Interview with Danielle Annett

Cursed-by-Fire_ebooklgTell us about your publishing journey…

What do you love about being an author? I love that I can write about whatever I want. That there are no rules I have to follow. Its exciting to write a story and see it all unfold and know that you’re the reason behind it.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’d have dinner with Pritkin from the Cassie Palmer series and we’d drink a lot of wine. Screw the food.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Aria would be Jenna Kramer back from her One Tree Hill days, Declan would be Liam Hemsworth, James would be Steven R McQueen, and Inarus would be Chris Wood

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads for sure.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d go back to the days of late 1500s in the victorian era when Queen Elizabeth rose to power. That would be a sight to see.Kissed-by-Fire-ebooklg

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish someone had encouraged me to plot out my books before I ever wrote a sentence. It would have saved me a lot of time on rewrites.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A shapeshifting dragon. I don’t have any of those in my books but come on, who wouldn’t want to be a dragon?

Where do you write best?

At coffee shops. They are my office of choice.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read (as of this interview) was Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. You can actually see my full review here…  but to summarize. It was freaking amazing and I’m dying for more.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I think I would write contemporary romance. It’s a growing genre love of mine.

Where can fans find you online?

You can find me at my website, on twitter, and on facebook 

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Interview with S K Gregory

8306933_origTell us about your publishing journey…

I have been writing from a young age and I did send out a couple of manuscripts as a teenager. They were rejected of course because they were nowhere near good enough. I started learning about editing, writing better dialogue etc, and when I sent out Daemon Persuasion in 2012 – it was accepted for publication. It was very exciting and I have worked hard since to keep that momentum going.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was taking part in NaNoWriMo and I was late starting. This book was something that I started writing and then I got stuck a few chapters in. Once I had the deadline pushing me, the idea developed and I finished by early December. I wanted to write an action book with a strong female lead.

What do you love about writing?

I love when the story flows and takes on a life of its own. When I am no longer leading the characters but they are leading me. Many times I will have an outline in my head, but thedaemonButton 300 x 225n I’ll be writing and I’ll think – no, that character wouldn’t do that or say that.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go to and why?

Maybe the 1920’s. I liked the fashion back then.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A werewolf. I have always been a fan of werewolves and I imagine they would be very fast and strong.

In a fire, what 3 things would you rescue?

My laptop, my favorite books and family photos.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Daemon Battle, the third book in the series which is due out in September.

Where can fans find you online?

They can find me through my website http://www.storyteller-skgregory.weebly.com

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Interview with Rita Lee Chapman

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Tell us about your publishing journey…

Hi Nicky and thank you for inviting me to your blog.

It wasn’t until I retired that I finished my first book, Missing in Egypt.  Until then my writing had been confined to business letters and reports or letters to my family back home.  Although I had started to write a couple of times (on a typewriter) I didn’t manager more than a few chapters.  I did keep them though and eventually incorporated them in to my books.  My submissions to publishers met with rejection but then I read about Amazon and made the decision to self-publish, one I have not regretted.
What do you love about being an author?

I love being in my own fantasy world, where anything can happen.  I’m more successful sitting at the computer and writing than trying to plot and so I never know where the story is going to take me.  It is also great fun being able to kill characters off or help them find romance.


If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and
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My perfect dinner would be with Winston, from Winston – A Horse’s Tale.  Winston is a horse (of course) and I guess we would be eating his favourite – apples.


If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Turning now to my crime mystery, Dangerous Associations, I would cast Nicole Kidman as Cathy,  as Geoffrey and Hugh Jackman as Rob.


Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I’m really not in to vampires (sorry, Nicky) but probably as sexy leads.


Missing_in_Egypt_CoverIf you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Definitely the seventies – for the music, the excitement and the beautiful clothes.


What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Write a book!


If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A Unicorn, because I love horses and I can live with the horn thing.


Where do you write best?

In my study, when it’s raining.


