Interview with Indie Authors

Interview with H. R. Savage

My guest today is H. R. Savage and her debut book will be out May 24th. So exciting!

Tell us about yourself, H. R. Inquiring (or in my case, nosy;)) minds want to know. 

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I write under the pen name H.R. Savage, because my real name was already taken. I’m a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful children (age 6 and 3). I’ve always loved reading, and cracked open my first romance novel when I probably shouldn’t have. I think I was 8, and the title of the book was “Cowboy Takes a Wife” by Joan Johnston. I don’t think my dad fully understood what I was reading…or he was in denial 😉 I love wine, whiskey, Chinese food, and sleeping.

Ha! I started my romance obsession young, too. Harlequin as a lot to answer for. But I’m not complaining! And when you’re not writing, what do you do?

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I take classes here and there toward my degree, so I’m probably doing homework. I also play with my kids (or tear them apart from fighting), watch movies with the hubby, read as much as I can, and drag my feet while cleaning the house.

Ugh, homework. One thing I don’t miss. As for housework, a shame we can’t just ignore it. How did you decided the genre you’re writing in? What drew you to paranormal romance?

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Lost in Vengeance really just came to me. I wasn’t determined to write in Paranormal. But I’m happy I did. Paranormal is fun because you get to create this magical world with creatures that don’t exist, but you treat them like they do. I loved creating backstories for every creature; their history, their culture, their laws. I love the genre and it’s usually my go-to read, but I don’t consider myself restricted to it. I have folders of ideas I want to write, and some of them are contemporary.

Beautifully put. Creating new history, cultures, and people is fascinating. Can’t wait to see the world you’ve created. How about a little peek into your upcoming novel?

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Lost in Vengeance is an exciting story about revenge (obviously) and the choices that must be made along the way. While it is considered a story of revenge, I also consider it a story of a woman trying to find herself. Cat has been isolated almost her whole life, so going to Wolf Creek is a bit of a shock to her system. Here’s a synopsis for you:

Bloodcurdling screams haunt her memories…

Shifter Catrina Macintyre roamed the wilderness of Alaska as a lone wolf for six years. Imprisoned in her wolf form by a promise to her mother, she seeks the opportunity to discover the truth about her parents’ murders. When an Alpha saves her and takes her to his pack, she has to decide whether he will aide her…or destroy her.

Killian Stone is the Alpha of Wolf Creek, determined to save what the Shifter race is quick to dismiss or kill: lone-Shifters. After years of disappointment, finding Cat was a relief. That is until the intriguing and challenging she-wolf reveals that her past could put his pack in danger.

Their undeniable attraction toward each other threatens to collapse Cat’s defensive walls. She’s torn between the hope of a future, and the lingering pain of her past. The truth may be more than either of them anticipated, threatening not only Cat, but the whole Shifter race.

Will Killian convince Cat to abandon her quest for vengeance before it destroys them all?

And would you look at that gorgeous cover? A worthy addition to anyone’s bookshelf or e-reader. Is any of your work based on actual experiences?

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None of the events or characters are really based off life experiences, but the location is for sure. I live about an hour away from Big Bear and my family vacations there pretty often. The dock mentioned in the story was inspired by one trip where we were walking along the lake and I noticed this kind of abandoned dock. The lake has been depleting since California’s drought so many owners have had to take their boats out of the water. The dock had tons of weeds growing around it and the gate was kind of broken. I thought it was perfect.

Gotta love when the smallest thing sets off a whirlwind in your mind. Now my next question is the most important: have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

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Well. I’m going to have to say yes to this one. As a mom of young children I find myself having situations like this often. Or where you go to the store not realizing that you still have the smeared makeup on from going to sleep with it. Chances are you’ll find me in pajamas more often than being dressed. Sweat pants are my best friend. Jeans are overrated.

Hear, hear! Jeans are overrated. Give me comfy clothes anytime. 😉 Let’s talk scenes. What was your favourite part or chapter to write?

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Oh jeez. This is a hard one. I had so many scenes I loved to write. I guess I’ll have to say it’s a scene near the end when Cat is finally getting the closure she needs (I don’t want to give too big of a hint lol). I struggled with it so much, but at the same time, once I got really into it, I had tons of fun with it. Sure it’s kind of sinister to say so…but I totally had an evil smile going on the whole time I wrote it.

Ha! I totally get that. There are some parts so satisfying to write, even if it triggers your evil side. 😉 So now that you have Lost in Vengeance wrapped up and waiting to go live, what’s your next project?

