Here is my interview with Emma Stein

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Name Emma Stein

Age29

Where are you from

Kiel, Germany

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and spent several years first state-hopping and then continent-hopping before settling in Kiel. In Kiel, which is in Northern Germany, I work full-time as a translator in addition to my writing activities.

I received B.A.’s with honours in Art and Russian from Grinnell College, an M.A. in Art History from Queen’s University, and received a DAAD scholarship to study historical clothing construction at the Technische Universität Dortmund (Dortmund Polytechnic University).

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My novel Into the Void is now available on pre-order and will be officially released August 12th, so I have been pretty busy keeping on top of everything. I recently started learning Web design to try to shake things up in my bread-and-butter daily life, and it is a great way to put my art major to work.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I was twelve, and we were driving back home to Denver from Santa Fe. I have never been a fan of long car rides and needed something to distract myself, so I pulled out one of the spiral notebooks I had brought along and started writing a historical fiction/fantasy book about archaeologists who travelled back in time to meet Incas and Mayas, thinking this would be just another project I would never finish. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the process and kept going. It was about this time that I started writing series of long letters—now key to my writing process—to family and friends living far away. They more or less enjoyed being what I referred to as “victims of my meandering pen” and were forced to decipher page upon page of my crabbed script scrawled on Nepalese Lotus paper.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer all through high school, but the identity underwent a hiatus during my studies; I felt I was making a patchwork quilt of other scholars’ ideas, and that did not make me feel very original, let alone legitimate as a writer. My identity as an author, and artist by the way, came back in full force after I decided academic writing was not in my future and has remained despite my acquisition of what Germans refer to as “a typical academic job”—technical translating.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I was bored on a car trip and needed something to wheedle away the eight hours until we reached our front door. After that “crisis” was resolved, the book provided a nice escape from the daily grind at the middle school I despised.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Right now, my characters tend to narrate what is going on, either through a series of letters (Into the Void) or by regaling events that happened in the past (Unspeakables, work in progress). My main characters have almost always been outsiders in one way or another; I doubt I could create a convincing protagonist or antagonist who felt at home in her or his environment, but it would be an interesting challenge.

Fiona:  Why did you go with Tirgearr Publishing?

I wanted to use an independent publisher, and Tirgearr seemed like one of the more serious ones out there. Many of the independent publishers I considered had interesting missions or philosophies, but I kept asking myself whether I would ever sell more than a handful of copies and be able to start my career as a published author if they were to publish Into the Void. The members of the staff at Tiregearr have proven my first impression well founded by helping with the editing process, sending information about promotion opportunities, and providing me with an impressive cover design.

Fiona: Would you recommend other authors to go with Tirgearr Publishing?

If Tirgearr accepts the text, do it. Even before I signed my contract, Kemberlee Shortland asked me some questions and gave me some tips that made me rethink my marketing strategy as an author. The team has been professional every step of the way, and I always have the feeling its members have my best interests in mind.

Fiona: What help does Tirgearr Publishing give an author?

As I said above, Tirgearr helps with the editing, promotion, and cover design processes. What is important for me is that I have never felt cut out of the publishing process. The editors did not merely make changes or suggestions and expect me to accept them blindly, and I was able to weigh in on the cover design process. Into the Void is now a little different than in was when I sent it off to Tirgearr in February, but it is still a book that I recognize and like, and I understand that is not necessarily the case for authors who work with other publishers.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The original title was Letters from Abroad, but while apt, it sounded a bit flaccid. While studying at Queen’s, I came across a collection of essays called Ins Leere Gesprochen, which means “spoken into the void”, and I thought that was a passing concept for this book. My main character, Horace, writes his letters and sends them across enormous distances, never knowing for sure whether they will arrive. He is thus literally writing into a void. What is more, though, his travels take him into unknown regions; Horace is investigating places people in his country know very little about, so he is also traveling into a void.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I have always thought it is important not to judge what is different from what I have learned but to try to understand it and learn from it. That train of thought runs throughout the book, as do my convictions that wealth needs to be more evenly distributed and that we all need to rethink our consumption practices.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Utopic might be a better word than realistic, although I tried to make the different destinations as believable as possible. Horace is searching for an ideal society or components of an ideal society, and each place he visits occupies a distinct position on his own personal utopia/anti-utopia scale.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A good part of Into the Void is based on my battles with bureaucracy when trying to remain in Europe—an ongoing struggle. The social systems discussed in the book are often reflections of systems I encountered in the United States and Western Europe and that confused, irked, or frustrated me.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

My mother told me about Gregor Samsa when I was three, which probably explains why Kafka and his books have had a seminal influence on my writing and outlook on the world.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I literally just finished Elantris and am trying to decide whether to read something by David Sedaris or Dave Eggers. Maybe I will surprise myself and dig out one of my old Russian books.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I have been catching up on German classics lately, so while Thomas Mann is not new to the literary world, he is new and fascinating to me. A friend recently recommended Brandon Sanderson’s work to me, including Elantris, and I enjoyed that book enough I might read more of his work.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

More information about my projects is going to be available on the official Emma Stein website, which will be up and running by the release date for Into the Void (August 12th, 2015). The projects include:

Unspeakables—a novel about an introvert named Gregor, who is a gifted linguist but can hardly speak.

Totally Glad I Studied History—a graphic novel satirizing the terrible jobs I worked in the wake of my humanities majors.

Totally Glad I Moved to Germany—a graphic novel illustrating the facts and foibles of Germany.

Viking Office Chronicles—I am going to start a blog that pokes fun at the tedium of typical 9-to-5 office jobs.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Ann Robertson—had I not written so many letters to her from Germany, I might not have come upon the idea of having Horace write his letters.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, and I hope to make it more of a full-time one in the next few years.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Of course. Each time I go through it, I think of more witty replies and retorts Horace could have returned, and I am sure I could add even more detail to the places he visits.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A large part of me needed to escape from life as a teenager with hippie inclinations in a very competitive school.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Dear Addie,

The tradesmen who have been kind enough to take me on as a bit of useless cargo on their voyage to Boasille are docking at their first port of call tomorrow. From what I have heard, there are some rather willing prostitutes in the city of LaHague who will do anything for a bottle of our good Anglinian gin. That would explain the contents of our cargo hold to some extent, I suppose. “Give’m a swig and they’ll return the favour fives times over…or under or sideways!” is how my cultivated shipmates put it.

If they offered postal services as well, I would have no qualms pocketing a little bottle of gin from the hold and slipping it into a painted woman’s bag, but I believe the poor dears are much better at transmitting syphilis than messages. But if LaHague is as large as my illustrious companions have suggested, I assume there will be a postal service somewhere along the docks.
I am a bit reluctant to stray too far on my own, you see. I imagine the great unwashed on this ship have enjoyed pulling my leg this whole time, telling me horror stories about little “flippity-floppity fops” like myself who vanished as soon as they set foot outside the dock and shipyard area. “First their fineries evaporated into the air, then the powder in their hair. They looked like men then in the face, then disappeared without a trace.”

Aside from chanting that primitive rhyme outside my cabin door at night and otherwise taunting me, the sailors have as little to do with me as possible. At the very sight of me, they spring effeminately to the side and lift imaginary skirts like grand ladies trying to avoid a muddy puddle, and they eye my rather modest cravatte as though it could spray a gale of deadly vapours at them any minute.

Even the captain is incapable of shaking my hand in a morning greeting without checking that his gloves are snugly insulating his fingers against the contagious disease of affectation I appear to be carrying.

In me, they all see a reflection of what they most fear becoming, or perhaps a reflection of what they already are, but refuse to acknowledge. When one of the unwashed fellows let loose a remark even you would find foul and loose, I retorted that he also must at least enjoy the company of men if he chose a profession where he hardly sees a woman the whole year round. You need not see my swollen left eye to gather that remark did not go over especially well.

I know I have only been away from Anglina for ten or eleven days now, and have really nothing to say with regards to my mission from the Council. Nonetheless, I am still sending you a report, so to speak, lest I become a sloth early on in my journey and fail to shake the persona. After all, I’ve seen no shortage of well-meaning persons appointed to positions or missions, only to fall asleep at the wheel in the lap of luxury.

No, I am by no means implying the Council’s manner of governing the country has anything at all to do with my present research on alternative social models. Every member of the Council is as responsible as the next, with the exception of Horace and Addie.

Speaking of which, I am aware that you and several of the other members waged bets on whether I would abandon this task within the first week—I assume you waged against me and acted out a scene of me forcing the captain to turn the ship around with your typical drunken gusto.

I hope your bet was smaller than your disappointment.

Due to the social isolation the circumstances have forced upon me, I have had quite a bit of time to reflect upon my undertaking in the name of Anglina. The distances I am going to cover seem daunting now that I have crossed the first leagues, and they have reminded me that developments in the transportation of goods and people has lagged considerably behind developments in the production of both.

And this is the easy part of my journey . . .

