Queens of RH: Ophelia Bell Interview

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Dragon Avenged

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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I have always written since I was in grade-school, but rekindled my love of it when I started writing fan fiction of one of my favorite video games: “Mass Effect.” The flexible plotlines of fantasy RPGs allowed for creativity to flourish and I wanted to explore possibilities that the game writers hadn’t thought of, so I needed to write them down. I wrote fan fiction of “The Witcher” and “Dragon Age” as well before I switched to writing original fiction set in my own made-up world.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I don’t think I would ever not write now that I’ve discovered how much I love it. In a past life I worked in marketing but that wasn’t nearly as fun.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
I have an amazingly supportive husband who thinks it completely kicks ass that I write dirty books about dragons, even if he doesn’t read them. My extended family is supportive, even if they don’t read the books. I don’t hide it from them, though. My mother reads everything I write – I think she is probably the only one, lol.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It’s a gift!! It’s the only world I can be in complete control of.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
Early on, one of my readers emailed me to thank me for saving her marriage. It seems reading my books had helped reinvigorate her sex life with her husband. Another reader once thanked me for helping her endure the ordeal of chemotherapy. It never even crossed my mind that my books could offer that kind of escape at the same time as bringing people closer together.

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 kind of march to my own beat in a lot of ways. Readers seem to appreciate the unique flavor of my stories, even though my plots still follow some conventions. I think the difficult part is reminding myself to stick to my vision and not compromise just because I see something else selling better that is more “to market.”

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Since my books are largely fantasy/paranormal, all the research is in my own head. For my latest series I just started, I spent about a week hashing out the story mechanics before I started writing. I suppose you could call that research, but it wasn’t the kind you do by reading other books. It required working out the logic of a fantasy creature I’d made up. How would it behave? What motivated it? Was it good or evil? How can I leverage its behavior to serve the plot of the story?

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest WIP is the first book in my new Reverse Harem series, “Fate’s Fools.”
How do you find your soul mate if you don’t even have a soul?
Deva Rainsong is a chimera, a mixed breed of all four higher races, bred in a lab by the dragons’ mortal enemy. She was meant to be a vessel to house the enemy’s soul, but with the enemy dead in a recent war, Deva is left unclaimed – without a soul of her own and with a deep, cold longing for a love she doesn’t think Fate will ever offer.
Five men have captured Deva’s heart, yet she refuses to entertain the thought of binding them to her. Even if she could unlock her ability to mark mates of her own, she has no soul to offer a potential soul mate.
Love without a true soul mate can only be an empty affair, and surely Fate has other plans for all of them besides a soulless girl like her. But when the six of them embark on a mission to uncover the secrets of a pack of rogue Fate hounds, they learn that Fate’s reach is not boundless, and that they have more control over their destinies than they believed.

What was your hardest scene to write?
The next one.

Do your characters talk to you?
Frequently, yes, though I’ve gotten better at controlling what they say to me, lol.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I do a bit of both. I lay the framework in advance and then let them tell me how to fill it out.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
I tend to be easygoing enough that I think I’d get along with all my characters.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Haha. Deva (and most of my characters for that matter) would call me a manipulative, sadistic, control freak. But that’s par for the course with authors and their characters.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
When I write contemporary stories (which is rare, but happens), I like to put a dragon easter egg in them somewhere, whether it’s a tattoo or piece of art or a reference of some kind.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
I might be willing to give up chocolate… but that’s a big maybe.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! Depending on the scenes I’m writing.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Commas.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do occasionally, but try to avoid it. If I am having a bad day, I will go specifically read my good reviews. I try to keep bad ones in perspective and remind myself that MOST of my reviews are good and it’s impossible to please everyone!

