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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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Alexia Purdy Interview

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Cursed Labyrinth on Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Helen Scott Interview

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Queen of the Underworld

Daughter of Hades

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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