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Making some of the dry cultural theories I included in the book entertaining for a wide audience was challenging at times, but it was also fun and rewarding.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

The loneliness I sense in Kafka’s work is saddening yet comforting. I like his work because his characters are faced with overwhelming, incomprehensible social structures that force them into the position of Others or turn them into outsiders, sometimes even in their own families and familiar social milieus.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not yet, but you can find me at the Frankfurt Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) in October this year.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Cora Graphics.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting rid of my “Thomas Mann” and “Mr. Collins” sentences while revising my book on my own last year was a challenge. At some point, I realized the period is not threatened by extinction, and I was therefore free to use it more often.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Sometimes I caught myself wondering if I might be a bit too critical of the world around me, whether I get so caught up evaluating everything and poking fun at it I forget to notice what is simply beautiful in its own right.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t listen to the scare tactics many sites use to try to convince you to invest in how-to books or submissions coaches—I never made use of any of those and don’t think I am any worse for it.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

At the risk of sounding like one of those Greenpeace volunteers we all (including me) avoid in public squares, each one of us needs to remember we are not the only humans on this planet, and humans are not the only species on this planet. We need to treat both each other and our environment with more respect if we are going to have any sort of worthwhile existence in the coming centuries, perhaps even decades.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I remember my parents spending lots of time reading with me as a child. They did that before I knew reading involved deciphering the meaning of squiggles on a piece of paper—for me, it was just part of life. To this day, I do not know how they managed to stomach so many books about dinosaurs.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

South Park, Larry David, Lewis Black, David Sedaris, and my father make me laugh. Most of the things they make fun of are so frustrating or inane that they would make me sad or even cry if they were not so good at satirizing them.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

Horace Walpole—I would love for him to take me on a tour of his “gothick castle” Strawberry Hill and tell me what is actually going on in his Castle of Otranto.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I don’t think I want one. I would rather be cremated and have my ashes given to an experimental artist so I can live on as part of what I actually want to do but have not dared practice professionally for financial reasons.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Fashion design and garment construction, drawing, and cycling.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I enjoy South Park, to my parents’ dismay, and the films of Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, and Andrej Vzyagintsev.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Greens apply to both food and color, but I probably like blue best of all. Music is a bit more difficult to pinpoint, but I enjoy a moody composition by Beethoven, Satie, or Rachmaninoff. I will admit I cannot get enough of a couple songs by Katy Perry, Cher, and Lady GaGa.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I would have gone with my gut feeling in 2010 and tried to get into Cirque du Soleil as a costume designer.

 

Fiona: What is your Tirgearr Publishing page and do you have a website/blog?

http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Stein_Emma
http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Stein_Emma/into-the-void.htm

(I am going to have a website for Emma Stein up and running by the official release date. I believe the site is going to be Emmasteinbooks.com, but I have to check which domain I reserved. Right now, everything is at: https://www.facebook.com/emmasteinbooks)

 

Also what is your Amazon authors page

(I still need to create a page, but here is the link to the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Into-Void-Emma-Stein-ebook/dp/B010GEJNIE/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1436044650&sr=1-3) 

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Here is my interview with Charmaine Pauls

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Name: Charmaine Pauls

Age: 46

 

Where are you from?

I currently live in the south of France, but was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

 

A little about yourself, i.e. your education, family life, etc:  

I lived in many cities, including Johannesburg (South Africa), Santiago (Chile) and Montpellier (France). After completing a degree in communication, I worked in a wide range of related fields, including journalism, public relations, advertising, graphic design and brand marketing. Writing has always been an integral part of my careers.

I fulfilled my dream to write creatively fulltime when we relocated first to France and later to Chile, as I didn’t have a work permit and found the time I have always lacked to tackle the book I dreamed of writing.

Today, I live in France with my husband and children. Our household is a lively linguistic mix of Spanish, French, Afrikaans and English.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My latest book in the paranormal erotic romance series, Seven Forbidden Arts, has just been released for pre-order in electronic format. Aeromancist is the third book in the series, and will, after the official launch date of 6 July, also be available in paperback. Hydromancist (Book 4) is following short on its heels in August.

Besides for my full-length novels, I have several short stories, ranging in style from literary fiction to sweet romance, that have been published in anthologies this year, including The Severest Inks Shorts from Severest Inks, Summer Thrills Summer Chills from Summer Solstice Publishing and Propose to Me from Satin Romance, an imprint of Mélange Books. Two of my shorts, Virtual Love and The Book Club, have been selected by the International Literary Society for an African anthology from across the continent. I am humbled by and proud of this wonderful honor.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Like most authors, I have written since a young age. I won my first writing contest at the age of eight. Writing poems in class, instead of paying attention to history and geography lessons, always got me into trouble with my teachers. I have always been a dreamer, conjuring stories in my mind when I was supposed to solve mathematical formulas. After completing university, my demanding jobs took up most of my time and energy. I never stopped writing, albeit doing it in various professional capacities didn’t leave me with much time for my creative writing. Writing stories only became possible again when I rekindled my passion after moving abroad, where I couldn’t join the local workforce because I weren’t granted a work permit. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. After five years of writing novels fulltime, I am on book number eight, with six more on contract over the next two years.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always been a writer, but I haven’t always been an author, or a novelist. For years I wrote press releases, newspaper articles, magazine features, advertising material and website content. Even though writing has always been my passion, I didn’t think of myself as an author until I held my first book in my hands. It was as if I needed the physical product for reality to dawn, so big was the dream. It seemed impossible at first–unobtainable. Today, I consider myself as a writer in the full sense of the word.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

When we first lived in the south of France, I wanted to capture the beauty of the surroundings and the wonder of the new culture and customs on paper, so that I would always remember every single, amazing detail. It started out as a journal, but I didn’t enjoy journaling, hence it turned into a story instead, and that story became my first novel, Between Yesterday & Tomorrow. I love storytelling and -writing, thus it was a lot easier for me to use this medium to capture my memories than scribbling it down in a diary. Although the setting and details are factual, the story is totally fictional.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My first editor told me my style was almost lyrical. Since then I have refined by narration to be less poetic and more entertaining, depending on if I am writing a literary short story or a full-length romance. I am a descriptive writer, who likes to include sensory observations, which add, to me, a keen sense of ambience. I also like to write fast-paced stories with lots of action and sizzling hot love scenes.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Originally, Aeromancist was titled Weatherman, since the protagonist, Russian Lann Dréan, has the supernatural ability to manipulate air, and thereby the weather. The first book in the series, Pyromancist, was called Firestarter in my first draft. As I presented the outline of my series to my Santiago writers group in Chile, they felt that the books needed more related names. I decided to work with the Greek words for the series elements – pyro, hydro, aero, geo, etc. – and created new words to personify each of the seven gifts. This is how pyromancist, aeromancist, hydromancist, etc. were born. I like the fact that these words are self-created and unique, and how they look on paper. To me, they have a visual appeal, and I love the way they sound on my ear and roll off my tongue. Creating new words to give titles to these paranormal gift practitioners turned out to work in my favor, as a journalist recently told me when he did an internet search on the word aeromancist to find out its meaning, it only came up with the book. J


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Although some of my other books have messages, such as finding happiness in balance in Between Fire & Ice, never settling for second best in Second Best and living in the present in Between Yesterday & Tomorrow, Aeromancist and the rest of the books in the series have been written with the sole purpose of entertainment. This is meant to be a quick, hot, exhilarating beach read.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Only the settings are real. The characters and the story are completely fictional. I like to work with real, exotic settings around the globe, and am greatly influenced by my world travels. For example, the backdrop for Aeromancist was inspired by my visit to an old Franciscan monastery turned museum with a library of hand-written books in Santiago. The place, with its cathedral and bell tower in the process of being restored after damages suffered by many earthquakes, had such a strong gothic feel that I was immediately mesmerized by its ambience. I often use gothic elements in my stories, for which I have a strong affinity. I knew that Lann, the Russian aeromancist, would be at home among the antique Latin scripts, and that is how Aeromancist got to kick off in Chile.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

As the stories are all paranormal with supernatural elements, they are products of my imagination. However, I do borrow from real-life events for inspiration. While on holiday in Brittany, France, houses in the fisherman village of Larmor-Baden were mysteriously burned to the ground. A police helicopter was circling the harbor one morning as I sat on the wall in front of our rented cottage, and the story that flashed in my mind turned out to be Pyromancist. The library visit mentioned in my previous answer became the inspiration for Aeromancist, and my travels through Costa Rica influenced the plot development of Hydromancist. Similarly, Geomancist plays off in Colombia and on Isla Pirata where we vacationed while exploring Latin America, while the next book will feature my experiences of location while working in a national opera house in South Africa.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?

I am a big fan of the gothic classics, including Dracula, Frankenstein and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Being a gothic romantic at heart, I would have totally fitted into that timeframe. My novels are modern adaptations of gothic themes, often with the Beauty and the Beast scenarios. They are full of fast action and dark elements that are both frightening and obsessive in their forbidden beauty. My biggest modern-day mentor is Ms. Lora Leigh, who is maybe most known for her breed romance books.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The third book in a trilogy by the talented Ms. Anna Zaires, Hold Me. This is a dark romance, and I love the book for its emotional content and super-hot scenes.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Ms. Zaires!

 


Fiona: What are your current projects?

After Hydromancist, which is due in August, I have three more books on contract for the Seven Forbidden Arts series. Book 5 has been submitted, and I will soon start working on Book 6. In between completing these novels, I also have several short stories for anthologies lined up.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My publisher, Nancy Schumacher, has been my greatest support. Not only does she believe in my stories, but she always pushes me to deliver better products and to grow beyond my sphere of skill and knowledge. She had embraced my best qualities and challenged the ones I needed to develop, while nurturing my confidence and encouraging my marketing efforts.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

What started out as a hobby for me, has definitely turned into a career. Writing books is an eight- to ten-hour job a day for me. Just like any occupation, I do it every day, in a disciplined manner, whether I feel inspired or not. I attend workshops and courses to develop myself, and conferences to sharpen my sales and marketing skills. My passion has turned into a business.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I always find syntax to improve or paragraphs to be tightened, no matter how many times I edit a manuscript. If my editor allowed it, I would keep on changing phrases and words until the end of time. Looking back at Aeromancist, I did actually change a lot about Lann. My pre-submissions editor pointed out that Lann was always angry, with reason, considering the taxing circumstances he found himself in, so I gave him some opportunities to also show his carefree side. This wasn’t easy for Lann, who is always aloof and expressionless, seeing that his element is air.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

As a child, you would always find me in the branches of a tree, thinking up stories, or in a library, discovering amazing, imaginary adventures. From my first book of fairy tales to the leather covers that concealed inked fantasies in our dusty school library, I was enchanted. I wanted to become a part of that world of letters and ink and paper and imagination for as long as I can remember.