Do you Google yourself?
No, who would do that? >.>

What’s the best way to market your books?
There is no one “best way” – it’s different for every author and depends as much on their strengths as on what they write. What has worked for me includes having a mailing list that I send to regularly, as well as an active Facebook fan page and fan group. But the best (and most universal) thing an author can do to market their books is to write another book.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I restrict my marketing to certain days of the week so most days I don’t do any marketing at all. Overall I spend about 20% of my time marketing vs. writing.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!! I adore my readers and love interacting with them. They are my bread and butter. Or to be even more cliché, they are the wind beneath my wings. 😀

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking you’re a failure if your first book doesn’t become a bestseller out the gate.
Forgetting to keep pushing forward: write the next book!
Believing there is only one way to define success. You have to find your own definition of it and strive for that, despite what other people tell you.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think a big ego can be devastating. Particularly for indie authors. Our success depends a lot on our community. We help each other tremendously and flaunting a big ego will only alienate your fellow authors and lose you their support.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Not sure levels of fame where authors are concerned. I have met Sherrilyn Kenyon though. But I was more excited the day I met Hugh Howey (both were at an RWA Nationals conference). I also once met Chris Isaak when he was signing stuff after a concert.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
I collect author friends who I adore! Chatting with them regularly helps me in so many ways. Sometimes it’s just to maintain sanity, sometimes it’s to help keep me accountable, sometimes it’s nitty gritty plot and craft stuff. The list is long and I don’t want to play favorites, but if you follow me or subscribe to my newsletter you will hear about them at some point or another!

Read any good books lately?
Yes! My favorite recent read is “Fire’s Daughter” by India Arden. It’s an urban fantasy reverse harem romance, that really gets the UF right. It was a refreshing change from the RH I’ve read recently and I didn’t even mind that it was a slow-burn romance because the story is SO well done. I normally prefer high-heat but am always down for a good, meaty story.

Do you ever sleep?
Haha! Sometimes no. But I have learned how crucial it is to my creative process to be well rested. Caffeine can only go so far.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Give it to me now! That’s how I tend to write, at any rate, and I like a story that isn’t afraid to dive into the sexytimes quickly. But I will read either kind as long as there is something to keep me engaged until the sex happens.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Chloe Adler is one of my favorite recent discoveries in RH and a good friend! I think she’s a lovely lady and she writes some seriously smokin’ hot sex scenes. You can’t go wrong with that!

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Julia Clarke

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Time of Enchantment (Cursed Legacy Series)

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
For the past few years, I’ve been co-authoring a slow-burn contemporary reverse harem series with just a touch of intrigue. If you’re interested in exploring a world where the main character is surrounded by a group of amazing guys, each of whom could easily be her dream guy on his own, check out The Stardust Series. The, now complete, series is available on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Phoenix: Book One of The Stardust Series was my first foray into being a published author, my first attempt at writing romance. My co-author and I were bored at work and joked about what we would do if we had a harem. Now, three years later, we’ve released the final book in the series, and I’m finally releasing my first solo project later this year!

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For The Stardust Series, we did a lot of research both at the beginning and throughout the series. Since then, I spend less time researching ahead of time and only look up things as needed. That’s true for both Charms of Attraction and one of my secret projects.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Charms of Attraction is a novella that kicks off my Cursed Legacy Series and releases August 21 as part of Realms & Rebels: A Paranormal and Fantasy Reverse Harem Collection!

Katerina Marea has the ability to control minds. With a simple touch and a brief glance, she can have anyone, and anything, she wants—except love. One night is all any man gets, and that’s only if he’s lucky.

But an unexpected reunion with the handsome Declan Ashworth makes Katerina crave normalcy and question all her rules. Then there’s FBI Special Agent Adrian Stone and his partner, Criminal Consultant Elias St. James. If they’re not pressing her for answers, they’re pushing her to let them in.

The three of them have set their sights on Katerina and won’t give up easily. Despite her growing attraction, she’s determined to keep them at arm’s length. She may soon discover that when it comes to matters of the heart, she’s powerless.

