Author Friends: Kelly Collins

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I’m an outliner which is neither. I always know where the story is going but I don’t plot scene by scene. I write down pinnacle moments and plan my way from one to the next, leaving plenty of room for organic things to happen in the book.



Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
I don’t really believe in writer’s block as much as I’d say I believe in lack of motivation. If I’m not feeling a scene or can’t come up with something then I will scrap it because if I don’t like it my readers won’t either. No use writing yourself into a dead end.

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

I haven’t reread any book really. There are so many to read that would be knew and entertaining to me. Although I was gifted a book I read as a child called Harriet The Spy and I plan to read it again. It was my favorite book in like fourth grade. I also recently purchased The Outsiders by S.E Hinton which is also an elementary school read that I want to enjoy again. As far as a comfort read on a bad day, I love a good heart-wrenching romance. Anything Nicholas Sparks will make me cry and then it’s out of my system and I’m good. 

Do you write your title first or story first?

I’ve done both, but generally I have a title and a cover before I ever dig into writing the book. 

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, “Thanks for breakfast.”
“Thanks for breakfast,” she said.
You’re welcome.” His jovial tone didn’t match the war he fought inside himself. Did he pull her to him and kiss the breath from her lips? Did he walk her to her car and let her drive out of his life forever? He’d been in love with her since high school. Ten years later they were both single and back in town. This was his chance at love. “What about dinner?”
The amber flecks in her eyes brightened and danced. “You want to have dinner with me?”
He risked a kiss—really a brush of his lips to hers. “I want so much more, but let’s start with dinner.”
Bio:
International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-seven years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces.

You can learn more about Kelly at www.authorkellycollins.com

I have a new small town series that recently released. Here’s book three. Aspen Cove is a sweet with heat series. These are connected full-length novels but can be read independently of one another. 

There is always a free read on my website:

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.

Website  www.jodykaye.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodyKayeWrites/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jodykayewrites/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JodyKayeWrites
Book+Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/JodyKaye
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14987381.Jody_Kaye
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jody-Kaye/e/B01CPJND8E


Author Friends: Maria Vickers

Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’m both. Most of my stories are pantser, but there are a few that I completely plotted. If I do plot though, I leave enough room and an open mind so that I can change things if needed.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
I do and I hate it. LOL. I get it often enough and it usually happens when I overthink things. To get over it, sometimes I will work on something else to get my mind off of it, or I will sprint with a friend. When I sprint, I write without thinking and can a lot of times push through that block.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
I have a few. FastTrack By Julie Garwood, The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn, and Found You by Dahlia Donovan. I love reading a good love story with a. happy ending when I’m having a bad day.
 
Describe your perfect writing space: 
I love a lot of light where I can see the sky. I’m currently designing my writing office, so right now I wander from my bedroom to the living room to the outside deck at my house. Eventually, I will have a writing space with a chaise lounge, lots of natural light, and bookshelves with all of the books I’ve collected over the years and another to hold my writer stuff including books and swag.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Half and half. LOL. Sometimes I have a story first and sometimes I know what the title will be before I ever write the story.
 
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 got was from my best friend talking about my nieces (her daughters) and how they are doing…
Family had always been important to him, something that grounded him and people who supported him without question. It didn’t matter if it was when he came out or when he wanted to try new things. Even when he’d decided to leave everything behind and start over, they’d only asked if he was certain. He’d never been surer, and when Caleb told them that, they stood beside him 100% and never tried to talk him out of it. Caleb left his job, moved from New York to Indiana, and started a new career that had nothing to do with his previous life. It was a big change. Of course it wasn’t only the move. Moving from being a stock broker to a baker. Talk about 180 degrees.
And now they stood behind him and supported him as he took the next step into his future. Walking down the aisle, his best friend and siblings stood at the end to his left, and on the other side of the aisle, stood people he considered friends and family. But it was the man in front of him that meant the most to Caleb. He never expected to find love, but Issac landed in his life in a cloud of flour – quite literally. Today, Caleb’s family would grow and Issac would forever be part of that.
BIO: 
Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. 

