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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Scarlette D’Noire

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John Locke Bought Reviews…So What!

Recently I have read some articles bashing mega self-published author John Locke for buying reviews from Todd Jason Rutherford on his now defunct website GettingBookReviews.com.  The thing that struck me about these articles is that John Locke instructed Rutherford that if the reviewers didn’t like his book they should feel free to say so in their reviews.  So what is all the hype about?  If John Locke had instructed the reviews all be sterling 5 star dribble to his greatness I could understand why people in the industry have said he is a fraud. What do you think?  Is there a difference in offering free books for reviews?  What about the Kirkus review?  That costs money does it make it any less valid to you?

 I have to wonder at this point what is considered a valid review. A lot of people bashed John Locke for paying people to buy his book. As a new author and publisher I have offered free books in exchange for honest reviews, and so far I feel the reviews for Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories offered up on Amazon are valid.  I have offered a few people the book as a gift in exchange for reviews. Is that dishonest?

His success is still going strong, do you think the 300 reviews John Locke paid for in 2010 is what catapulted him onto several best seller lists or do you think his talent and marketing skills are the true reflection of his success?  Has the revelation that he paid for reviews changed your view of him?  I must admit I have wondered will people truly give  an honest review if you give them a free book. What do you think?