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Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
It’s a mixture of both, especially on my solo projects. I tend to have a rough outline, mostly just major events or mile markers. Then, the character’s voices fill in the details of the scene specifics and dialogue.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
I’d like to think that I can get along with anyone, but if I had to choose, I’d say maybe Jackson Hart from The Stardust Series. As the formidable leader of Team Jaguar, I think we may butt heads over our mutual love of control.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Hopefully, that they want to be my friend. But realistically, I think they’d probably curse my name for making them struggle, for forcing them to adapt and change. In the end, I hope they’d thank me for making them a better, stronger person.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Absolutely, I love hidden secrets in books. One example is from The Stardust Series, which I co-authored with Autumn Reed. When we originally brainstormed the character, Haley, we referred to her as “Lucky Girl” or “LG” for the longest time. There’s a chapter in Polaris, the final book of the series titled “Lucky Girl.”

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends. Mostly it energizes me, and I get excited to see how the story will unfold as I watch my word count grow. But other times, it can be very mentally and emotionally exhausting, especially if there’s a more intense scene to be written.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Writing is a pleasure, but knowing that my words have touched someone in some way is the best feeling of all.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking you have to have it all planned out before you start.

Not being consistent with your writing habits. The more you write, the faster and better the words flow.

Not hiring a solid editor.
I recently started a blog – Pen to Paper. If you’re an aspiring writer, or even a seasoned one, I encourage you to check it out, Short, sweet, and to the point, my goal is to share tips that I’ve found useful.
https://www.authorjuliaclarke.com/blog

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Stephen Amell, the actor who plays Oliver Queen / Green Arrow on the TV show, Arrow. I’m usually a very outgoing person, but I found myself completely tongue-tied in his presence.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
My journey to being a published author grew out of my friendship with Autumn Reed, who I co-authored The Stardust Series with. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to become friends with many other talented writers. I know they’ve all inspired me in some way, and I hope they can say the same for me.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I’m going to invoke #whychoose on this one. I’m a fan of both slow burn and heat as a reader and a writer. The Stardust Series is a contemporary slow-burn reverse harem for sure! But Charms of Attraction, and the rest of the books in the Cursed Legacy Series, are less so, and I’ve enjoyed the change of pace.

Where to find me:
• Website: https://authorjuliaclarke.com/
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• Facebook Reader Group – Julia Clarke’s Sweethearts:
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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: May Dawson Interview

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Three Kinds of Wicked: A Reverse Harem Romance

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid! Beginning when I was seven or eight, I’d write short stories about plucky orphaned girls surviving in a tough world with sisterhood and humor…really, I haven’t changed much. I wrote a few novels in different genres, but then I read my first reverse harem novel, and it was all over. I fell in love with the genre and knew that was what I wanted to write.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I’d love to be a university professor. I’m a huge history buff, and that’s what I studied in undergrad. I’m especially interested in World War II history. I’ve had the chance to travel quite a bit and see the damage left behind—for instance, Warsaw, Poland was almost completely razed and the Soviets rebuilt this once beautiful city in their own (boring) architectural style—and to tour Auschwitz (which is just devastating to see) and to meet survivors of the Holocaust as well as veterans and resistance members. I think it’s really important to study and understand and to teach.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes! At first, my husband thought this was just a hobby. We had young kids when I started writing seriously and he felt like I was claiming an awful lot of “me time”. Sometimes marriage when you have little kids feels like a lot of negotiation, since no one is getting enough sleep! But once he realized I was turning this into my new career, he was so supportive. Most people tell you that you can’t make a living by following your dreams—he’s really proud that I figured out a way to do that.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
I’d probably give you a different answer when I’m in the midst of tough edits, but I feel like it’s a gift. I love to read and so I’m glad I get to create my own worlds and characters too—they feel very real to me.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Yes, please. I am so excited about my newest series! Three Kinds of Wicked comes out August 1st. My main character, Tera, was born in a magical realm that split off from Earth, but after her father tried to take over her country, she was exiled to Earth even though she was just a kid. She receives a mysterious invitation to come home, but there are Reasons she’s being welcomed back to Avalon… Luckily, as she begins school at a university of magic, she also has three special guys (and an amazing best friend or two) who watch her back.
https://www.amazon.com/Three-Kinds-Wicked-True-Crown-ebook/dp/B07F7QVMVD