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here is a link to an excerpt from Aeromancist:

http://charmainepauls.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Read-an-excerpt-from-Aeromancist.pdf

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time! Juggling a family life and a writing career is not always easy. Finding the time to do it all well and keeping everyone happy requires good time management and a healthy balance.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Australian author, Tim Winton’s way with words. It feels like not a letter is wasted, while his sentences transport me to a vivid story and a clever rhythm that reflects the flow of the tale, as in Breath, for example. His dialogue is believable, the theme is unique, the story is entertaining and the twist is both moving and shocking. It is the kind of book that makes you think about it long after you have finished reading the last page.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Born travelers and gypsies at heart, my husband and I choose discovering a new part of the world any time over a new sofa, or a car. We travel a lot as a family, always with our children. Our daughter has been strapped to her daddy’s back while we trekked in Patagonia, and our son was crawling all over the dunes of the Atacama Desert. Reversely, instead of traveling for the creation of my books, my travels inspire my books. In a business sense, I do travel often for book launches, conferences and other marketing events. I have done several launches in South Africa, France and Chile, and will be traveling to New York soon for the RWA annual conference.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The covers of this series have been designed by Caroline Andrus, the in-house graphic designer at Mélange Books. She has done an amazing job, hasn’t she?


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing, editing, editing. Whilst I love the creative part of getting it all down on paper, the toughest part, for me, is going over the manuscript word by word, analyzing, refining and polishing.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

If I ever needed perseverance, diligence and determination, it was with writing my first book, and every single book after. In terms of content, I learned much from my pre-submissions editor, who helped me to cut a bulk of manuscript I didn’t need for Aeromancist. In fact, the story didn’t start until about one third into my first draft, and even though it felt like cutting off my arm when I omitted those first ninety pages, it did enhance to the quality of the book. The story now starts with the crux of the action and the pace remains fast, with enough pauses after some hectic fighting to give the reader time to draw a breath before the next bout of nail-biting stress.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Don’t stop until you have put the full stop after ‘The End’. When in doubt, write over it. You can always go back later and fix the plot loopholes or narration that is flat. But you can’t fix anything if you don’t have a product.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope they’ll find as much enjoyment in the series as the pleasure it gave me writing it. Reading is like dreaming, and dreaming helps you to achieve the purpose you are destined for, because dreaming cultivates desire, and desire sets goals. So keep on reading and dreaming!

I have also set up a giveaway to celebrate the launch of Aeromancist for readers to enter. You can win a beautiful set of five antiqued silver bookmarks, an Aeromancist paperback and eBook copies of the preceding books in the series.

Giveaway link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c3797d9d6/ ?

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I recall was a thick bundle of fairy tales with colorful illustrations. The stories that captured my attention most, were Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, King Midas and Repelsteeltjie, which is Afikaans for Rumpelstiltskin.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Movies. I always laugh out loud or leave the movie theatre with a stuffy nose and red eyes after a moving film. My husband makes me laugh lots. And my kids move me to tears of dearness when I watch their innocent little faces in their sleep.

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Gandhi – I am an admirer of his wisdom and humanitarian spirit, and he also lived in South Africa, where my roots and heart are.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

‘Here rests a good mother’, because this is one of the most important jobs I’ll ever have in my life, which I hope to achieve.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I read a lot, love to dance, am passionate about animal welfare organizations, travel whenever I can, am a keen photographer, a patron of the fine and performing arts, an amateur fan of lost civilizations, a natural medicine and bio obsessive, and to overcome my fear of water, I scuba dive.

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

My all-time favorite is the television series, Angelique, which was first released in France, and then dubbed in Afrikaans for South Africa. I got the original classic on DVD and still watch it when I’m in the mood for French castles, a feisty duchess abducted by a Persian prince and a handsome pirate. I enjoy romantic films that move me, such as As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, and Shall We Dance with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Chocolate, beer and coffee, hands down! All is good in moderation, right? J My favorite color is lilac, like lavender, and I’m a British pop music fanatic. I love the eighties alternative bands, such as The Cure and Madness. My favorite rock bands include INXS, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. I actually based Joss in Pyromancist a bit on Jon Bon Jovi.

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 If I didn’t write, I would have loved to have enough talent to become a Renaissance painter.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My website address is http://charmainepauls.com. You will find a contact form under my Media page if you’d like to send me a message. I love to interact with my readers.

Follow me on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charmaine-Pauls/175738829145132

Follow me on Twitter here https://twitter.com/CharmainePauls

Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Charmaine-Pauls/e/B005LY9B82/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1436024916&sr=1-2-ent

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Here is my interview with Shauna Aura Knight

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Name: Shauna Aura Knight

Age: 38

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

My parents were both hippy/mystic/new agey types. I was raised in Wisconsin near Milwaukee but I’ve lived in Chicago for a good portion of my life. I’ve always been a big geek; I was raised on Star Wars and reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. My mom’s an artist, so I grew up making and selling my own arts and crafts, and she had a booth at the local Renaissance Faire when I was a teenager. In high school I did a lot of backstage work and I originally went to college for tech theater, but then I started being more interested in a degree in fine art, and then I wanted a degree in fiction writing so I moved from Minneapolis to Columbia College in Chicago. And I hated their fiction writing program! I ran out of money for school so I started working as a secretary and learning to be a web designer and graphic designer.

All during this time I was writing; I have about sixty novels in progress at the moment. Sometimes I’d go years in between working on the books, but the stories are always there in my mind. I became more involved with my local Pagan community in my twenties and started helping to organize events, and then the dotcom crash happened and I was laid off from my job. I ended up leaving my husband and moving to a Pagan retreat center in the woods to be a grunt, and it was great. I did leadership training there, and then organized a group as well as some small conferences, and then I returned to Chicago and began teaching leadership and facilitation within the Pagan community.

When my nonfiction writing got good enough to be published, I started submitting some of my novellas and those got published, so now I write both fiction and nonfiction, I travel and teach, and I’m also an artist and graphic designer. Let’s just say I keep busy!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have a few novellas out, but I just published my first novel-length work, A Fading Amaranth, which is a paranormal romance about a vampire and a psychic. I have another novel coming out later in July, The Truth Upon Her Lips, that involves a wereleopard, Faerie magic, and a lot of adventure. It’s the first in a series called the Roses Rising and I’m really excited about weaving together paranormal romance with some old-school fairytale magic.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in the third grade, though I’d been drawing unicorns for years before that in a sort of loose illustrated story. I started writing my first novel when I was twelve. So I’ve really always wanted to be a writer.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think when I started that first novel I knew that that I was going to make it happen in my life. I started considering myself a “professional” writer when I started getting nonfiction articles published about a decade ago. When my first fiction and nonfiction book were published two years ago, I felt even more grounded in the world of being a professional writer.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy as a kid. I had this intense dream, and I started writing a sci-fi novel. It took me two years to finish it, handwritten on notebook paper. The dream was so compelling, though, it kept me moving forward. Now—having re-read that novel, it’s not great. But the basic storyline is good, and at some point I may rewrite the whole thing. My first published novella, Werewolves in the Kitchen, came from me idly musing while doing my laundry while living at a retreat center out in the woods.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Sometimes titles are hard! Werewolves in the Kitchen was the working title but my publisher liked it. A Fading Amaranth is a poetic device; Nathaniel’s a vampire and also a poet, and the Amaranth is a mythological undying flower; it means “unfading.” Nathan’s sort of at the end of his rope as a vampire. For The Truth Upon Her Lips, some of the magic in the story centers around the power of speaking the truth connected to ancient Faerie magic.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Probably my favorite author and series are The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I also really enjoy The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just read Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake, which is the pen name of Lindsay Buroker. I absolutely love this sci-fi romance series.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Ruby Lionsdrake/Lindsay Buroker, as well as Sharon Kay, Jory Strong, and Mandy Roth.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on a book related to Werewolves in the Kitchen and Werewolves with Chocolate. A Golden Heart of Glass takes place at the SpiralStone retreat center; Angel begins to connect to the Goddess Aphrodite and as her magic grows, vampires and strange Faerie monsters begin to come after her. I’m also working on Until She Wakes From Sleep, the second book in the Roses Rising series.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

For my nonfiction I do; I haven’t yet started traveling for the fiction. For nonfiction I teach leadership, facilitation, public speaking, and personal growth, so I teach workshops around the country. I hope to start doing more in-person events related to my fiction.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve designed most of my own book covers for both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve been a professional graphic designer for over 15 years and an artist longer than that.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s an excerpt from A Fading Amaranth. You can read excerpts of all my available works, and links to buy the books, at http://www.shaunaauraknight.com/books/fiction-books/

 

Alexandra’s feet had led her toward the alley where she’d first met Nathaniel. She just wanted to stand there, just wanted to reminisce for a moment, to remember when it was simpler, and he was kissing her.

 

Suddenly that creeping sensation crawled right up her neck. She turned, and from the shadows of the building, a form approached her. Rough and slouched, clothed in rags, for a moment she thought it was just a particularly strangely clothed homeless person. And then she saw the mottled flesh, the strange shape of the body, the inhumanness—and she felt the sheer hunger rolling off the creature.

 

This creature’s need shocked into her like a shard of ice straight into her gut and around her spine. Hunger like she’d never felt before, not even from her vampire.

 

The creature seized her hand and she screamed, pulling back. It let out a hissing snarl and reached its other clawed hand for her. The ice shattered inside of her; she could barely move…all she could feel was need and starvation and anger and fear.

 

She could see Nathaniel as if through a tunnel, through a thick pane of glass. Nathan? How was he here? Alexandra tried to scream and could only let out a soft cry. Then she tried to push at the creature, to push away the ice, the lethargy that bound her. She felt its anger, she heard it roar in rage, even as the ache of its hunger overwhelmed her.

