Queens of RH: Marissa Farrar Interview

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I had the pleasure to ask Marissa some probing interview questions and her answers are fascinating.
Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she’s been married for many years and has three young daughters, she’s conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.

The author of more than thirty novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last six years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I only started to take it seriously after I’d finished my Zoology degree and realized I’d spent most of my degree writing stories.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I’d probably want to be a vet or do something else with animals – hence my Zoology degree.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, very much so. It was a little rocky at first as I was putting so much time into it, but my family know that if I don’t get the time to work, I tend to get snappy!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift, without doubt. It’s incredible to live so many lives through my writing.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
When I published my first book, Alone, almost ten years ago now, a reader wrote to me to tell me that the book had given her the strength to leave her abusive relationship. That was pretty incredible.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I probably do half and half. This is my full-time job, so I have to give the readers what they want, but I like to think I throw my own spin on things. I started writing as a horror/dark fantasy author, and so most of my work has a tinge of darkness to it. The hardest part for me is not getting distracted by shiny new projects. I have so many ideas and I want to write them all!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Well I write romance and fantasy, so as little as possible! Most of my research tends to be around the locations the books are set.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My current project is a RH fantasy series called Chronicles of the Four. It’s a swords and sorcery type fantasy about a girl who can communicate with dragons. Book two, With a Dragon’s Heart, will be out June 28th.

What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t answer that as it gives a plot point away!

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes, all the time.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I’m not a plotter. I have a vague idea of things I want to happen, but otherwise the character’s drive the story.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Warsgra, because he always thinks he’s right.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
That I shouldn’t drink so much gin while I’m writing about her!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No, I don’t think so. I like to reveal everything by the end.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My facebook time!

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! I love to write!

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anything bad going on in my personal life. I struggle to connect with the imaginary world if the real world is demanding my attention.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I try to avoid them, but sometimes it’s hard to do that. The bad ones always stick to me longer than the good ones, but over the years it’s got easier to shrug them off.

Do you Google yourself?
No!

What’s the best way to market your books?
It’s been facebook ads for me. Some people say they do nothing, but I swear by them.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Probably six hours writing, versus one or two hours marketing.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn’t be able to write full time, which has always been my dream, so I’m eternally grateful.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they need to employ ‘vanity presses’ in order to self publish.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurt. Confidence is good, but an ego is only going to be damaged in the end.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Stephen King at a book signing in London years ago.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
I have too many to mention (and I daren’t name names as I’ll end up missing someone out).

Read any good books lately?
I just finished The Toy Makers, which was wonderful.

Do you ever sleep?
Absolutely! I need my sleep, or I’m a cranky bitch!

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
It depends what mood I’m in. I can do either or both!

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
The lovely Lily Harlem, who I’ve known for years, and who is the author of the Castaways series – check it out, if you haven’t already!

Thanks for having me!

Marissa. XXX

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Queens of RH: Lacy Carter Andersen Interview

Lacey Carter Andersen
Cursed Hunter
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
My name is Lacey Carter Andersen, and I’m a mom of three little ones. I live in Arizona with my amazing kids, my supportive husband, and my three trouble-making cats. I’ve been writing stories since I first learned how to write. I even entered writing contests when I was in elementary school. I always knew I was going to be a writer, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago I started pursing it as a career.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
If I didn’t write, I’d be a teacher. I taught junior high for a few years, and I absolutely loved it! The kids amazed me each and every day.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
My family absolutely supports my career as a writer. My husband has read almost everything I’ve ever written, and my seven-year-old son wants to be a writer, just like me. They make me feel like an absolute rock star!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Being a writer is a gift and a curse. I love bringing to life my worlds and characters, but they also haunt me like ghosts until I tell their stories. It pulls me out of this world a little bit, even though many times I want to be completely focused on “real” life. Which can be absolutely frustrating at times!