What was your hardest scene to write?
There’s a scene in Three Kinds of Wicked where Tera tells one of the guys, Mycroft, about the man who stole her magic and tried to murder her. It’s hard to write from a craft perspective, because it’s just two people talking to each and yet there’s so much tension and feeling. It’s also hard to write personally because I feel like I’ve had to have tough conversations at the beginning of relationships, just like Tera. “So here I am, and I’m kind of broken, and you should probably know that from the start.”

1Do your characters talk to you?
No, but they’re always in my head anyway. The other day I was making curry, and I thought that it would be Jacob from Wild Angels who would be the one to make curry, since it’s so popular (I’ve read) in England. Then I could just imagine him chopping up the veggies and chicken, while he talked to Ryker about what kind of romantic thing he should do for Ellis to make up for his latest dick move…
Anyway, I almost burned the rice I was cooking while I was daydreaming about these people. They feel very real to me!

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
A little bit of both—I plot my stories, but I also have to know the characters first. Then the time I reach the halfway point in a novel, I’ve been surprised by some revelations and character choices along the way, so my second half is usually different from what I planned.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I feel like it energizes me, but because I have young kids I often end up writing late at night, so I’m often tired. And I drink coffee until like 8pm, so that’s a nice healthy habit.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook! And online shopping. And sometimes, if I’m writing a tough scene, just cleaning my house. Sometimes anything feels easier than writing. “Wow, I should really just break right here and clean those bathrooms!”

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do, I try to take what’s useful and not get emotional about any of it. One thing I’ve learned over the years—and try to remember when I give feedback—is that it’s just as helpful to know what works. I look for what readers like, so I can do more of that, as well as any trends for what isn’t working.

Do you Google yourself?
I’ve never really thought about it, but maybe I should!

What do your fans mean to you?
It still blows my mind that people read my books! It’s such a cool thing, and I feel incredibly grateful that other people come to love my characters as much as I do.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
A little bit of ego helps—you have to believe you have something to say and keep going in the face of rejection and bad reviews—but too much can keep a writer from learning. It’s important to take criticism gracefully. It’s just as important to be unstoppable!

Do you ever sleep?
No, not really. There’s a reason I’m obsessed with coffee and own my own espresso machine. I make lattes every day…otherwise I’d be handing over my royalties directly to Starbucks.

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Bea Paige Interview

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Fern’s Flight

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I did a Creative Writing and English Language degree at University and promptly when straight into work and didn’t pick up a pen and paper, or rather fingers to keyboard until thirteen years later! Life was lived, kids were had, and then when my youngest went to school I suddenly had precious time on my hands and decided to write my first book. A couple years later, here I am.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I still work part-time as I’ve not got to a point where I can safely work full-time as an author. So, I imagine I’d be doing the same thing – working in a school 😊

Does your family support your career as a writer?
This is a tricky question to answer… Let me explain, a career in writing isn’t just sitting down and writing a story. It’s hours of marketing, networking, talking with readers and authors. It’s damn hard work and does take a lot of time. It’s hard to juggle being a mum, wife, writer and still work but I’m learning to get there! It’s a learning curve for both me and my family. We all have to adjust.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift. 100%. I love that I can breathe life into a story. I just wish I could write fast enough to get them all out! So many stories, so little time!

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
At school. I imagine everyone has experienced some form of bullying in their life. Words have the power to lift people up and bring them down. It was then I realized that words are incredibly powerful.

