Author Charity Parkerson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Charity Parkerson

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Charity Parkerson and I’m best known for my MM romances. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve written over 200 books. It’s my addiction.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write, but like most people, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I just started writing one day and never stopped.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Since I’m currently working on the 15th book in my Sugar Daddies series, I honestly can’t recall what inspired me to write the first one.

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What are you working on now?

I have two books going at the same time: Sugar Enforcer and Salty Baby.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like for it to be completely quiet. It’s possible I get distracted easily, lol.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to see my books become a movie. That’s my dream.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

This is a business. You have to treat it like one or you’ll easily get lost in the sea of books available. If you love writing, take it seriously.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I love you all SO much! You’re the reason I’m allowed to keep doing what I love every day. Thank you.

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Buy links

Amazon

Sugar Alpha

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Sugar Sentry

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Digital Artist Imaginary Rosse #art #interview

Please give a warm welcome to digital artist Andreea Grigore

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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My name is Andreea, and I’m a digital artist based in Bucharest, Romania.

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I’m a very melancholic person, daydreamer and I take my energy from the times I get to be alone with my thoughts. I’m a crazy cat lady, currently having 3 cats, but also happily married! *wink*

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How did you become a digital artist:

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My journey started back in 2004, when I first started playing around with Photoshop.

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I found it fascinating to be able to blend together different images and create something that comes out of your imagination. It was like creating a different reality, in which I got to express my dreams, struggles, and so on. I’ve come a long way, but there’s still a lot left to learn.

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What is your inspiration for your art?

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I love princesses, witches, warriors, fairytales, mythology, glowing stuff, magic… So I take my inspiration from anything around me that has this elements. There’s a lot of talented photographers out there that are very inspirational, movies, stories. They blend in my imagination, and I create from the stories they blend into.

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Do you sell your art?

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I’m currently not selling prints, but my works are available for licensing.

Most of my work can be tweaked or sold as a whole to authors, artists, etc.

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Reviews… Part 2 #reviews

Please give a warm welcome to author Ann Swan.

Why review are important to an author.

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REVIEWS!

Something that authors think about ALL the time and readers sometimes don’t think about at all.

Personally, I don’t mind any review that is based on the plot because I grow from those and your opinion is sacred. It’s yours!
Reviews that give you one star because the whole story wasn’t wrapped up with a bow in book 1 of a series, or because they didn’t like sexual tension between two men in the harem, or they only like striped shifter romances and yours was a contemporary college athlete story…. the kind of reviews that are more about the reader picking up a book they either KNEW was not really their thing and then telling the world they hated it… or the kind of reviews that would make the story 90% worse for everyone else that read it…. those are the ones I hate.

Most readers don’t realize that the more reviews a book gets, the better the placement that book receives in Amazon’s algorithm. It gets put in front of more eyes that might read it, it gets seen in more emails going out… all things that garner more sales for the author (which means we get to write more books for you instead of going to live in a van down by the river)!

So give your honest opinion, tell us what worked and didn’t work! Don’t write spoilers and try to think like the writer if there is something you viscerally hated. Maybe that thing that bugged you is setting the series up for some AMAZING twist!

To wrap this up, here is a link (with permission) from one of my favorite bloggers and a compilation she made of how some RH authors deal with reviews.

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Ann Swan’s Birds & B’s

Cover Artist Carol Marques #interview

Please give a warm welcome to artist Carol Marques

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Well, I’m a Brazilian artist. I am 23 years old. And I always liked beautiful and artistic things.

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

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No. Initially I wanted to be an architect. I started my studies but I ended up losing interest along the way. Parallel to this my twin sister graduated in graphic design and see her in this course interested me a lot. So after her training I started to want to learn from her. And after learning I started to work in the area of graphic design.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

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I always try to keep abreast of trends and I’m very interested in digital illustration. I always look for sites with good references of covers, illustrations and photographs.

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What are you working on now?

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Currently I work with Book Covers, Premades and Custom. I have my group on facebook since July last year.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

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I do not think so. Apart from the fact that I love working at dawn. I am much more productive throughout the night than in the morning.

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Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?

