Melissa Addey Interview

Today I’m speaking with Melissa Addey.  Hi Melissa!  What made you decide to become a writer?

I have loved reading since I was a small child and also wrote little stories and essays for schoolwork.  I let it drop for awhile and then began writing again:  a few articles on being home educated and some children’s stories.  I took some lessons in writing, both by correspondence and at evening classes.  Eventually, I thought I would like to take the writing more seriously and started writing novels and non-fiction, which got me a literary agent.  Having had two children, in 2015 I decided to stay at home and write as much as I could fit round the kids!

Kids are a full-time job.  You must have been very busy.  How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?

I got published in a few magazines on a range of topics, then had a close call with a major publisher for my novel.  After that, I decided to self-publish.  For now, I’m happy self-publishing, but am always open to new ways of working.  I self-published “100 Things to do While Breastfeeding,” which is now on some La Leche League recommended reading lists around the world which is wonderful, as well as “The Fragrant Concubine,” which got me long listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2015 and was Editor’s Choice at the Historical Novel Society which felt great.

I bet it did.  I wish your book on breastfeeding was available when my kids were younger.  There were lots of women into breastfeeding then.  Would you do anything differently the next time and if so, what would it be?

Self-publish quicker!  I did learn a lot through working with my agent and an editor and going through the submission process, but I do very much like having the control back in my own hands and think I’ve learnt a lot from it.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Write a full-length piece, then redraft till you think it’s as strong as you can make it alone.  Then work with an editor – it will be excruciatingly hard work but you will learn so much and your work will improve massively.  Read lots.  Write every day.  Make a business plan to keep you focused and keep stretching yourself.  Don’t be snobby about things like self-publishing, genre fiction, etc:  you can learn from everything.  Enter competitions.  Learn to take feedback.

What or who influences or inspires your writing?

All the wonderful writers I’ve read over the years.  Travel books and history books (I write historical fiction) – tiny mentions of some minor detail suddenly spark ideas.  “The Fragrant Concubine” was a brief mention of a Chinese legend in a travelogue, which became my first published novel.

Cool. I like that.  Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I wrote a novella called “The Consorts,” which is a prequel for “The Fragrant Concubine” (it’s a free novella for people on my mailing list).  My next two non-fiction books, “The Storytelling Entrepreneur” (storytelling in a business context) and “Merchandise for Authors,” a book for writers who want to create their own merchandise as a way of engaging their readers and bringing in extra income are both out.

This past fall I started a Creative Writing PhD and that will involve writing another novel set in China.  Keeping busy!

I’ll say.  The two non-fiction books sound really interesting.

They are available on Amazon as ebooks and paperback.  “100 Things to do While Breastfeeding” is also available as an audiobook.

I’ve thought about doing an audiobook as well.  Tell me about your first experience with publishing.  How did that go?

I did a lot of work with an editor and learnt so much from them – I looked back at previous writing and realized it needed so much work.  It’s definitely something worth doing.  I am always happy to take on feedback if I think it will improve the book and fits with my image of it.  If a person likes your work, they will usually see how to make it better without drifting away from the heart of it.

So, Melissa, how long have you been writing professionally?

I’ve been working on my writing for over ten years.  2015 was my first year of doing it as my job.

So, what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

Read!  Look after the kids, cinema, gardening, meeting up with friends, cooking.  You’ll find a lot of food in my historical novels.  Researching food is fascinating.

I bet it is, especially if you get to eat what you are researching about.  Do you write full-time or part-time?

As full-time as I can manage with two kids in tow.  That means writing in tiny, energetic bursts and finding gaps where I can write.  But it’s wonderful to feel that your time is focused on the writing rather than on a day job, it does make a difference.  I’m looking forward to the chance to really develop my writing at another level with the Creative Writing PhD I’ve started.

Good luck with that.  I have a hard enough time focusing on my writing.  I don’t think I could stay focused long enough to finish a PhD program.  Where do you live, Melissa?

London, UK.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

In “The Fragrant Concubine,” there are many versions of the legend.  It is true that in 1760, the Chinese Emperor, Qianlong, conquered Turkestan and that a Muslim woman from that region was sent to the Forbidden City as his concubine.  It seems she was something of a favorite, being promoted twice and given many gifts.  But other stories have grown up around her.