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 the stories in my head. I don’t really have the best marketing brain. I’m sure that many authors write to market and do so successfully, but for me I need to get out the story that wants to be heard. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The most difficult of the artistic process for me is feeling relaxed enough, and in the moment, to write. Other life things take up my attention and make it extremely hard to then switch off and turn my writers brain on. That can be really difficult.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Most of my books are fantastical, so I can really just go with my imagination. At the moment I am co-writing a series with another author and we are basing the story on Dante’s Inferno, so research is needed there.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My main series at the moment is the Sisters of Hex series. This is a paranormal / fantasy series based between Earth and the hidden realm of Ever Vale with a whole host of supernatural creatures. When finished there will be fifteen books in total, divided up into five stand-alone series. The trilogies are interconnected but can be read alone and out of sequence. I’ve already finished the first trilogy about the first ‘sister of hex’ Accacia and the vampires of Clan Lux which is available in Kindle Unlimited. Now I’m currently working on Fern and the Angels of Death from Clan Vitae. Fern’s Decision (book one is out now) and I am working on Fern’s Wings – book two of her trilogy.

What was your hardest scene to write?
In Fern’s Wings there is a scene where one of the Dark Angels, Gabe takes the life of a newborn baby. It is a very dark scene, and as a mother, incredibly difficult to write. I cried the whole time, but it was a necessary part of the story to explain just how dark the angels have to be in order to survive, even though taking life goes against everything they once were before they were cursed.

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes! I have one now, a character in an upcoming trilogy I hope to start writing next month that won’t be quiet. She wants to be heard and it’s hard ignoring her whilst I concentrate on the current WIP!

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I have a basic idea of where I want the story to go. So, with the Sisters of Hex series I know loosely what should happen in each. However, more often than not the characters voices will take over and the story will take a surprise turn that will make it so much better than I expect! Of course, sometimes the opposite is true and I have to cut scenes that just don’t work!

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Queen Adrielle in my Sisters of Hex series. She is evil. I don’t like evil (although in a story a great antagonist is a must). Lorna, in my contemporary RH series is a wicked woman (mother to my FMC, Louisa). She’s a terrible mother, a drunk and someone I would dislike instantly in life.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
I’ve no clear idea. This woman is a crazy cat lady most likely.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I do! Although it’s quite possible that either they’re not that secret and people have already figured stuff out, or too secret that no one will ever pick it up. I don’t know which, as no one has commented yet!

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My soul? Devil, are you around? No, seriously, I could happily give up red wine and haribos. They are my favourite thing ever. I’d give them up in a heartbeat. I could live with that… I think.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Honestly, it depends on the scene and how quickly I can write it. Sometimes, I’m fist pumping and going ‘yeah, that was awesome.’ Other times I’m a so exhausted and frustrated I have to turn the computer off and go do something else.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress. If I’m stressed about anything, kids, work, family stuff writing goes out of the window and the muse runs off screaming. I’m the best writer when I am relaxed with a mind free from stress! I guess that works for most jobs.
18. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes. Good ones, I jump around and do a mum dance. Bad ones, I cry a little. If they are constructive reviews, I take on the information and try to improve my writing. If I’m getting slated, what can I say I cry, then I get over it, and re-read the good ones to cheer me up!

Do you Google yourself?
I did once, it wasn’t very interesting, lol!

What’s the best way to market your books?
If I knew the answer to that I’d be a rich woman! Seriously though marketing is HARD. I do my best to converse with my readers in my Facebook group and on Social Media. Budget is a big issue for me… At the moment I don’t have as much money to throw at advertising my books, so I have to do everything I can to remain relevant by partaking in takeovers, talking about my book in genre specific groups and such.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Less than I should. I still haven’t figured out how to balance it all frankly! It’s hard to know what to do for the best…. Write the books to get them out there, or market them so the readers out there can find them!

