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First Book Chat With Golden Angel

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

My first book actually started out as a serial for an online website that was eventually turned into a book and self-published. I think it took me about a month and a half to get the full story written and uploaded to the website.

What inspired you to start writing?

The website I was reading erotica on! After a couple of years I ran through all the stories I wanted to read and I knew exactly what kind of story I wanted to read but no one seemed to be writing new ones exactly like what I wanted. So I figured I should give writing a shot, because then I could have exactly what I wanted without relying on anyone else. I’d always enjoyed writing anyway and I had all these ideas in my head about what I wanted to see happen in a story; it was a bit of a relief to finally get it out of my head and onto some ‘paper.’

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

I just published a chapter at a time on the website. I did some proofreading / editing of my own before self-publishing and added a few small scenes, but I went back again later and did more rounds of proofreading / editing, with the help of others.

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

Readers from the website had actually asked me to publish the story, they wanted to be able to buy it and read it on their e-readers and not just online, so at the time it didn’t feel like that big of a deal. It was just ‘oh, sure, I guess I could do that’ – looked up how to publish through Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, etc. and just got it out there. It wasn’t until the sales and reviews started coming in and I realized people who weren’t just readers from the website were also reading it and loving it and wanting more that I really had that moment of awe and realized “Oh wow… I actually wrote a book. That people are reading.” That was both humbling and amazing. Publishing the second book was so much scarier because I finally had all the usual worries – what if people don’t like it? What if it doesn’t live up to what they wanted after reading the first book? I do remember that I cried the first time I held a paperback of my book in my hands.

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

So different and yet so the same! Now I rarely have time to write for the website, but I feel like I’m still writing books for the readers who want specific stories from that world. I spend a lot more time editing and proof-reading, I have beta readers now who help me, and I pay to have the editing / proof-reading done. The biggest difference to the publishing process is that I now actually do marketing. I was so scared of the author community back when I first began publishing, I didn’t consider myself good enough to even try talking to other authors, and now I feel like I’m fairly involved in the community which welcomed me with open arms. I kick myself for being so shy at the beginning, but I’m so glad to have found them now!

How many books have you published since then?

I believe I’m at about 40 books under my main pen name, not counting the anthologies I’ve been a part of, and another 10 under my alternate pen name. And still going!

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First Book Chat With Casey Hays

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


About three months, but it wasn’t very good. In fact, I’m rewriting the story now. It will be released in 2020 with a new title and cover. Now, it takes me 6-8 months of writing to bring a book up to standard for publishing.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was a high school English teacher for 11 years, and I really wanted to write a book for my students. So… I did.

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

I can’t even remember, it’s been so long. And I’m one of those writers who stops to revise as I go. I never get through even one draft without revising it. But if I had to guess, I’d say I wrote roughly 5-7 drafts and a dozen revisions of my first book (working closely with my editor) before I felt comfortable with publishing.

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

I was elated. I wrote the book in 2008, but it was not published until 2012 because I was in a queue at the publishing company and had to wait my turn. Impatience set in, but finally, it was my turn! I wanted to be published by my 40th birthday. I turned 40 in April and the book released May 15. Close enough!

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

Now, I take my time. I’ve learned how to slow down and develop my characters, my setting, my storyline. I let these elements lead the story rather than forcing a plot. I still revise as I go (I can’t seem to break my self of that) but I’m what you’d call a sculpting author. I shape and perfect the story bit by bit as I go. Then I go back and do it all over again two or three or ten more times with my editor. I still only release 1 or 2 books a year. I’m a stickler for doing my best to present a book that is error-free for the most part and satisfying and relatable for readers who enjoy my genres. I’ve learned the fewer books I publish within a year’s time span, the better they will be. So I’ve never published more than 2 in a year. I’m also my own publisher now with my own company, Whispering Pages, LLC, so I get to work at my own pace. It’s refreshing.

How many books have you published since then?

I have a total of 10 books published in two genres: dystopian sci-fi and paranormal romance (all YA books expect for A Heart of Flesh – it’s New Adult Dystopian.)

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First Book Chat With Christina Lanier

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

From August 2018 to April 2019. I had actually started it in 2017 but was involved in a car accident which put it off.

What Inspired you to start writing?

When I was a kid, I read ALL the time to escape an abusive household.  I always dreamt of offering a temporary respite to other people while at the same time giving them hope for the future.

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

I think I did 3.

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

It was such an emotional high! It took me a few days to even come to terms with the fact that I finished the book. The sense of accomplishment was amazing.

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

The writing process is a lot easier, I think because I have more confidence in myself after publishing the first one.  Now I know the process, instead of fumbling through it.

How many books have you published since then?

I’ve only published one, but I’m working on my second. *Fingers crossed*

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First Book Chat With Evelyn Lederman

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

From when the voices in my head began, it took just under 6 months to write/publish my first book (‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’).

What inspired you to start writing?