Life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.

She has always loved Not only creating the stories, but reading them as well. Books transport her, and when she was younger, she would run into walls because she refused to put her books down even for a second. Take note, walking with books is not advised. LOL. 

With the books she writes, she wants to share my stories with the world. She dreams of transporting others and would love for them to feel the emotions her characters feel. That’s her goal with her writing. If she can do that for even one person, she feels like she succeeded. 

Getting sick changed her and her life, but it also opened doors that she never thought about. Today, even though she cannot do as much as she once could, she can still write.
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Author Interview: V. Cantrell

We’re welcoming V. Cantrell to the blog today!

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Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?

I wouldn’t call it arguing, because that would indicate I had a say so, which I really don’t. But sometimes my characters have their own agenda, and it completely throws me for a loop. For example, in Divine Merit, one of the Royal Guard, Levi, learns of a threat and possible traitors, and all of the sudden he announces, “We set a trap.” And I’m like, “Wait, Levi, we have no trap! What are you talking about?” I had no idea what his plan was and this sexy scoundrel was not sharing with me! I just had to let the scene continue to play out.

What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?

People are always saying to me, “I can’t wait to find out what happens in book 2!” And my usual response is, “I can’t either!” That’s the most interesting part of writing, just hanging on for the ride as the story takes on a life of its own.
When I read for pleasure, I stick to romance, but I love all kinds of romance. The suspension of disbelief is so important. When a story is written so well, that no matter the topic, it draws the reader in and it becomes more than just a story; it becomes an alternate reality. That’s what I look for and that’s what I love.

How do you escape writer’s block?

Anytime I have experienced writer’s block has been because I was trying to force my will on the story and the characters. I can usually coax the story in the direction I want it to go, but when it’s just not happening, it’s because I’m not seeing the bigger picture, I’m missing something. I have to step back and imagine the scene and find the natural flow of what comes next.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

 Stop doubting yourself and worrying if it’s crap, just write the story as it comes.

What’s your writing fuel?

 A lot of times, I’m inspired by music. I’ll be driving in my car and singing along to the radio, and suddenly a scene is playing out in my head. But I can absolutely not write while music is playing. I need quiet to envision the scene.

The best joke you ever heard:

I have no idea. I can tell you I have a sense of humor equivalent to a 13 year old boy. I find the most inappropriate things hilarious! I also love reading the failed autocorrect text messages. Some of those are priceless and will have me in tears.

The Rapid Fire section:

Ink, Typewriter, Computer:

Ink

Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liquor:

Tea

Hot, Cold or Warm:

Warm

Cat, Dog or Bird:

Cat

NC17, R or PG13:

PG13

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Blurb:

From what was never meant to be, can they become whom they must, in order to  survive?

Amira has been trained from birth to become the ruler of the Nephilim and their island sanctuary. She is the perfect princess, until her birthright and even her fundamental beliefs are ripped away. She’ll learn perfection and training count for nothing when faced with a ruthless enemy determined to possess her and all she holds dear. Does she have the fortitude and inner strength needed to regain her kingdom and save her people?

Sometimes you have to stop fighting in order to win. As captain of the Royal Guard, Caeden’s priority is to protect the Royal Family.  Sometimes that means protecting the naive princess from her own desires, even if he is tempted to give in. When a betrayer strikes from within, their sanctuary and very existence are threatened. Caeden must overcome the burning pain of helplessness to defeat this enemy and restore Amira to her rightful place. He will not fail his princess again.

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Author Interview: Kira Adams

I’m welcoming Kira Adams to the blog today!
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Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?

All the time! They always win. They make their own choices, I just write… 😉
What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?

The fact that it is relate-able. The fact that I can actually picture the situation playing out in my head. That goes for both writing and reading.
How do you escape writer’s block?

By stepping away and doing something else. I’m a very creative person so maybe listening to music or watching a movie.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

To just keep writing. You can only get better with time.
What’s your writing fuel?