What do your fans mean to you?
I’m not sure I can call them fans… lol! But my readers mean the world to me. I write what I do for them. I have a few who’ve stuck with me from the beginning and cheer lead me. Without their support and belief in me as a writer. I would have probably given up a long time ago

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Trying to be like someone else. Trying to write all the words like other authors to push out books fast. I fell fowl to that and almost burned out. I’ve decided that I need to give myself a break. That I can only write a set amount each day and that that’s okay. I take my hat off to those authors who can write a gazillion words a day, but I’m not one of them. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up if you can only write a certain amounts of words a day. Get your own rhythm, in the long run it will be better for you.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
HURT. Most definitely. Stay humble. Be grateful for what you’ve achieved and never forget the people who’ve helped you to get where you’ve got. Success is often built on assistance from lots of people. This business is fickle, success one day does not necessarily mean success the next. Remember those who helped get you there, because they will be the people who will support you if it doesn’t work out.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Michael Flately from Feet of Flames. I worked for Polygram (now Universal) when I was in my twenties and he was one of our clients. He took our team at the time out to a post restaurant.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
Laura Greenwood, Arizona Tape, Skye MacKinnon and Sariah Skye are my closest friends. They are all so driven and creative, kind and supportive. They make the difficult parts of writing easier. I’m so happy to have them in my life.

Read any good books lately?
Pepper Winters is my go to. Ava Mason (another awesome author) recommended her Dollars series and I’ve read all of her books now. She is not an RH author but she her writing is so special. She is definitely my idol!

Do you ever sleep?
Sleep? What’s that?

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I like a bit in between. Too slow and I lose interest… to hot to quick and I’m like where’s the build up? I think I write to my preference too.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
CM Stunich broke my RH cherry, so I have to give her a shout out! Her Groupie series is one of my all time favorites. Right now there are so many awesome RH writers. I have to say though, that even though they are my friends and you may think I am being biased I generally think the following authors books are incredible and deserve a read:
Laura Greenwood – Saving Eira
Skye Mackinnon – Winter Princess
Arizona Tape – Danny’s Dance
Sariah Skye – Invisible

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Debbie Cassidy Interview

Champion of Midnight
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?

Well, I live in England, I’m a mum of three, and I love sleep. Shame I don’t get enough of it. I started writing when I was eleven on a typewriter my dad bought me for my birthday. I wrote tons of short stories, usually, horror and paranormal ones. But as the years went by the writing went on the backburner. I continued to read voraciously though and started writing again when my middle child was born.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?

Ooo, I’d love to be a librarian!

Does your family support your career as a writer?

I think they all viewed it as a hobby for a long time. But last year I actually began to make an income. Now I get a lot more support in terms of time for writing.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Definitely a gift if you can pursue it, but if for some reason you can’t, that little voice in your head spinning stories can be a curse, because being a writer isn’t something you can just switch off.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?

I don’t have a specific experience, but growing up I learned that the right words could shut a bully up good and proper, that arguments could be won with logic and calm crisp sentences. I’m pretty sure my husband hates getting into a debate with me.

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?

A balance of the two works for me. I try to give the reader what they want and add something original into the mix at the same time. But there are projects that I’ve written just for me, knowing they may not fit a market, but needing to cleanse my palate anyway.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Oh gosh, it depends on what I’m working on, but I have a great library of reference books on all kinds of stuff: witchcraft, magical creatures, ancient symbols, norse mythology, dragon lore and so much more. But when in doubt there’s always google.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.

Ooo, okay. City of Demons is an Urban Fantasy Reverse Harem set in the same world as my Chronicles of Midnight series. But it can be read independently. The MC spoke to me way before the series formed in my mind, and she was a snarky broody mix of Buffy and Angel. She loves tea, the colour pink (but only in secret) and talks to her Mini and her enchanted leather dustkicker. Although dark in places the story has some really funny moments. There are dragons and demons and arcane magic wielders and a whole host of other supernatural creatures, but for me the best part are the cast of characters and they way they gel together.
So um, yeah. You’ll just have to read it 😉

What was your hardest scene to write?

