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Just to keep writing, and to keep making readers happy with what I put out there. Selling lots of books and making money is nice, but I started writing because I love it and because I love hearing from people that they enjoyed my stories.

Which writers inspire you?

There are way too many to list. From George Orwell to Roald Dahl, from Jilly Cooper to Stephen King and probably hundreds in between – all for different reasons. In my genre, I’d have to say that Carolyn Faulkner and Maren Smith have been my biggest inspirations, but since then, that list has also grown.

So, what have you written?

(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
The Abbeyville Way
Taken In Hand
Estelana
Educating Eva: Silverlake Priory Book 1
Summer Camp
Little Tudor Rose
Conquering Cassia
Fulfilling Her Fantasy (A Masters of the Castle novella)
Sharing Silver (A Masters of the Castle novel, Golden Flogger award nominee and winner of the SRR best ménage 2015)
Restraint: His Empire Book 1
Sapphire’s Surrender (A Red Petticoat Novel)
One For Luck (Confessions of a Spanking Author anthology)
Taken By The Enemy (Hero To Obey Military Box set – USA Today bestseller)

Where can we buy or see them?

All of them are available on Blushing Books, with the exception of Restraint, which is currently exclusive to Amazon. The rest are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and, in some cases, Kobo and iBooks.

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Oh, this is tricky. I don’t think I have a favorite. I’m a little bit in love/lust with all my heroes.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?
I’m currently working on several projects simultaneously… the current current one is a novella which will be released in January 2017; part of a dark fairytales set I’m doing with six amazing authors.

What genre do you write in?

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Erotic romance. The sub-genres have varied; historical, age-play, contemporary BDSM, Western, post-apocalyptic, dark erotica… but the hero is always strong and the scenes are always explicit.

How much research do you do?

It depends entirely on the genre. If it’s something I already know a lot about (like contemporary BDSM), I don’t need to do as much research as I do when I’m writing a historical book, for example.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I’m currently co-authoring my first one… not sure when it will be finished, though.

When did you decide to become a writer?

It was never a conscious decision. I was reading when I was three and writing when I was four. I started my first novel when I was seven years old. I never wanted to be anything else (even though I did have several other jobs in the meantime).

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not. It’s my life, and I love it.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

It depends… I’m also a managing editor for a romance publisher, and that’s what I’d call my ‘day job’. But when I have a big deadline, I write more than I edit. So it varies.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
As and when my schedule allows it.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Only if I have a deadline. Then I’ll set myself a daily target, like 3k words per day as a minimum.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on my laptop with an extra wireless keyboard I enjoy typing on.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. My own experiences, my own fantasies, films, books, music… I’m always surrounded by inspiration and sometimes it can come from the oddest places.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I usually start with a seed of an idea, get writing, and see where the characters take me. I only resort to an outline if I get horribly stuck; then I brainstorm ideas of what could happen next.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline, and it’s all too easy to be discouraged by negative reviews or other unpleasant feedback.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I wrote Sharing Silver in two weeks; others have taken me a year because I set them aside after a chapter or two and resumed them much later. It depends entirely on what else I have going on in my life – and/or if I have a deadline. The most I wrote in a day was 17k words.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Not very well. If I can, I take a day or two off to let the ideas ‘ferment’ in my head. Or I go to my own personal romantic hero for inspiration.

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Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?

I think people all handle it differently. What works for some, may not work for others. Sometimes it helps to set whatever it is you’re working on aside and write something completely different… other times, you just need to take a break from writing and do something else. But never give up!

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I read a mixture of both. I love both my Kindle and my Kobo for the convenience, but I still have hundreds of paperbacks in my apartment and I could never part with any of them. I also go back and re-read them, if they’re good.

What book are you reading at present?

Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn. I love her writing style.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
As I’m traditionally published, all my books are professionally edited, although I do edit and proofread them thoroughly before I submit, so they’re generally pretty clean.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
Again, they’re done by the publisher, although I do get to give lots of input. The cover for Restraint, for example, features a picture by my partner, who’s a photographer.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I think it depends. I know some people buy books based on the cover, but I’m always far more interested in the blurb, especially if it’s an author I haven’t read before. I also have some go-to authors whose new books I buy automatically with barely a glance at the cover or the blurb.

How are you publishing this book and why?

I like traditional publishing, and have been with the same company for eleven years now. I can see the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing but for me it’s mostly a question of time now; my publisher has far more reach than I do and I like being able to send my book off and not have to worry about the editing, cover, marketing and so on. I do some marketing myself but all the other details are taken care of. And getting an advance is always a bonus.

