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

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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Kim Faulks Interview

Kim Faulks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHECK OUT MORE OF HER BOOKS HERE: http://www.hauntingfiction.com

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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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