Author Interview: Aaron Speer

Are you a panster or a plotter?
If you asked me this when I first started, I’d say plotter. Every scene. All arcs. Now though? I’d say its 70 30 pantsing.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Yes I do. Music is my best weapon. I’m always listening to specific download tracks based on the book I’m writing.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
The Godfather
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
Alone. Quiet. In a bedroom or small office type space.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Title always
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:

She sent me a photo of tonight’s dinner. Strange, as she had cursed me out not an hour before. She had never sent me pictures of anything like this before.
I began to wonder, was this a message? A chilling warning of the night ahead?
My beautiful fiance had only been released from minimum security less than a year ago. I never asked her what her previous husband’s died of…
 
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I love writing adult paranormal fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts… oh my. I’ve been writing since I was 11 but I’ve always been a dreamer… often getting caught staring off into space as I created stories in my mind.

One of my stories, Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Series Book 1), won the 2017 Golden Stake Award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival held in Transylvania annually. I’m still quite chuffed about walking away with it after facing some great contenders.

The Fourth book in what some refer to as The Undeadly Secrets Saga released in early 2018 and I followed that with my first Contemporary Romance (MMA) release in August of 2018. I also have a short story thriller series, The Independents, and will be branching out into other genres in the coming year.

My favourite activities include spending time with family, dragging my forever patient wife to watch my beloved St George Illawarra Dragons, popping into the movies for the latest blockbusters, going to the gym for my dream body. Or just a body. Anything, really.

My beautiful wife and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2017. My fans declared him the Prince of Speerverse and claimed he seemed to take after me in his want to build the tension as high as possible… making us and our loved ones wait 3 long days for him to make his entrance. My wife and I live with the love of our lives in Sydney, Australia: the setting for the majority of my works.
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Author Interview: Billie Dale

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I’m a panster, with a little bit of plotter hidden underneath. I write as the characters play out their lives in my head..no matter how crazy they can be.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
 
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over.
 
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan is my goto, feel good read. Really anything by Mia gets my feels going. If I need writing inspiration I hit up an Amy Harmon book and revel in her genius!
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
 
For now it’s sitting at my kitchen table…but it would be a Starbucks infused, most comfortable office chair in the world and my ideas would flow freely. 
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Story and let it determine it’s name
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:
 
“Woo Whip,” lights up my phone as a shrill whispered screech pierces the air sending me racing toward the bathroom door. The signature text from my youngest daughter spawn when she needs something while indisposed. A call for help that started when she was first old enough to alone in the bath turned into text lingo when she got her phone.
I tap lightly on the door cause no one and I mean no one is allowed in the restroom while she does her business, it’s a sacred time. My fingers tap lightly on the door, “Mom! Get in here!” She yells. There on the porcelain throne is my twelve year old and with a grumbling growl a gremlin holding a roll of toilet paper races between my legs and out of the room.
“Your pet slowed my roll again!” I laugh, hand her a fresh roll and exit to chase our house Gizmo down before he has time to shred the paper. Unable to locate him, I plop on the sofa where a few second later he appears with his tufty ears and buck toothed grin, offering me the still whole roll as retribution. I pat him on the head and snuggle into his velvet soft fur to watch some Friends reruns.
Just another evening in the Dale residence.
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Billie Dale lives in no-where middle earth. Lost in a small village in the Midwest with four kids, three animals and an amazing, word inspiring book boyfriend worthy husband. 

 
A blogger by nature and a writer because she got tired of arguing with the voices in her head. She loves and lives the words on the page, whether writing them or reading them her life is consumed by the worlds her head creates. 
 
Her greatest wish is that readers will fall in love with her words as much as she loves writing them and as much as she loves reading others. She loves to create new worlds to explore and loves to write words that will take root in you soul. 
 
Paranormal, New Adult, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary — there is not one box she fits in. She’s a rebel in the author world who writes what her head tells her even it jumps from genre to genre. 

 

Author Interview: Julia Wolf

Are you a panster or a plotter?

Pantser with a little loose plotting mixed in. I have scenes I know I want to include, but I’m never sure how I’m going to get there until I’ve written it!
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
 
I do. I haven’t had it completely, but I have felt uninspired to write. I kick its arse by writing anyway. Even if it sucks, I write. And I read! My favorite authors always seem to get my own ideas churning.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
 
I’ve read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton more times than I can count. It hits all the right notes with me. Slow burn, funny, romantic, steamy. And the cat! I love Clive forever.
 