How do you market your books?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, my blog and via my publisher’s channels, mostly.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are a mixed bag. The good ones are fantastic; inspirational, I copy the best ones down and re-read them whenever I’m feeling disheartened. When it comes to the bad ones, it depends. If they’re just unnecessarily mean, I ignore them. If they’re offering constructive criticism, I try to take it on board despite the initial sting.

Which social network works best for you?

I’m most active on Facebook.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

Absolutely. I like to take part in Facebook parties and blog hops, and often give away free copies of my books or audio books, as well as other prizes, like naming a character after the winner.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

“When I want to read a good book, I write a good book. I’ve never not been writing.” ~ Gore Vidal

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read. A lot. Both in your chosen genre and out of it. Learn your craft, and don’t give up.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Tabitha Black Official Website
Tabitha Black on Facebook
@BlushingTabitha
Tabitha Black Amazon Author Page
Tabitha Black on Smashwords
Tabitha Black on Goodreads

Author Spotlight: Tiffany Apan

 

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Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler

First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

Thank you for having me here!

I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

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To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!

So, what have you written?

I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.

What genre do you write in?

My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?

It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’ 

When did you decide to become a writer?15328386_10210449610090718_506329641_n

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.

Why do you write?

I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for

The Birthrite:
The Birth Rite Trailer

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:

Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
@tiffanyapan
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads

Author Spotlight: Measha Stone

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

I’m Measha Stone. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my husband and our three children. During the day I work as a practice administrator for a large ophthalmology practice, and during the evenings I write erotic BDSM romance. I have always loved stories. Reading well into the middle of the night as a child, I devoured book after book after book. Writing was always a way for me to create my own story, my own world to escape into, but I never really thought my dream of writing for others could come true. Until my husband really pushed me to give it a try, and now I have a blog, I’m published with Blushing Books and soon with Stormy Nights Publications as well as working on several anthologies with some pretty awesome writers.
When I’m not writing, or reading (which is basically like my food and air), I’m hanging out with my kids. They are all creative in their own ways and we are all a crazy bunch of people who like to have dance parties at stop lights, go overboard with the Halloween decorations, and have junk food filled family game nights.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Writing full time is my ultimate goal. I have so many stories in mind, and not enough time to write them all. My immediate goal is to give readers a break from the reality of life and pull them into a world that is full of love and really kinky sex.

Which writers inspire you?

Jennifer Bene and Natasha Knight. Hands down, the two writers that give me complete writers envy. I would love to be able to string words together like they do, very fluid and natural.

15170893_1831785503723515_8336562720289828711_nSo, what have you written?
I currently have 4 books published with Blushing Books. The Windy City Series is a 4 book series revolving around 4 friends who each find their true selves and true loves in their own way.
I also write, non-romance fiction, though not often. I have a short story The Friends We Keep published in the May 2014 edition of efiction magazine. As well as having received an honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2015 for The Great Snowboard Caper of McCleanly Mountain

Where can we buy or see them?

All of my romance books can be purchase through Amazon, B&N or directly through Blushing Books.

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Right now, I’m crushing on Devon from Protected, the first book of a new series I’m working on. He’s unrelenting in his requirement for obedience, and he’s not afraid to use a heavy hand. He’s also willing to see the limit and push it, all the while taking complete care of his girl. He’s hard and sweet at the same time.

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?

I’m currently working on Hunted, the second book in a new series. Trevor works in the missing persons department of the Chicago PD, and he has to track down Addison who is more on the run than missing. He’s not the only one tracking her down, though, and once he catches up to her he has to keep her safe from those that would harm her.15241215_1831785703723495_1898431388864287716_n

What genre do you write in?

BDSM Romance
How much research do you do?

I keep my stories as local as possible so I know the area well, other than that I research professions of my characters and some activities they enjoy in the bedroom if it’s not something I’ve actually experienced.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

Nope.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I have always loved writing stories and reading. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I put real effort into making the dream a reality.

Why do you write?