 

“Alexandra!” Nathan cried again. He launched himself at the creature, struggling to force it to engage him and release her. Getting punched did not seem to distract it.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I do. Here are all the various social media ways to find me:
Web Site: http://www.shaunaauraknight.com

Fiction Blog: https://shaunaknightauthorartist.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaunaKnightAuthorArtist

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/shaunaaknight

Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/ShaunaAuraKnight

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Shauna_A_Knight
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/shaunaaura/

Design Portfolio: http://shaunaknightarts.wordpress.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShaunaAuraKnight

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Here is my interview with C. Lynette

 

 

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Name  C. Lynette

Age 30

Where are you from

 I was born in Merrillville, IN down the street from where all my family is from in Gary, IN. But I was raised in Michigan. 6 years in Lansing, 4 years in Ann Arbor, 13 years in Ypsilanti.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I’m one of the most boring people ever. I don’t do anything aside from work a fulltime job, come home, cook and take care of my 3 year old son. I like playing games though, so most of my work day consists of me playing facebook games like Pet Rescue.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Lord willing, my second book will be out on July 31st followed by a very short story called “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”  in August.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I officially started working on Ebony Articles: Volume 1 in October 2014. A friend inspired me to get it out. He is also an author and we had a running joke for almost 10 years until he got the book published.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Since I knew I could do it and was good at it. Doing people’s essays, writing research papers, there’s nothing I couldn’t accomplish with writing. I made “fluff” read like substance.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Sex. The need to read it, the need to ignite something that’s seemingly gone missing in my life.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not that I can think of.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 The title and original concept was thought of by my son’s father. He was the total driving force behind it. However, people weren’t cooperating, so I had to finagle some things.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, instead of sharing your relationship and sexual woes on the internet with your real name for everyone to see, share them with me and you’ll be transformed into someone totally different and no one will ever know it was you. Consider me your diary.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

All of it.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

They are based on actual events that occurred to people I know, and some life experiences.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Beverly Jenkins had some steamy romance scenes that aren’t nearly as X-Rated as my own. I can’t begin to list all of the books I own by her.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

None. I’m on a deadline to finish Volume 2.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Xyla Turner, Sylvester Diggs, LaShawn Vasser, James D Sanders, Mario D King, L Logan Chandler, Michele Kimbrough (and by new, I assume you mean new to me lol)


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Ebony Articles: Volume 2, I just finished my part in an anthology the short story entitled “The Curse”, a horror story, Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That and What You Got Me (the effed up series)


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Everyone actually. There isn’t a single person to point out.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a necessary side hustle that is legal.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Yes, add more detail, introduce characters more and be a little more graphic.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My aunt was in college for Journalism at the time and I looked up to her. I wanted to be just like her, follow in her footsteps.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

THIS IS SEXUAL CONTENT AND IS INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

You leaving already?” He asked as my friend excused herself.

“Yeah. I’m not a club girl. I like to be at home.”

“Can I join you?”

“That’s up to you. You coming now?” I hoped he said yes.

“I’ll have one of my boys drop me off in a little while,” he responded.

“All right then. I’ll see you later,” and I turned and walked out. I texted my address to him and made my way to the car and drove home. I lived 20 minutes away, so it was nothing to get home. I took off my bra and my panties and stashed them in clothes hamper; it was almost 1:30.

Two and a half hours later, there was a knock on my door. I looked out the peep hole to see him standing there. I opened the door and without hesitation, he leaned down and kissed me with passion while scooping me up. He set off a 5 alarm fire within the depths of my soul. I yearned for him, tasting the remnants of the last shot of Martell he had on his lips.

“I been waiting to touch you all night,” he whispered, running his hands down my curvy frame to the cusp of my hips, teasingly moaning as he did.

It took every ounce of my being to stay calm and not take him down right where he stood. “I shouldn’t have left you that night like…” my voice trailed off as he placed his finger against my lips, hushing me from my words.

“Take it off,” he whispered in my ear, slowly removing the sleeve from my right arm. I pulled the dress the rest of the way down, kicking it off with my feet. I stood before him in all my naked glory anticipating his next move. He kneeled down before me, unlacing my wedges and removing them from my feet. He started kissing my right leg from my ankle, up my calf to my knee. The warmth of his lips and his breath were like magic on my skinned. The inevitable appearance of goose bumps became ever more evident the closer he got to thighs.

He placed my right leg on his left shoulder as I braced myself. My heart felt like it was going to leap out of my chest. I looked down at him and he looked up at me with a seductive smile. Putting my leg back down to the floor, he stood up and began taking off his top.

The adrenaline surging through my body caused me to react in a way I never had before. Like a flash of lightning, I loosened his belt, unzipped and unbuttoned his jeans and pulled them down to his knees. I had waited far too long to savor his goods again. I needed to hold, caress, feel and taste him in the worst way.

I pulled out his manhood and ran my tongue slowly down his shaft, letting him feel the warmth from my mouth and the stainless steel of my tongue ring. I teased the tip of his head, only holding him in my mouth for short periods of time, while lightly blowing on it. I kept a steady pace, responding accordingly to every grunt and every moan he let out. Suddenly his grabbed my head and gave two long, hard thrust before relieving himself in the comforts of my mouth. He was ready to return the favor, and I obliged him.

He led me to my living room, grabbing the blanket off of the couch. As I lit some candles and turned off the lights, he laid the blanket on the floor and waited for me. He then eased me on my back down to the floor. He pushed my legs apart and took his finger, the same finger that caught me off guard the first time, and massaged my womanhood slowly. His finger roamed down into the warmth abyss. A deep sigh of please escaped my lips. Then the electricity of his tongue caused me to screech in a pitch I didn’t know I could achieve.

His lips and tongue touched every part of her. I closed my eyes trying to suppress the loud sounds trying to come out. The more I fought, the more intense he got. My legs shook violently as I moaned and came to the point of climaxing, I accidentally let “Magik” slip through my lips. That gave him life. He dipped his tongue into my center and my body gave way to earthquake like convulsions as I came, trying to push his head away. He wrapped his arms around my legs and locked me in place so I couldn’t run. In between licking and slurping her whispered, “say it again” while moaning. I playfully refused.

Satisfied that I was wet enough, he wiped his mouth off and placed his magic wand in my magic hat. He entered inch by inch, slowly, deeply, hoping to get me to let his name pass through my lips again. I resisted, smiling devilishly at my accomplishment. But I should have gave in, I wanted to but just him craving to hear his name made me desire to make him work for it.

Magik turned me over and starting hitting it from the back. He slapped my ass and kept asking me his name. My ears tuned him out, reveling in his apparent frustration until he shifted his position. His left knee was down while his right leg was up and bent. I squealed at how deep he got and how fast he was going. I forgot I was resisting. He was hitting my g-spot with such force I cried out “Magik” loud enough for the echo to bounce off the walls. I kept calling his name, he kept bumping and grinding until we both cried out and a burst of fireworks exploded between our bodies.  I glanced up at the clock on the wall and it was 6 in the morning.

He called his boys to come pick him up so we both got dressed and waited for them. We sat hand in hand, neither stating the obvious need for what had happened nor addressing the next step. But I had a more worrisome problem. I hadn’t told him my boyfriend was on his way to my house and would be here soon. We sat in silence, hugged up until his boys showed up.

It was now 7 in the morning. He leaned down and kissed me one final time before hopping in his friend’s black Buick Enclave. I watched from the window as they drove away.

Less than 15 minutes after he left, my boyfriend’s car pulled up. It was time to put on the lovey dovey girlfriend act. He walked up to the door and I opened it, standing in a sexy pose. “Good morning,” I said as seductively as possible.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The motivation to keep writing, finding time to write


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Beverly Jenkins, she did historical fiction and made her characters interact from book to book without them stealing each other’s stories.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Indie Designz aka Dafeenah!


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Trying to remained focus. Sex can get boring.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I can do anything if I put my mind to it.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Dory from Finding Nemo had the right idea. Just keep swimming. Meaning, keep going and keep pushing.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

SHOUTOUT TO ALL MY READERS AND SUPPORTERS, YOU ARE THE REAL MVP!!!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not at all, but my favorite kids book is “I Can’t Said The Ant”

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

If I tell you, I Have to kill you lol

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Malcolm X because he had an amazing transformation in life and I would love to know how his mind worked.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

Aquarius – that’s the easiest way to sum up my life.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I like to eat lol

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I like triliogies of all types: Star Wars, Matrix, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Empire, L&O, sports, NCIS, Shield, etc.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Chinese, Mexican, Blue, all types save for grunge.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’d love to win the lottery and retire from life.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I have several

http://burkscry.wix.com/clynette

http://clynette.weebly.com

http://journalisticexpressions.wordpress.com

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http://createspace.com/5311204 (the physical book for $5.55)

http://amazon.com/dp/B00UPMY9OG (99 cents for the ebook)

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Here is my interview with Michelle Hughes

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Name             Michelle Hughes

Age                 46

Where are you from  Rockford, Alabama

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I’m a former respiratory tech and was once a singer/songwriter.  I’m the mother of five incredible children, and married to the greatest fisherman on earth, who thankfully has a real job to boot.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m releasing the second book in my Phantom Wolves, MC series this week, titled Scent of Love.  It’s a sexy paranormal romance based on the small town in Alabama where I live.  This series is for adults only and contains strong language with intense sexual situations.  If hot sexy werewolves are your thing, I hope you’ll check it out.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In 2009. I was laid off from my job in respiratory when the hospital was cutting back.  I still had one of my five children at home, and my husband and I decided I’d stay at home until he started school.  I’d worked all my life, so having all that extra time on my hand I decided to start penning the book that had been in my mind for over twenty years.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first book hit the Amazon bestseller list.  I was shocked that people cared enough about what I’d written that they’d purchase my work.  I’ve been very fortunate to keep my career in writing and not have to take a second job.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Tears of Crimson was based off dreams I’d had all my life.  Vampires, and New Orleans was a combination of fantasies, so putting it out to the world was a dream come true.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m not sure if I call it a writing style, but I lose myself when I’m working.  Honestly I have no idea what I’ve written until I go back and read it again.  The worlds just flow from my fingers to the page, like I’m being given these stories from some supernatural place.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I’ve written sixteen books to date, and each title comes to me before I begin the process.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I guess if there’s one thing I’d want reader to take away, it’s that love is love.  No matter what gender, style, or situation your heart surrenders to, it’s all good.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

The series I’m working on now, Phantom Wolves, MC is actually based in my hometown.  So there is some realism, at least when it comes to the location my characters are residing in.  My werewolves are obviously fiction, but I draw inspiration from people I know in the real world.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I find it’s easier to write what you know, but that being said I haven’t lived through every experience you’ll find in my books.  Although it you find any hot vampires or werewolves willing to experiment?  Seriously though, I’m married so let’s just say I write pure fantasy.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I grew up reading historical romance, bodice rippers.  There wasn’t just one writer, it was all of them.  I loved the idea of the sweet innocent virgin falling for a handsome, virile, alpha male. I try to keep that flavor in my books now with the modern edge added in.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Just finished Grey and will start on Victoria Ashley’s book next since I’m doing a review for it on my blog.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Most of my friends are authors, so there is always a new one I find compelling.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

So many things that I need more fingers!  Phantom Wolves, MC book three, another Tears of Crimson Book, and two more contemporary romance titles that I began but put on hold when the werewolf obsession took over my mind.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My friends on twitter and facebook were a huge influence.  Support wise?  #JGF and Joey Giggles.  He was a huge supporter from the beginning and is still helping six years later.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It is my career.  This year I actually bypassed my husband’s income and he’s worked for the same company for 20 plus years.  As long as readers keep supporting my work, I’ll continue writing books.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’m releasing it this week, so I can say no.  A month or two from now I might look back and think differently.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Like I said earlier, I was laid off work, so boredom had a lot to do with it.  As long as I was writing I could live in any world I chose.  Trust me things are always better living in fantasy land.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure!  I’ll share the blurb with you.  This is the second book in the Phantom Wolves, MC series.