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I’m on the last few pages of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon.  It’s one of those books where you can’t read fast enough to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want it to end.  I’m savouring the last few words and marveling at Wilbur Smith’s talent.


If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would like to write children’s books because I think it is so important to enjoy reading at a young age.  Losing yourself in a book and being transported to another place is pure magic and they can absorb and  learn so much without even realising it.


Where can fans find you online?

My website is at www.ritaleechapman.com.  Here you will find information on me, my books and other authors.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rita.chapman

Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5834608.Rita_Lee_Chapman

Dangerous Associations:

An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker.  Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation.  She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life of fear. 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1501062905

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493239

Large Print Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1507554915/

Missing in Egypt

Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures.  Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday.  The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search.  Will they be able to track him down and find him alive – or is Ramy already dead?  What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps?  This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Missing-in-Egypt-ebook/dp/B007JOUIIE/

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263417

LARGE PRINT EDITION:

http://www.amazon.com/Missing-Egypt/dp/149121872X/

Winston – A Horse’s Tale

One for horse lovers!  Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and many adventures.  As you read his story, told by Winston himself, you will appreciate horse ownership from the horse’s point of view.  Born on a country property in Australia, Winston tells of his breaking-in and education and the different people he encounters – good, bad and ignorant.  As well as his own story, Winston includes the experiences of other horses he meets along life’s way. 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9QOZGE

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/372140

 

 

Interview with Jessica McHugh

mchughpicTell us about your publishing journey…

I spent years writing without thinking of being published, so I had a hefty backlog of short stories, novellas, and novels by the time I worked up the courage to give publication a shot. I didn’t go to college for writing—or anything, really; it didn’t take long for my laziness to get me booted, which is funny considering how hard I work on my writing. Using the Writer’s Market, Duotrope, and various articles, I learned how to revise, format, write queries and synopses, find publishers, and submit. It was frustrating not having any writer friends or mentors at that time—even my family wasn’t that supportive yet—but with my would-be husband’s encouragement, I threw myself into the deep end and tried to get my Arthurian Legend novel, “Camelot Lost” published. I encountered a lot of issues with presses thinking it was too similar to “Mists of Avalon,” however, and in the end I took the easy way out by submitting to PublishAmerica. (ducks rotten tomatoes) I know, I know, PublishAmerica is awful, but it turned out to be a good decision. They didn’t require payment like other vanity presses, and they did all the formatting and printing, so I was fairly happy with how things turned out. Plus, being able to put a publication in my bio boosted my confidence enough to submit other stories to more reputable publishers. As I learned and grew as a writer, I received more and more novel acceptances and began networking with other authors and presses. It was a snowball effect, really. The more I put myself and my work out there, the more confidence and joy for writing I exuded, the more positively the universe responded. The rest is history. I’ve gotten to work with some of coolest small presses out there today, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon.

What do you love about being an author?

I could go on for hours about all the things I adore in the writing life, but my favorite thing is the magic that happens when I’ve created characters so real it feels like they’re leading me through their world rather than the other way around. Sure, writing makes me feel godly powerful at times, but I prefer feeling like I’m a tourist transcribing the stories of real people…even when they’re shapeshifting jelly creatures from the planet Bajin like in my sci-fi novella “Home Birth.” I love when a character’s decisions surprise me, though it can wreck the hell out of my outline sometimes.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

The Big Friendly Giant from Roald Dahl’s “The BFG.” I assume we’d probably eat snozzcumbers, but I think all the whizzpopping frobscottle would make up for it.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?TTDIB cover smaller

My newest release, “The Train Derails in Boston,” would make quite the scandalous film, but I can picture a few badass ladies in the Rebecca Malone role. Cate Blanchett would kill it, as could Kerry Washington or Famke Janssen. Aaron Paul would make a great Peter, and I’d love to see Emma Watson or Jena Malone play a devilish, tortured Taylor Malone. Lucien Marchand isn’t a lead, per se, but I don’t think I’d accept anyone but James Spader playing him.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Blood-hungry monsters. Or maybe a happy medium, like The Lost Boys.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?The Roaring 20s, baby. I’d be a hooch-swilling jazz girl for sure.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish I’d started writing sooner, but I feel like the life advice I’ve received has either been well-timed, or the timing wouldn’t matter because I would’ve ignored that advice anyway.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I could dig being a shapeshifter, but I’d probably use my powers for financial gain just so I could go somewhere beautiful and secluded to live, and then rarely use the abilities again.