In China, they say that her body emitted an irresistible natural fragrance and the Emperor was besotted with her.  She was homesick, but he gave her many gifts to remind her of home and at last she fell in love with him and they lived happily ever after.

But, in her homeland, they say that the woman was named Iparhan and born to a family of rebels.  Brought to court by force, she kept daggers hidden in her sleeves to protect her honor.  At last she took her own life rather than submit to the Emperor’s desire for her.

I found myself wondering which woman was the real Fragrant Concubine.  Which ending was true:  the sad one or the happy one?  This novel is about what might have happened.

That sounds intriguing.  Do you have any appearances scheduled?

During 2016, I was a writer in residence for the British Library, in their Business and IP Centre, which really was a dream come true.  I worked there two days a week for ten months, looking at storytelling for businesses and business for storytellers.  Keep an eye on my website for more information at .  On my ‘about’ page, you can find links to my Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest accounts.

Thank you so much Melissa.  I’ve enjoyed our chat together.  Melissa grew up on an organic farm in Italy and was home educated.  Along the way, she worked for Sainsbury’s head office looking after the organic range of products as well as developing new products and packaging; for Roehampton University developing student entrepreneurs; she did a Masters focused on creativity and worked as a business consultant on a government scheme for over six years offering mentoring, advice, training, and grants to small businesses, mostly in the food sector.  She now lives in London with her husband, young son and baby daughter, looking after the kids and writing.

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RM Gauthier Interview

Hello RM and thank you for joining me today on Indie Author Day!  You did a great job on the Indie Author Day Facebook page.  Tell me, what made you decide to become a writer?

March 16, 2009 to be precise, was when I started writing.  I would now say it was an out-of-body experience when I began my writing journey and if you ask me today where it came from or how I do it, I couldn’t tell you exactly.

Now that’s interesting.  I’ve never heard that reason before.

When a story comes to me, in my mind it appears as a movie.  I can see the characters, see their conversations and their surroundings, but the hard part is writing to make it sound like I see…very difficult.

Oh my gosh!  That’s how it happens for me!  It’s like I’m eavesdropping, but they don’t see me.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m taking notes to get it all in, but there’s so much information.    How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?

I’ve been working on my debut novel for the past five years.  Actually, I’ve been sitting on it, going back to it every once in awhile.  Last year, when I thought about publishing it, I did some research and found out how behind I am with all things publishing, so, I decided to write a novella about a minor character in my novel and publish that first.


I like that idea better than a “prequel.”  But the publishing industry has changed so fast in such a short time, it’s really hard to keep up.  It’s like a “learn as you go” project.

I spent the past year learning the ins and outs of the publishing world and now I feel it’s time to put my novel out there.

Good for you!  That’s the hardest step, to be sure.  So would you do anything differently the next time?

I would try and build a bigger audience, mailing list, etc…But, other than that, no, I’m happy with everything so far.  Ask me again once I drop this book.  LOL

Building a bigger audience and mailing list takes time, but I hear that giveaways on Amazon works great.  I just haven’t tried one yet, but I’m thinking about it.  What advice would you give an aspiring author?


Write what you love and don’t worry about selling it.  I think we can get too caught up in the numbers and really, the numbers don’t matter if you are happy with what you are producing.

I think that if you aren’t happy with what you are writing, it would show in your work.  So tell me, who or what influences your writing?

My stories come to me like a movie in my head.  I can actually see my characters as if they’re standing in the same room.

Me, too!

It’s weird to think about, which I don’t very often.  I just let the story come.  Funny thing about that is when I write the story, it takes awhile to get the writing right.  It never sounds like it looks.  LOL

I guess that’s something we have to work on.  RM, what are your latest releases and where can we find them?

My latest novel is, “Control,” which will be released this month.

Oooh that’s exciting!  How did your publishing experience go?

So far, I’m fairly surprised with the results.  It was easier than I thought it would be.  The hardest part is marketing, but that will come.  As I produce more books, I’m sure that will get easier.  Or, at least I hope it will.