 

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I just finished book 2 in the Wolf Creek Shifters series, called Found in Hope (unless my editor changes it). While I’ve been waiting on Beta Readers to give me their notes, I started book 3 in the series.

Oooh, a series. I love series! Does that mean there are certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

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At this time, the only thing I’ve been thinking about really building up on are the witches. They have such an interesting background, and I think that there could be some awesome stories in there. I’m just not sure if I’ll go down that path yet.

Witches sound awesome. I’d read that! And what made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I’ve actually been writing since I was really young. I remember finishing a novel in the 7th or 8th grade. It was 82-pages long and was probably awful, but I wanted to show my English teacher it. Unfortunately, this was around the time we were transitioning out of floppy disks and into USB’s and my computer decided to delete the file. Since then, I’ve started books but didn’t get past the 3rd or 4th chapter. But something happened with Lost in Vengeance. The passion stayed there and when things go hard, I got determined. I wanted to finally finish something. With a lot of encouragement and hard-work, Lost in Vengeance turned into a planned series, and I gained three binders worth of potential story material.

And how can your readers find you?

At this time, I don’t have any buy links, but I’d love if you’d check out my links below. I love to chat with people and you can get to know me. 🙂 Also, I’m having an awesome release party for Lost in Vengeance on May 28th that I would love to invite you to!

Release Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/179092942483719/

Website: http://www.hrsavage.com
Blog: http://www.inthebinding.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorhrsavage
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorhrsavage
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dimpledoo/

Thank you so much for joining us today. It was a pleasure having you here!

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Author interview with Jen Winters

An interesting interview with Jen Winters with Grandma Peachy.

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Welcome to my very first author interview on Wednesdays. This is my trial run so today I will be interviewing my own resident author, my daughter, Jen Winters. Friday will have a book review of her first published novel. I am so glad you are here today. I’d like to just jump in with my first question. I’m sure readers will want to know.

GP:  Tell us about yourself what do you do when you aren’t writing?

JW:  I am a stay at home mom and I homeschool. I also admin a Facebook group called Author Promo Co-op and I moderate a GoodReads book club called Trail-Mix Readers. Sometimes I get to go on dates with my hubby which helps refresh me a lot. Our favorite restaurant is a little hole-in-the-wall Asian place with delicious Dim Sum.
How would you describe your books to people who’ve never read your work?
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Presenting a Special Guest-CE Vance

A debut novel from an indie author.

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Good evening, and please join me in welcoming a special guest. Meet CE Vance, author of How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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C.E. Vance is an avid reader and proud Indie author. Aside from dreaming up fantastical tales for her books, she also enjoys writing poetry and short stories. She loves all types of literature, but has a soft spot for children’s fantasy. “How Maxwell Grover Stole My House” is her debut novel and is the initial book in a trilogy for middle-grade readers. She happily resides with her husband and four children in Utah.

Additionally, Vance is also a fantastic supporter of indie authors via organizations such as IndieBooksBeSeen, Author Promo Co-op, and Get Down with the Awethors.

How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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Currently on sale at Amazon, How Maxwell Grover Stole My House tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who enlists his best friend’s help to…

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April Wilson – Interview with an Indie Author

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Hi April, thanks for joining us today. It’s always great to have an indie author drop by for a chat. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is April Wilson, and I just released my debut romance novel, Vulnerable, on July 7, 2015. I’m a self-published author, and I couldn’t be happier with the burgeoning market for self-publishing. I’ve been writing for a LONG time, and have many novels laying around the house in boxes and binders, but this was the first novel that I wrote specifically for the purpose of publishing. It took me a year to complete Vulnerable – I probably spent four months writing it and eight months fixing it. But writing is my joy – I’d rather be writing than doing anything else. I’m so lucky that my family is wonderfully supportive.

A supportive family makes all the difference when it comes to writing. What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing? Hmm. There’s really not much time that I’m not writing. I’ve been writing pretty obsessively every spare minute I could find for the past year. When I’m not writing, I’m hanging out with my family, reading romance novels, or watching movies with happy endings.

It’s amazing how writing just kind of takes over your life, huh? When you’re not jotting down notes, your mind is working on the plots or character development. How did you choose the genre you write in?

I write romance… all kinds of romance, from contemporary to paranormal to sci-fi to erotic. I’m a die-hard romantic, and I love to read (and write) about people falling in love.

Yes, I hear you on that. Romance makes all the difference in life. I can see why you’d want to create your own world where people fall in love. When you are writing, do you work with an outline, or just let it flow?

