Authors Tell All- Susan Fisher Davis

Susan Fisher-Davis

Susan was born and raised in a small town in the western part of Maryland surrounded by the Appalachian mountains. She moved to Tennessee in 1996 with her husband and two children. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember. In April of 2014, she signed a three year contract with Secret Cravings Publishing. She is currently writing two different series. The Men of Clifton Montana which will be nine stories and The Bad Boys of Dry River will be six stories. Although it is best to read the stories in order, all can be read as stand alone. Excerpts from her books can be read on her webpage: susanfisherdavisauthor.weebly.com
She would love to hear from her readers and promises to answer all email:
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I’m a romance writer for Secret Cravings Publishing. I’m in the process of writing two separate series. The Men of Clifton, Montana and The Bad Boys of Dry River, Wyoming. The books are contemporary western erotic romance. Each book can be read as standalone novels, but it is good to read them in order to get a feel for the future characters.

The first book I wrote was JAKE Men of Clifton, Montana Book 1. That one was published August 20, 2014. I have a book released every two months with the series alternating. My next book out will be COOPER Bad Boys of Dry River, Wyoming Book 3. Due for release September 22, 2015. Excerpts from books available now can be read on my webpage. www.susanfisherdavisauthor.weebly.com

I have always wanted to write. As far back as I can remember. My mom got me started on Harlequin Romance books. I made fun of her for reading them. She told me to just read one and I did. That was all it took. I was hooked. I fell in love with Janet Daily and Sandra Brown. I would read two/three books a week. I was more than hooked on those romance novels.

One night, I was reading one by an author I’d never heard of and I was really disappointed in it. I closed it down and my husband asked me what was wrong. I told him the book was terrible and I could do better than that. He said “Then do it” So, I decided to try. I sent in so many submissions and received so many rejection letters, I could wallpaper the White House. I actually gave up for a year and then I decided to follow my dream and try again. Through Avon Romance’s website, authors can post a chapter or two of a book they’re hoping will appeal to Avon. Mind didn’t, but I did meet a wonderful editor through the site. She told me my story had appeal but it needed work. She agreed to help me and JAKE was born! I submitted to five publishers and three wanted the story. I decided to sign with Secret Cravings and I’ve never regretted it. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing now if I hadn’t given it just one more shot. I love what I do.

Jake (The Men of Clifton Montana Book 1)
 

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Authors Tell All- M. J. Kane

Author Pic 5.2012M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Tell+All+IconMy journey to becoming a published author didn’t have a typical start. I wasn’t an aspiring writer when in school. I didn’t do a great job writing journals or diaries. I hated doing research and writing term papers for school, I even hated book reports. The one thing I did do was read…a lot! As an only child, I lived inside the pages of my favorite books and going to the library was a treat. I wouldn’t walk out with just one book; I’d have a stack and read them all before the two week return date arrived. When I found a book with a story I loved, it was a mission to read each and every book written by that author. My favorite stories as a child were Alice in Wonderland, The Box Car Kids, Circle in the Sea, and Homecoming. All of them were stories about kids who either faced some life-changing hardship, or were caught up in a world of fantasy and stole my imagination.

As an adult, my reading list took a slight turn. Science Fiction and Mystery novels captured my imagination. Authors such as Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Steven King had me. And when the Lord of the Rings movies came out, I dived into the books because I just had to know what important character development point was left out of the finished novel. Did I read romance novels? Nope. I admit I fell prey to the typical ‘it’s porn!’ mindset.

Then one day at work I had nothing to read (having just finished reading Lord of the Rings: Return of the King). Not able to stand sitting in the breakroom for an hour with nothing to do, a co-worker walked me over to her desk drawer and introduced me to Nora Roberts. It was then that I realized that this whole Romance genre could be about more than just sex on paper. There were stories with characters that meant something. Needless to say, I started reading a lot of Nora.

Then one day, I was challenged to write something.

Okay, there’s a story that leads up to the challenge. As a fan of the show, LOST, I got caught up in an online challenge to write a short fan fic. It was to be posted on a forum page, and it should have only been a few paragraphs. Well, the next thing I know, I had written several pages. From there, I decided to integrate my character into the entire first season of the show. Before I knew it, I had over thirty pages! My family liked it, and so did a few online friends. But then life happened, the story got filed away, and it wasn’t until a few years later that my husband challenged me to pull it out and write some more.

