All posts by willowwritesandreads

My name is Nicole. I'm from Georgia. I really love reading! I've been reading all my life. I didn't always love it. My mom used to have a rule that I couldn't watch the movie before reading the book first. I hated it at first, but I'm glad she made that rule now!

Interview With Shay Stone

Where do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes things just pop into my head. Other times I’ll here a song or see something on TV that spurs a whole thought process for me.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

The Rise to Fame and The Cost of Fame are a duet. After Colin scares off Alex’s male lead, she ropes him into starring alongside her in a play. He falls hard not knowing she is the daughter of the man that tried to destroy his life. In the midst of dealing with that, they get discovered by a huge Hollywood agent named Richard. It soon becomes clear Richard’s interest lie in more than just Alex’s talent. The books follow Alex and Colin’s struggle to make it in Hollywood while contending with her powerful father and an obsessive agent that wants to thwart their careers and tear them apart.

What inspires you to write?

Music, a walk outside, a nice smile. I look at people or listen to a song and wonder what made them get to that point. Why are they fighting? What lead to that song being written? How did they fall in love? Or out of love? Next thing I know, I have a whole story. I also couldn’t read or write for a long time due to a car accident. Now that I can, I don’t take it for granted. I try to get my ideas out knowing the ability could be taken away. Writing is a privilege some people don’t get. 

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

The first time, I started writing because I wanted to help people learn how to deal with chronic pain. It was suggested by a popular clinic that I write a self-help book. I did and it ended up getting published. I wrote another book after that that was also a self-help book. Both are currently out of print because the publishing company closed.

The second story is more fun. I didn’t write for years after my first books were published. Then one Valentine’s Day, I decided to write these sexy stories in a journal and give it to the guy I was dating at the time as part of his present. He flipped out over it and told me I needed to be a writer. I decided to give it a shot and here I am. I feel like I’ve found my calling in Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense. I have tons of stories in my head waiting to get out.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

My self-help books were published around 2009, I think. And it was liberating. I felt like I had taken control of my life again. My contemporary romances were published last summer. I was still under contract with my publisher, but they gave me permission to self-publish my books because they knew they would be closing. Holy crap! Was I nervous! I had no idea what I was doing. lol  I studied every traditionally published book and read everything I could on publishing because I wanted to do it right. When I finally got to hold The Rise to Fame in my hand for the first time, it was exhilarating.

What advice can you give future authors?

Everyone’s first draft sucks. I say that for two reasons. One because some people finish a story and are so excited to publish it, they don’t take the time to tweak it and edit it properly. Those little things – reframing sentences, catching plot holes, etc, are the difference between something decent and something extraordinary.

Two, a lot of people, write it, judge it too harshly, and give up. The first draft is you telling yourself the story. You can go back in and add the flowery details and perfect sentences later. That’s what editing is for.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

The Cost of Fame – it was the second book in The Fame Series so the characters were developed, and I could just write. The words were coming so fast I could hardly keep up.

What was the hardest?

The one I’m currently writing. It is very intricate and takes so much brain power. Sometimes more than I have! Haha But I think it’s going to be worth it.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

Time and focus. With the head injury, I work almost like a person with ADHD. I’m usually doing 5 things at once. With writing, you are forced to focus on one task. It takes tremendous concentration. Some days it’s all I can do just to get down a paragraph. Other days, I’ll bust out a chapter with ease.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

It’s something you have to do, but it’s so hard. There’s a lot of competition and I feel like crap sharing and asking other people to share, which is why I don’t ask often. You try to come up with new innovative things to grab people’s interest. But after a few times, everyone catches on and starts doing the same thing. Look at takeovers for example. For a while they were the big thing. They were fun and didn’t happen that often. Now there’s at least one every day. Less people attend because they figure they’ll just catch the next one.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

Hmmm… My last books were descriptive and written in third person omniscient. My next book is in first person and is more narrative. I want the reader to feel like they are a part of the story and that’s what determines my style and perspective. If you read me, be prepared to get drawn in and emotionally invested in the characters. I’ve been told I write great dialogue and my books are extremely realistic. Fans tell me they feel like they are standing in the room watching the scene take place. That’s pretty damn cool to me. And I don’t use big words just to show off my vocabulary. To me, if a reader needs to stop to look something up, it’s taking them out of the story. I want you in the story, laughing, crying, occasionally cursing my name for making you stay up to late reading because you need to know what’s going to happen next.