Where do you write best?

I do most of my work in my Writing Hut (a glorified second bedroom), there’s something about the mad cacophony of a bar that gets my inspirado going full-steam. I suppose the beer doesn’t hurt, either.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. My most prominent thought upon completion was: “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a chilling and brilliant piece of fiction.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

If I’m compelled to write in new genre, I go ahead and follow that impulse. I have never and will never limit myself to one genre. I’m too inquisitive for those kinds of fictional restrictions. I am hoping to write a cyberpunkish bizarro novel next year, and I’m really excited to explore new territory.

Where can fans find you online?

I’m pretty active on social media, especially my FB author page at www.facebook.com/author.JessicaMcHugh. You can also find me on Twitter & Instagram under @theJessMcHugh or at my website http://www.JessicaMcHughBooks.com

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Interview with Wattpad author KayC91

13560129-144-k560709Tell us about your writer’s journey…

My journey has been pretty short. I started writing and posting my first book, The Dream Crashers, on Wattpad in 2014. Currently, I’m working on my second and hoping to finish that in the next couple of months.

What do you love about being a writer?

I love being able to bring characters and worlds to life. There are all these stories existing inside your head, and being able to share that with people who enjoy  reading what you’ve created is an incredible feeling.

What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?

My favorite thing about Wattpad is being able to interact directly with my readers. They are seriously some of the funniest, sweetest, people. Reading comments from my readers is one of my favorite things to do.

How do you deal with bad comments?

I encourage constructive criticisms and comments with tips for how I could improve my books. Even though having someone point out the things they didn’t like with your story can sting, it will only help you as a writer. Although I haven’t noticed any hateful or negative comments, it seems like the general action for that that is to delete and ignore the comment.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. He is hands down one of the most hilarious and charismatic characters I’ve ever come across. Dinner would be endlessly entertaining. We would probably eat at a nice restaurant that Thorne flirted and charmed his way into.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

A combination of both to make things interesting.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?52489913-208-k619516

This question is hard because there are so many interesting things from every era. If I have to pick one, I would probably choose the Scientific Revolution. I studied science in college, so it’d be cool to see where it all began.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Step out of your comfort zone more often. There were so many experiences I missed out on because I was too shy or too afraid to try something new. For example, I was hesitant about writing and posting my writing for the public, but now I’m glad I took the plunge. And even if things don’t turn out the way you’d like, you can still be proud of yourself for taking that step and you won’t have to wonder “what if?”

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I would want to be a witch because they’re so fascinating. Witches have such a wide range of abilities and there are so many different types!

Where do you write best? 

As cliché as it is, I love to write in coffee shops. There’s just something about the smell of coffee and a cozy atmosphere that gets me into a writing mood.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read was Winter, the final installment in The Lunar Chronicles series by Melissa Meyer. It was amazing! The balance between action, romance, humor, and suspense was perfect, in my opinion. I really recommend this series for readers who like those qualities in stories.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

The two stories that I’ve worked on have both been YA paranormal, with bits of mystery and romance. I think I would like to try writing new adult fiction next, just to change things up.

Where can fans find you online?