I’m definitely a pantser. I write very organically and make it up as I go along. I have some key milestones in my head that I want to hit, but mostly I make it up as I go.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Authors that influenced me as I was growing up are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rafael Sabatini, Angela Thirkell, and Jane Austen – how’s that for an eclectic collection? As an adult, I’ve been influenced by Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Brockman, Kresley Cole, Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Diana Gabaldon, Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison, Lisa Marie Rice, Kylie Scott, Sylvia Day, and EL James.

Ooh, some great names in there! What project are you working on now?

I’m working on the sequel to my first release. I just started this new book and hope to release it by the end of this year – fingers crossed! It took me a full year to finish the first novel; I’m hoping that I learned enough through trial and error that I can write the second one faster. My goal is to be able to release two full novels per year, along with some shorter pieces. I’m very obsessive about revising and editing; I have trouble stopping.

Yes, now that you’ve learned a little more about what works for you, it’ll hopefully flow easier, although that pesky editing can put a damper on how fast the words appear on paper. Now, for an important question, how would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?

I wouldn’t. I’d send it to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where it would live happily ever after roaming freely over thousands of acres with the other elephants. See, I told you I’m a romantic. 🙂

Aww, you are a romantic! 😉 What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Becoming an author has been my life’s dream since I was 10 years old. I’ve been writing for decades and have tons of novels, short stories, and novellas lying around. In July, 2014, I realized that I was reading mostly self-published authors. I’d always resisted the traditionally published route, and when it dawned on me what wonderful opportunities exist now for self-published authors, I knew my time had come. I started writing Vulnerable on July 4th, 2014, and I released it on Amazon as an e-book exactly one year later.

I’m so happy that you’ve realized your lifelong dream. It’s such an amazing feeling, and I wish you many more published novels. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.aprilwilsonwrites.com
E-mail: aprilwilsonwrites@outlook.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009311538291
Twitter: @AprilWroteIt
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/aprilwilson
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AprilWilson

Book Links:

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On Amazon
Vulnerable

 

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Rachel Chanticleer – Fangirl Worthy Indie Author

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Hi Rachel, thanks so much for joining us today. How about you start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Hi Veronica, and thank you for having me! A little bit about myself? Let’s see… I’m introspective and a bit introverted. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time in my own head. For better or worse! Hm… This is hard! Well, if you’re familiar with the DISC Profile, I’m a classic “C”. Just like Mr. Spock. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad…

I know what you mean. I love spending time in my head, but I also need time with other people too. What do you do when you are not writing?

Beat myself up for not writing! Kidding, I read of course, but wish I had more time for that, too. I dabble in photography; I love how one split second snapshot in time can convey so much. I’m a news junkie, always catching up on politics and current events. I also try to get in educational programming whenever something interesting is on–particularly shows about history, travel, religion, etc. Oh, and I’m a multi-fandom fangirl. Supernatural and MARVEL are the big ones.

You do keep yourself busy! Ah, Supernatural, what a great TV show. And I have to admit, I’ve become a bit of a fangirl for MARVEL as well. I used to be a DC girl. 😉 I guess it isn’t a far stretch of the imagine why you choice the genre you write in, huh?

The Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy genres are my favorites to read, so it was an easy choice.

Of course. I’m the same way. Love the genre and LOVE your short story. Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere and anywhere! And unfortunately I’m pretty sure I have “Shiny New Idea Syndrome”, a term I’m borrowing from a Goodreads buddy which pretty much means I have a hard time focusing on one project at a time and–hey, wouldn’t it be great to write a series with… Wait, what were we talking about?

I’m not sure, I wanted to know about this new series! 😉 When you do come up with new ideas, do you work with an outline, or just write?

I sort of outline as I go, but nothing is set in stone. Oftentimes my characters surprise me.

They are surprising buggers, aren’t they? And with a mind of their own, too. Hmm, now to the most important question of this interview, who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?

Ooh, that movie is coming out soon, isn’t it? Hm… I think I have to go with Batman. So very dark and brooding. And I’m sure he can afford Kryptonite.