How supportive is your family of your books?

My dad keeps asking if I’m ever going to make money off these things. Haha Like a lot of people, he doesn’t understand the business and thinks I should have an agent and publisher just because I wrote a book. But he is supportive. As for the rest, some people are very supportive; others have never picked up one of my books and scoff behind my back. I use both to push me to succeed. I want to prove the ones that believe in me right and the ones that don’t wrong.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

(See above) You have to push through and find it in you. Only you have the power to make your dreams come true. At the end of the day, you’re the one that has to live with knowing you did or didn’t go for it. Do you want your dreams to remain dreams, or do you want them to become a reality? Yes, there may be a million people out there trying to do what you do. It’s your job to show them why you’re special.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I wish! I do have a network of authors that I work with and we share things and swap newsletters. I also have some awesome friends and fans that share my stuff every time I post it. I’ve tried to put together a street team but haven’t had much luck. I’d love one… and a P.A. someday.

I only have one person I bounce stories off of because I’ve had some of my writing copied. An author even copied part of my bio. Unfortunately, that made me extremely nervous about sharing anything before it’s published.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

I could spend the rest of my life writing drafts and editing my books. I don’t remember who it was, but someone once said [paraphrasing], “A great writer is never finished with their book. They just get tired of editing.” There’s always something I want to tweak. But at some point, you have to release your book baby out into the world and hope it flies high.  But if I had to give a number, I’d say probably about 70. haha

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Not yet, but I hope to in the future. It’s a cost thing and I’m also scared because I bought an audiobook version of a book I loved. When I heard it, I was so thankful I read the book before I listened to it because the narrator was awful. It made me really cautious about finding the right people to do it when I’m ready.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

Tiffany Riesz – Original Sinner Series

Sylvia Day – Crossfire Series

Jackie Collins – Chances

Danica Raimz _Awaken My Heart Series

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

I’ll tell you the title: The Redemption of Memphis Drake
(I’ll also tell you I’m so freaking excited about it I can hardly see straight!)

Where can we find you on social media?


Ugh! I’m on too much social media, but you have to be if you want to succeed. Here is the crazy long list. Please stalk away!


www.shaystone-official.com

www.twitter.com/shaystoneauthor

www.instagram.com/shaystoneofficial

www.facebook.com/shaystoneofficialsite

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/shay-stone

https://mailchi.mp/3ff7e1840b13/shaystonenewsletter

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6420274.Shay_Stone

First Book Chat With D.L. Pitchford

How long did it take you to write your first book?

Technically, my first book took at least ten years to write, and I still don’t have a completed manuscript. Once I finally had a first draft, I set it aside, and I’m waiting for the right time to go back to it—when I have enough experience to properly tackle the complex story and themes.

My first published book, though, was a different story. The original idea began to percolate while I was a sophomore in college, and I wrote a few scenes—only one of which made it into the book—for one of my college writing classes. Several years later, when I was working as a freelance technical writer after my first child was born, I delved into my stories again and finally managed to finish the rough draft. After several revisions, I published it, a full six years after the characters began to take shape.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’m not sure there’s a particular item or instance that inspired me to write. I grew up in a home that encouraged creativity in all forms—my college years netted me not only a BA in English and Writing, but also in Fine Arts—and I have been coming up with stories for as long as I can remember. There have definitely been influential stories and writers—J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jane Austen, Michael Crichton, and J.K. Rowling were some of my earliest influences—but nothing inspired me so much as my own mind and experiences.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

My writing process is relatively in-depth. Generally, I start with a discovery draft, which sort of combines scene drafting with outlining and character mapping. Then, I write the official rough draft, which is then updated in a revised draft. Occasionally, I need to make more updates and revisions after this, but either way, the manuscript goes through extensive line and copy edits and a final proofread before it’s ready to be published. Overall, that’s four official drafts, though  the majority of the actual writing occurs in the rough and revised drafts.