I can be found on Wattpad at http://wattpad.com/user/KayC91

Interview with Wendii Mciver

19781908-208-k125753Tell us about your writer’s journey…
Well, I first began writing when I was about six-years-old. I wrote a really short story about a girl and her father going to Egypt, the girl falling through the ground and discovering this ancient tomb that she had to escape from before the entire thing self-destructed. From there, I wrote more small things– mostly about folklore and the likes. Like Nessie and Faery tales. The first novel-sized piece I ever wrote began when I was thirteen, maybe. And, a year and a half later, that was actually the first book I ever posted to Wattpad after my friend recommended the site to me. A few months after that, I began a small ‘coming soon’ project titled ‘Naught Nyx The Necromancer’ that quickly unfolded into the ‘Born From Chaos’ everybody knows today.
What do you love about being a writer?
I think that what I love the most is the fact that all those imaginary places and things I dream up in my sleep can actually be put on paper and, thanks to genres like fantasy and paranormal, it’s not going to seem weird.
What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?
I think the best part about Wattpad is that it’s a chance to really secure your confidence about writing and your abilities. Before I joined, I knew I had cool ideas, but after I joined and people actually began reading I received messages and comments from people all over the world and of all ages, congratulating me on my ability and my works. I think Wattpad, and the community it holds, is just a really encouraging environment and it really, really helped me find confidence. Plus, with awards like The Wattys and the Wattpad Featured program, you have the opportunity to actually be approached by, not only, publishing companies, but also multi-million-dollar names that offer to sponsor you (Eg. Born From Chaos was sponsored by The Walking Dead brand and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). It’s just a really encouraging and supportive place that gives you some really amazing opportunities.
How do you deal with bad comments?
Honestly, I’ve never had comments were someone straight-forward does not like my work. I’ve had comments where someone may question the way I write, my chapter length or some of the stupid things certain characters of mine may say. When comments like these come, it just takes a bit of explaining and usually the commenter understands where I’m coming from. But I’ve never really had a ‘bad’ comment about the book overall. Yet.51520143-144-k162215
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Well, I’m not really one for talking with random people– let alone dinner. But, I’d have to say, I would probably like to have dinner with Blue Sargent (from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle) as we literally have the EXACT same personality and I think we’d get along really well. I’d probably have pasta. She might have pizza.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
I definitely prefer the vicious, monster-type vampire. I think the romanticised vamps in ya novels today are all the same brooding, I-love-you-but-I-want-to-kill-you type– and I hate those ones. So yeah, definitely going for the traditional vamps.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
(this is seriously the coolest interview I’ve ever done) If I had a time machine, I would probably go back to the time of exploration (minus the white-colonisation of lands and enslavement of different races) during the 1400-1800s. I just think it would have been an amazing time to be alive– the world’s expanding, there’s a heap of travel and hundreds of beautiful, amazing cultures are being found every day.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
I can’t really say which piece of advice I wished I’d been given sooner. But, I wish I had understood the power of “ignorance is bliss” sooner than I had. People have said it to me my entire life and I never really fully took on its significance and importance until recently.
65200445-144-k125807If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
I think I would like to be a witch or wizard (no, I haven’t read Harry Potter) because I really don’t think there’s a limit to what they can do. I’m sure there’s spells that can enable you to become every other supernatural creature, so I might as well be the one that can do anything.
Where do you write best?
I think I write best with my laptop on a hard, stable surface so…. probably the dining room table.
What was the last book you read?
I think the last book I read (and actually finished) was Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. It was the final book to one of my most favourite series ever and it was absolutely amazing– completely topped the first and second books. Amazing. I recommend the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy to anyone and everyone.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which genre would you write?
Well, my main genre at the moment is paranormal, as BFC is a paranormal novel. If I weren’t in paranormal I could do fantasy, sci-fi and even just regular teen fiction with no magic.
Where can fans find you online?
Fans can find me on the following sites:
– My Wattpad page (https://www.wattpad.com/user/spite-) Under the username spite-
– My Wattpad-Twitter page (https://twitter.com/Spite_Wattpad)
– Or, on my Goodreads-profile (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14768802.spite_) Note: I’m not actually running this account just yet. 