Describe your perfect writing space: 
 
Outside, in my backyard, on a sunny, cool day. The only sounds are the birds chirping and maybe someone mowing their lawn in the distance. If the weather is just right, I could sit outside and write all day.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
I start the story first, and usually an element of the story inspires the title. 
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:
 
“We will leave in about 5,” my new neighbor, Jason said right before he disappeared behind his door.
What?
What did he mean? Where were we going? Was I a part of the ‘we’?
I stood there, on the landing outside my apartment, stupefied.
We’d just had a meet cute, both reaching for the door handle to the building at the same time. Our eyes met, he smiled, and my heart went pitter fucking patter. On the walk up the three flights of stairs to our floor, I’d learned Jason had moved in over the weekend, worked as a computer programmer in Baltimore, and liked Indian food, like me. I’d told him the best spot nearby for Butter chicken, and he’d seemed intrigued. That was right before he left me standing there.
I fished my key out and slid it into the lock, when Jason’s door opened again and he stepped out. “Ready?”
I must have looked confused because he added, “For dinner?”
He smiled and my heart did that crazy thing in my chest again.
“Ready.”
 
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Author Friends: Kitty Berry

Are you a panster or a plotter?
By “plotter” do you mean I get an idea while ironing my son’s clothes and jot it down in my notes folder on my phone? If so, then, yup, I’m a plotter!
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Sure, I believe in it. I’m happy to say that I’ve never experienced it. That’s probably because I don’t get the chance to write that much. I work full-time as an early childhood specialist and write any and every chance I get.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
Is this a no judge zone? Yeah? Okay, I’ll say it…Fifty Shades of Grey.
 
Describe your perfect writing space: 
Let me begin by saying that it would NOT include my husband and boys repeatedly calling my name! Other than that, I sort of have a perfect space in my office right now.
Three walls are painted taupe, the accent wall is a deep, burnt orange. My middle son hung book shelves from floor to ceiling on one wall for my collection and a I have a copy of each of my books in a lighted display case. I have a white desk and a white leather chair. My Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers and a small fan sit on the left corner of my desk right near my phone holder. My notebooks and mechanical pencils are the on right next to a box of tissues and a candle that I light for when I write. I’m planning on purchasing a new laptop soon, but it’ll sit right in the middle of my desk where my current one does now.
I have a navy-blue sofa against the accent wall with orange pillows and my hubs keeps a desk in there too.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
I do my titles first. 
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:
The last text I received was from my oldest son. It read, “Eating at home tonight.” I will write you a flash fiction piece that features Damian Stone from The Stone Series.
 
“Remember the first meal we ate together?” Damian asks his wife and mother of his four children. “We used to eat at adult places back then.”
Sydney smirks as a blush covers her cheeks. “How could I ever forget,” she says. “You fed me then said that I was better than any dessert your restaurant served.”
“You fed mommy?” Pebbles Stone asks her father with an excited clap of her hands. “Is this another part of your love story? Tell us, tell us!” she begs. “You’re so romantic!”
“Yuck,” DJ sighs. “Don’t make mommy and daddy tell us another story about how much they love each other.”
“Caden Stone,” Sydney reprimands her oldest son with his given name. His nickname, DJ, short for Damian Jr., fits him so well, she often forgets it isn’t his name. “You should be happy that your mommy and daddy love each other as much as we do.”
Sydney shifts her youngest daughter Piper on her lap then reaches for her phone on the table as she sees it shake from an incoming text.
Damian: You know what I wish I were eating instead of this shitty, kid friendly, tasteless pizza at an overpriced arcade?
Sydney rolls her eyes at her husband then begins typing.
Sydney: HMMM…steak?
Damian: Very funny. No. YOU!
Sydney’s body heats as the waitress approaches the table.
“Can I get you something else?” she asks.
“No,” Damian says. “Just the bill, please.”
“But you didn’t eat” the waitress points at Damian’s clean plate.
“I’m eating at home tonight” Damian says with a raised eyebrow for his wife.
  
 
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Kitty Berry is the author of The Stone Series and The Anatomy of Love Trilogy.
Kitty is an only child who never wished for a sibling and she openly admits that she’s a spoiled brat. She currently resides in the suburbs of Connecticut with her husband and three sons. During any given evening you can find Kitty curled up in bed reading.
She is the daughter of an avid reader, the “real” Kitty Berry. It was her late mother’s desire of becoming a writer that prompted Kitty to create the characters that she places in worlds of wealth, power, seduction, dominance and submission.
Kitty’s love for reading and discussing literature didn’t come to her until her late twenties. Angst-ridden romances always mesmerized Kitty and fast-paced entertaining mysteries as well as witty “chick lit” contributed to her desire to not only be a reader but also a writer. She recently found herself at a time in life when the busy balance of career and family made her crave an escape into the world of romance with an erotic twist. Multidimensional characters spurred on Kitty’s creative spark to write about seduction.
Kitty loves dark chocolate, music inspires her writing and she plans on enjoying life to its fullest as soon as she’s done driving carpools, attending youth basketball games, and coordinating the social lives of her three adolescent children who have way more fun than she does. 