So, how long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time?

Part-time for now and I’ve been published for one year.  But, at this point, I only have one novella out.

Me, too, but I’m feverishly working to complete book two before Christmas.  What do you do for fun, RM, when you aren’t writing?

I do graphic designs, 3D animations, and video editing.  I’m always trying to learn more in all these areas.  When not writing, you can find me doing tutorials to learn more.

No wonder you did such a good job with the Indie Author Day Facebook page!  Where do you reside, RM?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cool.  Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?

No, haven’t got that far yet.

Well, you can certainly count Indie Author Day on Facebook now!  Thanks RM.  I enjoyed it!  It’s really cool to meet someone else who gets her stories in movie format.  You can find RM Gauthier at her website:  or on Amazon:  or on her blog at:  or on Facebook at:  and on Twitter at:


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Alex Dunn Interview

Hi Alex!  Welcome to my blog.  Tell me, what made you decide to become a writer?

There was no decision.  It was something I’d always wanted to do.  As an only child who grew up in the era when children’s TV was one hour a day and there were no computer games, I relied upon Lego and my imagination to entertain myself.  At some point, I don’t remember when exactly, I started writing down some of the stories I made up, and have been doing so ever since.


I remember those days.  I looked forward to Sesame Street in the afternoons.  How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?

Ten years from finishing my first book, completing a Creative Writing course and receiving some very brutal rejection letters.  My breakthrough came when I discovered NaNoWriMo, and I entered my finished novel, “The Demon Magician” into a competition.  I didn’t win, but the publisher was impressed and a year later offered me a publishing contract.


That’s awesome!  I remember the first and only time I did NaNoWriMo and I finished a 30,000 word novel in 30 days.  The goal was 50,000 words but my story was finished at the lower number.  That’s now my second book in my series.  The interesting thing I learned was that I actually CAN write a book in 30 days.  So, would you do anything differently the next time?  If so, what would it be?

I don’t know.  I’ve recently signed up with Wattpad and have been toying with the idea of developing my story online.  Getting constant feedback is a good way to see what does and does not work, and for some authors, this has helped them grow readership.  The only thing I know for sure is that I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Well, growing your readership is a good thing.  And NaNoWriMo was good discipline for me.  I remember looking forward to writing each night.  Alex, what advice would you give an aspiring author?

Exactly what other authors told me (not all of which I listened to at the beginning):  read, read extensively the genres you’re writing in.  Join a writing circle and listen to each other’s feedback.  Don’t be afraid to experiment or go back to school (I did a distance learning course with London School of Journalism that was excellent).  Get a great cover, don’t shy away from promoting your book or yourself and have patience.  Only the lucky few have instant success.

So true. Who or what inspires or influences your writing, Alex?

That’s easy.  Classic Horror Movies, Star Trek (especially DS9), Ursula K leGuin and Alchemy.  I’ve also loved diving, so the underwater world is a huge influence on the new novel I’m currently working on.

Being underwater is so much like being in space, I think.  Can you tell us a little about your latest releases and when or where can we find them?

Sure.  I have three YA Books that are available now on Amazon, and a 4th I’m planning to release in December.  I’m incredibly proud of all of them and have been getting excellent reviews.


Reviews are great to have for any book.

Crazy for Alice and Demon Magician are firmly in the horror/fantasy genre.  School Monitor is a gritty mystery interwoven with elements of bullying and twisted jealousy, and Dating Down is a good old fashioned romance with a sprinkling of angst.


You can read all the opening chapters at my website: and if you sign up for my mailing list, there will be a special Christmas present coming your way.

That’s cool.  So, your first book was traditionally published.  What about your other books?

My first book, “The Demon Magician” was published by a small UK based publisher.  Like most first time authors, I expected the publisher would have done more to promote me, so the experience was disappointing when I discovered most things were left to me.  I did, however, enjoy the sense of accomplishment at seeing myself on Amazon, so made the decision to self-publish my next novel.  I’ve really enjoyed the creative freedom and constantly amazed at the support and knowledge within the online and local writing community.


I’ve heard the same thing over the years from writer friends, so I went straight to self-publishing my first novel.  And like you, I’ve learned that there are a lot of support groups or forums for self-pubbed authors.  So, Alex, how long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?