Scent of Love is the second book in the steamy paranormal romance series, Phantom Wolves, MC.  Please note this novel contains strong language, and intense sexual situations.  This series is intended for a mature audience.

 

The Wolf Might Crave Her Scent But My Humanity Demanded I Refrain From Taking Her Innocent Body!

 

Rebecca Waters was a beautiful young woman and my body burned anytime I was near her.  Since she was my ward that meant I owed her my protection, and not the lust she brought out without being aware how powerful her scent was.  Controlling my baser instincts wasn’t easy, especially when her sweet little body was ready to be broken in, but it sure as hell wouldn’t be in my bed!  It didn’t matter that she was legally of age to have a lover, this wolf didn’t do sweet and innocent.  Riding hard and fast was my motto and I knew a little thing like her couldn’t handle my brand of loving.

He Thought I Was A Child, But I Was a Full Grown Woman Ready To Seduce Him Into Fulfilling My Needs!

 

Hunter Robins could lie to me all he wanted, but his body told me that he wanted more than just his role as guardian in my life.  If he thought telling me the only way he’d be my first was if another wolf joined in would send me packing?  Then he was about to learn that being a virgin didn’t mean I couldn’t handle anything he threw out to keep me away.  I wanted him, and if that meant sharing my body with two hot-blooded wolves…. Well game on!  I might be young but I was old enough to understand my heart and soul already belonged to him.

 

Phantom Wolves MC – Look for us during the next full moon.  Or join us at the Howlin’ Good Times Bar.  Once you run with the pack, you’ll never look back.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes!  Turning off all the thoughts running through my head so I can sleep or do anything that doesn’t involve staring at a computer screen.  Lately I’ve been penning 8,000 words a day, so some downtime might be nice.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have so many but the reason I admire them is always the same.  Anyone that pulls me into their world and gives me the chance to fantasize has my respect.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I probably should, but I don’t.  I’ve kept out of the book tour, and promotional scene in the real world, preferring to do all my advertising online.  As a busy mom of five, leaving my family is very difficult.  As long as I can do what I love without leaving the comfort of my home, I’ll continue doing that.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

When I don’t do my own, Rachel Mizer of Shoutlines Designs does my covers.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Stopping!  When I get in that zone and the writing is flowing, I forget to do simple things, like eat or finish the laundry.  With my kids home on summer break I’ve had to force myself to remember I can’t live my entire life in a book.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’ve decided I believe that anything is possible.  Life is this huge wondrous adventure, so I keep my eyes opened, waiting to see what happens next.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do what you love.  Even if reviewers or family for that matter tells you to give up, never do it.  The more you write the better chance you have of finding an audience for your work.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for sticking by me and supporting me through this dream.  Without you I’d be stuck working some job I hated, and being miserable.  You’ve given me the opportunity to live out my fantasies, and I hope I’ve fulfilled some of yours!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

While Passion Sleeps, by Shirlee Busby.  That lady can seriously write some historical romance!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids!  They fill my life with so much love and I couldn’t imagine a world without them.  They range in age from 8-25, and watching some of them leave the nest breaks my heart.  I know I’ve given them all they need to succeed in this world, but I’d still like keeping them under my wing forever.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Alexander Skarsgard.  I’m a huge fan, and I missed the opportunity to meet him in New Orleans a few years back when he was filming for True Blood.  It’s the only regret I really have.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I’m living forever so I don’t plan on having one.  KIDDING.  I think I’d be happy if it read “Here lies Michelle Hughes, loving mother, devoted wife, and our favorite author.”

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love fishing, catfish not that snobby bass stuff, no offense.  Riding four wheelers, singing, and whatever new things my kids talk me into trying.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Haven, Arrow, Agents of Shield, and I know I’m missing some!

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I really don’t have a favorite food anymore.  I know that sounds strange, but I’m trying to change my motto to eat to live, not live to eat.  As far as colors, White and Red are my favorite ones, and no it’s not because of Alabama football, I just happen to like them.  Music I’ll listen to anything from rock to country or jazz to classical. As long as the song speaks to me in some way I’ll listen.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 I wanted to be a singer/songwriter before I became a writer.  That dream is long forgotten because I enjoy being a home body!

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My Tears of Crimson site.  www.tearsofcrimson.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authormichellehughes

Twitter:      www.twitter.com/michellehughes_

Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/tearsofcrimson

Amazon Authors Page http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Hughes/e/B00605O89I/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 

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Here is my interview with D’Ann Lindun

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Name D’Ann Lindun

Age 52

Where are you from W Colorado

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Married for 34 years in August, 1 grown daughter. My husband works out of state. We have eight horses, six dogs, 10 cats and 2 ducks. I live on a corn farm that is leased out.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

A new release—Crashing Into Love—an anthology with six amazing writers!


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I took a class at my local college with my BFF and cousin.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I finished my first manuscript.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

That class!


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Style? No.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

We brainstormed it fit. Seven stories of plane crashes and love.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love conquers everything.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Probably not much! LOL


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

In this antho? No. I’ve never known anyone who was in a plane wreck.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

My early mentor was Margot Early, a HQ writer. Books would be For A Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale, This Calder Sky by Janet Daily and That Summer by Karen Robards.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

My critique partner’s chapters.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Brenda Dyer is my CP. She writes vampires like none other.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m working on a cowboy anthology of just my books.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I don’t understand. My CPs.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It IS my career!


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope! Once a book is done, it’s done. I don’t look back. I try to make the next one better.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I fell in love with romance novels in the 6th grade, but I never thought of writing one until that class.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

While sitting at a 4-way stop, R.J. Hadley drummed his fingers against the steering wheel, keeping tune with Maura Whittaker’s new hit. Idly, he glanced to his left. And stared. A hot blonde in a bright yellow convertible sat next to him.

Wearing a wedding dress.

For half a second, he thought it was Shiloh Jamieson, but in a second it occurred to him she wasn’t the girl he’d loved all his life.  Blonde, yes. Beautiful, yes. But not Shiloh.

He blinked.

Her hair a windswept mess, her veil crooked.

As she glanced his direction, he caught a flash of big blue eyes ringed with mascara.

R.J.’s gut folded up faster than a used deck of cards.

Crying women drew him like a bee to honey. Most men ran from a woman’s tears, but he’d learned at an early age that comforting a lady was a direct line into her panties. Maybe it was the fact that he’d been willing to listen, to hold, that made women like him. But they always left him, not the other way around. Starting with his own mother who took off, abandoning him and his brother when they were barely toddlers.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Marketing. I hate it.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Too many to list, but I love Sara Walter-Ellwood, Leslie Garcia and Jennifer Lowery. Powerful storytellers, all of them.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Nope!


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Kim Killon, Fiona Jade, Carey Abbott and others.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Just sitting and doing it.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Nope! LOL


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Learn the craft! Take chances!


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes! Thank you for making my dreams come true by buying reading my books!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Nope!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything, literally!

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

Oh, zillions! Too many to list.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

She Cowgirled up! Because I never quit!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Taking pictures, trail riding, flower gardening.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Justified, Longmire, American Ninja Warrior.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Pizza

Forest green

Kid Rock (I’m obsessed with him)

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

A photograhpher, a journalist

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/

Amazon Authors Page http://www.amazon.com/DAnn-Lindun/e/B008DKL9TU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1435696747&sr=1-4

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He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?

 

Gah! How could he sleep when the aircraft jumped up and down like it was playing hopscotch? She wanted to scream, but muffled it with her hands. No one else seemed terribly concerned, so she tried to calm herself by taking deep breaths and willing her nerves to settle down.

Just when she’d begun to relax, the plane took a sudden, wild plunge downward.

“Shit!” Teagan grabbed for the nearest thing to hold onto and found the upper arm of her seatmate. She wrapped her fingers around his bicep and held on for dear life.

He woke, scrubbed his face with both hands and glanced at her. “What’s going on?”

“I think we’re going down,” she managed through tight lips.

He raised an eyebrow. “Here?”

“We’re crashing, you idiot!”

The plane plunged and dipped again. Brooklyn screamed. Teagan might have, too. She was too scared to know for sure.

The plane seemed quieter all of a sudden.

Teagan risked a glance out her window and gasped. The propeller on her side no longer worked. The plane faltered. Tipped to its side.

“Dear God, we’re about to crash.” She moaned. “We’re all going to die.”

“Just hold onto me, honey. You’ll be all right.” Her seatmate’s calm tone soothed her a little.

When he held out his big hand, she grabbed on. How could he be so composed when she was terrified out of her mind?