Sometimes it hurts not to! If I get a good story going in my head, or I have the next scene of my WIP playing over and over in my mind, it just won’t settle down until I get it out on paper/screen. Mostly I write because I love it. I get to create whole worlds and characters and scenes, it’s awesome.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part-time because apparently, my body needs sleep. My ultimate goal is to be able to stop working my day job and devote full time hours to my stories.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I write almost every day, depending on family schedules. I may take a day off here or there, but generally I write at least 1 hour every day. My bedroom is huge- thankfully the prior owners knocked down a wall and turned 2 rooms into one, so I have a good chunk of the room for my “office”. Sometimes I’ll go to the library to work if I really need a quiet space. I can usually tune out the kids, but some days I really need quiet.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

15218606_1831785650390167_1164147523_nI have a goal of 2-3k words a day, but 2,000 is the minimum.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer. I’ve written long hand when I was younger and didn’t have a computer, and it was horrible. My hands cramped and most of the time I couldn’t read what I wrote because my hands didn’t move as fast as my brain. When I got a typewriter, that was better, but I love my computer.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. Sometimes I hear someone say something that triggers a whole character, other times it’s where I’m standing. One of my future projects includes a time traveling erotic romance that was triggered while visiting a national park with family. My daughter helped me take a ton of pictures of the area so I could better envision it again later.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I have a general idea of what’s going to happen, but that’s as close to an outline as I can get. My characters really lead the way once I get going, so outlines are rarely obeyed anyway.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

For me it’s time. I wish my fingers typed faster. But also, it’s trying to remember that I write for myself first, then my readers. That probably sounds selfish, but whenever I try to write a story to fit into a specific sub-genre or because that type of work sells really well, I muck it all up. When I write the story that it’s in my head, and makes me happy, it comes out so much better and my readers will be better off reading a good story from me then one that was forced into a mold.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

First draft about 4 weeks. Then it sits for a while before I go back for first round of cleanup, then it sits again, then second round of clean up. The whole process takes about 8-10 weeks.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Keep writing! I’m not sure who said it, but you can’t edit a blank page. Crappy words are still words.
Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block? Stream of Consciousness is a process I learned in college. It’s basically a writing exercise where you sit down and write, and write, and write whatever comes to your mind. It doesn’t even have to make sense. I’ve found lots of times either something will rise up out of the garbage, or I’ve at least unclogged the block and can get back to work.

15267730_1831785563723509_8300674038353881569_nFor your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

They both have a place in my heart. I have never smelled anything so awesome as the scent of books when I walk into a book store. I love the feel of them in my hands, and reading printed words. The ebooks are great when I’m on the run, or when I’m stealing a few minutes at work for a peak at the newest book.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I am currently reading The Alpha’s Promise by Renee Rose
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? I do the best I can, then I send it off to an editor.

Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?

They were all designed. I had a general idea of what I wanted them to look like, and I picked the cover models for each of the Windy City books, but then the cover artist took over and made them awesome.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes. I know we say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but buyer do- it’s just the nature of the beast.

How are you publishing this book and why?

This book will be traditional, but I have one or two indie books in mind.

How do you market your books?

Blog hops, virtual book tours, social media, anyway I can really
Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I don’t, but I might in the future.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

I’m still learning about marketing, so I don’t have any awesome tips, but I will say to talk about your book everywhere you can.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews help, good or bad. The best way to let an author know you like their work is to leave a review. Even short one’s like “Liked it a lot” or “Loved it” go a long way. Bad reviews are helpful in that they add to number of reviews given, and so long as they are crafted with respect I have no problem when them. There is a difference between a bad review and a nasty review. I don’t give any weight to a nasty review- for my work or others.

I’ve met so many people through Facebook, that I’ll have to crown that one the winner. I get to interact with readers and other writers so easily.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Don’t be negative. Stay away from political talk. Be kind, courteous and fun.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I haven’t, but now I’m thinking maybe I should.

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?

Nope, that’s part of the trouble I have with being an erotic BDSM romance writer. My books aren’t mainstream, and it’s hard to put yourself out there when you are a little different from the pack. Something I should probably work on getting over and pushing that envelope a bit more.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are awesome! Not the one’s I’ve made- I’m definitely not a graphics/computer guru, but others are wonderful. Captivate the senses and you can captivate your reader- visual representation is definitely a good way to go.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

Not at this time. Maybe once I find someone to do it for me, I’ll give another go.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do giveaways whenever I host an FB Party, I’ve also done a few giveaways randomly on Facebook just for fun.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

If you wake up every day and think of nothing but writing, then you’re a writer. From Sister Act. That scene resonated with me, and I tell myself that every time I start to doubt myself.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

In the words of the great Dory “Just keep writing”. (I may have edited to make my point.)

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Measha Stone Official Author Website
Measha Writes – Measha Stone’s Blog
Measha Stone Facebook Page
@measha_stone
Measha Stone Amazon Author Page

Measha Stone on Goodreads

Thanks so much for having me, I had a great time!