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
I read Bridge To Terabithia when I was young. When the little girl died at the end, I was in tears. I didn’t understand. I kept turning the page, trying to figure out when they realized she’s actually okay. When it hit me that she was really dead, I hid the book behind my pillow for weeks, to “punish” it for hurting me. It was the first time I realize a story could break your heart. That, somehow, words on a page could string together to create characters that were so lifelike, they felt real.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write what I want. The difficult part came when I actually started having readers, as funny as that might sound. It slowed down my writing process, because I suddenly had an internal battle. Do I try to figure out what they want and give it to them? Or do I just keep writing? It was hard to realize that all I could do was write the way that came naturally to me. Because truly the most difficult part of my writing process is when I let self-doubt stop me in my tracks.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I typically don’t start researching an idea at first. Inspiration hits, and I start writing a story. When I come to a part that I realize I need information to continue, I stop everything and start searching for answers.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release will be Cursed Hunter. It’s the second book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals’ series. It revolves around a demon-hunter named Sharen, who is not your stereotypical heroine. In the story, she’s accidentally tied to three demons and discovers her whole world is a lie. It’s a reverse harem romance with a lot of steam and a lot of mystery.

What was your hardest scene to write?
My hardest scenes were in a scifi romance called Twisted Prophecies. At the time, a loved one was diagnosed with extreme OCD. I was heartbroken and weaved that into the story with a heroine who had crippling OCD and anxiety. I gave it a scifi twist, but that story has so much of my own heartache weaved into. Most readers wouldn’t know it, but I’ve never struggled that badly with a book before.

Do your characters talk to you?
All the time. And my characters are demanding as heck. They want me to write their stories now.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
My characters always drive my stories. I usually don’t plot out the book in any fashion until I get pretty far into it. And, I don’t think I would plot at all, except that my writing doesn’t move as quickly as my thoughts. With three little ones, I spend far too much time thinking about how I plan to write the rest of the story, rather than actually getting to write. So, that’s when I “plot.”

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
I think Erin from Nightmare Hunter. She’s this wealthy, confident cadet who owns every room she walks into. I think my shyness and complete avoidance of conflict would drive her crazy!

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Sharen from Renegade Hunter is my current heroine. She’s kick-ass and tough, but she also feels a lot and has experience a lot of heartache. I think she’d say we were a bit of kindred spirits. We’re both a bit exhausted from fighting for the people we love, but we’re both good at putting on a brave face for the world.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Absolutely. There is a scene in Deadly Dreams, the second book of Erin’s story, where Erin has this amazing heart-to-heart with her mom. It was such a powerful scene, because Erin is so real. She is a person who has struggled, who has been wrong, who is absolutely vulnerable in that moment. I cried when I read that scene again. My narrator for the audiobook said she cried too. There are so many little secrets through that series that are pieces of my own life. But no one would be able to unwrap them, even the people closest to me.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
This may sound silly, but nothing. I don’t think I have anything else I can get rid of. I have an amazing husband and awesome children. My life revolves around caring and loving them. I write every free minute I have, so there isn’t much left after that. At this point in my life, I can’t take anything more out of it for my writing career.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I write fun or sexy scenes, it completely energizes me. When I write upsetting or difficult scenes, it drains me. I’m currently working on the third book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals series, and I’ve been putting it off a lot. So much happens in this book that I have to have the energy to make it amazing. These characters deserve it!

What is your writing Kryptonite?
A new show. I usually write in the evenings, after the kids go to bed. So if my husband and I start a new show, I don’t get anything done for way too long.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I have been reading my book reviews, but I’ve decided not to anymore. I don’t have a thick skin. I’m a tired mom and writing is my escape. When I get bad reviews, I’m crushed for weeks. It’s just not good for me to read them. I have an amazing PA who I intend to simply ask for any important points that she notices in my reviews to spare myself the emotional black hole.

Do you Google yourself?
Only to look for pirated copies of my books, which I decided was depressing, so I stopped, lol.