I have a very demanding day job, so writing happens in between that and family commitments.  When you want something bad enough, you find the time, I just wish I could find more of it.

I know what you mean about time.  So what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

I love diving and have recently come back from an amazing holiday in The Maldives where I was lucky enough to see giant manta rays.  I’m also a detox junkie, love juicing and experimenting with my own raw food recipes.

You mentioned London.  Are you from there?

I’m originally from the UK, but have lived in Hong Kong for the last 10 years.  I love everything about Hong Kong, especially the tea and dim sum.

That’s interesting.  Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?

No.  In Hong Kong you have no space so I’ve focus on writing and promoting eBooks.  That said, I would love to get involved with some of the local schools as the children here love to read.

Thank you Alex for spending time with me.  I wish you luck with your books.  You can find Alex on the following sites (and she is very busy!)

website:                                                                                     Twitter:                                                                          Facebook:                                                                 Pinterest:                                                                     Tumblr:                                                                     Wattpad:                                                                         LinkedIn:                                                                     Goodreads:                                                                     Smashwords:  https://www/


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Laurel Heidtman Interview

Hi Laurel.  Thank you for taking time to be with me on my blog today.  What made you decide to become a writer?


Reading.  You know how children go through the “When I grow up, I want to be…” stage with the intended profession changing every other week?  I did that, too, but the one that never changed was writer.  Unfortunately as I got older, I opted for the security of other professions and didn’t focus on writing until I retired from the 9-5 life.

How long did it take you to get published the first time and how did it happen?

Back in the nineties, I wrote three romantic suspense novels and submitted two to Silhouette.  I received rejections, but they were personalized rejections telling me what was right and what was wrong.  From what I’ve read, that was a good rejection-if there is such a thing!  I was working 12-hour shifts as a nurse and wrote on my days off.  Shortly after I received the Silhouette rejections, I took a technical writing job and stopped writing on my own.  After sitting at the keyboard all day, I just couldn’t do it in the evening or on my days off.  I didn’t try again until 2014 when I decided to go ahead and self-publish.  I did that through Smashwords and Amazon at first, but now I’m just with Amazon.


I know what you mean about not wanting to write in the evening after writing all day.  You would never have a break from it and you’d get burned out.  Would you do anything differently the next time?  If so, what would it be?

I would focus on becoming a successful author earlier.  At the very least, I wouldn’t have taken the technical writing job.

I can imagine writing technically is so different than writing creatively.  So, what advice would you give an aspiring author?

Write.  And when you’re not writing, read–about the craft, sure, but also just for pleasure.  The more you read, the more you learn about writing without even realizing you’re learning.

Ah, to read for pleasure is such a great treat.  What are your latest releases and when/where can we find them?

I released Whiteout, a thriller I wrote as Laurel Heidtman, in March of this year.  I will soon be releasing the first book in a cozy mystery series under my Lolli Powell pseudonym.  I also write romances under that name.


So how long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m not sure how to answer this.  I don’t usually put in 8-hour days like most jobs, but including writing and all the promotional work that goes with being self-published, I guess I could call it full-time work.

What do you do for fun when you are  not writing?

I read (primarily fiction), engage with other writers and friends on social media, exercise (not as much as I should, but I’m trying!), and spend time with my husband and animals.

Where do you reside, Laurel?

My husband and I are lucky enough to live on private land inside Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.  We’re ten miles from a country road on a ridge overlooking a lake and surrounded by trees.  There are other people out here, but the houses are far enough apart that we can’t see each other.  We’re originally from Ohio, but we found this place nearly twenty-six years ago.


That sounds like an inspirational place to be writing.  So do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?

No in-person events scheduled for 2016 at this time.  I will be at the Louisville (Kentucky) Author Event on May 13, 2017.

Thank you Laurel.  You can find Laurel at her website: or as Lolli Powell at  Her blog is linked to both her websites at  You can also contact Laurel Heidtman at  Laurel writes mysteries/thrillers as Laurel Heidtman, and romances/cozy mysteries as Lolli  Powell.