Book Links:

Liberated Heart Buy Links:

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Liberated Heart on Amazon

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For Indebted Heart
Buy Links:

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iBooks Indebted Heart
Kobo Indebted Heart
Nook Indebted Heart

For Secured Heart Buy Links:

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For Hidden Heart Buy Links:

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Hidden Heart on Amazon
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Author Spotlight: Mila Waters

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
I am a single mom, a writer, a reader, a dreamer, and a lover of music, art, whisky, and cheese. Guess being from Wisconsin has its perks.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To be famous one day. HAHA! But seriously, my 16 year old son read a rough copy of the next story I’m going to release and told me he thinks I’m going to be famous. Honestly, I just want to get the stories in my head out. If people read them and like them, all the better.

Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by some of the greats. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Laurell K Hamilton, as well as my good friends Gwyn McNamee and Verlene Landon. Both of them write some of the steamiest romances I’ve ever read.

14947551_155478884919133_7518364130643956595_nSo, what have you written?
I currently have one novella out. It’s called Rhapsody in Red and it’s a part of the Dark of Midnight box set.

Where can we buy or see them?
It’s available on Amazon. amazon.com/Dark-Midnight-Complete-Novellas-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B01M8LYFVC

Who is your favorite character, and why?
Currently, my favorite character is Quinn from Rhapsody in Red. As for why, let’s just say, she does what she wants, when she wants.

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?
My current project is about a woman who is slowly descending into madness and trying to figure out why. I am planning a mid-December release.

What genre do you write in?
I write erotic science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and dark romance.

How much research do you do?
As much as is needed. One can never do too much research. And it helps that I love it.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?
I am currently co-writing book one of a seven deadly sins series.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a writer most of my life. It wasn’t until almost four years ago that I decided to publish my work.

Why do you write?
I write both therapeutically and because I need to get the ideas out of my head. I’ve suffered many traumas in my life and writing is my way of releasing those demons.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full-time as much as a six year old will allow.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write every day, 7 days a week, whenever time allows.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I don’t usually set a goal for myself as much as just getting the words out. One word is better than no words.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on my laptop and sometimes longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
My dreams spawn most of my plots though I have been known to come up with them by seeing a great picture or hearing a song on the radio.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?
I can’t speak for every writer but, for me, the biggest challenge is hitting publish. I fear as much as I want the publicity.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
That depends on the story. I have one that I’ve been writing for more than ten years and I’ve written one in less than a month.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?
I put the story I’m working on away and move on to something else for awhile. If that doesn’t work, I blast the tunes and start research on a new project. This usually gets the words flowing.

Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?
As I said to the previous question, if you struggle with Writer’s Block, find something else to work on. Don’t quit writing altogether. Words, even if they’re a part of a blog post or a journal, are better than none at all.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer books! LOL!! I have too many to count on my Kindle and I’m rebuilding a physical book collection that once contained more than 3000 books.

What book/s are you reading at present?
I am reading The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proof my books first and then have someone else do it for me.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
I do a little of both.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do think a good cover catches people’s attention, however I don’t let a bad cover deter my buying a book that has a strong blurb.

How are you publishing this book and why?
Indie. I’ve been published by indie publishers up until now. The next book will be self published.

How do you market your books?
I have the most wonderful PA a girl could ask for. She helps me when I need it as well as Book Haven Promotions. They are a godsend promoting in groups.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I currently use Book Haven Promotions. Amanda and Nicole are wonderful to work with.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Share your books with like minded people. Not everyone is going to like your stories but if you just keep plugging away, someone will like your words so much, they’ll share them. It can and will snowball from there.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
A reader will review a story any way they see fit. It’s her or his opinion and I respect that.

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Facebook

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Don’t fret over a bad review. Learn from it. Write every day. Even one sentence is better than none. Keep your head up and remember everyone has a bad day once in awhile.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
A release event was held for the release of the Dark of Midnight box set. It seemed to garner some attention.

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
This is my first interview. 😉

What do you think of “trailers” for books?
They can be a great marketing tool if done tastefully.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
No, I currently don’t have one nor do I have any future plans to create one.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?
I do giveaways all the time.

What is your favourite motivational phrase.
Just keep swimming.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write! There is an audience for anything these days. Write what you want and continue to learn and grow.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website:

(currently under construction)

Mila Waters’ Author Website

Facebook:

Mila Waters’ Facebook Author Page

and

Mila’s Black Boudoir on Facebook
Twitter:

Amelia Waters’ Erotica on Twitter
Amazon Author Page:

Mila Waters’ Amazon Author Page
Book Links:

Dark Midnight Complete Novella Series on Amazon
Goodreads:

Mila Waters on Goodreads