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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliaclarkesweethearts/
• BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julia-clarke

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: May Dawson Interview

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Three Kinds of Wicked: A Reverse Harem Romance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: 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

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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