I attended my first romance novel convention as a reader in 2010. At that convention, I had an intimate session with Christine Feehan. She mentioned her characters talked to her. I thought she was crazy, but it was a common theme that weekend from other authors. On February 23, 2014, a real conversation that took place outside Sedona, Arizona played in my head. Then 5 women started to talk to me…telling me they were orphaned girls who grew up in our realm, but their parents were dissidents from a parallel dimension. One by one, the women travel to the Troyk universe and discover their telepathic abilities and their soul mates.

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

I went through several drafts before I blew up the beginning of the novel. It’s a common mistake for first time writers to put too much backstory in the first chapter(s). Since I knew a number of indie authors, I did some research and reached out to an editor. The editor asked to read my first chapter and agreed to take me on. After Tina’s first read thru, I retooled the beginning of the book and added more conflict. Tina went through the manuscript 3 times and I enhanced the manuscript with each of her edits/critiques.

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

I spent 33 years working for an insurance company, but never felt so emotionally invested in a work product. It never gets old when a reader tells me how much they enjoy a given book or series.

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

I believe my writing has evolved with each book. I’m told there is a huge difference between my first book and my second (‘The Crystal Telepath’). Over the years, I’ve taken craft classes to enhance my writing.

Today, I format my books, rather than paying someone to do it. I also do my first books in Scribner, rather than Word. Once the book is ready to go to my editor, I move the manuscript to Word.

How many books have you published since then?

Completed series:

Worlds Apart Series (5 books, 1 novella)

Nightshade Saga (5 books, 1 novella …Work In Progress)

Zaratan Trilogy (3 books)

Outer Worlds Passion Series (3 books)

Magic’s Destiny (3 novellas)

On-going series:

Shifters of Eclipse/Warriors of Eclipse (WIP) (2 books, 1 novella)

Laurent’s Blood Legacy (1 book, 1 novella WIP Jan/Feb: New Book, March: New novella)

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First Book Chat With Artemis Milchon

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

It was in my head for a while, so The Last Dragon, first book in my pnr Omega Clan Lords series, took a week.

What inspired you to start writing?

I kept seeing these smoking hot Omega Clan Lords in my head. They were telling me what it was like being immigrants from another world, dealing with angels, living with the last member of the dragon clan, having the air and water clan lords try to get along. I couldn’t get enough of them, and realized others might feel the same.

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

Three, and then had a great editor who gave me space to write the story the way the characters demanded. I’ll be going through a rewrite soon on the first book.

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

My dream came true. I felt so much relief and joy at finishing the story, I was instantly addicted. I couldn’t wait to tell the next Omega Clan Lords story.

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

It took me a while to understand I am the Mom of these characters. I’d better protect them just as if they were my child. I’ve also learned to listen to my own voice over everyone else. If you don’t love your book, if the characters don’t make you openly weep, the reader will feel nothing when they get a hold of your work.

How many books have you published since then?

Six books published. 2019-2020 I will release an additional ten titles, launching an entirely new series!

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First Book Chat With Cheryllynn Dyess

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

                4 months for the first draft!

What inspired you to start writing?

                My husband! The story was inspired by wanting to let young women know its okay to be different and to be themselves.

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

                I’d say 4 on this one, that was seven years ago so its hard to remember exactly!

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

                Weird to be honest. I was scared to death that no one would like anything I wrote and I was be seen as a fool. When I first held the book in my hand I was blown away that I had actually done it. It’s a very surreal feeling.

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

                Now, I understand the book industry more. I still write what I want and never write to market but I’ve learned how to do so much more and have total creative control over what I put out. I now have a better flow of the process and that helps a lot.

How many books have you published since then?

                I now have a total of 15 books out, so 14.

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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.

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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.

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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.amazon.com/Amber-Anthony/e/B077NR47LS%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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

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

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Author’s First Book Chat With Lily Wallis

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

It ended up taking me about six months because I let it sit for weeks at a time when either life got in the way or I was at a loss for ideas. There were some days where I wondered if I would finish at all.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved telling stories and have a big imagination but didn’t know what to do with it really. The world of self-publishing has made it possible for many authors to get their voices heard.

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

Zero drafts. I just write. Though I probably should make some kind of guideline to keep characters and timelines straight and avoid having to scroll back.

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

Accomplished and proud. But now comes the hard part, will people enjoy the story?

Links and Blurb

Ride or Die by Lily Wallis
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Ride or Die, the ultimate bond, the unconditional act of being there for someone, no questions asked, having someone’s back no matter if they fail or succeed. Is it possible? Is it plausible?

What if the person becomes unrecognizable, or you feel yourself die in the process? Is there an invisible fine line, and if so, where do you draw it?

Brooke
Hawk is unlike anyone I’ve ever dated. For one, he’s a biker, a member of the Gates of Hell MC…but I don’t care.

Hawk
The women around me know how to handle it, handle me. Brooke is different, and I think that is what draws me to her.