I’m so glad he did, because if he didn’t, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now!

After dozens of rewrites and checking out numerous books on writing, and even taking a brief weekend class at my local collage, I discovered that the character who originally started off as someone I imagined being stranded on an island with the characters of LOST became the main character of my first published novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken. The back story I’d given her morphed and grew wings (as a caterpillar does when turning into a butterfly, thus the name of the series, The Butterfly Memoirs) and became so much more than I ever imagined. In the span of four years, I went from the reader who avoided Romance novels to an author in the genre. Instead of being your typical Romance novel, it incorporates Women’s Fiction themes and characters who are Interracial. My brand of storytelling follows the evolution of both the male and female leads. It’s heartrending, realistic, contemporary, and at times, comical doorways into the lives of people who are just trying to live their lives and find their slice of happiness. My goal in my stories is to open the eyes of readers to the lives behind closed doors of those around us, and to serve as a reminder that no matter what type of trial you are faced with in life, there is a chance to find love and happiness and to overcome the issues that threaten to tear you down if you open your mind and heart to those around you who are willing to help. The topics that have been visited in the first three novels of the series include: interracial dating, recovering from rape, friendship (A Heart Not Easily Broken); recovering from a broken heart, breaking the mold of family expectations, illness, (Jaded); single-parenting, life changing mistakes, and career advancement (Lonely Heart.)

My latest release, the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs, Nobody’s Business, is a bit different from the previous three. Instead of having a female lead, this time, the story is more from the man’s point of view, with a strong female story that supports and intertwines with his. This story deals with the reality a man faces raising a son he never knew existed, while waring with his heart as to who he should be with; the mother of his son or the woman he can’t forget after a one-night stand.

To learn more about the series and the books, visit my website where you will discover more than just the first chapter samples. There are character bios, diary posts, and free short stories that continue the story after the book ends, and in the case of Nobody’s Business, there is a novella, Crossroads, which introduces Trevon and Kai and how they met before the start of Nobody’s Business.

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Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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Authors Tell All- Mika Jolie

indexmkMy name is Mika Jolie. I write women’s fiction, chick lit, and romance novels with a diverse cast because the world is a melting pot.

My husband is of Italian/Ukrainian decent. I’m of Haitian/French heritage. My in laws are Irish, Thai and African-American. Oh yes, my husband’s childhood friend is Jewish and his wife is Italian. I often refer to us as the United Colors of Benetton. We are a diverse bunch with all of our little kinks. You should see our Christmas parties.

 

Tell+All+IconI started this post with a little background of my family to help understand why I chose to write novels that portrays my world, because really, up until recently there weren’t many to choose from. I fell in love with romance novels around the age of 14. There were no interracial romance novels then, no diversity. When I started searching the internet for them, they were so badly written and focused so much on the race factor that I was turned off. For me, love is not about the color of the skin, but an emotion that runs so deep inside us that it transcends race and gender.

TheScale_COVERIn my novel, The Scale, currently available at Secrets Cravings Publishing, the heroine is an African-American curvy woman, and the hero is blond hair, blue eyes, and covered with tattoos. Think Charlie Hunnam with David Beckham’s tats . While their race came up once, it didn’t drive the plot. The Scale is about self-acceptance, the struggle with body image, what society identifies as beautiful, and of course falling in love.

Need You Now—book two of the Martha’s Way series, the Lily is Latina and Adam is NeedYouNow_COVERAmerican-Italian. In my latest release Tattooed Hearts, Claire is African-American/Japanese and Forrest is Caucasian. Once again, while their cultural background is mentioned, it’s never the primary focus. Instead, I address relatable topics, unwanted pregnancy, addiction, self-image, betrayal, with a strong dosage of romance. You know—the good stuff.