Yes, it is. I love both characters, but even I admit that Batman would kick Superman’s butt. He has a contingency plan on all the other superheroes. Paranoid much? 😉 Which do you prefer: writing on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Laptop. Sometimes I can’t even read my own chicken scratch. : /

Yeah, same here. I love using my computer. Plus, you have to enter all in again anyway. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I’ve always had an overactive imagination and a tendency to daydream. But I’ll blame a certain persistent character of mine as the reason I actually started committing my reveries to paper. On a commute home from work, an image of a man standing on a hill as the sun set, everything awash in an orange glow, just popped into my mind. I had no idea who he was or what he was doing there, but eventually I filled in his story with more and more details. It got to the point where I decided I needed to write it all down, because it was clear he had no plans of leaving me be. His book is still a work in progress, but I hope to introduce Adrian Grayson Barnes to Paranormal Romance fans sometime soon.

Ooh, I can’t wait to read about him! And such an awesome name, too. What was your favorite chapter or part to write and why?

For The Hunter and the Witch, that’s an easy one–the very last line of the epilogue. I sort of saw the screen go black and the credits roll right after I typed it. You know how when you’re watching a movie in the theater, and you’re so into it and not expecting it to end just yet? But then it does, and you think, “Gah!” Lol, that’s how it felt for me anyway.

Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Nice! The ending is always the best part. And thank you for joining us. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Blog: https://rachelchanticleer.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterRachelChanticleer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaeChanticleer (@RaeChanticleer)
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13747199.Rachel_Chanticleer
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Chanticleer/e/B00WZY2F5M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RachelWritesRomance

Book Links:

Crescent City Arcana Series

On Amazon
The Hunter and The Witch

On Barnes & Noble Nook
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On Kobo
The Hunter and The Witch

On iTunes
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Nicole Dykes – Interview with an Indie Author

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Hi, Nicole and thanks for taking spending some time with us. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 27 and have been married for almost seven years. We just had our first daughter in October and since I was not working anymore so I could take care of our daughter I finally finished my first two books and I’m currently working on my third.

Congrats, on both the baby and the books! Now it seems a little silly to ask, but what do you do when you are not writing?

I spend a lot of time with my 6 month old daughter. And as much time with my husband and other family as I can.

Of course! All those baby snuggles and adorable cooing. We’ll ignore the less than fun aspects of parenthood. 😉 With all the distracts of day to day life, to you find it easier to work with an outline, or just write?

I try to outline my book first. Usually just scribbles on a piece of paper and then I just go for it. I figure I can always add things in later.

That makes sense. And sometimes it allows the characters to organically grow. Don’t want to stifle them with too much of an outline. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I loved Faye Kellerman when I was in high school. I loved the murder mystery genre. It was only the past few years that I really got into the romance genre. Now my favorite authors are Krista Ritchie and Jay Crownover.

Ah yes, I grew up reading mysteries. Glad you took the plunge into romance. We can never have enough romance writers. With your book, how did you come up with the title?

For Soulmates it just came to me when I was in the middle of writing my book. It just seemed like the characters were all made for each other and even though life was pulling them apart they kept finding their way back to each other.

Aww, how sweet. It makes my romantic heart go all pitter-patter. 🙂 And what project are you working on now?

I am working on the third book of the Soulmates Series. This is Ryan’s story and he is the one in the group that doesn’t have much interaction with the rest of them. It’s been fun because it explores the life of a college athlete and I’ve been researching that as much as possible to make sure it is accurate.

Oooh, I bet the Ryan fans will be happy with reading his story. Time for the most important question! If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?

Oh boy, I would probably unload it at several colleges. Big groups of people and who doesn’t have a sweet tooth in college.

Ooh, smart! I didn’t think of that. Hmm, now I want some jelly beans. Give me a nice sugar rush for writing. How do you write: on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Usually my computer, but a lot of times I will have to write on my cell phone when my daughter is taking a nap on me or playing with her. I transfer it from my phone and edit on my computer because it always looks a little crazy.

I never go anywhere without my phone. Never know when inspiration might hit, and goodness knows, I’ll forget! I swear I won’t, but I always do. Since you’re in the middle of writing a book series, what are your thoughts on writing one?

I love it! I think it helps you really get to know a big group of characters.

So true. I can’t get enough of series because I love learning about all of them in that set world. And how can our lovely readers discover more about you and you work?

Blog: https://nicoledykes.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13701591.Nicole_Dykes

Book Links:

Soulmates Series

On Amazon
Soulmates
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Katharine Sadler – Interview with an Indie Author

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Hi Katharine, thanks for joining us today! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m thirty-. . . something. I grew up with a lot of pets and now have no desire to be a pet owner (I love to visit them, just don’t want the responsibility of owning them). My two favorite books of all time are Wuthering Heights and The Color Purple. My favorite movie of all time is Zoolander. And I like food-food better than dessert.