Reviews. When I see that people understood and enjoyed what I have put out there before.
The best joke you ever heard:
I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised. – Yes, I did look that up. Hehe.
The Rapid Fire section-

Ink, Typewriter, Computer:

Computer
Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liquor:

Persian tea.
Hot, Cold or Warm:

Hot
Cat, Dog or Bird:

Cat

NC17, R or PG13:

R

Social Media Links-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiraAdamsauthor
Website/Blog:
http://kristakakes.blogspot.com/


Buy Links-

My Forever: http://www.amazon.com/My-Forever-Infinite-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B00KF4TK6Q
Beautifully Broken:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KTDGLTW
Pieces of Me:
http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Me-Foundation-Novel-Book/dp/1500696153
The Fighter:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OGMF12A
Synopsis for The Fighter:

Junior year was supposed to be some of the best times of his life. Instead, Jace Austin lost not only his mother, but also his identical twin brother. After time to heal and grieve, Jace was able to confront his inner demons, and open himself up to love.

Senior year is shaping up to be more of the same; another day, another roller coaster. His father believes Jace is to blame for the deaths in their family; drinking himself numb. He can’t play the hero all the time, and one day soon Jace is going to come face to face with that reality—and let’s face it, it won’t be pretty.

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Blogger Interview: Kolleen’s Book Obsessions

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1. What trope do you wish authors would run far, far away from?
The man whore meets the naive virgin.

2. The one book you’ll re-read over and over and over:
Until Lily by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I love the whole series but this ones my fave.

3.  If you could rewrite one book to change one part of it, which book would you choose and what would you change?
Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire, I would change it so Abby married Travis for better reasons than those given it burst my love bubble 😡

4. Do you have a favorite place to read?
I have this over sized circle chair, it’s massive and very comfy.

5. Tell us a little bit about why you started book blogging:
I started because friends & ladies in my book club were looking to me for book recommends a lot and I like to write so it seemed like the logical choice to reach more people.

6. What’s the one thing you can’t live without
My iPad

7. And finally a quick round of pick one:

Coffee or Tea:
Coffee

Sweet or Salty:
Sweet

Chocolate or Vanilla:
Chocolate

Hot or Cold:
Hot

Laptop or PC:
Laptop

Paperback or Ebook:
Ebook

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Author Interview: S.H. Pratt

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Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?

 No, I don’t necessarily argue with my characters, I’ve become one with the notion that I’m there as a conduit for their stories and little more.  However, they characters do occasionally argue among themselves to have the fun of being the one I listen to.  It gets loud when they all want to be in the forefront.
 What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?

I prefer stories both to read and to write that are psychologically based.  I love a good mind f***.

 How do you escape writer’s block?
 I distract myself with kids, movies, or quilting.  Reading more helps too.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Jamie McGuire told me that there was no way you could ever edit enough.  She said write your story then edit it until you can’t stand to look at it.  Send it to a trusted friend or two, have them edit it and then edit it some more.  She’s right.
What’s your writing fuel?

Life.  I’m a people watcher.  Life gives me the inspiration.  If I can do my writing late into the night after a good quad shot mocha and some dark chocolate… well then…does it get any better?

The best joke you ever heard:

 That following the rules will lead to a happy, productive and successful life.  Had I done that, I’d still be trying to figure out what degree I want, wasting thousands of dollars in college courses that I hate and trying to grow up to fit that mold.  As for the funny ha-ha type jokes… I haven’t heard one in ages… yes, I have no life.  LOL
 The Rapid Fire section:
 Ink, Typewriter, Computer:
 Computer
Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liquor:
Never Tea (that stuff is nasty) and the other two… depends on my mood, sometimes both together. 
 Hot, Cold or Warm:
 Warm

Cat, Dog or Bird:

 Owl
 NC17, R or PG13:
 Again, depends on my mood… I like em all.
Link to my amazon page and all 6 of my books: amazon.com/author/shpratt

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