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

The moment was both thrilling and anticlimactic. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but there certainly weren’t any bells or balloons. I was pleased to be sure, but the most significant moment was when I received my initial copies of the book.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

Although it has been two and a half years (almost) since I published my first book, I’m not sure my writing and publishing process has changed dramatically. I write and work slowly for most indie authors, and my revision process is extensive. Because of this, I focus on producing the best book I can, and often, I fall behind on keeping up with the publishing side of things.

How many books have you published since then?

In the years that have followed, I have only published a couple more books: two more books in the same series as my first and the first book in a series of contemporary fairy tale retellings. Aside from that, I’ve had books and short stories featured in box sets and anthologies.

You can buy the author’s book on Amazon for $0.99! Here’s the link:

Daughter Of Death by Lexi C. Foss Book Review

I know I say I need more for a lot of the series types books I read, but for this one, I definitely need more! I practically listened to this entire book in one sitting. With the exception of a few breaks. I loved the unique twist that was put on a pretty popular paranormal/fantasy genre. And the best part is the main character is a fallen angel!!! She’s amazing. She’s definitely going to be considered one of my favorite characters of all times. I really need the rest of this series!

Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss Book Review

This book was intense and very unique. I enjoyed every bit of it. I enjoyed the setup. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series/trilogy. I am hoping that some of the characters that played more of a background role in this book shine more in the rest of the series. Especially Stas’ best friend. I’m also hoping that many of my unanswered questions are answered very soon. I’m trying to be patient and let the story run its course, but it’s so hard. “I don’t need sleep! I need answers!!!”

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich Book Review

I really enjoyed this book. This is one of my favorite series of all times. But I’m learning quickly that even my favorite series will have flaws. Due to a couple of names in this book, I feel like maybe the author is running out of names for the characters. To be fair, there are a lot of characters in this series. Also, two of the “main” characters are kind of losing consistency. They were fun and vibrant at the beginning of the series. Now they kind of fade to the background and when they are in it they are a little dull compared to how they were. I still absolutely love this series. I’ll be reading every single book. I’ll probably even read them again in the future.

Interview with Krys Fenner

Where do you get your inspiration?

Some of my inspiration comes from my own personal experiences. As a teenager I dealt with depression and even attempted suicide when I was nineteen. About nine years ago, I realized that these are issues that are still ongoing issues for teenagers. I thought I’d create fictional stories to help bring these issues to light and let teenagers know that if they are going through these things, they are not alone.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

The first series I started working on is my Dark Road Series. I have two others, but that one is the one I use a lot of my personal experiences to create. The first three books in the series deal with the first major story in the series. Book 1, Addicted, begins with a 16-year-old girl (Bella) who is raped and dating for the first time. As a result of the rape, she becomes addicted to drugs. It is only briefly mentioned because her habit begins in the first novel. By the second novel, Damaged, she is truly addicted and can’t go a day without her pills. Things really get tough and she winds up attempting suicide. Bella’s story wraps up in the third book, Avenged, which addresses her recovery and desire to get revenge on the man who started it all. The series will continue to address the tabooer issues teenagers deal with in a rather realistic approach.

I don’t want to get into all of my books, but the other two series take slightly different approaches.

What inspires you to write?

I have stories to tell. It’s just that simple.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

I’ve always been interested in creating alternate worlds. I have a creative imagination, so it started with my love for roleplaying and expanded from there. I used to write fantastical short stories in high school and then switched to my first taboo story. I took a little bit of a break for a few years and got back into it in college.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

I published my first book in 2014, however a year later my publisher and I parted ways. After I got my rights back and reworked Addicted with a brand-new cover, I re-released it in 2017. Honestly, it wasn’t until I re-released the book with the new cover that I actually felt any type of joy. For the first time, I could imagine my book in bookstores.