I hear you about the pets. I’m an animal lover, but I like not worrying about a pet at home. What do you do when you are not writing?

I read. I read a lot. I’ve also been trying pilates and yoga, lately. And crocheting.

I’ve always wanted to try crocheting. And yoga is just so relaxing, as long as you don’t have a kid crawling on you. 😉 Do you have a day job as well?

I’m a stay at home mom.

I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, but then found I didn’t have the patience for it. 🙂 When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing at ten. I started my first book when I was in my early teens, but I think I only finished the first chapter.

A lifelong passion then. I’ve read some of my old journals. Wow, talk about melodramatic. *laughs* How did you choose the genre you write in?

I grew up loving fantasy novels, particularly Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. For a long time, I convinced myself that I should be writing literary fiction, but I finally had to admit that I was more suited to writing fantasy and I had a lot more fun and success writing it. I’m currently making a venture into writing romance, which has been a lot of fun. I’d never really read romance novels, until I was trying to write a romantic scene in one of my urban fantasy novels and realized I had no idea what I was doing. You would think it would come naturally, but it really, really didn’t. So I started reading romance to learn how to write a really kick-ass romance scene and I became totally hooked on romance novels.

Muahahaha, romance is a sneaky one. You think, oh what could it hurt? I’ll just read one and then bam! You’re addicted. So now for the most important questions of all, where would you go in a time machine?

I love, love, love everything from the Victorian era – the books, and the art, especially, but it was a really difficult time to live, especially for women. I like to wear dresses every once in a while, but every day? I don’t think so. Not to mention I’d be terrible when it came to proper etiquette. So, as boring as it is, I’d go nowhere in my time machine. I love this time I’m living in, with self-publishing and social media, and now a woman running for president. It’s a good time.

You know, I never really thought about it like that. I guess as a man, it wouldn’t be so bad to travel to a different time in history, but as a woman, there would be so many restrictions depending on the era. With your books, do you base any of it on real life experiences or is it all purely imagination?

I think real life experiences creep sideways into my books sometimes when I’m not looking. I don’t intentionally take a real life experience and try to fit it into a book. I did base one of the characters in The Reaping on a real-life person, but it didn’t work, because the character had been shaped by his past, and so was ultimately entirely different from the real-life person.

I think it’s to be expected that real life creeps in. It’s hard to create something that isn’t based, even loosely off of our own experiences. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I really loved writing the scenes with the red caps in Dying Dreams. They are just so free, and outspoken and a little bit crazy. I had fun coming up with what outlandish thing they’d do next.

Got to dig deep into the insane side, huh? Love doing that, getting to say and do what you normally wouldn’t. What project are you working on now?

At this very moment, I’m doing final revisions on the fourth book in The Reapers series, The Resonance. Once that comes out on April 15th, I’ll go back to editing the first book of a new series I hope to publish later this year.

Sweet, I’ll keep my eyes open for it then! How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My husband has put together a really beautiful website for me and that’s the best place to go to learn more.

Website: http://www.KatharineSadler.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katharinegsadler
Twitter: @KatharineSadler
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorKSadler
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7912840.Katharine_Sadler
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/katharinesadler
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=katharine+sadler

Book Links:

The Reaping Series

On Amazon
The Reaping
On a White Horse
The Revolt
The Rift
Switch
The Resonance

On Smashwords
The Resonance

Dying Dreams Series

On Amazon
Dying Dreams

On Smashwords
Dying Dreams

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Sawyer Belle – Interview with an Indie Author

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Welcome Sawyer! So glad you could join us today. Tell us a little bit about yourself, curious minds want to know.

First, thank you for having me on your blog! I guess the thing people find most interesting about me is that I was born and raised in Las Vegas. That fact has been a conversation starter and an ice breaker in many different places. I come from a large family and was the first on both maternal and paternal sides to earn a college degree. I studied Journalism, English and Photography. I love hiking and camping around the southwestern United States with my husband, two kids and three dogs.

Ooh, Las Vegas, that is interesting! Although I’m more fascinated by the hiking and camping. What else do you do when you are not writing?

Wish I was writing! I am very active with my children. My husband and I homeschool and try to get them out in nature as much as possible. I love girl time with friends, good food and wine parties, BBQs, doing photography side work, and reading amazing stories.

Wow, sounds like you keep yourself busy. Do you have a day job as well?

Ugh…yes. I work in an office, wearing a variety of hats. It’s my father’s construction company and I’m his right-hand gal. So, I do whatever he needs me to do, which includes all of the accounting and HR stuff. It’s a great company and I’m proud of dear old dad’s enterprise. That doesn’t mean I’m not hoping for a successful writing career to take me away from it. 