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Books by Mika Jolie

Martha’s Way Series

The Scale – Book One

Need You Now – Book Two

Tattooed Hearts – Book Three

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Authors Tell All- Lisa Warir

me without glassesI am a new published author. I’ve been writing for fifteen plus years, mostly fan fiction online and had a small following with my Michael Jackson stories (though I’ve written about other musical celebs as well) I published my first novella Destinee romance novella this year in January and have learned a lot along the way.
It takes a lot of courage to share your work with people, it’s a little easier online because people don’t know you, but once I published a paperback version of my book I started sharing it with family, friends, coworkers etc and gained a lot of feedback and encouragement to do more. Even though I have been writing for years, I can’t say it was a dream of mine per se, just something to wile away the time and daydream. (when I was younger I was more of an artist than a writer)  I was also an avid reader, there was a time in my life when I used to read like 2 novels a week, but you’re looking at a time before the internet as we know it today and cable TV.
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What I have learned aside from the challenges of self publishing-formatting, relying on someone else to do your cover art, the costs, ways to promote and market etc
new book markkI’ve learned how to do book trailers (basic, not fancy)
I did my first Youtube video this year (book related)
I plan to do a book signing, when and where remains to be seen
It’s been a journey. I’ve had ups and downs, aggravations etc but I press on because I feel that this is my time.
My published books
Destinee romance novella
Two become one: A Destinee romance sequel
Currently working on 3rd installment of Destinee series Jewel, What your mama didn’t tell you
 Final final proof for sequel

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Authors Tell All- Melynda Price

Melynda PriceMelynda Price is the author of several contemporary and paranormal romance titles, including Win by Submission and Passing His Guard in the mixed martial arts–themed Against the Cage series. Price writes for ardent readers who want to fall in love over and over again. She makes the unbelievable believable while taking her characters to the limit with tales full of passion, heart, and unexpected twists. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She lives with her husband and two children in northern Minnesota, where there are plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of coffee and write.

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Thank you for inviting me to your author tell-all. Today, I’m celebrating the release of Passing His Guard, the second book in my Against the Cage series. It’s been a journey to get here and the road is far from over.

I began writing six years ago when a friend asked me to edit a book she’d been working on. I had a strong background in English and thought, why not give it a shot? But instead of editing it, I ended up rewriting it, and I learned two very important things about myself: a.) I have absolutely no editorial skill. And b.) I love to tell stories. That’s how I discovered my love for writing and it’s been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows ever since.

The first book I wrote, Until Darkness Comes, was a paranormal romance that evolved into a 4-book series. It was published in 2012 by 5Prince Publishing.

I loved the paranormal world and begin writing another series with the hope/intention to sign with a literary agent and sell the story to a mass market publisher. Though Bonded in Exile was submitted to several agencies, the common response I received was, “Great writing and great story but paranormal isn’t selling.”

I asked the agent what was selling, and she said small-town contemporary romance. That’s when I realized it didn’t matter how good of a writer I was, or how great my story happened to be, I had to write what was selling. So I decided to jump genres and enter the contemporary world. It wasn’t easy. A + B now had to = C, and writing within the confines of realism was a new and challenging task.

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Question: How would I make real life interesting enough that people would want to read it?

Answer: One injured, rancorous MMA fighter and a sexy physical therapist with a damaged past and a psychotic ex-boyfriend that may just kill them both.

I wrote Win By Submission, a steamy MMA romantic suspense, and submitted the MS to a few literary agents. A couple of weeks later, I was contacted by an agent who loved the story. I signed with Spencerhill Associates and my agent, Nalini Akolekar, then sold Win By Submission and Passing His Guard to Montlake Romance.

The third book in this series, Grappling For Position, will be out in April 2016, and I have another romantic suspense releasing next fall.

So what started out as a goodwill gesture to help out a friend has turned into a life changing event for me. It hasn’t been easy, but the road to success rarely is.

I thank you for taking the time to read my tell-all and I hope you’ll check out my newest release, Passing His Guard.

Have a wonderful day!

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Authors Tell All- Claudia Ross

Claudia 10 31 14Writing and wine drove out my demons in a way therapy never could.

Growing up, I read everything: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou. In college, I read the classic authors: Pauline Hopkins, Harriet E Wilson, Nella Larson, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Leo Tolstoy and Charles Dickens. The fun stuff was the best stuff: Ann Rice, Sydney Sheldon, Jackie Collins, Bebe Moore-Campbell, Terry McMillian. In recent years, I’ve read works by Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Ken Follett. I’m currently reading Cynthia Bond. However, once I left college, I found I read less, overwhelmed with the pressures of making it in the world of realty. I don’t like it here.

