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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Queens of RH: Alexia Purdy Interview

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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

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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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Queens of RH: K B Ladnier Interview

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Check out my interview with one of the leading ladies of Reverse Harem Romance novels, the lovely K B Ladnier.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’m 28 years old and have lived in south Mississippi. I’m a mom to a crazy little girl and slave to three cats. I’m also a cyborg pirate because I have a prosthetic leg. That’s always the funnest conversation starter. I’ve been writing stories most of my life. Though, none were nearly as complex as what I write now. Short stories and poems were my thing from middle school all the way into college.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I would probably try my hand at opening and running a coffee shop. Probably will still do that at some point in life and sell only self-published authors books. I think it would give it a uniqueness you don’t see everyday.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Oh absolutely! My parents and siblings are all proud of me and what I’ve accomplished in my writing career in so little time. I’m not done yet though!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It kind of depends. It’s a bit of both. It’s a gift because it’s literally sharing your soul with hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. They joy of seeing someone review your book, telling you how much they loved it, is the most rewarding feeling. I wouldn’t change it for anything. It’s also a curse though, because sometimes the characters I write become assholes and try to take over my life. Like why can’t I just relax in a bath? No. I gotta be thinking about how this character is going to get away with murder, or tell that hot guy or girl they love them, or remember to make them turn off the stove so I don’t burn down the house. It’s a nightmare. No one wants to be responsible for another life like that.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Oh, the research can get weird…I once had to look up what a morgue calls the metal cubbies they stick the bodies in. Cold locker is the answer btw. Like if the government really does spy on what we type into google, chances are authors are on their top most wanted lists. We have to research some crazy stuff.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release is a witchy paranormal reverse harem romance. It’s super ridiculous and all kinds of crazy fun. Like I’m pretty sure there’s no serious moments in this book whatsoever. I may start getting messages asking if I’m going to need therapy.

What was your hardest scene to write?
All of it. I’m not even gonna specify. To me, everything is both easy and hard to write.

Do your characters talk to you?
Is that rhetorical? Cause they never shut up. They’re so mean sometimes too.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I mean I try to, but a lot of times it’s more like “oh shit! How’d that happen? Ok well I guess we’re going this direction. Didn’t see that coming!”

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
That I need therapy.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My other leg. Maybe. No wait. Maybe a pinky. Do we need those? I mean, really?

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
This is another one of those where it’s a happy mix of both. *whispers* but really, it’s more exhausting than anything. Shhhh

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Sometimes, but I try to avoid reading the bad. I don’t let the bad get to me. More often than not I laugh at them. My books won’t always be everyone’s cup of whiskey.

Do you Google yourself?
I’ve tried. Google just pops up with memes of people laughing and pointing.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I wouldn’t be an author period without them. I value them so dearly. To me, they’re extended family.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Oh, it hurts them. No one likes a big head. I’ve seen authors burn bridges faster than they can build them by thinking they’re better than everyone else. That’s not the way this industry is supposed to work. We’re supposed to support each other and build bridges together then walk across them arms linked together in solidarity.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Probably one of my favorite authors Amy Bartol. She’s AMAZING and seriously such a sweet person. I look up to her in the highest regards and just chatting with her is a privilege.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
Most of my closest friends are authors and they’re some of the most supportive and beautiful people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. They push me to keep going when I’m stuck, and I’d be nowhere near as good of an author without them.

Read any good books lately?
Have I ever!! I’ve been obsessing over Bea Paige’s Brothers Freed series. IN LOVE with her characters and her storyline is just fantastic. I couldn’t put them down.

Do you ever sleep?
Between my five-year-old and writing… nope. What is sleep?

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
It depends on my mood. I’m NOT a fan of insta-love or insta-sex. It drives me insane when a heroine meets a love interest and immediately sexes him up. I can’t stomach it.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
There’s a few actually  Nichole Riley, Anita Maxwell, N.K. Stackhouse, Amara Kent, Brandy Slaven, Stacy Jones, Cece Rose, and A.K. Koonce are some of the most amazing ladies! I have the privilege of calling them friends, writing with them, and reading their work. They are all so extremely talented and would highly suggest EVERYONE check out their books!
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I hope you enjoyed the interview.