What advice can you give future authors?

Don’t be afraid to take your time and find a good support team.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

This is a tough one because I can’t say that any of them were easy to write. That’s not true. My romance series, Love’s Worth, has been the easiest to write. Probably because they’re a bit lighter. After that, the second book in my Guardhian Series, Disillusioned, was the easiest to write.

What was the hardest?

Damaged, book 2 in my Dark Road Series. It was an emotional rollercoaster and it took a lot of energy to get through it because of that.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

Not getting distracted. I get easily distracted by social media. Other than that, sometimes I don’t know what’s going to happen next. In that case, I have to take a step back and come back at it later.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

I’m still figuring this out. I have two PAs who help me out a lot with this. Though, I have figured out that you can’t just depend on social media for promotion. You also have to attend local signings if you expect to get anywhere in this business. I think the hardest part of this is that a lot of authors are natural introverts and we have to actually put ourselves out there and socialize with people.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

I have a very realistic approach to writing. I do write in third person, but I like giving multiple points of view so the reader is in more than one head and gets the bigger picture.

Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?

I did participate in Nano this past year and I didn’t make my goal. I had a lot going on, but it hasn’t stopped me from completing four books since then. It also won’t prevent me from participating in Nano in future years.

How supportive is your family of your books?

My family is super supportive. They help me out with a lot of stuff including getting swag put together, shipped out, and even attending events with me.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

When I was younger, I did have family members who didn’t think I’d ever get anywhere. I’m stubborn so if someone tells me I can’t do something, I do everything in my power to prove them wrong.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I do have a small team. I have two PAs, I have an illustrator, cover artist, and an editor that I work with regularly. I don’t think I could do half of what I do without them.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

I write one draft all the way through, then I go through that and rework anything that I don’t feel like it works or fits. Though I may change scenes along the way of the first draft. That will go to my editor, I get it back, and once I’ve completed all the edits, it should be ready for publication.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Currently, they are not in audio. It is something I’m working on getting done before the end of the year.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

I’m a huge J.R. Ward fan. I also love Janet Evanovich, though I’d love to see Stephanie Plum make a choice already. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher just to name a few.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

If everything works out, I should have two more books releasing this year. The fourth book in my Dark Road Series, Burned, which will get into gang life and mental abuse. The other book will be Grace’s Beast, a paranormal romance; my own version of a fairytale retelling.

Where can we find you on social media?

If you’re looking for my Krys Fenner side, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, plus my website www.krysfenner.co. If you’re seeking my romance side, Brigit Rosé, I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and my website https://brigitrose.wordpress.com/.

Interview with Cheryllynn Dyess

Where do you get your inspiration?

My dreams and nightmares usually, but sometimes things just pop into my head.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

I have 15, so I’ll narrow down to the standalone and series. The Jein’s Journey Series was the first series I wrote (first of anything really). It is an inspirational story about how a young woman who was raised in a matriarchal society had to fight to be unique and accepted. Its in a world I built and nature and peace play a huge role in the story. My second series is The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn. Another young woman but this time she must accept who she is rather than others. Her world is turned upside down when she discovers magic is real and she is a very strong wielder of it.

Stand alones: *Born of The Veil came straight out of my nightmares – demons and ghosts along with immortals. The story starts out in Southeast Georgia and then moves all over the world.

*Bonded is my sweet fantasy romance between humans and sprites. Shae discovers she is one of the Forgotten and when she sees her first sprite she is almost instantly in love…

*Forgotten Soul is about a man who has lived a thousand lives but remembers none of them because it was a curse God put on him for disobeying him. He must regain his faith in order to get his memories back as well his admission into heaven. Only after being hired by a demon and falling in love with the man he works with, does things fall apart…or rather together.