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Pamela Harstad Interview

Hello Pamela!  Welcome to my blog.  I met Pamela through Goodreads.  Tell me, what made you decide to become a writer, Pamela?

I’ve always enjoyed writing diaries or journals.  Eventually, I looked up writing groups and that’s when I began writing novels.

Did it take long to get published the first time?

After writing several years, the process itself took several months with rewrites, beta reading, and final editing.

Would you do anything different the next time?

I try to prepare the story plot, characters and conflict the best I can to eliminate as much editing as I can.

That makes sense.  What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Writers sometimes say to write what you know, but in addition, I’d say write what you feel.  And don’t give up.  Keep writing so you’ll write even better.

Who or what influences or inspires your writing?

People, life experiences and places I’ve traveled.

Me too.  I let all those experiences, things I’ve read and current events simmer in my head until they bubble up to where someone wants to tell me his or her story and I start writing.  So tell me, Pamela, what are your latest releases and where can we find them?


ERIN’S MISSION (2015) and a few months ago, HEALING JOURNEY.  You can find them  at  They will be free/discounted Oct. 7-9.

Just in time!  So did you self-publish or go the traditional route?

I self-published and it went quite well.  There is plenty of help if you need it.

So, how long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?

I have written full-time professionally for 3 years but previously I wrote part-time for several years before being published.

And what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

I enjoy reading, piano, nature, and traveling.

Do you live in the United States?

Yes, in Iowa.

Thank you Pamela.  I enjoyed it.  You can find Pamela’s Inspirational Contemporary Romances at these sites:,, and

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Doris Mortman Interview

Hello Doris, and welcome to my blog.  So, what made you decide to become a writer?

I was always a storyteller so becoming a writer wasn’t so much a decision as simply what was.  I always earned my living as a writer, first doing advertising copywriting and then doing sales promotion for Mademoiselle magazine, a now defunct fashion book for young working women.  I left Mademoiselle to write my first novel about – guess what – a fashion magazine.

I remember that magazine.  How long did it take you to get published the first time and how did it happen?

It took several years, many disappointments and dozens of rejections.  My husband and I had a friend who was the attorney for the literary arm of William Morris.  I hadn’t wanted to take advantage of him or put him in an awkward position, so I never asked for his help.  Thankfully, he told me how dumb that was and insisted I give him my manuscript.  He knew every agent in town.  He offered it to the one he thought would be right for me.  Lo and behold, within a couple of months, I had an agent and offers from several publishers.  After a lunch with the woman who would become my editor and mentor, I chose Bantam.  They published my first novel as a paperback original.  It hit the New York Times Bestseller list and stayed there for three months.  Thank goodness for friends who love you enough to tell you when you’re being a jerk!

I bet you were doing the “happy dance” all that time.  That’s awesome!  Would you do anything differently the next time?

In my case, the end more than justified the means, so I guess not.

Yeah, I probably wouldn’t either.  So, what advice would you give an aspiring author?

The best advice is to write!  The blank page is waiting for you to fill it.  So as the ad says:  Just Do It.  Don’t expect perfection; that’s why there are editors.  Tell your story.  Read it over.  Rewrite.  And then embark on the arduous task of finding someone to represent you.  Look at writer’s magazines that list agencies and the editors of the various genres.  Send query letters.  Follow up.

Just Do It.  I like that.  So what or who inspires or influences your writing?

I started writing during the time when sagas were popular – both in books and on tv.  I enjoyed writers like Sidney Sheldon, Irving Wallace, Arthur Hailey, and Judith Krantz because they told textured stories that came from character.  While I love police procedurals and just recently published the first in an e-mystery series, my true passion is not plot-driven books, but people-driven stories.

Oh, yes!  I love people-driven stories because you never know what will happen.  So, what are your latest releases and when and where can we find them?

Country Club Crimes is my new e-mystery series offered on Amazon.  Set in the Connecticut suburb of Bellaire, the titled character connection of this series is membership  at Hawk’s Nest Country Club.  The heroine is Jenna Welles, a former Miami prosecutor, current interior designer who seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The hero is Detective Samson McPhail – former Army CID, FBI, NYPD; smart, studly and really good at his job.  The first novel, THE NEST, is available now.  The second, PREFERRED LIES, will be out this month.  I’m working on a follow-up novella, BACK OF THE HOUSE, which features members of the staff at Hawk’s Nest Country Club.