K.B. Ladnier is from a small city in Southern Mississippi. She has one daughter and three cats who she claims are stealing her soul in only tiny doses so she won’t notice. She is a cyborg and spends most of her time hiding from her tiny human so she doesn’t have to share her snacks as she reads her favorite books. She hates the beach yet lives only ten minutes away from it and daydreams of mountains and snow. She plans to write as long as people continue loving what she does, otherwise she’s going to say screw it and do her second dream of owning a coffee shop. Though, she may still do both. Follow her on Amazon

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A K Koonce & Laura Greenwood’s new release Pandora’s Pain

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Pandora’s Pain

Regret can last a life time.
For Pandora, it’s lasted an eternity.
The gods offer her a chance at freedom for the first time since she opened her little box. All she has to do is collect three of the greatest sins of the world and she will be forgiven.
She didn’t expect the world to have changed so much without her.
She didn’t expect the sins to be three sinfully sexy men either.
She certainly didn’t expect it to be so hard to steal away their life.
But perhaps that is the price she has to pay for forgiveness.
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Pandora’s Pain

Laura Greenwood is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Paranormal, Reverse Harem & Fantasy Romance…the romance being the important bit! From kelpies to dragons, and princesses to bakers, there’s a wide range of heroines, with one thing in common: they know how to look after themselves. (But the romance is fun too!)

When she’s not writing, you can find Laura reading, cooking, baking or binge watching one of three TV shows. Or Pitch Perfect. She’s been known to watch that a couple of times in a day. Follow her on Amazon
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A.K. Koonce is a USA Today best selling author. She’s a mom by day and a fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She keeps the fantastical stories in her mind on an endless loop, while she tries her best to focus on her actual life and not that of the spectacular but demanding fictional characters who always fill her thoughts.
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Queens of RH: Crystal Ash Interview

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I had the pleasure to ask the lovely Crystal Ash some questions and her answers are fascinating.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I was obsessed with reading since I was a kid. At 7-8 years old I was devouring RL Stine books like nobody’s business. As a teenager I found a paranormal romance book written and published by a girl who was also 13-14 (In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes). I was amazed by that and inspired to write my own stories. Writing has been part of me ever since.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I love animals and volunteer with them whenever I can. So I’d probably work with some kind of animal rescue.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, thankfully! They don’t know exactly what I write though, haha. I think part of my writing obsession came from my dad. He’s always reading and journaling, and he’s published some poetry and non-fiction too. He’s super proud of me but again, I think he would die if he knew I was writing reverse harem!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It’s absolutely a gift, I can’t see it being anything but! I don’t see it as some special talent though that only certain people have. Anyone can be a writer, it’s a skill you practice like anything else.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
Oh, I learned this very early on! The first books I devoured were R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. I’d have trouble sleeping because those books scared me so much and yet I couldn’t get enough of them.

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 make it a balance of both and that is what I feel is the hardest thing: giving readers what they want without compromising on my artistic voice. But usually I also want what the readers want, for the characters to be happy and in love after overcoming obstacles. Taking readers along that journey is where it’s fun to get creative!

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release is Witch’s Betrayal, book 3 of The Unholy Trinity series. I’m super excited for this release because this where the action and intensity really picks up in the series. My main character Deja learns hard lessons about who she can rely on and who wants to stab her in the back.
I recently finished the first draft of book 4, Witch’s Exile, which is now with beta readers. I’m currently writing the 5th and final Unholy Trinity book, Witch’s Rebirth
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What was your hardest scene to write?
The scene at the end of Witch’s Exile. Sorry, not gonna spoil it!

Do your characters talk to you?
Absolutely! They are too stubborn for their own good, sometimes.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
A bit of both. I plot out the general story line and events that I feel need to happen, and my character’s voices fill in the details. Occasionally a character changes the whole plan, but so far that has only improved the story.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Sal. I generally don’t get along with hotheads or super aggressive, protective people. I would tell him to take a chill pill and he would just get even more angry, haha.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Not very nice things, probably! I’ve put her through some very tough ordeals. But I’ve also given her hot sex scenes and loads of orgasms so she can’t get too mad.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
I’m not sure. I think just continuing to write and read makes you a better writer. You don’t need to give up anything, just keep working at it.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It exhausts me but in a good way! It’s like a really satisfying workout. You put the work in even if you might not feel like doing it, and come out feeling totally spent but satisfied that you got it done.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do, I have too much morbid curiosity. The good ones make my whole week! The bad ones I don’t take too seriously. Sometimes their feedback can be useful, but most of the time you just have to shrug it off and move on.