Author Friends: Ella Williams

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I do a basic plot outline. But I write where my heart feels, so if I feel like writing the last chapter when I am only five chapters into my book, I will do that.

Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?

Writers block is just another form of stunted motivation. As a creative, it is easy to get sidetracked and let self-doubt get the better of you. I don’t stress when I am not motivated, I just jot down any ideas I do have and work on marketing or self promotion. There’s always something to do!
But if I take to long to get back to the keyboard, I try to remember how much I actually love writing.

What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over.

I stopped re-reading books when the Indie book community became so huge. I was too busy gobbling up all the new reads! So it’s not a book I will go to on a bad day, its a particular Author. And there are many that I favor, it’s dependent on what type of read I want; paranormal, contemporary, young adult, new adult, hot alpha… oh the list goes on. And of course I do have a long TBR.

Describe your perfect writing space:

Quiet early mornings at my dining room table when the juices are freshly flowing or One AM’s in bed when I get my second wind. But I also enjoy a picnic blanket in the park, some snacks and a handy laptop.

Do you write your title first or story first?

I’m either or. I could hear a word, think it would make a great title and then build a story around it. Or I could develop a story then chop and change till the right title comes to mind.

And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone

The cat sat in his bowl, patiently waiting for his human to pay him some attention. He licked his paw in anticipation of the meal ahead. The wait seemed endless in the chilly winter air. He let off a loud “Meow,” in pleading for his much-anticipated tuna.

After what seemed like five cat years his Human left her seat and joined Kitty in the kitchen. Human offered sweet-sounding platitudes that Kitty was sure was meant to soothe him after his lengthy wait for his meal. He hissed in response, angry at being ignored for so long. He stubbornly remained in the food bowl while Human attempted to lift him out. After allowing Human to hum compliments, of “How pretty you are Kitty,” followed by the human begging of kitty-strokes and chin tickles, Kitty decided a sufficient period of time had lapsed. Kitty finally relented and slowly and languorously stepped out of the bowl.

Kitty watched with a satisfied smirk as Human had to clean out the food bowl that was now filled with Kitty’s long black fur. Then came out the can of tuna. Kitty couldn’t help but purr at the smell invading his receptive nostrils, causing the most pleasurable anticipation. Now, this? This was the reason why Kitty tolerated Human. Every King needed his serf!

About the Author:

Ella Williams is a self published author of raw, sassy and slightly savage romance. Ella has years of experience slogging away in various education fields, but her ever thriving passion for reading led Ella on the path to becoming a writer.

Better late than never, Ella mostly known as E, Weezy or Mo-m, has a love of art and colour and anything idiosyncratic.

Ella lives in Cape Town South Africa with her high school sweetheart and husband , three of their five children, their googly-eyed puppy, two grumpy cats and of course their pet killer lobster. Their full house is never lacking in quirky inspirations and even weirder friendships. A mother and small business owner by day Ella cannot resist the call of the written word and is either reading or weaving a story by night.

She is always and forever a doodler, a dreamer and now a writer.

Nothing is more annoying than a hot guy who knows it.
He was off limits. Forbidden. My life was too afflicted. His life was too tied up in complications.
But then my world fell apart. Alone and adrift, I never guessed that one of my misadventures would turn into a night of discovery.
The instant pull left us breathless.
I wasn’t sure that I could handle the scrutiny, or the judgement in his eyes, if he knew how messed up my life was. Or whether, he could unravel his own messes.
Except, I was hooked on the promise of forever.

 


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Author Friends: Jody Kaye

Are you a panster or a plotter?
I was a pantster. My last 2 (and next) releases all center around one specific event, so I’ve had to become plotter to make sure that a large group of characters are doing the right things at the right time.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Nope. Sometimes I need to monotony of chores to think through things. If that doesn’t work I attack from a different angle; interviewing characters to see what they think would happen, writing a scene from when a character was growing up that affected them, pretending to be a fly on the wall while characters are discussing one another’s flaws, etc… Many times the content winds up being reusable, not only in the current story, but spurring ideas for others or blog posts and bonus scenes.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over.
It’s Lover Enshrined by the Warden. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but my copy is fraught with errors and it reminds me that even the greats are human.