I think some of the hardest scenes in the series so far have been between my MC and one of her love interests. There are issues there that I’ve really had to think deeply about before writing. They are pretty emotionally scenes, but I think I’ve managed to do them justice.

Do your characters talk to you?

They do not shut up! I have a rule that if the characters don’t talk to me then I don’t write the series. I always start with the character and build the world around them. I know some authors do it the other way around, but it doesn’t work for me. If the character isn’t chattering away in my head then I know this project won’t work.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?

I have a basic outline, but I like to keep it flexible to allow the characters to slip into the driver’s seat from time to time. I find a balance works. I give them a frame to work in and they take me on a journey.

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

What? All my characters would love me! Okay, honestly, probably Azren because I’d annoy the heck out of him trying to get him to break from the frosty exterior.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?

She’d probably ask me to stop putting me in life or death situations, and urge me to get her some nookie stat. (That means sex for those who aren’t familiar with the slang word)

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

All the time. All my series are linked in some way and readers who are familiar with my other books will probably find little clues that link the worlds. There is a lot of foreshadowing for worlds and series to come as well. I’m all about the multi-verse, and this is a huge theme in my books.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?

Sugary snacks. They are my weakness, but I would give them up in a heartbeat to improve my craft.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize for sure.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Lack of sleep.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Argh! I am always on pins and needles when it comes to reviews. I religiously read my arc reviews as these are my target readers, and I use their feedback to improve my craft. After that I try not to read the reviews. I do always check the bad ones though, to make sure there isn’t something horrific I’ve done, but so far I haven’t gleaned any constructive criticism from those.

Do you Google yourself?

Hee hee, show me an author who hasn’t at some point?

What’s the best way to market your books?

I use AMS adverts and FB adverts for direct marketing on retailer sites. But other than that I like to connect with readers and allow them to get to know me.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?

I’m a stay at home mum and home educator, and so I grab time where I can. There isn’t a set routine for my writing. I aim for a minimum of 10k words a week but most weeks I can hit 15k without much effort. I usually spend half hour to an hour a day housekeeping on the admin side of things.

What do your fans mean to you?

EVERYTHING! I love my readers sooo much! My reader group is my go to place to chill and unwind. I adore chatting to them.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Not doing enough prep and research before beginning their journey. It’s exciting to get stuck in to writing a story that’s knocking around in your head, but sometimes the story we want to write isn’t the story that will sell. Sad but true. If you want to make a living from writing then you need to put in the hours doing your prep work and learning the ropes.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?

So many awesome authors…Hmmm. Jasmine Walt was my mentor last year when we coauthored the Gatekeeper Chronicles, and she taught me so much about the publishing process. I didn’t really outline before I worked with her, but an outline was essential to our project. I had to learn fast, and now I can’t work without a basic outline and a world building document. Ines Johnson, Melle Amade and Jeffery H Haskell are my author besties. I talk to them almost every day, and they inspire me constantly with their dedication, their determination and their amazing writing. I’m actually taking a course that Ines is running right now on how to write a book serial. Jeff is my go to guy when I need to discuss weapons and fighting technique. Melle kicks my arse when I’m in a funk, and Ines allows me to procrastinate until I finally hit upon the solution to my problem. She is a great listener. So yeah, I couldn’t do without my author peeps.

Read any good books lately?

OMG! I bombed through the Veil Diaries and the Seraph Black series and am now chowing through the Kit Davenport series. I’m on a RH kick at the moment and I’m loving it.

Do you ever sleep?

Ha ha!

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?

I love writing slow burn but I’ll read slow, medium or take-me-right-now. It really depends on my mood.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?

Honestly there are so many authors in RH that I’d love to give a shout out to but here are a few who I adore.
Shout out to Laura Greenword, Skye Mckinnon, Pippa da Costa, Alex Liddell and Eva Chase. I admire them so much. Also B L Brunnemer and Jane Washington because I love their series’ so bloody much.

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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.

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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!
Ruled By Pain

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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Scarlette D’Noire

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