Queens of RH: Julia Clarke

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Realms and Rebels Boxed Set

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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.

Fall in love with Charms of Attraction and 20+ paranormal and fantasy reverse harem romances available exclusively in Realms & Rebels.
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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/
• Newsletter: https://www.authorjuliaclarke.com/newslettersignup
• Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/clarkejulia
• Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/juliaclarke_author/
• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJuliaClarke/
• Facebook Reader Group – Julia Clarke’s Sweethearts:
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• BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julia-clarke

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: May Dawson Interview

may dawson three kinds of wicked
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: Debbie Cassidy Interview

Champion of Midnight
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Champion of Midnight

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.

Champion of Midnight

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Scarlette D’Noire

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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.

Cursed Hunter

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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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Queens of RH: Mila Young Interview

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Wicked Heat
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I have always loved stories and used to write them as a kid. Reading was another passion, so to be it came naturally that I’d write stories. My dad is also a writer, so I guess I gained a lot of inspiration from him

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Funny as I grew up also wanting to study archaeology, so if I wasn’t writing, I might be in a very different field.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Definitely support me… whether they fully understand that writing is not just a hobby for a serious career for me is a different story. My hubby is always there for me, and he is my go to guy for brainstorming new ideas.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spend a lot of time researching. For example, in my recent series, Wicked Heat, a lot of my world-building is based on the Lao spirits of Voodoo. Most of the time I use maybe ten-percent of what I research in my story.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Right now, I’m finishing to my newest release, book 2 in the Wicked Heat release. It’s a story about a woman who has the ability to manifest fire with a single thought, but she has no background, has no clue who her family is, and why they left her on the side of the road at the age of three. The story is a self-journey of discovering who she is, why a powerful Lao spirit is after her, and finding true love.

What was your hardest scene to write?
Probably the final climax scene in any book as there are so many aspects to tie up, to ensure the scene doesn’t seem rushed, to give credibility to the actions.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your story-line?
I’m definitely a plotter. I write detailed scenes for my stories, chapter by chapter, understand the character’s background, who they are, what motivations them. For me, this makes it easier to lay clues for later mysteries.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
In my Haven Realm series, each book is a standalone based in the same world, and in each book I add small clues about characters in other books, reveal snippets from those stories.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sleep. When I start falling behind, my brain turns to mush haha

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I tend to do about 70% writing and 30% marketing on average.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Madonna on my last visit to New York. Let’s just say I was fangirling massively.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I love the give it to me now baby… haha

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Big call out to my amazing friend, Kim Faulks.

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Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow. By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.
Mila Young

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Queens of RH: Marissa Farrar Interview

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Through a Dragon’s Eyes
With a Dragon’s Heart
I had the pleasure to ask Marissa some probing interview questions and her answers are fascinating.
Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she’s been married for many years and has three young daughters, she’s conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.

The author of more than thirty novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last six years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I only started to take it seriously after I’d finished my Zoology degree and realized I’d spent most of my degree writing stories.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I’d probably want to be a vet or do something else with animals – hence my Zoology degree.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, very much so. It was a little rocky at first as I was putting so much time into it, but my family know that if I don’t get the time to work, I tend to get snappy!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift, without doubt. It’s incredible to live so many lives through my writing.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
When I published my first book, Alone, almost ten years ago now, a reader wrote to me to tell me that the book had given her the strength to leave her abusive relationship. That was pretty incredible.
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 probably do half and half. This is my full-time job, so I have to give the readers what they want, but I like to think I throw my own spin on things. I started writing as a horror/dark fantasy author, and so most of my work has a tinge of darkness to it. The hardest part for me is not getting distracted by shiny new projects. I have so many ideas and I want to write them all!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Well I write romance and fantasy, so as little as possible! Most of my research tends to be around the locations the books are set.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My current project is a RH fantasy series called Chronicles of the Four. It’s a swords and sorcery type fantasy about a girl who can communicate with dragons. Book two, With a Dragon’s Heart, will be out June 28th.

What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t answer that as it gives a plot point away!

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes, all the time.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I’m not a plotter. I have a vague idea of things I want to happen, but otherwise the character’s drive the story.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Warsgra, because he always thinks he’s right.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
That I shouldn’t drink so much gin while I’m writing about her!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No, I don’t think so. I like to reveal everything by the end.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My facebook time!

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! I love to write!

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anything bad going on in my personal life. I struggle to connect with the imaginary world if the real world is demanding my attention.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I try to avoid them, but sometimes it’s hard to do that. The bad ones always stick to me longer than the good ones, but over the years it’s got easier to shrug them off.

Do you Google yourself?
No!

What’s the best way to market your books?
It’s been facebook ads for me. Some people say they do nothing, but I swear by them.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Probably six hours writing, versus one or two hours marketing.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn’t be able to write full time, which has always been my dream, so I’m eternally grateful.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they need to employ ‘vanity presses’ in order to self publish.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurt. Confidence is good, but an ego is only going to be damaged in the end.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Stephen King at a book signing in London years ago.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
I have too many to mention (and I daren’t name names as I’ll end up missing someone out).

Read any good books lately?
I just finished The Toy Makers, which was wonderful.

Do you ever sleep?
Absolutely! I need my sleep, or I’m a cranky bitch!

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
It depends what mood I’m in. I can do either or both!

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
The lovely Lily Harlem, who I’ve known for years, and who is the author of the Castaways series – check it out, if you haven’t already!

Thanks for having me!

Marissa. XXX

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Scarlette D’Noire

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