In an effort to sort things out, I decided to have cocktail when I came home after work each night.

 

OK, maybe I would have two.

 

By the time I reached my late 30’s, I had arrived at the edge, although no one realized it. As long as I showed up to work and fixed everyone’s problems, I was OK. But I wasn’t. At last, I found myself sitting at my dressing table. Staring into the mirror crying, I couldn’t make the same pointless journey around the mountain again.

 

I remembered a story.

 

It wasn’t much. Just a couple of lines I had scribbled down a few years before about a whorehouse in New Orleans during the 1920’s. I pulled a plastic bin out my closet and dug down to the bottom. I still had it. It was about two pages long, handwritten.

 

I needed to write.

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I found some old stationary and begin writing. The story flowed like oil from the bottle of Elisha’s widow. I couldn’t stop. Before I knew it, I’d filled five tablets. I needed to type it all out, organize it, and figure out what I had. It took a few days, but I entered everything into MS Word, printed, and then read it.

 

Not bad.

 

Between 2005 and 2013, I wrote many books, primarily my series, Le Baton Chronicles. It turned out to be much more than the story about a Madame of whorehouse in New Orleans, but morphed into a supernatural, paranormal, supercell, epic series, spanning many centuries.

 

La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles wasn’t the first book I published. The agents had rejected it. In any case, trying to sell my book spiked my anxiety (I’ll have another glass of wine please). I found release, peace and satisfaction in writing, not in courting agents and publishing houses. So, I continued to write, giving up on the idea of traditional publishing.

 

It’s kind of a funny story about how I came to write the first book I ever published.

 

I was talking to a co-worker who had young children. Although I never had any children, I pitched in and assisted my sister with raising my niece from 2002-2009. At that time, I went from watching 24 to becoming a Sponge Bob Square Pants expert and arm chair commentator.

 

All other kiddie shows aside, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz reigned sovereign and supreme in our household. There was never a bad time to watch the DVD. We never grew tired of it. We watched the Wizard of Oz at least twice a day.

 

So, my co-worker and I were whining about having seen The Wizard of Oz 3,000 times each over the course of four years. I began to think. “Wouldn’t it have been funny if Dorothy had punched the Wicked Witch of the West in her throat when she tried to take her shoes?” My coworker said, “Yeah, that would’ve been some funny sh**.”

 

Intrigued by the concept of a sexy, street savvy Dorothy, I penned a short story about Dorothy as a speakeasy owner in 1920’s Harlem who drinks a hallucinogenic martini and wakes up in Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West threatens to kill her for her ruby stilettos. Being a speakeasy owner from Harlem, allow us say Dorothy doesn’t take the Witch’s threats lightly. Once finished, I sent the draft of the story to my co-worker who responded with the classic, “This is some funny sh**.” With the blessing, Dorothy Jones, A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz was born.

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Once again, my life changed and I found myself revisiting my old vacation home, the brink of insanity. My job had changed; I was filled with anger and bitterness. Fear had captured my future, promising apocalyptic catastrophes unfolding in my family life back home. I’d lost all of my possession within a period of five years, the last being my car which I loved. I’d lost a love I never held. Holding on to these lost possessions and people who had left my life consumed my thoughts, daily. I found myself pulling on doorknobs of closed (and locked) doors, hoping for them to reopen. I couldn’t write. No matter how I tried, I could not do it. My rage and fear had taken my imagination hostage.

 

“God, I need for you to help me.”

 

And he did. I began to pray. I began let go of all of it. It took three years of heartache and soul searching, but finally I let go. I had a few moments of clarity where I could write during those years on the threshing floor. In 2013 I finished Dorothy, polished her up, and published her as a Kindle EBook on Amazon.com. Dorothy is my risk taker and go getter. She tests the waters for me. After Dorothy, I published the first book of my series, La Rose Book I Le Baton Chronicles as a Kindle EBook later that year. I’ve published at least one book each year since 2013. I am currently working on La Rose, Le Jardin Book IV Le Baton Chronicles, due out late 2015 or early 2016.