Interview with Wattpad author Rowena Black

40724201-208-k471949Tell us about your writer’s journey…

I started writing three years ago but that’s not saying much since I’m only sixteen. I’m a huge book nerd so it only made sense for me to start writing. My cousin told me about Wattpad last year and I’ve writing on the website ever since. Since writing on wattpad I’ve realized that everybody has that one thing they’re good at and writing is my thing. I’ll be going to Interlochen Arts Academy over the summer where I will be working with a little publisher on my books.

What do you love about being a writer?
The thing I love most about writing is being able to create new worlds. I always joke around say that writers are like gods, we can create and destroy life. I’ve never enjoyed anything more than bringing a new character to life.
What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?
The best part of wattpad is the experience. I originally went on wattpad for a confiden52775856-144-k430926ce boost. I wanted to know if people would like my work. Never in a million years did I expect the response I received.
How do you deal with bad comments?
To be completely honest I haven’t had any bad comments. I’ve received constructive criticism but those comments only make my work better. Like I said before I’m always genuinely surprised that so many people enjoy my books.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
That’s hard but I’d probably say Jace Herondale. He’s been my literary crush ever since I read the Mortal Instruments two years ago. And of course we would either have mu shu pork or mangoes since those are Jace’s favorite food.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
I prefer vampires as sexy blood thirsty monsters. Attractive villains always make a story more interesting.
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If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
The time period I love the most is the Renaissance. So if I had to travel back in time it would probably be to the 1300s-1600s. There is a small chance that I might die of disease but there is also a chance I could meet Henry VIII or Leonardo Da Vinci. Even though it seems silly, I would risk my health to meet Da Vinci.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Don’t care about what other people think of you. Ever since I stopped caring about other people’s opinions I’ve been much happier.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
If I could be any supernatural creature I would be a witch. I’ve always loved witches. I would dress up like one on a Halloween as a kid. By the time we learned about the Salem Witch Trials in school I was completely in love with the idea of magical powers. I think every teenager can agree with me when I say witches are the coolest supernatural creature because they can turn their teachers into frogs.
Where do you write best?
This is going to sound weird but I write best in my family’s basement. When I was a chi68836088-144-k481577ld I would go down there and play make believe. I’m too old to play now but my imagination always becomes overactive when I’m in the basement.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
The last book I read was Omertà on Wattpad and I loved it. Ferro and Scarlett have the most messed up relationship ever. After reading about their troubles I feel very hopeful for future relationships. Because I know whoever I date next will never have me at gun point during our first date.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
If I didn’t write in paranormal I would probably be a fantasy writer. They’re pretty similar, so I wouldn’t have to change much about my writing.
Where can fans find you online?
My fans can follow me on Twitter @rowena_black
Check out Rowena’s books on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/RowenaBlack

Interview with Wattpad author Angela Merlo

meTell us about your writer’s journey…
It’s really hard to keep this answer concise. It’s been a long journey, a sad journey, one connected to my personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Fast forward through all of the, I can say that in the spring of 2014, I had an unfinished manuscript that I’d been playing with for years. An author I admired and a few other people were impressed by it and encouraged me to get serious about finishing and promoting the project.
Later that year, I joined Wattpad and began syndicating chapters of my novel, Devil’s Lake. I was a bit sheltered from other author’s ideas and ambitions about success on Wattpad.  I was easily impressed, and kept waiting for the chapter that would have zero reads, or the day the book would stop ranking. I suppose that’s my whole strategy for being happy. Anticipate the worst so that you’re expectations are always exceeded. Maybe that’s why I always get anxious when I’m tempted to raise my expectations and hopes.

My journey hasn’t been like some of the authors I’ve admired on Wattpad, but I still appreciate the successes I’ve had. Devil’s Lake reached #4 in its genre about a month after Wattpad began featuring it. It occasionally makes it back into the top ten or very near there. I’ve been aiming to self publish a paperback for awhile, all without the anticipation of making any real money off of it.  I’ve still tended to have that pessimistic approach of “Throw it out there without expecting a bite. Maybe something will surprise you.”