 

Here is my interview with Marianne Maguire

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Name  – Marianne Maguire

Age  – Old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway

Where are you from –  Alberta

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

 I’m a hardworking prairie girl, a red seal chef, a trained bartender, I owned and operated my own bar in Calgary. While in the industry for almost 20 years, I did modelling and was a 1994 Bud Girl. On the flip side, I’m a bit of a tomboy, my Dad taught me how the motor on the car worked before he taught me to drive. At 18 years old, I got my class 1 drivers licence and drove transport trucks for a few years. I’ve also been a roofer and a forklift driver. About 12 years ago, I decided I needed a change, I went back to school and became a master dog groomer and trainer until my parents both passed away, my Mom in 2007 and my Dad in 2008. After that I was kind of lost, being their caregiver and then having nothing to do. It was then that my husband told me to take sometime for myself, first we moved across Canada in 2010 and in 2011 I finally got to do what I wanted. I sat in front of my computer for a month, what came out was my first novel Born. The rest isn’t history just yet, more like a work in progress.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 On June 12th, my second book, Inheritance, Volume 2 of the Legacy Series released. It went to the top 100 on Amazon in Canada.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I have always loved telling stories and I also enjoy watching people. While in the bar industry I saw some real characters and always thought one day I would write about my time in that world. I also love paranormal, the sexier the better and it just made sense to combined the two when I first started writing Born. I began writing as a way to deal with my parents death, it helped clear my mind and it was something that came naturally because I had the story in my head for so very long.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s an odd on to answer, I am a writer and I guess if I was honest, I became a writer when Born was published. However, with only two books out, so far, I still don’t feel like a writer, maybe ask me again in 10 more years, lol.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My parents inspired me to write Born. I use to take them for chemo, they both had pancreatic cancer, so we spent a lot of time in the hospitals, doctor’s office, specialists and I always had a paranormal book with me. My Dad said to me one day, “You read so many of those books that you should be able to write your own one day.” Those words stayed with me, even after he passed and Born was for them for making me see nothing is as hard as fighting to stay alive and life is far too short not to live your dreams.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 I like the first person narrative by the main character and when I sit to write I have a rough idea to the story I want to write, but I don’t rush it or plot. Instead I let it go where it takes me and sometimes even I surprise myself.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Born is about a girl who comes out of her shell and finds out she’s not quite what she thought she was. During the book she slowly builds her confidence and starts to command a Kingdom. I relate to this character because I have been there, I have rebuild my life a few times and every time I do, I think I’m being Born all over again but each time I get stronger. That’s where that title came from


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 I love strong female characters, they might start out shy or mousey but they become confident and usually in charge. I hope that when the reader is done my book they feel they can do anything too, whether from my book or my own personal story, I hope it empowers others to love themselves and be who ever and whatever they want to be.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

All of it, lol! I’m kidding, it is paranormal so there are not too many Vampires and Werewolves running around, or maybe there are……. There are some parts that I have taken from experience but most of it is fiction.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are a little of both.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I look up to some authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, when I grow up I hope to be as amazing as them. I also have a wonderful mentor and friend, Morgan Ashbury, who has helped me navigate this industry. But, the one person that has encourage, supported and influenced me most is my amazing husband, Scott.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 The Walking Dead, The Fall of the Governor part one.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 So many, Cassia Brightmore, Mary Smith, CM Stunich, Silence O’Shea, just to name a few.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I have just started Volume 3 of the Legacy Series.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My Sister from another Mister, Marie, she is my girl, my support, my cheerleader, my beta, my everything. We met only 5 years ago but from the start it just felt like we knew each other our whole life.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Absolutely!


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope, the story that came out is the one that needed to be told, flaws and all.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

As a child I would tell stories all the time to anyone that would listen. I still remember how my Gramps and Gram would listen and their faces would light up as I told them my tales. It was that encouragement that made me always want to write, it just told a really long time to finally do it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us? This is the opening 2 paragraphs of Bequeath:

Tonight, I’m predicting an epic colossal nightmare, complete with major bouts of fuck-ups on my part, deep humiliation from my sleaze-wear alone, and if I get out alive, I will never tell another soul, living or otherwise. Damn you, September Rae, damn your morning sickness and damn your pretty vampire boyfriend for not wanting to leave your side.

There’s a mere five feet, down the steel circular tunnel to my destination of strobe lights, loud porn music and sex acts that are going to make me want to wash my eyes out with bleach. I’m feeling like a pomeranian about to enter the pitbull fight arena.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Actually finding the time to sit and stay in the damn chair.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have a few but I will narrow it to one, JR Ward. I love how she writes her world, one character at a time but there is always so much going on that you feel like you got the answers you were seeking but it opens up so many more questions, that you have to buy the next book. She paints such an amazing picture that you feel like you are the one in the book. When I read one of her books, I devour it then I’m crushed for weeks because I know I have to wait for the next. Anyone that can do that for me, have me thinking about the story weeks later, it tops on my reading list.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

So far I haven’t done much travel. I try to do local events right now, to build interest. I hope to do more as my series grows.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I usually send my publisher some ideas, via pictures and then she puts it together.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I have a hard time sitting, I have a serious back issues, so my legs and arms go numb and I get sharp pain if I sit too long. It becomes annoying when the words are coming fast and hard but I have to stop to walk or do some stretches.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 Yes, I learned how to write. That might sound strange but I studied to be a chef not Shakespeare, when I speak I don’t come across as someone that has an eloquent vocabulary, if I speak at all. I have a shy side and speaking in crowds with strangers sometimes makes me stutter or fumble my words. I learned I could communicate better with writing and then I had to learn how to do it properly, with grammar and punctuation. I’m still learning with each book I write and I hope I will always continue to learn.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 If you want to write but don’t know how or what, my advice is simple. Sit in the damn chair and write! Write every bloody day, make it a habit. You don’t have to have an idea to start, you can start with a journal, writing your thoughts of the day or about something that happened at the grocery store, whatever. Eventually something will click and you will be off. However, if you get stuck, don’t panic, go back to that journal and keep writing. Something else will trigger your story and you will be off again. So keep writing, write some more and don’t stop, you can and you will do it, if you really want to and you don’t give up!


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love my readers and I love to meet them whenever I can. They are all very unique, from different places, with different thoughts and personalities but they are my encouragement, my support and sometimes they are my laugh or my cry. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, I truly couldn’t have done this without you!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes and no. I remember reading a book with pictures but I can’t remember the book, I’m too old to remember that far back, lol.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 My dogs make me laugh, all the time, especially my middle furkid, Rupert. He is a 12 year old, one-eye, Lhasa Apso and he is the happiest dog in the world. At 2am if you get up to go to the bathroom, he meets you at the door with a toy in mouth and his tail wagging, ready to play.

What makes me cry, I don’t do it often but when something exciting happens, like when I got published and I want to tell my parents, then I remember they are no longer here. I cry a little, knowing they would have been proud and that they missed this important event in my life.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

 My great, great Grandma. She was from Europe, (not sure exactly where) she spoke 12 languages and was the wife of a general in the Boar War. She also had a disease that she couldn’t grow hair yet, she never let it get her down and she became an important part of the war, caring for all the military wives. I believe I get my own strength from her, I wish I could go back and see her in action and tell her how proud I am to be her great, great grand-daughter.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I don’t know exactly how I want it said but I want patience and precipitance to be on my headstone. I believe this is what has got me through my life and it will get me through whatever comes after life too.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I train and groom dogs, I have 27 gardens on my property that I tend, including a veggie garden. I read but not as much as I would like to. I facilitate a bereavement group because I love helping others and I walk, 6km everyday.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I don’t watch much TV or see many films, except The Walking Dead, that is a must. I’m looking forward to the spin off series Fear the Walking Dead.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music 

 Foods, even though I’m a chef, I hate cooking but I love fresh veggie and of course, chocolate!   Colors, pink, red and black.  Music, I love Nickelback! Listen to it all the time, Cd’s in the car, ipod or on my computer, other than them, rock music is a must.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

This is a hard one, I have done almost everything, maybe retired, lol.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://www.mamaguire.com

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The links for Born are:

 

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Legacy-Series-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00KD1BR12/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401996091&sr=8-1&keywords=marianne+maguire

 

Amazon CA- http://www.amazon.ca/Born-Legacy-Book-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00KD1BR12/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1435625112&sr=8-2&keywords=Marianne+Maguire

 

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/Born-Legacy-Series-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00KD1BR12/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400248305&sr=8-2&keywords=Marianne+Maguire

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The links for Inheritance:

 

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inheritance-Legacy-Book-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00ZH357OY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Amazon CA- http://www.amazon.ca/Inheritance-Legacy-Book-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00ZH357OY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434112624&sr=8-2&keywords=marianne+maguire

 

Amazon US-  http://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Legacy-Book-Marianne-Maguire-ebook/dp/B00ZH357OY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434118207&sr=8-1&keywords=marianne+maguire

 

Socials:

 

My website is : http://www.mamaguire.com

 

Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/mariannemaguireauthor?fref=ts

 

Pintrest : https://www.pinterest.com/authormariannem/

You can find all my characters pictures on pintrest as well as extras from the series.

 

Twitter : https://twitter.com/MarianneMaguire

 

Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarianneMaguireAuthor/posts

 

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8241226.Marianne_Maguire

 

Here is my interview with Arika Stone

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Name  Arika Stone

Age 37

Where are you from I was born and raised in New York City, but I now reside in New Jersey.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

My background is diverse; I have my BS and MS degrees in Criminal Justice with minors in Studio Art and Business Administration – but my career hasn’t been in any of those areas!  In 2003, I opened up my own e-commerce business (www.littlethingsfavors.com) which sells wedding favors, accessories, and party supplies.

I am a mom to three sons and three furbabies.  I love painting, writing, lemon drop martinis, travelling and spending time with my family.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My debut novel, The Sanctuary (Eros’ Edge Book 1) was recently released by Liquid Silver Books on June 8, 2015.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in my teenage years and a few of my poems were published in Teen magazine (going way back to the ‘90s!)  I’ve always been writing in some way or another: for my business I write all of my content and blogs.  I’ve had my writings featured in wedding related books as well.