 

I am happy to say, I’m about 89% free. I revisit the old hurts and losses from time to time, but I’m not trying to live with them. That time is gone. It’s dead. I can’t go back. However, if the door reopens, I’m happy to consider whatever may come through it.

 

In the past, writing appears to have been an outlet for my insanity. Yet looking back, I believe my focus on and the pursuit of goals other than writing has been the source of my heartache and despair.

 

Now I know

 

Writing is the vehicle to my imagination, where I live, where I belong, where I love.

 

Claudia Helena Ross

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Works by Claudia Helena Ross

La Rose Book I Le Baton Chronicles

La Rose Book II Le Baton Chronicles

La Rose Book III Le Baton Chronicles

Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz

 

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Authors Tell All- Nigel Edwards

MeInSanFranFlip50pcBorn a long time ago in a distant country, Nigel is Welsh but living in England with his wife plus the occasional child or pet (currently we have a pair of rabbits).
Nigel has been a spare-time writer since around 2005 (give or take a year), and has been published by Indie Press names NewCon Press (Ian Whates) and Greyheart Press (Tim Taylor).
For a living Nigel works as a software tester/manager in the IT industry, sometimes in London, sometimes elsewhere.
Nigel’s ambition is to become a world famous author and then retire to the romantic coastline of Cornwall. Until then, Nigel just puts up with having to be nice to employers and potential employers.

 

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Where to begin?

Firstly, to state that I’m an author, that I’m neither rich nor famous and probably never will be – but I don’t think that those things are integral to the definition of a writer or author.  Hmm… maybe we need some differentiation, here.  So:

A writer is someone who strings letters together to make words, and words together to make sentences in such a way as to impart an idea, a concept, an opinion (note I avoid the word truth).  An author is someone who does exactly the same thing but whose work is read and responded to by people outside of the author’s nearest and dearest.  And a good author is one who actually takes the time to understand not only the subject of their work, but the mechanics of the art of writing.  In other words, they embrace and impart Quality (with a capital Kwuh).

Secondly, to state that I love writing.  Writing is absolutely the most important thing in my life – apart from: kids, wife, washing, ironing, vacuuming, sleeping, driving to work, being at work, driving from work, snatching a bite to eat, and maybe a wee nip at the end of the day.

Thirdly, to state that writing currently occupies the smallest part of my time (if you hadn’t already guessed).  In any one month I can expect to be scribbling for ten, maybe twelve hours at most because the business of earning a living and supporting those around me has to take precedence.  So writing is really little more than a pastime and yet… it’s so much more than just a hobby.

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You see, without writing I doubt I’d remain sane enough to actually engage in all those activities with which life insists I must be involved.  Putting the metaphorical pen to paper (reality: pressing keys on the keypad of my laptop because my handwriting is so appalling) is my desperate escape from the moribund and mortal to the animated and enduring.

Fourthly, to state that to earn my living as an author is my dream. Everyone’s got to have a dream, something to strive for, a distant nirvana where success and happiness go hand-in-hand. Maybe when I retire…

But, I hasten to add, I’m not content to simply moan about my lot, to wallow in the flux of sullenness or languish in seas of irritation at the success of others, and complain about how unfair life is.  Oh no.  Limited though my free time is, I do as much as I can towards reaching my goal.  To date I’ve published several short stories, a rather quirky and experimental novel (a marmite experience: you either love it or hate it), and an adventure book for kids aged around 10 to 12.  All available through your neighbourhood South American river.

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If I discount the writings of childhood, my first foray into book writing was when I was in my fifties (from which you may deduce that I no longer am).  I wrote a book called PRISM Exiles, intended as the first part of a trilogy, 200,000-plus words long, together with a separate appendix that was itself about 100,000 words long (I think, I’ve lost the drafts for that so I’m not sure).  I actually self-published PRISM though Lulu, convinced that what I’d written was blockbuster quality.  Needless to say, it wasn’t.