Describe your perfect writing space:
Lots of sunshine! My office windows look out on greenspace and I love taking my iPad & keyboard out to the back porch and listening to the birds while writing.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Story. The titles generally wind up being whatever I’ve saved the draft document as. That’s why (so far) they’re all a single word or name.
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:

Bringing the tabby back to my apartment was close to the stupidest decision that I’ve made. The cat had snuggled into me in the alley, seeking affection. The camaraderie pulled at my lonely heartstrings, already taught and ready to break. Happily making itself at home, the ungrateful feline darted into a cave-like space of my bookcase, taking its claws to my dog-eared copy of Harry Potter. It shredded the dust jacket and stretched, knocking everything else down. When I tried to rearrange my mementos, the ungrateful houseguest sat itself on the open pages of my favorite book…and they started glowing.


Bio:
Jody’s husband asked what she’d been doing all day. After five years she finally confessed, “When no one is around, I write.”

Okay, It was more like trying to get out of saying a thing. Jody’s a writer. You want it pretty. Let’s compromise.

“Just finish one,” he said, challenging her to complete a story and share it. Little did he know that those words of encouragement meant they’d return from a family vacation with a wild and defiant set of quintuplets stumbling their way into adulthood. Wasn’t raising their three sons enough?

A native of nowhere, Jody settled in New England for 17 years before agreeing to uproot her brood of boys and move to North Carolina. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and hoping that her ravenous children haven’t managed to eat all the ingredients before she cooks dinner.

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Author Friends: Skye McNeil

Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’m a bit of both. Initially, I like to plot the story, but I don’t always follow the plot as I write.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Yes, I do believe Writer’s Block is real and it happens to us all! One of the best ways I get through Block is to watch sappy romance movies. Generally, it’s the ones on Hallmark Channel that motivate me to get back into action because they drive me insane. I also like to read other genres and new authors to help get out of my own head.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over.
I don’t think I have just one book I go back to. My bookshelves at home are filled with books from my high school days and I tend to steer towards them when I’ve had a bad day. I really don’t know why since they’re not genres I read anymore.
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
I prefer to write somewhere comfortable with quiet music in the background. Generally, it’s country that I write to because if it’s another genre, I tend to sing along too much.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
I’ve done both over the years. Usually, the title comes to me after I’ve written down my initial idea. I like to weave the title into my book if possible, so it has to be an easy one. 
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone: 
“I’ll be there to sign soon.”
That was the last message he sent me before the car accident. Now, he’s comatose in the hospital and I’m sitting by his bed. Moisture trickles down my face, but they’re angry tears. He was on his way to the lawyer’s office to sign the divorce papers. I never wanted the divorce, but I didn’t get a say. He was moving on with his life. College sweethearts don’t last. At least, that’s what his new girlfriend made him believe. She’s nowhere to be found either. It’s ironic. I’m the one he doesn’t want, but I’m here listening to the beeping sound of his breathing monitors. I should’ve just signed the damn papers two months ago and none of this would’ve ever happened. Instead, I held onto the hope that Brak would change his mind and want me again. I stare at his muscularly freckled arms and shake my head. But he didn’t.
“Holland, you really should go home,” the nurse says, walking in.
I push his auburn hair off his forehead. “That’s the problem. He is my home.”

A strong hand grips my wrist before I can yank it away. Heart monitors whir out of control and I gasp at the amber eyes staring at me.

“What happened?” Brak asks. His eyes dip to my hand and concern flashes on his face. “And why aren’t you wearing your ring?”
Holy mother of God. I swing my gaze to the nurse’s gaping mouth. “What do you remember?”
Brak licks his lips, maintaining his vice-like grip. “I fell while we were rock climbing.” He glances to the nurse then back to me. “Right?”
Well, this day just got more interesting.
 
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There’s a hit out on Cameron Shearer’s life, his mafia ties dragging him down the path of darkness once more. After a harrowing meeting, he discovers no one ever stays dead when you’re in the mafia. Determined not to lose the only woman he’s loved, Cameron turns to the Del Rossi mob for one last favor. Unfortunately for him, the ending may not be as happy as he once hoped.

Joci Dorous has it all. She’s happy, engaged, and just started her own law firm with her best friend. Everything appears perfect, until she discovers a suspicious trail of money in her business accounts and her once dutiful fiancé suddenly turns as shady as his mob boss. When strangers clash amid mobs, Joci is left to decipher who her heart truly belongs to.

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Skye McNeil began writing at the age of seventeen and has been lost in a love affair ever since. During the day, she moonlights as a paralegal at a law firm favoring criminal law.

Skye enjoys writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance that leaves readers craving more. Her contemporary and historical novels range from sweet and sassy to steamy and sultry.

Her constant writing companions are two cats and two dogs. When she’s not writing, Skye enjoys spending time with family, photography, volleyball, traveling, and curling up with a cup of coffee and reading.

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