*Multifaceted is a story about a sentient stone that can influence the humans around it and those that own it. It can see into the heart of man and gives man what they deserve.

*Little Measures is a small cookbook I threw together after my kid complained about not being able to figure out my recipes because…well, I don’t measure.

*The Shadow of the Mind’s Heart is a collection of poetry that spans over thirty years…it touches on every topic a young woman goes through in life, many of which are taboo to speak on.

What inspires you to write?

 Inspiration comes from many places. For me its like a craving, once I have it I have to finish the words to sate it.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

 Originally I only wrote as a teen, poems and short stories. When I met my husband he read my poems and asked why I wasn’t doing it for a living. So he made it so I could stay home and write and take care of the kids.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

 My first book, Calastan, was published via a publisher and it was a huge mistake but holding a book with your name on it, that has the words you wrote – there is no other feeling like it in the world.

What advice can you give future authors?

Write because you want to. Write what you want because that is what you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t write your best. After that … learn the industry and network!

What was the easiest book for you to write?

 I’m not really sure to be honest.

What was the hardest?

 Multifaceted was my hardest to date. I did a lot of research for that book and it took me nearly two years to finish.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

 Focus. There are a lot of interruptions in my day and that is stressful and you can loose your flow really quickly.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

 I detest marketing. It is not easy at all. It’s a lot of work. I took a year and a half off to learn marketing and lost a lot of money doing that. Now, I focus more on the writing and will entertain a few ads here and there.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

 Poetic and fluid. I love nature and description and it is reflected in my writing.

Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?

 Yes I have participated and No, I never make the goal. November is the worst month next to December to do that challenge. Holidays usually means family and lots of cooking. Family comes first so writing is never finished.

How supportive is your family of your books?

 Very. I’m blessed to have a loving family. I have a few kids who share everything I promote and one who buys all my books. My husband is my biggest supporter as he financially backs everything I do. Not saying all my family buys or shares my work, but a good enough portion does and I’m thankful.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

 No I haven’t. I am my biggest discouragement.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

 I have BETA readers, but that is it really.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Three or four, usually.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

 Not at this time, hoping for a future with that.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

 My biggest author crush is Edgar Allen Poe, hands down. His dark and twisted words opened me to accept my own. Everyone else falls in line behind him!

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

 I have a new series planned out about the elements and shifters. It will address real world problems with a fantasy foundation!

Where can we find you on social media?

Here are my links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cheryllynndyess

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheryllynndyess

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/cheryllynndyess

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheryllynndyess/

Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/c5z8w7

Website: http://www.cheryllynndyess.com

Bookbub: https://goo.gl/zqw1Xy

First Book Chat With Lannie Sheridan

How long did it take you to write your first book?

I worked on Shadows of the Past off and on for about 5 years.

What inspired you to start writing?

I honestly don’t remember. I’ve been writing since I was a child. Before I could even write I made up stories. My mom used to write them down for me.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

Probably 30ish. I used to print them and hand write notes and edits in them. I went over book 1 soooo many times. I wanted it to be perfect. Unfortunately by the time it was done I was so burned out I don’t want to work on the sequel for quite a while.

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

It was an amazing feeling. I’m not sure I can really describe how I felt holding the first printed copy of my book. I didn’t cry, but I was close to it.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

I feel like now I am closer to saying I know what I’m doing, not there yet. Not sure I’ll ever fully know what I’m doing, but I’m not confused and unsure like I was with the first one.

How many books have you published since then?

Just 1. I’m about halfway through writing book 3 and hope to have it finished and in the editing stage next year. Sadly my work is on hold at the moment as I’m moving.

Interview With Laura Hawks

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. Certain things I see or overhear just get me thinking about something that inspires a full story or a scene.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

Demon Trilogy: The journey of a stone from the moment it gets into a new guardians hands (who is also a werewolf) and the demon hunter who helps her protect the stone. The first book is her story, the second his where you also find out who has been manipulating the events to obtain the stone and the third is what the final conclusion to the stone and it’s protectors are.

