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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.

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

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
🇺🇸 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHNQF2S/
🇬🇧 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SHNQF2S/
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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.