At around that time a colleague (Tim Taylor, more of him in a bit) at work told me he was a writer, too, and he introduced me to the Northampton Science Fiction Writers Group (NSFWG).  I signed up to attend workshop meetings every month for a princely £10.00 annual subscription fee and joining was the smartest thing I’ve ever done.  I met some great people with a variety of writing skills and experience, from newbies like me to giants like internationally acclaimed Ian Watson and Ian Whates.  I learned a huge amount about what authorship was all about.  Each month we (still) take turns to submit a short piece which the rest of the group critique.  Nothing and no one is spared and everything is examined under a microscope of forensic quality.  The first piece I submitted was the first chapter of PRISM – and shortly afterwards I pulled the book from Lulu with the firm intent that, one day, I would rewrite it the way it should have been written in the first place.

That’s still my intent, but I’ve no idea when I’ll get around to it.  Maybe when I retire…

My first real success was a shorty called The Tower, included in the anthology Shoes, Ships and Cadavers: Tales from North Londonshire (published by Ian Whates through NewCon Press).  The story was a simple one, about what might happen when you die, and was the second piece I submitted to the NSFWG.  This was followed by other shorts: Waif, The Cookie Tin, Ferryman, Badger’s Waddle, and others.  Waif (another experimental work, where I didn’t bother to give characters proper names) has been my most successful work to date, published by my good friend Tim Taylor (author of the amazingly successful Human Legion series) through Greyhart Press.

Most recently I’ve self-published The Scrapdragon, a fantasy adventure novel for youngsters aged 10 and up (though quite suitable for any age group, really), and I’m currently working on a Gothic-style book called Shun House, not suitable for kids, a follow-up to Waif that deals with adult themes such as murder and torture.  I still have a few chapters to go, (plus the dreaded read-through & re-write) before that gets released, possibly towards the end of this year, more likely next.

If I was asked for one piece of advice to give to anyone who is considering writing a book, it would have to be: go find and join a writer’s group.  Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re a natural (like I thought when I wrote PRISM) and that success must inevitably follow.  Find a group and learn your craft from people who’ve already trodden the path you’re contemplating.  I promise it will be well worth it.

Garrison

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Authors Tell All- Delaney Diamond

Delaney Avatar without backgroundHello everyone! *waving* I’m happy to be here on Christina’s blog to “tell all.”

 

My first novel

My writing career so far as been more rewarding than I ever expected, and in November I’ll be celebrating five years as a published author. My journey started when Amira Press published my first novel, The Arrangement, an interracial romance about an African-American woman and a Brazilian man. Since then, I’ve received the rights back to the book and self-published it, but it was the first story in my Hot Latin Men series.

 

Published works

To date I have 18 published novels and short stories in the interracial romance and African-American romance subgenre, with four more slated for release this fall. Next year I intend to release at least three more novels.

For now, I write only contemporary romance, but I’ve been conducting research for a romantic suspense series that I’d like to kick off in the near future. And if I ever get the courage, I’ll tackle a historical romance or two.

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Never wanted to be a writer

The thing that tends to surprise people is that I never wanted to be a writer. Although I read a lot and always have, had won a few writing contests in high school, I never aspired to be a writer. But because I was stressed at my previous job, I left and decided to try writing. I had no idea I even needed a creative outlet. More and more story ideas keep coming—more than I can keep up with. I haven’t looked back, and I firmly believe that leaving my job was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Romance Novels in Color project

As an avid reader, I like discovering new authors to love, particularly if they write about diverse peoples, so another passion of mine is promoting other authors on Romance Novels in Color. I work with some great volunteers and fellow authors, and our reviewers not only love to read but take great care in critiquing the books that we’re sent.

One regret

Overall, I’ve been very fortunate. I’m in a profession with some impressive people that I learn from every day by asking questions or observing what they do. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! LOL.

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The last book I released was in March, titled Just Friends. It’s a friends-to-lovers story and the third book in my Johnson Family series. The next book I plan to release is the serial novel from my blog, an interracial romance titled Still in Love, about a divorced couple finding love again. In the fall, I’ll release The Rules, the fourth book in the Johnson Family series, and a box set of the Hot Latin Men series to celebrate my fifth anniversary!

Thanks so much for having me, Christina!

 

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Authors Tell All- Ann Swan

indexAnn Ann Swann was born in the small West Texas town of Lamesa. She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She still lives in West Texas with her husband, Dude, one rescue dog, two rescue cats, and a part-time box turtle named Piggy.