What’s the best way to market your books?
Connecting with readers and treating them like people. I try to answer every email or message I get from readers because it means a lot to interact with an author whose books you love. Treat your readers awesomely and you’ll have fans for life.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I wouldn’t be able to support myself on writing if it wasn’t for them!

Read any good books lately?
Rise of the Iliri by Auryn Hadley is one of my favorite RH series, hands down. I also just started reading the Veil Diaries (I know, late to the party) and love it so far!

Do you ever sleep?
Definitely! I love to sleep. I definitely sleep more than I write, haha.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Medium-ish burn. I love watching the sexual tension build up between the characters. The “give it to me now baby” is so much hotter when they work for it.


Crystal loves all things mysterious and unusual, so naturally she loves paranormal, fantasy and reverse harem romance! You’ll find a mixture of all these elements in her books.
When she is not writing, you can find her mixing various tea and alcohol concoctions (sometimes successfully!), cooing at cute reptiles, or reading one of the thousands of books on her Kindle.

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Witch’s Rite
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I hope you enjoyed the interview.

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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Helen Scott Interview

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Daughter of Persephone

I had the opportunity to interview the witty and charming Helen Scott, here is what I learned from this gifted storyteller.

Helen Scott lives in the Chicago area with her wonderful husband and furry, four-legged kids. She spends way too much time with her nose in a book and isn’t sorry about it. When not reading or writing, Helen can be found absorbed in one video game or another or crocheting her heart out.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I started writing in school for creative writing classes and loved it. I was almost an English major in college, but people were always asking me what I was going to do with it, so I was a psychology major instead. What I didn’t realize at the time was that for both subjects grad school is the key to getting a job in the field. The problem was I didn’t want to go to grad school, so I started working and eventually ended up with a job at a call center. We weren’t allowed to have electronic devices or books, so it was just me and a pad of paper and a pen. That was when I began writing as an adult.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Maybe be a literary agent or professional book reviewer? Something where I could read books all day!

Does your family support your career as a writer?
I’m very lucky that they do. My husband was one of the people who helped me realize that I wanted to self-publish my books. He’s my rock and helps me from freaking out when something goes wrong or I get a case of writer’s block.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift for sure. I love coming up with characters and worlds in my head. Each one feels so unique and exciting to me that it’s almost like falling in love over and over again.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My latest release is Queen of the Underworld. It’s the final book in the Cerberus trilogy, and it’s a doozy. Poppy and her guys are fighting to claim the throne and nothing is going to stand in their way, except a goddess, and a human organization bent on taking control of the Underworld for themselves.
My WIP is a novella that is in the Wardens of Midnight series and will be included in a box set later this year!

What was your hardest scene to write?
There’s a scene in The Siren’s Bride which was hard for me to write since it was the last book I had planned for the series (I won’t rule out that there may be more in the future). As you can tell from the title there is a wedding that is being planned and happens toward the end of the book. After everything I had put the characters through writing the wedding made me cry because they finally got their happily ever after. It was hard to write because it was a goodbye in a way, but it was a good kind of hard.

Do your characters talk to you?
Yep! Some are more demanding/louder than others, but eventually they all talk to me and tell me what they want. I just do my best to give it to them.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I like to throw small cameos from other characters into books, which the reader will only understand if they have read my other books. It doesn’t add anything important to the story, except a little smile from me.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both? Let’s go with both. It really depends on what I’ve been writing as to whether I’m energized or exhausted. My brain works in mysterious ways (even to me) so something that I will have paid no attention to earlier in the story will suddenly become important, and that’s really exciting and I get super energized from that. Other times there are scenes that are emotionally draining and leave me exhausted.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I love my fans. It still feels weird to think that I have fans and that people want to read these crazy worlds that float around in my head. Without them and their encouragement I wouldn’t push myself so hard to be a better writer or to write the next series and the next. Without them I’d still be stuck at my day job, which I hated. So, yes, they mean the world to me and I love each and every one of them!

Read any good books lately?
So many good books! I feel like there are so many talented authors out there. I just finished The Crow’s Murder, The Last Serpent, and Wings of Spirit. I highly recommend all three series.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Huge shout out to Kel Carpenter and Stacey Brutger for helping to keep me on track with my writing!

Queen of the Underworld

Daughter of Hades

Daughter of Persephone

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I hope you enjoyed the interview.

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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