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I believe the basics but that is essential. Be truthful, honest. Seek to do your best and always improve the skills. Support other artists and authors. Always be humble.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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Produce high quality results. Impress my clients. And always support and help those who are starting.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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I do not think I have fans yet. But I thank all the authors who supported me from the beginning. I have eternal gratitude for the first author who decided to buy a cover of mine. I always want to keep that gratitude for each one. I wish the best for both authors and artists. May our community grow without rivalry. But with understanding, mutual support and high quality!

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Author Lyla Oweds #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lyla Oweds

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Lyla Oweds, and I’ve been a published author for less than a year. So I’m a newbie in the game. I have various interest and past working history, all of which I use in my writing. I used to be a nurses’ aide, then went to massage therapy school. I worked as a therapist for a few years, with a specialty in acupressure and Asian bodywork. So I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine intensely. It was during that time when I dabbled with the idea for my current series.

After that, I went to school with a dual major of pre-med/psychology, and, instead, ended up (almost finished now) with my degree in anthropology. But, instead of any of that, I work as a user experience web programmer during the day.

I’m a single mother to little girl, and have a bird and a cat. So my hands are full.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always had ideas. I plotted things out, created outlines, dreamed. But I never had any confidence in my writing skills. I’ve always been a reader, and spent too much time comparing myself to others. It wasn’t until I started writing fanfiction that I started planning on actually writing a novel.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Before I even knew what Reverse Harem was–over ten years ago–I had the general plot for The Grimm Cases in my head. Of course, there were a lot of differences. But I knew I wanted to create a series with main characters based off of the five elements.

What are you working on now?

The Grimm Cases book four, Hidden. And also the first book of The Red Trilogy, Rising Sun.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I would say listening to music, but I’ve learned to keep my ears open for a toddler and try to ignore Disney Jr.

What are your hopes for the future?

To have a lot of people read and love my series.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Always be willing to take advice.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I love my readers so much, thank you all. ❤

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Origins

Ghost

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The Grim Cases ❤ Reader Group

Artist Dani Smith #interview

Please give a warm welcome to my fabulous friend, artist and author Dani Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an illustrator and book cover designer focusing on fantasy, horror, and romance themes. I have been creating and publishing my own comics and novels through my boutique publishing and art business, QuickDraw Studios, since 2010. I have been on Top 100 Bestseller lists numerous times, outselling select issues of titles like Hellboy, The Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in digital format.

I currently am at work with my husband and partner, Alex Julian, on numerous novel and comic projects that are projected for publication in the next year. We live in a little white cottage in San Diego, CA. with our boy Ryker, a terrier mix named Arrow, a fat guinea pig named Freckles, and a sassy black cat named Gabe the Prince of Darkness. Our house is full of murals, nude and pinup art, and rock n’ roll. We are the all-American family. 😉

Have you always wanted to become a designer/blogger?

I knew I was an artist from toddlerhood. I never questioned it, though that may not be the popular or “right” thing to do according to the society in which I live. Sometimes you are just born who you are meant to be in a straightforward fashion, no questions asked. I got into book cover illustration during my 2011 pregnancy with my son, and I have enjoyed it ever since.

My favorite book cover projects are illustrated, though I have also created covers using stock photos for authors, if this is requested. I also love doing interior illustration and character design for authors in the romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres.

What was your inspiration for your current work?

I have always been inspired by folklore, anthropology, fairy tales, film, and music. Lately I have been creating personal works for my Instagram, @daniquickdraw, that reflect my favorite popular characters or portray Instagram models that I find creatively alluring. These personal works have been immensely popular.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on the next comic book project, most recently the next issue of my bestselling Black Dog and Rebel Rose series, and two illustrated novels, ASYLUM and SHALE CITY. You can see examples of work done for these on my Instagram and Facebook pages fairly regularly.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love to go “sideways”—that is, I drink strong coffee while also drinking a glass of wine or champagne. The alcohol relaxes me while the caffeine stimulates my creative brain and gets the juices flowing. It’s a really great combination. I love to listen to folklore, true crime, and anthropology podcasts while painting, as well as indie soundtracks on YouTube that fit whatever project I am working on at the moment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I currently have a live action film option on the table in Los Angeles for my most popular comic series, Black Dog and Rebel Rose. It has been a long time in the works, and we have had a few hurdles to jump over as time has gone by, which seems to be a fait accompli for indie films. But I remain hopeful that the project will pan out and be a success. Most recently, my producers are planning to film a teaser trailer featuring the five major characters that will be launched worldwide to promote the funding of the project.