I began my fiction “career” in my 20’s. My first novel is still collecting dust on an old computer and my current novel (The Sanctuary) was written in 2008 and its sequel (The Society) was written in 2009.  I didn’t think people would be interested in my writing, so they were shelved until last year.  I discovered them as I was cleaning out an old computer, re-read them and was immediately drawn into my story line.  I knew I had to get them edited and published.

I began writing because I always was a daydreamer by nature and an avid storyteller.  Creating things has always been a passion of mine – I love the arts: painting, writing, dancing.  Maybe I’m just an entertainer at heart.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever considered myself a writer – even though I have been doing it all of my life in some way.  Perhaps I will consider myself a writer once writing becomes a full time career – which I hope one day it does.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Am I allowed to be a fangirl for a moment?  In 2007, a Finnish metal music group (HIM) released an album called Venus Doom. The title track, Venus Doom, actually gave me the inspiration to write The Sanctuary.  The lyrics, “give her a kiss worth dying for” and “show me her life worth living for” inspired the beginning of the story: Eve travels to Finland to find her muse again after being hurt by her ex-fiancé.  She wasn’t expecting to find love, but it found her, in a small café in the heart of Helsinki.  The rest of the story blossomed and took a life of its own after the initial inspiration from HIM.

I was a fan of HIM for years and always wanted to travel to Finland to see them live in concert in their home country but never had the opportunity.  After I wrote the book, I knew I had to visit so I could bring a touch of authenticity to the novel.  In December 2008, I traveled to Helsinki for the first time and upon my return wrote the second book in the series.  Helsinki fascinated me and I developed a fondness for the people, the culture, the food, and of course the music – I basically fell in love with the country.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m a pantser by nature, I never plot anything out!  I’ll get an idea in my head and daydream about it while I’m working out on the treadmill.  By the time I’m done working out, I usually will have the next few chapters sketched out in my mind.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The hero in my story, Val Ruska, is a musician and artist that works from home.  He refers to his basement, where he composes, as his “sanctuary” – it is also the one and only place that they “play” together.  In a sense, it is his safe place – a place where he can be who he truly is.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

While The Sanctuary may come across as an erotic romance, it’s not just about sex! Eve is an event and wedding planner who is in love with love – but never has been able to find a love to call her own.  She longs to find the one mate she can settle down with and build a family that she never had.  When she meets Val, he wants to give her everything she needs and she is ready to give up everything she’s worked for – for him.  To her friends, it looks like she is being manipulated, but she’s not – sometimes you have to risk it all to find exactly what you’ve been searching for.  The book is about transformation, and self discovery.

There are subtle but deliberate showings of this transformation: Valo Ruska’s (the hero) name has a meaning. Valo is the Finnish word for light, Ruska is the Finnish word for the changing of the seasons (namely, how the leaves of the trees turn to fall colors).  He is the light that guides her to true happiness, and the book begins from the fall season through the following summer.  You’ll also see many instances where Eve is shown “waking up” in the beginnings of chapters – while my editor wasn’t fond of these (she felt it was too repetitive) it was to signify her awakening.   There are many more little messages within the book, but I will let the readers decide on their own interpretations of them.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I would say at least 99% of the book is fiction.  There is a splash of reality mixed in, but it’s mainly found in my descriptions of Helsinki.  For example, in the first chapter, Eve is looking down a cobblestone street and she pictures Victorian era romance.  That street is Sofiankatu in Helsinki which I fell in love with when I visited.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I can’t say that I ever experienced any part of the story myself.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

When I was a teenager the two most influential books were The Story of O and The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (which is now a Quartet).

However, one of the characters in the second book was heavily influenced by a “mentor” so to speak.  He was a professional Dom and music producer whom I befriended online and would talk to me about the lifestyle so I would have a better understanding of it for the second book.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

With my current workload, I am not reading anything at the moment, but I do have a list of books to read.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I wouldn’t say new, but I recently discovered a few blogs that have mentioned Kitty Thomas – and I have her books on my TBR list.  I love dark romances.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I am currently editing the second book in the Eros’ Edge series, The Society and I am in the process of writing the third book The Secret.  I have a few other stories that I haven’t started yet, but will be soon.

My novels tend to be on the long side (The Sanctuary is 122k words,  The Society 114k) so they take time to write and edit.  Some of my future works will be a bit shorter and stand alone.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Next to my family, my friends and boyfriend are my biggest supporters.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to be a full time writer.  If I could, that would be my dream career.  Hopefully, one day it will be.  But right now, there are not enough hours in the day to devote to it full time as I need to focus on my business as my primary profession.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If I could do it over again, I would have published it earlier.  But everything happens for a reason and maybe it was meant to be published now.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I first started writing poetry after being burned by an ex-boyfriend.  It was a way for me to release my hurt.  Later, stories became the means to express myself and to live in my own little fantasy world in my head.  Book boyfriends are the best boyfriends – you can make them do or say anything you want.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I slammed the door to our home, attempting to make my point over the loud banging coming from below. It was pointless. Nothing could be heard over the sounds of the power tools. I had no idea what was going on. All I knew was construction workers had been in our home for the past two days finishing up what Val called a “project.”

I plopped the groceries on the counter. It was Christmas Eve, and we’d cancelled our trip to Lapland, partly due to the weather, partly due to my change of heart. I wanted our first Christmas together in our house. We were planning on spending tonight alone and tomorrow with his family. I had to bend tradition. His family usually celebrated tonight. Luckily for me, he routinely gave into my every whim, my every desire. Whatever I wanted was mine.

I stared out the window. Snow was gently falling. It was the perfect weather for Christmas. I felt his lips on my neck. “I didn’t hear you come in.”

“How could you with all that noise? When will they be done? It’s Christmas Eve.”

“Why don’t we go out and buy a tree like you wanted? By the time we come home, they’ll be gone.”

“And how do you suppose we get a tree back to the house? A reindeer-pulled sleigh? In case you forgot, the Vespa only fits you and me.”

“I could have arranged for a sleigh ride. If we were in Lapland.”

“Well, we’re not, so we’ll have to make do here.” The banging continued, even louder than before. “What the hell are they doing, Val?”

“Nothing, it’s just a little home improvement.” His eyes twinkled like miniature tree lights. “Why don’t we go out for dinner then?”

“That’s the best idea you had all day.” I kissed him. “Where do you want to go?”

“Most of the restaurants are closed, but there is this little Indian place near the center.”

I wrinkled my nose. “You know I hate Indian food.”

“But you manage to eat something. Come on, we haven’t had it in ages.”

“Didn’t you have Indian yesterday?”

He pouted, and I couldn’t resist. “Fine, but don’t try and persuade me to eat anything spicy.” I only agreed because I needed to escape the pounding blasts coming from below.

Within the hour, we were strolling through the city center hand in hand. Although the shops were closed, the windows were decorated, the street lanterns danced, and people hustled to and fro to their Christmas activities. It was all very magical to me. It had a certain Old World charm that was missing in the States.

Val leaned into my ear. “I have a gift for you when we get home.”

“I thought we agreed no gifts.”

“Who said it was a Christmas gift?” He smiled mischievously.

“What else could it be?”

“You’ll see.”

“Don’t keep me in suspense all night. You know how I hate surprises.” I playfully slapped him.

“Oh, you hate Indian, and you hate surprises, but you love me anyway.” He chuckled.

“Does it have to do with the construction?”

He pressed his lips together. “No, that’s for my pleasure. You’re not going to get it out of me.”

“Your pleasure?” I pondered the meaning behind his words.

“Stop trying to figure it out. You need to wait. Enjoy the suspense.”

I furrowed my brows. He knew how much I disliked it when he did this to me.

“If you keep it up, darling, I’ll make sure to make dinner painfully long for you.” He leaned in and kissed me on the cheek. “I actually have two surprises for you. But first let’s eat. I’m starving.”

It didn’t matter that I stopped questioning him. He dragged out dinner for as long as he could anyway. His appetite was only big for sex, not food, and after three hours of sitting at the same table, my patience for his game was wearing thin.

“You’re not planning on ordering dessert, are you?”

A wicked grin flashed across his face. “No, darling, that’s what you are for.”

“I’m dessert? Now, that could be interesting.”

“It could be, for me anyway.”

I smirked. I had no idea what he planned, but whatever it was, I was getting quite bored of it. He finally paid the check after another half an hour of torture. We headed home in silence. The snow was falling heavier than before, covering Helsinki in an unearthly resemblance to a Norman Rockwell painting. This is what Christmas should look like, I thought to myself, as we made our descent down our block.

I slipped the key into the lock and turned it. The house was eerily silent and dark. I reached out for the light switch and flicked it on. And lo and behold, in our living room next to the fireplace, a Christmas tree illuminated.

“Oh, Val.” I choked up. “So this is why you dragged out dinner.” I hugged and kissed him. “I love you. It’s beautiful, thank you.”

I knew that holidays were not on his important “to-do” list. He’d rather they just passed us by. He’d made it clear to me that he never decorated and that Christmas had become so commercialized that it held no significance. I gave up on the hope of a tree. But like Thanksgiving, he found a way to make it special. He understood how important it was to me.

“I’m glad you like it.” His smile was warm and endearing. “Come, there’s more.” He grabbed my hand and led me toward the rear of the kitchen.

“There’s more?”

“I told you I had two surprises for you, but I lied. I have three.”

“Now you’re making me feel bad. I didn’t get you anything.”

“Oh, this has nothing to do with Christmas. I wanted to give you something.” He led me down the familiar steps to our basement sanctuary. It had been weeks since the two of us were here, expressing our animalistic desires. I wondered what he had done.

“Wait here,” he said, leaving me by the steps. He walked to the fireplace and lit a match, igniting the wood already in place. Scooping up something on the floor on the way back, he purred, “Close your eyes.”

I closed them as he requested. I felt the cloth being wrapped around my eyes and tightened around my head. I knew he was blindfolding me, and I accepted my fate in his hands.

He tenderly took my hand in his and whispered in my ear, “I’m going to take you somewhere you’ve never been before.”

My mind raced with excitement. Was it going to be “one of those nights”? I dared not speak a word. I did not know if we were playing already.

“Follow me.” He drew my arm out, and I obeyed his touch, moving in unison next to him.