What’s the best way to market your books?
I have no idea. I guess the best thing to do is simply write another book. That helps to sell my other stories.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I’m not sure exactly what you classify as marketing. I probably spend an hour on Facebook every day, checking in with my readers and connecting to other authors. But actually marketing my books? I maybe spend ten minutes a week. As far as writing, most nights I write for two or three hours… unless I fall asleep with the kids.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Honestly, I just can’t believe I have fans! Every time I write something, I fully expect people to call it garbage and move on with their lives. The fact that I have a group of people who pick up most, if not all of my books? It’s incredible. It truly keeps me going.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think I see a lot of aspiring writers hesitant to actually finish a book. Meaning: write it, edit it, and publish it. Most just never seem to finish a book. My advice is that if they want to be a writer, they have to go through all the steps and put that book out there!

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think both. A big ego usually makes it so few writers want to work with you, but a big ego would also offer some protection in a business that is so vulnerable. Authors with big egos probably get bad reviews, roll their eyes, and move on with their day. Which I envy so much!

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Uh. Honestly? I don’t think I’ve ever met a famous person.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a

better writer?
Skye MacKinnon is such a sweet woman. She doesn’t mind when I awkwardly reach out to her to ask questions. She’s always supportive and encouraging. And along with being amazing as person, she’s an excellent writer with an incredible work ethic and a great business plan. Everything she does seems to be done smoothly and well. Since I’m always multitasking and often make mistakes, I envy her perfectionism so much.

Read any good books lately?
It has been a long time since I’ve completed a full book. I have ten minutes in the bath each night to read, so it takes me months to read a book. And half the time when I’m in the bath I’m doing a final pass on my books on my Kindle. But I’m hoping to catch up on reading in a few years when my kids are hopefully a little more independent.

Do you ever sleep?
I sleep for maybe four hours each night. I’m burning myself out a bit, but I write at night when my kids are asleep, so I just need more hours in the day. The only thing I can take from is sleep.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Fast burn. Always. 😉

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
I’m going to give a shout out to Elaina Jadin. I had a night when I was so stuck with business questions swirling around in my brain that I felt sick to my stomach. She answered so many of my questions and really put my on the right path. I am so grateful to her for that.

Cursed Hunter

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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Sarah Bale Interview

Sarah Bale
Ruled By Pain
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Tell us a little about yourself.
How did you first get into writing? I’ve always loved writing, even as a child.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Lol both.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I try not to spend too much time researching, because I can get lost in the details. With this series I already knew a lot about Greek mythology, but I’d stop along the way if I had questions.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Ruled by Pain is the first book in my new series. It’s a modern twist on Greek mythology/Gods/Goddesses. Basically, there is a prophecy that foretold the fall of the Goddesses as new Goddesses were born. Now the Gods and their new mates must learn to trust each other as they also try to find out who is coming after the Goddesses. The first book follows Hades and Aubrey.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your story-line?
I know where the story is going to start and end. Everything in the middle is up to the characters.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Ares

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
We’d be friends, but she’d think I’m bossy.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yeah, there are definitely little things in there. The covers each have an ‘easter egg’, meaning a small detail not many will notice.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
Coffee (I only say this because I’m a big Diet Coke girl lol )

What is your writing Kryptonite?
The internet. I get distracted easily

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do. If there is a bad review I try to see if there’s anything I can learn. But sometimes, sadly, people just don’t like your book.

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the best and I wouldn’t be where I am without them!

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Gosh, I’d say Jefferey Dean Morgan (who inspired Hades)

Read any good books lately?
Cock tales: The Cocky Collective

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Check out Elle Cross! I’ve known her for years and she’s the best!
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Sarah Bale’s family always knew she was destined to write romances when they saw the elaborate stories she created for her Barbie dolls. At fifteen she penned her first book, which will never see the light of day if she has any say.