Wow, that sounds interesting.  And what a switch, from prosecutor to Interior Designer.  So, since you were published by Bantam, tell me how your publishing experience went.

The first nine of my novels were traditionally published.  Many became bestsellers, so, hard to complain.  My new series is published via Amazon which leaves much of the promotion up to me.  That’s been a challenge, but there are always challenges getting books to an interested audience.  Let’s just say I’m getting a quick education in selling via social media.

Ah, but you have an advantage over someone like me.  I’m a newbie all the way, but you have a following.  You can always do a giveaway on Amazon and they have algorithms that can help you find your followers.  Or, a Goodreads Giveaway.  So, how long have you been writing professionally?

I’ve been a professional writer, in one capacity or another, for (gulp) fifty years.  I’d say I still work full-time, but without strict deadlines, my discipline has lapsed.  I love what I do so no matter the schedule, I do what I love.

I know.  I’ve love writing, but I have a problem with distractions.  So, what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

I’m a golfer and a bridge player.  I do the former more (and better) than the latter.  I’m also a grandmother and since my two grand girls are fantastic, being with them is the most fun.


Doris, where do you reside?

My husband and I live in New Jersey.

Do you have any appearances or book signings coming up?

Other than being on your blog, nope.  Hard to sign an ebook.

Thank you, Doris.  You can find Doris at and her email is


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Deanndra Hall Interview

Hello Deanndra!  Deanndra and I met at the Maynardville Public Library at the Thunder Road Author Rally recently.  Tell me Deanndra, what made you decide to become a writer?

I didn’t actually “decide” to become a writer – I just am one.  Writing chose me.  It’s like an itch I couldn’t scratch, and if I don’t do it, I perish.  It’s that simple.

I completely get that analogy.  How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?


Well, let’s see…I started writing my very first novel in 2000-2001, but it was lost and not found until 2013.  By that time, I had already published three more books, the prequel and first two in my Love Under Construction series.  It took me just as long as it takes to find a formatter, have a cover done, get it through an editor, upload it, and hit “publish.”  And I never looked back.


I met some of your fans at Thunder Road and they raved about the Love Under Construction series.  I may have to take a look at those books.  Would you do anything different the next time?  If so, what would it be?

Every time I publish a book, I do something differently.  If I had to do it all over again, I would’ve gotten in on the self-publishing revolution at the very beginning.  Unfortunately, I knew nothing about it until my friend, Shane, encouraged me to get the books out there.  By then, it was 2013 and I was two years behind everyone else.

Not everyone.  I was just published this year but I wrote my first story in 1992.  It took me 24 years to get published!  I went through the old fashioned way, by submitting my story to whomever was looking for what I wrote.  Then I waited and waited and waited for a response.  Then, some of my writer friends told me that it took a year after they got their contracts before the book was actually in print.  I think this is why so many people embraced the self-publishing industry just when the big houses were struggling.  Once they jumped in with both feet and were successful, a lot of people followed suit real quick.  And I don’t think anyone is looking back.  Tell me, what advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Write.  If you’re not writing, you’re not a writer.  I hear people say, “I’d love to write a book.”  Then write it.  There’s absolutely nothing standing in your way these days if you want to write and publish a book.  But for the love of God, do not say, “Guess what?  I just published my first book!  I’m going to have it edited in two weeks!”  Nooooooo.  Don’t do this.  Be a professional; do it right.



What (or who) inspires or influences your writing?

I write erotic romance, erotica, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and sci-fi romance.  Oddly, I don’t read in my own genre.  I was influenced by the southern authors–Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Faulkner, and others like Clyde Edgerton, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Monk Kidd, Sena Jeter Naslund, Dan Brown…there are so many more.  But I haven’t tried to copy their style.  I’ve tried to copy their professionalism.  And that’s paid off for me in big ways.

That’s a lot of inspiration there.  So tell me, what are your latest releases and when/where can we find them?