“I’m very happy you fell into the role, and I didn’t have to ask you to do so.” He kissed me on my shoulder, sending chills down my spine. It was going to be one of those nights.

I heard something move, something heavy. It was similar to the sound when he opened the passage to his recording studio. He shifted me ahead of him. “The walkway is too narrow for both of us.” The door closed behind us with a soft thud.

He pushed me forward into the darkness, guiding me with his hands. “Are you ready, love?”

“Yes,” I replied, not knowing how much I could speak.

“Keep your eyes closed until I tell you to open them.” He reached for my blindfold and slipped it over my hair, dropping it to the floor.

“Open your eyes.”

My eyes fluttered opened. He had converted the small stone room next to our sanctuary into a little Moroccan-themed love nest. The ceiling was lined with silk, and the floor covered in antique rugs. The walls were lined with comfy, authentic couches, and there were pillows everywhere. A deep red light illuminated the room, accented by lanterns that hung from above. There were two low tables perfect for the theme and a hookah to smoke.

I was awestruck. I had mentioned to him we should convert the room into a love nest or a dungeon. I thought for sure he would have chosen the latter of the two.

“Do you like it?”

“I love it.” I kissed him. “You are so thoughtful. How did I get so lucky?”

“I ask myself the same question every day.” He embraced me, holding me in his arms.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

When I originally wrote The Sanctuary, I found it difficult to describe a place I had never visited before.  However, after visiting so many times, I was able to infuse my writing with touches of my visits.

The other obstacle I face is time.  With my business and children, I find it hard to find the time to write every day.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

One of my all time favorite books is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  Even though it explores the struggles of society’s expectations versus her own wants in the 1950’s, I feel that the themes are still relevant to today.  Even in today’s society there remains certain expectations surrounding a woman’s role. We still struggle between wanting what we long for and what is expected of us.  Sometimes those external and internal expectations put so much pressure on us, we can break.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I have traveled to write them – I’ve been to Helsinki several times over many years.  I’ve explored the countryside from Helsinki to some of the most northern parts and loved every moment I spent there.  I haven’t traveled yet to promote them – but I hope to someday.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Valerie Tibbs of Tibbs Design www.tibbsdesign.com


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I didn’t find the writing to be overly challenging, but I found self editing to be daunting.  The book was originally 173,000 words and I knew that if I wanted to have a chance at getting it published I would need to pair it down to 120,000 words.  I managed to get it to 128,000 words before submitting it to publishers. 


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned that it takes perseverance to make a dream become reality – writing is hard work, it is truly a labor of love.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. There are so many authors who have submitted to agents and publishers and have received rejections, but have gone on to be successful writers.  Just keep writing and good things will happen.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Go pick up a copy of The Sanctuary and read it today.  Seriously, click on over to Amazon, Amazon UK, BN, iBooks, Kobo – or whatever company you like purchasing books from and grab a copy of the book.   Then let me know how you liked it.  I love reader feedback and would love to hear from you.

I’m also giving away 10 signed paperback copies via a Goodreads giveaway (Ends July 8, 2015) and you can enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/141686-the-sanctuary

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I was reading before Kindergarten so I can’t say that I do.  Reading has always been a passion of mine since I was young because it takes you away from reality for a little while and brings you to places you only dreamed about.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My family says I have a 5 yr old boy’s sense of humor.  The dog farts, I laugh.  My children tell me silly knock-knock jokes I laugh.  But I also have a very “adult” sense of humor too…

I cry easily… I don’t like seeing friends or family in pain.  When I love, I love deeply and when I hurt, I hurt deeply too.  I can’t watch sad movies or I’ll be in tears.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Although I met them many years ago, I would have to say the band HIM for writing music that inspires me to write.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I rather not a headstone.  I rather be cremated, my family can keep a vial of my ashes if they wish and the rest of my ashes can be scattered among all the places I loved to visit.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love spending time with my family and painting.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I’m currently addicted to Orange is the New Black.  But I’m also a fan of Sex and the City and Dexter.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favorite Food: Eggs – I love breakfast.

Color: Green

Music: My favorite band is HIM of course, but I love rock and rock stars!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 I would have liked to be an art instructor or a gallery or museum curator.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.arikastone.com

www.facebook.com/arikastoneofficial

www.twitter.com/arikastone

www.pinterest.com/ArikaStone

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Here is my interview with Lynn Cahoon

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Name  Lynn Cahoon

Where are you from – Boise, Idaho now Greater St Louis area. 

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I’m a graduate from Boise State University in Political Science. I’ve been close to having my MPA but stepped away to raise my son. I’m married with two fur babies.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m right between two releases. Dressed to Kill came out June 23rd and Killer Run will release August 18th.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written. Mostly just to entertain myself.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I sold The Bull Rider’s Brother in 2012. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of fun.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I think all books need to be realistic, but it’s a work of fiction. I get people telling me I have the towns mixed up but really, it’s my own private California that I made up for my imaginary friends.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Writers are like magpies. They pick up bits and pieces from everywhere and everyone. So yes, the experiences are about someone I know or my own events and no, it’s not about anyone I know and my own life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I do have a mentor turned best friend. Laura Bradford writes the Southern Sewing Circle mysteries under Elizabeth Lynn Casey and an Amish mystery under her own name. She’s been very generous with her time and knowledge.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m always finding New to Me authors that I love.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Working on the first book in The Cat Latimer mysteries. Once that’s done, I’ll return to South Cove for book #7.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s sure not fun and games. A hobby is something you do for the love of it. I write to sell my stories, so yes, at this point, it’s a part time job.  Not that I don’t love writing, but if I was to write for myself, I wouldn’t submit for publication.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I believe I write the best book I can at the time. Today’s book is better than yesterday’s always.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Nope, sorry, this is all undercover work. I don’t even have a critique partner.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The middle. It’s where I realize I don’t know what I’m talking about. Then I mope around a while and just get back to work.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Love Robyn Carr’s Thunder point series right now because of the small town. Love Heather Graham because of the paranormal elements.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Have to? No. But I’m attending 5 conferences this year and will do as many if not more next. J


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t worry about anything until you finish the book.  You can’t sell an idea.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but the first ones that stayed with me were A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Toll Booth.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I tell people I like to quilt. But honestly, I have no time right now.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Foodie shows.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favorite foods? Yes.  Except beans, I don’t like beans. I am fickle on my favorite color, right now it’s purple. Country music but I love all types.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.lynncahoon.com

Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Here is my interview with Gillian Zane

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Name: Gillian Zane

 

Age: Undetermined

 

Where are you from: New Orleans

 

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:  

 

I’m just your normal semi-starving artist from New Orleans. I studied art in college because for some reason I thought I would get a job with a Fine Arts degree. Instead, I ended up in the military. How that happened, I forgot or blocked it out. After that, I moved back home, stalked a Marine that was in a computer class with me (because for some reason computers are the “thing to know”) and then later talked him into marrying me. We now live in a little house, that may or may not be haunted and he has learned to put up with the fact that I sometimes talk back to the voices in my head. Now that I’ve actually published a book, I get to call those voices…characters.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 

I wrote a book called RUN and some people seem to like it. Bucket list item #72 checked off.

 

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 

I started writing a long time ago. The first book I finished when I was in 5th grade.

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 

I still don’t. :D  Okay, maybe I might now…or at least when I get that first royalty check.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 

Reading. I love books. I wanted to make someone feel what I felt when I turned a page.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 

Not really, I like to try different things. I have sarcastic tendencies, so I like to include a bit of humor in all of my writing.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 

Daydreaming.

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

Embrace life, tomorrow the s*** might hit the fan.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

 

The locations.

 

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 

No, not really. The only thing I pulled from my life and people I know are backstories of the characters and the military influence.

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

 

As a young girl it was Anne Rice who influenced me the most, she was from New Orleans and she had become such a rock star in the 90s. I wanted to be her when I grew up, now not so much, but she did inspire me to write.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 

I just started the Suzanne Johnson series, Sentinels of New Orleans.

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 

See the last answer – can’t believe I just found this series.

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?

 

The NOLA Zombie series, I’m just wrapping up the third and final book in that story arc.

 

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 

Zoey Derrick, does she count as an entity? Couldn’t have done this without her and we’ve really only met IRL once.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 

Yes. Please.

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 

Nope.

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 

Reading.

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 

Well, I’m about to start final drafts of FIGHT, which is the 2nd book in the NOLA Zombie series, so it is not anywhere near shareable. Give me a little bit of time and I’ll get the prologue up.

 

 

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

Marketing. It has nothing to do with the writing but it is so ridiculously important.

 

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 

Currently, I’m hot for Karen Marie Moning’s writings and I love how she really develops the characters perfectly.

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 

Not yet.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 

Parajunkee

 

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

The research involving the boats, I thought I had it right, but there were a lot of things I had to change and research and ask…it was daunting.

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 

I learned about boat parts.

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

Just go for it. Sit down and write, the first step is finishing the novel. You’ll get to the second step when you’re ready.

 

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

Thank you. The fact that I have readers just makes my day.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 

Supposedly, according to the parents, it was Mother’s Goose Fables.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 

My husband.

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

 

I would love to meet my grandfather, who died before I was born.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why ?

 

I don’t think I want to tombstone, sprinkle my ashes on the river and I hope a few of my family and friends get nice and drunk on my birthday in remembrance.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

 

Art, film and photography, I have to be creative.

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 

I’m an old school Buffy fan and basically anything from Joss Whedon.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors / Music

 

Foods: Seafood, shrimp, crawfish, crabs that sort of thing.

Colors: It changes with my mood, presently I’m feeling all about magentas.

Music: It rules my life, currently I’m sucking down DJs, Skrillex, Diplo, Zedd…you name it.

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 

I want to be a tour guide. Haunted History tours in the French Quarter. I could work that.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

romance.rocks check it out and let me know what you think. <3

 

 

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RUN (NOLA Zombie #1)

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THE BLURB:

 

 

Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).

 

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.

 

Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

 

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?

 

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.

Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Gillian-Zane/e/B00YZNTFRC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

 

 

Buy Links:

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