When Sarah isn’t writing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also planning what she’d do in a zombie apocalypse. She resides in Oklahoma and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.
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Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Mila Young Interview

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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I have always loved stories and used to write them as a kid. Reading was another passion, so to be it came naturally that I’d write stories. My dad is also a writer, so I guess I gained a lot of inspiration from him

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Funny as I grew up also wanting to study archaeology, so if I wasn’t writing, I might be in a very different field.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Definitely support me… whether they fully understand that writing is not just a hobby for a serious career for me is a different story. My hubby is always there for me, and he is my go to guy for brainstorming new ideas.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spend a lot of time researching. For example, in my recent series, Wicked Heat, a lot of my world-building is based on the Lao spirits of Voodoo. Most of the time I use maybe ten-percent of what I research in my story.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Right now, I’m finishing to my newest release, book 2 in the Wicked Heat release. It’s a story about a woman who has the ability to manifest fire with a single thought, but she has no background, has no clue who her family is, and why they left her on the side of the road at the age of three. The story is a self-journey of discovering who she is, why a powerful Lao spirit is after her, and finding true love.

What was your hardest scene to write?
Probably the final climax scene in any book as there are so many aspects to tie up, to ensure the scene doesn’t seem rushed, to give credibility to the actions.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your story-line?
I’m definitely a plotter. I write detailed scenes for my stories, chapter by chapter, understand the character’s background, who they are, what motivations them. For me, this makes it easier to lay clues for later mysteries.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
In my Haven Realm series, each book is a standalone based in the same world, and in each book I add small clues about characters in other books, reveal snippets from those stories.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sleep. When I start falling behind, my brain turns to mush haha

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I tend to do about 70% writing and 30% marketing on average.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Madonna on my last visit to New York. Let’s just say I was fangirling massively.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I love the give it to me now baby… haha

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Big call out to my amazing friend, Kim Faulks.

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Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow. By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.
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Queens of RH: Kim Faulks Interview

Kim Faulks

Hell is a Harem 2
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I first started writing after my husband suggested I join a local writers club for a little stress relief. I’d been an avid reader all my life and wanted something more than the stress of working full time and being a Mum.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I’d probably go back to University and study law, or forensics. I gave up a middle managements job to pursue my love of writing, so there’s no way in hell I was going back to that.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, thank goodness. I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love and my husband is my biggest support.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Both, at the same time. I think it depends on where I am with the current work in progress, and how easy the words are flowing.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
Not a nice one, but I was teased a lot at school. Growing up in a small rural town in west New South Wales was tough at best, so I leaned from an early age how cruel words could be.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I try to find a balance. I read what they want or would like in a book and then I try to find something original and exciting that excites me both as a reader and a writer. I want to be able to sit back after I typed the end and say to myself. “Fuck yeah, I’d read the Hell out of that book.”

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It really depends on what book it is and my characters. I’ve done days and weeks of research for genetic programming, cutting and re-combining DNA for one of my Zodiac Dragon books, I’ve also watched so many damn sniper videos on You Tube I can almost tell you what rifle and caliber rounds were used for another of my Zodiac Dragon books. So, it really depends on the characters themselves.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
I’m currently writing Hell is a Harem book 2. It’s a dark, gritty Urban Fantasy story with the most kickass characters. Lorn, my main character is going through some family troubles

What was your hardest scene to write?
The end scene actually. I really loved this book and even though it took me a little bit to get into it, I didn’t want it to end.

Do your characters talk to you?
Not so much talk to me but scenes play out in my head as though it is me. I get the emotion and the view of it in 3D.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
Sometimes a loose plot after I’ve written the blurb, and have the right tone for the story. I might jot down some scenes. Write out the ending, which I always know and pivotal things I need to incorporate, especially if I’m writing the book as a continuation, or meant to be read in conjunction with the next book. Then I just let the story flow. I pretty well always hit what I need to hit, or if I don’t it’s always better than my first idea anyway.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Alma, Lorn’s Grandmother, cause she has her own path and is doing her own thing. She doesn’t like people poking their nose into her business.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Do not mess with her. She will fuck us up…lol.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Nah, I’m pretty well an open book.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
Social Media. It’s really exhausting and I find it hard to be ‘Kim the author’ all the time. By nature, I’m pretty quiet and a loner.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both in equal measures, depending on what part of the book I’m writing.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Lack of sleep. I need lots of it or my brain doesn’t brain so good.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do for the first day or so, and then I stop. I get upset, as any human does and then I look at what they didn’t like. Most of the time they didn’t like my writing style, and even though I take steps to make it smoother and easier to read by hiring new editors, ultimately it’s just how I write, so I can’t fix that.