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I’ve been a writer for most of my life. My first published piece was in my college literary magazine. It was a short story called In Search of Water. I believe it paid $50 for first place. I won several more contests like that and those gave me the courage to keep writing. I also joined every writing group I could find in my area of West Texas. The other writers were always very encouraging.

However, I never broke into the “big leagues” or got a real agent. I had a couple of agents who never did anything for me so I wasn’t successful in that area. But it was at one of my writer’s meetings that I met my first editor (this was many years after I won that first contest). She and a friend were starting their own publishing company and I was one of their first signed authors. This small press published my first book The Phantom Pilot, and its follow-up, the Phantom Student. Unfortunately, they didn’t last very long as a company, so when my rights were returned to me, I self-published those two books and one more in the series–The Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.

I also publish Romantic Suspense novels through 5 Prince Books, a small press I found (once again) through a writer’s group, this time on Facebook.

So the best advice I could give any writer is to never stop writing and always keep networking with other authors. You never know when someone will be the contact you’ve been waiting for.

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Book One: Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot

No matter who dares you, no matter what lures you, do not go in the spooky old house . . .

 When a small planes crashes behind Jase’s rural home, strange things begin to happen. But no one believes him. After all, there’s no such thing as a ghost, right? Then he sees his pretty, quiet schoolmate, Stevie-girl, about to enter the legendary haunted house, and he knows if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she’s the one.

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Authors Tell All- Railyn Stone

indexrs Writing since she could pick up a pen, Railyn Stone hails from the Tar Heel State and is a romantic at heart. She believes you can find romance in the simplest aspects of life and enjoys letting her imagination run wild. Trying new restaurants, listening to music, playing golf and writing stories about ordinary people are the hobbies she cherishes most.

 

 

 

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Publication…it’s possible

I get asked a lot of questions when people find out that I’m a published author. It’s usually the same ones:

What’s your process?

  • How long does it take you to write a book?
  • How did you find your publisher?

Believe me, I don’t mind the questions at all; because it wasn’t too long ago that I was on the other side asking those same questions to published authors. If I have any advice to impart on anyone that desires to be published, 1) ask questions, 2) keep writing and 3) never accept no as the final answer.

Asking questions is the best thing you could ever do. I asked questions in a couple of ways. I joined online writing groups, took a few creative writing courses and I started following blogs of authors I liked. I read their blogs and a lot of the questions I had would be answered that way. However, if I didn’t find the answers there, many times the authors would have a contact area on their website and I would submit questions to them. One thing I’ve always been told, if you never ask, you’ll never know. So continue to ask questions constantly. Also, if you have a local bookstore, check out their events. Many times they will host opportunities for you to see authors that visit. Authors will do signings and many times they will read part of their book and then open up the opportunity for guest to ask questions. This is a great chance for you to get more answers and insights concerning writing and the publishing process.

Keep writing. Whether you have an idea for a book or not, try and get into the habit of writing daily. Even if it’s just a blog post or a rant that will never be published or no one will ever read. It’s like exercising. If you want to build up your muscles, you take the time to work out each day. If you want to build your vocabulary and build your writing abilities, you have to exercise your writing skills.

And finally, and I feel like this is the most important thing I could ever tell anyone. Never take no as the final answer. I can’t even begin to tell you how many rejection letters and emails I received before I received an offer. It is disheartening, it’s sad and it’s a horrible feeling when you are rejected. We all go through it at some time or another in our lives, but know that you are not alone and where one may not want your work, someone else may. I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t take the rejections personally. I kept each of my rejections as badges of honor. Believe me, when I first received them, I didn’t want to read them. However, later I went back and read them again. And I noticed a running thread through them all. Each one would allude to the fact that my writing was great, but they just didn’t have a passion for the story. Honestly, that’s the kind of rejection you want because you want your publisher or your literary agent to be passionate about the story you want to tell. They will be your biggest supporters and will help you get your story to the world. They need to have a passion for it.

So, keep plugging away. Keep writing, keep reading and asking questions and don’t take no for an answer. There are various ways to get to publication and everyone has a different path to take.

Book links:

TheChristmasTreeGuy-1First Novel Published:

The Christmas Tree Guy, November 2014

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Most Recent Publication:ASecretToKeep

A Secret to Keep, June 2015

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00YSS7LIY

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Website: www.railynstone.com

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