Yeah, I hear you. Writing full time, no other job getting in the way. Ah, bliss. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve written for as far back as I can remember, so it’s difficult to pinpoint a start for me. I wrote a historical fiction book in first grade, about the travels of Christopher Columbus, but I wrote it from the perspective of his fictitious pet dog, a Beagle named Amerigo. I did all of the illustrations as well, and I still have it! It won a district-wide contest. My first adult-rated book? I finished that in 2011.

That’s awesome, and so imaginative! I can see why you won a contest. What about your upcoming book?

My newest just released on April 1st and it’s the second installment in my historical western series: Love in the Sierras. The book is called Desert Sunrise, and it features the tumultuous tug-of-war between the hearts of two characters that will stay with readers for a long time. I really enjoyed this journey with them. It’s wild. It’s adventurous. It’s hilarious. It’s everything I love in a romance.

I’ve heard great things about that book. My facebook is coated with raves for you. Do you base your books on real life experiences or is it all purely imagination? Anything I should look for and go “Ah-ha!”?

Yes! The Love in the Sierras books take place in my home state, and several of the characters are mirrored and/or named after family members. Apart from that, there is a scene in the book that was snipped right out of my teenage years. The hide races. In the mountains, we’d ride large pieces of dried cowhides (they look like gigantic cuts of beef jerky) as they were pulled by speeding horses. It was such a hoot, and so dangerous! It’s harder than it sounds. We’d go tumbling and spinning, flipping and flying in the air as the horses whipped their tethers around. I revived those races in this book. It’s a wild ride!

That sounds… insane! *laughs* My only experience with a horse was when it tried to kick me in the face. What was your favorite chapter or part to write and why with this book, other than the crazy hide races? 😉

Oh, man. That is a hard one for me with this book, because there are so many scenes/chapters that I dearly love. So, I’m going to have to say the final chapter – the ending. I had such a warm satisfaction writing it and reading it. It was the right amount of sentiment, resolution, sizzle and hope.

Now on to the most serious question of all, do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?

Great question! I prefer fuzzy. My feet take a battering with the hiking and running I do. So, they need some pampering by sinking into soft, fuzzy socks. Ha ha.

Good point. Need to take care of your feet! Maybe I should treat mine to some fuzzy socks. It might not be well known, but I’m a series junkie. Simply love them. What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

Well, since I’m smackdab into mine, I love it! It’s wonderful to be able to continue the journey of a cast you and your fans adore. I will say this, though. It does end up monopolizing your writing and creativity. I have several other WIPs that are continually pushed off for the sake of writing the next book in the series. It definitely makes the juggling act harder, but it’s worth it.

True, so true. And how can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.sawyerbelle.com
Blog: http://sayitsawyer.wordpress.com
Facebook: AuthorSawyer Belle
Twitter: @Sawyer_Belle
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7338062.Sawyer_Belle
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/l/B00JO1PQN2/185-0236699-3015956?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1429201662&ref_=sr_tc_2_0&sr=8-2-ent
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/sawyerbelle

Book Links:

Love Sierras Series

Silver Nights
Desert Sunrise

Standalones

Love Lioness
Big Sky Eyes

Interview with Indie Authors

Jen Winters – Fangirl Worthy Indie Author

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Hi, Jen, thanks for joining us. I’m excited to have you here today. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I have several different titles that define me: wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, author, co-author, homeschool teacher, tooth fairy, Santa, dishwasher…haha. So when I’m not writing, I am defining all those titles and trying to be the best me I can be. My husband thinks I’m the best, my children love me more than I could have ever imagined, and I can’t express how proud I am of my children-students nor how messy my house gets during the week when I’m more busy than I have free time.

Ah, a messy house… I can’t remember how a tidy one looks anymore. *laughs* It’s like little monsters break in while we’re not paying attention. Speaking of monsters, how did you choose paranormal romance as the genre to write in?

First, I love PNR. I love reading it and I love writing it. I chose it because I wanted to share my love for it with other readers. Second, I wanted a genre that gets widely read. PNR has the benefit of enticing romance readers, urban fantasy readers, and fantasy readers.

I agree, PNR has such a wide variety available to it. When you get an idea do you work with an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I outline my story in my head before I begin to write, then I let my writing take me where it will. I start with characters I want to explore and decide what kind of plot I want to use, then I let their character development and the story line take me on an adventure. Sometimes I have those moments that make me say, “Wow!” Especially when I learn something about my characters I didn’t know!