But with that said, I have been growing a little more confident and did recently write a story for the #OnceUponNow contest. Honestly, it’s the most light-hearted work I’ve written that I actually think is good. Amazingly I like my characters. They’re just a little eccentric in a fun way, rather than the dark and depressing way I’ve always defaulted to. Maybe that’s just a reflection on how much I’ve grown since I began writing Devil’s Lake. I don’t know. I am excited about the contest though and feel more enthusiastic. Even though I feel prepared for it not making it, it doesn’t feel as threatening to hope for it. So that’s got to be a good thing.

What do you love about being a writer?newdevil2
I think it’s more about being in love with the story and characters you’ve developed than with anything else. I am always surprised when I hear so many authors complain that they hate editing. I enjoy editing far more than I do drafting. The story and characters are far more fleshed out in you mind by the time you complete a draft than when you have a mere outline.

I once had someone point out to me that this might mean I didn’t spend enough time planning the story and developing the characters before I began writing. That may be true. Devil’s Lake especially has involved lots of rewritten chapters and revisions. It’s been a learning process even with the planning I did ahead of it.

I do think I could write a story faster and more organized than this one was (if I’m passionate enough about the project to start it), but I don’t think any author magically gets there by attempting to restrict themselves from the path of mistakes. Those paths teach you more than merely “what not to do.”

What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?

The community is amazingly supportive, and its a good place to build your initial band of followers and supporters. Recently I became a part of the Wattpad Community Toast Group on Facebook. It’s still pretty new. It started with RK Close organized an online toast for Juliet Lyons to celebrate sending off her manuscript to her publisher. Primarily it’s about toasting book launches.

Largely it seems that the most successful writers on Wattpad don’t just have talent but really network together to help each other. Even when it comes to the #OnceUponNow competition I’m competing in, there’s a supportive vibe and I think the platform is really designed to encourage that sort of interaction rather than to look at each other as mere competition.

But I suppose maybe what I love about Wattpad is the access to readers. I love getting comments from my readers. I get teary-eyed just thinking of the number of people who’ve read my work. I’ve never had this many people read my work willingly.  Friends and family always seem to afraid they’ll hate it. They’ll read three sentences and tell you it’s wonderful and then go on about having no time to read. At least that’s been my experience.

Wattpad has given me a great boost in self-confidence. I’m so happy people enjoy my work.

onceuponnowIf you could have dinner with any authors, who would it be and what would you eat?
Oh goodness! I haven’t a clue. I’ll say this. If I could get a phone booth time machine and do a Bill and Ted, I’d gather up GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien, put them in a pub and just listen to them talk. Maybe I’d throw in Flannery O’Connor as well, but I’m not sure she would stay.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Do you mean do I prefer Dracula or Twilight? I’ve only read the first Twilight book. It’s not as terrible as some people make it out to be. Certainly the level of it’s success is a head-scratcher. It’s not that good. I’ve also never been that much of a Dracula fan. I like Carmilla better.I’d say, though, it was really the early 90’s re-revival series that really got me first into vampires. At 10 years old, I did find Barnabus frightening, and yet by the time the show got to his relationship with Victoria Winters, I really wanted them together. I loved his internal battle.

In high school, my favorite author was LJ Smith. The Vampire Diaries were originally published in the early 90’s, so by the time I started reading her work, she was publishing “The Night World series.” Everyone loved Ash Redferd, but I still loved Poppy and James’ story over any of the series. Poppy had pancreatic cancer and was dying. James, the vampire, was offering to save her life.

I’d say, I don’t think it’s either/or.  It’s both. Meyer’s vampires, especially as they come across in the film, aren’t scary for reasons beyond the romantic elements.