Do you Google yourself?
God no. That shit’s embarrassing.

What’s the best way to market your books?
Word of mouth and working with other authors.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I usually spend a solid 8 hours writing, sometimes 2-3 hours a day marketing.

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. I so appreciate, and never take for granted that someone wants to read something I created. Every day they are the first one’s I tell the universe that I’m grateful for.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not to do the work, not to learn the craft. It’s easy to be an author now days, not so easy to be a storyteller, that shit is hard, and it’s supposed to be hard.
Read a lot, and not just the words, the magic, pull it apart, find out what went into making it so, and then apply it to your own work.

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Kim Faulks is a USA Today & Amazon Bestselling Author of Dark Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance!

She is an Aussie girl who loves stories about the underdogs and the things they’ve done to survive. Nothing is off limits in her books. She loves writing bad guys just as much as the heroes and finding that point of no return. Her books are usually hot, action-packed, and always… always dark.

Do you love dark stories, powerful characters, and a thrilling story-line?
Then, Kim Faulks is the author for you.

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Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Alexia Purdy Interview

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Cursed Labyrinth on Amazon

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I first got into writing when I was small, maybe five? I made up stories a lot and loved story time in my kindergarten class. I think my poor eyesight and not wearing my eyeglasses contributed to it a lot since I couldn’t see well and refused to wear my glasses, so I kept to activities I could do that I could see, mainly reading and writing.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I am also a registered nurse too and though I love some aspects of the job, I don’t want to do it anymore. Honestly, all I ever wanted to do was be a writer and it’s all I want to do for the rest of my life.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It’s more of a curse but in a good way. I write stories because I have to, not because I want to but, in the end, I end up wanting to do it so it’s kind of a good thing. I just wish sometimes the words would come easier.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
It was in first grade. I refused to speak, and the school officials thought I probably couldn’t speak English. I’m bilingual with Spanish and English and I understood and could speak English very well. After they discovered that wasn’t the issue, they asked me why I didn’t want to speak in class and I pointed to my first-grade teacher and said, “Because I don’t like her.” That ended the battle with trying to make me speak in her class.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write what I want and sometimes it’s to market, sometimes it isn’t. My artistic process is quite volatile. It can flow easily for one book and just face plant on the next one and fight me the whole way through. I usually percolate stories in my head before I even start. Sometimes, I start without an ending in mind. Usually, the ending comes to me while I’m still writing which can be frustrating, annoying, and yet a blessing all at the same time.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest book coming out June 25th 2018 is The Cursed Labyrinth. It’s book 2 of my Accursed Archangels series and has the main character, a wraith angel who is caught between two realms of Earth fighting to gain access to heaven. Along the way, she meets friends she cherishes and challenges that will push her to the edge and back. It’s been a challenging story so far to write but has also pushed me harder than any other book as well.

What was your hardest scene to write?
The beginning of the book deals with a horrific mutilation scene. It was hard to put a character through the trauma and I nearly didn’t write it but the thing with books is you must have conflict, extreme conflicts that jolt the readers at times to keep them vested so I chose to keep the scene. My poor characters.