Spirit Walker Series: Each book is a stand alone and each have Native American History and Culture, with each being a different tribe. The first “Shifter’s Hope” An Ojibwa is accused of a crime he doesn’t remember committing and has to clear his name or he and the woman he loves is put to death. “Shifter’s Pride” Is Commanche/Kiowa detectives who realize with modern technology that a series of murders which have been occurring since World War Two are becoming more prevalent and is one of their own. They need to catch the killer before he finds them or humans find him. “Shifter’s Journey” is a modern newspaper woman accidentally travels back in time and gets involved with the Cheyenne at the turn of the 20th Century. She becomes attracted to two different men in the past as she tries to find her way back to the future and uncovers the mysterious disappearances of the Harvey Girls.

Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms: Think Nancy Drew meets Sabrina the Witch with “Salem” being a reincarnated 1940’s private eye who is going to help solve the mysteries. The first is the intro of the characters, especially Mia, the 15 year old new witch and her familiar, Gumshoe, a Siamese cat.

Flaming Retribution: Serial Arsonist becomes an attempted murder as he goes after a romance writer and a male dancer who is also a volunteer fireman.

Ghost and the Grimoire: Civil War Confederate Ghost has to deal with a New York Yankee 150 years after his death when she moves into the home he occupies as part of an inheritance, starting a civil war within the house.

Egyptian Destiny: The Egyptian Goddess of Good and Judgement has her feather stolen and Anubis’ Commander in Chief of his Armies works with a modern Archeologist to recover the feather before the dead spill into the human realm and Chaos rules the world.

Snow White and the Seven Cannibals: A different take on Snow White with the dwarves not being very nice and the Prince being a Lion Shifter.

What inspires you to write?

The fans, being able to tell stories.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

By accident really. I run a role play group on Facebook and a couple of my members are published. A few years ago they asked me to be a part of an anthology because they liked my writing. Long story short, the publisher who was doing the anthology didn’t want my short story, but another published author showed her publisher the story and that publisher wanted it as a novel and I’ve not stopped since.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

2012 with Demon’s Kiss. Words can’t describe how I felt holding my first book in my hands. It was a huge accomplishment, a sense of validation, extreme excitement and a bit of being nervous that no one would like it.

What advice can you give future authors?

Don’t give up and finish writing whatever you are working on. It can’t be published if you feel it’s never done.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

Flaming Retribution… I went to see a Male Club in Las Vegas and when I left, the story sort of wrote itself.

What was the hardest?

The one I’m currently doing… the follow up of Flaming Retribution entitled Stalking the Stalker… I’m concerned this one is not as good as the other stuff I’ve written

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

Research. Since I want to make them as real as possible and include history and culture within my novels, research takes a lot of writing time.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

Very difficult. I’ve never been one to try and “sell” myself and my books are an extension of me. I always fear I’m being forceful where I’m not really wanted.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

I write in third person and hope to give the reader a feeling as if they are there watching as scenes unfold.

How supportive is your family of your books?

They were very supportive. Always having the first book printed, always wanting to know what I was currently working on, helping with title names or choosing a book cover. Unfortunately, I have no siblings, and my mother and aunts are all deceased, so I don’t have that support any longer. That has been the hardest thing to overcome and every day it’s a challenge to deal with.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

No. I’ve been lucky that way.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I do now. I just hired a PA to help and I use a couple of different promotions company when I have a new release to help get the word out.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Depends on the book. Usually three or four, then another after beta reads, the editors suggestions will be another one and then if there are anything in ARC’s comments I need to address… so I guess between 5-7.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Yes. I have one at this time. The Ghost and the Grimoire. I’d like to have others, but I think I want to do them myself, and just haven’t had the time.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

I enjoy books by

Agatha Christie.. favorite is And Then There Were None (For Mysteries)

Ed McBain… favorite is the 87th Precinct novels (For Crime/police books)

Graham Masterston… favorite is The Djinn (For Horror. The Djinn still sends shivers down my spine and I read it decades ago.