Ha! Yeah, I’ve had those moments. Almost makes you wonder if they’re real and whispering their secrets to you. What about your secrets? Are you a bug killer? Do you go out of your way to murder the little suckers? Which ones make you screech and hide? For me, it’s spiders. Hate them. *shudders*

Moths. I hate moths. Yes I know it’s irrational, but my rational mind can’t overtake my duck-and-cover instincts. Other than that, as long as they are outside my house, I don’t bother them. The ones on the inside are hunted to extinction.

Huh, moths, I can see that. Wanna-be butterflies, just a little creepier. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The hardest critique I received about Kissing Demons came from you, actually. You were so excited about reading my book and then when you had, you were a bit disappointed by the sweetness and how little time Alex got in the story. The truth is, you were the most helpful review I’ve received and words cannot express how thankful I am for that critique. Your review inspired my second published work, Kissing the Rain, and I have had monumentally better reception of that novelette because of you.
The best compliment came from Mistral Dawn, who also reviewed Kissing Demons and gave me a 5 star review. She saw the same book you did, understood the little things that I was trying to convey, and for her it was a 5 star read.
While I have had more reviews than just those two, the sincerity of both reviewers and the conversations after each review was posted have made the most impact on me as a writer.

Hmm, on one hand, sorry! On the other hand, I do adore your novellette, Kissing the Rain. Plus it allowed us to get to know each other, and I’m now anxiously awaiting your next book. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use my computer for my current work-in-progress, but I have a notebook I write in for my side projects. I’m even typing up these answers on my Kindle Fire, so I guess I’m a bit of a dabbler 🙂

Now I’m curious to peek at your notebook. Always interesting to see what’s been jotted down. What project are you working on now?

My next novel out will be Falling Angels. It is book 2 in the Guardian series and features Ambrose, a fallen angel, and a Guardian, Lavinia Alba. The two of them go through a cycle of love-hate while working together to find and save Ambrose’s brother. This book details a lot of the history of the supernatural in my series since Ambrose is so paramount to each species’ existence.

Yay, another Guardian book! I had my fingers crossed for that. Excuse me while I happy dance. Since you have a series going, what are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I love series books, but I am not a fan of serials. I prefer to read series in three book intervals, however I love the Dark Hunter series and it has how many? My series will be in trilogy groups. The Guardians may get nine books, but each will be part of a three book grouping. I also prefer series in which each book can be read as a stand alone, so even though I will have three book groupings, any of those three will be able to be read without the other two.

Ah, gotcha. That makes sense. Easier for readers to enjoy them in small “bites”, but still look forward to more. Will you have a new book coming out soon?

My plan (fingers crossed) is to have Falling Angels out in June ’15 and Raising Hell out in December ’15.

Since I can’t be the only one fangirling over you, let’s share the love! How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Blog: https://www.jenwintersne.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenwintersne
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jenwintersne
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JenWintersNE
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jen-Winters/e/B00RSOYPCA
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Jen_Winters

Book Links:

Guardians Series

On Amazon
Kissing Demons
Kissing the Rain

On Smashwords
Kissing Demons
Kissing the Rain

Thank you for your time, Jen. It was great talking to you. Now go finish writing Falling Angels so I can swoon over Ambrose and that other hunky demon I won’t name. *wink, wink*

Interview with Indie Authors

Heather R. Blair – Fangirl Worthy Indie Author

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing?

READ!! Lol Okay, I also paint and try and spend time with my four kids and get outside when it’s not -40 out.

Well, that was just a silly question, now wasn’t it? Of course you read. 😉 How did you chose paranormal romance as the genre to write in?

No rules, obviously. Meaning I can create whatever crazy, wild world I want. And I love it. I just LOVE PNR.
I love the tortured heroes that immortality, or near-immortality, makes possible. The endless fascinating histories to explore, I adore all the possibility of this fascinating genre.

Ah, the tortured hero. Yep, those are my favourites, too. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all purely imagination?

Oh, I think everything you write is both. I may have never met a vampire or a werewolf, but I think we all know what it is to feel different or strange or misunderstood. I use aspects of my past, sure, I used to be an audio engineer and stage hand, and that comes through in a lot of the music-obsessed characters I write. I also paint. And I’ve also worked as a maid, a cocktail waitress and a factory worker. Whatever life experience you have, you use it, whether you realize it or not.
I prefer to write about places I have actually been, but I have written a lot about Ireland and I have never been there….until next month, that is!! 😉

Can’t wait to hear about your experiences in Ireland. 🙂 Who was your favourite character to write and why?