All of my books can be found on, and buy links are all there.  I publish to all major platforms as well as paperbacks through Amazon.

That’s great.  Were you traditionally published or self-published and how did that go?

I’m entirely self-published.  I’ve had people tell me I should look for a publisher, but why would I want someone telling me what they’re going to do with my book and then taking part of my profits when I can go directly to the retailer?  My books sell.  I make money at this.  It’s not a hobby-it’s my full-time job.  I couldn’t be happier, and I’m here to tell you that traditional publishing is highly overrated.

I agree on that!  How long have you been writing professionally?

I’ve been writing my entire life, but I got serious about it in the fall of 2012 when my husband tried to read a very popular book and told me, “Honey, you write better than this.”  And he was right–I do.  I’d had a character in my head for 12 years, but I had no story for her and no one for her to interact with.  I decided I’d find Nikki a story.  Halfway into the writing of the book, I realized I had a series on my hands.  That series is four books and a prequel and it’s spawned two more series, a bridge novella, and has a crossover into another series I’m working on.  I have another eight-book series, the eighth book of which will come out next year, a three-book series that’s completed, and two independent novels, plus projects in the works with the collaboration of several other authors.  I hit “publish” the first time in mid-2013 and last month I published my nineteenth title.  I’ve got almost 40 in the pipes, everything from series in concept to almost-finished novels and series.  This is my full-time job and I’m a busy girl


That’s amazing for three years in the business!  My head is swimming at the thought of all those series.  So what do you do for fun, Deanndra?

We love to kayak, hike, cook.  I love to drive my Mustang convertible around town and up to the lakes.  We go to wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and we’re particularly interested in the moonshine industry. And I especially love to spend time with my children, their partners, my friends, and my three miniature dachshunds.  But I should let you know that I work some every day,  and I usually work 14-18 hours a day, seven days a week.

I don’t know how you squeeze in time for fun, but if you are interested in moonshine, we have plenty of that in Sevier County, Tennessee.  So, where do you live Deanndra?

I live in a suburb of Paducah, Kentucky, which is between Monkey’s Eyebrow and Possum Trot. (Yes, those are real names of real places, unfortunately.)

Well, I have heard of Possum Trot.  Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?  And where/when are they?

I recently had one in Nashville and I have another scheduled for October 8th at the Woodford County Library.  Then there’s one on December 3rd, which is the Book Chicks Author Luncheon.  Next year I’ll be doing at least six, maybe more, including RT.

Great!  I’ll link to your website so everyone can check those out when you update the information.  So, do you write under any other name besides your given name?

Deanndra Hall is not my real name, it’s my pen name.  I write only under that.  I have enough trouble keeping up with Deanndra Hall–I don’t need another pen name to keep up with!

I totally get that.  Sometimes I forget who I am when I’m speaking with people.  Thanks Deanndra, it’s been fun!  You can find Deanndra at http://www/, or friend her on Facebook:, or Twitter:  @deanndrahall, or


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George Calleja Interview

Hello George,  welcome to my blog.  What made you decide to become a writer?

Ever since around 1996 I had this feeling of writing different spiritual thoughts but had never put them in writing.  Only since mid 2012, I have been writing my spiritual thoughts and posting them in my social networks.  After a very positive response, which was encouraging, I decided that it was time to publish my spiritual thoughts through ebooks.

So, what advice would you give an aspiring author?

To seek your dream and make it happen.  For an author it is important to write and write, and to express yourself through creative writing.

Does anyone or anything influence your writing?

I am influenced a lot by Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement.  Also, my faith inspires me a lot of what and how to write.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and where we can find them?

My releases can be easily found at:                                                                                        Amazon:  and                                                                              Smashwords:  and           Createspace:  or by going to my website:



How long have you been writing professionally?

I have been writing professionally since mid 2014, part-time.

And what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

Going for a walk, watching a movie with my family or watching a football match on television.

And where do you reside, George?

On the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.

That’s interesting. It only proves that you can write from anywhere. That’s why I enjoy writing!

You can find George at the following places:




Smashwords Interview:








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T.C. Slonaker Interview

Hello T.C., thanks for joining me here at my blog.  First of all, what made you decide to become a writer?