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes. They used to talk a lot to me, now, I see their stories like a movie in my head instead. It’s odd but sometimes, they still talk to me but it’s rare.
Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
I’d give up bacon. I like it but I don’t love it.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can do both. Most days I’m exhausted mentally but jittery physically. Other times, I can’t sleep from the stuff running through my head that I want to write and it doesn’t help if I just keep lying down, I have to get up and write it.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook. It’s distracting yet it’s a huge integral part of my business. I can’t avoid it, and I love it. It’s so entertaining and the stories I find are amazing. It’s hard to untangle Facebook from my business in lots of ways. I sell on there, I post on there, I spend free time on there, I connect with friends on there and I learn on there. It’s crazy but it’s a huge part of my world. It’s hard to exit from the browser and just write straight through. In a way, Facebook gives me a mental break when I need it to get back to my writing but if I let it go too far, hours later, I’ve wasted time. Double edged sword.

What’s the best way to market your books?
Jump into the reader trenches. Be a reader yourself. That’s all I can say. Learn how readers think and you might find out how they buy. That and grow your newsletter. It’s the only thing that’s truly yours and truly worth anything.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I spend about an hour on marketing a day and writing I spend about 2-4 hours. Some days it’s 6-8 hrs., but that’s rare.

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They keep me going or I’d give this up so easily. I can’t count how many times their kind words about my stories meaning something to them, whether if they helped them escape or just gave them enjoyment, this keeps me going. I love my readers, no other way to put it.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not researching the publishing world. It keeps changing. Make sure you’re keeping up with it, especially if you’re going to self-publish. Even the Traditional world is changing so keep at it.

Do you ever sleep?
I sleep too much. I used to live on four hours of sleep a day and now, since I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I must sleep 8-10 hours a day and I’m always tired. It sucks but I have become more productive in the hours I am awake than I used to be.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I love the slow burn ones. I’m odd that I could enjoy a sexy read with no sex scenes but the tension, oh yes, it must have tons of angst and tension in it. That’s probably just me though.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
I’d have to point out Scarlett Dawn, and May Sage. Those ladies are cyborgs and I absolutely adore them and their books.

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Alexia is a USA Today Bestselling author who currently lives in Las Vegas and loves spending every free moment writing or hanging out with her four rambunctious kids. Writing is the ultimate getaway for her since she’s always lost in her head. She is best known for her award-winning Reign of Blood series, and A Dark Faerie Tale Series.

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Queens of RH: L J Swallow

l j swallow Held By Magic
Held by Magic

I helped the Four Horsemen save the world. Now I’m fighting for my life.
The only people who can help me are three powerful and seductive guys who don’t belong in this world–and the Horsemen want them dead.

After the almost-apocalypse, my life as an untrustworthy, half-demon thief returned to normal. But everything changed when my latest job ended in disaster. I’m now cursed with a death mark and, if I don’t find the cure soon, I’m facing life under the control of a demon prince.

Not only that, but three sexy and dangerous supernatural guys have also tracked me down. Powerful but seductive elemental, Cillian. Sharp and guarded wizard, Morgan. Their mysterious and passionate companion, Dex. They need my skills to locate a dangerous magic item, and in return, they’ll help find a cure for my mark. We strike a deal: I’ll help the guys find their precious box if they protect and help me.

Now we’re being pursued by demons, I’m fending off my fae ex-lover, and we’re all trying to stay alive. Even worse, I’m all out of whisky.

And did I mention whoever possesses the dangerous box and its secrets could change the world? I hope this isn’t another apocalypse situation, because I’ve seriously had enough of those this year.

Held by Magic is the first full-length novel in a slow-burn reverse harem urban fantasy series. If you love fast-paced supernatural action, magic, adventure and romance, all led by a kickass heroine with a very British sense of humour, scroll up and one click this book.

This series is set in the world of LJ Swallow’s The Four Horsemen series. However, the storylines and main characters are different, and each series can be read as a standalone.

LJ Swallow is a USA Today bestselling author and alter-ego of bestselling contemporary romance author Lisa Swallow.
Giving in to her dark side, LJ spends time creating worlds filled with supernatural creatures who don’t fit the norm, and heroines who are more likely to kick ass than sit on theirs.

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