Do you have any advice for new designers about the author world?

Make sure your work is top-notch in quality. Try to stand out from the crowd—discover what is unique about your work and focus on that. Let your light shine and the right folks will find you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love every single one of you. Without my fans and supporters, I would be nowhere.

Buy links

Strange Days

Boobes: An Adult Coloring Book

Skriker: A Boy and His Beast

Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter One: The Road to Hell

Black Dog and Rebel Rose Revamped

Being Ophelia and Other Poems

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Dani Smith International Fan Page

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March Book Releases on my TBR

March book releases.

The Naughty Book Box

Book releases for March! New book releases are both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because MORE books. A curse because MORE books. Haha. If your TBR list looks anything like mine. Well, then it takes up the entire first subject in a 5 subject college rule lined notebook. Yeah, it’s that big. That’s what she said. This only means I need to keep reading. And to keep track of all the numerous different book series i’m waiting on for sequels to release, books for new authors I want to read, and whatever ARC reads I have going on. Without further adieu, books! Note: ALL BOOKS WILL SHOW UP AS PRE-ORDER UNTIL THE RELEASE DATE.

Rock Star Harem Series. BadGirlsbook1.Release date MARCH1st.

Infernal Descent Book 3 – Hell’s Burning. Releases MARCH 1st.

Destiny Jinn Series Book 3. Wish For me 3

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Author A.C. Wilds #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author A.C. Wilds

Tell us a bit about yourself

I was born and raised in NYC. I live in an outer borough with my husband and two daughters. I am a bibliophile, who has always had a book in hand since I was little. I have a very strong obsession with horses, and it’s my dream to meet a unicorn.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes since I was little. It was something that was always a life goal for me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have dreams and then I write about them. Or when I am driving, something will pop into my head and I create stories around the idea. Sometimes my brain scares me.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the second book in the Changer Series, Claiming Death. Death Card, book 1 released on February 1st.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need to have no one around me, and gummi bears. All the gummi bears. They are my writing fuel.

What are your hopes for the future?

My goal this year is to publish 5 books. I have two of those down, as my second book will be published on February 14th. It’s a prequel to a new series. It is titled Sinner’s Harem.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

You need to write at the right time. It took me years to get comfortable enough to write my story. I used NaNoWriMo as the push I needed. The most important thing is don’t force it. When you force it, your story is going to get lost.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Holy Cannoli you guys! Since before pre-order you all have been amazing. I cannot thank you enough for the support you provide. It is truly amazing to be a part of this amazing community. All the love that you send me and the cheering you do, make this author thing so much sweeter. Thank you, Wild Ones from the bottom of my heart! Xoxo

Buy links

Death Card

Sinner’s Harem

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Author K.A. Knight #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author

Katie Knight

Tell us a bit about yourself

Erm, my names Katie and I have a problem, wait. Sorry that was the other group. *clears throat and waves awkwardly* Hi, I’m katie and I write dirty scenes. I’m 22 years old from a sleepy English village. I have a caffeine addiction and love horror films. *whispers, is that how you do it?*

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I know most people will say always but truthfully? No. I wrote a lot when I was younger but then I turned to design and film. It became my passion and I even went to university for it but I still found myself writing every now and again. It wasn’t until tragedy hit my family that I turned to writing properly, as my escape. Ever since then my passion flared up and I can’t go one day without it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have always been obsessed with dystopian and horror. I love the world building the endless opportunities for character exploration and the darkness in it. I watched a lot of films like Mad Max, Doomsday etc and played a ridiculous amount of Fallout.

What are you working on now?

Lots and lots of projects! I am always working on five projects at a time. One co-author and my other WIP. Three are secret projects, with one I am so excited about. It is dark and filled with bloodshed. I am also working on Auroras Betrayal, The Lost Coven Book Two!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Not really, it changes everyday. I always have to have background noise though. Wether that be music or the TV. Some of my projects demand a playlist where as others I binge watch the Great British bake off!

