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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Interview With Veronica Del Rosa

An interview I did with Marysol.

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Happy Monday, guys! Today’s interview is with Veronica Del Rosa, a woman who loves to write Paranormal Romances. I found her book, ‘Sylvia’s Torment’, to be an action-packed adventure with a surprisingly sweet side… and the love scenes were holy hot, y’all!

So, here we go:

When did you start writing? What was the first thing that you ever wrote?

I’ve been interested in writing since I was a teen. I’d actually convinced my parents when I was about 16 to pay for a creative writing correspondence course. I wrote several short stories that I’d submitted for grading. Looking back, they were terrible. Seriously terrible. The writing was, of course, juvenile and melodramatic. I learned a fair bit from that course.

Then life got in the way and I stopped writing until three years ago. I’d been complaining to my husband about a book where the plot drove me…

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Author Interview: Robyn Peterman!

Q&A with Robyn Peterman, NYT and USA Today bestseller author

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

robyn petermanLast Sunday I had the opportunity to do a Q&A with Robyn Peterman, author of the BOTM we have this month in Trail-Mix Readers, Ready to Were (FREE!!!)

Here is a transcript of the conversation, and btw, if you haven’t read this woman’s comedy/parody PNRs you need to get into them. They are fantabulous!

J=Jen Winters R=Robyn Peterman, C= Candace Johnson Fox, V=Veronica Del Rosa

J: I’m going to start us off with a hard one! Robyn Peterman, I adore your comedy/parody. How did you get into writing it? What drew you to comedy and keeps you writing more?

R: I was an actress for most of my adult life and comedy is what I love. I used to punch up scripts (write jokes and stuff for scripts) when I was acting! I didn’t actually finish a book until 3 years ago…

J: DAFUQ?! YOU have a library on kindle…how to do you…

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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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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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Interview with Cinnamon Sin

Cinnamon Sin is an indie erotica author I met a little while back when she needed some help formatting her books. Being the good Samaritan, and nosey person, I am, I agreed. Whoa boy, she’s got some hot writing. Check out this interview she did with Jen. And then check out her books.

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10401387_1071456616215871_353809125111194373_nPlease welcome Cinnamon Sin today. She writes shorts works of erotic fiction and I have to say, I quite enjoy her little stories. 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! Well, obviously it’s a pen name, but I am Cinnamon Sin. My friend helped me pick out the name when I decided to publish some of my work. Thank god for Veronica Del Rosa! She formatted all my stuff and helped me along every step of the way.

I met you through Veronica so I know how much she means to you. She is a doll! Helped me and several other authors with formatting, so I know exactly how valuable that is.

  1. What made you decide to write erotica?

Well, I like sex and I like reading erotic stories. I had a few readers tell me my stuff was good, so I just decided to make a go of…

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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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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

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Dying Dreams