Where can fans find you online?
They can find me on Wattpad at www.wattpad.com/light-in-darkness (or just search @light-in-darkness).
They can friend or follow my personal author profile on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AMerlo.light .
My blog is angmerlo.wordpress.com . My twitter handle is @AuthorMerlo though most of my posts are fed from Facebook. Twitter frustrates me to no end.

Interview with Ruby Knight

rubyWhat do you love about being an author?

How much time do you have? Is there a character limit? Kidding, well I actually started out submitting my work to agents traditionally- slush pile land. I read and re-read Stephen King’s book On Writing and I made a lot of writing/author friends. I really started to believe in myself after attending a writers conference in New York City a few years ago. Two months after that conference I wrote the first draft of The Sway. It got a lot of TLC, before one of my critique partners suggested I submit it to Penner Publishing and I did. Without an agent, I was going through a divorce in my personal life so I kind of forgot I submitted it. When I got the call for acquisition I was shocked and stoked and literally was jumping up and down outside my classroom. (I teach sophomore US History) That’s where we are now, and I’m here with you. :)

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Ummm… I’m going to have to say Rowan, from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re welcome.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Cole: Scott Eastwood
Julia: Chloe Moretz
Mikey: Dave Franco
Hank: Eric Dane

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?sway-knight-ebook-300x464

Sexy leads who are blood hungry monsters.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’m dying to live as an heiress in Downton Abbey. Yes please!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Be who you are, without apology. People will like you and hate you and it will usually have nothing to do with you– and everything to do with them. So don’t seek to impress others, be blissfully happy doing you.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I can choose a superhero, right? Because I would totally be Black Widow. She’s bad ass and sexy. Hello girl crush.

Where do you write best?

Outside on my patio.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I finished the Pierce Brown…Red Rising series– Morning Star, yeah amazing brilliant writing. Also, Pierce Brown is single. Someone please get me a date with him!

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Actually I am writing a historical fiction piece right now, that I’m feeling totally out of my realm, because I have no supernatural elements in it at all. When I’m not writing the sequel to the Classified series that is.

Where can fans find you online?

You can interact with me most on my Twitter @rubewrites !
I’m also on Facebook, Goodreads, and you can check my website too, http://www.ruby-knight.com/ …but honestly I am the worst at updating that See-no-evil monkey

Thank you

Interview with Angela Brown

Angela B 2012 Ferrell PhotographyTell us about your publishing journey…
As a hybrid author – self-published and published through the query process – mines is a journey filled with its fair share of ups and downs. The excitement of getting to share my stories is a high that outweighs many of the down times. I started with self-publishing an erotica novel under my pen name, Rayven Godchild. Along with a great online and IRL bud, Gwen Gardner, I hopped over into self-publishing young adult novels. Beacon started as another project I considered self-publishing, but I decided to put it through the query process and was thrilled to have it picked up by Evernight Teen.
What do you love about being an author?
Story-telling. I get that being an author means writing well, but there’s a certain joy I feel in getting to let my imagination run wild in building a story that makes being an author so wonderful.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
That’s a difficult choice, but I would go with Hermione from Harry Potter and we’d eat whatever delectable tasties her wand conjured.
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
Macie would be Zendaya (from Disney’s KC Undercover)
Thane would be Colton Haynes (from Arrow)
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
I like them like Eric from True Blood, blood hungry yet sexy about it at the same time lol!
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?beacon (1)
I’m fine with the era I’m in, though I wouldn’t mind going back to be an apprentice to Madame CJ Walker.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
Probably a vampire, one with a suffering heart wishing I didn’t have to hurt humans for my survival, but an understanding that the occasional dinner – minus the kill or turning – would be good for my soullessness.
Where do you write best? 
Seated in my bed :-)
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I actually would love to try an exciting mystery at some point.
Where can fans find you online?
They can check me out at my…
Instagram – tomewriter
Buy links my Evernight Teen novel, Beacon.