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full time author. It’s actually my goal for this year! To enjoy life as well, I’ve had some health scares this year and it’s only made me more determined to make the most of life.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Just write. It’s the hardest and the simplest part, everything else will fall into place and if you ever get stuck this is one of the most supportive communities you will ever meet. Most of all, be yourself. Don’t write to please people, write because you can’t do anything but.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Yes! I love my fans so much, it sounds cliche but they are the reason I get up and write everyday. There support and love for my crazy drives me and I wouldn’t be here without them

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The Summit

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Wasteland

Aurora’s Coven

Circus Save Me

Voyage to Ayama

Circus Save Me Christmas

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Author Auryn Hadley #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Auryn Hadley

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a pretty simple person. I grew up in Texas, married a Canadian boy, and have a house full of critters. I’m a dog lover, my husband is a cat guy, and we have that property where all the strays get dumped – so we have a small zoo! Never had children, though, so the pets get pretty spoiled.

I went to school thinking I wanted to be a research vet, back in the day. Then, somewhere along the way, I realized I hate people, so wanted a career that is a lot more isolated. I think being an author definitely counts!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Nope! In fact, I grew up convinced I was just a reader (and a voracious one at that). Someone else made the stories. I didn’t have that kind of imagination. Then, I ended up being cyberstalked, and the only way to avoid it was to not be online. That left me annoyed, stressed out, and wanting to vent, so I started typing. That ended up being BloodLust, the first book in the Rise of the Iliri series. After 18 released novels, I still haven’t stopped, and the ideas are coming faster than I can get them out.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

That’s a difficult question since I have a few in progress right now. The simple answer is current events. I find myself wondering, “What would it be like to live through that?” and then I write a character who is. This could be something as obscure as GamerGate or as “trending” as the #metoo movement. Sometimes, things just spark an idea, and before I know it, I have a little note for another book idea.

What are you working on now?

The 9th book in the Rise of the Iliriseries. We’re almost at the end, and I’m taking a little longer to get all the loose threads tied up properly. I’m also releasing a series I finished a bit ago, to make up for that gap in releases. The Dark Orchid Trilogy is a high heat reverse harem fantasy that I wrote on the side to keep myself from burning out. I figure this is a win-win. My readers get something to hold them over, and I get some time to make sure the next to last book in a very long and epic series is written the way it deserves to be.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Plenty! Like most authors, I basically live on coffee. I also can’t write in silence, so I always have music going. Then I prop my feet on my desk, pull my keyboard into my lap, and ignore everything else. My husband works as my bouncer, keeping the dogs, cats, and visitors safely out of “Auryn’s on the rampage” distance because I get a little bit irate when disturbed.

What are your hopes for the future?

More books! Seriously, I love the author lifestyle. I get to be both a hermit and social when I want to. I spend all day wallowing in my own fantasies, and I’m doing this full time! I’ve never wanted to be rich or famous. I simply want to continue to be happy with what I do every day. There’s no greater feeling than sitting down to “work” and being excited about it. So long as I can, I want to continue to write – and I have ideas coming out my ears, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Don’t rush to release. Write the whole series first. Trust me, it will make your life so much easier! I know it’s easy to get excited and start thinking about people reading your first book, but this isn’t a sprint. The life of an author is always about the NEXT book, not the last. The more books we put out, the more of our time is spent in marketing, socializing, and doing “not writing” things. That means it takes longer to write than we expect, and thus we get behind and can easily fall into the trap that burns out so many writers.

And learn to take critique. Someone will hate your work, and that’s ok! It’s why we have so many varied books out there. Learn that your book’s flaws are not your own. They’re simply a chance to learn where and how to improve. Make the next one better, because if you wrote one book, you can clearly do it again.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I love you all! No, seriously, I do. I wrote Rise of the Iliri for myself. I never expected to touch so many people or to find hundreds willing to support me in my endeavors. This has been a very humbling experience, and possibly one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Surreal is the word I use to describe it. To see people talking about a thing I did feels like I’m going to wake up any moment, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never get used to it, so, thank you. My fans are the reason I can keep doing this, and I hope to never forget that.

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Flawed

Challenge Accepted

Virtual Reality

One More Day

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Power of Lies

Rise of the Iliri

The Demons’ Muse

The Wolf of Oberhame

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Magic of Lust

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