Sherrilyn (Used to be Kenyon) … Favorite is the Were-Hunter/Dark Hunter Series (For Paranormal Romance)

Kahilil Gibrahn: For insight and thoughts (Greatest Works I guess would be the one.)

O’Henry… I love his twisted short stories.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

Currently working on:

Stalking the Stalker: A Valley View Mystery… (Second in my Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Series)

                A famous actor arrives in Valley View and is harassed by his biggest fan. However, there are many secrets this fan is holding, some of which can destroy the actors reputation. How can he stop her from spreading what she knows? He doesn’t have to worry long when his stalker turns up dead.

Shifter’s Dance: Death at the PowWow (Fourth in the Spirit Walkers Mysteries/Suspense Series)

                Murder takes place when all the “gifted” bands of the Spirit Walker Tribes get together for a PowWow in South Dakota

Arien’s Tale: The MerMan and the Pirates (Second in the Shatter Fairytales Series)

                Think the Little Mermaid reversed meeting Pirates.

Gumshoe and the Deadly Quincera (Second in the YA Gumshoe Mysteries)

                Death at a Quincera celebration and more surprising details in Gumshoe’s background.

Where can we find you on social media?

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

Facebook Fan group: Hawks Flock : https://www.facebook.com/groups/508236979340885/

Website: AuthorLauraHawks.com

Twitter: @AuthorLHawks

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Hawks/e/B00ES5U35A?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1565199143&sr=8-2

First Book Chat With Amber Anthony

How long did it take you to write your first book?

In 2014, we wrote RISE in about four months. It published with a Canadian publisher, Forevermore. It was great until the publisher folded and we were treated kindly with our full rights back. 

It took us much longer to shop agents and publishing houses. On May 30th, 2017 after it was re-edited and given a new cover it was published as Blood Rising, because we had plot bunnies for books two and three.

What inspired you to start writing?

I traveled to London for a fan convention in 2009. I met an online friend in 2007 and we were due to travel Hampton Court and other London tourist spots. The morning after Hampton Court, I woke with a dream about an immortal, created by Henry VIII’s physicians. Nancy Reynolds had been a writer in the days of typewriters so we chatted about writing screenplays.

We wrote a dozen or so screenplays and after two women in their 50’s were invisible in Los Angeles, we decided to write romance novels.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

How many numbers are there??? Ha! 

Actually we write it. Let it sit 7-10 days. Edit it with Grammarly, send it to our Betas. Send it to our Developmental Editor and then finish it off with a 2-5 days simmering period. So, about seven?

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

Extremely proud of our working together to produce ‘the book’.  My collaborating Author, Nancy has mad skills and I was new at this. The book process keeps educating me and I feel more confident every week. My background had been in advertising sales so extended creativity like writing is exhilarating.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

I am breathing easier with each book. At first I sputtered like the asthmatic I am! Now we can go from the first words to formatting the paperbacks smoothly in a few months.

We were initially with a publisher who did not pay us. Our eBooks were not published as we approved them. We were anxious to get to that 1 year date to seize our print rights. 

Since September, 2018 I have formatted six paperbacks (our entire catalog) and worked with Nancy to write and publish Becoming Gabriel (10/2018)  Roman’s Revenge (07/2019.

How many books have you published since then? 

Five more published, with two actively being written and about 4 more in the preliminary stages.

4 paranormal erotic romances

1 contemporary urban romance 

1 action/adventure military romance.

We are working on the second book of the Action Adventure Series, Roman’s Rules as well as a PNR, Arise my Darling, about a man and women meeting on an astral plane. Their relationship is complicated and there is ghostly route to his rescuing her.  

These two should be published by the end of 2019.

Places to follow Amber Anthony:

https://www.facebook.com/WriteAmber/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17062164.Amber_Anthony