I write because I can.  God gave me an idea and I went with it.  Though, actually, I have been writing since I was in grade school.  I started with poems, then moved on to children’s books, and now I have moved on to YA novels.

I used to think it was easy to write for children and teenagers until I tried it.  It’s much more difficult than it seems.  There’s a lot to consider when writing for these age groups than writing for adults.  How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?

It was about nine months between finishing my first work and getting my first contract.  Keep in mind, I worked hard to find a publisher and had 19 rejections before I received my first contract.

Would you do anything differently the next time?  If so, what would it be?

I learned a LOT from my first publishing experience, but unfortunately, things didn’t work out and I had to move on to another publisher.  But, since I learned so much and there wasn’t really a way to see things weren’t going to work, I guess I wouldn’t change anything.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

I know this sounds cheesy, but I would encourage a new writer to write what they feel led to write.  Don’t get caught up in what the “trends” are.  Your work will be better if it is something YOU are passionate about.  You may not sell as much as you expect, but at least you will have work to be proud of.

What (or who) inspires or influences your writing?

First and foremost, my writing is inspired by God.  I feel like my Angelmen series was given to me by Him for His glory.  I hope by reading my work, others will also get a glimpse of God’s love.  However, I also loved the idea of writing fantasy, about creatures not normally found in nature.  This, I found while reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

What are your latest releases and when/where can we find them?

My Angelmen series just got a re-boot!  After my first publisher could not continue with the series, I was quickly picked up by Blue Tulip Publishing.  On August 4, they re-released for me the first book in the series – Amity of the Angelmen.  The rest of the series will hopefully follow shortly after.  Check it out at:





Were you traditionally published or self-published and how did that go?

I am traditionally published.  I am glad for that because I would have had no clue how to go about selling books on my own.

It can be difficult.  Everything a publisher takes care of is now in your hands when you self-publish.  How long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?

The first time I was published was 2012, so 4 years.  As with most writers, it is a part-time endeavor.  I also work part-time for my church and substitute teach.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

I love sports!  Watching (football and baseball) and playing (racquetball and softball). Naps are good too.

Where do you reside, T.C.?

My husband, three kids, dog and three cats all reside near Reading, PA.

Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?

I go to a lot of craft shows and do signings there.  This link has a listing of where I will be and when:

I would never have thought of craft shows.  That’s a great idea!  Do you write under any other name besides your given name?

My given name is Tracy, but I write under T.C. Slonaker.  The “C” is for my maiden name, Custer.  I have been writing since I was a kid, so I need to be true to that person as well.  I just would like to thank readers who have given my work a chance.  Not many people search out unknown authors, and so I give props to those who go beyond the best-seller list to give the rest of us a chance.

Thank you for spending time with me T.C., I enjoyed it.  You can find T.C. Slonaker at:

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Charon Lloyd Roberts

I recently met Charon Lloyd Roberts through Goodreads.  Welcome Charon!  What brought you into the world of writing?

I tried to sell art prints and I was not successful so I went back to doing something I used to enjoy.

That’s interesting.  I thought of doing that with my photography, but I had never tried it.  I just couldn’t figure out how to go about it.  So, how long did it take to get published the first time?

I self-published my first book sampler in July.

Would you do anything differently the next time?

Probably spend more time editing.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Don’t think you can get a publisher easily just by joining any site associated with publishers.

How true.  So, what is your latest release?

My next book, SCHISM:  Volume I Chapter Sampler is out in Hardback/Paperback/eBook. The Kindle Edition/Mass Market Paperback is out 10/10/2016.  And PUTSCH:  Volume I Chapter Sampler is out now.  And I’ll be releasing a revised edition of PUTSCH: Volume I Chapter Sampler in May 2017 along with STEDFARST Chapter Sampler 10/2017

putsch-coverrevisededitionstedfarstsamplercoverHow long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?

Going on for three years, I wouldn’t call myself a professional writer just yet.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

I procrastinate on Youtube.

Where do you reside Charon?

In the UK.

Thank you Charon.  I wish you luck with your releases.  You can find Charon on her website at

You can view her artwork on Artstation at:, or friend her on Facebook:

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