Of all my characters, vampires Aidan O’Neill and Maximillian Gray have given me the most laughs. Aidan’s introductory scene in Smoke in Moonlight remains one of my fave ever scenes. Aidan popped into my head like that, this full-on, cheeky Irish bad-ass. And Max… Max, is the quintessential suave vamp, he’ll compliment your taste in clothes while he’s ripping your heart out.
I also have had a lot of fun with Scott Davidson, an elemental para (psychically-gifted human) though a lot of heartbreak, too.

Scott, my poor Scott, I’m waiting for his story. What project are you working on right now? *fingers crossed it’s Scott’s story*

Phoenix Broken is next up, book #3 in the Phoenix Inc. series. This UF series really has its claws in my heart. So much happened in Phoenix Fallen, as I am sure you can attest. 😉 That book was a heartbreaker and this next book isn’t going to be any easier (stock up on Kleenex). There will also be a lot more action, and I’ll start getting more into other unusual paras who work at the foundation, along with at least one shade; a werewolf by name of Alicide (not THAT Alicide, lol).
Mags will also be back and Scott, Kelsey, Jules, and Miles, of course. That French vampire is another favorite of mine. Daimen Cross will also be back and he’s definitely going to back up his threat to go after everything and everyone Jules holds dear.
I’m also working on a contemporary novel, my FIRST EVER, a romantic suspense called Clean To The Bone.
Plus, I will be finishing the third book in the Celtic Elementals series this year, too. It’s going to be a hell of a year! :

That is a lot on your plate! And *squee* for Scott! 😉 With so much on your mind, have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing just said screw it?

Of course! Who hasn’t???

Ha! True enough. Especially us artists types. We can just pretend we meant to do it. 😉 So what are your thoughts on writing book series?

LOVE IT!! I love series, I love novellas that enhance those series or even short story collections about those same series. And lots of novels. Lots!!
I mean, come on… once you find a world you love, why wouldn’t you want to spend as much time there as possible?! I do mix it up, of course. Just to keep things fresh. Bouncing from a more lush, myth-seeped world like that of the Celtic Elementals series to the edgier, fast-paced UF world of Phoenix Inc.

I agree, I’m a series junkie. I think I’ve read one standalone in the last two years. The rest have been series. I’m patiently waiting for your next two books, which brings me to my next question, will you have a new book coming out soon?

The next book release will most likely be Phoenix Broken in July, then Lightning in Sea, possibly in September.

Yay! I can’t wait. With several books now under your belt, what has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I think EVERY criticism stings, in its own way. But many of them you can dismiss out of hand. Or at least I can, lol.
It’s the ones you can’t that can really hurt – but at the same time, those are the ones you NEED to hear most. They are the ones that make you better.
For me, any time where a reader has said I cut corners, in plot, climax, etc… I don’t like that, because as a reader myself, that is a HUGE pet peeve. I want to be able to believe in the story, start to finish. NO PLOT HOLES!!! lol
As for compliments, I had a beta reader tell me she hated me after reading the draft of Phoenix Fallen, (she didn’t really mean it, she was just a little… upset at the moment, lol) but seriously, that kind of strong emotion, knowing you made someone cry, get pissed, throw their Kindle.
Sadistic maybe, but reaching into someone’s heart and pulling out that kind of emotion… it’s truly priceless. I love knowing I made my characters real for readers, because they are certainly real for me. I also love compliments on language. Even the dreaded ‘poetic’ some authors hate. I don’t. I LOVE that.
I may be a bit of a snob, sue me – but sometimes the new style of fast-paced, super-action filled or snark-based stories gets me down. Oh they’re loads of FUN, don’t get me wrong, but I love stories you want to wallow in, ones that have such richness and complexity and depth that you never quite stop believing that they might really exist somewhere, somewhen… and that if you try really hard, one day you might actually get there.
There is not enough of those kind of stories today, IMHO.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Blog: http://heatherrblair.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherrblair
Twitter: @lovelyshivers
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/icymama73/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Heather-R.-Blair/e/B00JY0LSZS/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8180487.Heather_R_Blair

Book Links:

The Celtic Elementals series:
Smoke In Moonlight
Blood In Fire

The Phoenix Inc. series:
Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Fallen

Collections:
Shivers

Thanks so much for your time, Heather! It was great talking to you. Now keep writing because I need to read Scott’s story.